115 Badass Quotes To Supercharge Your Motivation

Badass Quotes To Supercharge Your Motivation

Sometimes you just need something to jolt you.

Something that will give you a big boost of motivation and get you back on the right track towards your goals and dreams with your focus resharpened.

So in today’s post I’d like to share the 115 most powerful, motivational and best badass quotes.

To kick your energy levels up a notch or three, supercharge your motivation and to release your inner badass so you get moving confidently towards what you want and need in your life.

And if you want even more motivating and uplifting inspiration then check out this post with quotes on encouragement and this one filled with you are amazing quotes.

Motivational Badass Quotes

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– André Gide

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
– Farrah Gray

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
– Eric Thomas

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
– Beverly Sils

“The best revenge is massive success.”
– Frank Sinatra

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves to the ordinary.”
– Cecil Beaton

“Nobody's paying attention to anyone else at all. You think everyone is, but they're not. So take as long as you want if you're talented. You'll get their attention again if you have a reason to.”
– B.J Novak

“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”
– Philip Sidney

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan

“Push that snooze button and you’ll end up working for someone who didn’t.”
– Eric Thomas

“Never stop being you. I am out to be the best me I can be. Do what you love and you will be badass.”
– Terry Crews

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”
– Edmund Hillary

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you someone who has never achieved much.”
– Joan Collins

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They're realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can't outplay them, outwork them.”
– Ben Hogan

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
– Jim Rohn

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge

“When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm, take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”
– LL Cool J

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
– Jamie Paolinett

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn

“The most inspiring piece of advice I've gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age. When it feels too difficult to push forward. I always remind myself, ‘This too shall pass,' and then I redouble my efforts.”
– Liya Kebede

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Anais Nin

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Badass Quotes

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine

“Tough times never last, but tough people do”
– Dr. Robert Schuller

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose”
– Steve Jobs

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King

“It ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”
– Rocky Balboa

“Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“A bird on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings. Always believe in yourself.”
– Unknown

“The edge – there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
– Hunter S. Thompson

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.”
– Albert Einstein

“Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”
– Ann Bradford

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
– Zig Ziglar

Insightful Badass Quotes

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
– Bruce Lee

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford

“When people try to discredit you, just remember who you are and whose you are. Raise your head high and keep pushing.”
– Germany Kent

“For every reason it's not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.”
– Jack Canfield

“Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”
– Vince Lombardi

“The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind's flaws, biases, contradictions, and irrationality-without exploiting them for fun and profit.”
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.”
– Rae Smith

“When I'm old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow, that was an adventure,' not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.'”
– Tom Preston-Werner

“The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand

“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”
– Unknown

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

“And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
– Haruki Murakami

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”
– Viktor Frankl

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

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Wise Badass Quotes

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
– Steve Jobs

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.”
– Sophia Bush

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.”
– Henry Rollins

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
– Aristotle

“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”
– Richard Bach

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
– M. Scott Peck

“Only those who are willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T.S Elliot

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
– Peter Marshall

“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

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
– Plato

“Remember: no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.”
– Joyce Meyer

“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.”
– Steven Pressfield

“I’m not here to live up to your expectations and you’re not here to live up to mine.”
– Bruce Lee

“Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.”
– Rosamund Stone Zander

“There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
– Roger Staubach

“Never let success get to your head, never let failure get to your heart.”
– Maurice Lavelle

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
– Maya Angelou

“The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.”
– Unknown

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
– Charles F. Kettering

“The best way out is always through.”
– Robert Frost

“At the end of the day, who cares? What's the big deal? I'm here, I'm going to try my best, and I'm going to go home, and my family's there…Even though my whole world's wrapped up in this, who cares?”
– Shaun White

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
– Napoleon Hill

Short Badass Quotes

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
– Billie Jean King

“Do today what others won't and achieve tomorrow what others can't.”
– Jerry Rice

“Obsessed is just a word that the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”
– Russell Warren

“Fall seven times. Stand up eight.”
– Ancient Japanese Proverb

“To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.”
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.”
– Eddie Vedder

“If you wanna fly you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down.”
– Toni Morrison

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
– Joe Namath

“Strength and growth only come through continuous effort and struggle.”
– Napoleon Hill

“The path to inner peace begins with three little words: Not my problem.”
– Unknown

“See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things.”
– Lao Tzu

“Nothing lasts forever. In time we are all memories and a death certificate. Don’t waste your time here on this Earth.”
– Unknown

“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
– Winston S. Churchill

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
– Thomas Edison

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
– Dolly Parton

“Not everyone likes me, but not everyone matters.”
– Unknown

Quick and Punchy Badass Quotes

“Someday is not a day of the week.”
– Denise Brennan-Nelson

“You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.”
– Muriel Siebert

“I came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum.”
– Roddy Piper

“Always keep your head high, and your middle finger higher.”
– Unknown

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
– Confucius

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
– Arthur Ashe

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”
– Mike Tyson

“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.”
– Amelia Earhart

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
– Leo Buscaglia

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”
– Melinda Gates

“Don't count the days, make the days count.”
– Muhammad Ali

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
– John A. Shedd

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3 comments… add one
  • That is just what I was looking for. All these quotes are amazing. Bookmarked this page!

    My Fav one:
    “The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.”
    – Ayn Rand

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