It’s been three years since we shared our original list of some of the best quotes of all time, and we felt it was a good time for an update. We’ve added another 25 quotes for you. But these aren’t just any quotes.
These are quotes designed to inspire. They’re motivational quotes that will hopefully get you thinking about your life, your work, or your dreams and how you can make these things better.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen R. Covey
“Anyone can do something when they want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to do it.” – Dr. Phil
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost
“All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.” – Henry David Thoreau
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” -Vince Lombardi
“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self control — these three alone lead to power.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
What are the best quotes of all time for you? Have you ever heard a simple line that inspired you to make a major change in your life? Has a quote ever changed your mind on an important issue or made you think about something in a different way? Do you just enjoy reading daily quotes, seeking a smile or a bit of motivation?
Everyone’s choices for the best quotes of all time will vary based on what influences them. But we’ve looked through hundreds of quotes and picked some of the best quotes of all time across several different categories to share with you here today. Enjoy them below, and if another quote didn’t make the list but you absolutely love it, please share it with us in the comments.
Please note: Categories are listed alphabetically, and within each category individual quotes are in no particular order. Some quotes have been shared with multiple versions on the Web with slight variations in each. If we ran into these situations, we chose the variation that appeared to be most commonly presented. Also, some quotes could technically fall under multiple categories. In those cases they were placed under the one we felt was most relevant at the time.