63 motivational and inspirational quotes to live your best life

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How you see life is different from how others see it.

For you it may be about love, for some it’s about getting rich and for others, it may be about their faith.

But no matter how you see what life is, it all boils down to living how you want your life to be and staying happy.

Because when it comes down to it, we only have one life to live and the fact is that no one gets out of this life alive.

So, make mistakes, start over again, dance, eat, pray, love and live! And think about where you live as it has a big impact on your happiness.

Make the most of every moment and read these motivational quotes to inspire you to live a life that is worth living.

Quotes about contentment and simple bliss

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Each day provides its own gifts.” — Marcus Aurelius

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.” — Oprah Winfrey

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” — Amelia Barr

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” — Oprah Winfrey

Quotes about the importance of believing in yourself

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — E. E. Cummings

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell

“You are enough just as you are.” — Meghan Markle

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” — Maya Angelou

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” — Ella Fitzgerald

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes about how powerful our imagination is

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” — John Muir

“A No. 2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” — Joyce Meyer

Quotes about reaching for our dreams and being successful

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” — Malala Yousafzai

“I dwell in possibility.” — Emily Dickinson

“I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.” — Zane Grey

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

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


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Quotes about the secret of happiness

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” — Jim Rohn

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” — Jim Rohn

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” — John Barrymore

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

“The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” — E. E. Cummings

Quotes about being a good person

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl

“You get what you give.” — Jennifer Lopez

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

Quotes about the value of time

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss

Quotes about love, friends and people

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” ― Denis Waitley

“Spread love wherever you go.” — Mother Teresa

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

Quotes about life’s tangles and the beauty behind it

“Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.” — Nicole Kidman

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” — Lindsey Vonn

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Quotes about humility and gentleness

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” — Serena Williams

Quotes about being the best version of yourself

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

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

“Limit your “always” and your “nevers”.” — Amy Poehler

“Light tomorrow with today.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The self is made, not given.” — Barbara Myerhoff

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” — Margaret Atwood

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” — Rabindranath Tagore

Quotes about motivation and the world of possibilities

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” — Sheryl Sandberg

“With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything.” — Reese Witherspoon

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Quotes about finding your passion and purpose

“I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.” — Michael J. Fox

“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger―something that matters.” ― Blake Mycoskie

“Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

“Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” — Bryant H. McGill

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” ― John C. Maxwell

“I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.” ― Steven Pinker

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” ― Washington Irving

“We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in  lives. If you don’t know where you’re aiming,our you don’t have a goal.” ― Mary Kay Ash

“When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.” ― Wayne Dyer


Justin Brown

I'm Justin Brown, the founder of Ideapod. I've overseen the evolution of Ideapod from a social network for ideas into a publishing and education platform with millions of monthly readers and multiple products helping people to think critically, see issues clearly and engage with the world responsibly.

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