Sure, the end of summer means the coming of the holiday season. If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the weeks until Halloween since August.
But the days are becoming shorter. And colder. No more long weekends down the shore (sorry, is my Jersey showing?), no more verdant branches and brilliant flowers swaying in a welcome breeze.
For those of us at work and in school, the grind until Thanksgiving feels like miles away; until Christmas, light years. Unless you’re spending a lot of time in department stores with merch for the next five holidays.
The Fall holiday season also calls for a perspective shift. Browning leaves are beautiful — but they’re also dying. That seems really heavy. Maybe it’s not that deep … I like to blame this thinking on Libra season, and the upcoming Scorpio season. Two long months until I come into my solar season, Sagittarius.
Regardless, fall is a time of conspicuous change, and the stars call for contemplation of this.
One of my favorite things about fall is the excuse to stay inside. Sometimes I’m on my own reading a book in a corner of Starbucks; other times I’m hosting a movie night with some friends huddled under a blanket.
No matter what I’m reading or watching, I like to take away something memorable from it. Usually, this is in the form of a quote. My favorites are the ones that make me think… like, really think.
Figures ranging from Nelson Mandela to Cardi B have recently made me stop with their words and consider things I leave behind in the hustle-and-bustle of the daily grind. They inspire me to keep thinking, keep going, keep moving forward.
So look to these 50 best inspirational quotes to help motivate you when life gets hard (or boring). Ones for every situation to make you stop, think, and continue with sure footing, even as life changes around you.
1. For a reminder that you’re your own badass self.
“But whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself”—Kate Chopin
2. And you’re in control of your reactions.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent“—Eleanor Roosevelt
3. That said, you’re not perfect, but you should strive for good.
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good”—John Steinbeck
4. Just keep working towards it.
“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously”—Sophia Bush
5. For when you need a self-check.
“Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise”—Frank Ocean
6. Or want to feel like a kid again.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”—C.S. Lewis
7. Because being strange is a-okay.
“You have to be odd to be number one”—Dr. Seuss
8. For when you need to pick yourself from the bootstraps.
“But we cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever”—Haruki Murakami
9. Remember who you are.
“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become”—Carl Jung
10. And remember you are amazing as you are.
“You are most beautiful whenever you are most comfortable. Whenever you are most you”—Donte Collins
11. For the times haters try to bring you down.
“I don’t care about anyone not liking me, you bitches barely like yourselves”—Cardi B
12. You should stay in your lane.
“For us, there is only trying. The rest is none of our business”—T.S. Eliot
13. Just move on.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”—Audrey Hepburn
14. Don’t worry if you get frustrated.
“Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s nonsense”—Lemony Snicket
15. You can weather anything.
“Storms make trees take deeper roots”—Dolly Parton
16. It’s okay to be afraid sometimes.
“Courage is the resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”—Mark Twain
17. But consider if what you’re doing is right.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right”—Rosa Parks
18. It helps if you put love in what you do.
“What is done in love is done well“—Vincent Van Gogh
19. Your heart will keep beating no matter what.
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am,