27 Funny Inspirational Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Laughter is a wonderful way to release stagnant, heavy, negative energy. We’ve collected funny inspirational quotes just for you. No matter what you have been feeling lately, these quirky quotes will make you chuckle and might just inspire your life in a positive way.

Need your spirits lifted? Go stand on a chair. There, do you feel better now? No? Then read through these funny inspirational quotes.

1. Jack London on Chasing Inspiration

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

Sometimes you have to chase inspiration down with all of your adrenaline pumping, beast hunting skills and beat it into submission. Being inspired doesn’t always come as quickly or easily as we might want it. Sometimes we must force ourselves into it. If that’s what it takes, no harm done.

2. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Says Be Like a Clock

“Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Just like a clock, you can keep ticking day after day and then many years down the road you will have a handful of things to look back on and be proud of. The trick is to keep moving forward no matter how slowly it might seem. You are making success no matter how slow you tick.

3. Sam Levenson on Mistakes They Make

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” - Sam Levenson

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Sam Levenson

Oi, can you imagine? Learning from our own mistakes is often hard enough, if we had to make all the mistakes to learn all of the lessons, it would be exhausting! Watch and learn from others around you and you will gain wisdom.

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4. Vaclav Havel on Laughing at Yourself

“Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.” - Vaclav Havel

“Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.” – Vaclav Havel

If you always want to be taken seriously then bumps in the road or slight embarrassments might make you feel quite foolish. However, if you’re a person who laughs at himself in good humor, then the quirky times in life will simply make you laugh even more and your pride will still be intact.

5. Dolly Parton Says Gobble Gobble

“A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.” - Dolly Parton

“A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.” – Dolly Parton

You are a valuable person with valuable gifts inside of you. It does absolutely no good if you sit on all of them as if you were a peacock resting on his feathers. Don’t be a turkey, show your feathers and flaunt yourself! Just do so with clothing on when you’re in public, mmkay?

6. Frank Zappa on Make Up and Minds

“Don't mind your make-up, you'd better make your mind up.” - Frank Zappa

“Don’t mind your make-up, you’d better make your mind up.” – Frank Zappa

When you’ve got some decisions to make, stop minding your make up and make up your mind! Figure out your life rather than minding your makeup which is just a mask anyway. But if you have nothing to make up your mind about at the moment, then mind your makeup like the marvelous, magnificent, maven that you are!

7. Sydney Harris Wonders How You Know

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” - Sydney Harris

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris

Since we don’t remember where we came from, and this world is all we know, how can you possibly think life is hard if you have nothing else to compare to? Let this thought give you a little bit of perspective. If you’re open to it, it might help you deal with your life in a more graceful way.

8. Lily Tomlin Says Know Who You Want to Be

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” - Lily Tomlin

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

Be careful what you wish for, right? Wanting to be somebody is great, but without the clear vision of where you want to go, you never know what you get. If you aren’t specific about the type of person you want to be, then the world will make whatever person out of you that it will.

9. Marie Osmond Knows the Power of Laughter

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” - Marie Osmond

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” – Marie Osmond

The next time you think you’ll laugh later about something you are going through, why not laugh about it now? If you think it will be funny to you later then use that humor to help you get through the uncomfortable situation you might be in right now. Do you see?

10. Roger Staubach Says the Road is Clear

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” - Roger Staubach

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

Going the extra mile means you usually don’t have a lot of competition, because the average person doesn’t go the extra mile. In a world full of numbing foods, activities, and entertainment, giving that extra little bit is reserved for those who have a desire and work ethic for it.

11. Bill Watterson on Nothing

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” – Bill Watterson

It’s nice doing nothing in a world of busyness and chaos. To wake up when we want, to lay around doing whatever we want to, and being absolutely lazy is likely something that we don’t have time for and thank goodness for that! Mankind would become extinct in a short period of time if that were the case.

12. Alice Roosevelt Longworth Keeps it Simple

“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

If something is lacking, find something to replace it with. If something is overflowing, release and let go of things that no longer serve you. And by all means, when you have an itch, scratch it. No matter where it is. Though, you might want to excuse yourself to the restroom if your itch is in, ahem, nether regions.

13. Voltaire on Lifeboats

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

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

Life to be one big, fat, crazy, insane, challenging, scary, shipwreck that threatens to take us under. However, Voltaire’s advice about singing is right on the mark. When life gets you down, climb into whatever life boat that is nearby, and sing praises that you’re alive!

14. Richard Bach on Your Life Mission

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.” - Richard Bach

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.” – Richard Bach

‘Nuff said. As long as you have breath within you, there are things that you are here to learn, share, and accomplish. So take a deep breath, stretch your lazy bones, and get up and get to work. Your life purpose might be grand, or seem simple, but they it is valuable nonetheless.

15. Cassandra Duffy is Recruiting Ninja Princesses

“I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.” - Cassandra Duffy

“I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.” – Cassandra Duffy

I suppose it is a sad reality of our world that we often don’t become what we wanted to be when we were little. Many of us dreamt of things that were not even of this world. That’s OK, we all do the best we can, and perhaps in the next lifetime we will all be ninja princes and princesses.

16. Yogi Berra Instructs You to Keep Your Eyes On the Road

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” - Yogi Berra

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra

The river of life sweeps you along regardless if you’re paddling your boat or not. If you don’t create a destination for yourself, you might end up in a place much less worth your time and attention. The river might escort you, but you can adjust your sails with the wind.

17. Dale Carnegie on Worry

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” - Dale Carnegie

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie

We like to take this as a lesson for staying in the moment. You only really have this day and worrying about tomorrow is a waste of time. Staying it in the moment gives you power of clarity, awareness, and connection with other people and what you’re doing. Stop worrying for heck sake!

18. Elbert Hubbard Says the Ship is Sinking

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” - Elbert Hubbard

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

None of us are making it out alive! We might as well goof off, play, and laugh as much as we can while we’re here. Creating love, joy, and peace within ourselves and each other is truly a more worthy goal than being serious all the time, don’t you think?

19. Theodore Roosevelt on Personal Accountability

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Our choices lead to our own personal troubles. It can be easy to want to blame others that we’re involved with , but the fact remains that we create our own reality with the choices we make. So give yourself a good talking to and try to make better choices.

20. Don McArt on Dogs and Tricks

“An old dog can learn new tricks. If your enthusiasm has lost its vitality, do everything possible to revive it” - Don McArt

“An old dog can learn new tricks. If your enthusiasm has lost its vitality, do everything possible to revive it” – Don McArt

Sometimes old dogs are apathetic and very unenthusiastic. While they are alive there is still breath within them too find vitality. If you are such a dog, find ways to spark inspiration within yourself as much as you can. While you live, there is life worth living.

21. Og Mandino Says Strengthen Your Immune System

“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious” - Og Mandino

“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious” – Og Mandino

Have you ever noticed that your coworker or brother consistently complains about life? It’s like a cloud you walk into when you’re in their presence. Be very careful who you spend your time with because you could catch the disease of complaint cancer, and at the very least, complainitis.

22. Elbert Hubbard on Being Paid What You’re Worth

“A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.” - Elbert Hubbard

“A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.” – Elbert Hubbard

It’s a reality of our world that we use our brains and our hands to do work and get paid for the work that we do. It would be great if we could all sit around and get paid for having brains and having hands and nothing else, but this isn’t a lazy man’s utopia.

23. Albert Einstein Knows The Endlessness of Stupidity

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” - Albert Einstein

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

Coming from a genius himself, Albert knows that genius does reach its limits based on resources or brain power available. However, the choices of stupidity are endless and quite disturbing actually. Though, good thing we have geniuses that clean up the messes of the stupid!

24. Mark Twain Says Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave

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

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

Liars have to keep track of all the lies that they have told so that things makes sense. Remembering facts is a lot easier when you’ve lived through something instead of making up a story in your head. Lies get very, very complicated.

25. Napoleon Bonaparte Says Let Him Hang Himself

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” - Napoleon Bonaparte

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Is it bad karma if you don’t interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake? Maybe if he’s about to walk in front of a bus and you don’t save him, but if someone has consistently bullied you then as long as you are not being mean, you are not obligated to go out of your way to do them favors.

26. Franklin P. Jones on Fire and Ice

“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.” - Franklin P. Jones

“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.” – Franklin P. Jones

This is an interesting blend of two phrases. It’s quite true though, people tell you that with your choices in behavior you’re skating on thin ice, and once you do and the ice breaks, you are then in hot water. So which is it people, can we have one or the other?

27. Jeph Jacques Wants Monster Trucks

“There are two ways to pass a hurdle: leaping over or plowing through... There needs to be a monster truck option."- Jeph Jacques

“There are two ways to pass a hurdle: leaping over or plowing through… There needs to be a monster truck option.”- Jeph Jacques

It’s often impossible to leap over our hurdles and problems, completely avoiding them. Plowing through them is a much better option, though it can be extremely exhausting. With a monster truck option we would be able to plow through the challenges of life completely encased and cocooned. That’s our vote.

(Read this next: 19 Inspirational Life Quotes for When Times Are Hard)

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