102 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Live Your Best Life

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    Maybe it's been a tough month. Or maybe you're just looking for a little motivation on a particularly rough Monday morning. Whatever the case, we rounded up a long list of inspiring quotes — from actors, authors, iconic TV characters, and more — to help you find the encouragement you need!

    1. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." —Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    2. “Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. 'What if…' 'If only…' 'I wonder what would have…' You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.”―Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

    Trevor Noah

    3. "Be stronger than your strongest excuse." —Anonymous

    4. "The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before." —Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein

    5. "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." —Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem

    6. "No grit, no pearl." —Anonymous

    7. "Life's too mysterious to take too serious." —Mary Engelbreit

    Mary Engelbreit

    8. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." —William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare

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

    Anne Frank

    10. "Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods." —C.S. Lewis

    Chronicles of Narnia books

    11. "You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise, it's just a cage." —Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

    Terry Pratchett

    12. "All those days that came and went, little did I know that they were life." —Stig Johansson

    Stig Johansson quote

    13. "Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things." —George Carlin

    George Carlin

    14. "Start easy, finish strong." —Anonymous

    15. "Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass." —Louise Erdrich, The Round House

    Louise Erdrich

    16. "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life." —David Kemper, Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    17. "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." —Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    18. "Comparison is the thief of joy." —Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

    19. "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and there's still going to be someone who hates peaches." —Dita Von Teese

    Dita Von Teese

    20. "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." —Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    21. "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." —Omar Khayyam

    Bust of Omar Khayyam

    22. "It's not about how hard you can hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." —Rocky Balboa, Rocky

    rocky balboa

    23. "We have a choice...to live or to exist." —Harry Styles

    24. "How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us." —Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers

    25. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." —John Lennon

    26. “I never confused what I had with what I was.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Jonathan Safran Foer

    27. "We accept the love we think we deserve." —Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    We accept the love we think we deserve

    28. "There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." —Mark Twain

    Mark Twain

    29. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." —Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho

    Samuel Beckett

    30. "Be the person you needed when you were younger." —Ayesha Siddiqi

    "Be the person you needed when you were younger."

    31. "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    32. "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape." —Anonymous

    33. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." —Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

    The stars

    34. "Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds." —Elie Wiesel

    Elie Wiesel

    35. "Follow your heart, but take your brain with you." —Alfred Adler

    A woman holding someone's hand on a beach

    36. "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." —Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

    A woman sitting at her computer

    37. "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." —Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks

    38. "The world breaks everyone, and after, many are strong at the broken places." —Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway

    39. "Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth." —Anonymous

    "Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth."

    40. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." —Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln

    41. "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." —Jennifer Lee

    42. "I can't abandon the person I used to be, so I carry her." —Anonymous

    A woman with her hair blowing

    43. "Be curious, not cool." —Ken Burns

    44. The days are long, but the years are short." —Gretchen Rubin

    "The days are long, but the years are short."

    45. “Fear is what makes us human, and it is in overcoming fear that we show our strength.” ―Bianca Marais, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

    A father carrying his son on his shoulders

    46. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." —Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

    47. "Good things take time." —Anonymous

    48. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." —Aristotle


    49. "Always say maybe." —Anonymous

    50. "Throw kindness around like confetti." —Anonymous

    51. "Happiness is an inside job." —Anonymous

    Two women laughing and hugging

    52. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." —Mark Twain

    Mark Twain

    53. "Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim." —Tyler Knott Gregson, Typewriter Series #61

    A swimmer

    54. "Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." —Jorge Luis Borges

    Jorge Luis Borges

    55. "The only way to move past something is to go through it." —Anonymous

    56. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    A person writing in a notebook

    57. "It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it." —Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

    A girl throwing a ball in the air

    58. "Make terrible choices and regret nothing." —Anonymous

    59. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein

    60. "Don't be afraid to swim upstream." —Anonymous

    61. "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it." —J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

    Silhouette of Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell

    62. "The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality." —Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    63. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." —Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman

    64. "Do what you love and forget the rest." —Anonymous

    65. "Do all that you can and all you thought you could not." —Anonymous

    66. "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." —Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai

    67. "Be so good that they can't ignore you." —Steve Martin

    68. "Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be." —Clementine Paddleford

    69. "And don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away." —John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck

    70. "It's not your job to be likable. It's your job to be yourself." —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Washington Post

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    71. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" —Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers

    72. "Don't quit your daydream." —Anonymous

    73. "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less." —Marie Curie

    Marie Curie

    74. "You can't cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." —Anonymous

    75. "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." —John Steinbeck, East of Eden

    John Steinbeck

    76. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    77. "Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck." —The Dalai Lama

    The Dalai Lama

    78. "I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am."—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath

    79. "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." —Dan Stanford

    Dan Stanford

    80. “This body is resilient. It can endure all kinds of things. My body offers me the power of presence. My body is powerful.” —Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

    Roxane Gay

    81. "Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." —Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison

    82. "You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated." —Maya Angelou

    83. "The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    84. "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

    Leonard Cohen

    85. "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." —William Ernest Henley

    A man steering a ship

    86. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." —Helen Keller

    Helen Keller

    87. "Strive for progress, not perfection." —Anonymous

    88. "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." —Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi

    89. “I want you to remember who you are, despite the bad things that are happening to you. Because those bad things aren’t you. They are just things that happen to you. You need to accept that who you are and the things that happen to you, are not one and the same.” —Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

    90. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” —Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf

    91. "You are loved just the way you are, exactly where you are right in this moment. Don't ever let anyone make you feel less than." —Anonymous

    Two people hugging

    92. “The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles — preferably of his own making — in order to triumph.” ―Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

    Garth Stein

    93. "May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect." —Chuck Palahniuk

    Chuck Palahniuk

    94. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    95. "Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end." —Fernando Sabino

    A person holding an opened book

    96. "People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible." —Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Sotomayor

    97. “Do your thing and don't care if they like it.” ―Tina Fey, Bossypants

    Tina Fey

    98. “We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.” — Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein  lecturing to the American Association for the Advancement of Science at Pittsburgh.

    99. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” —Dale Carnegie

    Dale Carnegie, author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Head and shoulders portrait.

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

    Steve Jobs holds the new iPod Shuffle in 2006

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

    Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time" at the El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018

    102. “The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at." —Jesse Owens

    Jesse Owens practises the long jump on the deck

    This article contains content from Syd Robinson, Brett S. Vergara, Emily Shwake, Carolyn Kylstra, and Terri Pous. It was compiled by Kelly Rissman.