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95 Intentional Living Quotes That Will Inspire You

Intentional Living Quotes That Will Inspire You. The road to living a purposeful life isn’t always easy. There are many twists and turns along the path, without a question. Making thoughtful decisions, taking action, and monitoring progress are all part of intentional living. That can feel like a lot of work at times. It can be simpler to merely drift through life at times. However, you’ve decided to live a purposeful life because you don’t want to stray. You want to live a life with meaning.

You’d want to Live Intentionally because:

  • Rather than drifting around aimlessly, you want to take control of your life’s course.
  • You want to make decisions that move you closer to your goals and the way you want to live your life.
  • You want to make decisions that will have a beneficial impact on your life in the short and long term.

What Is Intentional Living?

Living intentionally is a powerful approach to simplify life and free up more time, energy, space, and freedom for important things. Making a series of modest, deliberate decisions about what serves and supports you to create your greatest life by doing everything we can to keep out or let go of the things that distract us or get in our way is what intentional living is all about.

It’s all about being clear about your priorities and doing everything you can to live up to them as much as possible. This isn’t a magic formula for a happy life, but it can help you make the most of it. You’ve decided to live a life on purpose rather than on autopilot. This can be applied to your house, time, spending habits, self-care routines, work and career, and more.

The following quotes are about living consciously to be the best version of oneself. They will assist you in focusing on the creation of your life so that you can become the person you desire. Take some time to read them and consider how each quotation relates to your own life. These quotations can be used as part of daily meditations, affirmations, or simple reminders.

Intentional Living Quotes

1. “Twenty-five years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” ~ Mark Twain

2. “You are free to act as you choose, and change your life for better or worse. However, remember that every choice has a consequence, and every consequence has a cause.” ~ Unknown

3. “It’s up to you how you handle a situation, and either make something positive out of it or a negative.” ~Unknown

4. “Your time is limited, don’t let others make the most of it – learn to prioritize your life – be Intentional – focus on what matters most.” ~ Unknown

5. “Sometimes you have to dare to dream before your dreams can come true.” ~Unknown

6. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you’re missing when you don’t even try.” ~Unknown

7. “Your choices, priorities, and values will determine the quality of your life in the future more than anything else you do today.” ~ Jim Rohn

8. “A life worth living is a life worth recording.” ~Unknown

9. “Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” ~Tim Ferris

10. “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw

11. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

12. “Life is like a bicycle – to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein

13. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs

14. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Chinese Proverb

15. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker

16. “You are exactly where you are supposed to be right now. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what THEIR journey is all about.” ~Wayne Dyer

17. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

18. “Intentional living begins with conscious thoughts that turn into healthy habits which create positive actions.” ~Rachel Lamb

19. “Choosing not to decide is still making a decision” ~Anonymous

20. ”Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” ~Jamie Paolinetti

21. “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” ~Mae Jemison

22. “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may be falling into place.” ~Unknown

23. “Take chances in life. That’s where the magic happens.” ~Rachel Ann Nunes

24. “Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others.” ~Dale Carnegie

25. “If you are not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” ~Anonymous

26. ”All great achievements require time. ” ~Maya Angelou

27. “Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll never regret not doing something you didn’t try.” ~Unknown

28. “Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” ~ Anonymous

29. “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t.” ~Unknown

30. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command.” ~Napoleon Hill

31. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” ~Morrie Schwartz

32. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

33. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~Henry David Thoreau

34. “What is the formula for success? Double your rate of failure.” ~Thomas J. Watson

35. “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” ~Phillips Brooks

36. “Anything is possible if you have enough nerve.” ~David Copperfield

37. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” ~John Lennon

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

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

40. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~Aristotle

41. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. It may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~Maya Angelou

42. “Live your truth and don’t hide your scars.” ~Anon

43. “Wishing to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ~Andy Warhol

44. “Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out but to see who cares enough to break them down.” ~Kerri Kaley

45. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” ~Frances Ford Coppola

46: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot

47. “Renovate your mind and soul so that you can discover who you truly are.” ~Rachel Lamb

48. ”Get knocked down 9 times, get up 10″ ~Japanese Proverb

49. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

50. “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” ~Unknown Author

Intentional Living Quotes about Values & Choices

The daily decisions you make to support your values are critical to living an intentional life.

1. “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” — Aristotle

2. “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” – Richie Norton

3. “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” Roy E. Disney

4. “Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

5. “The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” – Steven Covey

6. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”— William James

7. “It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” ― Henry David Thoreau

Intentional Living Quotes About Taking Action

You can’t create the life you want without taking action. Action isn’t always easy, but it is essential.

8. “The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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

10. “Never confuse movement with action.” — Ernest Hemingway

11. “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. ” — Plato

12. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” — Mark Twain

Intentional Living Quotes About Moving Forward

While taking the appropriate action is critical, living consciously does not necessitate large, dramatic changes. Slow and steady progress will bring you closer to the life you desire. Simply keep going forward.

13. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

14. “To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.” – William Shakespeare

15. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

Intentional Living Quotes About Living an Intentional Life

1. “An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.” John C Maxwell

2.“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Richie Norton

3.“If you’re going to grow, you have to be intentional.” Curt Kampmeier

4.“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough.” Abraham Lincoln

5.“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” Rumi

6.“When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success.” Charles F. Glassman MD

7.“Work on Purpose, Play on Purpose, Rest on Purpose. Do not let yourself or anyone else waste your time.” Izey Victoria Odiase

8.“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” Dennis Waitley

9.“The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Steven Covey

10.“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

11.“You can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.” Kumail Nanjiani

12.“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” Henry David Thoreau

13.“The power of intention is the power to manifest, to create, to live a life of unlimited abundance, and to attract into your life the right people at the right moments.” Wayne Dyer

14.“Wherever you are, be all there.” Jim Elliot

15.“Make your life a meaningful one” Sunday Adelaja

16.“To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” Peter McWilliams

17.“Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.” David Byrne

18.“When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story.” John C. Maxwell

19.“To live intentionally implies that it is not going to be always convenient, but it is what will take you to sign if you do not give up.” Sunday Adelaja

20.“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Nora Roberts

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

22.“Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.” Brenna Yovanoff

23.“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” Agnes Repplier

24.“What if I fall?” “Oh, but Darling, what if you fly?” Erin Hanson

25.“Only those who will risk going too far can find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot

26.“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

27.“By banishing doubt and trusting your intuitive feelings, you clear a space for the power of intention to flow through.” Wayne Dyer

28.“Own less stuff. Enjoy more freedom. It is that simple.” Joshua Becker

29.“When a person desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” Paulo Coelho

30.“Remember this maxim: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. The way you perceive things is an extremely powerful tool that will allow you to fully bring the power of intention into your life.” Wayne Dyer

31.“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou

32.“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” Garth Stein


Intentional living sounds fluffy to many of us but it’s just a fancy way of saying you decide what you want from life and find ways to make that happen – usually by clearing your clutter, defining your priorities and making steady changes that feel right to you. Is it simple to do, yes and no! As Steve Jobs once said ‘Simple can be harder than complex. As you read these quotes, take action and your overall life would get better.