77 Powerful Quotes About Life to Inspire a Better Life

Looking for powerful quotes about life that inspire and encourage a life well lived?

Inspirational quotes are a powerful way to remind us to look at our life and work toward self-improvement and making our life better. We are reminded of the importance of our attitude and how we have the power to change our thoughts… thereby changing our life.

Continual improvement, one small step at a time, will help you get the life you desire. May these 77 Powerful Quotes on life inspire and motivate you to make the changes you want for your life.

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77 Powerful Quotes About Life to Inspire a Better Life

Deep Quotes about Personal Growth & Transformation

1. “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” Marian Wright Edelman

To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. ~ Invajy

2. “To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Invajy

3. “Everybody dies but not everybody lives.” Drake

4. “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” Tony Robbins

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.~  Albert Einstein

5. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

6. “When your clarity meets your conviction and you apply action to the equation, your world will begin to transform before your eyes.” Lisa Nichols

7. “If you were able to fall a hundred times as a child and rise, you are able to fall a thousand times as a grown up and soar.” Matshona Dhliwayo

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

8. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar

9. “If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way.” Suzy Kassem

10. “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at pwhat strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” Cecile Springer

11. “We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” Mary Dunbar

12. “In all my affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” Bertrand Russell

13. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

14. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

15. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

Inspiring Quotes to Be a Better Person 

16. “Being a good person doesn’t depend on your religion, your race or your skin color or your culture. It depends on how good is your heart and how good you treat others.” Anonymous

A peaceful heart is a reward alone for being a good person. ~ Anonymous

17. “A peaceful heart is a reward alone for being a good person.” Anonymous

18. “Success to me is being a good person, treating people well.” David LaChapelle

19. “A good person always seeks good in others.”  Nitin Namdeo

20. “Goodness is a bright flame within you. Use it to light up the world.” Frank Sonnenberg

21. “Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance.” Suzy Kassem

22. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein

Thoughtful Quotes on Life Balance & Busyness

23. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Dolly Parton

There is no such thing as work-life balance – it is all life. The balance has to be within you. Sadhguru

24. “There is no such thing as work-life balance – it is all life. The balance has to be within you.” Sadhguru

25. “A reminder that we don’t often feel regret when we choose ourselves.” Yasmine Cheyenne

26. “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Lily Tomlin

Powerful Quotes About Asking For and Giving Help

27. “Asking for help doesn’t mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.” Anne Wilson Schaef

28. “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” William Ward

29. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa

We rise by lifting others. ~ Robert Ingersoll

30. “We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll

Quotes to Reflect on the Harmful Habit of Self-Criticism

31. “…sometimes when we are beating ourselves up, we need to stop and say to that harassing voice inside, ‘Man, I’m doing the very best I can right now’.” Brené Brown

32. “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.” Buddha

Your inner critic is simply a part of you that needs more self-love. ~ Amy Leigh Mercree

33. “Your inner critic is simply a part of you that needs more self-love.” Amy Leigh Mercree

34. “Maybe self-criticism isn’t the problem, but rather how we react to the criticism that is the problem.” Yong Kang Chan

35. “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay

36. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Shakespeare (Hamlet)

37. “When you make a mistake, respond to yourself in a loving way rather than a self-shaming way.” Ellie Holcomb

Life Quotes to Remind You to Be YOURSELF

38. “You are enough just as you are.” Meghan Markle

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. ~ Shannon L. Alder

39. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” Shannon L. Alder

40. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” Tina Fey

41. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” Brigham Young

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Buddha

42. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

Quotes to Ponder on Strengths & Weaknesses

43. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” Sara Blakely

44. “Every weakness contains within itself a strength.” Shusaku Endo

45. “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” Cecile Springer

46. “I don’t like the word ‘strong,’ because a strong character is never an interesting character. A character is made interesting by their vulnerabilities and their weaknesses.” Helen Mirren

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes. ~ Roy T. Bennett

47. “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” Roy T. Bennett

48. “Sometimes our talent is plain old everyday people skills that have been lost in our fast-paced society—listening, compassion, a sense of humor, and a positive outlook.” Lisa Nichols

Quotes the Art of Listening—and Silence!

49. “The art of conversation lies in listening.” Malcom Forbes

50. “You don’t learn when you’re talking.” Watts Wacker

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

51. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill

52. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Peter Drucker

53. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

54. “We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa

Listening is a hug you give with your mind. ~ Barbara Nixon

55. “Listening is a hug you give with your mind.” Barbara Nixon

56. “Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters!” Unknown

57. “One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.” Rebecca Falls

Quotes on the Power of Journaling

58. “Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” Christina Baldwin

I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say. ~ Flannery O’Connor

59. “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” Flannery O’Connor

60. “Journaling helps you to remember how strong you truly are within yourself.” Asad Meah

61. “Your Journal is like your best friend. You don’t have to pretend with it, you can be honest and write exactly how you feel.” Bukola Ogunwale

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Quotes about Courageously Facing Challenges

Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. ~ Anonymous

62. “Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution.” Anonymous

63. “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” Cecile Springer

64. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

65. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positive Quotes About Love in Life

66. “If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.” Wayne Dyer

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness. ~ Robert Morley

67. “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” Robert Morley

68. “Where there is love there is life.” Mahatma Gandhi

69. “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” Oscar Wilde

70. “Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” Rumi

71. “Cherish the things you love. Cherish yourself.” Marie Kondo

72. “Love yourself first and everything falls into line.” Lucille Ball

73. “The smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Teresa

74. “When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” Leo Tolstoy

75. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

76. “Love is friendship that has caught fire.” Ann Landers

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

77. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

What quotes about life inspire you? Let me know in a comment!

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2 Replies to “77 Powerful Quotes About Life to Inspire a Better Life”

  1. Great collection of quotes Ellen. As I read through them I found myself thinking what days I could have used what quotes! Now I will have them ready at hand….and will print some out.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Anne, thanks so much for your comment. So glad you enjoyed the quotes. I love that you thought about each one and how it might relate to your life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy that sunshine!

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