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100+ Badass Motivational Quotes For Inner Motivation

We can all use motivation, am I right? Whether it’s Monday and you’re trying to get back into the swing of things. Or it’s Tuesday but it really feels like Thursday. Or you’ve on the verge of burnout and need something to get your perspective back on track. Or maybe you just need some badass motivational quotes to post on social media to get your followers in the right mindset (or attract new ones).

There are so many reasons why badass motivational quotes work, it doesn’t matter what your reason is. But it is important to find the right quotes to get you in the mood to kick ass, no matter what you are trying to kick ass at! Even something like trying to move out of your comfort zone can be a good time to break one of these bad boys out.

Here is a compilation of the best badass quotes out there. These are from people of all walks of life – authors, athletes, businesspeople… the one thing they have in common is that they are all badass women and men.

 I use these to remind me that there are better things coming. The best quotes can act as a mantra and propel me forward even through hard and tough times. They’re comforting to rely on, especially if you’re having a bad day. Any day of the week, even at the end of the day, remember what an awesome life you have and the only way to have extraordinary things is with the power of positive thinking.

100+ Badass Motivational Quotes for Inner Motivation

Anonymous Quotes 

The anonymous and unspecified inspirational quotes will bring out your inner badass.

“The dream that doesn’t scare you is not a dream.”

“You can’t spell awesome without ME.”

“Progress, not perfection.” “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” – Chinese Proverb

Keep grinding. Stay persistent. You’re closer than you think.”

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

“They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.”

“Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.”

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

“Stay positive, stay fighting. Stay brave, stay ambitious. Stay focused, stay strong.”

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

“The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.”

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.”

“Don’t wait for an opportunity, create it.”

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

“Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

“Sweat, smile, repeat.”

“Don’t let the shadows of yesterday spoil the sunshine of tomorrow.”

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

“The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”

“Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.”

“She believed she could, so she did.”

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

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Athlete Quotes

  • “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.” – J. J. Watt

  • “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” ― Michael Jordan

  • “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

  • “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

  • “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

  • “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

  • “Do today what others won’t and achieve tomorrow what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

  • “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

  • “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

  • “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day” – Wayne Gretzky

  • “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti

  • “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz

  • “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

Celeb Quotes

  • “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

  • “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” –Dolly Parton

  • “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

  • “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.” – Jim Carrey

  • “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

  • “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

  • “Listen, smile, agree and then do whatever you were going to do anyway.” – Robert Downey Jr.

  • “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” – Henry Rollins

  • “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Artist/Writer Quotes

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

  • “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

  • “The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

  • “Push that snooze button and you’ll end up working for someone who didn’t.” – Eric Thomas

  • “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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

  • “I got my own back.” – Maya Angelou

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

  • “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

  • “I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.” – David Livingston, Explorer

  • “The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information.” ― Jen Sincero

  • “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

  • “I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.” – Theodore Roosevelt

  • “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” – Howard Ruff

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” ― Lao Tzu

Winston S. Churchill Quotes

These quotes reflect Churchill’s resilience, wisdom, and indomitable spirit, making them powerful sources of motivation for anyone striving for success and facing challenges in life.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“Success always demands a greater effort.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.”

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”

“We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm.”

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Scientist/Doctor Quotes 

  • “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

  • “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” – Richard Feynman

  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • “All wealth is the product of labor.” – John Locke

Businessman/Businesswoman Quotes

  • “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

  • “You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.” – Muriel Siebert

  • “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

  • “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

  • “Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” – Russell Warren, American Architect

  • “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger

  • “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” – David Rockefeller

  • “It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.” – Mark Cuban

  • “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

Badass Quotes – Motivational Movie Quotes 

These quotes encapsulate valuable lessons, determination, and the power of belief in oneself, all of which can serve as great sources of motivation in various aspects of life.

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” – Yoda

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” – 10 Things I Hate About You

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving.” – Rocky Balboa

“You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know.” – Wonder Woman

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” – Mary Poppins

“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Ratatouille

“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela (Invictus)

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Dead Poets Society

“Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.” – Hitch

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Les Misérables

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – Braveheart

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – The Godfather

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Mulan

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” – Rocky

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” – Fight Club

“The greatest teacher, failure is.” – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

“Life is an occasion. Rise to it.” – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – The Martian

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – The Wolf of Wall Street

What’s your favorite badass motivational quote? Or just a favorite quote in general? We’d love to know! Drop it in the comments below or share it with us on social media! 

About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts '13 and a Master of Arts '14. She's currently working in corporate America with a side of freelance writing. She wants you to learn from her experiences and mistakes so your 20s can be your best decade. When she's not working, she's likely planning her escape to a tropical island.