130 Short Quotes That Will Inspire You (Fast)

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

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

I’ve been collecting and using quotes since 2004.

And one thing I’ve learned is this:

the most effective and inspiring quotes are the shortest.

Here are 130 of the best short quotes that will inspire you faster than watching 13 YouTube videos.

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

Let’s begin!

short quotes can totally do this wisdom

You can totally do this.

short quotes take risk lose chance wisdom

Take the risk or lose the chance.

short quotes pressure diamonds thosmas carlyle wisdom

No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle

short quotes can anything want stick long enough helen keller wisdom

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

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Stay foolish to stay sane. Maxime Lagacé

short quotes solitary trees grow strong winston churchill wisdom

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


short quotes try again fail better samuel beckett wisdom

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

short quotes impossible unwilling john keats wisdom

Impossible is for the unwilling. John Keats

short quotes choose hope possible christopher reeve wisdom

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

short quotes can will wisdom

I can and I will.

short quotes fast road meaning success maxime lagace wisdom

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

short quotes tell people plans show them results wisdom

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


short quotes good things happen those hustle anais nin wisdom

Good things happen to those who hustle. Anaïs Nin

short quotes forth path exists walkking augustine of hippo wisdom

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

short quotes when nothing goes right left wisdom

When nothing goes right, go left.

short quotes who brave free seneca wisdom

He who is brave is free. Seneca

short quotes prove them wrong wisdom

Prove them wrong.


Are you enjoying the quotes so far?

Keep reading to discover even more great ones by Steve Jobs, Gandhi, Socrates, Picasso, etc.

I’ve been indulging myself in short inspirational quotes every day since 2004.

In fact, short sentences, mantras, and positive self-talk have changed my life completely.

Before my girlfriend died in a car accident, I was upbeat, confident, and felt I could truly change the world.

Then, suddenly, I was depressed and confused. It lasted years.

I remember my sister asking, “Is everything alright Max?”.

The answer was simple: “no.”

I wasn’t unable to enjoy life as before.

So what happened?

I discovered books, blogs, and quotes.

In a way, they became my guide and inspiration.

The more I was reading them, the better I felt.

Eventually, I started my own website to share that joy and passion for beautiful short words.

A few years later, it became WisdomQuotes, the website you’re reading right now.

I hope quotes will do the same for you.

The Best Short Quotes

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short quotes guts story chris bradley wisdom

No guts, no story. Chris Brady

Screw it, let’s do it. Richard Branson

Boldness be my friend. William Shakespeare

My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi

Keep going. Be all in. Bryan Hutchinson

Dream big. Pray bigger.

Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

short quotes stay hungry stay foolish wisdom

Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs

And so the adventure begins.

If you want it, work for it.

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.

short quotes matters you find way charlie gilkey wisdom

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

Dream without fear. Love without limits.

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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

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

short quotes you matter wisdom

You matter.

Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move. Anthony Bourdain

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

short quotes each day provides gifts marcus aurelius wisdom

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. George Santanaya

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Part 2. Short Inspirational Quotes That ARE…

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

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short quotes go wisdom




Let go.


Slow down.

Let it be.

Go for it.

I love you.

Choose joy.

Choose happy.

Take it easy.

Be in the now.

Live the moment.

short quotes keep going wisdom

Keep going.

Do it. With love.

Keep your chin up.

Follow your heart.

Never stop dreaming.

Now is all you have.

Keep moving forward.

Love more. Worry less.

Nothing lasts forever.

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.


Deep Small Quotes

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short quotes voice not echo wisdom

Be a voice. Not an echo.

Seek the seeker. Ramana Maharshi

Silence is an answer too.

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 is short, death is forever. Chuck Palahniuk

Stars can’t shine without darkness.

Be who you needed when you were young.

short quotes takes long time become young pablo picasso wisdom

It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

Innocence is courage and clarity both. Osho

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

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

You’ve gotta know what death is to know life. Jack Kevorkian

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

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. Augustine of Hippo

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

short quotes bird nest spider web man friendship william blake wisdom

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

Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages.

Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.

The knowledge of happiness brings the knowledge of unhappiness. Swami Vivekananda

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Kahlil Gibran

It’s so strange that autumn is so beautiful, yet everything is dying.

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

When you’re happy you enjoy the music, when you’re sad you understand the lyrics.

When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there. George Harrison

If you do it for competition you’re screwed. If you do it for love you have a chance. Maxime Lagacé

Wise Short Quotations and Phrases

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short quotes odd number one dr seuss wisdom

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

Please all, and you will please none. Aesop

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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

Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.

short quotes there saint without past augustine of hippo wisdom

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. Augustine of Hippo

Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes

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

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

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

short quotes people poor money jack kerouac wisdom

Some people are so poor, all they have is money. Jack Kerouac

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. Ray Knight

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

Related: 100 Words of Wisdom From The Best Minds (Ever)

Part 3. Conclusion

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short quotes love life live bob marley wisdom

Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley

Let’s recap:

  • Life is short. Be patient with results and impatient with actions.
  • You can accomplish lots of things. Commit to ONE and give it your 100%. Then go to the next.
  • Choose hope and positivity. But remember: it will not be easy.
  • Stop overthinking. Planning is fine, but life gets better when you trust more.
  • The life you’re living right now is the only one you’ll ever have. So GO!

Further Readings

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What’s your favorite short quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Table Of Contents

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Best Quotes

Part 2
Short Inspirational Quotes That ARE
Very Short

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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 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. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

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

Finally, he still considers himself a beginner.

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

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October 26, 2022

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  1. You have compiled a gem! I was looking for inspiration for a sibling business venture about to launch and your website delivered many options without clutter and irritating pop ups. Thank you!

    1. This makes me smile, Sarah! 😊
      It’s one of the goals of WisdomQuotes: to have a clean and pleasant website for people.

      Thank you,

  2. Thank you for compiling these great quotes in an easy format. No ads popping up asking me to click to continue made this experience calm. I noted down some quotes to reflect on thru the year. Thanks again.

    1. Happy you liked Esther!
      I also hate when there are so many ads and popups the experience becomes irritating.
      That’s one of the reasons I made WisdomQuotes this way! 🙂

  3. I ran across all your quotes and I have decided that as an activity Director at a care facility I’m going to put one of these up every day in the dining room. I think they will love them

    1. Thank you for doing this, Karen.
      Trying to inspire others is a great deed!


  4. It has been a great pleasure reading your awesome collection of quotes…loved each one of them.
    My favourite one…Love more, worry less.

    1. Thank you, Neena!
      Worrying is so much easier than loving.
      We must live intentionally.


    1. Thank you Caney!
      Indeed, words are powerful. They have the capacity to change our moods, minds and life.


  5. Awesome compilation of wisdom and knowledge. I came here intending to just write down a couple good ones but ended up printing the entire page.

    1. Thank you Mark!
      Can’t expect more than that from a comment 🙂
      This made me happy.
      Glad you liked.


  6. I like to give a quote to my team at work each week with assignments we work on. Thanx SO MUCH for having such easy, short yet meaningful messages. I am set for the the whole year AND SOME!! 🙂

  7. I am From India. Your quotes are just speechless. It creates happiness and gives a glimpes of meaningful life. Truly appreciating👍.

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