15 quotes you NEED to live by

When we’re looking for inspiration, a pick-me-up, or just something to sum up how crappy we’re feeling, we somehow manage to find comfort in a couple of words strung together in just the right way. Deep down we’re all a sucker for posting the odd quote on Instagram, so if you’re in need of some quick inspiration, here are my top 15 quotes you need to live by.

Photo: Silvia Sala/ Flickr.

“When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars”

Photo: Neal Fowler/ Flickr.

Whatever it is that you’re going through, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel, and this quote reminds us that we should stay positive, no matter what.



“If plan A didn’t work, don’t panic; there are 25 more letters in the alphabet”

Photo: river seal/ Flickr.

It’s very rare for something to go smoothly the first time round, and that’s completely okay! It doesn’t mean that it’s destined to fail; it just means you have to keep trying until it all works out.


“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”

Photo: Jan Fidler/ Flickr.

The only way to get where you want to be is to work hard and, if you want it enough, taking the long way round is a pretty small sacrifice to make.


“Tough times never last, but tough people do”

Photo: Lane Pearman/ Flickr.

The more challenges you face, the better you become at dealing with them. If you’re finding something hard right now, just try and see it as preparation for your next set-back – it can only make you stronger!


“We only regret the chances we didn’t take”

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/ Flickr.

Say ‘yes’ to more things! Take opportunities, live experiences and, most importantly, be happy! Years from now, you could either be looking back thinking ‘I wish I’d done that’, or you could be sitting flicking through a scrapbook of all the memories – I know which one I’d rather be doing!


“You can’t start the next chapter in your life if you keep re-reading the last one”

Photo: George Thomas/ Flickr.

It’s natural for things in our past to keep playing over in our heads and altering how we view the present, but unfortunately there’s no pause button on life; you just have to keep moving forward.


“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday”

Photo: Camila Clarke/ Flickr.

It’s no good comparing yourself to those around you – we all have different lives, different stories to tell and different dilemmas to face. But the wonderful thing is you have the power to be whoever you want to be, so use it.


“Those who fly solo have the strongest wings”

Photo: Paul Ritchie/ Flickr.

You don’t need anyone else to make things work for you in life. Of course, being surrounded by loving people makes the ride worthwhile, but you should always be able cope by yourself.


“Life is like photography; we develop from the negatives”

Photo: katie/ Flickr.

And what a beautiful collection of photographs we can produce along the way!


“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and focus on what could go right”

Photo: _chrisUK/ Flickr.

Positivity is key in everything you do.


 “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary”

Photo: Bayan Al-sadham/ Flickr.

There’s only one you, and that alone makes you very special indeed. Anyone who can’t see your worth, or doesn’t appreciate it, isn’t someone you need in your life.


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”

Photo: Michael Havens/ Flickr.

But when the time comes, trust yourself that you’ll know exactly what to do and you’ll be just fine.


“Everything happens for a reason”

Photo: Noukka Signe/ Flickr.

We’ve all heard it a million and one times before, but whenever you’re going through something difficult, it’s always helpful to think that there might just be a positive outcome to follow your rocky path.


“Time is a coin that you can spend only once. Use it, invest it and make it count”

Photo: tehusagent/ Flickr.

So give yourself a break every now and again. Buy yourself that top you’ve been wanting for ages. Go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of. Show those close to you how much you love them. You were given this wonderful life as a one-time offer; don’t waste it!


“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches”

Photo: oh_hellogina/ Flickr.

You should always try to be the best person you can possibly be, but you can’t live your life trying to please other people all the time. As long as you’re doing your best, you’re being kind to others and you’re happy, well… That’s all that really matters!

Featured image: Silvia Sala/ Flickr.


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