199 Short Inspirational Quotes, Positive Quotes & Quotes About Happiness

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Short Inspirational Quotes


“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Dennis P. Kimbro
"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures." - Josiah Gilbert Holland
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact." - William James
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." - Erma Bombeck
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'" - Sydney Harris
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." - Benjamin Disraeli
"The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job." - Zig Ziglar
"Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." - Ray Kroc
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." - Lao Tzu
"Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh
"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others." - Winston Churchill
"The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Live each day as if your life had just begun." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"Either you run the day, or the day runs you." - Jim Rohn
"The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi
"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." - Jack Canfield
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain
"Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do." - Brian Tracy
"If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you." - Steve Jobs
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time." - Michael Phelps
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine." - Roy T. Bennett
"Believe in yourself. Take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going." - Chantal Sutherland
"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: it is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." - Thomas Carlyle
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
"You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events." - Joel Osteen
"It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens. That's how change occurs." - Jillian Michaels
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale
"You cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life; at some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move." - Eric Thomas
"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there." - Zig Ziglar
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." - David Brinkley
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - Lolly Daskal
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde
"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie
"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." - George Bernard Shaw
"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." - George Lorimer
"A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at." - Bruce Lee
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France
"Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable." - Theodore N. Vail
"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - George Herbert
"Press forward. Do not stop. Do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you." - George Whitefield
"There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits." - Michael Phelps
"One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." - Michael Korda
"Why should you continue going after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn't... will be priceless." - Kevin Ngo
"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz
"When someone tells me 'no,' it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them." - Karen E. Quinones Miller
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale
"You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don't decide, others will decide for you." - Tony Morgan
"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 more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Richard Bach
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden
"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." - Francesca Reigler
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." - Confucius
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - W. Clement Stone
"The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success." - Eric Thomas
"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
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
"I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other." - Harvey Fierstein
"Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave." - Mary Tyler Moore
"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves." - Swami Vivekananda
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Not put foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau
"To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: 'Leave no stone unturned.'" - Edward Bulwer Lytton
"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be." - Horace Bushnell
"Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"In any project the important factor is your believe. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome." - William James
"I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great." - Orison Swett Marden
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." - John Gardner
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." - Leon J. Suenes
"Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln
"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius
"The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking." - Robert H. Schuller
"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life." - Christiane Northrup
"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus." - Oprah Winfrey
"Imagine how many epic individuals there would be in this world, if only we scripted and produced our lives like a movie studio." - Francesca Banting
"In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it." - Robert Heinlein
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." - Denis Waitley
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson
"There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way." - Jim Rohn
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible.'' - Audrey Hepburn
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean
"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." - Roy Goodman
"Don't chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing, and work hard. The right people... the ones who really belong in your life, will come to you. And stay." - Will Smith
"If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." - Thomas Jefferson
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch
"Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything." - Imam Ali
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - Walter Bagehot
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar
"If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse." - Ryan Blair
"If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small." - Azim Premji
"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." - Carl Gustav Jung
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." - Albert Einstein
"An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you." - Goi Nasu
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." - Tim Notke
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." - Bruce Lee
"You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life." - Zig Ziglar
"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - E. E. Cummings
"Great minds have great purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." - Washington Irvine
"If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don't want." - Kevin Ngo
"The start is what stops most people." - Don Shula
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." - Jim Rohn
"A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve." - John C. Maxwell
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort." - Jesse Owens
"Show me a person who doesn't make mistakes and I'll show you a person who doesn't do anything." - Leonard Rubino
"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." - Jerry Rice
"Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the ence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on." - Amar Dave
"The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become." - Heraclitus
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee
"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to be one one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act." - Maxwell Maltz
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw
"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just a small fire makes a small amount of heat." - Napoleon Hill
"Don't wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater." - Mary Manin Morrissey
"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." - George W. Carver
"I am grateful for all of my problems. After each ones was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties." - James Cash Penney
"Don't let this life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." - Richard L. Evans
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie
"Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances." - Bruce Barton
"The real person you are is revealed in the moments when you're certain no other person is watching. When no one is watching, you are driven by what you expect of yourself." - Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else." - Henry Ward Beecher
"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else." - Les Brown
"You can't just sit and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself." - Diana Ross
"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." - James R. Cook
"We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here." - Mildred Taylor
"Make sure that your actions and behaviors live up to and reflect the words and ideas, promises and commitments that come out of your mouth." - Steve Farber
"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats." - Bertie Charles Forbes
"Don't be so quick to claim your limitations when you've never truly tested them." - Kevin Ngo
"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." - Jim Henson
"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing what makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about." - Dale Carnegie
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman
"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, once which sometimes seemed impossible." - Orison Swett Marden
"Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it." - David Guy Powers
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself." - Jim Rohn
"Either take the chance and make achieving your dreams a possibility or don't, and make living with regret a certainty." - Kevin Ngo
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." - Bernice Johnson Reagon
"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." - John Wooden
"It is not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left." - Hubert Humphrey
"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow - after you have done your best to achieve success today." - Maxwell Maltz
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard
"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen." - Horace Mann
"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise." - Robert Fritz
"It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others." - Dalai Lama
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"in the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took." - Frasier Krane
"You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself to be." - Lou Holtz
"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break your own and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." - Charlie Jones
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" - Mary Anne Radmacher
"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't." - Rikki Rogers
"If you argue for your limitations, sure enough, they're yours." - Richard Bach
"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." - William James
"Believe in possibilities. Believe in human potential. Believe in yourself and you'll have the power to change your fate." - Kevin Ngo
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw
"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent." - Marilyn Vos Savant
"Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson
"Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will." - W. Clement Stone
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to become." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference." - Nolan Bushnell
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller
"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin
"Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to boldly walk through them." - Orison Swett Marden
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke
"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You don't need to do something with your life, just do something with each day." - Kevin Ngo
"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." - Confucius
"Everything is hard before it is easy." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible." - Miguel de Unamuno
"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently." - Anthony Robbins
"Don't let others define you. Don't let the past confine you. Take charge of your life with confidence and determination and there are no limits on what you can do or be." - Michael Josephson
"Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it." - C. JoyBell C.
"Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill