99 Life-Changing Quotes to Inspire Your Days

Read these nuggets of wisdom and feel your spirits rise.

99 Life-Changing Quotes to Inspire Your Days

Whether we’re suffering from end-of-summer blues or we’re just having a rough go of it on a Monday, we’re all guilty of finding ourselves in an emotional rut every now and then. But to help you get out of yours, we’ve put together a complete list of the very best words of wisdom necessary to inspire you and get you back on top. So read on—and feel your spirits rise! And if you want your newfound inspiration to seep into your wallet, too, be sure to read up on the 5 Ways Billionaires Think Differently Than Most People.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

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Jane Goodall

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

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Babe Ruth

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

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Simone Weil, Philosopher

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

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“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”

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Bethany Hamilton, Surfer

“People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.”

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Maya Angelou

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

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Oprah Winfrey

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

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Emma Stone

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”

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Michael Jordan

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.”

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Frank Sinatra

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.”

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C.S. Lewis

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

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Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'”

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Victor Hugo, Poet and Novelist

“There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.”

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Ryan Gosling

“I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.”

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Alicia Keys

“No one will take care of you if you don’t take care of yourself.”

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Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

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Bob Dylan

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

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Leonardo da Vinci

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

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Andy Warhol

“As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.”

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Bob Marley

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

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Will Smith

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like, feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple. This is what I believe, and I’m willing to die for it.”

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Nelson Mandela

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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Dame Julie Andrews

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”

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Stevie Wonder

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

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Tyler Knott Gregson, Author

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”

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Michael Phelps

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”

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Morgan Freeman

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen–that stillness becomes a radiance.”

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Mindy Kaling

“I think as humans, no one remembers their successes, everyone just remembers their failures.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

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Ernest Hemingway

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

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Usain Bolt

“There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.”

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Thomas Jefferson

“I’m a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it.”

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Shawn Johnson, Olympian

“Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice.”

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Oscar Wilde

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

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The Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own action.”

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Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

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“The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”

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Samuel Beckett

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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Winston Churchill

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

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Katie Couric

“You can learn something new everyday if you have a really positive attitude.”

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Deepak Chopra

“As human beings we have unlimited potential and imagination. The worst thing you can do is be a conformist and buy into conformity. It’s the worst possible thing. It’s better to be outrageous. It’s better to hang out with the sages, the people open to possibilities, even the psychotics.You never know where you’ll find the geniuses of our society.”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“Questions are often looked upon as questions of doubt but I don’t see it that way at all. I question things to stay present, to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

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Robert DeNiro

“The most important thing for actors – and not just actors, but everybody – is to feel loose enough to create what you want to create, and be free to try anything. To have choices.”

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Caitlyn Jenner

“We are all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing, and while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.”

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Reese Witherspoon

“Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.”

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Taraji P. Henson, Actress and Author

“I’m not twentysomething. I’m not trying to find myself—I know exactly who I am and exactly what I want.”

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“I just have a way of breaking the rules even when I don’t intend to. You have to let people be who they are. You have to believe that that’s going to be the best version of them.”

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Drew Barrymore

“Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.”

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Jane Fonda

“It’s never too late—never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”

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Johnny Depp

“If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.”

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Denzel Washington

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud, too. That’s a part of it. I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”

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John Wayne

“Life’s tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”

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Billie Jean King

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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Henry Ford

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

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John D. Rockerfeller

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

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Bill Gates

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

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Bruce Lee

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

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Booker T. Washington

“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.”

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Steve Carell

“Nothing to me feels as good as laughing incredibly hard.”

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“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

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Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”

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John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

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Christopher Columbus

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

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Amelia Earhart

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

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Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

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Marie Curie

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

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Jesse Owens

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.”

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Estee Lauder

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

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Bill Murray

“Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing.”

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Aziz Ansari

“Why do we all say we prefer honesty but rarely give that courtesy to others?”

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Tina Fey

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”

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J.K. Rowling

“Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

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Stephen King

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

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Harper Lee

“Most people are nice when you finally see them.”

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Kanye West

“I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a one size fits all standard for happiness.”

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T.S. Eliot

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

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Ellen DeGeneres

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”

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“The main thing in life is that you get what you put in.”

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Mark Zuckerberg

“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”

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Larry Page

“Always deliver more than expected”

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Mark Cuban

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

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“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.”

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Coco Chanel

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

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Warren Buffet

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

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Christopher Reeve

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

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Kate Winslet

“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.”

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Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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Francis Chan, Pastor

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

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Neil Armstrong

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

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Malcolm X

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

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Harriet Tubman

“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

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Michelle Obama

“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

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Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

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Amy Poehler

“Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and ‘nevers.'”

Princess Diana

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

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