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How about this, then, for one of 70+ short inspirational quotes:

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." — Maya Angelou

Hmm, you won't go far wrong reading words by the rather wonderful, rather marvellous Maya Angelou. As for me, well I know how to create a page of inspirational life quotes - a powerful, insightful, conscious living collection of best inspirational quotes, oh yes. And when I know better, I'll do better. Having said that...

  • ALL of these inspirational quotes are taken from my very own quotes book compilation called, Daily Quotes Book)
  • And nearly ALL of these short inspirational quotes are less than 80 characters in length - easy to share on Twitter and Facebook (hint hint!)

Anyway, back to you and your desire to be inspired. Please - if you will! - gorge yourself happy, on what could loosely be described as short quotes on happiness...

Denis Waitley Short Inspirational Quote

Oh, it really does go without saying, that these short inspirational quotes and sayings have been hand-picked (by me). And after my having looked at tens of thousands of inspirational quotes over a period of 10 years.

What you get then. Short. Inspirational. Quotes. ALL of which get you to look within for the answer, rather than outside to the world of 'other' or blame or helpless victimhood (ouch!). I do hope you enjoy...


Best Inspirational Life Quotes

Short Inspirational quotes - what they say...

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
— Dorothy Thompson

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
— Chinese Proverb

“You teach best what you most need to learn.”
— Richard Bach

“Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.”
— Alison Boulter

“It's hard to listen while you're planning something you think needs to be said.”
— Author Unknown

“Security is an illusion. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
— Helen Keller

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
— Maya Angelou

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
— Confucius

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
— Albert Einstein

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
— Joseph Chilton Pearce

“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”
— Daisaku Ikeda

“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.”
— Robert Gary Lee

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
— Kahlil Gibran

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”
— Jean Anouilh

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”
— Leo F. Buscaglia

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
— Charles Dickens

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
— Robert H. Schuller

“Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something.”
— Gene Valvano

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk more.”
— Erica Jong

“You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.”
— Guy Finley


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(Ooh, we're really racing through these short inspirational quotes aren't we. Almost a third of the way through what I'm calling quotes on happiness. Keep going, eh, keep going!)


Short Inspirational quotes - what they STILL say...


“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
— Marianne Williamson

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”
— Larry Eisenberg

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”
— Marilyn Ferguson

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
— Anaïs Nin

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
— William Shakespeare

“Giving to others what we ask from them is how we receive what we wish.”
— Guy Finley

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
— Carrie Fisher

“All the wonders you seek are within yourself.”
— Sir Thomas Browne

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
— Virginia Woolf

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”
— Robert Allen

“100% of the shots you don't take don't go in.”
— Wayne Gretzky

“Make finding the good in others a priority.”
— Zig Ziglar

“Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.”
— William Hazlitt

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— Mother Teresa

“Experience is the worst teacher, it gives the test before the lesson.”
— Vernon Law

“One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.”
— Robert Brault

“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”
— Proverb

“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.”
— Shirley Maclaine

“Everyone is gifted—but some people never open their package.”
— Author Unknown

“Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.”
— Alan Loy McGinnis

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

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

“Nothing lasts forever. Not even your troubles.”
— Arnold H. Glasgow

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu



Short inspirational quotes - what they're saying still...

MORE short inspirational quotes (you're such a glutton), and a not-so-subtle reminder that ALL these inspirational life quotes are based on my very own daily inspirational quotes book

“We should make sure that our own house is in order before we give advice to others.”
— Aesop

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
— Buddha

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.”
— Marcus Aurelius

“The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”
— Ann Landers

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”
— Thomas Merton

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

“What makes you vulnerable, makes you beautiful.”
— Brené Brown

“The greatest obstacle to connecting with our joy is resentment.”
— Pema Chödrön

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
— William James

“Growth begins when we begin to accept our weaknesses.”
— Jean Vanier

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.”
— Marva Collins

“If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.”
— Marva Collins

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
— Joseph Campbell

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
— Confucius

“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
— Muriel Rukeyser

“Be curious, not judgmental.”
— Walt Whitman

“Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.”
— Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”
— Gail Sheehy

“When coming to a fork in the road—take it!”
— Yogi Berra

“Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results.”
— Dennis Waitley

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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


Short inspirational quotes - what NEXT?...

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