53 Positive Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Positive quotes, captions, messages – Inspirational and motivating sayings (tout with speech bubbles)

Positive quotes are just one tool we can use to improve our mood and mental health. These succinct sayings might increase your productivity at work, help you feel more optimistic about your life, or make a seemingly dark day a little brighter. However, it's true that some quotes resonate more than others.

We chose the following 53 positive quotes because they represent the most inspirational and uplifting quotes we could find. Sometimes all we need to feel better is a little perspective from another person who has been there and thrived. Nevertheless, if you find these quotes don't motivate you, don't fret. Sometimes it's better to lean into your negative moods, instead of trying to force toxic positivity.

Whether you share them in a text, as a social media post caption, or as a spoken mantra, these uplifting, motivating words and sayings are sure to bring good vibes to any situation.

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – William James quote
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– William James

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"Believe you can and you're halfway there."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Theodore Roosevelt quote
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– Theodore Roosevelt

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"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Positive quotes, captions, messages – Albert Einstein quote
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– Albert Einstein

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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – C.S. Lewis quote
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– C.S. Lewis

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"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – George Eliot quote
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– George Eliot

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"Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Hazrat Inayat Khan quote
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– Hazrat Inayat Khan

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"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Joseph Campbell quote
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– Joseph Campbell

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"Happiness is not by chance, but by choice."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Jim Rohn quote
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– Jim Rohn

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"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Martin Luther King, Jr. quote
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– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Maya Angelou quote
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– Maya Angelou

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"You are enough just as you are."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Meghan Markle quote
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– Meghan Markle

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"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Michael Altshuler quote
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– Michael Altshuler

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"You make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Kate Morton the forgotten garden quote
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– Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God quote
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– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – JRR Tolkein Lord of the Rings quote
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– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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"At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden quote
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– Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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"Each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy quote
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– Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

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"That is one good thing about this world ... there are always sure to be more springs."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – LM Montgomery Anne of Avonlea quote
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– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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"These things are good things."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quote
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– Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

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"Pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist quote
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– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Oscar Wilde quote
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– Oscar Wilde

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"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Marilyn Monroe quote
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– Marilyn Monroe

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"You cannot change what you are, only what you do."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Philip Pullman, Golden Compass quote
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– Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

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"Thou must gather thine own sunshine."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter quote
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– Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

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"It is not enough to have a good mind; the important thing is to use it well."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Descartes quote
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– Rene Descartes

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"People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Harvey Mackay quote
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– Harvey Mackay

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"Walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Kahlil Gibran the Prophet quote
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– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

Positive quotes, captions, messages – Babe Ruth motivational quote
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– Babe Ruth

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"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."

Positive quotes, captions, messages – Alexander Graham Bell quote
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– Alexander Graham Bell

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"Lay plans for something big by starting with it when small."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Lao Tzu quote
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– Lao Tzu

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"No exact recipe for today. Gather all available ingredients and whip yourself up something delicious."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Lin-Manuel Miranda G'morning/G'night quote
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– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gmorning/Gnight

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"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Henry Miller quote
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– Henry Miller

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"It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – David Feherty quote
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– David Feherty

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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Thomas Edison quote
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– Thomas A. Edison

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"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Eleanor Roosevelt quote
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– Eleanor Roosevelt

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"Do anything, but let it produce joy."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass quote
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– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Desmond Tutu quote
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– Desmond Tutu

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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Charles Dickens quote
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– Charles Dickens

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"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Mary Anne Radmacher quote
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– Mary Anne Radmacher

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"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Marcus Aurelius Meditations quote
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– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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"That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Simone de Beauvoir quote
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– Simone de Beauvoir

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"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go quote
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– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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"You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird quote
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– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

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"I've got nothing to do today but smile."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Simon and Garfunkel quote
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– Simon and Garfunkel

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"I believe great people do things before they are ready."

Positive quotes, captions, messages – Amy Poehler, Yes Please
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– Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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"I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Langston Hughes quote
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– Langston Hughes

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"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Bruce Lee quote
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– Bruce Lee

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"For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn't end."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Michelle Obama, Becoming quote
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– Michelle Obama, Becoming

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"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Lilly Pulitzer quote
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– Lilly Pulitzer

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"Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to believe in our own ability, to be a little more ambitious? I think the world would change."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Reese Witherspoon quote
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– Reese Witherspoon

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"You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Diana von Furstenberg quote
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– Diane von Furstenberg

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"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."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – JK Rowling quote
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– J.K. Rowling

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"Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them."

Positive motivating quotes, captions, messages – Mia Hamm quote
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– Mia Hamm

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