As a creative designer, I am forever on the hunt for words that "speak" to me. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a quote-hunter, too!

I just can't resist those little nuggets of wisdom that touch my heart and tickle my imagination—the ones that resonate with me on a whole other level. Usually though, I don't have the time to peruse a big ol' block of text to get to the heart of the message (and I'm guessing you don't either.) Most days, I just want the meat - give me the meat!

Short quotes get right to the heart of the matter, and somehow they seem to pack a bigger punch because of it. Small enough to fit into your pocket but profound enough to make you stop and think, short quotes inspire you when you least expect it.

So, I did a little homework, and – ta-da! – I’ve curated this tidy list of fifty short quotes of no more than three words. So pick one that resonates with you, and use it as your mantra—in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening...read it whenever you need a little pick-me-up!


1.   start somewhere

2.  be a boss

3.  prove them wrong

4.  rise & grind

5.  do not settle

6.  go for it

7.  keep moving forward

8.  find your fire

9.  let's do this

10.  decide to rise

11.  believe you can

12.  you got this

13.  fail forward

14.  purpose fuels passion

15.  stay focused

16.  conquer from within

17.  aim high

18.  no excuses

19.  do your part

20.  nobody owes you

21.  hustle hard

22.  improve 1% daily

23.  face your fears

24.  do epic shit

25.  smash your goals 


26.  good vibes only

27.  make the time

28.  see the good

29.  rise & shine

30.  love yourself

31.  happiness is key

32.  go live

33.  shine on

34.  follow your heart

35.  time will tell

36.  never complain, explain

37.  choose joy

38.  find your bliss

39.  shake it off

40.  don’t survive, thrive

41.  love deeply

42.  fear no evil

43.  share your smile

44.  enjoy every moment

45.  keep it simple

46.  stay weird

47.  trust your dreams

48.  count your blessings  

49.  be nice first

50.  find your eyes

Artist: Vanesa, LetteringBird

Artist: Vanesa, LetteringBird

Artist: Joyce McCown, Moon Shadow Press

Artist: Joyce McCown, Moon Shadow Press

Artist: Adrienne & Christine, PocketFullofLetters

Artist: Adrienne & Christine, PocketFullofLetters

Which ones are your favorites? Do any of these short quotes resonate with you?