Life often hits us with one thing after another.

Our boss reprimands us for not reaching a deadline, an unexpected expense arises that puts us behind on our rent, a family member becomes ill, and setbacks abound that seem almost hostile in nature. It’s hard enough to organize our thoughts as it is, but even harder to find the energy to solve our problems.

Sometimes, it seems like we just can’t get a break. But the problem really arises when challenges such as this mount. When that happens, we become overwhelmed and are most at risk of quitting on our dreams and goals.

Everyone feels like quitting at some point, get under the blanket and completely ignore everyone and everything. It happens to the best of us, but know that this “escape” is temporary. You should allow yourself a break every now and then; you need to recharge in order to start fresh, but never allow that break to last for too long and turn you into a quitter.

Quitting won’t make the challenges go away. The only way to truly handle our challenges is by facing them head on – and that requires a powerful, pure-burning motivation to take action despite these setbacks. But where do we get the necessary motivation from?

It is important to have at hand some encouraging quotes or a few uplifting quotes. You might underestimate their effect, but reading some can do magic for your current situation. They work like a pill that helps you get back on track and face your challenges with new energy.

Motivational quotes have proven themselves to be quite beneficial for many people. They inspire and remind you that “you got this”. It’s amazing how a few words can give us such an energy boost whenever we feel like giving up.

Take some time to go through our powerful quotes list and allow them to fill you up with the desire to accomplish great things again.

Below you will find over a hundred inspirational and motivational quotes to help you do just that and conquer life’s many great challenges.

Motivational quotes about life

As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.

RICHARD BRANSON

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 WINFREY

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

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

CHARLES SWINDOLL

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.

WARREN BUFFETT

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

WARREN BUFFETT

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

DALE CARNEGIE

There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.

RICHARD BRANSON

Work for that feeling that you have accomplished something…Don’t waste your time on this earth without making a mark.

JOE ROGAN

Life is not fair, get used to it!

BILL GATES

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Live for each second without hesitation.

ELTON JOHN

We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures.

JOE ROGAN

You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be.

WAYNE DYER

Motivational quotes about success

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.

ELON MUSK

Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.

WAYNE DYER

If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.

JACK CANFIELD

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

NAPOLEON HILL

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

TONY ROBBINS

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.

MARK VICTOR HANSEN

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

JOHN LENNON

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

CHARLES BUXTON

You cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life; at some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move.

ERIC THOMAS

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

PAULO COELHO

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

ROY T. BENNETT

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.

SWATI SHARMA

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.

DALE CARNEGIE

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

JIMMY DEAN

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

AUDREY HEPBURN

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

HENRY FORD

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

GEORGE ADDAIR

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.

LES BROWN

Someone else’s success does not equal a failure for you.

JOE ROGAN

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

STEVE JOBS

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.

MICHAEL PHELPS

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

ALICE WALKER

You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.

JESSICA HERRIN, FOUNDER AND CEO OF STELLA & DOT

Motivational quotes about not giving up

I like criticism. It makes you strong.

LEBRON JAMES

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

ARISTOTLE ONASSIS

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

VINCE LOMBARDI

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

HENRY FORD

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

CONFUCIUS

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

C.S. LEWIS

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

NELSON MANDELA

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

NELSON MANDELA

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.

BOB RILEY

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

MAHATMA GANDHI

You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.

JOEL OSTEEN

Every problem is a gift –- without problems we would not grow.

TONY ROBBINS

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.

MARK TWAIN

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.

JILLIAN MICHAELS

The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.

CONFUCIUS

Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it!

RICHARD E. GRANT

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.

BABE RUTH

If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.

TONY ROBBINS

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

GEORGE ELIOT

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

RICHARD BRANSON

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY

Motivational quotes for women

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

MAYA ANGELOU

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

MARGARET MEAD

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

CELINE DION

Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.

HILLARY CLINTON

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.

LADY GAGA

Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.

JOAN CRAWFORD

Fame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.

VANNA BONTA

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

HELEN KELLER

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

RUTH BADER GINSBERG

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

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.

MARTHA STEWART

If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.

ANITA RODDICK

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

AMELIA EARHART

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

MAYA ANGELOU

Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.

VIVIAN GREENE

Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.

CHANTAL SUTHERLAND

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

BARBARA DE ANGELIS


I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.

CATHERINE THE GREAT

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

DIANE MARIECHILD

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

CHARLOTTE WHITTON

I want to do is because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

AMELIA EARHART

Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.

EDNA GARDNER WHYTE

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

MARGARET THATCHER

Motivational quotes for business

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

GEORGE HERBERT

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

ZIG ZIGLAR

You cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life; at some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move.

ERIC THOMAS

Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.

ASHTON KUTCHER

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

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.

JIM ROHN

Fortune always favours the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.

P. T. BARNUM

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

THOMAS A. EDISON

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

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.

ZIG ZIGLAR

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

PELE

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

HELEN KELLER

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

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

STEPHEN COVEY

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.

COLIN R. DAVIS

Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.

CHRIS GROSSER

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

HERMAN MELVILLE

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

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.

RICHARD BRANSON

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.

COLIN POWELL

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

VIDAL SASSOON

There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.

SETH GODIN

Motivational quotes for college students

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

NELSON MANDELA

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

OG MANDINO

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

WALT DISNEY

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

CONFUCIUS

Every problem is a gift –- without problems we would not grow.

TONY ROBBINS

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

JIM ROHN

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.

MARK TWAIN

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

JOSHUA MARINE

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.

DENIS WAITLEY

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.

JILLIAN MICHAELS

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

GEORGE ELIOT

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

RICHARD BRANSON

College is the reward for surviving high school.

JUDD APATOW

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

MALCOLM X

Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.

JOHN GREEN

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you haven’t planted.

DAVID BLY

College inspired me to think differently. It’s like no other time in your life.

LARA OLEYNIK

Motivational quotes from celebrities

You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.

GEORGE CLOONEY

Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.

ASHTON KUTCHER

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

CELINE DION

Stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.

MARK RUFFALO

I’d rather be called a boy and play with paper airplanes than be called a man and play with a girl’s heart.

NIALL HORAN

I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.

GEORGE CLOONEY

The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.

ELVIS PRESLEY

I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.

LADY GAGA

Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.

JOAN CRAWFORD

Fame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.

VANNA BONTA

Your imperfections make you beautiful, they make you who you are. So just be yourself, love yourself for who you are and just keep going.

DEMI LOVATO

No matter how talented you are, not everybody is going to like you. But that’s life, just stay strong.

JUSTIN BIEBER

Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.

EMMA WATSON

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Ignore the naysayers. Really the only option is, head down and focus on the job.

CHRIS PINE

I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.

RYAN GOSLING

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

EMMA STONE

I’m a big believer in accepting yourself and not really worrying about it.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

I don’t do things for the response or the controversy. I just live my life.

RIHANNA

Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

ESTÉE LAUDER

Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.

KEVIN ROSE, CO-FOUNDED DIGG

Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.

DIVINE NDHLUKULA, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DDNS SECURITY OPERATIONS LTD

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.

JAMIE PAOLINETTI

Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.

CASSEY HO, FOUNDER OF BLOGILATES.COM

You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.

JESSICA HERRIN, FOUNDER AND CEO OF STELLA & DOT

In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.

ALEXANDER ASSEILY, FOUNDER OF JAWBONE

If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.

JENI BRITTON BAUER

Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.

CHIEU CAO

It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.

NIGEL DAVIES, FOUNDER OF CLAROMENTIS

Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.

JAS BAGNIEWSKI, CO-FOUNDER OF EVE SLEEP

You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.

LEILA JANAH, FOUNDER OF SAMASOURCE AND LXMI

Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success.

CLARA SHIH, CO-FOUNDER OF HEARSAY SYSTEMS

My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.

SHEILA LIRIO MARCELO, FOUNDER OF CARE.COM

If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.

SALLIE KRAWCHECK, CO-FOUNDER OF ELLEVEST

Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.

RICHARD REED, CO-FOUNDER OF INNOCENT DRINKS