blog title graphic with a purple modern flower on a beige background that says, 28 quotes to inspire optimism and energize your life

If you clicked on this post, I’m guessing that a positive quote and a few words of inspiration are some things in life that boost you.

I love a great quote to –

  • make sense of confusing situations
  • support a more optimistic point of view
  • spark motivation when it’s low
  • reminder to be patient
  • practice compassion and gratitude

So many ways that quotes nourish the mind and inspire living your life with optimism and intention.

Quotes are one type of affirmation.

I like to think of them as a holder of your values. When you include quotes in your daily life that speak to where you’ve been, where you are, or where you’re going, they help you focus on how you want to live your life.

Most quotes take just a minute to read, yet they hold much power.

Here are some examples of how you easily use them throughout your day:

-> Help you maintain a positive attitude – save it as your smartphone screen.

-> Help your motivation at work – in a paper planner write your quote in your planner at the start of the week or in an electronic calendar put it in the header, with either option you’ll see it every time you check your schedule.

-> You can also display positive quotes—on a Post-it, your cell phone case, or your fridge. Putting positive quotes where you can easily read them a great reminders to shift your mindset and help you achieve your goals.

Remember – we can get used to seeing and ‘editing’ them and stop paying attention to them – just like the pile of paper on the counter, so you’ll want to move them around occasionally.

Positive thinking & growth mindset

Positive quotes and daily affirmations rely on optimism and a growth mindset. Although positive quotes and daily affirmations are different, their idea is similar: they help shift your mindset toward a more optimistic point of view that can improve your life.

Research also shows the benefits of positive affirmations and positive thinking.

In one study about the psychological impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks, researchers found that positive thoughts and positive emotions buffer against depression and sustain thriving in resilient people. Also, positive thinking can benefit your overall well-being, including less depression, a reduced risk of cardiovascular-related death, and even increased life expectancy.

I hope you find this list helpful!

They are short, easy to keep in mind, and powerful, so they make an impact.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

Albus Dumbledore

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.

Carl Jung

The most effective way to do it is to do it.

Amelia Earhart

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius

Say goodbye to your inner critic and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

Oprah Winfrey

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

Emma Stone

Today is a good day to try.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

We know what we are but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.

Madam C.J Walker

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

You define beauty yourself. Society doesn’t define your beauty.

Lady Gaga

People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.

Salma Hayek

I’m excited about the aging process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.

Emma Watson

You have power over your mind–not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.

Mary Shelley

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

James Baldwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

If you do not change direction, you might end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

There is nothing permanent except change.


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.



I hope these quotes help focus your mind and steer your thoughts toward a more optimistic future!