31 Inspirational Quotes About Life To Live By

Looking for inspirational quotes about life? If so, you are at the right place.

Successful people know that the greatest difficulty in life often leads to the greatest reward. When the going gets tough, a few words of wisdom from those who made it can be the motivating factor that you need to carry on and accomplish remarkable things. Let these 31 inspirational quotes about life help you to achieve the impossible today!

Inspirational Quotes About Life

1. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

inspirational quotes about lifeThough she was blind and deaf, Helen Keller became an influential force for social consciousness and a motivational speaker during her lifetime.


2. The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. ~Vince Lombardi

short inspirational quotesVince Lombardi never let defeat rattle him when he was a head coach in the NFL. He lost games, but never a season!


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

best inspirational quotesA severe stutter did nothing to deter this prominent pastor from speaking his truth.


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

inspirational life quotesFamous motivational speaker Tony Robbins was born into an abusive home. At 17, he left home to change his life and ended up changing the lives of millions of other people, too!


5. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha

inspirational quotes about lifeThe founder of Buddhism advocated balance and insight in all things. Millions of practitioners still follow his teachings today.


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

short inspirational quotesNeither jail nor death threats could stop Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from righting the injustice of the racially segregated American South. Though he gave his life for his beliefs, his cause triumphed and his legacy is still celebrated in the U.S.


7. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

best inspirational quotesIn the midst of an angry, reactionary world, Gandhi stood out as a calm, peaceful man. His nonviolent activism allowed India to achieve its independence from Great Britain without resorting to civil war.


8. Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~Dr. Robert Schuller

inspirational life quotesPastor Robert Schuller’s belief in “meeting needs before touting creeds” has reached the hearts of millions of his listeners.


9. Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Charles Kettering

inspirational quotes about lifeWe can credit Charles Kettering’s work ethic and determination for the electrical starting motor and air conditioning.


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

short inspirational quotesWise words from the inventor of the assembly line! Henry Ford’s automobiles were some of the first made for the public. They were so successful that classic model T Fords still run today.

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

best inspirational quotesThough English was her second language, Ayn Rand wrote two huge novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” to tell the world about her philosophies of individualism and hard work.

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

inspirational life quotesEmerson was a poet and lecturer whose belief in the power of individual creativity help spark a religious and philosophical revolution during the 19th century.


13. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. ~Zig Ziglar

inspirational quotes about lifeDistinguishing himself from among his eleven siblings was quite a trick, but Zig Ziglar did – and rose to become vice president of the Automotive Performance Company!


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

short inspirational quotesAlbert Einstein knew something about value. Our entire understanding of modern physics is possible because of his groundbreaking equation: e=mc2!


15. Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

best inspirational quotesDuring World War II, the Nazis expected to take Great Britain easily by bombing London. They hadn’t counted on Winston Churchill! Thanks to his stubbornness and ability to inspire the British people, London never fell.


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

inspirational life quotesA reincarnated sage and teacher, the Dalai Lama devotes his life to sharing his wisdom with others.

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

inspirational quotes about lifeAs American society became more mechanized, Thoreau singlemindedly sought peace, quiet, and nature. The poetry he wrote as a result of his lifestyle is still taught in schools today.


18. Don’t count the days, make the days count.” ~Muhammad Ali

short inspirational quotesMuhammad Ali was known to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in the boxing ring. Despite his success as a heavyweight champion, it was his advocation of racial equality and religious freedom that won the hearts of his many fans!


19. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden

best inspirational quotesPeople call John Wooden “the wizard of Westwood” because of his many triumphs. Wooden would probably say that there’s no magic to success – just hard work and a positive attitude.


20. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.~Pablo Picasso

inspirational life quotesHis artistic style struck people as bizarre and strange, but Picasso had a vision. He pursued it so tenaciously that he ended up becoming a true giant of 20th century painting!


21. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison

inspirational quotes about lifeAccording to legend, Thomas Edison’s teachers thought he was stupid and his bosses thought he was lazy. Nevertheless, everyone thought quite well of him after he had invented the incandescent light bulb.

22. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain

short inspirational quotesMost people know Mark Twain as a humorist and author, but he also started several businesses, most of which failed. That never stopped him from trying again.


23. If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient. ~Gurbaksh Chahal

best inspirational quotesBy age 25, entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal was worth $340 million dollars!


24. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan

inspirational life quotesMichael Jordan is roundly hailed as the greatest basketball player of all time. During his 15 seasons with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards, he received five Most Valuable Player awards, fourteen NBA All-Star game appearances, and three All-Star Game MVP awards, to name a few.


25. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. ~Dale Carnegie

inspirational quotes about lifeBeing born into poverty on a struggling farm was merely motivation for the author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”


26. Fortune sides with him who dares. ~Virgil

short inspirational quotesThe author of the “Aeneid” knew something about heroism. His wisdom has guided Western culture for thousands of years!


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

best inspirational quotesThe personal computing industry was never the same after Steve Jobs founded Apple. Even after his death, his legacy of beautiful, easily usable computing technology lives on.


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

inspirational life quotesMany people consider Wayne Gretzky the greatest hockey player ever. He made up for his small size with his intelligence and strategy on the ice.


29. 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

inspirational quotes about lifeThere’s hardly a household that doesn’t know Oprah from her talk show, book club, and magazine! Considering the fact that she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, many people are surprised that she was born into extreme poverty.


30. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~Lao Tzu

short inspirational quotesLao-Tzu never opened a formal school in his lifetime, but his wisdom touched people so deeply that students came to him anyway. Today, he’s one of the most revered figures in Chinese culture.


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

best inspirational quotesGrandma Moses began painting at the age of 78. Though she got a late start, the 1,500 canvases she created during her life are now considered staples of folk art.

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