We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, and I’ve always been a sucker for short inspirational quotes that boost my mood!

It’s such an awesome feeling when you hear or read something that really resonates with you and makes an impact. My favorite quotes change depending on my mood or situation, but I always like quotes that make me feel inspired and motivated in my business life.

I hope one of these short inspirational quotes will resonate with you.

Here are 42 of my FAVORITES. Enjoy!

1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain

2. “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” -Elisabeth Elliot

3. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars — I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”  -Warren Buffett

4. “The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi

5. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” -Helen Keller

6.  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

7. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” -Bruce Feirstein

8 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

9. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

10. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

11. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” -Robin Sharma

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12. “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” -Peter F. Drucker

13. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” -Dennis Waitley

14. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” -Oprah Winfrey

15. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” -Pablo Picasso

16. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey

17. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that – that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost 

 18. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

19. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure , but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan

20. “There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” -Josiah Gilbert Holland

21. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” -Buddha

22. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

23. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” -Vaibhav Shah

24. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman

25. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand 

26. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” -Winston Churchill

27. “Done is better than perfect.” -Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

28. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” -Denis Waitley

29. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” -Coco Chanel short inspirational quotes

30. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” -Adam Osborne

31. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” -Eloise Ristad

32. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” -Henry Ford

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

34. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. -Christopher Columbus short inspirational quotes

35. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

36. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

37. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  -Bernard M. Baruch

38. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

39. “The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” -Terry Orlick

40. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”  -Ingvar Kamprad

41. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein

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42. ‘You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.” -Mandy Hale

I hope you guys liked these short inspirational quotes! What are some of your favorites when you’re in need of a little motivation? Leave a comment below 🙂