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Four-Word Inspirational Quotes

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Semas is a professional writer, artist, and graphic designer.

Discover how much can be said in just four words with these inspirational quotes.

Discover how much can be said in just four words with these inspirational quotes.

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 I 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

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

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

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

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

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

Did You Get Inspired?

Cindy W on August 07, 2020:

Be still and Know.

Eric Hamukoto on August 07, 2020:

Awesome, I never felt like this before, this covid-19, THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

Fou on July 10, 2020:

It’s the ability the accept the changes by yourself, to accept everything, even when life doesn't give you what you’ve hoped for. The true gift is life itself.

plane on July 05, 2020:

remember darlings, life is always a choice

I exist on June 25, 2020:

Hi I exist on May 18, 2020:

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

WOW!! on April 07, 2020:

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


happy on April 07, 2020:

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

Thank You! on March 16, 2020:

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!!!

Thanks on February 11, 2020:

Nice Quotes

Cool on January 02, 2020:


james on November 18, 2019:

hears a quote the skys the limit

Elora Danan on November 11, 2019:

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

Dhiraj on January 26, 2019:

Thanks for this quotes

Hema from Hyderabad on August 13, 2018:

Awesome Quotes.

Johne569 on August 14, 2015:

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hasini on June 23, 2015:

Nice qoutes yaar

nickey on April 17, 2015:

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

mihir sevak on February 01, 2015:

@ awesome ....hats off

luggnutz13 lm on January 17, 2014:

@fionajean: What a great quote!!!

Fiona from South Africa on November 29, 2013:

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

althea nova on November 11, 2013:

love the idea!

anonymous on November 07, 2013:

Nice quote,, :)

SusanAston on August 01, 2013:

So few words - such powerful thoughts.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 15, 2013:

Awesome quotes. So small yet so powerful.

semas (author) on July 08, 2013:

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

SBPI Inc on June 26, 2013:

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

Allow Yourself To Be

Great lens all good quotes. Thank you.

GreenMind Guides from USA on April 07, 2013:

I'm feeling really motivated! Nice lens.

AnimalHouse on March 13, 2013:

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

MeAndMyPitLoki on January 17, 2013:

I love all these quotes! Great lens!

meditationhowto1 on January 12, 2013:

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

CornellMarCom LM on January 07, 2013:

What a great attitude this lens supports. Good job

MiaMusement on December 19, 2012:

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

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on December 11, 2012:

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

TapIn2U on December 07, 2012:

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

neethu-raj-545 on November 16, 2012:

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

sageinacage lm on November 07, 2012:

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

homesweethomebi1 on October 23, 2012:

Love love love this! Thank you!

Motivationaltools on October 13, 2012:

To be happy, be.

Gotta love these succinct quotes.

ladyyummy on October 05, 2012:

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.

rahuls66 on September 09, 2012:

Nice short quotes!

theXodus on August 28, 2012:

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

bloodpressureguy on July 07, 2012:

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

Dickstucki1 on June 09, 2012:

Nice Lens. Thanks

chgreen on August 31, 2011:

Great lens!

friendshipquotes on August 16, 2011:

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

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