54 Inspirational Quotes To Jumpstart Your Day

54 Inspirational Quotes To Jumpstart Your Day

One of my favorite ways to lift my spirits and infuse my body with energy is to read a few motivational words from the experts. It gives me some food for thought, channels my creativity in the right direction, and gets me pumped up to take over the day. Here are 54 of my favorite quotes.

You can read them all at once, or separate them for each week of the year. Read them in the morning, on the weekends, or as part of a weekly review. Put a post-it note on your wall, carry them in your pocket or write them on your hand.

1. Stephen Covey

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”

2. Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

3. Seneca

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.”

4. Napolean Hill

“What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

5. Claudia Black

“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.”

6. Virgil

“They can because they think they can.”


“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.”

8. Francis Bacon

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

9. George Dana Boardman

“Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”

10. Albert Einstein

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”

11. Jim Rohn

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

12. Jim Rohn

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”

13. Confucius

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

14. Anthony Robbins

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

15. Brian Tracy

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

16. Tom Krause

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”

17. Stanley Bronstein

“Conflict is a catalyst that can fuel the flames that fire us all.”

18. Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

19. Wilfred Peterson

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”

20. Galileo Galilei

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

21. Abd-el-Kadar

“Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.”

22. Kahlil Gibran

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

23. James Dean

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

24. Leonardo da Vinci

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

25. Thornton Wilder

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”

26. Peter Marshall

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure”

27. John W. Gardner

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

28. Vince Lombardi

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

29. Walt Whitman

“Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.”

30. Arthur C. Clarke

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”

31. Maya Angelou

“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.”

32. Miguel de Cervantes

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.”

33. Mae West

“It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.”

34. Lao Tzu

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

35. Alexander Graham Bell

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.”

36. Benjamin Franklin

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

37. Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

38. Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

39. Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected”

40. Marcus Aurelius

“Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”

41. Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

42. Henry David Thoreau

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

43. Viktor Frankl

“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”

44. Theodore T. Hunger

“Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.”

45. Voltaire

“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.”

46. Aldous Huxley

“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.”

47. Basho

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought”

48. Menander

“Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.”

49. Samuel Johnson

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

50. Socrates

“The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”

51. Bruce Barton

“When you’re through changing, you’re through.”

52. Aristotle

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

53. Robert Collier

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

54. Alex Shalman

“Happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be.”

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  • http://www.goldpostit.com Carole Gold

    I love this! Filling ourselves with positive thought is necessary food for the Soul. Thanks for the feast!

  • http://www.zerroq.lv Marcuss Zilgalvis

    Those are great, really appreciated!

  • http://www.successprofessor.ca Success Professor

    Excellent list, some great new quotes that I wasn’t familiar with. My favorite new one is #24 by Leonardo da Vinci

  • http://www.greatmanagement.org greatmanagement

    Fantastic list – just love number 12.


  • http://www.idatewhite.com Eathan

    This is a Great list. I love it!

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  • http://www.thoughtfortheday.in/ deepika

    Reading and collecting books of quotations is one of my hobbies. Whenever I’m feeling down or have a looming personal problem, I turn to my books for some inspiration and words of wisdom.here i found some interesting quotes on
    thoughtfortheday.in which will add a positive thought to your day.

  • http://www.afitsolutions.com Miranda

    What an awesome post. I love #12 and 27. But there are a lot of good ones to choose from. Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://www.youaretrulyloved.com Ariel

    Fantastic collection. Thank you for putting in the work to create this list!

  • niha

    A perfect collection. This one by Aristotle is my favorite though
    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

  • Roethlee

    “Be who you are, Say what you feel. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter won’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

  • http://alexshalman.com gaurav patel

    nice collection……………really gud quotes…………/////

  • http://e-irfan.com Irfan Suleman

    awesome collection, love to read again n again