100 Short Quotes That Will Inspire You (FAST)

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.

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Here are 100 short inspirational quotes for you.

I’ve been collecting and using them since 2004.

And one thing I’ve learned is this:

The most effective and inspiring quotes are the shortest.

For example, one of the quotes I’ve repeated the most in my head is “stay hungry, stay foolish” by Steve Jobs.

It’s only 4 words long.

But it’s packed with wisdom and power.

The best part?

It’s a practical quote you can apply in your life.

Like most quotes you’ll find here.

So, I guarantee you’ll find inspiration FAST.

It’s a collection I’ve been upgrading and pruning for 19+ years.

I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.

Are you ready for great one-liners, simple thoughts, and wise sayings to start your day?

Let’s begin!

The Best Short Quotes

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He who is brave is free. Seneca

You can totally do this.

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller

The fastest road to meaning and success: choose one thing and go all in. Maxime Lagacé

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

Impossible is for the unwilling. John Keats

I can and I will.

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No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle

Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results.

Prove them wrong.

Good things happen to those who hustle. Anaïs Nin

Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking. Augustine of Hippo

No guts, no story. Chris Brady


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Take the risk or lose the chance.

Screw it, let’s do it. Richard Branson

Boldness be my friend. William Shakespeare

Keep going. Be all in. Bryan Hutchinson

Dream big. Pray bigger.

If you want it, work for it.

Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

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Stay foolish to stay sane. Maxime Lagacé

And so the adventure begins.

You can if you think you can. George Reeves

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

Broken crayons still color.

Grow through what you go through.

Do it with passion or not at all.


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Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve

If it matters to you, you’ll find a way. Charlie Gilkey

She believed she could, so she did.

The past does not equal the future. Tony Robbins

Forget about style; worry about results. Bobby Orr

Success is the child of audacity. Benjamin Disraeli

Whatever you do, do with all your might. Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

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When nothing goes right, go left.

Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. André Gide

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. Paramahansa Yogananda

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My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides

The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius



Very Short Quotes (For Tattoos, Mantras, etc.)

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Let go.


Slow down.

Let it be.

Go for it.

I love you.

You matter.

Choose joy.

Choose happy.

Take it easy.

Be in the now.

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Live the moment.

Keep going.

Keep your chin up.

Relax. Seriously. Ryan Holiday

Paradise is a mindset. Maxime Lagacé

Keep moving forward.

Fear less. Love more.

Work hard. Stay humble.

Enjoy the little things.

The best is yet to come.

Collect moments – not things.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

It’s not a loss, it’s a lesson.

More Short Inspirational Quotes

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Be a voice. Not an echo.

Every wall is a door. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If youth knew; if age could. Sigmund Freud

Time is the soul of this world. Pythagoras

Life begins where fear ends. Osho

Stars can’t shine without darkness.

Be who you needed when you were young.

Find what you love and let it kill you. Charles Bukowski

Related: 10 Gentle Ways to Find Inspiration in Everyday Life (andymort.com)

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Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Will Rogers

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake

Peace of mind is freedom from desire. Shane Parrish

Know yourself and you will know what to do. Maxime Lagacé

The less you want, the richer you are. Yanni

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi

Freedom is taking what comes. Maxime Lagacé


Small And Simple Quotes

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

Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Ram Dass

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. Martin Luther King Jr

Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes

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Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count. Albert Einstein

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. James Crook

Fools chase. The wise relax. Maxime Lagacé

Key Takeaways

  • Life is short. Be patient with results and impatient with actions.
  • You can accomplish many things. But start with ONE and give it your 100%. Then go to the next.
  • Choose hope and positivity. But remember: what’s valuable is not easy.
  • Stop overthinking. Planning is fine, but life gets better when you expect less and trust more.
  • You have one life. And it’s right now. In front of you. So GO!

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What’s your favorite short quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.


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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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October 11, 2023

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