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15 Inspirational Quotes For When You Feel Defeated

It’s important to remember that everyone feels defeated sometimes, and that this feeling is only temporary. In these times, it’s great to seek inspiration from others! Getting support from someone else will not only help you to feel less alone in your journey towards your goal, but will also remind you that you have people behind you when you need it. Wise words or inspirational quotes from a friend, family member, world leader, or even a celebrity can really help you shift your perspective and rethink your negative thoughts. Getting motivated again can be hard, but please know that a shift in perspective can greatly affect your thoughts, and subsequently, your mood. In this way, inspirational quotes have an amazing ability to change how we feel about our situation because they can show us that others have overcome similar circumstances. So, find some quotes that speak to you, and use them to both comfort and fuel you.

I'm going to share my list of a few of my favorite quotes that greatly helped to get me out of my funk and back in a motivated mood:

I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 other ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

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

“Strive not to be a success, but rather be to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

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

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your life on the ground.” – Unknown

“Things work out the best for those who make the best out of how things work out.” – John Wooden

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn

“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

You are completely capable of achieving your goals, and these quotes can help you stay motivated to get there! Put these quotes wherever you will see them frequently – you can write some down on a sticky note and stick it to your mirror, or change your phone background to a quote that inspires you. Personally, I like to write things that inspire me on my hand (or get it tattooed on my body… oops!) so I see it every time I look down.

Do you have a favorite quote that wasn’t listed here? Let me know in the comments what your favorite inspirational quote is!

Thanks for reading,


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