Morning Quotes You Need to Hear to Have a Good Day

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Apr 12, 2020.

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If your alarm just went off and you're laying in bed scrolling through your phone, that's the perfect time to come across this collection of inspirational quotes. Instead of spending the day wondering about what that girl you knew from high school is doing on vacation, it's time to start thinking about what you can do to make today matter.

It doesn't have to be anything groundbreaking. But there's definitely something you can do to make today count, whether it's pursuing a dream, pushing yourself, challenging yourself, or just finally signing up for that yoga class. Here's some quotes from some of the smartest minds on Famous Quotes to help you feel pumped for the day in front of you to begin.


John Wooden

"Make each day your masterpiece."

The "Wizard of Westwood" didn't win ten NCAA national championships overnight. In fact, he was the University of California's basketball team head coach for 12 years. Even though not every practice went perfectly or every game was a victory, you can still make the most of it. Think about what you've learned. Or even the time you spent with your teammates. Every day is what you make of it. Might as well make it amazing.


Albert Einstein

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."

When you're daydreaming about winning that art contest or nailing next week's presentation, that's not just your brain enjoying a fantasy. No, it's a sign of what's to come. All you have to do is make it happen. Make today the day you start working towards that goal.

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Denise Brennan-Nelson

"Someday is not a day of the week."

There's practically no better source of advice than a children's author. That's why there's so many of them on Famous Quotes. In fact, this is the title of one of Brennan-Nelson's books. And if this is a topic that children can understand - and learn from - what makes you think you also can't learn to think this way? Don't keep putting off your goals, your projects, your dreams, your ideas. Since it's not on the calendar you might never get around to it. It's time to fill your schedule with dreams and challenges.


Henry James

"It's time to start living the life you've imagined."

That new home isn't just a dream. That career change isn't just a far-off fantasy. You can make it happen. And you can make it happen now. Today's the day to begin a new journey, even if it's just looking at houses online or researching colleges. Every step matters.

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Walt Disney

"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them."

Did you know the first two Mickey Mouse animated shorts basically got no attention at all? That didn't stop Disney from pushing ahead with Steamboat Willie, an instant hit after it premiered in New York. By the end of the year, Mickey Mouse was a star. That wouldn't have happened if Walt Disney and co. gave up. If you want something to happen don't be afraid to make it happen. And don't be afraid to pursue it today.


Napoleon Hill

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."

Napoleon Hill is a self-help author. Even though his best-selling books came out in the 30s, some of the advice still rings true today - including this quote. You have big goals. But that doesn't mean you have to get it all done today. Instead, take the necessary steps to make it happen.

Your presentation may not be for another few days, but don't let that stop you from doing some kickass research today. You can't run a full marathon yet, but you can still get out there and run a few miles. That's amazing. Push yourself. Take a challenge head on.


George Eliot

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Age is just a number. Time is relative. It's never too late to chase your dreams, whatever they may be. Don't mourn the chances you didn't take. Instead, take them now. There's no day like today to take up that hobby you never had time for. Or lose that weight. Gain that muscle. Improve your mindset. It's never too late to change your occupation or take that vacation.

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Steve Jobs

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

We all know the story of Steve Jobs and how he started Apple in his garage. When you are working on something you believe in, there's nothing that can hold you back. This can be anything, from starting your own company to making customers happy when they talk to you at the register. No matter what, it's passion that drives us to go above and beyond. Find your own reason for loving what you do. Or make today the day you start wondering if the future has some big changes in store.


Jack Canfield

"Don't worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."

You'll never take that chance or risk if you're afraid of failure. That's a common theme in a lot of the quotes on Famous Quotes, but that's because it rings so true to so many people. Failing is always a possibility. Everyone has failed. But how will you ever succeed if you never take that risk? So yeah, you might fail. But you can always learn from that and try again. More importantly, you could find yourself doing something amazing.



"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

You don't need to wake up and clean the entire house or beat that entire level. All that matters is that you make an effort - and continue to make that effort. Just do the laundry. Maybe just put away the kids' toys. It's all about making the most of your day and using what you've done as the first step in a bigger effort. Be proud of yourself for trying.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."

We've all heard this before: Actions speak louder than words. In fact, Word's predictive text even finished that sentence before I could type it out. But there's a reason you always hear this. Anyone can say anything they want. You can wake up and say, "I'm going to tell my boss I want a raise." That doesn't mean you will. You might even add, "Well, tomorrow," once you get to work. But actions? That's what shapes your day. That's what shapes your future. Saying you'll think about applying for your dream job is not the same as putting in that application. It's time to get things done!


Karen Lamb

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."

So why today? Because you don't want to regret not doing it come tomorrow.

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Today is your day. You might as well make it count. Whether it's renovating that room or just simply cleaning the dishes, there's no reason to put it off. In fact, you might even regret it. There's no day like today. Who said that again? Probably a lot of people on Famous Quotes - but only because it's so true!