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55 Powerful Short Quotes & Sayings About Life

Quotes are very powerful. On the surface, they are just a bunch of words but when you ponder over them they reveal powerful ideas that resonate with your very core. I mean someone did “quote” these words for a reason :).

Personally, one of the biggest reasons why I love quotes is because of how relatable they can be. Quotes tend to be simplistic and easy to remember and they echo what is in our hearts. Plus I think quotes are very effective to better yourself because they help your mind focus on particular topics at a time. Unlike other literary tools quotes, and short quotes, in particular, give you the ability to concentrate on one idea with no outside distractions.

So whether it’s for self-motivation, your next t-shirt design or simply for your Instagram bio, this collection of short quotes is full of powerful ideas packed into tiny little packages of words. They have made a profound positive impact in my life and I’m sure they will make one in yours as well.

Here are 55 of my favorite short quotes for you to read, remember and retell:

  1. Love For All, Hatred For None. – Khalifatul Masih III
  2. Change the world by being yourself. – Amy Poehler
  3. Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S Eliot
  4. Never regret anything that made you smile. – Mark Twain
  5. Die with memories, not dreams. – Unknown
  6. Aspire to inspire before we expire. – Unknown
  7. Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso
  8. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci
  9. Whatever you do, do it well. – Walt Disney
  10. What we think, we become. – Buddha
  11. All limitations are self-imposed. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  12. Tough times never last but tough people do. – Robert H. Schiuller
  13. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schiuller
  14. One day the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you. – Johnny Depp
  15. If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name. – Kendrick Lamar
  16. If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain
  17. Have enough courage to start and enough heart to finish. – Jessica N. S. Yourko
  18. Hate comes from intimidation, love comes from appreciation. – Tyga
  19. I could agree with you but then we’d both be wrong. – Harvey Specter
  20. Oh, the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind. – Dr. Seuss
  21. Determine your priorities and focus on them. – Eileen McDargh
  22. Be so good they can’t ignore you. – Steve Martin
  23. Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean
  24. Yesterday you said tomorrow. Just do it. – Nike
  25. I don’t need it to be easy, I need it to be worth it. – Lil Wayne
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  27. Never let your emotions overpower your intelligence. – Drake
  28. Nothing lasts forever but at least we got these memories. – J. Cole
  29. Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing? – Kendrick Lamar
  30. Reality is wrong, dreams are for real. – Tupac
  31. To live will be an awfully big adventure. – Peter Pan
  32. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou
  33. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison
  34. What consumes your mind controls your life- Unknown
  35. Strive for greatness. – Lebron James
  36. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. – Kurt Cobain
  37. And still, I rise. – Maya Angelou
  38. The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.
  39. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. – Rumi
  40. May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela
  41. A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world. – Atticus
  42. White is not always light and black is not always dark. – Habeeb Akande
  43. Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got. – R. Brault
  44. Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle
  45. Turn your wounds into wisdom. – Oprah Winfrey
  46. Change the game, don’t let the game change you. – Macklemore
  47. It hurt because it mattered. – John Green
  48. If the world was blind how many people would you impress? – Boonaa Mohammed
  49. I will remember and recover, not forgive and forget. – Unknown
  50. The meaning of life is to give life meaning. – Ken Hudgins
  51. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. – Nelson Henderson
  52. When words fail, music speaks. – Shakespeare
  53. Embrace the glorious mess that you are. – Elizabeth Gilbert
  54. Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow. – Vincent van Gogh
  55. I have nothing to lose but something to gain. – Eminem 

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Sundus B

Sundus is the current Editor-In-Chief for CodeofLiving. She is also a designer and an avid fan of self-improvement and learning how the human mind works. She started as one of the first freelance authors to ever write for and continues today to contribute articles on topics she is passionate about.

  • Avatar Unknown says:

    All these quotes really brightened my day, thank you. I will write some on rocks and distribute them through my neighborhood so every one can see them when walking by.

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  • Avatar JustMez2 says:

    My mom always said, “Life begins at 40, everything else doesn’t count.”

  • Avatar André Pitra says:

    Very good indeed.

  • Avatar GiGi Rodriguez says:

    “Love Me Or Hate… Just Remember, Either Way I’m Still On Your Mind”

  • Avatar Greg l. says:

    When we choose to love more than we hate,
    Our world becomes a better place…

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  • Avatar Ritik says:

    I thought it’s you❤

  • Avatar Deborah says:

    Don’t make waves but if you do learn how to ride them out.

  • Avatar MUHAMMED ISMAIL says:

    extra ordinary collection of quotos
    keep it up!

  • Avatar I scream Sundae says:

    Great collection of quotes!

  • Avatar Motivational up says:

    Really inspiring quotes. I am also a writer ,i have got good experience by reading these quotes.

    “Make your shoulders strong, life puts a lot of burden.”
    Motivational Up

  • Avatar Greg says:

    The sun shines, behind the darkest clouds
    There is hope, in despair
    There is God, in the darkest days

  • Avatar Jaisha says:

    Do what makes you happy not what makes the next person because who life are you living ?

  • Avatar Taylor says:

    #31 is incorrect. Peter Pan said, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

  • Avatar Isaiah cordova says:

    When words fail, Music speaks the truth!

  • Avatar lina says:

    Let’s do our best in our life and never regret!

  • Avatar Silent Annie says:

    Gossip is like currency, it buys attention.

    Be wiser, not weaker

  • Avatar Camila da Cruz says:

    Let your smile change the world,
    But don’t let the world change your smile.

  • Avatar qaisar says:

    If You Have No Critics You Will Likely Have No Success

  • Avatar kelsey charter says:

    believe in yourself and see that your just as good as you are

  • Avatar Martin Gladdines says:

    Everything in life is based on making choices. The only reall choice is who do you want to be.

  • Avatar The realist says:

    If u like it I love it…expections where only made by selfish eyes

  • Avatar The realist says:

    To Have a real conversation with GOD isn’t talking to him where ppl can c u. It’s when nobody’s else can c u conversating with him with your heart.

  • Avatar The realist says:

    A candle light don’t cost nothing but a thought and fallowing threw with the thought…and it means the same one in a billion feeling to both sides her and him

  • Avatar The realist says:

    People gonna either treat you two types of ways in this world 1. If u need them
    2. Or if they want u
    If they treat u if u need them they have room to do u bad and in the end say “u need me”
    If they treat u is if they want u they treat u with nothing but good cause they keep showing u how much they want u n they life…facts

  • Avatar The realist says:

    Take your number 1 and number 2 and cross them when’s the last time u said we gonna be like this forever

  • Avatar maryam munir says:

    reality is real and dream is not real
    dream is just you thinking whatever you want nothing else

  • Avatar Adrian says:

    A wise person learns from their own mistakes…a genius learns from others.

  • Avatar Caroleann says:

    Learn by others mistakes, you don’t have time to make them all yourself!

  • Avatar . says:

    Its not the load that breaks you, its the way you carry it

  • Avatar Rich Giuliani says:

    Culture eats talent for breakfast

  • Avatar Rick says:

    The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to it.

  • Avatar Home quotes says:

    Very nice your contents

  • Avatar Summer says:

    Let your light shine

  • Avatar Summer says:

    Line upon line, precept upon precept

  • Avatar Peter Reincke says:

    That which doesn’t kill you, makes you feel alive.

  • Avatar Rich Giuliani says:

    Don’t make your problem mine.

  • Avatar Ciara Raeside says:

    “Be yourself, None else.”
    Would be a good quote.

  • Avatar Lin Koh says:

    My life has been and I know will continue to be a roller coaster ride! What makes it all worthwhile is the relationship and rapport I have with the riders screaming in excitement and joy when the ride is up and holding hands together praying all will go well when it’s down.
    What I have learned from my 57 years of life? The key to happiness is indeed the healthy relationship we foster, be it with parents, partners, kids, siblings, friends,…. being isolated is the worse life’s punishment I envisage.

  • Avatar deepansh namdeo says:

    Never mind …!!

  • Avatar Joyce w says:

    You have to clean out the wound in order for it to heal.

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    It doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfect

  • Avatar Richard Kyagulanyi says:

    The true you, comes from what you do.

  • Avatar dhanya.p says:

    You don’t need a whole world with you to live a happy life, Just you need to have your loved one’s with you always around.

  • Avatar dhanya.p says:

    Live a life that inspire others, so that you succeeds in this life….

  • Avatar jeshwanth gunda says:

    In is relationship everything thing make positive,if you behind Ego..

  • Avatar Jr says:

    The mind is a prison without bars……….escape

  • Avatar C.marie says:

    A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool because he has to say something. —

  • Avatar Saumya says:

    In the end they’ll judge me,so whatever

  • Avatar Manay says:

    Small things matter.
    Dr ray

  • Avatar Aryan upadhyay says:

    It takes a great deal of courage to stand to our enemies , but even more to stand up to our friends . – jk Rowling . I love this quote.

  • Avatar zenish khan says:

    Love like you’ve never been hurt.-love this

  • Avatar Kit says:

    “I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.” – Art Williams.
    I love this qoute!

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  • Avatar Shafiq says:

    Life is too short to love what to talk of hatred. A great personality, actually my ideal said “Like for your fellow brothers what you like for your own self”. This really changed my life and showed me the way to live a peaceful life.

  • Avatar Unkown says:

    Love like you’ve never been hurt.-love this quote

  • I had a friend who would smarter not harder..and..take time to be kind.

  • Best short quotes I ever have seen thanks a lot for sharing these great quotes.

  • Avatar Afnan k says:

    God will complete, If you start…

  • Life is all about three things
    Winning,losing and sharing
    Winning others heart,
    Losing bad memory,
    Sharing happy moments
    And also be happy ?_krishiva

  • Avatar Sports says:

    For me, this was a useful article.
    thanks for this.

  • Avatar T R Namballa says:

    Wow what a quote “Aspire to Inspire before we expire “. Wonderful simple and powerful quotes. They inspired and brought positive outlook in my day to day life.

  • Avatar Lito Sanggo says:

    Since I start reading short inspirational quotes or whatever quotes from great people aside from biblical passages , it inspires me a lot and it plays a vital part of being a better person, a person of moral values with positive outlook in life.
    Just digest this quotes and you will notice and experience a life changing every day.

    Thank you

  • Avatar sunflower says:

    super love this short quotes!! thank you for sharing <3

  • Avatar Emeila says:

    Thank you for the great collection of quotes but you didn’t include my favorite one “Do what is right, Not what is easy”

  • Avatar Emily Chang says:

    Really good collection of friendship quotes Allison. Thanks! My favourite is this one: “Love For All, Hatred For None” – short and sweet but very powerful 🙂

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