101 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You

Need some motivation to do great things? Don’t stress, these motivational quotes will be inspire you to do great things (or at least kick-start your mind to start thinking of doing great things).

Many people need motivational quotes these days

Life can be tough sometimes and this year (2020) is proof of this. No one predicted or expected that a huge part of the planet’s population would be in lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (a virus that many people didn’t take seriously at the beginning of the year).

It’s a fact that there are a lot of unemployed desperate, sad, hungry, poor, stressed and depressed people out there at the moment. Lockdowns have wrecked the economies of countries around the world.

It’s estimated that 40 million people have lost their jobs in the USA, 120 million people have lost their jobs in India and more than 1.8 million people have lost their jobs in South Africa (a country where 29% of the population was unemployed before a lockdown was imposed). Businesses have closed. People have lost everything they’ve built up over the years. The pandemic is causing a spike in mental health issues and suicide rates. Things are looking really bad. The human race is definitely in need of some motivation.

The Good News is that all hope has not been lost. There are scientists who are working hard to get a Coronavirus vaccine. Countries are slowly re-opening after being locked down for months and things are getting back to normal slowly. So, there’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. Things might get worse in the next few months, but eventually things will get better.

To inspire you to do great things in the future, I’ve decided to post a collection of motivational quotes. I hope that these words give you the hope that you so desperately need right now.

Motivational Quotes

Here are 101 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You:

1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain (American Author)

2. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Stephen Hawking (Scientist)

3. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin. D. Roosevelt (Former US President)

4. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou (American Author)

5. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa)

Nelson Mandela - Motivational Quotes

6. “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” John Lennon (The Beatles)

7. “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”  Beyoncé (American Singer-Songwriter)

8. “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”  Taylor Swift (American Singer-Songwriter)

9. “You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other.” Stevie Ray Vaughan (American Musician)

10. “Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.” Lana del Rey (American Singer-Songwriter)

Lana Del Rey - Motivational Quotes

11. “Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.” Kanye West (American Musician)

12. “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” BB King (American Musician)

13. “Everything is scary if you look at it. So you just got to live it.” Mary J. Blige (American Singer-Songwriter)

14. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  Ella Fitzgerald (American Singer)

15. “You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.” Bruno Mars (American Musician)

16. “You build on failure. Use it as a stepping stone and close the door on the past. Don’t try to forget the mistakes, but don’t dwell on it.” Johnny Cash (American Musician)

17. “The roughest roads often lead to the top.”  Christina Aguilera (American Singer)

18. “You can’t give up something you really believe in for financial reasons.”  Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

19. “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein (Composer)

20. “Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”  Aretha Franklin (American Singer)

Aretha Franklin - Motivational Quotes

21. “If you do something you hate and have success, you’ll still hate it, if you do something you hate and fail, all the worse, if you do something you love and fail, at least you did something you loved, if you do something you love and succeed, double win.” Moby (American Musician)

22. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

23. “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” Walt Disney (American Entrepeneur)

24. “The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” Winston Churchill (Former British Prime Minister)

25. “Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” Will Rogers (American Actor)

Will Rogers - Motivational Quotes

26. “If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple)

27. “Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” Henry Ford (American Entrepeneur)

28. “Do What You Can With All You Have, Wherever You Are.” Theodore Roosevelt (Former US President)

29. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” Roy T. Bennett (American Author)

30. “I Think Goals Should Never Be Easy, They Should Force You To Work, Even If They Are Uncomfortable At The Time.” Michael Phelps (American Swimmer)

Michael Phelps - Motivational Quotes

31. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” Steve Maraboli (American Motivational Speaker)

32. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke (British Science Fiction Writer)

33.  “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth (American Baseball Player)

34. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” Arianna Huffington (Greek-American Author)

35. “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” Joss Whedon (American Film Director)

Joss Whedon

36. “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso (Famous Spanish Painter)

37. “Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” Socrates (Greek Philosopher)

38. “Impossible is just an opinion.” Paulo Coelho (Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist)

39. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” Elon Musk (Industrial Designer & Engineer)

40. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln (Former US President)

Abraham Lincoln - Motivational Quotes

41. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch Painter)

42. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan (American Basketball Player)

43. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” Shonda Rhimes (American TV Producer)

44. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Ghandi (Indian Anti-Colonial Nationalist)

45. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison (American Inventor)

Thomas Edison - Motivational Quotes

46. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” Conan O’Brien (American TV Talk-Show Host)

47. “The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” Oprah Winfrey (American TV Personality)

48. “When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy (Former US President)

49. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein (German-American Theoretical Physicist)

50. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele (Brazilian Football Player)

Pele - Motivational Quotes

51. “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 (American Boxer)

52. “You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King (American Civil Rights Activist)

53. “The big lesson in life is never be scared of anyone or anything.” Frank Sinatra (American Singer)

54. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin (American Actor)

55. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”  Angelina Jolie (American Actress)

56. “What is life without a little risk?” J.K. Rowling (British Author)

57. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”  J.R.R Tolkien (Author of The Lord Of The Rings)

58. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” Richard Branson (British Entrepeneur)

59. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” Bruce Lee (Kung Fu Movie Star)

60. “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.” Robin Williams (American Actor & Comedian)

61. “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama (Tibetan Spiritual Leader)

62. “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving isn’t for you.” Steven Wright

63. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (American Actor)

64. “If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.” Tony Robbins (American Motivational Speaker)

65. You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” Barack Obama (Former US President)

Obama - Motivational Quotes

66. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Bill Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft)

67. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu (South African Anglican Cleric)

68. “A big part of willpower is having something to aspire to, something to live for.” Mark Shuttleworth (South African Entrepeneur)

69. “Whoever we may be, whatever our immediate interest, however much we carry baggage from our past, however much we have been caught by the fashion of cynicism and loss of faith in the capacity of the people, let us err today and say – nothing can stop us now!” Thabo Mbeki (Former President of South Africa)

70. “Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won’t get run over.” Miriam Mkeba (South African Singer)

Miriam Mkeba - Motivational Quotes

71. “Once you find that inspiration, you shouldn’t be afraid to follow it. Because anything is possible.” Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

72. “The best friends you will ever have are the ones who don’t make you feel like you owe them a damn thing.” Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

73. “We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain.” Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)

74. “You can’t be afraid of people willing to hurt you, cause if you fear life, then you will never live” Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

75. “And if you don’t believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light.” Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

Chris Cornell

76. “I’m always looking for cool stuff to do because that’s what we’re supposed to do, ya know?” Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)

77. “You should love yourself.” Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)

78. “I choose to live, not just exist.” James Hetfield (Metallica)

79. “There’s always going to be ups and downs in life and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel the pain. Pain is good. It makes you stronger in time. You will realize how great the ‘great’ really is. Life is about ups and downs. You just have to be able to ride the waves.” Deryck Whibley (Sum 41)

80. “Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.” Denzel Washington (American Actor)

Denzel Washington

81. “The only failure is not to try” George Clooney (American Actor)

82. “Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s not the end of the world and in many ways it’s the first step toward learning something better and getting better at it” John Hamm (American Actor)

83. “Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity” Cameron Diaz (American Actress)

84. “I’m a big believer in ‘never say never’ ”Jim Parsons (American Actor)

85. “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” Drew Barrymore (American Actress)

Drew Barrymore

86. “A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.” Chuck Norris (American Actor)

87. “The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” Jack Nicholson (American Actor)

88. ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare (English Playwright and Author)

89. “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” Henry Rollins (Black Flag)

90. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” Lewis Carroll (English Author)

Lewis Carroll

91. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie (Scottish Novelist & Playwright)

92. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” Carl Sagan (American Astronomer)

93. “The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.” Emily Dickinson (American Poet)

94. “Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.” George Scialabba (American Book Critic)

95. “Reality can be entered through the main door or it can be slipped into through a window, which is much more fun.” Gianni Rodari (Italian Writer and Journalist)

Gianni Rodari - Motivational Quotes

96. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S. Thompson (American Author)

97. “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.” Margaret Thatcher (Former British Prime Minister)

98. “No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” Demi Lavato (American Singer-Songwriter)

99. “Limit your “always” and your “nevers.”” Amy Poehler​​ (American Actress)

100. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”” Audrey Hepburn (British Actress)

Audrey Hepburn

101. “Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” Deep Roy (British-American Actor)

Well, there you have it, 101 motivational quotes that will inspire you (hopefully to do great things). I trust that you got inspiration / motivation from at least one of these quotes. Feel free to comment below if you felt inspired and tell me what your favourite quote was. Alternatively, comment with your favourite motivational quotes (that should have been on this list).

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