[quote]It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius[/quote]
When it comes to short quotes about life, sometimes less is more.
You could say this post is dedicated to those with a love of minimalism and conciseness, but it’s actually to prove that some of the best and most inspirational quotes are the shortest. In fact, most of the ones we’ve featured are only a few words long. And because of that, it can be argued that what makes them most effective is their brevity.
Another perfect example of this is one of Wayne Gretzky’s most famous quotes:
[quote]You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.[/quote]
It takes just 9 words to communicate one of the most powerful life lessons: you cannot succeed without trying. In this example, it’s succinctness is it’s greatest strength as it can easily be repeated into an inspiring mantra. In fact, many of our picks are under 140 characters which makes them perfect for tweeting to your Twitter followers or posting as a status update on Facebook.
So with that in mind, save these to e-mail, collect them on Pinterest, or better yet, print them out and hang them somewhere they can be used to inspire you daily.
Along with the others we’ve collected below, it’s clear that these famous quotes about life, love or inspiration don’t always have to be a paragraph long.
Short Life Quotes – 30 Sayings To Get You Motivated
2. On Giving Up:
“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” – Anonymous
Our Interpretation: Never, ever, ever give up.
3. On The Future:
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein
Our Interpretation: There’s nothing wrong with starting from the bottom.
4. On Overcoming Obstacles:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
Our Interpretation: You can only control how you react to a situation. Don’t get hung up on the obstacles along the way.
5. On Happiness:
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
Our Interpretation: Your level of happiness is within your control. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
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6. On Having A Plan B:
Our Interpretation: Don’t expect everything you plan to work out smoothly. It will eventually work out in the end.
7. On Believing In Yourself:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn
Our Interpretation: Believe that anything can be achieved.
8. On Living Life To The Fullest:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West
Our Interpretation: Strive to live the fullest life you can so you regret nothing.
9. On Taking Chances:
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth
Our Interpretation: Failure is the path to success. Be persistent and do not dwell on the mistakes of yesterday.
10. On Loving Every Moment:
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson
Having only one shot is what makes this life so special.
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11. On Being Courageous:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
Our Interpretation: Be fearless and opportunities will arise.
12. On Loving The Life You Live:
Our Interpretation: Love your life despite the challenges that come with it.
13. On Living Up To Your Potential:
“Life is short, youth is finite, and opportunities endless.” ― Justin Rosenstein
Our Interpretation: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it. And take advantage of all the opportunities around you.
14. On Best Friends:
“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have.” – Anonymous
Our Interpretation: Never take great friends granted.
15. On Planning Ahead:
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
Our Interpretation: Plan ahead so you can reap the benefits of your hard work later.
16. On Dreams:
“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” – Joyce Meyer
Our Interpretation: Be resourceful and don’t underestimate the tools you have at your disposal today.
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17. On Taking The First Step:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
Our Interpretation: Don’t be intimidated by the length of your journey. The time will pass anway.
18. On Creating Yourself:
Our Interpretation: Create the life you dream of.
19. On Overcoming Difficulties:
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
Our Interpretation: Keep your eyes on the prize and not the challenges that arise.
20. On Shortcuts:
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” – Joe Girard
Our Interpretation: Don’t expect shortcuts to anywhere worth going.
21. On Procrastination:
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin
Our Interpretation: Avoid the temptation to procrastinate.
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22. On Failure:
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
Our Interpretation: Overcoming your fear of failure will put you on the path to success.
23. On Being A Self Starter:
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
Our Interpretation: Don’t rely on anyone but yourself to get you where you need to go.
24. On Being Better Than You Were Yesterday:
Our Interpretation: Only focus on how you can make yourself better. Never on anyone else’s success.
25. On Taking Things One Step At A Time:
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away a small stone.” – Chinese proverb
Our Interpretation: Plan ahead and be patient. You will get there eventually.
27. On Being Passionate:
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda
Our Interpretation: Love what you do and be passionate about every aspect of it.
28. On Goals:
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland
Our Interpretation: Plan accordingly in order to reach your goal.
29). On Believing You Can Achieve:
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Our Interpretation: Your success or failure is completely within your control: believe in yourself.
30. On The Truth:
“The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.” – Ann Landers
Our Interpretation: It may be hard, but always tell the truth.
Do you have any short quotes we may have missed? Do you have an alternate interpretation? Let us know in the comments.
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