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Inspirational One-Line Quotes

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Inspirational One-Line Quotes

I've compiled some of the best and the finest short inspirational quotes to inspire and motivate the like-minded souls. Use these great quotes as a thought for the day, a quote of the day, or just as plain inspirational messages. For example:

  • "Some men see things as they are and ask 'why?'; I dare to dream of things that never were and ask 'why not?'"—George Bernard Shaw
  • "You will never win if you never begin."—Helen Rowland

It is not always possible to find the energy and motivation from within. But this article can help you find that motivation with these quotes about a range of inspirational life-topics, such as the future, love, friendship, and more.

Enjoy!

Short Inspirational Quotes

  • "Let's roll."—Todd Beamer
  • "I think, therefore, I am."—Descartes
  • "I am, that I am." —The Bible
  • "What's done is done." —William Shakespeare
  • "Earth laughs in flowers." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I have a dream."—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Attack in all directions!"—Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • "Sweat saves blood."—Ervin Rommel
  • "No day but today."—Jonathan Larson
  • "Carpe diem (seize the day)."—Horace, 23 BC
  • "Touch has a memory."—John Keats
  • "Attitude is everything."—Charles Swindoll
  • "Whatever happens, take responsibility."—Tony Robbins
  • "Eureka!"—Archimedes
  • "Know thyself."—Socrates
  • "Hope springs eternal."—Alexander Pope
  • "Love is blind."—William Shakespeare
  • "Love conquers all."—Virgil
  • "Live with passion."—Anthony Robbins
  • "Do it now!"—Napoleon Hill
  • "The buck stops here."—Harry Truman
  • "Never, never, never give up."—Winston Churchill

Quotes About Life

  • "The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want."—Ben Stein
  • "Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."—Oscar Wilde
  • "Life is a long lesson in humility."—James M Barrie
  • "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."—John Lennon
  • "The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values."—Norman Thomas
  • "The purpose of life is to fight maturity."—Dick Werthimer
  • "Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."—Brendan Gill
  • "Life is a sexually transmitted disease."—R.D. Laing
  • "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."—Sir Winston Churchill
  • "Life is an unbroken succession of false situations."—Thornton Wilder
  • "Life is something that everyone should try at least once."—Henry J. Tillman
  • "Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering—and it's all over much too soon."—Woody Allen
  • "Enjoy your life without comparing it to others."—Condobcet
  • "The truth is more important than the facts."—Frank Lloyd Wright
  • "I don't care what is written about me as long as it isn't true."—Katherine Hepburn
  • "The most important thing is not to stop questioning."—Albert Einstein
  • "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."—Robert F. Kennedy
  • "Thinking will not overcome fear but action will."—W. Clement Stone
  • "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."—ee Cummings
  • "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."—Aldous Huxley
  • "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."—Ayn Rand
  • "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."—Vince Lombardi
  • "Only the gentle are ever really strong."—James Dean
  • "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."—Mark Twain

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Short Quotes About Spirtuality

  • "The word spiritual, not the word religious, is the key."—Clarence Clemons
  • "Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact."—Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "In my songs, the sex is all subliminal. It's subliminal, spiritual."—Ziggy Marley
  • "When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then."—Dennis Banks
  • "Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force."—Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions."—Matthew Henry
  • "Love in its essence is spiritual fire."—Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • "What happens is that people who are very religious but who are not in touch with reality cannot be spiritual."—Keith Miller
  • "Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is."—James Broughton
  • "Yoga has reinforced and grounded my own spiritual beliefs."—Christy Turlington
  • "There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind."—Annie Dillard
  • "We can hear the silent voice of the spiritual universe within our own hearts."—Ruth St. Denis
  • "Art is spiritual."—John Cusack
  • "Greatness is a spiritual condition."—Matthew Arnold
  • "The spiritual is the parent of the practical."—Thomas Carlyle
  • "Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life."—Ludwig van Beethoven

Best Movie Quotes of All Time

  • ". . .Bond. James Bond."—Sean Connery, Dr. No (1962)
  • "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."—Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942)
  • "Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men."—Mae West, I'm No Angel (1933)
  • "I'll be back."—Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator (1984)
  • "Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?"—Jean Harlow, Hell's Angels (1930)
  • "My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get.'"—Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994)
  • "I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows when you came home."—Groucho Marx, Duck Soup (1933)
  • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"—Clark Gable, Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Well, who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who the f--k do you think you're talkin' to?"—Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976)
  • "Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don't be stingy, baby."—Greta Garbo, Anna Christie (1930)
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Classic Quotes

  • "Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."—Alice Mackenzie Swaim
  • "Fantastic things happen—to the way we feel, to the way we make other people feel. All this simply by using positive words."—Professor Leo F Buscaglia
  • "As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."—Paul Shane Spear
  • "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."—Anais Nin
  • "If you don't know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else."—Laurence Peter
  • "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."—Thomas Jefferson
  • "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."—Shira Tehrani
  • "The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do."—Anonymous
  • "All glory comes from daring to begin."—Eugene F. Ware
  • "I'd rather be optimistic and a fool, than pessimistic and right."—Anonymous
  • "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."—Mother Theresa
  • "The reason many people don't see things in the right perspective is that they are always looking for an angle."—Anonymous
  • "Leave the past, engage the present, create the future."—Julio Melara
  • "Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not feeling being wrong."—Peter McIntyre
  • "If you change nothing, nothing changes."—Dr. Joyce
  • "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."—Charles Dickens
  • "You might as well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself."—Napoleon Hill
  • "Once you say you are going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life."—John F Kennedy
  • "The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind."—William James
  • "Our aspirations are our responsibilities."—Robert Browning
  • "A goal is a dream with a deadline."—Napoleon Hill
  • "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."—Henry Ford
  • "You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers."—Les Brown
  • "Once you have a clear picture of your priorities—that, is values, goals, and high leverage activities - organize around them."—Stephen Covey
  • "High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."—Jack and Garry Kinder
  • "A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals."—Larry Bird
  • "This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything."—Scott Reed
  • "Action springs not from though, but from readiness for responsibility."—Dietrich Bonhoffer
  • "A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow."—George S. Patton
  • "Knowing what to do is very, very different than actually doing it."—Seth Godin
  • "The end result of wisdom is good deeds."—Babylonian Talmud
  • "When you realize there is nothing lacking... the whole world belongs to you."—Lao Tzu
  • "Sometimes you just have to jump and grow your wings on the way down."—Les Brown
  • "It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution."—Alvin Toffler
  • "First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."—Epictetus
  • "Life does not happen to us, it happens from uss"—Mike Wickett
  • "When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile."—Anonymous
  • "Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such."—Ralph Marston

Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Oft-Repeated (But Still Inspirational) Quotes

  • "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."—Bertrand Russell
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."—Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "A mistake is only a mistake if you don't learn from it."—Anonymous
  • "There is none so blind as those who will not listen."—William Slater
  • "Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."—Anonymous
  • "Difficulty is not an obstacle, it is merely an attribute."—Wal Sakaluk
  • "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."—Harry Truman
  • "A person who graduated yesterday and stops studying today is uneducated tomorrow."—Anonymous
  • "A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline."—Harvey Mackay
  • "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."—Will Rogers
  • "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."—Samuel Johnson
  • "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."—Benjamin Franklin
  • "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."—Winstom Churchill
  • "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."—Henry Ford
  • "Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."—Margaret Lee Runbeck
  • "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."—Jim Rohn
  • "Men willingly believe what they wish."—Julius Caesar
  • "Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others."—Buddha
  • "Strive for excellence, not perfection."—H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • "Failing to plan is planning to fail."—Allen Lakein
  • "Plan you work and work your plan."—Napoleon Hill
  • "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen."—Lee Iacocca
  • "Make your vocation into vacation and you will not have to work a single day."—Nicholas Lore
  • "The more you can dream the more you can do."—Michael Korda
  • "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve."—Napoleon Hill
  • "We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it."—Donald Curtis
  • "The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck."—Anthony Robbins
  • "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."—Jonathan Swift
  • "Winners make it happen; Losers let it happen."—Leonard Lavin

Quotes About General Love

  • "To love one's self is the beginning of a lifelong romance."—Oscar Wilde
  • "The love we give away is the only love we keep."—Elbert Hubbard
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart."—Helen Keller
  • "True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."—Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • "Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame."—Henry David Thoreau
  • "A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love."—Mother Teresa
  • "The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge."—Bertrand Russell
  • "Love stretches your heart and makes you big inside."—Margaret Walker
  • "We can only learn to love by loving."—Iris Murdoch
  • "Love is a medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given, too rarely taken."—Karl Menninger
  • "By love, serve one another."—The Bible
  • "Who so loves, believes the impossible."—Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination."—Voltaire
  • "We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end."—Benjamin Disreli
  • "Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts; then it is real and pure."—Mother Teresa
  • "Men always want to be a woman's first love—women like to be a man's last romance."—Oscar Wilde
  • "Everything is clearer when you're in love."—John Lennon
  • "At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet."—Plato
  • "Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop."—Henry Louis Mencken
  • "I can live without money, but I cannot live without love."—Judy Garland
  • "Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."—Jackson Brown Jr.
  • "When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew."—Arrigo Boito
  • "Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever."—Anonymous
  • "This is my commandment, that ye love one another."—Jesus Christ
  • "A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."—Thomas Carlyle

Quotes About Romantic Love

  • "When love is not madness, it is not love."—Pedro Calderon de la Barca
  • "Come live in my heart and pay no rent."—Samuel Lover
  • "Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."—Robert Frost
  • "Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs."—Ovid
  • "Only from the heart can you touch the sky."—Jalaluddin Rumi
  • "The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence."—Edward Thomas
  • "We loved with a love that was more than love."—Edgar Allan Poe
  • "Who, being loved, is poor?"—Oscar Wilde
  • "He is not a lover who does not love forever."—Euripides
  • "Love me and the world is mine."—David Reed
  • "Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words."—Margaret Mitchell
  • "I could walk forever and a mile with one beautiful girl."—A.C. Van Cherub
  • "There are two sorts of romantics: those who love, and those who love the adventure of loving."—Lesley Blanch
  • "We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity—romantic love and gunpowder."—Andre Maurois
  • "The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule."—Anita Brookner
  • "Real love stories never have endings."—Richard Bach

Quotes About the Future

  • "Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life."—Mark Twain
  • "The future depends on what we do in the present."—Mahatma Gandhi
  • "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."—Albert Einstein
  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it."—Peter Drucker
  • "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."—C.S. Lewis
  • "The future is as bright as the promises of God."—William Carey
  • "The past does not equal the future."—Anthony Robbins
  • "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future."—George Bernard Shaw
  • "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."—Corrie Ten Boom
  • "The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother."—Napoleon
  • "There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past."—Jean Rostand
  • "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."—Abraham Lincoln
  • "Create your future from your future, not your past."—Werner Erhard
  • "The cradle of the future is the grave of the past."—Franz Grillparzer
  • "When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh."—Chinese Proverb
  • "The future comes slowly, the present flies, and the past stands still forever."—Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
  • "My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there."—Charles F. Kettering

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