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.
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 contains so much wisdom and power.
The best part?
It’s a practical quote you can apply.
Now, here are 115 short quotes that will inspire you faster than watching 13 YouTube videos.
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?
The Best Short Quotes
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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Very Short Quotes (For Tattoos, Mantras, etc.)
Let it be.
Go for it.
I love you.
Take it easy.
Be in the now.
Live the moment.
Keep your chin up.
Relax. Seriously. Ryan Holiday
Paradise is a mindset. Maxime Lagacé
Now is all you have.
Keep moving forward.
Fear less. Love more.
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.
It’s not a loss, it’s a lesson.
Deep Short Quotes
Be a voice. Not an echo.
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.
Life begins where fear ends. Osho
Find what you love and let it kill you. Charles Bukowski
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Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Will Rogers
Freedom is taking what comes. Maxime Lagacé
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake
Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages.
Peace of mind is freedom from desire. Shane Parrish
The less you want, the richer you are. Yanni
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.
Know yourself and you will know what to do. Maxime Lagacé
Small And Simple Quotes
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
If you lose your temper, you lose. Richard Diaz
Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.
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
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
Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley
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- 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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Hope you liked these short inspirational quotes! If you did, share one of them with a friend today!
What’s your favorite short quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.
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