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60 Short Meaningful Quotes to Write in a Card


When you find yourself at a loss for what to say, sometimes it’s best to turn to the wise words of others. Something succinct and inspirational, to help you convey your complex thoughts and feelings eloquently. In other words, you need perfectly crafted short meaningful quotes.

Perhaps you find yourself needing to send a message, and it has to be just right. Maybe you want to reassure a friend in a time of need. Maybe it’s a graduation, and you want to tell your niece or nephew just how proud you are. What you write in that greeting card you just purchased on Redbubble has to be good, and with the limited space each word has to count.

Well fret not, there’s a wealth of wordsmiths in the world who have said it all before in 20 words or less. We’ve pulled together 60 short inspirational quotes ready to fill any blank space and guaranteed to get your point across.

Short Inspirational Quotes

  •  “When it rains, look for rainbows.” – Anonymous
  • “All great ideas are dangerous.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Trying times are times for trying.” – Anonymous
  • “We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think.” – Gautama Buddha
  • “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” – Marie Curie
  • “What we know is a drop. What we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton
  • “There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others.” – Anonymous
  • “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” – Mary Shelley
  • “Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.” – John Adams
  • “Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Affirming Growth Quote Illustration

Grow Through What You Go Through by fabfeminist

Short Positive Quotes

  • “Be someone you want to be around.” – Anonymous
  • “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” – Aristotle
  • “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.” – Lewis Carroll
  • “It’s never too late in the day to start your day over.” – Anonymous
  • “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “All you need is tea and warm socks.” – Anonymous
  • “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The future begins now.” – Anonymous
  • “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.” – Anonymous
  • “True friends are always together in spirit.” – L. M. Montgomery
Positive Quote Illustration

Positive Quotes (6) by QuoteMan

Short Quotes About Life

  • “I am not afraid; I was born to do this.” – Joan of Arc
  • “Life is a tale told by an idiot – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – William Shakespeare
  • “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi
  • “Sometimes the people with the worst past, create the best future.” – Umar ibn Al-Khattab
  • “It is not what I have in my life but who I have in my life that counts.” – Anonymous
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  • “Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Caesar
  • “Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear.” – Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Life is like a cup of tea. The sugar is all at the bottom!” – Julia Ward Howe
  • “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” – Anonymous

Quote illustration about exploring

The Sky Tells Me There Are No Limits, Curiosity Tells Me To Explore by PRODUCTPICS

Short Happy Quotes  

  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Charlotte Brontë
  • “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” – Jane Austen
  • “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books.” – Anonymous
  • “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here.” – Robert Ingersoll
  • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  • “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo
  • “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
  • “True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Seneca
  • “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved!” – Leo Tolstoy

Inspirational and Beautiful Quote Illustration

Today I Will Make Something Beautiful by wolfandbird

Short Quotes About Love

  • “See all living beings as your father or mother and love them as if you were their child.” – Atisa
  • “Being loved is the best way of being useful.” – Anonymous
  • “After the verb ‘to love’, ‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.” – Bertha von Suttner
  • “Love inspires, illuminates, designates and leads the way.” – Mary Baker Eddy
  • “There is no charm equal to tenderness of the heart.” – Jane Austen
  • “If you want to know where your heart is look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” – Anonymous
  • “To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo
  • “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.” – Louisa May Alcott
  • “Where there is love there is no darkness.” – Anonymous

Inspirational quote about women

Women are Some Kind of Magic – The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Shannelle C.

Short Funny Quotes  

  • “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” – Anonymous
  • “Everything you say should be true, but not everything true should be said.” – Voltaire
  • “A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.” – Anonymous
  • “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” – Louis Pasteur
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Avoid popularity if you would have peace.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “You must be wise, but not too wise.” – Alexander T. Stewart
  • “Vodka mixes well with everything except decision making.” – Anonymous
  • “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates
  • “Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.” – Anonymous

Quote Illustration about making better mistakes

Better Mistakes by Risa Rodil

Say it in So Many Words

Whatever the cause for comment, one of these short meaningful quotes should fit the bill. From sweet and romantic sentiments for an anniversary, to messages of perserverence and good humor to help you say congratulations, you’re out of excuses for not writing that card now. It practically writes itself!

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