45 Inspirational Quotes for Men

Mar 09, 2024

Robert Frost, author known for inspirational quotes

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William James once said, “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”  When you need motivation, these inspirational quotes for men can help you get by. 

Motivational Quotes to Get Men Started

Working toward success requires setting SMART goals, eating healthy, being open to learning and caring for your mental health. Most importantly, you must motivate yourself with daily encouragement to build belief in yourself. 

Henry Ford

These motivational quotes for men will help you hit the ground running: 

  1. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley
  1. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer
  1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart
  1. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  1. “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” — Pablo Picasso
  1. “The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” — Epicurus 
  1. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” — Jay-Z
  1. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
  1. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
  1. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
  1. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
  1. “Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.” — Drake
  1. “For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Encouraging Quotes to Keep Men Going

When it seems all you see are failures and challenges, it helps to hear or repeat something encouraging to keep you going. These encouraging quotes will help you build perseverance: 

Winston Churchill
  1. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  1. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  1. “If you can’t yet do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill
  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot
  1. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.” — Marcus Aurelius
  1. “Mondays offer new beginnings 52 times a year!” — David Dweck
  1. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steve Furtick
  1. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been given a no, only to find that a better, brighter, bigger yes was right around the corner.” — Arlan Hamilton
  1. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” — Ariana Huffington
  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston

Uplifting Quotes to Help Men In Need

You must persevere to overcome obstacles. You may need positive words that uplift you, help you focus on the positive and keep you pushing forward. It may help you to turn these uplifting quotes for men into positive affirmations that reconfirm your belief in your abilities, which you can use in meditation practice or before hard tasks. 

  1. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen R. Covey
  1. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” — Paulo Coelho
  1. “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. “Do the best you can. No one can do more than that.” — John Wooden
  1. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffet
  1. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens
  1. “Do not wait for the perfect time and place to enter, for you are already onstage.” — Unknown
  1. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer
  1. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford
  1. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  1. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

Empowering Quotes to Build Men’s Confidence

These empowering quotes for men will reawaken the fighting spirit in you and empower you to conquer every day and do your best — even if it looks different every day: 

Albert Einstein
  1. “Small is not just a stepping stone. Small is a great destination itself.” — Jason Fried
  1. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs
  1. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” — Confucius
  1. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” — Tina Fey
  1. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
  1. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein
  1. “Live out of your imagination, not your history.” — Stephen Covey
  1. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke
  1. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth
  1. “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” — Nietzsche

Find Inspiration From The Men Who Came Before You 

Inspirational quotes can be that boost you need to keep you motivated and pushing toward your goals. Whether you need motivation, encouragement, upliftment or empowerment, this advice from people who have been on difficult journeys will spur you on.

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Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.