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105 quotes for motivation to inspire your best life

105 quotes for motivation to inspire your best life

If you’re looking for a gentle kick in the pants to move towards your best life, don’t wait another day.  These quotes for motivation will inspire you to live your best life ever, starting now.  

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We could all use a little help to reignite that spark within us from time to time.  Motivation has to come from within, but we can borrow words from incredible thinkers and teachers.  Quotes for motivation can help give you courage to start a new work-from-home job, or they could encourage you to quit your job and stay home with your kids while they are young.  Quotes for motivation can be about crushing your goals, pursuing your big audacious dreams, while others are intended to give you the inspiration to slow down, live more simply, take a breath.

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A big purpose for me in starting this blog is I want to show you that you can have a fabulous life without spending a lot of money.  It might take a bit more creativity, and sometimes more motivation, to go against the status quo of making your life fuller by buying things.  That’s where these quotes for motivation can help.  Some of these quotes for motivation are about digging deep and figuring out what matters most to you, and that can include what you spend your money on.  There are simplicity quotes, minimalist quotes, quotes to give you courage and to inspire you.

These quotes for motivation will invite you to dream big.  To make changes.  To stick with good habits you already have.  They will inspire you to choose kindness.  To turn your face to the sunshine.  To believe in yourself.  To share your gifts.

Here are 105 of the best motivational quotes I have ever come across.  Whether you are looking for motivation to declutter your life, get healthier, make a big change, or something else I hope they speak to you too!

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105 Inspirational Quotes for Motivation

1. Want to be happy?  Stop trying to be perfect.   – Brené Brown

2. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.   – Walt Disney

3. Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.  – Will Rogers

4. I make myself rich by making my wants few.  – Henry David Thoreau

5. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.  – Kahlil Gibran

6. I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.  – Oprah

7. Minimalism is not the lack of something. It is simply the perfect amount of something.  – Najahyia Chinchilla

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

9. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.  – Dalai Lama

10. I’ve always tried to present a positive view of the world in my work.  It’s so much easier to be negative and cynical and predict doom for the world than it is to try and figure out how to make things better.  We have an obligation to do the latter.  – Jim Henson

11. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.  – Anonymous

12. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.  – John Wooden

13. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.  – Anonymous

14. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.  – Brené Brown

15. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.  – Jim Rohn

16. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.  – Maya Angelou

17. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.  – Dalai Lama

18. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.  – Oprah

19.  A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.  – Kahlil Gibran

20. When you learn, teach. When you get, give.  – Maya Angelou

21. My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.  – Jim Henson

22. DIG deep – get deliberate, inspired, and going.  – Brené Brown

23. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.  – Maya Angelou

24. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.  – Proverb

25. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.  – Anonymous

26. Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.  – Jim Henson.

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

28. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain

29. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.  – Oprah

30. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.  – Dalai Lama

31. Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.  – Jim Henson

32. Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.  – Albert Einstein

33.  It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.  – Brené Brown

34. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.  – Robert Collier

35. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.  – Maya Angelou

36. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.  –  Kahlil Gibran

37.  Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.  – Henry David Thoreau

38. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.  – Earl Nightingale

39. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.  – Oprah

40. Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.  – Nathan W. Morris

41. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.  – Thomas A. Edison

42. We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable happiness.  – Dalai Lama

43. The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.  – M. Scott Peck

44. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.  – Kahlil Gibran

45. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.  – Ray Goforth

46. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.  – Steve Jobs

47. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.  – Thomas Jefferson

48. Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.  – Francis Chan

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

50. Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.  – Oprah

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51. Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.  – Joshua Becker

52. You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.  – Oprah

53. When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.  – Audre Lorde

54. I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.  – Dalai Lama

55. Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. – Zig Ziglar

56. A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.  – Maya Angelou

57. It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.  – Bertrand Russell

58. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.  – Jim Rohn

59. Having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.  – Tenzin Palmo

60. We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.  – Anna C. Brackett

61. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.  – Oprah

62. Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.  – Dalai Lama

63.  The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.  – Kahlil Gibran

64. The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom.  – Joshua Fields Millburn

65. If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.  – The Dalai Lama

66. Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.  -Edwin Way Teale

67. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.  – Lao Tzu

68. Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.  – Epicurus

69. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.  – Claudio Silvestrin

70. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.  – Henry Ward Beecher

71. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.  – Hans Hofmann

72. What is minimalism then? It’s living lightly and gracefully on the earth – it’s uncovering who you are.  – Francine Jay

73. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  – Leonardo da Vinci

74. Collect moments, not things.  – Paulo Coelho

75. Success for me has little to do with money or possessions or status.  Rather, success is a simple equation: Happiness + Growth + Contribution = Success.  That’s the only kind of success I know.  Hence, I want to partake in work that makes me happy, work that encourages me to grow, work that helps me contribute beyond myself.  Ultimately, I want to create more and consume less.  Doing so requires real work.  – Joshua Fields Millburn

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76. Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it’s about living intentionally.  – Laurie Buchanan‘

77. The essence of philosophy is that we should live so that our happiness depends as little as possible on external causes.  – Epictetus

78. You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.  – Vernon Howard

79. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

80. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.  – Wu-Men

81. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  – Howard Thurman

82. In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.  – Plato

83. Be who you are and say what you feel…Because those that matter…don’t mind…And those that mind…don’t matter.  – Dr Seuss

84. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is. – Mandy Hale

85. Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.  – Charles Dudley Warner

86. Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.  – Henry David Thoreau

87. Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.  – Harold Kushner

88. The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.  – Socrates

89. Don’t buy things you don’t need.  – Anonymous

90. Minimalism is asking why before you buy.  – Francine Jay

91. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.  – Elise Boulding

92. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.  – Henry David Thoreau

93. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.  – Lin Yutang

94. Enjoy your favorite things every day by only owning your favorite things.  – Anonymous

95. With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.  – Lope de Vega

96. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.  – Lao Tzu

97. Live simply so that others may simply live.  – Elizabeth Ann Seton

98. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great!  – Mark Twain

99. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.  – W. H. Murray

100. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really want.  – Emma Watson

101. And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.  – Randy Komisar

102. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.  – JK Rowling

103. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  – Neale Donald Walsch

104. The first jump – that’s the most difficult part.  Because you’ll always have some people who say things like, ‘Why would you do that?’ or ‘How can you do that?’ or ‘If you could do that thing you want to do – write that novel or become an entrepreneur or travel the world or whatever – then everyone would be doing it.’ It’s important to remember that these naysayers are just projecting.  It’s that ingrained fear we all have, a natural instinct.  We tend to be afraid of bucking the status quo.  But when you do take that first jump, it actually becomes terrifying to do ‘normal’ things, because you realize what a risk it is to give up your entire life just to be normal. – Joshua Fields Millburn

105. Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.  -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Thanks for sharing this great content. I enjoyed reading them. Great job for compiling these motivational quotes.


Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Thanks Sandrine! Happy you enjoyed reading these motivational quotes.


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. This is what I did when i was at dead end. I never ask approval now.

My first rule to keep motivated is to avoid all negative vibes either they are people around me or some media news and even my own thought. I have a strict rule to choose one thing whatever it is and then stick to it. Blindly believe on it. Motivation only comes when you have a believe.

Next step is to follow some quotes and make their life rules. No matter what happens, you have to always follow those rules.

Third, even when I get some demotivation, I always remember if it can be any worse? If it can be, I appreciate myself again and keep pushing for next action. I never stop. I switched 6 jobs in 8 years to find my passion and I am still not willing ot satisfy. Never settle yourself is my last advice


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

It sounds like you found that confidence and direction within yourself - that's wonderful! Gratitude and appreciation is such an important step. And the perfect motivational quote can sometimes make this all click. :)

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