35 Inspirational Quotes on Happiness, Following Your Dreams & Generally Kicking Life’s Ass

From time to time, I share a quote on my Twitter or Facebook page I think will help make your day (slash-life) a little better. I’ve realized lately I’ve built up quite a collection of these quotes, so I thought I’d drop them on you en masse — consider it my contribution to whatever goal you’re currently fighting for or obstacle you’re currently fighting against.

To make them easier to share with anyone you think could use a jolt of awesome, I’ve also included an easy click-to-tweet after each quote. (You’re welcome.)



“There are two things a person should never be angry about: what they can help, and what they cannot.” ~Plato (Tweet!)

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit (Tweet!)

“Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Green (Tweet!)

“Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.” ~Mary Oliver (Tweet!)

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~Bertrand Russell (Tweet!)

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~Guillame Appollinaire (Tweet!)

“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh (Tweet!)

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Zig Ziglar (Tweet!)

“Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.” ~Jim Rohn (Tweet!)

“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.” ~Viki King (Tweet!)

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln (Tweet!)


Blazing Your Own Trail

“You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?” ~Bernadette Peters (Tweet!)

“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.” ~Heidi Wills (Tweet!)

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” ~Betty Bender (Tweet!)

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (Tweet!)

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~Doug Kaufman (Tweet!)

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” ~Chinese proverb (Tweet!)

“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” ~Bruce Lee (Tweet!)


Following Your Dreams

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~Arnold H. Glasgow (Tweet!)

“It’s always too early to think it’s too late.” ~Sibyl Chavis (Tweet!)

“The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” ~Erica Jong (Tweet!)

“There is as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.” ~Trammel Crow (Tweet!)

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers (Tweet!)

“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~Henry Ford (Tweet!)

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~Milton Berle (Tweet!)

“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great.” ~Les Brown (Tweet!)

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ~Amelia Earhart (Tweet!)

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~Walt Disney (Tweet!)

“I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~Michael Jordan (Tweet!)


Overcoming Adversity

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~John Wooden (Tweet!)

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” ~Napoleon Hill (Tweet!)

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” ~Randy Pausch (Tweet!)

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” ~John N. Mitchell (Tweet!)

“Some men can get results if kindly encouraged, but give me the kind that do things in spite of hell.” ~Elbert Hubbard (Tweet!)

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker (Tweet!)

What are your favorite quotes? Share them with us in the comments!

Image:  Pink Sherbet Photography / Flickr

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  • Great collection, Cordelia! Happy Monday…
    I like this one so much, I use it for my sig-line 🙂 :

    A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~ unknown

  • Lauren R. Tharp

    Nice to start off the year on such a positive note! 🙂