What are the best motivational quotes? I always say they are the ones that change you in some way… whether it’s through small thought shifts that add up over time or a radical yet intentional life improvement. I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and positive sayings.
Life isn’t all about constantly being busy. Nor is it about sitting back and letting things happen to you instead of working for what you want.
Words are important. They can bring clarity and understanding to both the difficult times and the joyous times.
But it’s what you do in response to those words that is the MOST important.
Don’t just think of them as ‘pretty words.’ And don’t allow yourself to simply say ‘how profound’ about deep quotes and then promptly forget about what you’ve read.
Keep reading to check out some of my favorite quotes and discover ways you can use them to make a difference in your life.
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Quotes for Everyday Use
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
— Golda Meir
“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”
― Mother Teresa
From the post: 15 Slow Down Quotes to Help You Enjoy More Living
“You can’t change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you’re thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain.”
― Ernesto Bertarelli
From the post: 38 Overthinker Quotes to Help You Get Unstuck
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
— William Morris
From the post: 30 Inspirational Decluttering Quotes You Need In Your Life
“Gratitude is the gateway to a positive life.”
― A.D. Posey
“Over time, even the tiniest meaningful actions add up, each one bringing you closer to a life that is truer to your dreams and free of regret.”
— Jane McGonigal
From the post: 24 Intentional Living Quotes to Inspire Your Best Life
“You must prune to bloom. If the dead weight is not pruned and removed, it compromises the quality, performance, and output of the vine. When you prune what’s not working in your life, you make the space and place for renewal to happen and for new growth to spring forth.”
— Susan C. Young
From the post: 21 Spring Motivational Quotes to Welcome the Season
“In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”
― Jean Hersey
From the post: 17 Best Quotes to Welcome the Month of March
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
— Jane Goodall
From the post: Motivational Quotes of the Month for April
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
— John Lubbock
From the post: 17 Gorgeous Summer Days Quotes You Need This Year
“In my college years, I would retreat to our summer house for two weeks in June to read a novel a day. How exciting it was, after pouring my coffee and making myself comfortable on the porch, to open the next book on the roster, read the first sentences, and find myself on the platform of a train station.”
— Amor Towles
From the post: 18 Summer Inspiration Quotes for June
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
— Sam Keen
From the post: 5 Quotes to Motivate Your Summer – July
“Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.”
― Melissa Marr
From the post: 5 Splendid Quotes to Complete Your Summer
“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
― Morgan Freeman
From the post: 9 Unforgettable Last Days of Summer Quotes for August
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
— Emily Brontë
From the post: Autumn Leaves Quotes: 25 Gorgeous Fall Seasonal Quotes
“Autumn colors remind us we are all one dancing in the wind.”
― Lorin Morgan-Richards
From the post: 10 Happy October Quotes to Inspire You
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
— George Eliot
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— Nelson Mandela
From the post: 5 Quotes to Motivate Your Autumn
“Happily we bask in this warm September sun,
Which illuminates all creatures…”
— Henry David Thoreau
“November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.”
— Sir Walter Scott
From the post: 22 November Quotes for Inspiration and Reflection
“Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.”
— Stanley Crawford
From the post: 29 Winter Quotes: Wise and Cozy Words for an Inspired Season
“When there is nothing left to learn from the winter, move on to the spring!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
From the post: 35 Beautiful Quotes to Celebrate the Last Day of Winter
“Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential.”
― Ellen Goodman
From the post: 43 Fabulous Quotes to Help You Bring Closure to the Year
How Can You Use Quotes in Your Everyday Life?
- Find a powerful quote that you can use to inspire positive action every single day.
- Memorize it.
- Print it out and hang it as artwork on your wall. These printable gratitude quotes are perfect.
- Doodle it in your planner.
- Journal about what it means to you and what it’s prompting you to do.
- Share it on your favorite social media.
Your quote may inspire your thoughts and actions for the rest of your life, or you may only ‘need’ it for a day or a week or a month.
Don’t feel guilty if you find yourself moving on to new quotes from time to time. It’s pretty normal as we cope with world events and our seasons of life change.
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Resources to Help You Incorporate More Quotes Into Your Life
Quote-a-day calendars are wonderful for discovering new quotes that may surprise you.
My favorite weekly planner by Passion Planner has a quote on every weekly layout to inspire you as you plan your week and help you focus as you LIVE your week.
However you choose to use the motivational quotes you read, I do hope they open your mind to the positivity and possibilities that lie before you as you Build Your Best Life.
You’ve got this!
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