73 Powerful Inspirational Quotes About Life and Success


Inspirational motivational quotes can change your mindset about your life. Feeling inspired and motivated can help you push yourself to be better. By studying the inspirational quotes about life from successful people, you are able to better define your own meaning of success.

Don't shortchange yourself, you have the ability to change the world today. Let these uplifting quotes about life give you hope about your future. Whether you are going through hard times, or just need some business motivation, use these motivational quotes to inspire massive positive change in your life. Believing in yourself is the first step towards an exceptional life.

Understanding Motivation

Motivation is the desire to do something in your life. Having the motivation to do something can help you reach big goals and dreams.

Being in a state of inspiration and helps you accomplish any task at hand. Getting yourself to be motivated is the first step.

5 Tricks to Motivate Yourself

1. Surround Yourself With Motivated Individuals

Being in a good community of people will help you become more motivated. Let the enthusiasm of the people around you light up a fire in your heart. Continue to help each other become their best selves.

2. Build Upon Small Wins

Start with small wins. Use the confidence from them to do drive more results. Continue to stretch yourself just a little bit beyond your comfort zone.

3. Build Good Habits

We are all creatures of habit. Set good habits that help you build consistency over a long period of time. If you improve every day, your progress will be unrecognizable over a long period of time.

4. Be Fearless

Fear is a motivation-killer. If you are always anxious or fearful, you will not want to take action on anything. Find challenges that excite you. Use that excitement and passion to build amazing things.

5. Set SMART Goals

Set SMART goals will help you get into the habit of success. Once you've set up solid goals, execute and continue to build upon the foundation.

73 Inspirational Motivational Quotes About Success

1. Walt Disney, The Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

2. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Winston Churchill

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady

Eleanor Roosevelt

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

4. Will Rogers, Actor

Will Rogers

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

5. Vince Lombardi, NFL Coach

Vince Lombardi

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.

6. Steve Jobs, Apple

Steve Jobs

If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

7. Maya Angelou, American Poet

Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

8. Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker.

Jim Rohn

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.

9. Brian Tracy, Canadian-American motivational public speaker

Brian Tracy

Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would It look like?

10. Thomas A. Edison, American inventor and businessman

Thomas Edison

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

11. Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it.

12. Oscar Wilde, Irish poet

Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

13. Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host

Oprah Winfrey

I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.

14. Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Albert Einstein

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

15. Helen Keller, American educator, advocate for the blind and deaf and co-founder of the ACLU

Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

16. Napoleon Hill, American self-help author

Napoleon Hill

The starting point of all achievement is desire.

17. Thomas J. Watson, American businessman

Thomas Watson

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

18. Mark Twain, American writer

Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not the absence of fear.

19. Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter

Pablo Picasso

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

20. Zig Ziglar, American author

Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily.

21. Martha Stewart, American retail businesswoman

Martha Stewart

I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.

22. Hasidic Proverb

Hasidic Proverb

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.

23. Ralph Nader, American political activist

Ralph Nader

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

24. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

Bill Gates

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

25. Henry Kravis, American businessman

Henry Kravis

A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.

26. Mark Caine

Mark Caine

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

27. Franklin D. Roosevelt, American President

Franklin Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

28. Don Zimmer, MLB infielder, manager, and coach

Don Zimmer

What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110% all the time.

29. Bruce Lee, martial artist and movie star

Bruce Lee

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

30. Theodore Roosevelt, American President

Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.

31. Dale Carnegie, American writer

Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

32. Robert Kiyosaki, American author

Robert Kiyosaki

Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.

33. C.S. Lewis, British writer

C.S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

34. Robert Frost, American poet

Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.

35. Confucius, Chinese philosopher


To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage.

36. Michael Phelps, Olympian

Michael Phelps

I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.

37. George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

George Bernard Shaw

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

38. Michael Jordan, NBA player

Michael Jordan

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.

39. Michelle Obama, First Lady

Michelle Obama

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.

40. John C. Maxwell, American author

John Maxwell

Success is.. knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others.

41. John R. Wooden, head coach of UCLA basketball

John Wooden

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

42. Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady of British politics

Margaret Thatcher

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

43. Truman Capote, professional writer

Truman Capote

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

44. Herman Melville, American novelist

Herman Melville

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

45. Booker T. Washington, American educator

Booker Washington

You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.

46. Anatole France, French poet

Anatole France

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

47. George Lorimer, American editor

George Lorimer

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.

48. Francis Chan, American Protestant author

Francis Chan

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.

49. Jim Ryun, Olympic Runner

Jim Ryun

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

50. Diane Ackerman, American poet

Diane Ackerman

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

51. Chinese Proverb

Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now

52. Babe Ruth, American professional baseball player

Babe Ruth

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

53. Arianna Huffinton, Greek-American businesswoman

Arianna Huffinton

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

54. Neil Gaiman, English author

Neil Gaiman

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

55. Dalai Lama XIV, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people

Dalai Lama XIV

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

56. Abraham Lincoln, American President

Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one.

57. Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist

Paulo Coelho

Impossible is just an opinion.

58. Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur

Elon Musk

If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.

59. John D. Rockefeller, American entrepreneur

John Rockefeller

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

60. Gary Vaynerchuk, Belarusian-American entrepreneur

Gary Vaynerchuk

Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.

61. Mark Cuban, American entrepreneur

Mark Cuban

Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it away from you.

62. Aristotle, Greek philosopher


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

63. Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch post-impressionist painter

Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

64. Simon Sinek, British-born American author

Simon Sinek

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.

65. Aly Raisman, Olympian

Aly Raisman

The hard days are what make you stronger.

66. William Shakespeare, playwright

William Shakespeare

To be or not to be - that is the question.

67. William James, philosopher

William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

68. Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary

Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

69. Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor

Marcus Aurelius

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

70. Wayne Dyer, American author

Wayne Dyer

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

71. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist

Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

72. Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

Lao Tzu

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

73. Warren Buffett, investor

Warren Buffett

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.