75 Pick-Me-Up Quotes That Make Any Day Brighter

Everyone has those days when everything seems a bit too difficult There are weeks when the rain falls every day, and when the sun just won’t shine. We all know what it’s like to feel the frustration of another plan gone wrong.

We thought you could use some pick-me-up quotes for those days when nothing seems to go right. These 75 quotes are guaranteed to inspire you on the darkest of days. From some of the greatest actors, novelists, and thinkers of our time and times past, as well as unknown but obviously brilliant minds, these quotes are for you.

Pick Me Up Quotes

  1. “Just Keep Swimming.” Dory, Finding Nemo
  2. “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” Unknown
  3. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” Joyce Meyer
  4. “The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.” Frank L. Baum
  5. “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” Unknown
  6. “Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can’t stand, speak for those who can’t speak, be a beacon of light for those whose lives have become dark.” Julie Andrews
  7. “Giving up is the easiest thing to do. Trying again, especially when everyone says it’s impossible, is the hardest.” Unknown
  8. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must. But take the step.” Unknown
  9. “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” Unknown
  10. You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey
  11. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”Marilyn Monroe
  12. “You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.” Unknown
  13. “Sometimes you have to just pick yourself up and carry on.” Unknown
  14. “Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership.”​ Ralph Marston
  15. “I release my negative thoughts, to create space for positive thinking and optimism.” Unknown
  16. “Stars can’t shine without darkness.” Unknown
  17. “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” -Thomas Paine
  18. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
  19. “Life is better when you’re laughing.” Unknown
  20. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Neil Gaiman
  21. “Let your smile change the world. But don’t let the world change your smile.” Unknown
  22. “Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.” Unknown
  23. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 1 M0,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison
  24. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll
  25. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
  26. “The most effective way to achieve the right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.”​ Allen J. Boone
  27. “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso
  28. “You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.” Marcus Aurelius
  29. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde
  30. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
  31. “People get disturbed not so much by events, but by the view which they take of them.” Epictetus
  32. “The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.” Demi Lovato
  33. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” -John Lennon
  34. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
  35. “Existence wants you to be you.”  — Osho
  36. “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” Louis Armstrong
  37. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” Maya Angelou
  38. “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” Buckminster Fuller
  39. “Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.” Marcus Aurelius
  40. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”Mahatma Gandhi
  41. “You carry so much love in your heart. Give some to yourself.” Unknown
  42. “Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.” Ziad K. Abdelnour
  43. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C. S. Lewis
  44. “You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” Babe Ruth
  45. “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” Unknown
  46. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama XIV
  47. “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Stowe
  48. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln
  50. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Alice Walker
  51. “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” Lady Gaga
  52. “May you live every day of your life.” Jonathan Swift
  53. “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.” Mandy Hale
  54. “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” Nicholas Klein
  55. “You change the world by being yourself.” Yoko Ono
  56. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson
  57. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
  58. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  59. “There’s a point,,,when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” Ursula K. Le Guin
  60. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” John Milton
  61. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  62. “If “Plan A” didn’t work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.” Unknown
  63. “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” Isaac Asimov
  64. “You, being yourself, unknowingly inspire others to be themselves.” Mooji
  65. “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” Unknown
  66. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
  67. “Just stick to your principles. And rest assured that, if you remain true to them, the same people who made fun of you will come to admire you.” Epictetus
  68. “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” Unknown
  69. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” Roy T. Bennett
  70. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
  71. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
  72. “The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.” Roy T. Bennett
  73. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Unknown
  74. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F. Kennedy
  75. “You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” Unknown
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Our minds can tell us to give up on bad days (or weeks), but these quotes remind us to be true to ourselves and to keep moving forward. Take comfort in knowing that bad days don’t last forever and that if one plan doesn’t work, another plan will.

The advice these quotes embody inspires us to crawl if we must, but always move forward. Use them on days when nothing goes right. They will encourage you to “just keep swimming.”

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