10 inspiring quotes for a great life

We love ideas that matter. A great quote has the power to change your day — or even your life — and motivates you to strive towards a higher standard of living. A few words, assembled in just the right way, can stir your soul, incite action, realign your focus, or simply put a smile on your face.  

Yup, it’s pretty powerful stuff. But where’s that inspiration when you need it? To keep you moving with focus through your life, we’ve compiled 10 of our favorite inspiring quotes for a great life — all in one place, just for you.

But now it’s your turn. What is your favorite quote? What words have helped you move through a tough spot, or drawn you towards amazing places you never thought possible? We’ve started the MAYYA quote project, bringing together our community and their favorite quotes.

1. Living your best life

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement

Golda Meir

2. Choosing freedom

Everything can be taken away from man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Victor E. Frankl

3. Fulfilling your dreams

Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take actions that could make their dreams a reality

Anthony Robbins

4. Chasing happiness

Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.  But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.

Henry David Thoreau

5. The power of giving

The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.

 Pablo Picasso

6. Keeping good company

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Jim Rohn

7. The importance of hard work

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson

8. The meaning of life

The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

9. The importance of taking risks

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

10. On the value of kindness

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou