20 Inspiring Quotes That Will Change Your Life

There are days when everything feels difficult. Nothing works. Whatever can go wrong, does. Extraordinarily. Your worse nightmares come to life in broad daylight (not another parking ticket, Mr Warden!); your hopes and dreams take a back seat to negative feedback (your request for a raise has been denied) and nothing seems to go your way (we’re out of coffee, ma’am).

If you feel like achieving far more but are at loss at what you should do next, perhaps these great people will be able to help keep your head straight. What they have to share are simple and light for some, but powerful and impactful for others.

These quotes cover topics like inspiration, problems, failure, success, motivation, giving up, hard work and dreams. When a simple, “don’t give up” may not suffice, we let the experts take over. We’ve also taken the time to recreate high-res images to fully feature these quotes and who are behind them – we hope you like it!

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Even motivation needs replenishing.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar
Crawl, kick, climb. Resurface.
You don't drown by falling into water. You only drown if you stay there. - Zig Ziglar
Just keep swimming.
Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. - Sam Levenson
That’s how barriers are broken.
Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit. - Robert H. Schuller
No one wants to quit.
No one wants to quit when he's losing and no one wants to quit when he's winning. - Richard Petty
Stop dumbing down your goals; start breaking them up into baby steps.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. - Confucius
There are things worse than failing.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt
Your talent is wasted if you don’t hone it to perfection.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun
Because why give them the satisfaction?
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Bagehot
It is better to have someone notice and critique your work than to have no one notice at all.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success. - Malcolm X
And a dash of passion?
The real secret of success is enthusiasm. - Walter Chrysler
So what are you sitting around here for?
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London
Every failure is a launchpad to the next big success, as long as you do not quit.
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - George S. Patton
There is always a “but”. Deal with it.
Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything in second place. - Walter C. Bryant
So dream. And dream big.
The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If a problem doesn’t make you get up and run around for a bit, then it ain’t a problem.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. - Robert H. Schuller
Only the lucky get down to work after they are inspired.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. - Pablo Picasso
Stay tough!
Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert H. Schuller
Like everybody else on this list, he’s right.
If you don't give up, you still have a chance - Jack Ma