Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

In the spirit of self motivation, here are my top 100 inspirational quotes. Discover the timeless advice that the world’s great thinkers, billionaires, writers and businesspeople have to offer.

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (1): Life is about making an impact, not making an income. - Kevin Kruse

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. – Kevin Kruse

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (2): Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (3): Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (4): Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

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

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (5): I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (6): You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (7): I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (8): The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (9): Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (10): Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (11): Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being. – Kevin Kruse

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. – Kevin Kruse

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (12): Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (13): We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (14): Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (15): Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. – Charles Swindoll

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. – Charles Swindoll

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (16): The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (17): The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (18): The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (19): An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (20): Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen

Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (21): Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (22): Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (23): I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (24): Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (25): You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (26): I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (27): Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (28): Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (29): The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (30): Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (31): The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (32): People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (33): Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. – Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (34): If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (35): There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (36): Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (37): The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (38): Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (39): When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (40): Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. – Booker T. Washington

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. – Booker T. Washington

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (41): Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (42): Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (43): Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (44): We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (45): Teach thy tongue to say, "I do not know," and thous shalt progress. – Maimonides

Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. – Maimonides

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (46): Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (47): When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (48): Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (49): When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (50): Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. – Confucius

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. – Confucius

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (51): How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (52): When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (53): Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (54): Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama

Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (55): If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (56): First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (57): If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (58): You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. – Unknown

You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. – Unknown

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (59): We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (60): Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (61): Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (62): If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (63): I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (64): Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. – Jamie Paolinetti

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. – Jamie Paolinetti

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (65): You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. – Erica Jong

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. – Erica Jong

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (66): What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (67): I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin

I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (68): In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (69): A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (70): The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (71): There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (72): It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (73): You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey

You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (74): I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent van Gogh

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent van Gogh

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (75): A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Unknown

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Unknown

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (76): It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. – Ann Landers

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. – Ann Landers

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (77): If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. – Abigail Van Buren

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. – Abigail Van Buren

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (78): Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (79): The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible battles inside all of us--that's where it's at. – Jesse Owens

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. – Jesse Owens

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (80): Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. – Sir Claus Moser

Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. – Sir Claus Moser

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (81): I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear. – Rosa Parks

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. – Rosa Parks

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (82): It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (83): If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (84): Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (85): You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (86): Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan

Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (87): Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (88): Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (89): If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (90): Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (91): It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (92): You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. – Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (93): Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (94): Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (95): The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (96): When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (97): It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (98): Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (99): Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (100): Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (101): The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes (102): If you can dream it, you can achieve it. – Zig Ziglar

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. – Zig Ziglar

Source: Forbes.com
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