The Best Motivational Quotes And Sayings

The best motivational quotes are those that, for whatever reason, inspire you personally.  They feed your engine with high performance fuel.  They shift you out of neutral and into drive.   They flick your 'go' switch from off, through maybe and on to 'do it now.'  That wonderfully warm a-ha moment when the next step on your path comes into focus.

Motivational quotes can be serious, deep and meaningful, but they don't have to be.  Sometimes it might just be that a lighthearted quip or ironic comment can trigger your next move.  Jog you into shifting a mindset or looking at a current challenge from a different angle.

Hopefully, the growing list of quotes below will be some of the best motivational quotes for you.

Written in 1968, the author, Dr Keith, said, “I laid down the Paradoxical Commandments as a challenge. The challenge is to always do what is right and good and true, even if others don’t appreciate it. You have to keep striving, no matter what, because if you don’t, many of the things that need to be done in our world will never get done.”

Terry Pratchett again displays his individual and profound way of looking at life.

Success coach, Steve Chandler said, “The world’s best kept secret is that on the other side of fear there is something safe and beneficial waiting for you.  If you pass through even a thin curtain of fear you will increase the confidence you have in your ability to create your life.”


Just one choice is all that is needed to change your life forever.  It could be a choice to do something or not do something.  To start something or stop something.  Maybe a choice to NOT give up in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge.  Do you have the courage to change your life? 

The title says it all: "Life is Short." There is no time to just drift along with the wind and tide. Life is for living, get out and live it. There is no second chance.

Life is a journey. Not a destination. Ralf Waldo Emerson.

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H Schiuller.

Today is the best day in your life. Sometimes it might not feel that way, but it is because the only time you have is right now. The past is gone and the future is yet to be.  All that is left is the present.

Choose your mountain; your own personal goals or ambitions and make every step you take move towards them. It is well worth the effort and the view from the top is spectacular.

The title says it all; Life really is too short to wait. Don't waste it!

Make every moment count because it does. You can't use that moment a second time.

It's true; a smile, a kind word or gesture costs nothing but can mean everything. And when you smile for others it not only makes them happy, it also makes you happy too. It is not possible to smile and feel anything but happy. Have a smiley day!

Whilst on the subject of smiling the opposite is also true. Regretting anything is pointless and if something you did made you smile then for that moment you were happy.  Re-live that moment and smile.

You can never get anywhere with a bad attitude. When you ditch it, the Universe opens up to you.

Be so good they can't ignore you. Steve Martin

Adventure is not necessarily about putting your life on the line, though to some it can be. It is about pushing yourself just that bit further than you have before. Life within your comfort zone may be safe and warm, but to live without challenge is the epitome of tedium.

You can't please everyone and you shouldn’t try.  Leave behind those who do not appreciate you for the individual you are.  Break the chains, they will only drag you down.

It's an old story. That which is inside you: that which you hold dear. Is a treasure that cannot be stolen.

Laughter! Possibly the best activity you can do.

True! Money can buy a great deal of possessions, but not necessarily the responsibility required to use them.

Profound words indeed from Ben Franklin.

If you do not appreciate what you have, you can never be truly rich.

A smile is always welcome, but it does not mean that the smiling person is always happy.

If the plan is not working for you, what do you do?

As Winston Churchill said, "If you are going through hell, keep going."

Another classic one liner from Buddha.

Think about smiles rather than frowns, laughter rather than crying, health rather than sickness, gains rather than losses and income rather than expenses. 

Laughter is one powerful medicine. It relieves stress, triggers healthy emotions. It's the fastest pain relief going and brings your whole body back into balance. Give the gift of laughter today. You will make yourself and others very happy.

You reap what you sow:

A very meaningful proverb stating that, eventually you will face the consequences of your current actions.  So be careful of what you think, do and say today....  It will determine what happens to you in the future. 

When words fail, music speaks.


You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

Les Brown

Motivational quote about kind words. One kind word can change someone's entire day.

Every day is a good day and if you don't think that every day is a good one, just try missing one.

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso.

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.

The truth about silence. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.