100+ Motivational Quotes About Life


Life is existence.

It’s about being and growing over time.

While it’s sometimes difficult to know our purpose or the meaning of life, we must thrive and move forward.

And what better way to move forward than to learn from those who have lived and shared their words of wisdom.

Here are the best motivational quotes about life to inspire and motivate you…

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

– Steve Martin

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.””

– Unknown

“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”

– Joyce A. Myers

"It is always the simple that produces the marvelous"

– Amelia Barr

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.””

– John Kenneth Galbraith

"Our ideals are our better selves."

- Amos Bronson Alcott

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.””

– Thomas Fuller

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.””

– David Brinkley

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.””

– Stephen Covey

“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”

– Andre Gide

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.”

– Alan Cohen

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too."

- Anne Frank

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”

– Mark Victor Hansen

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

– Joshua J. Marine

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.””

– Norman Vincent Peale

"Be Faithful to that which exists within yourself."

- Andre Gibe

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.””

– Eddie Rickenbacker

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

– Charles Schulz

Enthusiasm moves the world.

- Arthur Balfour

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”

– Paul J. Meyer

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Give light and people will find the way.”

– Ella Baker

“Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

– Carl Jung

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

– Greg Anderson

"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel."

- Augustus Hare

“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”

– William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”

– Marcus Aurelius

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”

– Democritus

“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.””

– Florence Griffith Joyner

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.””

– Charles R. Swindoll

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

– George S. Patton

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”

– Steven Wright

"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."

– Bill Copeland

“If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!””

– Emily Post

“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”

– Lao Tzu

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

– William Arthur Ward

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

– Dalai Lama

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.””

– Albert Camu

“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.”

– Stephen Covey

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

– Deepak Chopra

“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.””

– Arnold Toynbee

“It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.”

– Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Give light and people will find the way"

- Ella Baker

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”

– Amelia Barr

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

– Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.””

– Hal Borland

"Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."

- Benjamin Disraell

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

– Aristotle Onassis

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”

– David Allen

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.””

– Michael Jordan

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.””

– Maria Robinson

"Happinness resides not in possessions, and not in gold happiness dwells in the soul."

- Democritus

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.””

– Calvin Coolidge

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

- Edith Wharton

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

– Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.”

– Pope Paul VI

“Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

– Charles Dickens

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.””

– Lance Armstrong

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”

– Swami Sivananda

“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.””

– Swami Vivekenanda

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.””

– Albert Schweitzer

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.””

– John Maxwell

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.””

– William Arthur Ward

“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”

– Robert L. Schwartz

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.””

– Warren G. Bennis

“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.””

– Robert Collier

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.”

– Bernard M. Baruch

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.””

– Vince Lombardi

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.””

– Pearl Bucki

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.””

– John Buchan

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

- George S. Patton

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

– Benjamin Mays

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”

– Richard Bach

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

– Edith Wharton

“The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.”

– Emile Zola

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

– Buddha

“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

– Helen Keller

“Think with your whole body.”

– Taisen Deshimaru

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”

– Augustus Hare

“We can have peace if we let go of wanting to change the past and wanting to control the future.”

– Lester Levinson

“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.””

– Vince McConnell

“We convince by our presence.”

– Walt Whitman

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

​– Ronald Reagan

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.””

​– Thomas J. Watson

“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.””

​– Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

​– Robert H. Schuller

“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”

​– Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

​– Jack London

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

​– Nido Qubein

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.””

​– Lyndon Johnson

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.””

​– Lyndon Johnson

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.

​- St. Jerome