150 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make 2021 Your Best Year

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 150 of the most inspirational quotes I could find. Your goal is NOT to read them all but to find THE quote that will inspire you today. Enjoy!

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Every next level of your life will demand a different you. Click to tweet

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Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung Click to tweet

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The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King Click to tweet

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The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides Click to tweet

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Little by little, one travels far. J. R. R. Tolkien Click to tweet

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I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet


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We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

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Great things never came from comfort zones. Neil Strauss Click to tweet

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Paths are made by walking. Franz Kafka Click to tweet

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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Unknown Click to tweet

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Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

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From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet


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Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda Click to tweet

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It will be the toughest thing you’ll ever do, but your heart is never wrong. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels Click to tweet

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Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Miguel de Cervantes Click to tweet

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

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Say no to instant gratification so you can say yes to massive long-term gains. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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You are the person you have been waiting for. Joe Dispenza Click to tweet

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The Best Inspirational Quotes

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Begin now to be what you will be hereafter. Saint Jerome Click to tweet

Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. Dan Brown

The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. Toni Morrison

Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway. Robert Downey Jr

Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus. Naval Ravikant

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats

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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet


I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. Sylvia Plath

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn Click to tweet

Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness. Robert Greene

If you’re willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later. Naval Ravikant

Extreme people get extreme results. Sam Altman

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We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility. Albert Einstein

Take your time, play the long game, embrace the boring, the difficulties, the uncomfortable. This is how it will happen. Maxime Lagacé

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. Horace Click to tweet

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. Jack London

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Part 2. Inspirational Quotes That ARE…

The Most Famous Inspirational Quotes

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Searching for a famous inspirational quote or author? Check out these ones by Einstein, Jim Rohn, Maya Angelou, Gandhi, etc.
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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

A ship is always safe a shore but that is not what it’s built for. Albert Einstein

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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Jesus Christ

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino

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You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. James Allen

When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it. Jim Rohn

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes

All for one and one for all. Alexandre Dumas

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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. Henry Ford

You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go. Jim Rohn

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

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Short Inspirational Quotes

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One-liners, short inspirational and motivational quotes, thoughts, sayings and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

If you can imagine it, we can make it. John Dykstra

Either get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

Seek truth, not comfort. Maxime Lagacé

Pain or love or danger makes you real again. Jack Kerouac

Begin, be bold and venture to be wise. Horace

We are our choices. Jean-Paul Sartre

A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot. Joe Vitale

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot

You can be happy where you are. Joel Osteen

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You change the world by being yourself. Yoko Ono

They can because they think they can. Virgil

Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil Click to tweet

Resist much, obey little. Walt Whitman

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac

And your very flesh shall be a great poem. Walt Whitman

Our true nationality is mankind. H. G. Wells

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Super Inspiring Quotes!

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My message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice. Barack Obama Click to tweet

Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly. Frida Kahlo

The easiest way to change the world is to change yourself. Maxime Lagacé

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. H. Jackson Brown Jr

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Kurt Vonnegut

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama

At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better, it’s about what you’ve given back. Denzel Washington

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. Dale Carnegie (See also: uplifting quotes)

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. William Faulkner

We don’t rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. Archilochus

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. William Blake

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. Sylvia Plath

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. Sigmund Freud

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. Terry Pratchett

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust

Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new. Osho

You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. Larry Flynt

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. John Steinbeck

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Deep Inspirational Sayings

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Someday, somehow, this will all make sense. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. Franz Kafka

You are free, and that is why you are lost. Franz Kafka

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka

Don’t fight the pain. Accept it, understand it, live it. If you seek pleasure instead you avoid learning. Maxime Lagacé

You have as much laughter as you have faith. Martin Luther

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

Rise to the level of your ideals, not the average of your environment. @TheStoicEmperor

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot

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To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed. Naval Ravikant

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. Charles Bukowski

Unless you believe, you will not understand. Augustine of Hippo

You will always find an answer in the sound of water. Zhuangzi Click to tweet

Anything I come across that feels impossible, I probably need to take a second look. Joe Gebbia (Co-founder AirBnb)

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Samuel Beckett

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee (See also: powerful quotes)

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. Matthew Henry

You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless. Chuck Palahniuk

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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. Dogen

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. Seneca

If you suddenly stumble upon the right door, you will not be able to recognize that it is right. Osho

You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Bukowski

Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt. Kin Hubbard

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Wise Inspirational Sayings

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You have to be odd to be number one. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet

I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The more you know yourself, the less you have something to prove, the more you can relax. Maxime Lagacé

If you think, then you will be prepared. If you are prepared, then you will have no worries. Li Ka Shing

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. Stephen King

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. Plutarch

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. Plutarch

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If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski

Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. W.B. Yeats

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. Thomas Mann

Please all, and you will please none. Aesop

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Part 3. Conclusion

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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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February 9, 2022

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