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200 Best Short Inspirational Quotes About Life and Struggles 

We all need someone or something to inspire us at different times in our lives and that is why we are bringing you this long list of inspirational quotes aimed at helping you succeed in different areas of your life. Be you an entrepreneur, a student, married man/woman, a kid, an athlete, or just someone who wants to record all-round success in life, this highly inspirational quotes will spur you to remain optimistic, even when there is no visible reason to be, work hard, and go the extra mile to achieve extraordinary results.

200 Short Inspirational Quotes About Life and Struggles 

Short Inspirational Quotes

1. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius

3. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote

4. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. – Bruce Lee

5. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

6. Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

7. Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop. – Lewis Carroll

8. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain

9. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

10. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves! – Chanakya

11. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi

12. You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. – Zig Ziglar

13. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

14. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

15. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

16. Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time. – George Bernard Shaw

17. Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

18. Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S. Eliot

19. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. – Swami Sivananda

20. Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. – Charles Kettering

21. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

22. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

23. The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

24. To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst. – Wilson Kanadi

25. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

Funny Inspirational Quotes

26. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? – George Carlin

27. Change is not a four-letter word… but often your reaction to it is! – Jeffrey Gitomer

28. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

29. Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

30. Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that. – Ellen Degeneres

31. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote

32. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. – Dalai Lama

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

34. Well-behaved women seldom make history. – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich,

35. I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored. – Louis C.K.

36. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Eddison

37. If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big. – Donald Trump

38. People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. – A.A. Milne

39. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. – Mark Twain

40. Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. – Tom Lehrer

41. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

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

43. 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

44. If you hit the target every time it’s too near or too big. – Tom Hirshfield

45. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Unknown

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

47. Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. – Kyle Chandler

48. A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure. – Unknown

49. Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell. – Bill Copeland

50. Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. – Isaac Asimov

Inspirational Quotes For Women

51. If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor. – Al Anon

52. The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. – Susan B. Anthony

53. A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. – Diane Mariechild

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54. The best protection any woman can have…is courage. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

55. The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world. – Arlene Rankin

56. Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. – Charlotte Whitton

57. Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. – Ruth Gordon

58. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert

59. Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. – Margaret Sanger

60. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. – Rhonda Hansome

61. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. – Margaret Thatcher

62. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. – Susan B. Anthony

63. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart

64. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

65. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

66. Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. – Madame Marie du Deffand

67. Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you. – Caroline Myss

68. Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. – Rosalind Russell

69. A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. – Melinda Gates

70. One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. – Simone de Beauvoir

71. A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt

72. A strong woman understands that gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts. – Nancy Rathburn

73. Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon…I’ll never look back. – Edna Gardner Whyte

74. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” – Clare Boothe Luce

75. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

Inspirational Quotes For Kids

76. The more you give away the happier you become. – Unknown

77. Being kind is never wasted. – Unknown

78. When you know better you do better. – Maya Angelou

79. Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

80. No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers. – Wolfgang Riebe

81. Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends. – Art Linkletter

82. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland

83. So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains. – Dr. Seuss

84. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have. – Jim Rohn

85. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

86. Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. – Hans Christen Andersen

87. Always keep a positive mindset, it will improve your outlook on the world. – Roald Dahl

88. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

89. The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. – Theodore Roosevelt

90. Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford ev’ry stream, Follow ev’ry rainbow, ‘Til you find your dream. – Unknown

91. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucious

92. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama

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

94. Accept everything about yourself, I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end, no apologies, no regrets. – Clark Moustakas

95. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires and a touch that never hearts. – Charles Dickens

96. Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

97. It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

98. We grow great by dreams. – Woodrow Wilson

99. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

100. Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher. – Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational Quotes On Love

101. No one said love was going to be easy. But having it means you will not have to face life alone and will always have someone to share it with, and that can make all the difference. — Unknown

102. Love does not mean you will always agree, see eye to eye, or never have an argument. It means despite the bad days you still can’t see yourself without that person. — Unknown

103. We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. — Sam Keen

104. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. — Maya Angelou

105. The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. — Victor Hugo

106. To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything. — T. Tolis

107. I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more. — Angelita Lim

108. There’s no substitute for a great love who says, ‘No matter what’s wrong with you, you’re welcome at this table. — Tom Hanks

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109. Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” — H. L. Mencken

110. Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused. ― Paulo Coelho

111. Love is beyond sex and physical touch. Love is kind words, a reassuring smile, one that is not jealous and keeps record of wrong doings. Love is knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will always be there for that person and they will always be there for you. — Quotes

112. You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness. — Julia Roberts

113. When love is not madness it is not love. ― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

114. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return. — Nat King Cole

115. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. — Lao-Tzu

116. I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

117. Love is so short, forgetting is so long. ― Pablo Neruda

118. Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all. — Ernest Hemingway

119. We are shaped and fashioned by those we love. — Geothe

120. You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. — Oscar Wilde

121. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. ― Sophocles

122. Where there is love there is life. — Mahatma Gandhi

123. You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” ― Jodi Picoult

124. Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime. — Bette Davis

125. When you truly love someone it means your love is unconditional. It means taking the good and the bad, loving them for the person they are, and not trying to change them into the person you want them to be. — Quotes

Shot Inspirational Quotes For Students 

126. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

127. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino

128. Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

129. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

130. There will be doubters, there will be obstacles, there will be mistakes. But, with hard work, there are no limits. – Michael Phelps

131. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. – Mary Kay Ash

132. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. – Zig Ziglar

133. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich

134. Be stronger than your excuses. – Anonymous

135. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

136. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. – Richard Branson

137. You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing. – Philippos

138. To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. – Mike Gafka

139. I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. – Chinese Proverb

140. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele

141. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

142. Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. – Virat Kohli

143. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

144. Success doesn’t come to you, you’ve got to go to it. – Marva Collins

145. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford

146. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills

147. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. – James Cameron

148. Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body. – Brian Tracy

149. Preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell

150. I’ve failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

Inspirational Marriage Quotes

151. A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. – Andre Maurois

152. A husband and wife may disagree on many things, but they must absolutely agree on this: to never, ever give up. – Unknown

153. A great marriage doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building that love until the end. – Unknown

154. A good husband makes a good wife. – John Florio

155. Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other’s strengths. – Sheri L. Dew

156. When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. – When Harry Met Sally

157. Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. – Barbara Cage

158. Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it. – Stephen Gaines

159. The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. – Unknown

160. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates

161. Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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162. The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. — Henny Youngman

163. Couples that are meant to be are the ones who go through everything that’s designed to tear them apart and come out stronger than ever before.

164. So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me… everyday. — Nicholas Sparks

165. A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other the guardian of his solitude and shows him this confidence, the greatest in his power to bestow. – Rainer Maria Rilke

166. Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church. – Pope John Paul II

167. The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. – Barbara De Angelis

168. Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day. – Barbara De Angelis

169. Marriage – the roots are deep, the covenant is solid, love is sweet, life is hard, and God is good.

170. You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you. – Richard Needham

171. Two souls but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.

172. A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. – Michel de Montaigne

173. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threaded, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. – Simone Signoret

174. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage because it is made of imperfect people. God is the only one that is perfect and having Him in the middle of your marriage guarantees perfection in all the imperfect circumstances.

175. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times and always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin

Inspirational Quotes On Endurance

176. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.  — Martin Luther King Jr.

177. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

178. So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

179. At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves. ― Tabitha Suzuma

180. If you’re going through Hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

181. Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real-life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly. ― Matthew Quick

182. You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled – not with all the good food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did. ― Leigh Bardugo,

183. Head up, heart open. To better days! ― T.F. Hodge

184. To conquer, you must endure not just your own suffering but the suffering of others. Indifference is the ultimate evolutionary achievement, the highest rung on nature’s ladder. ― Rick Yancey

185. Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. — Lance Armstrong

186. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. ― John F. Kennedy

187. If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger. ― Sarah J. Maas

188. A man on a thousand-mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep. ― Leo Tolstoy

189. A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you. ― Tahir Shah

190. In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. — Albert Camus

191. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. —Chinese proverb

192. All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm’s way. ― Bell Hooks

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

194. Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality. ― Kilian Jornet

195. I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. — Abraham Lincoln

196. No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear. ― Greg Kincaid

197. The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. — Morris Mandel

198. This too shall pass. ― Hakim Sanai

199. No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven. ― Orson F. Whitney

200. A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl. — Stephan Hoeller

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