50 Short Inspirational Quotes to Uplift Your Soul

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Life gets hard sometimes. Read some of these short inspirational quotes to bring comfort and peace to your day.

These short inspirational quotes will brighten your day, uplift your soul and give you the motivational kick in the butt that you desperately need.

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1. Albert Einstein Says Opportunities Knock

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

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

If anyone knows about this, it’s Albert. Every single challenge you face has something in it that is of value to you, should you choose to see it. It goes along with the saying about every cloud having a silver lining. Learn and grow from your troubles and you will only be empowered because of it.

2. Ralph Emerson Encourages Growth

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” - Ralph Emerson

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Emerson

Humans have potential to learn, grow, and evolve. Big jobs and big responsibilities go to those who know how to do the grunt work and learn by doing the small jobs they’ve been given.

Don’t become complacent, stretch yourself and get some bigger jobs thrown your way.

3. Edmund Hillary on Climbing Mountains

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” - Edmund Hillary

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

The challenges we face and the goals we set are often simply smokescreen for the journey we undertake to conquer ourselves and all the doubts and fears we have. We often do not know what we are made of until we are faced with a mountain to climb.

4. Friedrich Nietzsche Knows Why and How

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Having a reason to live infuses us with energy every day to actually go out a truly live. It wakes us up in the morning and is a reminder to keep going. Is your reason to live your children, your job, your volunteer duties, other family and friends, pets? Don’t have a reason to live, find one.

5. Edwin Markham Knows Defeat and Victory Both Have Their Uses

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” - Edwin Markham

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham

Victory most certainly shakes the soul and lets your glory come out to play. But defeat? Oh yes, it can also have the same effect. Feeling defeated can often make one feel more determined than ever to be victories. The glory comes through with you getting back up and dusting yourself off.

6. John Cage Keeps it Simple

“Begin anywhere.” - John Cage

“Begin anywhere.” – John Cage

Many times we wait for the perfect moment to do something. Instead, consider starting exactly where you are. Once you begin, the momentum builds and it is easier to keep going. Don’t worry about starting at a certain point, or needing it to look a certain way, just start!

7. Dolly Parton Says to Walk a Different Road

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” - Dolly Parton

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

Miss Parton has a point. You are the master of your life and if you are somewhere that you do not enjoy in your life, pave a new path and walk a different direction. Change can be hard at first but once you decide to create something better for yourself, everything else falls into place.

8. Goethe on Being Bold

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” - Goethe

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Goethe

No matter what it is that you want to do or are dreaming of doing, be bold about it. Just begin and watch or process unfold. Paired with intentional action, boldness can really help you create the life you desire for yourself.

9. Uta Hagen Urges You to Be Extraordinary

“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary” - Uta Hagen

“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary” – Uta Hagen

Many times people focus on wanting to be just like everybody else. However it is our unique personality traits that make us extraordinary. If you’re so busy trying to be like an average Joe, you will miss out on being the amazing self that you are.

10. Ted Kennedy Tells Us to Have Faith

“Have faith in yourself and in the future.” - Ted Kennedy

“Have faith in yourself and in the future.” – Ted Kennedy

Having faith in yourself and the future can be a challenge when you are going through a rough time. But having faith is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Faith lightens up your energy. It allows you to stay optimistic and focused on solutions.

11. Walt Disney is Mission Impossible

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” - Walt Disney

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

Walt Disney certainly did things that many thought were impossible, didn’t he? When you have haters and naysayers heckling you you because they do not think that you can do what you say you can do, and you do it, it is the most validating feeling in the world!

12. Pablo Picasso Has a Great Imagination

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

As a world famous artist, Pablo most certainly did believe that everything we imagine can be real to us in some way, shape, or form. There are many ways to go about creating what we imagine for ourselves. The trick is simply to believe and trust that we can.

13. Orison Swett Marden on Being Self Made

“Find your purpose and fling your life out to it. Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made. - Orison Swett Marden

“Find your purpose and fling your life out to it. Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made. – Orison Swett Marden

If you are not sure what your purpose is, then create one for yourself. Anything that sparks passion within you and is something you truly enjoy doing qualifies as a purpose. When the soul is not able to live authentically, it slowly dies in the daily grind.

14. Christian D. Larson Says to Believe in Yourself

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” - Christian D. Larson

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

It is true that we don’t often know how strong we can be until our strength is tested. However, believe that you have all of the wisdom and strength within you that you would ever need. You are much greater and bigger than any challenge you might be experiencing.

15. Orison Swett Marden Encourages Courage

“Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” - Orison Swett Marden

“Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden

Most of the stress around our challenges comes from the fact that we’re fearful and anxious about them. However, when we pull our bootstraps up, hold our heads high, and deal with our challenges head on, we find that many of them aren’t even as big as we had first anticipated.

16. Dolly Parton Says to Live on Purpose

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” - Dolly Parton

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

Here is a another great quote from Miss Parton. Spend quiet meditative time with yourself to really get to know who you are. Once you have done that, then go out in the world and live your life on purpose. Live with boldness, and perhaps a touch of flair.

17. Eleanor Roosevelt Dreams Big

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

A glorious future is in store for those who truly believe that their dreams are worthwhile and worth achieving. There is magic in believing in our dreams. Otherwise, the alternative is to tell ourselves that our dreams are worthless and keep trudging through day by day. What camp are you in?

18. Peter W. Smith Keeps it Simple

“Make yourself proud.” - Peter W. Smith

“Make yourself proud.” – Peter W. Smith

This has to be the most simple and short inspirational quote yet. It if you aren’t going to make yourself proud, then who will be proud of you? It is important that we take pride in our accomplishments, and there’s absolutely nothing selfish about that.

19. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Why be like everybody else? Didn’t your mother ever tell you that the following the crowd was often a bad idea? Get out some tools and clear a path for others to follow, and one you can be proud of creating. Think outside of the box and be creative in your life.

20. Ralph Waldo Emerson Says You are Bigger than You Think

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past and future are irrelevant when compared to the power of the moment. It does not matter what has happened to us, or will happen to us, what we have within ourselves is some of the most powerful magic that exists on the Earth. Believe that it is true, and it is.

21. Thomas Edison is Astonished

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” - Thomas Edison

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

Many times are our own doubts and fears keep us from doing things we would otherwise be very good at doing. If we were able to do all the things that we would like to do, we might be utterly surprised at the power within us. Try trusting in your abilities today and see what happens.

22. C. S. Lewis is Never Too Old

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” - C. S. Lewis

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

But that you will be too old if you die before you actually ever set another goal or dream a new dream So you might as well seize the day and get started! You may just be setting an example for others that were too afraid to try.

23. Marsha Norman Thinks Dreams are Useful

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” - Marsha Norman

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman

Your soul whispers to you that it wants you to do more and be more, but your brain gets in the way telling you you are not worthy, or can’t do it. Hold fast your dreams and trust that if you work hard enough you can achieve them.

24. Saint Augustine Says Believe and then See

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” - Saint Augustine

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine

Faith is trust in things that are hard to measure with the human eye. But the more you practice faith it actually allows you to see what you have been believing. Have faith that your life can be happy, content, and successful. Even if it is not right now, holding onto faith will help you start manifesting what you want.

25. Hugh Downs on Attitude

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” - Hugh Downs

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs

Happy people do not often have the easiest of lives. Most often, the happiest of people are those with many troubles and challenges. This often means that despite their struggles, people are choosing to maintain a happy attitude no matter what. You could take a lesson here.

26. Rainer Maria Rilke Journeys Inside

“The only journey is the one within.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Many people live lives on the outside of themselves and get confused as to why they continue to have personal problems. The only journey even worth taking is the one with in yourself. Self-discovery, awareness, and accountability go a very long way in this world toward living a peaceful happy life.

27. Celestine Chua Says to Take Responsibility

“The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” - Celestine Chua

“The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” – Celestine Chua

You are not a victim unless you decide to be. Take responsibility for what is happening in your life and the role that you are playing in it. Once you can do this, you have all the power in your hands to create something different for your life.

28. Mary Manin Morrissey Orders You to Just Get Started

“Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.” - Mary Manin Morrissey

“Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.” – Mary Manin Morrissey

Do not wait for the day that you will have everything you need to do what you want. Simply start with what you have and get moving. Once you create momentum in your life, the rest you should come much more easily. Just take that first step.

29. G. K. Chesterton on Courtesy

“The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.” - G. K. Chesterton

“The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.” – G. K. Chesterton

A weak man will brag about himself and posture himself above others so that he might attain even greater success. But a great man makes everyone feel valued and heard within every interaction he has. Great men also encourage, compliment, and support other men.

30. Meister Eckhart Starts Over Every Day

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” - Meister Eckhart

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” – Meister Eckhart

Everyday is a new chance to be a different and better version of yourself. Start over every day with each new sunrise and be willing to learn something new. Along with that comes a willingness to be humble and grateful about different things every single day. If you had a bad day, that’s ok. A new one will come tomorrow.

31. Howard Thurman Livens Up the World

“Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

“Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

The world to truly does need people who come alive and share their light with the world. Do whatever makes you come alive, go do it! This might be repurposing furniture, creating art, making music, building things, or more. It does not matter what, just that you do.

32. Joseph Campbell Wants You to Walk Your Path

“Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” - Joseph Campbell

“Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” – Joseph Campbell

Everybody has their own individual paths. Every step you take keeps you on your path whether it be straight or if it contains forks in the road. Be respectful that everybody has their own path and that you have yours. Sometimes our lives converge with others walking the same direction and sometime our paths take us in different directions.

33. Norman Vincent Peale Says Attitude is Everything

“If the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“If the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.” – Norman Vincent Peale

If your mind is optimistic and solution oriented, you can do some great things for your life. It seems trivial to say that positivity is as powerful as we say here. But it really is. Negativity is just as powerful and brings you down in many ways. So take on an attitude of belief, faith, and positivity and watch your life transform.

34. Betty Bender on Being Scared

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.” - Betty Bender

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.” – Betty Bender

The most worthwhile things often come with the most questions and doubts. Marriage, children, that new amazing job, they all have lots of benefits but can be quite scary. Consider looking at your fear as simply excitement that’s a bit confused. Excitement and fear are very similar.

35. Robert Collier Says to Grab the Opportunity!

“As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!” - Robert Collier

“As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!” – Robert Collier

It is true that some opportunities might need to pass you by based on their particular circumstances. However, so many opportunities come our way each day that could be very useful to our lives. Take a look and see what opportunities are coming your way that you could take advantage of that would serve your life.

36. Orison Sweet Marden Says It’s All You

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.” - Orison Sweet Marden

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.” – Orison Sweet Marden

Do not look for golden opportunities outside of yourself. That which you are seeking is already within yourself. Be familiar with who you really are deep down and then use all of your attributes to perform beautifully in any opportunity that does pass your way.

37. Amy Gatliff Just Wants You to Get Up

“The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.” - Amy Gatliff

“The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.” – Amy Gatliff

Many of us that have experienced times of trouble, those of us that have had illness, and those that might be grieving are all too familiar with this quote. No matter if life is giving you a basket full of rotten apples, sometimes getting up to look at those apples is enough of an accomplishment.

38. Vincent Van Gogh Sees the Little Things

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Many great deeds that are accomplished are done so by the blood, sweat, and tears that go into accomplishing something great. All of these little things add up and come together to create the results. It takes time, dedication and patience to perform great deeds, don’t you agree?

39. Norman Vincent Peale is Enthusiastic

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Mediocre people are not often enthusiastic about much at all. They might do a good job but do it in such an apathetic a way that it leaves one feeling like something is missing. If you want to be really accomplished in life, apply some enthusiasm to everything that you do. Not only is enthusiasm infectious, it’s extremely productive.

40. Mark Twain on Compassion

“Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain

“Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Compassion crosses all borders and through all cultures. It is that soft connection between us that is exhibited through a soft touch, a hug, or an understanding look. It is a language that anyone can understand if they are open to it. Where can you be more compassionate today?

41. Bernard Baruch

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” - Bernard Baruch

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” – Bernard Baruch

Getting rid of all of our troubles would be great if we could do it in one fell swoop, wouldn’t it? However, that is usually not something that is an option for us. Every trouble has a lesson in it and it is up to us to learn these lessons and grow so that our troubles are more helpful than harmful.

42. Oprah Winfrey Says it’s Within You

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” - Oprah Winfrey

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” – Oprah Winfrey

We all have the same ability to be triumphant over our challenges and troubles. All of our strength, power, and courage lies within us. We have everything we need to transcend our obstacles. The key is simply believing in ourselves enough to be able to do so.

43. Ben Spock on Trusting Yourself

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” - Ben Spock

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Ben Spock

You really do know more than you think you do. You are greater than you might seem as well. Just trust in your intuition, your abilities, and your conscience and you will find that you are more capable than you thought.

44. Henry Thoreau Wants You to Create Your Imagined Life

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry Thoreau

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry Thoreau

Be confident in the fact that you are perfectly capable of achieving your dreams. Living the life you want does not have to be in your imagination. It can take years to create the right circumstances and build a foundation for yourself, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you will have the life you want. Just keep going.

45. Louisa May Alcott Goes Sailing

“I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.” - Louisa May Alcott

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

Fear not the storms of your life as long as you are learning to manage your sales. Every challenge that we face gives us an opportunity to learn that much more about ourselves. It is not until we go through some of these trials and tribulations that we learn exactly what we’re made of.

46. Margaret Fuller Lights a Candle

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” - Margaret Fuller

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller

If you have extensive knowledge about something, make sure to share it with others. Spreading education is never a bad thing. By sharing your knowledge and intellect, others might be inspired in ways you have never dreamed of. You might also say the perfect thing that someone most needed to learn.

47. Jonathan Winters Tells You to Go Swimming

“If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.” - Jonathan Winters

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

If you are waiting for at the perfect opportunity and it doesn’t seem to be coming your way, go out and grab it for yourself! Sometimes it behooves us to sit and wait, yet other times we need to take action for ourselves to create the life that we want.

48. Mabel Newcomber Instructs You to Know

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.” - Mabel Newcomber

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.” – Mabel Newcomber

Everybody is in such a rush these days. However, are people so busy going places that they don’t know where or why that they are going to them? It is wise to know exactly where you’re headed instead of worrying about getting there by skipping steps and missing information.

49. George Bernard Shaw Says to Create Yourself

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

You can’t possibly find yourself, you are already with yourself! Life is about understanding and knowing yourself, as well as creating yourself. Go out and try new things, be willing to take a risk and just see how much fun creating yourself can be.

50. Elbert Hubbard Just Wants You to Live

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” - Elbert Hubbard

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard

There really is no preparation for life. You must simply begin to live it. This might mean taking up a new hobby, putting down your smart device and paying attention to your children, or it could mean getting involved with some new groups in your community. Whatever it looks like, just make sure that you are living a full life.

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