30 Greatest Short Inspirational Quotes | Best Quick Motivational Quotes [2021 Update]

By Nate McCallister

We all love a good inspirational quote, right? Yes, they can be a bit corny at times but don't judge yourself for being a motivational quote addict like me. You can never have too much motivation.

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Zig Ziglar said it best, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

This post is loaded with 30 of my favorite short (under one sentence) quotes. 

These are like word espresso for your day! Bookmark this article and refer to it whenever you need a productivity boost!

30 Best Short Inspirational Quotes

Brighten Up Your Day with These Classic Inspirational Gems

1. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”  – Albert Einstein

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

3. “It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.” Mabel Newcomber

4. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” Jonathan Winters

5. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott

6. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” Ben Spock

7. “Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

8. “The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.” Amy Gatliff

9. "Whatever you are, be a good one."Abraham Lincoln

10. “If the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.”Norman Vincent Peale

11. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning Meister Eckhart

12. “The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.” G. K. Chesterton

13. “The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” Celestine Chua

18. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton

19. “Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden

20. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

21. “Begin anywhere.” – John Cage

22. “Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham

Meister Eckhart

14. “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”Hugh Downs

15. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis

16. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison

17. “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”Friedrich Nietzsche

24. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” Ralph Emerson

25. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.“ Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

26. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway."Eleanor Roosevelt

27. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.“Winston S. Churchill

28. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.“John Milton

29. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.“Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr Quotes

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

Want more great quotes? Check out my post here on the greatest leadership and management quotes of all time!

About the author

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his four kids Sawyer, Brooks, Van and Lua with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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