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A collection of short simple quotes to inspire you when you need it the most

Short and simple quotes could be exactly what you need right now.

But wait, what are short quotes and why could they be motivational? 

We all know about quotes and some are long and confusing or hard to remember what was actually said or what it means. Simple short quotes can have more impact because they are concise.  

They are easier to remember and feel more inspiring especially when they hit home for you. It seems to speak to you right now in the situation you are in. 

Check out the list below and find the one or ones that make you stop and smile.

Simple short quotes

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

I can and I will.

“The best things in life aren’t things.” – John Ruskin

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

“More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.” – Orrin Woodward

Take the risk or lose the chance.

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Screw it, let’s do it.” – Richard Branson

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

Cute, positive and happy quotes

Find a reason to smile every day.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson

If you want it, work for it.

“Pick up the battle and make it a better world. Just where you are.” – Maya Angelou

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West 

And so the adventure begins.

Broken crayons still color.

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”- Charlie Chaplin

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Do it with passion or not at all.

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Dennis Waitley

“If it matters to you, you’ll find a way.” – Charlie Gilkey

You don’t have to be perfect. 

“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.” – Aesop

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”- Confucius

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

“Happiness is a state of activity.” – Aristotle

Keep yourself motivated

“The past does not equal the future.” – Tony Robbins

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

When nothing goes right, go left.

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus

“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” – Michael Schumacher

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” – Socrates 

“My life is my message.” – Mahatma Gandhi 

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

“Each day provides its own gifts.” – Marcus Aurelius 

Concise and inspiring phrases


You matter.

Let go.


Slow down.

Let it be.

Take it easy.

Live the moment.

Keep moving forward.

Enjoy the little things.

Do it for you. 

Collect moments – not things.

Follow your dreams.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

One day at a time.

Happiness is a choice

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

You are capable of more than you think.

You can’t change what happened yesterday.

Deep and meaningful quotes

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau 

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

“The less you want, the richer you are.” – Yanni

“You have to be odd to be number one.” – Dr. Seuss

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

Why short simple quotes can help you

Life itself is so short. It can be difficult to be patient and wait for things. We live in a world of expecting things right here and right now. 

Every journey begins with the first step and this may seem daunting. Once that first step has been made you still need the momentum to keep going. Finding some short and simple quotes which inspire you right now and motivate you to keep going can help you achieve your goal or goals. 

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