50 Inspirational Quotes to Power Up Your Inner Badass

For artists, entrepreneurs, makers, earth movers & shakers…

1. Don’t hate the media, become the media. — Jello Biafra

2. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings. — Mary Oliver

3. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ? Winston S. Churchill

4. The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. ? Jack Kerouac, On the Road

5. Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time. ? Asha Tyson

6. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ? Maya Angelou

7. Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you. ? Johnny Depp

8. When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ? Unknown (but often attributed to Buddha)

9. I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit. ? Dawna Markova

10. The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty. ? Roland Tiangco

11. Only those who are willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ? T.S Elliot

12. You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. ? Jennifer J. Freeman

13. If you wanna fly you got to give up the shit that weighs you down. ? Toni Morrison

14. I do not care what car you drive. Where you live. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone. If your clothes are this years cutting edge. If you are A list or B list or never heard of you list. If your trust fund is unlimited. I only care about the words that flutter from your mind. They are the only thing you own. The only thing I will remember you by. I will not fall in love with your bones or skin. I will not fall in love with the places you have been. I will not fall in love with anything but the words that flutter from your extraordinary mind. ? Mike Williams

15. The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. ? Charles Bukowski

16. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret… All the best people are! ? Lewis Carroll

17. I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring. ? David Bowie

18. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ? Steve Jobs

19. Within each of us there is the heart of a lion, the courage to simply be who & what we are regardless of others opinions or our own fears. Sometimes this courage has been buried beneath years of shaming that may have been so implicit or insidious that we breathed it in, unaware of how it separated us from knowing our own beauty of being. May we each know our own beauty & right to be today. May we drop down into the heart of the lion within & say to shame, when it rears it’s head, “Not today!” ? Oriah Mountain Dreamer

20. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. ? Marilyn Monroe

21. Be humble, for you are made of earth, be noble, for you are made of stars ? Serbian proverb

22. And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?” ? Mary Oliver

23. Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile. ? Unknown

24. Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew. ? Guillaume Apollinaire

25. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. ? Frank Zappa

26. And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ? Friedrich Nietzsche

27. Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. – Unknown

28. Own the room. Confidence has nothing to do with what you look like. If you obsess over that, you’ll end up being disappointed in yourself all the time. Instead, high self-esteem comes from how you feel in any moment. So walk into a room acting like you’re in charge, and spend your energy on making the people around you happy. Giving confidence to others will come back to you and you’ll end up feeling better about yourself. ? Marian Seldes

29. THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. ? Hunter S. Thompson

30. Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. – Gabrielle Roth

31. You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. ? Richard Bach

32. Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. ? Sir Cecil Beaton

33. Never sacrifice who you are just because somebody has a problem with it. Be you always. ?Unknown

34. Don’t follow your dreams, lead them. ? Unknown

35. The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. ? Jim Morrison

36. Don’t be perfect. Be you. Don’t be what you think they want you to be. Be what you know you are. Don’t look outside yourself for anything. It’s all within. ? Jackson Kiddard

37. 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

38. Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it… ? Wilferd Peterson

39. Rock bottom became a solid foundation upon which I rebuilt my life. ? J.K. Rowling

40. I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. ? Johnny Depp

41. Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves. ? E. Joseph Cossman

42. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou

43. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ? Bruce Lee

44. Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem. — Howard Zinn.

45. The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

46. Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves. – Pema Chodron

47. Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. ? William Gibson

48. Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable. ? Brenda Ueland

49. Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. ? Osho

50. Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got. ? Steven Pressfield


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