33 Bold Quotes to Live By

UPDATED: May 16, 2024
PUBLISHED: May 25, 2017
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You’ve only got one life to live, so why not make it your best one? Each day, there are infinite moments to change your life for the better, to handle your relationships, your goals and your dreams with great care. In everything you do, no matter how small it might seem, there’s always an opportunity to strive for greatness.

Living by a few simple, yet undeniably important, mantras could make all the difference. Get started today with these 33 bold quotes to inspire your life.

“No amount of security is worth the suffering of a life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” —Kent Nerburn

1. “No amount of security is worth the suffering of a life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” —Kent Nerburn

2. “Do not wait for a coronation; the greatest emperors crown themselves.” ―Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

3. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein

4. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” —Mark Zuckerberg

5. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

6. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” —Jimmy Dean

7. “Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.” —T.D. Jakes

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.” —Dale Partridge

8. “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.” —Dale Partridge

9. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” —Mark Twain

10. “The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.” —Marcus Aurelius

11. “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

12. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” —Les Brown

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” —Voltaire

13. “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” —Voltaire

14. “Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.” —Grant Cardone

15. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” —Booker T. Washington

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

17. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

18. “There is only one way to avoid criticism. Do nothing. Be nothing. Say nothing.” —Aristotle

“Don’t let your fear paralyze you. The scariest paths often lead to the most exciting places.

19. “Don’t let your fear paralyze you. The scariest paths often lead to the most exciting places.” —Lori Deschene

20. “You must be bold, brave and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.” —John Lewis

21. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” —Salvador Dali

22. “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” ―Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

23. “If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.” ―Criss Jami, Killosophy

24. “Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.” —Benjamin Disraeli

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us.” —Steven Pressfield

25. “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us.” —Steven Pressfield

26. “Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.”  ―Angelina Jolie

27. “Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.” ―Mokokoma Mokhonoana

28. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” —George Addai

29. “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.” —Jim Henson

30.  “I would rather be a hot mess of bold action, a make it happen learn on the fly kind of person, than a perfectly organized coward.” —Brendon Burchard

31. “Luck is the residue of design.” —John Milton

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.” ― Susan Sontag

32. “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.” ― Susan Sontag

33. “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” —Rita Levi-Montalcini

This article was updated May 2024. Photo By ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock.com

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