50 Inspiring Quotes for the Month of May

"You are enough just as you are."

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Read these inspiring quotes for May for a fresh perspective on life. Whether you're looking for a bit of encouragement as the seasons change or a classic reminder that everything will be okay, these positive quotes will surely lift your spirits and fill your heart. Write them in a notecard or set them as the screensaver on your phone for an everyday prompt. Phrases from celebrities, authors, and famous, notable individuals make us reflect on our lives with a new perspective. With 50 choices, there is an inspiring quote for everyone.

Quotes About Hope

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Aristotle May Quote
Southern Living

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." – Aristotle

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl May Quote
Southern Living

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl

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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt May Quote
Southern Living

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

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Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar May Quote
Southern Living

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato May Quote
Southern Living

"No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel." - Demi Lovato

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C.S. Lewis

CS Lewis Quote
Southern Living

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis

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Deep Roy

Deep Roy May Quote
Southern Living

"Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're positive, good things happen." - Deep Roy

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John Barrymore

John Barrymore May Quote
Southern Living

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." - John Barrymore

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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great
Southern Living

"There is nothing impossible to him who will try." - Alexander the Great

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Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill May Quote
Southern Living

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill

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Hafez May Quote
Southern Living

"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive." – Hafez

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Mandy Hale

Mandy Hale May Quote
Southern Living

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens." - Mandy Hale

Quotes About Perseverance

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Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle May Quote
Southern Living

"You are enough just as you are." - Meghan Markle

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams May Quote
Southern Living

"A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall." - Serena Williams

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Helen Keller

Helen Keller May Quote

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye." - Helen Keller

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill May Quote
Southern Living

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett May Quote
Southern Living

"When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go." - Carol Burnett

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein Bicycle Quote
Southern Living

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald May Quote
Southern Living

"It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn May Quote
Southern Living

"Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it." - Lindsey Vonn

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Michael Altshuler

Michael Altshuler May Quote
Southern Living

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Michael Altshuler

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman May Quote
Southern Living

"Life has got all those twists and turns. You've got to hold on tight and off you go." - Nicole Kidman

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Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn May Quote
Southern Living

"Happiness is not by chance, but by choice." - Jim Rohn

Quotes About Inspiration

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John Muir

John Muir May Quote
Southern Living

"The power of imagination makes us infinite." - John Muir

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai May Quote
Southern Living

"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality." - Malala Yousafzai

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg May Quote
Southern Living

"Motivation comes from working on things we care about." - Sheryl Sandberg

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Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean May Quote
Southern Living

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

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William James

William James May Quote
Southern Living

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome." - William James

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald May Quote
Southern Living

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald

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Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell May Quote
Southern Living

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Southern Living

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive." - Maya Angelou

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt May Quote
Southern Living

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa May Quote
Southern Living

"Spread love everywhere you go." - Mother Teresa

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George Eliot

George Eliot May Quote
Southern Living

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

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Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison May Quote
Southern Living

"Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." - Mae Jemison

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Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake May Quote
Southern Living

"Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly." - Quentin Blake

Quotes About Optimism

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks May Quote
Southern Living

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." - Rosa Parks

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon May Quote
Southern Living

"With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything." - Reese Witherspoon

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Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr. May Quote
Southern Living

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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William James

William James May Quote
Southern Living

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James

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Camilla Eyring Kimball

Camilla Eyring Kimball May Quote
Southern Living

"You do not find the happy life. You make it." - Camilla Eyring Kimball

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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss May Quiote
Southern Living

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Seuss

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E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings May Quote
Southern Living

"The most wasted of days is one without laughter." - E. E. Cummings

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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn May Quote
Southern Living

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'" - Audrey Hepburn

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou May Quote
Southern Living

"Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

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Helen Keller

Helen Keller Sunshine Quote
Southern Living

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." - Helen Keller

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams May Quote
Southern Living

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." - Robin Williams

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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi May Quote
Southern Living

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Life Quote
Southern Living

"If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more." - Oprah Winfrey

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Hazrat Inayat Khan
Southern Living

"Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful." -Hazrat Inayat Khan

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