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Motivational Quotes To Inspire and Encourage

Posted by  ·  August 10, 2019  ·  Last Updated: August 10, 2019

Motivational quotes encourage and inspire you to be the best you. Reach your goals and make your dreams happen!

If you love sharing quotes and sayings you might also like these 25 Friendship Quotes or these inspirational quotes for teens. And because we can never have too much encouragement in our lives, I just added these Life Quotes to the site! Print them out, cut them apart for a little bit of motivation to keep with you!

{Printable Life Quotes}

printable life quotes

Which are the best motivational quotes ever?

What are some short motivational quotes that inspire you? Never underestimate the impact an inspirational quote can have on your motivation!

It’s been said that our thoughts can eventually become our actions. That means we help determine our future success, as well as failures, by words and thoughts we put into our heads. For that reason, the simple act of reading inspiring words and motivational quotes can help set us on a path to greatness.

It is no secret that life has times of great obstacles and rough patches that can seem too difficult to pass through. By reading the motivating quotes of others, you can start changing your life’s direction, overcome your obstacles, and begin moving toward your goals and dreams for a happy life.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” —Og Mandino

If you want other ways to reach your goals I have a set of free goal planning worksheets. You will find sheets for listing out your goals, recording them, motivational reminder cards and a weekly planner.

Katherine Patterson says it best, “A dream without a plan is just a wish!” 

Quotes to Motivate…

I have collected 25 quotes from different authors that I think can help inspire us all. Are you looking for some of the best motivational quotes ever? These quotes can help get you through those rough patches, and even help you be a better leader, guide, and role model for others.

If you want success in business, then choose a quote, and let that be your daily mantra. If your desire is to help other people be their best, then share these quotes and be an encourager.

With the right motivation and inspiration, we can break out of our comfort zones, develop success from failures, and discover our own paths. Similarly, the surest stepping stones to success are often visible only when we break through discouragement and failure!

You can share these quotes in your business with your coworkers. Encourage your spouse and children by printing off a quote and placing it on a bathroom mirror. We have motivational quotes on our fridge and I often find myself thinking about them after glancing at them.

Besides inspiring others, inspire yourself! Screenshot a quote and use it as wallpaper on your phone for your own encouragement or share on social media.  Let these positive words be words to live by! You really can’t go wrong with bringing the wisdom of great authors, leaders, and scientific geniuses into your life!

Motivational Quotes and Sayings

1. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene

motivational quotes

2. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. –Norman Vincent Peale

shoot for the moon quote

3. Don’t call it a dream call it a plan.

dont call it a dream call it a plan quote

4. It’s not who you are that holds you back it’s who you think you are.

It's not who you are that holds you back it's who you think you are.

5. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  –Franklin D. Roosevelt

a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

6. Fall asleep with a dream, wake up with a purpose.

Fall asleep with a dream, wake up with a purpose.

7. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –-Mark Twain

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why Mark Twain

8. Change your thoughts and you will change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

9. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –-Vince Lombardi

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is Vince Lombardi

10. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –-Stephen Covey

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions Stephen Covey

11. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –-Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore Christopher Columbus

12. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.–Walt Disney

The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing Walt Disney

13. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. –Winston Churchill

The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty. Winston Churchill

14. People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.–Rob Siltanen

People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do Rob Siltanen

15. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

Whether you think you can or think you cant youre right. Henry Ford.psd

16. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. –Helen Keller

Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing Helen Keller

17. Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are. –Theodore Roosevelt

do what you can quote

Amazing motivational quotes about life

18. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value Albert Einstein

19. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

I attribute my success to this- I never gave or took any excuse Florence Nightingale

20. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

21. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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. –H. Jackson Brown’s mother.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do so throw off the bowlines quote

22. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. –Charles Swindoll

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it Charles Swindoll

23. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any Alice Walker

24 The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become Buddha quote

25. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

motivational quotes and sayings

….and because you can’t have too many motivational quotes and sayings, here is one more.

Your only limit is you. Be brave and fearless.

Your only limit is you Be brave and fearless quote printable

What are some amazing motivational quotes about life?

  • If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.  Napoleon Hill
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar
  • Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. Dale Carnegie
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
  • Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday. Steve Jobs
  • The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way. Robert Kiyosaki
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Horace Lorimer

What are the most inspirational quotes you have come across?

After assembling all these quotes, one thing that strikes me is how deeply words can impact ourselves and others! One kind word can make somebody’s day.  I hope these motivational quotes will have a positive impact on you and make a difference in your life.

Do you have a motivational quote that touched your heart? I love The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. He is one of my all-time faves.

Beyond quotes about keys to success or successful people, random acts of kindness can also be good for the soul. Nothing can make you feel better than offering care to others.  

If you know someone that could use a lift, these care package printable tags are an easy way to brighten someone’s day. If you find yourself needing to thank a teacher, these cute sayings help to make some clever gifts. And if you have someone super special in your life, share one of these best friend quotes with them! I have quotes for almost every occasion.

Finally, here is a printable list of all the motivational quotes. I hope you can use them to make each day a bit brighter. If you want to share the above images with a friend, just right click, save the photo on your phone then you can text a friend the quote. You can also take a screenshot.

Do you have a favorite motivational quote that inspires you? What are the most inspiring quotes you have ever read? Please share in the comments! 


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  1. Katie
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    Love this list! Thanks for sharing.
  2. Jen
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    I love all of these but my favorite is "Don't call it a dream, call it a plan". Such great advice.
  3. Melissa
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    These are great - thanks so much!
  4. Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    These area great tips! And easy to access too! My teens will love these!
  5. Rachael Yerkes
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019
    These are all so awesome! Love it!
  6. Christine Rawlings
    Monday, August 20th, 2018
    I am always on the look out for positive sayings as I put them up at my office desk for all to see when they walk pass me. Many people stop to read and smile. It is too easy to be negative so I choose to be positive. Thank you
  7. Gloria Durst
    Thursday, August 10th, 2017
    I love what you did with these motivational quotes and put them in interesting fonts. It would probably be better to put up a quote in a cool font because it would look interesting as well. My sister is starting a difficult job soon, so maybe I should take some motivational quotes in a good font and give them to her for her desk.
  8. Nikki Ringler
    Thursday, August 10th, 2017
    I love these and would like to use them in my classroom. Do you have just a list of the quotes that I could print to use when I want to write one on my board? Thanks!
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Hi Nikki, let me see what I can do.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
      Hi Nikki, I updated the post with a printable list of all the quotes. You will find it at the bottom. Just click "printable list" and you will be able to print off all the motivational quotes. Hope that helps!
  9. Kate
    Thursday, July 13th, 2017
    Love them all! My favorite is - 25. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou ❤️
  10. Cathy
    Thursday, July 13th, 2017
    Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
    Joshua J. Marine
  11. Kylee
    Thursday, July 13th, 2017
    Love all these! Great idea to save them on your phone and to send to those that need to hear them ❤️☀️😊
  12. Melissa
    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
    These are great!! One of my favorites I have on my computer is "if you fail to plan you plan to fail" it has helped me sticking to meal planning and exercising. 😃
  13. Stacy
    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
    Don't call it a dream--call it a plan! I'm printing this off for my daughter's wall. Thank you! Super cute!!
  14. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
    Thanks Cindy!! I loved reading these and can't wait to share them! Here is one of my favorites---Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  15. Megan
    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
    Perfect to print at home for a sweet decoration or daily inspiration :)
  16. Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
    I love this post, Cindy! I absolutely believe that "thoughts become things", and I love the inspiration quotes you've shared here. That Wayne Gretzky quote is one of my all-time favourites. A couple of gems that I also love are: "What someone else thinks about you is not nearly as important as what you think about yourself!" & "If you find yourself at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
      Love those sayings Jackie!
  17. Susie
    Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
    Perfect! Perfect! Perfection! Great selection in a fab printable that is a simple black and white with just enough swirl in the cursive. Twenty-five is the perfect, digestible amount, not so few that you get disappointed, not so many that you lose interest. You made it so easy to Pin each one on my Pinterest boards and I saved some in my Pictures file to share later on Facebook. I knew there was a reason I loved the work you put into your blog. Blessings to You and Yours from Port Huron, Michigan.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
      Thanks Susie, You made my day! I have been saving the photos on my phone and sending the quotes to my kids for encouragement.