37 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life



The right words lift us.  Mostly, they help us lift ourselves.

They can kindle your fire or fan your flames.

Here are 37 inspirational quotes to help you get a fresh start, find your path, stand back up if you’ve fallen down, and make your dreams happen.

Why 37?

It’s one of the world’s favorite numbers.  And, this might actually be because it’s a combo of two of the world’s favorite numbers, 3 and 7.

Either way, please enjoy this hand-crafted collection of the world’s most inspirational quotes by some of the most inspiring minds of all time  …

Inspirational Quotes to Kindle Your Inner Fire

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

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Henry Stanley Haskins

“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

“The best revenge is massive success.”
–- Frank Sinatra

“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.”
–- Pablo Picasso

“Let each man exercise the art he knows.”

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
Ben Okri

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
–- Albert Einstein

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
–- Ayn Rand

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
–- Vincent Van Gogh

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
–- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
Mary Anne Radmacher

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
–- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
–- Farrah Gray

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
–- Lao Tzu

“Think with your whole body.”
Taisen Deshimaru

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”
Robert H. Schuller

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

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
Napoleon Hill

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
T.S. Eliot

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”
Oprah Winfrey

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
–- Japanese Proverb

“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzshe

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
–- Chinese Proverb

“To thrive in life you need three bones. A wishbone. A backbone. And a funny bone.”
Reba McEntire

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.  You are free.”
-– Jim Morrison

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
–- Confucius

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”
–- Audrey Hepburn

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
Vince Lombardi

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Nido Qubein

“You change your life by changing your heart.”
Max Lucado

“Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.”
–- Arthur Ashe

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
–- George Addair

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
–- Benjamin Franklin

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
–- Aristotle

Whether you roar, or try again tomorrow, I hope these words of wisdom help you when you need them most.

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  1. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –- George Addair

    I’m still trying to muster the courage to go sky diving. Perhaps this quote is the reminder I need!

    • Inspirational quotes work wonders 😉

      Skydiving could be one of the best and most exciting events in your life.

      I’d probably warm up starting with indoor skydiving.

      I’m a fan of calculated risk, too. If I were going skydiving, I would want to know the key dangers, eliminate/reduce the main factors of potential risk, and bet on a tandem instructor with proven skills and experience. Things like:
      – Check the canopy pilot’s track record.
      – Avoid mid-air collisions by flying solo or going tandem
      – Avoid windy days/storms
      – Hang out at the drop zone to get insider info from skydivers on safety tips

      Like with most things, human errors are usually behind accidents. Fatalities are extremely low in skydiving and they are most often attributed to experienced skydivers performing aggressive maneuvers that they know are dangerous.

      It helps to know that a saying among skydivers is that “Skydiving is safer then walking across a Wal-Mart parking lot.”

      • Another thing about skydiving is that you are actually more likely to die from being hit in the head with a coconut than skydiving 😀

  2. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

    That’s one of my favorites. But all these are great too. It’s all about finding your own understanding of the quote, and what it means to you. Then you can turn it into a mantra or simply words to live by.

    • Nice one — I like that!

      I’m a fan of internalizing, and “words to live by” is very much a personal thing.

  3. Love these quotes. A few I have heard, A few I haven’t, but all great.

    My favorite is Audrey Hepburn’s: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!

    Here is another good one for ya:

    The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination. -Tommy Lasorda

  4. Hi JD,

    Loved this.
    Just what I needed to read today.

    While I enjoyed all of them, this one really stood out…

    “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” –- Lao Tzu

    • Thank you.

      Lao Tzu continues to inspire me on nearly a daily basis. What incredible words of wisdom, with amazing precision.

  5. That is an awesome collection of quotes!! I love the feeling I get after reading them – they absolutely put the fire back in my belly to get out there and make the most of each moment of my life 🙂

    One of my own favorites is:

    “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

    – Dale Carnegie

    This really inspires me to stay persistent – to keep taking daily actions towards fulfilling my dreams, no matter how far away and crazy those dreams may seem at the time 🙂


  6. “You can win or you can learn.”

    I use this with the occasional disappointment…puts a new perspective on it immediately. 🙂

  7. Hi Jd, Quote junkie as i am, i loved this page. I have most of these quotes in my journal and I start off my day reading them to kick start my day.

    My favorite one is from Mahatma Gandhi which is not listed here.

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    Thank you JD,

    • Excellent addition, Manish.

      Sometimes I wonder if that is THE ultimate quote of all time.

      And then I remind myself that it depends on what words you need to hear at any given time, just like “when the student is ready, the master appears.”

      One thing is for sure — life’s better with the right words of wisdom.

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