15 July Motivational Quotes for Your Best-Ever Summer

These July motivational quotes are sure to keep you going through the depths of the season. Motivational quotes and these summer quotes can push you to do great work at the right times and for the best reasons. 

At the same time, you can find inspiration to step back when it’s time, relax, and remember what summer is supposed to be!

Text July motivational quotes for your best-ever summer on white background over image of lounge chairs next to swimming pool.

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Why July Motivational Quotes Are Important

Here we are… July. The days are hot and very long. It feels like every day should be an endless vacation and our motivation to do anything ‘important’ is at an all-time low.

I get it! Honestly, sometimes it’s super-important to take a little more downtime to relax and recharge your batteries. You can’t work like crazy all year, every year. 

But before you turn into a slobby blob for the month, take some time to review your goals for the year. July first begins the second half of the year, which means you have plenty of time to do amazing things before that annual calendar changes to the next year.

These quotes for July can be an important part of your goal-setting and achieving. 

This summer I’m concentrating on relaxing, reading and learning how to work better, so I created some graphics to reflect that.

They don’t have to be just pretty words. Use them! Write them in your daily planner, journal about them, make pretty artwork, memorize some of them to use as a sort of mantra when your motivation falls.

Related post: 3 Steps to Build Your Best Life EVERY DAY

Welcome July it's your month to excel motivational text over ultra-close image of seashell.

Motivational Quotes for July

“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.”
— Rick Bass


Vincent Van Gogh inspirational quote for the month of July on white background.

“If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

This could be work, or it could be anything in life that you think you can’t do. Sometimes you just have to start doing it and prove to yourself that you are capable. Because you are!


“That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom, no one struggles for it just for himself.”
— Fanny Lewald

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
— Henry David Thoreau


John Amatt adventure motivational quote for July over image of canoe at the lakeshore on a sunny summer day.

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.”
— John Amatt

Even during the beauty of summer, we may face difficult things. Look upon them with an adventurous attitude, and know that you can conquer that obstacle!


“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”
— Albert Camus

“Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.”
— Kenneth Hildebrand


Sam Keen deep summer quote in pink text over image of woman walking away down sandy beach.

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
— Sam Keen

Is there anything better than leaving work and worries behind to relax on a beach or lose yourself in a fabulous novel?


“July is hot afternoons and sultry nights and mornings when its joy just to be alive. July is a picnic and a red canoe and a sunburned neck and a softball game and ice tinkling in a tall glass. July is a blind date with summer.”
— Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons


Jacques Pepin when you are at home, relax quote in light green text over dark image of gravel road.

“When you are at home, even if the chicken is a little burnt, what’s the big deal? Relax.”
— Jacques Pepin

My husband says something like this all the time, and it’s usually during the insanity of preparing a big family dinner. When I saw this quote, it was just exactly what I needed to read. It’s about the friends and family, not the food. Relax, enjoy the people and the conversation.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
— Nelson Mandela

Summer Motivational Quotes For Work

“It will not always be summer; build barns.”
— Hesiod

“Summer is a period of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer, awaken early in the morning and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do. Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.”
— Paul Pitchford


Ray Bradbury work don't think relax summer motivational quote for work in bold salmon-color text over faded image of old typewriter.

“Work. Don’t think. Relax.”
— Ray Bradbury

And… well… there are times when we really do need to accomplish something. For me that is writing… for my blog, for practice, or for pay. 

I smile every time I read this quote, and I remember that sometimes I try working too hard and I need to just let things flow.


“Ask yourself this question; “Will this matter a year from now?”
— Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work

More Motivation and Resources for Your Best-Ever Summer

17 Gorgeous Summer Days Quotes You Need This Year

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months – Brian P. Moran

Productive Things To Do Over the Summer: Make Your Goals a Reality

How to Make Amazing Summer Memories – Smart Mom Smart Ideas

Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy – Alli Worthington

Using the Eisenhower Matrix to Plan Your Simple Summer

Concluding Thoughts…

Are you making time for your important things this month? 

Whether it’s building your business, spending more time with family, fighting for your passion project, or implementing a desperately-needed self-care routine, use the inspiration you find in these July motivational quotes to focus on taking positive action every day as you Build Your Best Life.

You’ve got this!


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Updated June 17, 2021

6 thoughts on “15 July Motivational Quotes for Your Best-Ever Summer”

  1. I love your quotes, this is my favourite – “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.”
    — John Amatt
    Thanks for these motivations,

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop – the home of great posts

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