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130 Best Inspirational Quotes of All Time About Life

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

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As Madonna once said, “Life is a mystery,” and when it comes to figuring it all out, it’s easy to look to the wisdom of others for help. When you think about the best inspirational quotes of all time, your favorite funny movie quotes, sayings about love and relationships or motivational quotes from famous figures may come to mind. Whatever stage of life you’re in — whether you’re a new mom or just in need of strong words of encouragement — we’ve found the best inspirational quotes to put some pep in your step.

As the extraordinary Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive,” so no matter what situation you’re in, sometimes it helps to refocus your perspective. Think about your favorite memories — and the ones you’d like to make — and add your favorite inspirational quotes as text pages for captions to your photo books. Whether they’re funny words that have stuck with you, or short, deep words to live by, you’ll find unique and encouraging sayings that strike a chord with these 130 best inspirational quotes of all time.

Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

“To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” —Taylor Swift

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” —Anthony Robbins

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” —Wayne Dyer

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” —Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” —Lao Tzu

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” —Helen Keller

“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

“Live each day as if your life had just begun.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“The greater damage for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it it too low and we reach it.” —Michelangelo

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” —Muhammad Ali

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” —Maya Angelou

​“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” —Shonda Rhimes

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 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

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

Family Quotes

“Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.” —Anthony Liccione

Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” —Brad Henry

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” —Albert Einstein

There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy, or more exasperated, or more secure.” —Jim Butcher

“We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.” —Coco

“Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” —David Ogden Stiers

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” —Desmond Tutu

“Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” —J.K. Rowling

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” —Anthony Brandt

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” —Lisa Weed

“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing.” —Unknown

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” —Jane Howard

“The world, we’d discovered, doesn’t love you like your family loves you.” —Louis Zamperini

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” —Rod Stewart

“Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.” —Paul Pearsall

“When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends.” —Barbara Bush

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” —Lee Iacocca

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” —Gail Lumet Buckley

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” —Richard Bach

Romantic Quotes

“True love stories never have endings.” —Richard Bach

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” —Robert A. Heinlein

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa

“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” —Albert Einstein

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” —Audrey Hepburn

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Suess

“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.” —Pablo Neruda

“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.” —Madonna

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” —Jane Austen

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” —Aristotle

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes — or just by staring into space.” —Marilyn Monroe

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” —Lucille Ball

“I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Love is friendship that has caught fire.” —Ann Landers

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” —Oscar Wilde

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” —Vincent van Gogh

“You always gain by giving love.” —Reese Witherspoon

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” —Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” —Julia Roberts

Friend Quotes

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” —Zig Ziglar

“I’ve gotten to the point where the label of ‘best friend’ is so ridiculous. If you have three people in your life that you can trust, you can consider yourself the luckiest person in the whole world.” —Selena Gomez

“‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” —Charles Lamb

“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” —Maxwell Maltz

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” —Plutarch

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” —Oscar Wilde

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” —Arnold H. Glasgow

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.” —Arnold H. Glasgow

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” —Walter Winchell

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” —Eugene Kennedy

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” —C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” —Woodrow Wilson

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” —Thomas J. Watson

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” —Elisabeth Foley

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” —Unknown

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” —David Tyson

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” —Muhammad Ali

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” —Oprah Winfrey

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” —Donna Roberts

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” —Anais Nin

Upbeat Quotes

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” —Lyndon B. Johnson

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” —Taylor Swift

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Suess

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.” —Oprah Winfrey

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” —John Muir

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” —Carol Burnett

“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” —Hafez

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” —Mandy Hale

“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” —Deep Roy

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” —John Wooden

“The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” —E. E. Cummings

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” —Zig Ziglar

“You are enough just as you are.” —Meghan Markle

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” —Helen Keller

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” —Kobe Bryant

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” —Michael Altshuler

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” —John Barrymore

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” —William James

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” —Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” —Gloria Steinem

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” —Ella Fitzgerald

Iconic Quotes

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” —Abraham Lincoln

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” —Malcolm X

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” —Maya Angelou

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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” —Mark Twain

“You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore.” —Elvis Presley

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” —Walt Disney

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa

“Do, or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” —Babe Ruth

“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

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” —John Lennon

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” —Nelson Mandela

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