21 Inspirational Quotes That May Change Your Life Forever

Is a sense of impending doom looming over you? Take a moment to browse these wise, kind words that can free you from feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. 

All of us need a pick-me-up once in a while (now more than ever, with the ongoing pandemic refusing to vamoose). And in such a bleak situation, as is at the moment, you'd be surprised how mere words, phrases, and expressions can bring about a welcome change in perspective. As Canadian writer Robin Sharma once said, "Words can inspire. Words can destroy. Choose yours well." 

You may wonder how a few conjoined alphabets can stimulate such powerful emotions, but the simple reality is: your strongest muscle and worst enemy is your mind. Thereby, you must train it well. It tends to be a beautiful servant and dangerous master that either controls you or is controlled by you—more often the former. However, it needn't be that way. 

Allowing yourself to be exposed to affirming words, thoughts, and beings can really change things around for you! If you've been feeling morose, lost, or confused lately, there's no harm in seeking change. To give you a little nudge in the right direction, we've enlisted a few soothing, strong quotes that may (or may not) change your thinking, attitude, and perspective forever. 


"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." ~ David Brinkley


"Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." ~ John D. Rockefeller


"True life is lived when tiny changes occur." ~ Leo Tolstoy


"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi 


"The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward." ~ Steve Maraboli


"If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down." ~ Roy T. Bennett


"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is a delay, not defeat. “It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street." ~ Denis Waitley


"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." ~ Beverly Sills


"Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong." ~ Mandy Hale


"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." ~ C.S. Lewis


"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go." ~ Hermann Hesse


"Growth and comfort do not coexist." ~ Ginni Rometty


"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." ~ William Arthur Ward


"You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone." ~ Roy T. Bennett


"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts." ~ Arnold Bennett


"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~ John F. Kennedy


"You must welcome change as the rule, but not as your ruler." ~ Denis Waitley


"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." ~ Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi


"Our biggest competition is never the others. Instead, it is always ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we end up in first or last place. If we do our best to do better than before, then we’ve won." ~ Clint Cora


"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~ Jackson Brown Jr.


"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh