200 Inspirational Motivational Quotes For Success In Life (2020)

Successful personalities don’t become that way overnight. What most people recognize at a glimpse—wealth, happiness, a great career, purpose—is the outcome of hard work, and hustle over a period. Here is a list of the best inspirational and motivational quotes about life and success.

To be successful, you have to use every day as an opportunity to develop, to be better, to get closer to your goals. It might seem like a lot of work—and with a busy calendar, next to impossible. But the most satisfying part is, the more you achieve, the more you’ll desire to do, the higher you’ll want to stand. So as long as you have the desire for success, you will forever have the ability within you to achieve it.

Here is a list of the best inspirational and motivational quotes about life and success that will boost your confidence and lift your mood so you believe in yourself.

Inspirational Motivational Quotes

1. Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Coco Chanel

2. Your limitation—it’s only your imagination.

3. If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.
Wayne W. Dyer

4. It’s okay to outgrow people who don’t grow. Grow tall anyways.

5. The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.
Nishan Panwar

6. A walk to a nearby park may give you more energy and inspiration in life than spending two hours in front of a screen.
Tsang Lindsay

7. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

8. I can and I will. Watch me.
Carrie Green

9. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Paulo Coelho

10. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Will Rogers

Motivational Quotes from Movies

11. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.
The Lion King

12. No one has ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
The Greatest Showman

13. Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.
The Breakfast Club

14. The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
Pirates of the Caribbean

15. You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.
Good Will Hunting

16. A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

17. “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

18. Great men are not born great, they grow great.
The Godfather

19. Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.

20. Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Motivational Quotes for Women

21. You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.
Brigham Young

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

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

24. We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.
Malala Yousafzai

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

26. Done is better than perfect.
Sheryl Sandberg

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

28. It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.
Byron Katie

29. A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.
Medlinda Gates

30. Power is not given to you. You have to take it.
Beyoncé Knowles

Inspirational Quotes for Men

31. Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

32. To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
Anatole France

33. One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

34. If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.

35. Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Bruce Lee

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

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

38. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
Tim Ferriss

39. Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Bruce Lee

40. A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
Confucius Kongzi

Inspirational Quotes About Love

41. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille Ball

42. Power is not given to you. You have to take it.
Beyoncé Knowles

43. There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
George Sand

44. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Beyoncé Knowles

45. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa

46. Our first and last love is self-love.
Christian Nestell Bovee

47. Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

48. Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
Karl A. Menninger

49. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

50. We are most alive when we're in love.
John Updike

Inspirational Sayings and Quotes on Happiness

51. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

52. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

53. Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.
Leo Tolstoy

54. If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.

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

56. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

57. The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
Andre Maurois

58. Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.

59. Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.
Marquis de Condorcet

60. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Mahatma Gandhi

Best Inspirational Quotes And Sayings Of All Time

61. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

62. Do what you love and the money will follow.
Marsha Sinetar

63. Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.
Victor Kiam

64. Someday is not a day of the week.
Denise Nelson

65. Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

66. Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
Robin Sharma

67. Everything you've ever wanted is on the other sideof fear.
Robin Sharma

68. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
Author Unknown

69. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
Albert Einstein

70. If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.
Mario Andretti

Inspirational Sayings and Quotes on Success

71. Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.
Arnold H. Glasgow

72. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
George Patton

73. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

74. Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.
Vaibhav Shah

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

76. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Herman Cain

77. Striving for success without hard work is life trying to harvest where you haven't planted.
David Bly

78. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
—Read more quotes of Muhammad Ali

79. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

80. If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.
Jim Rohn

Short Inspirational Sayings and Quotes

81. Here are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

82. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Suzy Kassem

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

84. Change the world by being yourself.
Amy Poehler

85. Die with memories, not dreams.

86. Whatever you do, do it well.
Walt Disney

87. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.
Kurt Cobain

88. The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr.

89. When words fail, music speaks.

90. I have nothing to lose but something to gain.

Motivating And Inspirational Quotes For Students

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

92. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

93. The man who does not read books has no advantage over the one who cannot read them.
—Read more quotes of Mark Twain

94. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

95. Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.
Chinese Proverb

96. You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.
Ed Cole

97. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

98. The expert in everything was once a beginner.

99. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier

100. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”
John D. Rockefeller

Inspirational Quotes for Work(Motivation to Work Hard and Smart)

101. Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.
Thomas Carlyle

102. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourselves.

102. I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson

103. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

104. The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.
Tricia Cunningham

105. Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Farrah Gray

106. Things may come to those who wait but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln

107. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
Earl Nightingale

108. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas A. Edison

109. If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.
Abraham Lincoln

110. The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Harry Golden

Motivational Quotes for Employees

111. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
—Read more quotes of Mark Twain

112. You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.
Saji Ijiyemi

113. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

114. Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
Kevin Kruse

115. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

116. When a team of dedicated individuals makes a commitment to act as one...the sky's the limit.
Harry Golden

117. You can worry about the competition ... or you can focus on what's ahead of you and drive fast.
Harry Golden

118. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart

119. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn

120. Well done, is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

Health Care Workers Inspirational Quotes

121. You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win—no matter what the outcome.
Patch Adams

122. Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.

123. Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.
Albert Einstein

124. One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.
Harry Golden

125. The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.
Zig Ziglar

126. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatama Gandi

127. They may forget your name but they'll never forget how you made them feel.
Harry Golden

128. NURSE: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone.
Tehzeeb Kazmi

129. You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
Rosa Parks

130. Winners are not the people who never fail, but people who never quit.

Inspirational Quotes On Exercise

131. Good things come to those who sweat.

132. The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen

133. What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow.
Jay Cutler

134. Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.

135. Running is not just exercise; it is a lifestyle.
John Bingham

136. The body achieves what the mind believes.

137. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
Erin Gray

138. If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.
Robin Sharma

139. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.
Jim Rohn

140. Fitness starts in your head. You must choose to eat clean, exercise regularly, and treat your body with respect.

Inspirational Quotes About Learning

141. The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
B.B. King

142. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

143. All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
Martin Fisher

144. You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.
Lyndon B. Johnson

145. I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
Harry Golden

146. The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
George Carlin

147. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

148. Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.
George Evans

149. Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.
Bruce Lee

150. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Bruce Lee

Inspirational Quotes On Nature

161. The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God.
Anne Frank

162. In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

163. Going to the mountains is like going home.
John Muir

164. I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau

165. Nature. Cheaper than therapy.

166. Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

167. If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent van Gogh

168. Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!
Robin Williams

169. Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.
Leonardo Da Vinci

170. The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Graduation Quotes and Sayings

171. Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.
Neil Gaiman

172. Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.
Frederick W. Robertson

173. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

174. Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.
Senator Orrin Hatch

175. Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.
Harry Golden

176. If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
Thomas Jefferson

177. Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.
John Wooden

178. You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.
Sandra Bullock

179. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Dr. Seuss

180. Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.
Harry Golden

Most Inspirational Sports Quotes Of All Time

181. I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count.
—Read more quotes of Muhammad Ali

182. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Tim Notke


183. Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.
Michael Jordan

184. Good is not good when better is expected.
Vin Scully


185. What makes something SPECIAL is not just what you have to GAIN but what you feel there is to LOSE.
Andre Agassi

186. An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Emil Zatopek

187. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
Tommy Lasorda

188. The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
Steve Young

189. The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

190. To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
Picabo Street

Top Christian Inspirational Quotes

191. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom

192. Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.
Elisabeth Elliot

193. Faith is believing BEFORE what will only make sense AFTER.
Steven Furtick

194. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie ten Boom

195. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neihter.
CS Lewis

196. God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.
Max Lucado

197. God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

198. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

199. I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa

200. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Brené Brown