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The Best Motivational Quotes About Life, Success, Happiness, Change, Friendship and Love

Updated on February 23, 2013

Great Inspirational Quotes to Live By

Every day, millions of people are inspired by life changing quotes of all sorts. Just a quick glance on Facebook and you'll find people liking and sharing tons of inspirational and motivational quotes on various topics from life to happiness to love and success. Most of these positive quotes are quite short but have a lot of meaning. Some people read quotes just to have something to read but for many, quotes can help brighten their day and give them something positive to think about.

Many of the most popular quotes are by famous people or lessons that just make sense. Contained in some of these quotes are centuries of experience and wisdom. This is why so many people like to read them. Not all of these quotes on this page will speak to you but I know some of them will. Whether you're going through a tough time and need some words of encouragement or you're just looking for something to make you think or smile, read on. I'm sure you'll find a few that you will like. Along with these uplifting quotes, I've also included some picture quotes for the visual people.

Share your own favorites at the bottom of the page.

Short Quotes About Happiness

If there is one thing we all want more of, it's happiness. Without happiness, there would be no point to life. The most important thing I have learned about happiness is that it comes from within. It's a feeling that we create. It is not achieved by getting something but by deciding to feel it. There are those who are rich and famous, yet miserable. Then there are those who are broke, yet happy. It's when you can learn to appreciate the things you already have, no matter how little, that you will begin to experience more happiness in your life.

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." - Marthe Troly-Curtin

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

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life-to be happy-it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

"Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get." - W.P. Kinsella

"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up." - Mark Twain

"One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory." - Rita Mae Brown

"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." - Aristotle

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius

Things To Do

1. Wake up

2. Be happy

3. Sleep

4. Repeat

Short Inspirational Quotes About Life

If there is one thing that everyone should understand about life, it's that life is short. The challenges that we face, the drama, the pain, the inconveniences, when we die, none of these things will matter. The more you spend stressing over things that won't matter a week from now, the more time you will lose which you could have spent being happy.

Life can often seem long because we constantly focus on the day to day things that needs to be done but every now and then, we should stop and remind ourselves that none of us have any idea just how long we will be here. You could think you'll live until 90 but that's not guaranteed. In fact, tomorrow isn't even guaranteed. Live life and experience it the way you want it while you still have time.

Good Quotes About Life

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching. Love like you'll never be hurt. Sing like there's nobody listening. And live like it's heaven on earth." - William W. Purkey

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - J.K. Rowling

"Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can." - Nicholas Sparks

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

"Get busy living or get busy dying." - Stephen King

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

Short Quotes about Success

In order to be successful, the first step is to define what success means to you. Let go of the definition society or your parents or friends have set for you and decide for yourself what success consists of. For many, success comes down to being able to spend time with the people they love. It would be a shame then to think success is all about obtaining wealth and spend all of your time chasing your fortune all the while neglecting the people you love.

The next step is to work hard. There's no getting around this. True success comes from effort expanded over a long period of time. Along with working hard is perseverance. You're going to run into challenges, some big enough to make you want to quit. However, if there is one thing that is required of success, it's that you must never quit. Change your tactics and strategy if you must but if success in obtaining a certain goal is important to you, then you just have to keep going. Success isn't easy but when you're going after the things you really want, the sweat and time that you put in will be worth it.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." - Bob Dylan

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. " - Walt Disney Company

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it." - Dalai Lama

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." - Bill Cosby

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will." - Vince Lombardi Jr.

"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." - Francis Chan

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

"Don't mistake activity with achievement." - John Wooden

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." - Michael Jordan

Also see quotes about strength

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.

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Inspirational Quotes about Change

Change can be scary but in order to grow, it's necessary. Change will either happen to us or happen because of us. Usually, when it happens to us, it's not something we enjoy. Getting laid off from a job is a much different experience than quitting a job. When the change is of our choosing, we are in control of the results and change in this case, shouldn't be something to be feared but something to be embraced.

Change Quotes and Sayings

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody." - Stephen Chbosky

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

"We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change." - Katharine Hepburn

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - William Jennings Bryan

"I have accepted fear as part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back." - Erica Jong

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." - Wayne W. Dyer

"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The changes we dread most may contain our salvation." - Barbara Kingsolver

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Richard Buckminster Fuller

"Change is inevitable. Progress is optional." - Tony Robbins

"None of us can change our yesterdays, but all of us can change our tomorrows." - Colin Powell

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself." - Jim Rohn

"We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankl

Short Quotes About Friendship

What is life without friends? When we have friends, the joy we get out of life is enhanced big time. It's not about the amount of friends you have but the quality of friends you have. When it comes down to it, happiness in life is about the relationships and bonds you have with other people rather than the amount of things you can accumulate. Imagine owning the world but being the only person living in it. Now imagine not having much but having people who care about you, who you can laugh with, and experience the ups and downs of life with.

Best Friendship Quotes and Sayings

"The only way to have a friends is to be one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing." - Benjamin Franklin

"Life is nothing without friendship." - Cicero

"All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built upon the sand." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief." - Joseph Addison

"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." - Elbert Hubbard

"Friendship is the marriage of the soul." - Voltaire

"True friends stab you in the front." - Oscar Wilde :)

"There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend." - Socrates

"He that wrongs his friend, wrongs himself more." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"A real friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out." - Walter Winchell

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." - Robert Lewis Stevenson

"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow." - Alice Walker

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." - Kahlil Gibran

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

"There is nothing like the razor sharp tongue of a good friend to cut through the lies we tell ourselves." - Laura Moncur

"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." - Donna Roberts

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." - Helen Keller

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus

"Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives." - Alexander Dumas The Younger

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." - Woodrow Wilson

"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." - Marlene Dietrich

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." - C.S. Lewis

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." - C.S. Lewis

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

Short Quotes About Love

Love has the power to make us do incredible things but it also as the power to at least temporarily believe our world as come to an end. Without love, life would be meaningless. Love is a feeling we all want to experience. It's what gives life its juice. It can give us a deeper level of happiness. It can make us feel like life is beautiful but it can also make us feel like life is a curse. One thing is for sure, when it comes to love, it keeps life interesting.

Love Quotes and Sayings

"Death ends a life, not a relationship." - Mitch Albom

"Where there is love there is life." - Mahatma Gandhi

"If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." - Marilyn Monroe

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Seuss

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment." - Sarah Dessen

"We accept the love we think we deserve." - Stephen Chbosky

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." - Robert A. Heinlein

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu

"Love is like rain; when it will come, nobody knows." - Unknown

"Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning." - Unknown

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Quotes Video

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      Julie K Henderson 

      4 years ago

      What a fabulous collection of quotes. Well done. I especially appreciated the ones from Robert Lewis Stevenson and Marcus Aurelius. Voted up.

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      5 years ago from USA

      This is such a great and comprehensive list of inspirational quotes, well done and thanks for sharing them.

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      6 years ago

      Wow. That is the best collection of inspirational quotations ever.

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      7 years ago

      Love your page. I am very much into positive thinking and have been sharing some of my advice on Squidoo.

      Keep up the good work:)

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      7 years ago

      Awesome quotes! Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      An inspiration! Sundae ;-)

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for my day's inspiration!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent job! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      These pictures and quotations are very empowering and inspiring. We need this type of motivation every single day. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      @Radcliff LM: Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

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      Radcliff LM 

      7 years ago

      I love how you put this lens together. It's a great one to refer back to when we need to be reminded of what is important in life. Thanks!

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      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Great stuff!


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