29 Short Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Whether you’re having a great day or a really junky one, there’s always a short inspirational quote that can really provide that touch of encouragement you need to power through. Some short inspirational quotes were made famous by famous people, while others are simply excellent odes to the hills and valleys of life. Whichever place you find yourself in, perhaps one of these will ignite inspiration in you.

May these 29 short inspirational quotes be just what you need to brighten your day.

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1. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

2. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” —Abraham Lincoln

3. “If not us, who? If not now, when?” —John F. Kennedy

4.Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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

6. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” —Oprah Winfrey

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7. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

8. “The best way out is always through.” —Robert Frost

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

10. “Hope is the heartbeat of the soul.” —Michelle Horst

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11. “We become what we think about.” —Earl Nightingale

12. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

13. “Youth is counted sweetest by those who are no longer young.” —John Green

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

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

16. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ―Ernest Hemingway

17. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” —Søren Kierkegaard

18.Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” —Richard Bach

19. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. —Benjamin Franklin

21. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas A. Edison

22.Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” —Forrest Gump

23. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.” —Martin Luther King Jr

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

25. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life” —Omar Khayyam

26. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

27. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

28.I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” —Tony Gaskins

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