225 Inspirational Quotes to Kickstart Your Day

When you start your day with a dose of inspiration, it can carry you through anything. That’s why I’ve gathered 225 of the best inspirational quotes for you to kickstart your day! Whether you’re looking for a little motivation or some words of wisdom, these quotes will help get you inspired and moving forward.

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Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation is also one of the factors that trigger behavior. It can be considered a driving force that causes us to take action, whether to achieve a goal or simply to satisfy a need.

There are different types of motivation, including extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation comes from external factors such as rewards or punishments while intrinsic motivation comes from internal factors such as enjoyment or interest in the task itself. Intrinsic motivation is often more powerful than extrinsic because it leads to lasting changes in behavior.

How can you inspire or motivate yourself?

There is no one answer to this question, as everyone has their own unique set of motivations and inspirations. However, some general tips on how to inspire yourself can include trying to be positive and focus on your goals, setting small goals that you can achieve, and surrounding yourself with positive people. Additionally, it can be helpful to read or listen to motivational speeches or music to help you stay on track.

How Can Quotes Help?

When you’re feeling down or unmotivated, reading an inspirational quote can help to change your mood and get you moving in the right direction. Quotes are a great way to inject some motivation into your day, and they can be a source of inspiration when you need it most.

Quotes can also help to remind you of what’s important, provide guidance during difficult times, and encourage you to keep pushing forward. They can serve as a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or inspire you to take action and achieve your goals.

These quotes will remind you of your purpose in life, and give you the motivation to achieve your goals. So what are you waiting for? Get inspired and start your day off right!

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225 Inspirational Quotes for You to Kickstart Your Day:

  1. Cut yourself off from the past and the future and live in the present, and your life becomes a song and a dance. –Osho
  2. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse
  4. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart
  5. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  6. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  7. The unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  8. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  9. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  10. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
  11. Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. –Maxime Lagacé
  12. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers
  13. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  14. Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides
  15. Life has been given to you to create, and to rejoice, and to celebrate. –Osho
  16. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  17. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  18. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  19. The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  20. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  21. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  22. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. –Confucius
  23. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou
  24. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg
  25. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  26. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
  27. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  28. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. –Confucius
  29. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. –William James
  30. The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. –Zig Ziglar
  31. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  32. 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
  33. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  34. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  35. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. –Steve Jobs
  36. Get busy living or get busy dying. –Stephen King
  37. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
  38. Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love. –Maxime Lagacé
  39. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  40. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
  41. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  42. Stop seeking today. You have all it takes to live a good life. It’s all in your mind. –Maxime Lagacé
  43. The first step to life is to try. The second is to learn. The third is to share. –Maxime Lagacé
  44. Life’s too mysterious to take too serious. –Mary Engelbreit
  45. Live totally, and live intensely, so that each moment becomes golden and your whole life becomes a series of golden moments. –Osho
  46. Those who realize their folly are not true fools. –Zhuangzi
  47. 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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
  48. Think new thoughts and you will change your mind. Change your mind and you will change your life. –Maxime Lagacé
  49. No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. –Naval Ravikant
  50. The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. –William James
  51. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  52. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale
  53. Life is a mountain. Your goal is to find your path, not to reach the top. –Maxime Lagacé
  54. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  55. Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. –Les Brown
  56. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. –Mark Twain
  57. Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. –Michelle Obama
  58. The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. –Indira Gandhi
  59. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  60. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  61. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. –Tony Robbins
  62. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  63. The key to a good life is not giving a fuck about more; it’s giving a fuck about less, giving a fuck about only what is true and immediate and important. –Mark Manson
  64. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  65. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens
  66. Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. –Naval Ravikant
  67. Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile. –Maxime Lagacé
  68. Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. Arthur Schopenhauer
  69. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. –Lao Tzu
  70. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. –Omar Khayyam
  71. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
  72. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  73. It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
  74. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. –George S. Patton
  75. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
  76. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
  77. Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  78. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
  79. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  80. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  81. Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it. –Naval Ravikant
  82. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus
  83. The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. –Alfred Adler
  84. When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” –Sydney Harris
  85. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. –Oprah Winfrey
  86. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
  87. The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. –Neil Gaiman
  88. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. –Bruce Lee
  89. Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. –Charles Bukowski
  90. Life is not a competition. It’s not about winning or losing. Life is about all the fun we have before it ends. –Simon Sinek
  91. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  92. A happy life consists in the tranquility of mind. –Marcus Tullius Cicero
  93. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong
  94. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. –Booker T. Washington
  95. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. –Mother Teresa
  96. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  97. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. –Benjamin Disraeli
  98. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
  99. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. –Albert Einstein
  100. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. –Forrest Gump
  101. The cost for the good life is giving up comfort. –Maxime Lagacé
  102. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  103. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks
  104. Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. –Susan Sontag
  105. It always seems impossible until it’s done. –Nelson Mandela
  106. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. –Oscar Wilde
  107. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  108. Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou
  109. In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. –Albert Einstein
  110. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. –Bob Marley
  111. Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. –Henry David Thoreau
  112. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown
  113. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. –Robert Louis Stevenson
  114. Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. –Kenneth Branagh
  115. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair
  116. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. –Mae West
  117. Slow down and savor your life. –Haemin Sunim
  118. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  119. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle
  120. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa
  121. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  122. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. –Carol Burnett
  123. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  124. Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  125. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. –Andrew Carnegie
  126. The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. –Gustave Flaubert
  127. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius
  128. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. –William James
  129. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. –George Bernard Shaw
  130. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
  131. Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. –Helen Keller
  132. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  133. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  134. To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. –T.S. Eliot
  135. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
  136. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. –Marcus Aurelius
  137. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  138. Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside. –Kamal Ravikant
  139. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  140. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  141. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  142. Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. –Naval Ravikant
  143. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  144. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  145. Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. –Annette Funicello
  146. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  147. Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. –Maxime Lagacé
  148. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie
  149. The only way out is through. –Robert Frost
  150. Life is about making an impact, not making an income. –Kevin Kruse
  151. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
  152. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  153. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  154. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
  155. The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha
  156. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  157. The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. –Helen Mirren
  158. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
  159. Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. –Sarah Louise Delany
  160. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
  161. My life is my message. –Mahatma Gandhi
  162. A secret to life: Know that none of this matters, and yet… live as if every single moment does. –Kamal Ravikant
  163. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar
  164. Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. –Neil Strauss
  165. There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. –Josiah Gilbert Holland
  166. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! –Audrey Hepburn
  167. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
  168. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. —Plutarch
  169. Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
  170. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. –Vince Lombardi
  171. If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way. –Henry Ford
  172. You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. –William W. Purkey
  173. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  174. The ego wants comfort and certainty. The soul wants to live fully. –Maxime Lagacé
  175. The more silence you have in your life, the louder your work can be. –Maxime Lagacé
  176. I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. –Pablo Picasso
  177. Life is a book you write, not a movie you watch. –Maxime Lagacé
  178. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  179. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey
  180. Control your emotions, control your mind. Control your mind, control your actions. Control your actions, control your life. –Anthony Pompliano
  181. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  182. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. –Albert Einstein
  183. None of us is as smart as all of us. –Ken Blanchard
  184. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket. –Will Rogers
  185. I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. –Albert Einstein
  186. The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. –Albert Camus
  187. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
  188. Life is too important to be taken seriously. –Oscar Wilde
  189. Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. –Snoopy
  190. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  191. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. –Maya Angelou
  192. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  193. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. –Benjamin Franklin
  194. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
  195. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  196. You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
  197. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  198. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
  199. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin
  200. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. –Ancient Indian Proverb
  201. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey
  202. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills
  203. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  204. Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. –Seneca
  205. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. –Theodore Roosevelt
  206. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks
  207. Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. –Rose Kennedy
  208. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. –Helen Keller
  209. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
  210. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. –Jimmy Dean
  211. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. –Ronald Reagan
  212. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. –Søren Kierkegaard
  213. I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. –Zsa Zsa Gabor
  214. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
  215. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll
  216. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. –Mahatma Gandhi
  217. Life is all about surprising ourselves. Go beyond what you thought you could achieve even in your wildest dreams. –Johannes Larsson
  218. Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity. –Eckhart Tolle
  219. Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. –St. Augustine
  220. If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. –Rick Riordan
  221. I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. –Jimi Hendrix
  222. The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem. –Walt Disney
  223. If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long. –Elon Musk
  224. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
  225. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. –Elbert Hubbard

I hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of motivational quotes to help you power through your day. With so many different perspectives and bits of wisdom, there’s something for everyone here.

As always, I would love to hear which one is your favorite and if you have any favorite quotes that I missed, please share in the comments below!

Finally, don’t forget to keep pushing forward and chasing your dreams, nothing is impossible once you set your mind to it!

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