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100 Short Powerful Quotes for that Simple Positivity

Short powerful quotes are great motivators that can make all the difference in our lives. When we’re down, they can help get us back on our feet and inspire us to keep pushing. If you need a quick inspirational boost to start your day or to inspire you at the end of a stressful day, these short quotes are perfect for you.

Our Favorite Short Powerful Quotes

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” — Ashley Montagu

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” — Omar Khayyam

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” — Marie Curie

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” — Corazon Aquino

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

Sunset with short powerful quotes by Twain

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” — Gerard Way

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” — Tom Fleming

“The greatest pleasure of life is love.” — Euripides

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. ” – Fred DeVito

Hiker in mountains with short inspirational change quotes by Devito

“A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.” — Shahir Zag

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”— William G.T. Shedd

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — W.B. Yeats

“There ain’t no problem that some other dude didn’t have 1,000 years ago.” — Will Smith

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses’.” — Henry Ford

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Change Captions, Positive Change Quotes, Kindness Quotes, Happy Quotes, Inspirational Quotes and Short Funny Quotes.

Short Powerful Life Quotes

“Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.” — Wayne Dyer

“Life is a first impression. You get one shot at it. Make it everlasting.” — J.R. Rim

“Every moment of life is precious and can never happen again.” — Zelig Pliskin

“Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks.” — Anmol Andore

“In order to write about life first you must live it.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” — Lillian Dickson

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Life is too short to be angry or sad for long.” Alphonso Davies

Person looking at ocean with short sad quotes about life by Davies

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” — Arthur Rubinstein

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

“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” — Kate Winslet

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” — Melody Beattie

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” — Les Brown

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

Sunset over city with short inspirational life quotes by Coelho

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.” — Dr. Suess

“Sometimes when hardships knock, it’s just life. Do not take it personal.” — Naide Obiang

“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” — Tim Cook

“People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anais Nin

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness.” — Carl Jung

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

“Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.” — Dean Karnazes

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey

Mountains with short deep and powerful quotes by Winfrey

“If you want to shine like the sun, first burn like the sun.” — APJ Abdul Kalam

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori proverb

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” — Michel De Montaigne

“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.” — Vincent van Gogh

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.” — Suzy Kassem

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.” — Antisthenes

“The most important things are the hardest to say because words diminish them.” — Stephen King

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” —Morris West

“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

someone watching sunset with short quotes with deep meanings by Cesare Pavese

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” — William Faulkner

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

“I don’t know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.” — Gregory David Roberts

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw

“There are only two great tragedies in life: one is not getting what you want and the other is getting it.” — Oscar Wilde

Short Powerful Inspirational Quotes

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” — Rose Kennedy

“The joy of life is becoming a person you are proud of.” — Bill Orender

“Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” — Will Smith

“Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.” — Woody Allen

“One man with courage makes a majority.” — Andrew Jackson

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” — Dalai Lama

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

Mountain and lakes with short powerful inspirational quotes by Shaw

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” — Roy L. Goodman

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” — Albert Einstein

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” — Albert Einstein

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

“Be like the flower that gives fragrance even to the hand that crushes it.” — Ali Ibn Abi Talib

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford

“Today I do what others won’t, so that tomorrow I can accomplish what others don’t.” — Jerry Rice

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spray on a lake with cute short inspirational quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” — Dudley Field Malone

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” — Terry Pratchett

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” — Viktor Frankl

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on — it is going on when you don’t have strength.”  — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

Short Powerful Positive Quotes

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” ― Matt Cameron

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” ― Joyce Meyer

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ― Zig Ziglar

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” ― George Allen, Sr

“One small positie thought can change your whole day.” – Zig Ziglar

Sunset with short powerful positive quotes by Zig Ziglar

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.” — S. C. Lourie

“One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” — Deep Roy

“Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive.” — Jim Thompson

“Do good, live in the most positive and joyful way possible every day.” — Roy T. Bennett

“Be positive with every idea surrounding your dreams.” — Israelmore Ayivor

“If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.” — Widad Akrawi

“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” — Dalai Lama

“Positive energy knows no boundaries.” — Lu Wei

“Turn every life situation into a positive one.” — Rhonda Byrne

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Sunset on beach with short positive quotes by Aespo

“It’s almost always possible to be honest and positive.” — Naval Ravikant

“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” — Lindsey Vonn

“Dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey.” — Urijah Faber

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” — Dalai Lama

“Your words are very powerful and what you say matters; keep them positive and powerful.” — Farshad Asl

“I like criticism. It makes you strong.” — LeBron James

“Concentration is the secret of strength.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.” — Ken Kesey

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — Og Mandino

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” — J.K. Rowling

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wind.” – Gina Carey

Woman looking over clouds with powerful strong quotes by Gina Carey

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah

“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” — Hermann Hesse

“People’s passion and desire for authenticity is strong.” — Constance Wu

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” — Ernest Hemingway

“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.” — Isabel Allende

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” — William Ellery Channing

“The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” — William Ellery Channing

“You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times.” — Tilman J. Fertitta

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” — Sarah Dessen

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” — Louisa May Alcott

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” — Maya Angelou

“Not until we are lost, do we begin to find ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” — C.S. Lewis

“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Lake and volcanoes with powerful motivational quotes by Roosevelt

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert Schuller

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” — Sun Tzu

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S Eliot

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi

“You don’t need luck. You are powerful, clever, and fearless.” — Shannon Hale

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” — Ancient Indian Proverb

“It’s the ability to love anyone and anything that’s the most powerful force in the universe.” — Brownell Landrum

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” — Bil Keane

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” — Buddha

“No one has ever found themselves without being a little lost.” – Sai Pradeep

View from a cliff and short powerful quotes by Sai Pradeep

“We all have the power within us, to make something of ourselves, the thing is very few believe it.” — Nikki Rowe

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” — Edmund Hillary

“The most powerful power, you can possess is grace of prayer.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

“You will be influential and powerful in the field of your gift and talent.” — Sunday Adelaja

“Even though she was powerful enough to kill, she could also grow flowers.” — Becky Allen

“…the powerful are always lied to since the weak are always driven to panic.” — Louise Glück

“A moment in time is the strangest and most powerful object in the known universe.” — Khalid Masood

“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted by reality.” — Bruce Lee

“The greatest force is the divine power within you.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

“The future will be better tomorrow.” — Dan Quayle

“A pure heart is a powerful heart.” — Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Sunset on a beach wtih powerful short quotes by Diorio

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” — Elbert Hubbard

“I lost all I had known and gained a life I was yet to know.” — Nikki Rowe

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

“We rise by lifting others.” — Germany Kent

“Knowledge is strength. Ignorance is the kiss of death.” — Suzy Kassem

“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.” — Stephen Covey

“Some women walk towards a better future. Others have chauffeurs.” — Ljupka Cvetanova

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen Covey

“You can never be a giant if you do not challenge the powers much more powerful than you!” — Mehmet Murat ildan

“Some people get what they want because they grab the power and swing it, and some people don’t.” — Dan Groat

“What is fear but that ‘thing’ that we believed to be as powerful as it pretended to be.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

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About the Author

Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

With extensive experience as a travel writer, social media specialist and grant writer, I have made it my mission to curate the best and easiest to use lists for your next post.

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