30 Motivational Quotes That Will Help Improve Your Day
Going through one of those rough patches where you literally can’t find the motivation to do anything? Maybe anything you do try goes wrong.
And maybe it’s just been one of those wretched days where you’re stuck in the doldrums. Even watching your mom trying to work out how to send an email hasn’t raised a chuckle. Gosh dammit mom – be funnier!
It sucks – but it happens. Life isn’t all sunshine and happiness, and there are downs to go with the ups. There is rough to make sure the smooth is more meaningful.
If you’ve tried to get back on the horse but have been unsuccessful so far, were not saying that the quoted in this article are going to magically inspire you to take on the world. But it’s true what they say – humour really is the best medicine. It’s bae and it can turn a frown upside down and give you enough of a sprinkling of inspiration that you suddenly feel like doing something again.
The quotes in this article are fiendishly funny, but they’re super clever because they use humour to shadow the fact that they’re actually giving you a kick up the butt. If their sharply intelligent humour can’t inspire you, we don’t know what will! (maybe wine and watching mom trying to tag someone in a Facebook post)
So without further ado, let’s take a look at these…
Best 30 fun and motivational quotes that will improve your day
‘If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.’
– Steven Wright
Comedian Steven Wright is well known for his dry, deadpan humour and he displays it so perfectly with this rather pessimistic but perfect joke.
You know what they say about try, try and try again? As Steven points out, it’s no use if your parachute doesn’t open and you’re a goner!
Look, there are some things in life we’re destined to do and some things we’re not.
It’s like mom. If she still hasn’t managed to send that email after a week, maybe sending emails isn’t for her.
And you? Find something you know you’re good at and can do, and fall in love with it.
‘I find television very educational. Every time sometime turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.’
– Groucho Marx
So much love for Groucho Marx. Honesty, if you’re having a really rubbish day, you could do a whole lot word than spend the afternoon watching Groucho Marx films. You’ll find lots of clever jokes like this one.
While Groucho is obviously being funny (and openly mocking himself – he was both a TV and movie star), what he says also has a point. If you want to be motivated and inspired, switch off the TV and go read a book. Learn something, expand your mind. It will make you feel amazing.
‘All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence and then success is a sure thing.’
– Mark Twain
Good old Mark Twain, always making success sound so much easier than it is!
But wait a minute – maybe he has a point!
Look at it like this: when you’re not ignorant, you’re knowledgable. And when you’re knowledgable enough, you’re probably less inclined to take risks because you’ve reasoned that it’s not worth it.
But when you’re ignorant, you literally don’t know and you plunge ahead regardless. Ignorance really can be bliss. Sometimes, knowing too much and thinking too hard can prevent us from taking gambles that can create the life we’ve always wanted.
It’s like travelling somewhere exotic and remote. If you knew the dangers and have had them drummed into you from when you were young, you’ll probably decide to stay at home. If you’re ignorant about the perils, you might forge ahead – and have the time of your life.
And confidence, yeah you need confidence. Mom needs more of that to send another email now that she knows you’re all watching her. Does she believe in herself enough to try again?!
‘If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up some place else.’
– Yogi Berra
This literally has to be the most deadpan, pointed remark we’ve ever seen.
And yet Yogi speaks a fundamental truth that so many of us need to hear.
How many of you reading this have no direction or purpose? How many have no clear goals?
The funny thing is that wherever you’re not going, you might end up someplace else. Think about that for a second and you’ll see how clever Mr Berra was being!
(If you’re drinking wine you might need to come back to this quote tomorrow)
‘It took me 15 years to discover I had no talent for writing. But I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous.’
– Robert Benchley
Self deprecation anyone?
Whatever Robert really meant by this quote, it’s utterly hilarious.
Just think about it and apply it to your own life and work. It’s guaranteed to make you chuckle.
And it’s even funnier when you apply it to modern day celebrities who don’t have any real talent!
‘Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget tossing in the life boats.’
Ah, Voltaire. Was it ever thus?
Voltaire shows us that life can be brutally hard. There will be challenges and obstacles; there’ll be storms to weather.
As he points out, as chaotic as life is, we need to remember – all of us – to do all that we can to make sense of it so that we survive and thrive.
So don’t forget to toss in those life boats!
‘When I heard somebody sigh and say that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?’
– Sydney Harris
OMG we LOVE this quote!
It’s humorous and makes a very just point.
The next time someone says to you that life is hard, say to them ‘compared to what, pray tell?’
Or maybe you should say it to yourself the next time you say that life is hard!
The truth is that life IS hard, but it becomes a whole lot easier when you use humour to help you through it. So go ahead and laugh at it all!
‘The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs … one step at a time.’
– Joe Girard
Good old Joe here uses levity to show that there’s no one-step, turbocharged route to success. Instead, it’s a slow and painful process.
What makes this line so darkly funny is how he emphasises the fact that we have to take each stair one step at a time.
Gosh darn it Joe and your emphasis!
‘Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.’
– Billie Burke
This. Is. Hilarious.
Go ahead, make this your next Facebook status. You know you want to.
Us? We’ve alway worried about growing old and ageing just like you have. But now all we can do is feel sorry for the cheese. Poor cheese!
And it’s true. While we can do things to slow the ageing process down and wear the right make up that keeps us looking young, healthy and beautiful, cheese just keeps getting older, uglier, smellier and staler.
Poor friggin cheese.
‘The minute you settle for less than you deserved, you get even less than you settled for.’
– Maureen Dowd
This is a devilishly funny quote from Maureen that makes a very good point.
Too many of us settle for less than we deserve and it’s usually because we’re not assertive enough. We don’t have the confidence or courage to stand out ground and we’re not very good at getting what we deserve.
As a result, people see us as easy pickings and walk all over us.
But the minute you start settling for less than you deserve is the minute people see that you’re a weak target. And so they exploit you even more. All of a sudden, you’re getting even less than you settled for!
So assert yourself. Know your rights, know what you deserve and don’t accept anything less. You go, girl!
‘Friendship is like peeing on yourself; everyone can see it but only you get the warm feeling it brings.’
– Robert Bloch
Go on, we know you want to make this a Facebook status, too. Has there ever a better (or more graphic) way to express what friendship is and how it makes us feel?!
And admit it – although you might find the imagery a tad distasteful, you know that Robert is 100% right.
Just don’t tell your mom that this is how you feel about friendship. She’s still trying to send that email.
It’s good – better than Blair witch. It’s scary too. The terror is suggested rather than shown
“Change is not a four letter word … but often your reaction to it is!”
– Jeffrey Gitomer
Look, we all go through changes. Sometimes we don’t want to, and sometimes we want to. Change can cause major upheavals in our lives, and it can take us right out of our comfort zones. It can take us away from the people and the things we love the most, and it can be downright scary.
But you know what? We all feel the same when it comes to change. You’re not alone in dreading it or using four letter words as you move through the transitional process! But just know that change is what helps to define us. You’ll come through the other side better and stronger. Go you!
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
– Steve Martin
I mean, just trust legendary comedian Steve Martin to come up with this one! Great observation, Steve.
Of course, Steve Martin is right to be so deadpan about it. A day without sunshine is like night. And once the night is over, the sun rises again and it’s time to make the most of the next opportunity that comes our way.
Hey, not every day is going to be a winner. You just have to go again the next day and be ready for whatever swings around. Maybe tomorrow will be your lucky day. Who knows?
“People say nothing is impossible but I do nothing every day.”
– A.A. Milne
A.A. Milne is the man who created Winnie the Pooh and this quote may as well have come out of Winnie the Pooh’s mouth! It’s just like him to say something to utterly brilliant.
And, let’s face it, it’s probably something many of us could say, too. Unfortunately, A.A. Milne got there first. Because he’s more genius than us.
“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.”
Basically, if a lump of coal can create a frigging diamond, YOU can accomplish anything.
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers
Thanks, Will. Always got out back.
What Will is saying is so true, of course. If you sit still for too long, success won’t come. You’ll get knocked out of the way and someone else will take your place (probably the driver).
“Life is like a sewer … what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”
– Tom Lehrer
Tom has basically summed up what “you get out of life what you put into it” means. We definitely won’t be elaborating. Just draw your own conclusions (try not to be too graphic).
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
– Dalai Lama
Ha, who knew the Dalai Lama not only had a sense of humour, but was actually SO witty?
This is a real smart observation that’s 100% true. No one is too small to make a different. We all affect other people’s lives – for better or for worse. If you want to affect other peoples’ lives for better, well, start doing that, girl!