Inspirational, motivational quotes can be a great guide for when life gets tough. They can guide your love life, your finances, your career and your inner life.

Which is why they can be the key to changing external experiences and circumstances of your world.

You see the external world can’t be changed until you change your consciousness. The way you think and feel about life and yourself.

Switching up the quality of your thoughts changes the quality of your life…sometimes instantaneously.  Your thoughts and feelings often react to the world in real time.

Life depends on the way we choose to think about it and ourselves in any given moment and you can use inspirational words to retune your thinking.

Whenever you feel your energies or spirits start to flag simply turn to an inspirational, motivational quote to quickly boost your mood and lift your spirits.


Hoda Kotb said it far better than I could in her book I Really Needed This Today,” where she not only shares 365 sayings and quotes but also writes about the people and experiences that have pushed her to challenge boundaries, embrace change, and explore relationships to their fullest.

Quotes are like silent soldiers we carry with us into battle each day.  After all, the unvarnished truth about the human condition is that being alive is both beautiful and painful, so we need ways to deal with that deep emotional arc.  Quotes are both the bubbly and the balm to help us make it through our unpredictable journeys.

Hoda Kotb

Inspirational Motivational Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Here’s 25 encouraging quotes to keep you on the path of high vibrational thoughts and feelings for success and life.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.


Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Benjamin Disraeli

Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of 10 years, the strides you’ve taken.

Hoda Kobt

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.

English Proverb

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Live each day as if your life had just begun.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If not us, who? If not now, when?

John F. Kennedy

Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.

George Bernard Shaw

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

People think that you have to do something huge, like go to Africa and build a school, but you can make a small change in a day. If you change Wednesday, then you change Thursday. Pretty soon it’s a week, then a month, then a year. It’s bite-size, as opposed to feeling like you have to turn your life inside out to make changes.

Hoda Kotb

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

Stephen Covey

We become what we think about.

 Earl Nightingale

“Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; What would it look like?

Brian Tracy

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.

 Hasidic Proverb

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon

Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

 Benjamin Disraeli

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.

Rosa Park

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.

Ancient Proverb

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

Will Rogers

There are two types of people: The ones who give you 50 reasons it can’t be done … and the ones who just do it.

Hoda Kotb

If you have any quotes that have encouraged and inspired or motivated you, we’d love to ‘see’ you in the comments below. All favorite quotes gratefully accepted. Your words may be the very ones someone needed to hear today.

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Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Thank you for the positivity, Elle. It is much needed these days with so much happening in the world. I like the one by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Lots of good ones here. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed the article Debbie. Needing positivity these days is something we all could use I think and having something in our tool box, like a quote, to shift our energy towards the more positive aspects of life has definitely been useful in my world. 🙂

  2. My favorite is: “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” So many people don’t realize that the choices they make all day, large and small, create their life. All those “little things” truly matter. I needed to read many of these today!

    • Isn’t that the truth Paige. We have so many choices each and every day to think what we want and what we want to experience. 🙂

  3. Love the quotes, Elle. I have always enjoyed watching Hoda on the Today Show. She brings a positive spirit. The quotes you shared from her are wonderful. Also, your round images are fun, very clever! 🙂

    • Positive spirits are what we need a lot of today Cathy. I’m glad you’re enjoying the rounded images – it switches things up a bit!

  4. Peter Morris

    Thank you for this bouquet of inspiration !

  5. Elle, I love the Lao Tzu quote you began with. It’s one of my favorites and I feel it has multiple layers of meaning. Quotes are a great resource to have!. When we feel down they can lift us up. But we don’t have to wait till we’re down. If we use them daily, they can keep our energy high vibe and our attention focused on what’s most important.

    • Hi Sandra – you are so right my friend. Lao Tzu was a very wise man with very deep thoughts. I love what you say about using quotes daily to keep our energies where we want them to be to have the best life we can imagine.

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