Four-Word Inspirational Quotes

Updated on September 3, 2019
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Discover how much can be said in just four words with these inspirational quotes.
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Short Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

These simple quotes have powerful messages on life. And because they're only four words long, they're easy to remember, and they're motivational!

A quote like, "Nothing endures but change," by Heraclitus reminds us to persevere against all odds, while "This too shall pass," from the Bible calms us through adversities.

I love collecting quotes and look through my collection whenever I am stuck and can do with a word of comfort. I created this article to be a place to look for short words of inspiration that can be easily remembered and drawn upon in times of need.

I hope you are inspired by these quotes and can use them to make your life a success.

Short Inspirational Quotes About Life

Sayings to Guide You

This is your life, and what you make of it is up to you. You can reach for the stars or stay in the same place, wallowing in self-pity. Use these quotes to inspire you.

"Live and let live." —Yiddish Proverb

"Life teaches, Love reveals" —Anonymous

"Life is a choice." —Anonymous

"Reach for the stars." —Anonymous

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained." —Anonymous


Famous Quotes in Few Words

Learn From the Wise

Famous words from people we look up to can make you even more motivated. A spiritual person can be comforted by the simple, yet profound quotes from the Bible. The words of philosophers and writers who have seen the world give us the hope we need to move forward.

"What's done is done." —William Shakespeare

"This too shall pass." —Bible

"Courage doesn't always roar." —Mary Anne Radmacher

"Nothing endures but change." —Heraclitus

"No feeling is final." —Rainer Marie Rilke

"You are your choices." —Seneca

Short Encouraging Sayings

Take Action

Happiness is a choice, and everything looks more beautiful when we change the way we look at it. I recall the quote by Emerson whenever I admire the works of nature smiling through the flowers in the gardens.

"Earth laughs in flowers." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whatever happens, take responsibility." —Tony Robbins

"Dance lightly with life." —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Happiness is a choice." —Barry Neil Kaufman

Short Inspirational Phrases

Messages With a Meaning

All of us could do with a nudge to take action, and these short, encouraging four-word quotes do it very effectively. Let us be curious to know more of what it takes to shine and share with others.

"Creativity is like electricity." —Maya Angelou

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." —Aristotle

"Nothing succeeds like success." —Walter Winchell

"Success can't be forced." —Loretta Young

"Be curious, not judgmental." —Walt Whitman

"Nature is my medicine." —Sara Moss-Wolfe

Meaningful Quotes That Inspire

Let's Learn From Them

The four-word quotes are short and simple, yet they offer a big gift in that small package. They are inspiring sayings to hold on to during hard times.

"In dreams begin responsibilities." —Delmore Schwartz

"Aim for the highest." —Andrew Carnegie

"Beginnings are always messy." —John Galsworth

"Talent works, genius creates." —Robert Schumann

"Wisdom begins in wonder." —Socrates

"A mother's love liberates." —Maya Angelou

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      I exist 

      8 days ago

      Hi I exist

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      6 weeks ago

      My sister wants to add "Don't worry, be happy"

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      2 months ago

      These made my day from all of the terrors in the world because of COVID-19.


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      2 months ago

      Thanks for the great quotes, we really need it during covid-19!! :)

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      Thank You! 

      3 months ago

      I am on student council at my school and we did a project where we stuck little post it notes on peoples' lockers that had inspirational quotes on them! I was moved up to VICE PRESIDENT because of the great quotes that I wrote down. THX THX THX THX THX THX THX!!!

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      4 months ago

      Nice Quotes

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      7 months ago

      hears a quote the skys the limit

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      Elora Danan 

      7 months ago

      I am doing a little project where you stick inspirational quotes in people’s lockers and these were perfect!

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      17 months ago

      Thanks for this quotes

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      4 years ago

      Because here is a list of multiplayer games eggdbdddefeg

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      5 years ago

      Nice qoutes yaar

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      5 years ago

      nice quote buddie......really awesome lines...

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      mihir sevak 

      5 years ago

      @ awesome ....hats off

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      luggnutz13 lm 

      6 years ago

      @fionajean: What a great quote!!!

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      6 years ago from South Africa

      I think that "Wisdom begins in wonder." is probably my favorite quote here - amazing how Socrates is still relevant today.

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      althea nova 

      6 years ago

      love the idea!

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      6 years ago

      Nice quote,, :)

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      6 years ago

      So few words - such powerful thoughts.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Awesome quotes. So small yet so powerful.

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      6 years ago

      @SBPI Inc: Thank you for adding a great quote to the collection.

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      SBPI Inc 

      7 years ago

      Yes. And unless I missed it above, I have another one for you.:

      Allow Yourself To Be

      Great lens all good quotes. Thank you.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      7 years ago from USA

      I'm feeling really motivated! Nice lens.

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      7 years ago

      I like what you have done here. These quotes are like K.I.S.S (Keep It Short and Sweet) :) Nice lens.

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      7 years ago

      I love all these quotes! Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Love the simplicity of it and the messages you have shared via quotes!

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      CornellMarCom LM 

      7 years ago

      What a great attitude this lens supports. Good job

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      7 years ago

      These are great! Inspiration for busy people... ;-)

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      7 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Aaaah! Maya's creativity quote totally won me over. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      "Whatever happens, take responsibility." Love all the quotes. Sundae ;-)

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      7 years ago

      wooww..!!!.so nice quotes..i just loved it.! Thanks...:)

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      sageinacage lm 

      7 years ago

      I love the idea of having a collection of short quotes. Straight to the point. Well done! I really enjoyed them.

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      7 years ago

      Love love love this! Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      To be happy, be.

      Gotta love these succinct quotes.

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      7 years ago

      Great job :D The 4 word quotes gave me ideas for my next tattoo. I already have: this too shall pass -- inked on my right arm.

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      7 years ago

      Nice short quotes!

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      7 years ago

      I love quotes... I'll be back to get encouraged some more!

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      7 years ago

      "This too shall pass" from the bible is one I always think of in tough times! great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Nice Lens. Thanks

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Really great quotes. I liked them as they are very short and easy to understand. I have bookmarked it. Thanks...

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      looking forward for your feedback... thanks


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