50 Short Inspirational Quotes to Live By

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When we’re feeling down, or stuck, or overwhelmed we often turn to the written word for inspiration and motivation.  In today’s busy world, we cannot always find the time to read a book or deeply ponder life, but a powerful quote can serve as a quick boost of inspiration and transform our mood.

Whether life has got you down or you just need a good dose of inspiration, these short inspirational quotes are guaranteed to motivate and inspire you. Repeatedly exposing yourself to positive quotes can train your brain to be optimistic, so be certain to feed your mind inspiring words daily and keep a collection of quotes handy.

My gratitude goes to Wishes Poems for their amazing collection of short quotes about life. Below is a collection of 50 short inspirational quotes to live by.


50 Short Inspirational Quotes to Live By


1)  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

— Dr. Seuss


2)  “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

             — Charles Swindoll


3)  “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”

              — Anthony Robbins


4)  “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

                       — Christopher Columbus


5)  “We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts.  With our thoughts, we make the world.”

     — The Buddha


6)  “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

         —Albert Einstein


7)  “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

         — Stephen Covey


8)  “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

     — Helen Keller


9)   “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

    — Rumi            


10)  “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

— Aristotle


11)  “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts.”

     — J.W. Goethe


12)  “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

           — George Lorimer


13)  “Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”

                     —George Bernard Shaw


14)  “Persistence: fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

              — Japanese Proverb


15)  “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

            — Marcus Aurelius


16)  “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

   — Epictetus


17)  “Think of yourself on the threshold of success.  A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you.  Achieve! Achieve!”

              — Andrew Carnegie


18)  “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

       — Willie Nelson


19)  “I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.”

                — Allen H. Neuharth


20)  “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

— T.S. Eliot


21)  “Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself.”

               — W. Clement Stone


22)  “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ”

     — James Allen


23)  “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

                        — Ralph Waldo Emerson


24)  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

      — Oscar Wilde


25)  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

 — Mae West


26)  “Life engenders life.  Energy creates energy.  It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

              — Sarah Bernhardt


27)  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

      — Robert Frost


28)  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

               — Mahatma Gandhi


29)  “Constant repetition carries conviction.”

         — Robert Collier


30)  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

                          — Martin Luther King, Jr.


31)  “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

     — Mark Twain


32)  “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

      — George Eliot


33)  “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

                        — Ralph Waldo Emerson


34)  “Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

                       — Henry David Thoreau


35)  “The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.”

     — James Allen


36)  “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

                        — Ralph Waldo Emerson


37)  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

                — Thomas A. Edison


38)  “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

         — Mother Teresa


39)  “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

— Lao Tzu


40)  “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

                   — The Dalai Lama XIV


41)  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

              — Mahatma Gandhi


42) “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

               — Eleanor Roosevelt


43)  “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

              — Anthony Robbins


44)  “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

              — Abraham Lincoln


45)  “None but ourselves can free our minds.”

   — Bob Marley


46)  “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

                          — Robert Louis Stevenson


47)  “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

                  — William G.T. Shedd


48)  “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”

     — George Eliot


49)  “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

     — The Buddha


50)  “You never fail until you stop trying.”

          — Albert Einstein 

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  1. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

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