21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

If you look closely, you’ll notice the energy of inspiration is all around. From the rising sun to a placid lake on a warm summer night; from our favorite books to our own reflections, the places and things from which we can draw inspiration are infinite. And the best part is that every day is a chance to capture this energy—to seek out all of life’s possibilities.

As you aspire to do great things, use these uplifting quotes for inspiration to be all you can be.

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21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

1. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

2. “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” —Amelia Barr

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

3. “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” —Bertrand Russell

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

4. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” —Malala Yousafzai

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

5. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” —Earl Nightingale

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

6. “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” —Thomas Jefferson

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

7. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” —E. E. Cummings

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

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

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

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

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

10. “I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.” —Gustave Flaubert

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

11. “I dwell in possibility.” —Emily Dickinson

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

12. “Light tomorrow with today.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

13. “I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.” —Zane Grey

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

14. “A No. 2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” —Joyce Meyer

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

15. “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” —Wilma Rudolph

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

16. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” —Jim Rohn

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

17. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

18. “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” —Rabindranath Tagore

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

19. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” —Joseph Campbell

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

20. “Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius

21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes

21. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.


  1. Inspirational Underrated Quotes on August 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Don’t look back. Just do it. Don’t Regret. This one is underrated quotes by Ratan Tata but I love the way he defines how he is grateful for all his efforts- “There are many things that, if I have to relive, maybe I will do it another way. But I would not like to look back and think about what I have not been able to.”.

  2. Nisha Agarwal on August 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    These are beautiful

  3. Anti Adom on August 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”

    “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”

  4. navsha18 on September 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    If today is like a sore apple, tomorrow it may be a flower in bloom, be patient and outlive the pain of today for tomorrow is a new day.

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  5. Lifelords on September 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I like this very quotation of Swami Vivekananda which describe the strategy of achieving something in a beautiful way. Here it is: \”Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the royal way to success.\”
    BTW This post is a wonderful collection of inspiring quotes. esp. the images are truly awesome.

  6. LiveYourLife on September 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will still land among the stars

  7. Sunny sinha on October 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

    This will be the most helpful for everyone who wants to be successful in life. This is really a great article. I also share it with my friends. Thank You.

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  10. Asad Meah on October 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Excellent quotes. Thank you.

  11. Sayan Samanta on March 23, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Superb Article. Thanks for sharing this Inspirational Quotes.

  12. Krishnendu Pramanick on March 28, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Hi Lydia, wonderful collection of Inspirational quotes. I loved and got inspired while reading them. I also have a dream to spread inspiration through our blog.

    Thanks for this post!

  13. nouveau on April 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Love this compiled list of quotes. Great stuff.

  14. nouveau tycoon on April 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    love this stuff; its just great.

  15. Rashed Miah on April 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Excellent post. I really enjoyed reading this.

  16. Manoranjan Sahoo on April 10, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    this article is very nice

  17. Quotes World on May 28, 2019 at 10:22 am

    love it!

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