150+ Inspirational and Funny Quotes to Read When You’re Down or Depressed

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  • Post last modified:November 1, 2022

We only have one life. Don’t you think we should make it count?

  1. Extraordinary results demand extraordinary actions.
  2. Critics come most of the time from people that, despite being self-aware of their own ignorance, desire to prove the opposite.
  3. It’s not about the destination. It’s all about the journey.
  4. The level of success in your life is directly correlated to the number of uncomfortable things you are willing to do.
  5. I’d rather look back at my life and say “I can’t believe I did that”, rather than saying “I wish I did that”.
  6. All things you get easily have no value.
  7. An excuse is only the expression of a limit.
  8. Mistakes are like ghosts: they only exist in the mind of people that imagine them.
  9. In the realm of willpower, giving up is the only mistake.
  10. Psychologically, nothing helps more than telling yourself that it is now or never.
  11. The secret to harvesting the greatest joy of living consists on living dangerously.
  12. Success is like being pregnant. Everybody congratulates you but no one knows how many times you have been f*cked.
  13. Money comes and goes. Time goes.
  14. Expect everything and anything seems nothing, expect nothing and anything seems everything.
  15. You miss a hundred percent the shots you don’t try.
  16. Initiative is the hardest and most important lesson of all.
  17. People don’t fail. They just stop trying.
  18. There are only two motivating forces in life: desire for pleasure and fear of pain.
  19. The source of all pain in our lives is wishing things were different than they actually are.
  20. Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.
  21. Experience is not what happened to you, it is what you did with what happened to you.
  22. In a world in which the total amount of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can only rest on our ability to learn.
  23. Limits exist in the words, not in the world. 
  24. Tomorrow never comes. 
  25. A goal is a dream with a deadline. 
  26. Failing to plan is planning to fail. 
  27. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
  28. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. 
  29. Truth is like poetry. And most people f*cking hate poetry.
  30. You can’t have the highs without being willing to face the lows.
  31. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
  32. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.
  33. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  34. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
  35. The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.
  36. We’re always looking for the next product that’s going to change our life instead of just going out and changing our life.
  37. Most good science comes only after a massive amount of failure.
  38. Confidence comes with familiarity. Familiarity comes with experience. And experience doesn’t come from within.
  39. With the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear.
  40. When you combine insecurity and ambition, you get an inability to say no to things.
  41. If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
  42. The divine gift does not come from a higher power but from our own minds.
  43. It is not uncommon for people to wait their whole life to start living.
  44. Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.
  45. One of the best things you can learn to do is rest rather than give up.
  46. We are not held back by the love we did not receive in the past, but by the love we do not extend in the present.
  47. When you change your beliefs and mindsets, the behavior follows.
  48. If you hope for all things to remain the same, everything has to change.
  49. True confidence is being less invested in other people’s perceptions of you than in your perception of yourself.
  50. The moment you do it, you’re ready by default.
  51. The place you gonna spend the most time in is your head. Better make it comfortable.
  52. The one with the most success is the one that has the panic button the further away in his office.
  53. The temptation to quit will be the greatest when you’re about to succeed.
  54. Responsibility is the price of greatness
  55. Waiting empowers mediocrity.
  56. I haven’t failed. I’ve just found ways that don’t work.
  57. It is not the amount of days in your life, but the amount of life in your days.
  58. The more you learn, the more you earn.
  59. The world does not reward mediocrity, nor does it reward average.
  60. Your friends and coworkers don’t want you to succeed beyond their own success.
  61. Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.
  62. Hardship is the greatest success of all.
  63. The key to entrepreneurship is to fear mediocrity and boredom more than you fear failure.
  64. Pain + reflection equal progress.
  65. Adapt or die.
  66. The amount of risk you take is directly correlated to greatness and learnings.
  67. If it’s easy, it’s not worth it.
  68. Comparison is the path to perpetual misery
  69. Don’t focus on making money. Focus on providing value.
  70. Whenever life gets routine or mundane, it potentially signals it’s time for a new pursuit.
  71. For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.
  72. Today is hard, tomorrow will be harder, but the day after tomorrow will be beautiful. Most people will die tomorrow night.
  73. Beneficial change begins when you can acknowledge and even embrace your weaknesses.
  74. Making a handful of good uncorrelated bets that are balanced and leveraged well is the surest way of having a lot of upside without being exposed to unacceptable downside.
  75. Dreams + reality + determination = a successful life
  76. There is no wisdom or personal growth gained in a journey that someone else does for you. The journey is yours.
  77. Beliefs are powerful mechanisms that drive actions, whether true or not.
  78. The key to success lies in knowing how to both strive for a lot and fail well.
  79. One has also to be an independent thinker who correctly bets against the consensus, which means being painfully wrong a fair amount.
  80. Maturity is the ability to reject good alternatives in order to pursue even better ones.
  81. Decision-making is a two-step process: first, gather all the information you can. Then decide.
  82. Nothing good happens in the world by being happy and cozy.
  83. Fear is your personal guide to freedom.
  84. The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.
  85. I’d rather live in regret of failure than in regret of never trying.
  86. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
  87. Thinking never made anyone rich, unless that translates into action.
  88. Your choices spark the fire of future circumstances.
  89. The more uncanny and exceptional you strive to be, the more you need to fight through social indoctrination.
  90. If you want to live unlike anyone else, you can’t be like everyone else.
  91. The definition of a job is an activity you get paid for because you wouldn’t do it voluntarily.
  92. The cave you fear may hold the light you seek.
  93. A gram of action is worth a ton of theory.
  94. He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.
  95. Pain is temporary. Quitting is forever.
  96. Corporations remind you that you’re part of a family until they have books to balance.
  97. Shortcuts are always longer roads in disguise.
  98. The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.
  99. There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
  100. Most of the dangers civilization claims to protect us from are in fact created or amplified by civilization itself.
  101. Overthinking is the art of solving problems you don’t have.
  102. If not done properly, money often costs too much.
  103. Most of the world’s work is done by people who didn’t feel like getting out of bed.
  104. Look up, not around.
  105. You don’t need to get it right. You just need to get it moving.
  106. Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
  107. The reason why we struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
  108. Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.
  109. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  110. Enjoy being laughed at. The laughter is fear.
  111. The past is not a prologue.
  112. The only thing special about those that transform themselves and their lives is their view of their future.
  113. Anybody who doesn’t change their mind a lot is dramatically underestimating the complexity of the world we live in.
  114. I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
  115. You are more likely to act yourself into feelings than to feel yourself into action.
  116. Purpose trumps personality.
  117. The unexamined life is not worth living.
  118. Confidence comes from making progress toward goals that are far bigger than your present capabilities.
  119. Success isn’t that difficult; it merely involves taking twenty steps in a singular direction. Most people take one step in twenty directions.”
  120. It takes faith to say “this will happen, I do not know how exactly, but this will happen”.
  121. A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.
  122. Anyone who isn’t embarrassed by who they were 12 months ago isn’t learning enough.
  123. It is easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than 98% of the time.
  124. The bigger your future, the better your present.
  125. Rejection is better than regret.
  126. Our great danger in this life is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.
  127. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
  128. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
  129. The day before something is truly a breakthrough, it is a crazy idea.
  130. If you want to do anything remotely independent (entrepreneurship, creative work, freelancing, writing, lifestyle businesses, etc.) then you have to be able to figure things out without being handed the knowledge beforehand.
  131. Out of self-preservation and laziness, your friends and family don’t want you to succeed too much. They want you to succeed enough to be happy, but not so much that you make them question themselves.
  132. Most people won’t keep on trying, so it’s a huge competitive advantage.
  133. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
  134. Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
  135. At Google, they do more and more ambitious things, and yet their rate of failure doesn’t go up. It’s because if you fail at doing something ambitious, you usually succeed in doing something important.
  136. Impressive things are most impressive when you don’t have them.
  137. You can’t lose when you are alone in the race.
  138. I think anyone who is making progress faces fear. Overcoming fear is all there is to success. You have to face fears and doubts constantly. You keep doing it over and over.
  139. Evolution doesn’t reward rationality. It rewards replication.
  140. Most men die by twenty-five but aren’t buried until seventy-five.
  141. If you want to live like the 1%, you can’t think like the 99%.
  142. It is the influence of leisure on consumption which makes the five-days workweek so necessary. The people who consume the bulk of goods are the people who make them. That is a fact we must never forget, that is the secret of our prosperity.
  143. Who is not busy being born is busy dying.
  144. Extraordinary results demand extraordinary actions.
  145. Thinking causes anxiety. Acting cures it.
  146. Managing anxiety keeps you stuck. Soothing anxiety sets you free.
  147. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back to the crowd.
  148. If it is easy, it is not worth it.
  149. You are your only competition.
  150. Comparison is the path to perpetual misery.
  151. It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
  152. Only dead fish go with the flow.
  153. Bravery is confidence in being able to overcome the thing causing fear.
  154. Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.
  155. Money cannot be chased. It can only be attracted.
  156. Very smart people make very simple observations.
  157. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.
  158. The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead.
  159. Once I made a decision, I never thought about it ever again.
  160. When in doubt, leave it out.
  161. Happiness is a one-player game.
  162. You can get anything you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.
  163. Never take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade places with.
  164. You can’t be present without a powerful future pulling you forward.
  165. If you don’t have a view of your future, your present becomes a meaningless shadow.
  166. When the tide goes out, that’s when we find out who has been swimming naked.
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