Harnessing the Power of Inspirational Quotes

You’ll be motivated, inspired, and maybe even moved to tears by these life statements.
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Whether you’re having a rough day and need some motivation to assure yourself that it’s all going to be OK, or you’re just looking for a mission statement for the day, these inspirational quotes will help you put one foot in front of the other and make the small or sweeping changes that you desire.

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No matter if it’s a movie star, a thought leader, Beyoncé or a 17th-century writer, you’re sure to find an inspirational quote that speaks to your drive and determination. Here are the best inspirational quotes for 2023!

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1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

2. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

3. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” — W. Clement Stone

4. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill

5. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

6. “Success is a journey not a destination.” — Ben Sweetland

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7. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Zig Ziglar

8. “Success only comes to those who dare to attempt.” — Mallika Tripathi

9. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder

10. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

11. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” — Charles R. Swindoll

12. “Change your thoughts, and you change your world.”— Norman Vincent Peale

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13. “By being yourself you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” — Edwin Elliot

14. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lorde

15. “I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.” — Kerry Washington

16. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into place.” — Lucille Ball

17. “If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.” — Gabrielle Union

18.“You are your best thing.” — Toni Morrison

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19. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E.E. Cummings

20. “If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.” — Bell Hooks

21. “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” — Leo Buscaglia

22. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” — Nina Simone

23. “Scarcity of self-value cannot be remedied by money, recognition, affection, attention, or influence.” — Gary Zukav

24. “Talk to yourself like someone you love.” — Brené Brown

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25. “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” — Carlos Santana

26. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

27. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'” — Audrey Hepburn

28. “There is only one happiness in this life: to love and be loved.” — George Sand

29. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen

30. “Be happy for this moment. This moment in your life.” — Omar Khayyam

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31. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” — Oscar Wilde

32. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney

33. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer

34. “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” — J.M. Barrie

35. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

36. “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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37. “Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

38. “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” — Mario Fernández

39. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

40. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy

41. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

42. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

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43. “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 which has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

44. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Ghandi

45. “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the errors that counts.” — Nikki Giovanni

46. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

47. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” —Winston Churchill

48. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” — Oprah Winfrey

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49. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” — Mandy Hale

50. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman

51. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

52. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

53. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem

54. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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55. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” — J.M. Barrie

56. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston S. Churchill

57. “It is only when we take chances, when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest.” — Walter Anderson

58. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” — Rabindranath Tagore

59. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin

60. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

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61. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

62. “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones

63. “When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” — Laverne Cox

64. “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” — Bill Watterson

65. “Never regret anything that made you smile.” — Mark Twain

66. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou

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67. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

68. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho

69. “Give light and people will find the way.” — Ella Baker

70. “Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.” — Dodinsky

71. “True friendship is like a rose. We don’t realize its beauty until it fades.” — Evelyn Loeb

72. “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” — Mother Teresa

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73. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

74. “Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

75. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

76. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” — Coco Chanel

77. “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” — Viola Davis

78. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” — William W. Purkey

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79. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

80. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

81. “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” — Maggie Kuhn

82. “Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.” — Stephanie Lahart

83. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

84. “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” — Janis Joplin

85. “Follow your heart. Listen to your inner voice. Stop caring about what others think.”
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86. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

87. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington

88. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali

89. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Helen Keller

90. “You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” — Unknown

91. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” — Buddha

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92. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer

93. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius

94. “Fall 7 times, stand up 8.” — Japanese Proverb

95. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” — Robert Frost

96. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” — Trivia Cunningham

97. “You do not find the happy life. You make it.” — Camilla Eyring Kimball

98. “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” — Hafez

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99. “The only way to have a life is to commit it to like crazy.” — Angelina Jolie

100. “Believe in yourself. Stay in your own lane. There’s only one you.” — Queen Latifah

101. “Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” — Jon Bon Jovi

102. “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis

103. “Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window — or break down a door.” — Brooke Shields

104. “I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it.” — Simone Biles

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105. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” — Oprah Winfrey

106. “I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody, including myself.” — Zendaya

107. “Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.” — Oprah Winfrey

108. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs

109. “Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

110. “Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” — Kate Winslet

111. “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” — Taylor Swift

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112. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” — Bonnie Prudden

113. “It’s a whole lot more satisfying to reach for the stars, even if you end up landing only on the moon.” — Kermit the Frog

114. “Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.” — Ellen Degeneres

115. “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” — Charles Schulz

116. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” — Harper Lee

117. “The sky isn’t the limit — the sky has no limit.” — Sarah Barker

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118. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol

119. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis

120. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” — Bil Keane

121. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville

122. “A person without regrets is a nincompoop.” — Mia Farrow

123. “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” — Steven Wright

124. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now, I realize I should have been more specific.” — Lily Tomlin

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