50 Funny Motivational Quotes To Put A Smile On Your Face

50 Funny Motivational Quotes To Put A Smile On Your Face

I stumbled across a rather aggravated post (rant) on LinkedIn the other day; detailing a certain user’s distaste (and hatred, actually) for inspirational quotes (posters to be more precise).

And ironically, it inspired me to write this blog.

I thought… surely, not every single quote out there is as ‘boring,’ ‘cheesy’ and ‘pointless’ as this LinkedIn user would have me believe?

[You’ve only got to go on Amazon for 5 minutes to see that lots of other people also think that there’s something in motivation quotes…]

And so this week, I’ve been on a quest to find the funniest, most witty and genuinely interesting motivational (and a few de-motivational) one-liners I could – in a bid to win over the cynics… enjoy.

(Also, if you’re looking to instil some motivation into your life, check out this guide on how to increase your motivation levels).

Motivational Quotes

a cat going up the stairs the wrong way1. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” Joe Girard

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

3. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin

4. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Oscar Wilde

5. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Winnie the Pooh

6. “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” Tom Lehrer

7. “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” Steven Wright

8. “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.” Unknown 

9. “Change is not a four letter word… but often your reaction to it is!” Jeffrey Gitomer

10. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama

ron burgundy in a lion's cage saying 'I immediately regret this decision'11. “Bad decisions make good stories.” Ellis Vidler

12. “I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.” Cassandra Duffy

13. “When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” Cathy Guisewite

14. “A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.” Mark Twain

15. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

16. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” Benjamin Franklin

17. “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.” Unknown

18. “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” Charles Schulz

19. “Think like a proton. Always positive.” Unknown

20. “Be happy – it drives people crazy.” Unknown

man doing a cha-cha in a snorkelling mask in swim shorts21. “Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.” Robert Brault

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

23. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams

24. “I am an early bird and a night owl… so I am wise and I have worms” Michael Scott

25. “If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.” Elvis Presley

26. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” Will Rogers

27. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

28. “Live each day like it’s your second to the last. That way you can fall asleep at night.” Jason Love

29. “Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

30. “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” Franklin P. Jones

woman saying 'just bring me vodka'31.“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” Ron White

32. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Eddison

33. “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” Unknown

34. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” Audrey Hepburn

35. “Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.” Robert Bloch

36. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe

37. “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” Robert Frost

38. “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” Terry Pratchett

39. “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” Billie Burke

40. “When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.” Unknown

How about some Friday de-motivation?

Homer Simpson saying "trying is the first step towards failure"Bit of a cynic?

Do you agree that inspirational quotes are silly, boring and useless?

Well, here are some de-motivational (slightly sarcastic) quotes, just for you!

41. “Trying is the first step toward failure.” Homer Simpson

42. “Happiness is just sadness that hasn’t happened yet.” Unknown

43. “The best things in life are actually really expensive.” Unknown

44. “Every tattoo is temporary, because we’re all slowly dying.” Unknown

45. “A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.” Justin Sewell

46. “Dreams are like rainbows. Only idiots chase them.” Unknown

47. “It could be that your purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.”  Ashleigh Brilliant

48. “If the world didn’t suck we’d all fly into space.” Unknown

49. “The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.” Unknown

50. “Always remember that you are unique – just like everybody else.” Unknown

Click here to read more of these ridiculous, but hilarious quotes.

Feel inspired?

What do you reckon? Did I win you over? Or do you still think they’re pointless?

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Have a wonderful weekend, folks.

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1 year ago

Hahhaha, those were really funny, but to be frank, not all were funny. which i felt funny were really funny. I am going to share some of the quotes to my friends.. selected ones

Garry Pahwa
1 year ago

These quotes are so much encouraging

Sundar Suvichar
1 year ago

Thanks for these wonderful funny quotes. It has been a long time, that I read this kind of post on any blog. Quote, no 37 and 40 are really good. By the way, all quotations are more than just being good.

1 year ago

#1 “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.”

That’s a Ziglar Quote

Shikha Dhimaan
1 year ago

Very strong Quotes. Made my day.
Never give up and never forget the power of staying positive. Life is a gift. Do not take it for granted.

Aditya Verma
1 year ago

Nice collection of quotes so interesting and amazing thank you very much for sharing.

Baraka Isaac
1 year ago

Nice quotes. No. 10 especially

11 months ago

This is a nice information. It can sure motivate anyone. Thanks!!!

11 months ago

thanks for the information

Shivam Choudhary
11 months ago

The quotes are awesome . Some are funny but those too contain a meaning .

funny quotes
9 months ago

Thank you mark for sharing such a wonderful list of funny quotes. You should add more shareable images. Isn’t it so?

Amritanshu semalti
9 months ago

truly inspirational quotes. totally inspired. thanks for your words.

Edward Valley
9 months ago

Great collection. I would like to suggest your menu bar covers a lot of place please reduce its size that would provide more area for a user to read out quotes. The otherwise overall collection was quite good

8 months ago

This is a nice information. It can sure motivate anyone. Thanks!!!

8 months ago

Thanks for sharing this information. It can sure help any team.

8 months ago

Very inspirational and impressive content.

I have created a motivational Instagram page for those who aspired to get encouraged every day. All of the motivational quotes personally created by me. It would be exceptional if you will consider my page for future quotes.

Mehndi Artist in Delhi
8 months ago

Amazing.. Your Quotes really inspire many of us.. All Quotes are superb and inspiring and give motivation.

Uttam Tayade
7 months ago

thats so funny man.Thanks for sharing with us.

sam Mith
7 months ago

The quotes are really good.

Mike Langer
6 months ago

Thanks admin for sharing these quotes. Instead laughing, these quotes makes me more motivated. Though there are some really funny sayings.

Manisha Srivastav
6 months ago

These quotes are really awesome and I love these quotes, thanks for sharing these quotes.

5 months ago

I love this quote 42. “Happiness is just sadness that hasn’t happened yet.” after every happiness will be sadness and every sadness will be happiness.

Mariam Praise
Mariam Praise
5 months ago

Being motivated is just one thing that really keeps so many of us going. It really helps me a lot and so I would love to help others with it too. Well, I was doing some research to get hold of more helpful motivational quotes and word so this got me here. With this, I say a big thanks for the relevant information on this blog.

5 months ago

This is great

5 months ago

Sometimes it is also very important to have fun. Funny Motivational makes your day awesome and delightful. It was really an amazing post to read

4 months ago

I really got inspire from this post

Yogesh Jain
4 months ago

These were amazing quotes

Motivational quotes
3 months ago

Thanks a lot for your Motivational quotes, Excellent Quotes that really apply to everyone’s lives in one way or another…… A great way to add to my own collection.

3 months ago

Thanks…. Such a nice quotes…

3 months ago

After reading your article, I am feeling energy. Most Quotes are funny. Keep it up.

Dayli Wish
3 months ago

very inspirational quotes indeed. I like how you compiled short quotes that can easily be used in my bio and also easy to share. I also like your website design.

Annu Sethi
3 months ago

Quote ” We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit

rhea dangi
3 months ago

You need to be a part of a contest for one of the most useful blogs online. I’m going to highly recommend this website!

2 months ago

Love number 7, hahaha. Too good!

2 months ago

when life gives you corn the roast and eat, Hahhahaha.