These 50 Short Quotes Will Motivate You to Reach Greater Heights

Success doesn’t come easily to anyone. Whether you’re doing well in life or have failed at a new venture, it is important that you feel ready to pick up from where you left off, it is crucial to fulfilling your true potential and transforming into the person you can truly be.

Being positive, thinking ahead and planning for reaching the stars should always be on your mind.

Short Quotes That Will Motivate You

Reading inspirational quotes can help lift your mood, as they can mold your mindset so that you are driven to work harder.

The following short quotes will help you stay focused on achieving greater heights in life:

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

2. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller

3. “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell

4. “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

5. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

7. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Elliot

8. “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

9. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

10. “It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

11. “Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.” – J. C. Hare & A. W. Hare

12. “There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.” – Jascha Heifetz

13. “Set your heights more than what you see around you, see beyond.” – Anthony Anderson

14. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

15. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

17. “Without the rain there would be no rainbow.” – Gilbert Chesterton

18. “Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

19. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

20. “There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli

21. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “My downfall raises me to infinite heights.” – Napolean Bonaparte

23. “Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths, and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

24. “I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” – Pablo Picasso

25. “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James

26. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

27. “The only way to reach the mountain peaks of life is to forget about self and help other people reach greater heights.” – Zig Ziglar

28. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

29. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

30. “If I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino

31. “Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.” – Peace Pilgrim

32. “The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

33. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” – Seneca

34. “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” – Lou Holtz

35. “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

36. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller

37. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

38. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

39. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

40. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

41. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

42. “Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

43. “With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.” – Jim Loehr

44. “Life has no limitations except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

45. “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez

46. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

47. “The best way to forget the bad things in life is to learn to remember the good things.” – Mark Amend

48. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

49. “Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

50. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney


It is quite common to experience days when you may feel that the tasks/challenges you are facing are insurmountable. On such days, it may be helpful to engage in activities that will bring back your enthusiasm.

Reading words of wisdom and inspirational short quotes can motivate you to pull up your socks, dream big, and work towards scaling greater heights as time goes by.