230 Short Inspirational Quotes To Boost Your Day (And Life)

Here are 230 of the best short inspirational quotes. It’s the perfect place to find the beautiful words if you want quick motivation for your day (and life). Enjoy!

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Creativity gets you freedom. Hard work gets you respect. Angela Jiang

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How we spend our time is the best test of intelligence. Shane Parrish

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Learn slowly and deeply, otherwise you won’t remember. Build slowly and deeply, otherwise it won’t last. Maxime Lagacé

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We are very, very small. But we are profoundly capable of very, very big things. Steven Hawking

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Abundance is a full heart, not a full house. Courtney Carver


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I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Mark Nepo

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Resist nothing, it’s all fine. Naval Ravikant

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Inspire people with your example. Be calm, healthy and loving. Maxime Lagacé

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Love is the fruit of sacrifice. Wealth is the fruit of generosity. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

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Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Eckhart Tolle


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To be human is to wait and wonder; to understand would be divine. Anne Scottlin

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Nothing has changed but my attitude, therefore, everything has changed. Anthony de Mello

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Life is about the people right next to you. @orangebook_

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

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Be silent and watch the world of delusions melt away. B. D. Schiers

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The Best Short Inspirational Quotes

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Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without. Chuang Tzu

The best blooms when the mind is calm and tranquil. Dilip

Once you realize nothing will make you happy forever, you stop the search and you become peaceful. Maxime Lagacé

The wiser you get the less you care what they say. Maxime Lagacé

The more comfortable you are with silence, the more powerful you become. Maxime Lagacé

Silence is the cornerstone of character. Native American proverb (Teton Sioux)

It doesn’t matter how fast you move if it’s in a worthless direction. Sam Altman

Without hard work, a great strategy remains a dream. Without a great strategy, hard work becomes a nightmare. James Clear

Ultimately, the only way to truly be in control of your life is to be in control of your thoughts. James Clear

All that you give to others you are giving to yourself. Anthony de Mello

Happiness is like being cool: the harder you try the less it’s going to happen. So stop trying. Start living. Mark Manson

Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson. Alan Cohen

Happiness is not found in comfort and luxury but when you fight for something you love. Maxime Lagacé

Life is far too short to pursue things that do not genuinely interest you. James Pierce

Pessimists are intelligent. Optimists are rich. D. Muthukrishnan

If you wish to be unaffected by insults, learn to be unaffected by compliments. James Pierce

What you are looking for is already in you… You already are everything you are seeking. Thich Nhat Hanh

Move the body, rest the mind. Naval Ravikant

Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie. Miyamoto Musashi

Life becomes better when you stop thinking about what other people think. Play your own game. Shane Parrish

Blame no one. Set people straight, if you can. If not, just repair the damage. Marcus Aurelius

Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is. Eckhart Tolle

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Part 2. Short Inspirational Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Short Inspirational Quotes (Nietzsche, Maslow, Picasso, etc.)

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Speak little, do much. Benjamin Franklin

He that never eats too much, will never be lazy. Benjamin Franklin

To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. Pablo Picasso

True change is within; leave the outside as it is. 14th Dalai Lama

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. Audrey Hepburn

What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization. Abraham Maslow

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

Your belief and your work will speak for you. Maya Angelou

The only two things that matter: ideas and execution. Gary Vaynerchuk

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Within yourself is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. Albert Einstein

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. Friedrich Nietzsche

Our power resides not only in what we do but also in what we refuse to do. Paulo Coelho

I believe in the power of wandering. All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts… not analysis. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. Charles Bukowski

Big, undreamed-of things – the people on the edge see them first. Kurt Vonnegut

The most precious of all possessions is power over ourselves. John Locke

The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. William James

When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world. Elon Musk

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever. Kobe Bryant

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Very Short Inspirational Quotes

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Live hard. Be persistent. David Goggins

The process is the prize. Jack Butcher

Actions reveal who you are. Shane Parrish

Know what your bullseye is. Warren Buffett

The best revenge is winning. Anthony Pompliano

Indifference is a superpower. Maxime Lagacé

Only the heart senses beauty. Elon Musk

Leap, and the net will appear. Kamal Ravikant

Create the life of your dreams. Rhonda Byrne

Insight emerges out of silence. B. D. Schiers

Intelligence follows curiosity. James Clear

Inner peace is the new success. Thibaut

Freedom is the power to say no. James Clear

Prioritize direction over speed. Jack Butcher

Consistency precedes competence. Jack Butcher

Real progress is made in solitude. James Pierce

Our own life has to be our message. Thich Nhat Hanh

The only one who can free me is me. Kamal Ravikant

Consistency matters more than speed. @dailyzen

Wandering is essential for learning. James Clear

Your actions are your real priorities. James Clear

Have more fear of regret than failure. Thibaut

Happiness is a process of understanding. Naval Ravikant

Make space for more life, not more stuff. Courtney Carver

To know ten thousand things, know one well. Miyamoto Musashi

Inputs are overrated. Outputs are underrated. Maxime Lagacé

The more something scares you, the more you should do it. Mark Manson

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Short Motivational And Positive Quotes

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This moment is all we are guaranteed. Be here for it. Courtney Carver

Get lost in what you care about. That’s where you’ll find everything. Courtney Carver

If I see something that I’m afraid of I head towards it, not away from it. Aubrey Marcus

How can I be better in this moment? Not in the future or tomorrow, but now. Ryan Holiday

To be the 1%, avoid what the 99% do. @orangebook_

What if I could? David Goggins (See also: What If You Could Defy The Odds? 3 minutes YouTube video)

Try to be the model citizen — if there’s enough of us, then people will aspire to be that. Naval Ravikant

The universe is rigged in such a way that if you just want one thing and you focus on that, you will get it. But everything else, you got to let go. Naval Ravikant

Anyone can dream big. Daily habits — tiny routines that are repeatable — are what make big dreams a reality. James Clear

Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. John Keating (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

Anything is possible for the man who is obsessed with self-control and self-improvement. He can move mountains, inspire millions, and become etched in history as a legend. Zaid K. Dahhaj

Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all. Nathan W. Morris

Life isn’t always about doing the things we like to do. It’s about doing things we have to do. David Goggins

Your major competitive advantage is likely something you like doing that most other people don’t. Sahil Lavingia

Once you’ve had freedom, you can never go back. Shane Parrish

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. Thich Nhat Hanh

Every single circumstance of your life can change. Rhonda Byrne

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Deep And Short Inspirational Quotes

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Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. Eckhart Tolle

You can’t be what you can’t see. Marian Wright Edelman

You don’t do anything to be free. You drop something, then you’re free. Anthony de Mello

Utter disregard for consensus is a superpower. James Pierce

Only when you ask nothing of the world can you be truly free. James Pierce

When you stop focusing on the outcomes, you become free. The moment you become free, you become unlimited. Maxime Lagacé

Learn to ignore what’s not important. Learn to focus on what is. Maxime Lagacé

Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything. Hayley Hasselhoff

The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analyzation of facts. Robert Adams

What you do is temporary. Who you are is timeless. Naval Ravikant

Everything you see will soon alter and cease to exist. Marcus Aurelius (Meditations, Amazon book)

If you added up all the time wasted searching for shortcuts and trying to cheat the process, the hard work could have already been done by now. James Clear

If you let others decide when you’re successful, you’re also letting them decide when you’re not. Sahil Lavingia

If you’re not unique, you better be the best. If you’re not the best, you better be unique. Eric Jorgenson

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer

To live alone is the fate of all great souls. Arthur Schopenhauer

Preparedness everywhere means lack everywhere. Sun Tzu (The Art of War, Amazon book)

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Wise And Short Inspirational Quotes

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Having no destination, I am never lost. Ikkyu

Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. Isaac Newton

Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Eckhart Tolle

When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing. Zen proverb

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. Sakyong Mipham

Motivation is overrated. Consistency is underrated. Maxime Lagacé

The highest form of peace is love, the second is happiness, the third is acceptance. Maxime Lagacé

Fools focus on looking good, the wise on doing good. Maxime Lagacé

Lasting change becomes possible when you see where you are with absolute clarity. James Pierce

The ego gets what it wants with words. The soul finds what it needs in silence. Richard Rohr

Meditation: gaining nothing, yet losing confusion. Thibaut

The smarter you are, the more likely you decide as late as possible. Shane Parrish

The longer the time frame for results, the less you need intensity and the more you need consistency. Shane Parrish

Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just be. Thich Nhat Hanh

Mastery is an endless quest to reduce effort without reducing effectiveness. James Clear

The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice. James Clear

Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity. Lao Tzu

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Part 3. Short Inspirational Quotes About…

Short Inspirational Quotes About Life, Love

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Remove the things that remove you from your life. Courtney Carver

Don’t let the things you want distract you from the things you have. Courtney Carver

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. Alan Watts

Be generous with your time. Be selfish with whom you spend it on. Alex Sauer

Your life will be in order when disorder ceases to bother you. James Pierce

In a world designed for the common, the uncommon must find their own way. James Pierce

When you stop living in the future, you start walking slowly. Sven Schnieders

The life of your dreams starts with one powerful thought, and then another, and another. Rhonda Byrne

The past has gone, the future has not come, so the most important moment of your life is always right here, right now. Chamtrul Rinpoche

The dream life: rich, anonymous, loved, healthy. @orangebook_

It’s a wonderful feeling when you know that people love you. Fred Rogers

Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. Arthur Schopenhauer

Challenge yourself to find the good and beautiful thing inside everyone you meet. It’s your job to find it, not their job to show you. Mark Manson

The greatest freedom in the world is to be able to do what you want, when you want, with who you want. Anthony Pompliano

A human being who dares to waste even an hour of his time hasn’t discovered the value of life. Ken Rutkowski

A life well-lived is a life well-edited. Prune away the inessential. Pour yourself into what remains. James Clear

Everything you build in your outer world will be destroyed. Everything you build in your inner world will live forever. Maxime Lagacé

You will find friends if you share. You will find meaning if you create. Maxime Lagacé

If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind. Alfred Fripp

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Short Inspirational Quotes About Happiness, Peace

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The ultimate goal is not happiness, the goal is peace. Naval Ravikant

Make a difference about something other than yourselves. Toni Morrison

Our task is to become good men, or to achieve the highest human good. That good is happiness. Aristotle (See also: good quotes)

You have it already. You just can’t feel it because your mind is making too much noise. Eckhart Tolle

The root of progress is dissatisfaction. The root of happiness is contentment. Choose wisely. Maxime Lagacé

You can truly change for the better, in a lasting, meaningful way, unless it is driven by self-acceptance. Brené Brown

Nothing will bring you peace, you must bring yourself to it. Gant Laborde

I’m just someone who’s trying to learn a little bit more today that will make me a little bit better tomorrow. Aubrey Marcus

Sometimes you have to shut your eyes, so you can see the real beauty. Kilian Jornet

There is no better place than here, and no better time than now. James Pierce

If you can be mindful of thinking and mindful of emotion, that really is the doorway into a profound degree of psychological freedom. Sam Harris

Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh

In each of us there is a silence as vast as the universe. Gauri Maa

Happiness is the absence of desire. It’s what you feel when you no longer want to change your state. James Clear

The more you slow down, the more space you have between your thoughts. The more space you have, the clearer you can see. Maxime Lagacé

Get clear on what matters by getting rid of everything that doesn’t. Courtney Carver

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. Arthur Schopenhauer

The worst sin against your own happiness is to value the possessions in your life more than the people. Neil Strauss

Search for peace, not happiness. Happiness is transitory. And its absence brings pain. Thibaut

A secure mind doesn’t seek validation. A calm mind doesn’t seek entertainment. A peaceful mind doesn’t seek at all, it just is. Maxime Lagacé

Become kindness and you become peace. B. D. Schiers

Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance. Buddha

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Short Inspirational Quotes Hard Times, Being Strong

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Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth. Anthony de Mello

Real challenge is costly. If you aren’t paying something, you aren’t really being challenged. Angela Jiang

The longer you’re willing to suffer on a project, the less competition you’ll have. Shane Parrish

One day you will view personal struggles more fondly than triumphs. Brian Norgard

Confidence is revealed in patience. Power is revealed in action. Alex Sauer

Remind yourself that the only things you can control are your thoughts and your actions. Ryan Holiday

The only failure you can be criticized for is not trying. Thibaut

It’s impossible to travel a great distance in a straight line. Evan Williams (Twitter)

Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of being. Eckhart Tolle

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. Francis Bacon

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Short Inspirational Quotes About Motivation, Discipline

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The more one does the more one can do. Amelia Earhart

If you truly want to do something, you don’t make a resolution to do it. James Pierce

We fight against things we hate. We fight for things we love. Simon Sinek

The more you execute, the more you fail. The more you fail, the less you care. The less you care, the more you execute. Jack Butcher (See also: failure quotes)

Motion does not equal action. Busyness does not equal effectiveness. James Clear

The hard way is actually the fast way. Do it right the first time and you won’t have to do it over the next time. James Clear

Push enough to make progress, but not so much that it is unsustainable. James Clear

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. John C. Maxwell

Men’s natures are alike. It is their habits that carry them far apart. Confucius

When you look at the greatest artists and creators, they have this ability to start over that nobody else does. Naval Ravikant

The most effective act is, once the mind is made up, to go on without looking backward. D. T. Suzuki

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Short Inspirational Quotes About Work, Business, Creativity

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The work you are best suited for doesn’t feel like work. James Pierce

To become a clear communicator, become a clear thinker. James Pierce

You’ll never be a leader, if you worry about being liked. Alex Sauer

Meditation and walking is like cheating in the game of creative thinking. Sven Schnieders

Curiosity-driven tinkering is one of the major forces behind the progress of our society. Sven Schnieders

The most valuable work is invisible. Jack Butcher

Big opportunities only appear so in hindsight. They look like work, isolation, and risk first. Angela Jiang

Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed. Sahil Lavingia

Don’t chase success. Create what you think should exist. No one knows until everyone knows – and by then it’s too late. Sahil Lavingia

Externally, be humble. Internally, be confident. James Clear

Creative ideas happen when you stop thinking about what others will think. James Clear

If you work, inspiration will come. If you wait, inspiration will too. James Clear

Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore. James Clear (See also: discipline quotes)

For peak performance, completely clear your mind and start. Thibaut

Everyone thinks they work hard, but most confuse activity with achievement. Thibaut

The key element of an optimal experience is that it is an end in itself. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Don’t mind results. Mind doing beautiful work. Maxime Lagacé

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Short Inspirational Quotes About Success, Dreams

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Success is not about competition – it’s about contribution. Adam Grant

You can do remarkably well simply by having higher standards than everyone else. James Pierce

Potential is when you can accelerate faster than your environment can. Angela Jiang

The longer it takes to become successful, the more prepared you will be to handle it. Sahil Lavingia

Delay gratification. Average people can’t. Only the wise and successful can wait for exponential benefits. Maxime Lagacé

The right things are often the hard things. Have the discipline to consistently do them. Maxime Lagacé

Dreams go unfulfilled because we want to change results without changing the approach. Change the approach not the dream. Shane Parrish

Success is when you no longer compare yourself to anyone else. @orangebook_

Clarity is the new smart. Authenticity is the new cool. Free time is the new rich. @orangebook_

The key to success is consistency and discipline. Richard Dennis

If you can’t win by being better, then win by being different. James Clear

Success is not about your resources. It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have. Ken Rutkowski

Everyone has dreams in life. The question is, are you ready to pay the price. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

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Part 4. Conclusion

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The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. Rumi

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