Short Inspirational Quotes which will change you (FOREVER!!)

I know life is hard and it can get miserable sometimes. But you need to know that you cannot give up. Sometimes all we need is a little bit to motivation and then put that motivation to work. Here is a huge collection of short inspirational quotes on life that will change you forever.

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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 1)

  • You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. William W. Purkey
  • Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James
  • Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard
  • Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag
  • The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. Gustave Flaubert
  • I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare
  • Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. Kenneth Branagh
  • The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. Helen Mirren
  • Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam
  • Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey (Who is Jim Carrey?)
  • I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer. Jim Carrey
  • Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them. Jim Carrey


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 2)

  • My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi (Who is Mahatma Gandhi?)
  • Not how long, but how well you have lived in the main thing. Seneca
  • I love those who can smile in trouble… Leonardo da Vinci
  • Time means a lot to me because you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee
  • Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. Andre Gide
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin
  • Life is like playing violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler
  • In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (Who is Mahatma Gandhi?)
  • You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. Robin Williams
  • No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams
  • Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ Robin Williams (Who is Robin Williams?)


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 3)

  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
  • The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi  (Who is Mahatma Gandhi?)
  • The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton
  • Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet
  • Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 4)

  • Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde
  • Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King
  • Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley
  • I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. Jimi Hendrix
  • To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde
  • Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski (This is one of my favorite life quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. Henry David Thoreau
  • Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. St. Augustine
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi (Who is Mahatma Gandhi?)


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 5)

  • Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain (Who is Mark Twain?)
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth
  • Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley
  • Keep calm and carry on. Winston Churchill
  • Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
  • Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. D. H. Lawrence


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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 6)

  • Life is short, death is forever. Chuck Palahniuk
  • Life is short but it is wide. This too shall pass. Rebecca Wells
  • The greatest pleasure of life is love. Euripides
  • Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid
  • Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie
  • It’s better to dance than to march through life. Yoko Ono
  • We are who we choose to be. Green Goblin
  • I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. Pablo Picasso Click to tweet
  • Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. Sarah Louise Delany
  • The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad Ali
  • Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammad Ali (Who is Muhammad Ali?)
  • If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. Muhammad Ali


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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 7)

  • The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. Indira Gandhi
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
  • Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. Neil Strauss
  • The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Anthony Robbins
  • The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman
  • Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt
  • My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
  • Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Barbara Sher
  • Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will. Paul Gauguin
  • Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 8)

  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit
  • The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
  • If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way. Henry Ford
  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell
  • I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • The dreamers are the saviors of the world. James Allen Click to tweet
  • Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius


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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 9)

  • Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. Snoopy
  • Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! Epictetus
  • In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. Albert Camus
  • When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius
  • Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant. Paulo Coelho (Eleven Minutes)
  • The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
  • Every second you have on this planet is very precious and it’s your responsibility that you’re happy. Naval Ravikant
  • There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli
  • I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. David Livingston


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 10)

  • You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen
  • Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson
  • You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it. Hillary Clinton
  • Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill
  • In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift
  • Those who realize their folly are not true fools. Zhuangzi
  • Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. Zhuangzi
  • It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela (Who is Nelson Mandela?)


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Short Inspirational Quotes (List 11)

  • Defeat is simply a signal to press onward. Helen Keller
  • I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
  • The first step is you have to say that you can. Will Smith
  • Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie
  • The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama
  • Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve
  • Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe
  • There is only one happiness in life – to love and to be loved. George Sand
  • Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernandez
  • Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote
  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss
  • Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Dr. Seuss
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss (Who is Dr. Suess?)


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 12)

  • Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! Dr. Seuss
  • Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski Click to tweet
  • Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein (Who is Albert Einstein?)
  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schulz
  • Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. Ellen DeGeneres
  • All generalizations are false, including this one. Mark Twain (Who is Mark Twain?)
  • When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain (Who is Mark Twain?)
  • When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. Cathy Guisewite
  • Life is the pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something. William Goldman


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 13)

  • A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often. Oliver Herford
  • I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde
  • The planet is fine. The people are fucked. George Carlin
  • The reason I talk to myself is in I’m the only one whose answers I accept. George Carlin
  • I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams
  • Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright. Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A Heinlein
  • If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey
  • What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife. Rodney Dangerfield


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 14)

  • Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand. Jack London Click to tweet
  • Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens
  • This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
  • The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. Charlie Brown
  • Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present. Peter F. Drucker
  • The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it. Carl Jung
  • We no longer live life. We consume it. Vicki Robin (Your Money Or Your Life)
  • People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell


Short Inspirational Quotes (List 15)

  • Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea. Unknown
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins
  • Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss
  • If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. Rick Riordan
  • It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. Annie Gottlier
  • Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller
  • Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems. Mark Manson
  • There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay
  • Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything. Ralph Marston.

So, those were a massive list of short inspirational quotes. Please pass it on to your friends and family to motivate them.

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