102 Small Quotes to Make You Dream Big


Do you have big dreams for your life? With our selection of inspiring small quotes, you’ll have a lot of motivational fuel to push your life forward and to pursue your dreams. And for even more energizing and uplifting material, have a look at our collection of the most motivational quotes of all time. You’ll love these quotes as well.

Taking the next step in life and dreaming big in general is not always easy. There may be many obstacles that prevent you from pushing ahead. No matter if these obstacles are psychological in nature or imposed by others, your success in life depends on overcoming what is holding you back.

“A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for.”
John A Shedd

Sadly, many individuals are discouraged from ever dreaming big because they think they are too small to make an impact. Instead of being courageous and taking risks, they trade in their dreams for safety. And in most cases, they are able to live perfectly safe lives. These lies, however, are characterized by mediocrity and often times dullness.

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These short and small quotes will make you dream big

Don’t be one of those who have accepted the limitations others have imposed upon them. If you need some great encouragement to spread your wings and to follow where your imagination leads you, the following small quotes will help you to do so. Even more so, these statements will encourage you to keep fighting for your dreams even when the going gets tough.

If the wear and tear of everyday life is starting to drag you down, uplifting short quotes will help you to realign your thinking processes so that you can continue with your quest of pursuing happiness.

102 Small Quotes to Make You Dream Big

What is so exciting about the following quotes is that they originate from remarkable individuals who are skillfully able to show you how big of an impact you can have on the world. These are the people who are able to convince you that you can accomplish so much more once you stop thinking of yourself as small and irrelevant. In many cases, these individuals themselves were true visionaries who had the courage to dream extraordinarily big.

You will notice that many of these small quotes convey powerful and profound ideas that help you to awaken the giant within you. Enjoy reading!

Here’s our selection of visionary small quotes


“Climb high; Climb far. Your goal the sky; Your aim the star.”
Williams College

Climbing high quote


“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Acting so small quote


“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Dreaming small dreams quote


“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
Howard Zinn

Transforming the world quote


“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”
Paulo Coehlo

Quote about being brave


“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
William Faulkner


You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
Marianne Williamson


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Henry Stanley Haskins


“A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.”
Nolan Bushnell


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain


“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
Steve Maraboli


“Why do anything unless it is going to be great?”
Peter Block


“A multitude of small delights constitute happiness”
Charles Baudelaire


“I don’t care what the stars say about how small we are. One, even the smallest, weakest, most insignificant one, matters.”
Rick Yancey


“All big things in this world are done by people who are naïve and have an idea that is obviously impossible.”
Frank Richards


“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
Alvin Toffler


“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
David Allen


“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Thomas Alva Edison


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman


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


“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”
Donal Trump


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


“One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”
Edith Wharton


“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


“Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.”
Josie Bisse


“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney


“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Eric Thomas


“Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.”
Adolph Monod


“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”
Rachel Wolchin


“A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.”
Zadoc Rabinowitz


“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Muhammad Ali


“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
Helen Keller


“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
William Faulkner


“Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
Muriel Barbery


“Dream as if you will live forever; live as if you will die today.”
James Dean


“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa


“It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.”


“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.”
EJ Lamprey


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead


“The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints scattered throughout our days.”
Sue Monk Kidd


“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King


“It is not so much the major events as the small day-to-day decisions that map the course of our living. . . Our lives are, in reality, the sum total of our seemingly unimportant decisions and of our capacity to live by those decisions.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“For those who dare to dream, there is a whole world to win.”
Dhirubhai Ambani


“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.”
Cormac McCarthy


”The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Leo Tolstoy


“It may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters.”
Jay Asher


“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
William Arthur Ward


“Capture your dreams and your life becomes full. You can, because you think you can.”
Nikita Koloff


“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. „
Maya Angelou


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
Henry David Thoreau


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


“Rich people think big. Poor people think small.”
T. Harv Eker


“Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau


“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
Paulo Coelho


“There’s no great loss without some small gain.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
Victor Hugo


“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”
Maxim Gorky


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde


“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.”
Belva Davis


“I do not intend to tiptoe through life to arrive safely at death.”
M.M. Gavillet


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa


“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
William Feather


“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve


“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”
Immanuel Kant


“Small minds have always lashed out at what they don’t understand.”
Dan Brown


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis


“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Walt Disney


“Sometimes it’s the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”
Kasie West


“Sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand, and what you’ve been up there searching for forever, is in your hands. When you figure out love is all that matters, after all, it sure makes everything else seem so small.”
Carrie Underwood


“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!”
Walt Disney


“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.”
Henry James


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
Martin Luther King Jr.


“It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
Peter Jackson


“May your dreams defy the laws of gravity.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


“Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
G.K. Chesterton


“Dream big dreams! Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what’s right before you decide what’s possible.”
Brian Tracey


“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
Franz Kafka


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa


“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
Mark Twain


“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”
William Henry Channing


“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”
Yoko Ono


“You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance”
Lee Iacocca


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller


“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh


“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”
Jennifer Niven


“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, thereby a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
St. Therese of Lisieux


“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”


“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”
Louis Sachar


“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”


“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”
Napoleon Hill


“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Napoleon Hill


“That something so small could be so beautiful. Worth so much. Only the strongest people can turn away from feelings like that.”
Anthony Doerr


“Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver


“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”
Emery Lord


“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
James Allen


“Even if you can’t just snap your fingers and make a dream come true, you can travel in the direction of your dream, every single day and you can shorten the distance between the two of you.”
Douglas Pagels


“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”
Hanoch McCarty


“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
Pearl S. Buck

I hope you enjoyed this collection of small quotes. What are your favorite quotes that help you to dream big?

Stay victorious!


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