99 Inspirational Morning Quotes to Help You Kick-Start Your Day

Inspirational Morning Quotes

Do you always wake up ready to have a brilliant day? Or do you sometimes feel like you need a little extra boost?

I’ve hand-picked 99 inspirational morning quotes to get you out of bed, feeling positive, and gearing up for a great day.

Let me know in the comments which of these you like … as well as share some of your favorite quotes.

Waking Up

Always hitting “snooze” on your alarm? Try one of these:

1. “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”
– J.M. Power

2. “Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”
– Steve Maraboli

3. “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”
– Maya Angelou

4. “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”
– Richard Whately

5. “The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.”
– Monica Baldwin

6. “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”
– Winston Churchill

7. “When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.”
– Arthur Wellesley

8. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
– Charles Darwin


Attitude is Everything

How do you feel about the day ahead? Your attitude to your work (and life) has a huge effect on how likely you are to succeed in reaching your goals.

Here are some positive attitudes that I really like.

9. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson

10. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
– Woody Allen

11. “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”
– Allen Klein

12. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
– Zig Ziglar

13. “In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ‘I got to wake up’ say ‘I get to wake up!'”
– Erykah Badu

14. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
– George Lorimer

15. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.”
– John Milton



Feeling anxious, daunted, or downright scared?

Here some courage quotes that helps me keep moving forward.

16. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky

17. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
– Anais Nin

18. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
– George Addair

19. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine

20. “The best way out is always through.”
– Robert Frost

21. “Do one thing each day that scares you.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

22. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– Christopher Columbus

23. “It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to keep it.”
– Willy Brandt

24. “Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”
– Arthur Koestler

25. “You can’t leave a footprint that lasts if you’re always walking on tiptoe.”
– Marion Blakely

26. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Tony Robbins

27. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Planning the Day Ahead


Planning is important. Don’t launch into the day without a written plan. Here are some cool planning quotes I use in the past to build the planning habit.

28. “Clear, written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor.”
– Brian Tracy

29. “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
– Alan Lakein

30. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
– Geoge S. Patton

31. “An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will arrive.”
– Basil S. Walsh

32. “A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.”
– Mary Kay Ash

33. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
– Tony Robbins

34. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”
– Larry Winget

Small Seeds

Small Seeds

Individual day by day actions might not seem like much, but they add up (and even multiply) over time.

35. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

36. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
– Warren Buffett

37. “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
– Desmond Tutu

38. “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”
– Chinese Proverb

39. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb

40. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

41. “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”
– James Joyce

42. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb

43. “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson



Always remember that you’re in charge of your life. Whatever your circumstances, you have the power to make choices and to change things for the better.

Here are some determination quotes that can help when you are feeling down.

44. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

45. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.”
– Erica Jong

46. “When at a conflict between mind and heart, always follow your heart.”
– Swami Vivekananda

47. “The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.”
– Alexis Carrel

48. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
– Marilyn Vos Savant

49. “The only thing in your control is effort. That’s all, and that’s everything.”
– Mark Cuban

50. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
– Douglas H. Everett

51. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!”
– Jonathan Winters

52. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford

53. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
– Stephen Covey

54. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine

55. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”
– Dennis Kimbro

56. “A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.”
– Denis Waitley

57. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
– Randy Pausch

58. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”
– William Shakespeare



You don’t have to be an artist, musician or writer to benefit from being creative. Here are some creativity quotes to help you channel your inner creativity.

59. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou

60. “Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.”
– Thomas Dewar

61. “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
– Linus Pauling

62. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

64. “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”
– Nolan Bushnell

65. “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
– William Plomer

66. “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
– Charles Mingus

67. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
– John F. Kennedy

68. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
– Milton Berle

Taking Action

Take Action

If you have lots of great plans and ideas, but struggle to get moving on them, try these quotes:

69. “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”
– Pablo Picasso

70. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Mark Twain, author

71. “If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.”
– Anonymous

72. “When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo

73. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
– David Allen

74. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

75. “Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
– William B. Sprague

76. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
– Stephen King

77. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie

78. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
– William B. Sprague

79. “In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

80. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw

81. “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
– C.G. Jung

82. “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
– Tony Robbins

83. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
– Earl Nightingale

84. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
– Bruce Lee

85. “The best way to predict the future is to to create it.”
– Peter Drucker (attributed)

Working with Others

Working with others

You might not be a manager with hundreds of people under you … but there will definitely be individuals (at work, at home, or in your community) looking to you for guidance, support, and inspiration.

86. “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”
– Charles M. Schwab

87. “It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear that counts.”
– Unknown

88. “A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.”
– Harvey MacKay

89. “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

90. “Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them.”
– Booker T. Washington

91. “In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.”
– Margaret Wheatley

92. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
– Antoine De Saint Exupery

93. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, What’s in it for me?”
– Brian Tracy

94. “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”
– George Van Valkenburg

95. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

96. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.”
– Ronald Reagan

97. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”
– Henry David Thoreau

98. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.”
– Brian Tracy

99.”Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.”
– Tom Hopkins

Which of these will you be using on your mornings morning? Let me know in the comments.

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