150 Uplifting Quotes to Help You Carry On & Thrive

We’ve compiled a list of the top 150 uplifting quotes to help you start over after many setbacks and failures.

In life, we are constantly bombarded with negativity in our surroundings. Ups and downs are natural, and it is impossible to feel positive all of the time. Having a reliable go-to when you’re down is essential for quickly bouncing back or finding a positive mindset.

When the world seems to be against you, let these quotes lift your spirits and inspire you to keep going.

Uplifting Quotes to Help You Carry On

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Best Uplifting Quotes

1. “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” – Amanda Gorman

2. “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J Walker

3. “When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.” – Elaine Welteroth

4. “People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.” – Salma Hayek

5. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

6. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” – Brian Tracy

7. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storms, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

8. “May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles.” – Anonymous

9. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

10. “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon

Inspirational and Uplifting Quotes for Everyone Who Needs a Boost

11. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” – Dr. Seuss

12. “Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life—including you.” – Kelly Rudolph

13. “If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.” – Matt D. Miller

14. “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” – Sally Koch

15. “It’s a whole lot more satisfying to reach for the stars, even if you end up landing only on the moon.” – Kermit the Frog

16. “No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” – Demi Lovato

17. “In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.” – O. Carl Simonton

18. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

19. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

20. “Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Roy

21. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison

22. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

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

24. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

25. “I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You have to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.” – Taraji P. Henson

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Positive and Uplifting Quotes to Help You Through Life

26. “You do not find a happy life. You make it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball

27. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost

28. “Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window—or break down a door.” – Brooke Shields

29. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

30. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou

31. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

32. “He who laughs most learns best.” – John Cleese

33. “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining nearby.” – Ruth E. Renkel

34. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

35. “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra

36. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

37. “Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.” – Marie Forleo

38. “We need to take risks. We need to go broke. We need to prove them wrong, simply by not giving up.” – Awkwafina

39. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir

40. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. And swing!” – Leo Buscaglia

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Short but Uplifting Quotes That’ll Get You Through the Day

41. “Even a small star shines in the darkness.” – Danish Proverb

42. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

43. “I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.” – Cicely Tyson

44. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

45. “Don’t say you can’t until you prove you can’t.” – Les Paul

46. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn

47. “Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbon.” – Ruth Ann Schabacker

48. “You are genuinely happy if you don’t know why.” – Anonymous

49. “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

50. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

51. “The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning

52. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington

53. “Be thankful for what you have—you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah Winfrey

54. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” – Bonnie Prudden

55. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling

Motivational and Uplifting Quotes That Will Drive You Toward Your Dreams

56. “All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” – Viola Davis

57. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

58. “Dreams don’t have to just be dreams. You can make it a reality; if you just keep pushing and keep trying, then eventually you’ll reach your goal. And if that takes a few years, then that’s great, but if it takes 10 or 20, then that’s part of the process.” – Naomi Osaka

59. “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.” – Norman Vincent Peale

60. “The dreamers are the saviors of the world.” – James Allen

61. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

62. “I’m not going to continue knocking on that old door that doesn’t open for me. I’m going to create my own door and walk through that.” – Ava DuVernay

63. “If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

64. “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” – Billy Idol 

65. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

66. “Without darkness, there are no dreams.” – Edgar Allan Poe

67. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” – Anonymous

68. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

69. “If you’re not where you want to be in life, keep going. Treat yourself like you’re the closest friend you’ve got. Celebrate the magnificent creature that you are. Don’t let anyone mess with you and your dreams, least of all yourself.” – Anonymous

70. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

Uplifting Quotes to Live By

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

72. “You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.” – Kesha

73. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

74. “Joy is one of the only emotions you can’t contrive.” – Bono

75. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Bertrand Russell

76. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

77. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come.” – Ellen DeGeneres

78. “You make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You draw your own box.” – Meghan Markle

79. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

80. “Our lives are stories in which we write, direct and star in the leading role. Some chapters are happy while others bring lessons to learn, but we always have the power to be the heroes of our own adventures.” – Joelle Speranza

81. “I will not let anyone scare me out of my full potential.” – Nicki Minaj

82. “You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.” – Amy Poehler

83. “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on.” – Lady Gaga

84. “When we let fear be our master, we cannot be happy and free as a butterfly. But when we choose to trust the journey and embrace love and joy, we are free to fly.” – Annicken R. Day

85. “I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Deep Quotes That Will Uplift You During Difficult Times

86. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

87. “Don’t be afraid. Because you’re going to be afraid. But remember when you become afraid, just don’t be afraid.” – Joan Jett

88. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

89. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe

90. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

91. “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez

92. “The moral of my story is the sun always comes out after the storm. Being optimistic and surrounding yourself with positive loving people is for me, living life on the sunny side of the street.” – Janice Dean

93. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” – J. K. Rowling

94. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” – Leroy Satchel Paige

95. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

96. “We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.” – John H. Groberg

97. “Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.” – Anonymous

98. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

99. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca

100. “Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you’ve asked for.” – Anonymous

Humorous Quotes That Will Uplift Your Mood and Spirit

101. “Be happy—it drives people crazy.” – Anonymous

102. “When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best—that is inspiration.” – Robert Bresson

103. “Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster; it’s more like a cha-cha.” – Robert Brault

104. “Think like a proton. Always positive.” – Anonymous

105. “Live each day like it’s your second to the last. That way you can fall asleep at night.” – Jason Love

106. “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you’re alive it isn’t.” – Richard Bach

107. “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris

Uplifting Quotes to Make You Feel Beautiful in Your Own Skin

108. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

109. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down was the day she began to shine the brightest.” – Katrina Mayer

110. “If you embrace your flaws, nobody can use them against you.” – Cara Alwill Leyba

Quotes to Uplift All Those Who Are Working Hard

111. “To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” – Mike Gafka

112. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

113. “Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.” – Sanjo Jendayi

114. “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing—success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc

115. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with unexpected success in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

116. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” – Richard Branson

117. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

118. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” – Thomas Carlyle

119. “The future belongs to the competent. Get good, get better, be the best!” – Brian Tracy

120. “Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.” – Brian Tracy

121. “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” – Kenneth Branagh

Uplifting Quotes That’ll Make You Strive Even Harder for Your Goals

122. “Remember: every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday!” – Adda Birnir

123. “One thing at a time. The most important thing first. Start now.” – Caroline Webb

124. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

125. “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble

126. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

127. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Anonymous

128. “To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good.” – Barbara DeAngelis

129. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank

130. “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius

131. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Mier

132. “Live each day as if your life had just begun.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

133. “Blaze your own glittery, sparkly, fiery, shimmering path. Surround yourself with the things that make you shine. Create your bubble and thrive in it.” – Cara Alwill Leyba

134. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C. S. Lewis

135. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela

136. “If you are born poor, it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor, it’s your mistake.” – Bill Gates

More Uplifting Quotes You’ll Love

137. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

138. “Your life only gets better when you get better.” – Brian Tracy

139. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

140. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

141. “I just want you to know that if you are out there and you are being really hard on yourself right now for something that has happened—it’s normal. That is what is going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We are all going to have a few scratches on us. Please be kind to yourselves and stand up for yourself, please.” – Taylor Swift

142. “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” – Grace Coddington

143. “You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” – Anonymous

144. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

145. “What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110% all the time.” – Don Zimmer

146. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

147. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

148. “Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope.” – James E. Faust

149. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi

150. “The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” – Max Lerner

Did Our Collection Make You See the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

We all go through different seasons in our lives—seasons of joy, seasons of sadness, and seasons of trials. It is normal to be sad or discouraged about life; after all, we are human.

Indeed, tough times are exhausting and make it challenging to proceed. We may even require a gentle push to wake us up, a spark to brighten our day, or a word of encouragement from those around us to lift our spirits.

It’s alright to crumble and take a slight pause from time to time. But, remember that it’s far better to get back up and try again. With that, we hope these quotes were able to uplift you and give you hope for life.

Which quotes tugged at your heartstrings the most? Do you have any more quotes you’d like to share? Please, leave a comment below.


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