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108 Good Morning Quotes to Start Your Day on a High Note

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By Karabo Baloyi
May 29, 2022
04:35 P.M.

The beginning of a new day is an opportunity to turn a new leaf in our lives. Every morning gives us a chance to become better people in pursuit of whatever dreams we have. And whatever these dreams are, a little motivation goes a long way. To get a much-needed kickstart to your day, here are 108 good morning quotes.

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Every year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to change our lives and become better people. But most of those resolutions end up forgotten or neglected when the demands of everyday life derail our noble intentions.

The secret to changing our lives lies in our daily habits. The decisions we make every day determine how our lives change, and every morning presents an opportunity to become the people we are determined to be.

To do this, we need to approach every morning with a sense of purpose. We must focus on the small decisions we make daily to make our lives what we want them to be.

If you need some morning motivation to reach your goals or to just start your day on a high note, here are 108 good morning quotes for you.

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Erykah Badu's quote: "In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ‘I got to wake up’ say ‘I get to wake up!’” | Image: AmoDays

MORNING QUOTES THAT GIVE YOU A KICKSTART

“Do one thing each day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Christopher Columbus

“It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to keep it.” — Willy Brandt

“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.” — Arthur Koestler

“You can’t leave a footprint that lasts if you’re always walking on tiptoe.” — Marion Blakely

Zig Ziglar's quote: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” | Image: AmoDays

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“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Clear, written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor.” — Brian Tracy

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” — Alan Lakein

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“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” — George S. Patton

Allen Klein's quote: “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” | Image: AmoDays

“An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will arrive.” — Basil S. Walsh

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“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.” — Mary Kay Ash

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins

"Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” — Larry Winget

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Woody Allen's quote: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” — Chinese Proverb

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh

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Lyndon B. Johnson's quote: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” | Image: AmoDays

FORWARD-LOOKING MORNING QUOTES

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” — James Joyce

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“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“You take your life into your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” — Erica Jong

Charles Darwin's quote: “A man who dares to waste one hour has not discovered the value of life.” | Image: AmoDays

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“When at a conflict between mind and heart, always follow your heart.” — Swami Vivekananda

“The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.” — Alexis Carrel

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn Vos Savant

“The only thing in your control is effort. That’s all, and that’s everything.” — Mark Cuban

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality, and then there are those who turn one into the other.” — Douglas H. Everet

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Arthur Wellesley's quote: “When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up." | Image: AmoDays

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” — Jonathan Winters

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

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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey

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

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” — Dennis Kimbro

Winston Churchill's quote: “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” | Image: AmoDays

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“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.” — Denis Waitley

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” — Randy Pausch

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open.” — Thomas Dewar

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Monica Baldwin's quote:“The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.” | Image: AmoDays

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” — Linus Pauling

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” — Nolan Bushnell

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” — William Plomer

Maya Angelou's quote: “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” — Charles Mingus

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” — Pablo Picasso

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Mark Twain

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Steve Maraboli's quote: “Forget yesterday — it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow — you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift — today.” | Image: AmoDays

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”— Anthony J. D’Angelo

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“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” — David Allen

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” — William B. Sprague

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

J.M. Power's quote: “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” — Dale Carnegie

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” — William B. Sprague

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw

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“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” — C.G. Jung

Mary Kay Ash's quote: “A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.” | Image: AmoDays

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” — Tony Robbins

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“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Peter Drucker

“I have yet to find the man, however, exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” — Charles M. Schwab

M.F. Moonzaje's quote: "Every morning when I wake up, I kiss her forehead as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation and she repays me with a lovely smile." | Image: AmoDays

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“A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.” — Harvey MacKay

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them.” — Booker T. Washington

“In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.” — Margaret Wheatley

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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” — Antoine De Saint Exupery

Yoko Ono's quote: " Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." | Image: AmoDays

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“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, 'What’s in it for me?'” — Brian Tracy

“Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” — George Van Valkenburg

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.” — Ronald Reagan

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.” — Henry David Thoreau

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Fulton J. Sheen's quote: "There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say, ‘Good morning, God,’ and the other is to say, ‘Good God, morning’!” | Image: AmoDays

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position." — Brian Tracy

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“Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.” — Tom Hopkin

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

WISE MORNING QUOTES

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

H. Jackson Brown's quote: " Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." | Image: AmoDays

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

“Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” — J. Paul Getty

"Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning." — Prince

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." — Tecumseh

"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." — H. Jackson Brown Jr

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Tecumseh's quote: "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." | Image: AmoDays

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"Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life." — Yoko Ono

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"If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is." — Chad Sugg

"There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say, ‘Good morning, God,’ and the other is to say, ‘Good God, morning!’” — Fulton J. Sheen

"Every morning when I wake up, I kiss her forehead as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation and she repays me with a lovely smile." — M.F. Moonzajer

Prince's quote; ry day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning." | Image: AmoDays

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INSPIRATIONAL MORNING QUOTES

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” — J.M. Power

“Forget yesterday — it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow — you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift — today.” — Steve Maraboli

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” — Maya Angelou

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” — Richard Whately

“The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.” — Monica Baldwin

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Chad Sugg's quote: "If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is." | Image: AmoDays

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” — Winston Churchill

“When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.” — Arthur Wellesley

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“A man who dares to waste one hour has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen

Denise Brennan-Nelson-s quote: “Someday is not a day of the week.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” — Allen Klein

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” — Zig Ziglar

“In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ‘I got to wake up’ say ‘I get to wake up!’”— Erykah Badu

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer

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“The mind is its place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.” – John Milton

Steve Jobs's quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” | Image: AmoDays

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“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

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

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

J. Paul Getty's quote: “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” | Image: AmoDays

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Related: 145 Zen Quotes for a Peaceful State of Mind

You've probably seen the endless list of articles about what successful people do every morning. This includes waking up at 5 a.m. and taking cold showers. None of these things are necessarily bad, but they are not the gold standard for having successful days.

You have the freedom to decide how to spend your mornings. Whatever choice you make, you need to make sure that you spend them in ways that will guarantee success for the rest of the day.

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