125 Life-Changing Morning Motivational Quotes (Epic List of Memes & Images)

125 Life-Changing Morning Motivational Quotes (Epic List of Memes & Images)

If you’re in need of some motivation to wake up early, I have compiled a list of my favorite morning motivational quotes with some shareable meme images. These are all early riser quotes I have hand-picked from across the Internet; I’ve spent many hours piecing together this list.

If you’d like to bookmark this blog post and reference this list of morning quotes later, keep in mind that it is organized in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

It is my hope that at least one of these morning motivational quotes will word something in such a way that a fire is sparked within you and that you become unstoppable. A lot of times, the way a quote is worded will resonate with you in a powerful way that other quotes that essentially say the same thing never have.

Do me a favor, though, fellow early riser: Once you find The Early Riser Quote that speaks to your soul, don’t just read it. Internalize it, own it, repeat it daily, and most importantly, put its main idea into action. Without action, motivational quotes are useless.


Morning surely shines for those who have vision.

Imam Ali
Morning surely shines for those who have vision Imam Ali - morning motivational quote

Anyone can slay a dragon… but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.

Brian Andreas
Brian Andreas morning motivational quote

This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

Maya Angelou

Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.

Carmelo Anthony

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

Aristotle

Life is like a boxing match. Defeat is declared not when you fall, but when you refuse to stand again.

Kristen Ashley from The Will
Kristen Ashley The Will - morning motivational quote

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius morning motivational quote

If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, “I awake to do the work of a man.”

Marcus Aurelius

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.

Marcus Aurelius
another Marcus Aurelius morning motivational quote

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.

Monica Baldwin

Be the architect of your own life, not the carpenter of another’s.

Holly Barker
Holly Barker Be the architect of your own life not the carpenter of anothers morning motivational quote

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake
William Blake morning motivational quote

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. 

Andrea Boydston

One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.

Robert Brault

Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come.

Regina Brett

I just wake up and say, “You’re a bum, go do something worthwhile today.”

Garth Brooks

If you want to be the best, you can’t take the path of least resistance. Every morning, you wake up, and your mind tells you it’s too early, and your body tells you you’re a little too sore, but you’ve got to look deep within yourself and know what you want and what you’re striving for.

Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown morning motivational quote

There’s no escaping the fact that you are what you think – that you can’t change anything if you can’t change your thinking. But are you ready for some really good news? You CAN change your thinking. And mornings are one of the simplest times for making this change gradually transpire in your life.

Marc Chernoff from marcandangel.com

No one who can rise before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.

Chinese Proverb

Get up early and be in no hurry; get up late and struggle with fate.

Chinese Proverb

A man combs his hair every morning – why not his heart?

Chinese Proverb

When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

Deep draughts, and long morning slumbers, soon make a man poor.

Danish Proverb

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

James Dean

Early is a priceless timepiece owned by the successful.

Johnnie Dent, Jr.


If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.

Emily Dickinson

The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.

Philip Doddridge

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart morning motivational quote

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

The old saying, “You Snooze, You Lose” may have a deeper meaning than any of us realized. When you delay waking up until you have to—meaning you wait until the last possible moment to get out of bed and start your day—consider that what you’re actually doing is resisting your life.

Hal Elrod from The Miracle Morning

Wake up early every day so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.

Hal Elrod from The Miracle Morning
Hal Elrod morning motivational quote

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I work early in the morning, before my nasty critic gets up – he rises about noon. By then, I’ve put in much of a day’s work.

Virginia Euwer Wolff

I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.

George Foreman

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Benjamin Franklin

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

Mahatma Gandhi

Your morning sets up the success of your day. So many people wake up and immediately check text messages, emails, and social media. I use my first hour awake for my morning routine of breakfast and meditation to prepare myself.

Caroline Ghosn

The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.

Terri Guillemets

I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in mornings.

Terri Guillemets

A day usually topples and lands the same way — in the welcoming bed of grateful sleep — but it begins whichever way you spin it.

Terri Guillemets

Love is in the early mornings, in the shadows under trees.

Ben Howard

Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

Elbert Hubbard

No matter how bad things are, you can at least be happy that you woke up this morning.

D.L. Hughley

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.

Wayne Huizenga

The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.

Thomas Jefferson

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

Larry King

Don’t wake up with the regret of what you couldn’t accomplish yesterday. Wake up while thinking about what you will be able to achieve today. 

Gerd Kopp

Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.

Abraham Lincoln

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Horace Lorimer

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Harvey MacKay

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.

Harvey MacKay

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.

Harvey MacKay

I love that this morning’s sunrise does not define itself by last night’s sunset.

Steve Maraboli

Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them.

Don Marquis

The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.

Alice Morse Earle

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Yoga is not about tightening your ass. It’s about getting your head out of it.

Eric Paskel

The foolish man lies awake all night thinking of his many problems; When the morning comes he is worn out and his trouble is just as it was.

Norse Proverb

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.

Yoko Ono

Life begins each morning.

Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen morning motivational quote

Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind, and setting the context, for the rest of your day.

Eben Pagan

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.

Larry Page

No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

Shreyasi Phukon

I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chamber: “If you do not rise early you can make progress in nothing.”

William Pitt Chatham

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Plato

If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing to do is wake up.

J.M. Power
J.M. Power morning motivational quote

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J.B. Priestley

When you wake up each morning, you can choose to be happy or choose to be sad. Unless some terrible catastrophe has occurred the night before, it is pretty much up to you. Tomorrow morning, when the sun shines through your window, choose to make it a happy day.

Linda Resnick

The resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.

Tony Robbins

The Muses love the morning.

Romanian Proverb

Persist – don’t take no for an answer. If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk, you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years.

David Rubenstein

The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep! People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch; the door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep!

Rumi
Rumi morning motivational quote

God gives to those who wake up early.

Russian Proverb

One is wiser in the morning than in the evening.

Russian Proverb

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.

Dr. Jonas Salk

You cry and you scream and you stomp your feet and you shout. You say, “You know what? I’m giving up, I don’t care.” And then you go to bed and you wake up and it’s a brand new day, and you pick yourself back up again.

Nicole Scherzinger

Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.

Robin S. Sharma

You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined.

Shubham Shrivastava
Shubham Shrivastava morning motivational quote
No one wants to get up early. Do it anyway and your life will change for the better, I promise.

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.

Lemony Snicket from The Blank Book

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

John Steinbeck

Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.

Dr. SunWolf

A good day becomes evident in the morning.

Swahili Proverb

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.

Johnathan Swift

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Tecumseh

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau morning motivational quote

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.

Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle morning motivation quote

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.

Mark Twain

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.

Mark Twain

Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.

Carrie Underwood

Life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more.

Unknown
life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more

Purpose is an incredible alarm clock.

Unknown

Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.

Unknown

Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

Unknown
morning motivational quote - Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning

Every new day is a chance to change your life.

Unknown

What is happiness if you don’t embrace it from the moment you wake up?

Unknown

You’ve never lived this day before, and you never will again. Make the most of it.

Unknown

The attitude you bring to the day is what the day will bring to you. Great attitude, great day.

Unknown

Life is perishable – the quicker you consume it, the better it feels. Stop thinking and start living.

Unknown

While you were waking up today, someone else was taking their last breath. Be thankful for this day. Don’t waste it.

Unknown

The most impactful way to start your day is with gratitude.

Unknown

Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude, and heart.

Unknown
Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour Check your thoughts attitude and heart - morning motivational quote

Every morning we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better. Your past is your past. Leave it there. Get on with the future part.

Unknown

Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.

Unknown

You will never have this day again, so make it count.

Unknown

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

Unknown

I love early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is still fast asleep and you’re the only one who’s awake and everything feels like it isn’t really real and you kind of forget about all your problems because for now it’s just you, the world and the sunrise.

Unknown

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

Unknown

Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous.

Unknown
Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous - morning motivational quote

The most important decision you will ever make is to be in a good mood.

Voltaire

I get up early, but it doesn’t mean I like getting up early.

Lindsey Vonn

I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.

Nayyirah Waheed

Look closely at the present you are constructing: It should look like the future you are dreaming.

Alice Walker

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch morning motivational quote

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.

Jo Walton

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.

George Washington Carver
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise George Washington Carver - morning motivational quote

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

Richard Whately

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.

Bernard Williams

Take five minutes to center yourself in the morning – set your intention every day.

Oprah Winfrey

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

Oprah Winfrey
Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do Oprah Winfrey - morning motivational quote

Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey morning motivational quote

When you wake up in the morning looking for the light, the light will come.

Oprah Winfrey

We all have 24 hours a day. Everyone is born equal in this respect. It is how we use that time that sets us apart.

Kim Woo-Choong, Founder & Chairman of the Daewoo Group

Thousands of Reasons

If every morning,
You can find a reason to say,
“Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.”

And every day, you find a reason to say,
“Yes, it is a beautiful day.”

And every night,  you find a reason to say,
“Yes, it was a beautiful day.”

Then one day,
You’ll look back and easily say,
“Yes…it was a beautiful life.”

Doe Zantamata

I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.

Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar morning motivational quote
125 morning motivational quotes
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