60 Of the Best Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

When you want to live the best life you can, you need to be able to use every tool you have to that end. That means working on your own development, learning about yourself so you can choose the best path, and constantly working towards your goals. A big part of this work, and of life in general, is learning to motivate yourself. Without motivation you could have all the goals in the world but never take a step towards them. That’s where inspirational and motivational quotes can help.

These sayings can act as a mantra, to remind yourself of the importance of certain mindsets or behaviors. They can offer essential advice for your personal development. They can even help you choose your priorities and make better decisions. The advice they hold comes from people who have been there before, who have succeeded despite the odds, and that’s why they can be so helpful. However you use them, inspirational quotes can give you a push forward that will help you achieve your goals. They can even help you to live a better life. And that’s enough to make them worth paying attention to.

Are there areas of your life that would benefit from some motivational quotes or good advice? What can you learn from the struggles, triumphs and wisdom from the past?

How to Use These Quotes

How you use these motivational quotes is up to you. You could write them down in your journal and look through them on the days when you’re feeling down. You could use one of them as a mantra, to encourage better behavior. Or you could just look up relevant quotes when you need help in one area of your life. As with any tool for personal development, it’s up to you to adapt the techniques and the lessons to your life and your preferences. And that goes for the messages in the quotes as well.
 

Finding and Living with Purpose

Everyone wants to find purpose, to discover why they were put onto this earth. This question has plagued scientists, philosophers and everyday people for generations. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer, though it’s essential for your life satisfaction and even your health. For example, research shows that having a purpose can increase cognitive function and memory. It can also make you more resilient to stress and setbacks and improve your overall health. A number of studies also suggest that having a purpose encourages better aging and will help you to live longer.

The search for purpose can be difficult. That’s why it’s always a good idea to learn from people who have made the journey and found what they sought. In the words of some of the world’s greatest thinkers:

Motivational Quotes about Purpose

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.”

Margaret Atwood

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.”

Washington Irving

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”

Thomas Merton

“I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.”

Michael J. Fox

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.”

Viktor Frankl

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

 Jim Rohn

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”

Oriahn

Inspirational Quotes About Life

Life is a mysterious thing. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. Sometimes so beautiful it breaks your heart and other times so horrible that no horror movie could ever match it. People have tried for generations to explain it and to understand it with varying success. And this is what they’ve come up with:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oscar Wilde

“Not how long but how well you have lived is the main thing.”

Seneca

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

Elbert Hubbard.

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.”

Bob Marley

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Ludwig Jacobowski

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller

The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates

“I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.”

Pablo Picasso

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

Christopher Reeve

The Importance of Love

Social connections, love and friendship is more important than ever before in our history. Once, humans lived in tightly knit groups. Living like this obviously had some drawbacks, but it had the incredible benefit of connecting each person to a large group. This had benefits for the physical and mental health of everyone in the group. Studies have shown that having strong social connections, in essence having love, reduces stress and boosts the immune system. It also improves mental and emotional health, making people less likely to turn to more destructive ways to comfort themselves.

The introduction of technology has vastly changed the friendship landscape. There is a lot of debate about the possible negative effects of social media, but no clear indication of whether it’s actually harmful. However, one thing that is coming out of the research is that social media is not a barrier to isolation or loneliness. It can’t replace face to face interactions, and may get in the way of relationships. A recent study has shown that young people who use social media a lot tend to report higher levels of loneliness and isolation. This makes it even more important for you to focus on your relationships when you’re doing personal development work or improving your life in any way.
 

Motivational Quotes on Love

Here are some great inspirational quotes about the importance and the experience of love. They also emphasize the importance of this aspect of everyday life.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

 Lao Tzu

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Victor Hugo

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

William Shakespeare

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

 C.S. Lewis

”When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.”

Mahatma Gandhi

”You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

Oscar Wilde

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

John Lennon

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

Plato

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

 Martin Luther King Jr

Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. There is some debate about whether happiness is a worthwhile aim or not, but that doesn’t mean that happiness has no value. These motivational quotes show just how important this quality is:

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

 John Lennon

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

George Sand

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

Albert Camus

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

Marcel Proust

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted.”

Marthe Troly-Curtin

“I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.”

Sri Chinmoy

“If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?”

Roy T. Bennett

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”

James Openheim

Motivational Quotes about Your Work

Work is a big part of everyone’s life. You probably spend about an eighth of every week day at work. And while there may be some people who love every moment of their work, it’s more likely that you find a lot of it tiring and stressful. There are good and bad parts in every job, which is why sometimes you need a little extra motivation to get the success you’re looking for.
 

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really previous is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Earl Nightingale

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

John C. Maxwell

“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”

Unknown

“Make each day your masterpiece.”

John Wooden

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me, it’s who’s going to stop me.”

Ayn Rand

“If you trust in yourself… and believe in your dreams… and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

Terry Pratchett

“Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.”

Anne Frank

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

Chuck Close

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”

Alain de Botton

Inspirational Quotes for the Hard Times

It’s naïve to think that your life will always be easy. There will be hard times, times when things go wrong and everything falls apart. This is when you need inspirational quotes the most, when it feels too hard to keep going forward and you just want to quit. Sometimes these motivational quotes will remind you that you’re strong even when you can’t find your strength. And sometimes, they’re a reminder that even the worst times will pass. Everyone needs that sometimes.
 

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Bruce Lee

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”


Confucius

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Franklin Roosevelt

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

”And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Haruki Murakami

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”

Unknown

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

Kenji Miyazawa

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”

Paulo Coelho

“I am strong because I’ve been weak. I am fearless because I’ve been afraid. I am wise because I’ve been foolish.”

Unknown

The Takeaway

No matter how energized or determined you are, sometimes you need a little help. You need to know that other people have gone through the same things you have and succeeded. Inspirational and motivational quotes can give you that. They allow you access to greater wisdom and experience. They show you that no matter how hard things are, you can get through them, no matter how hard it seems. These benefits make them well worth collecting, contemplating, and listening to when you need a boost.

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