25 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You to Live Your Best Life

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Do you want to live your best life? The best way to do it is to learn from others.

I love reading quotes from well-known Christian leaders. What they say gives us a window into their soul. We get a peek into how they think and feel about life and the hardships they have overcome. Subsequently, it can encourage us to keep going when we are in the same position.

Sadly, many of these Christian leaders have experienced horrific situations we cannot begin to fathom. And what has made these men and women so amazing is how they have beaten the insurmountable odds and chosen to live victoriously through Christ despite their circumstances.

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More importantly, it is an inspiration to see how many of these Christian leaders have turned their pain into a ministry to help others. Instead of staying silent, they have opened up their lives to inspire those around them.

Their words are timeless and healing to the soul. They inspire us to live our best life. 

As you read through this, I pray their words of wisdom will help you forge through your own pain and trials.

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Here are 25 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You to Live Your Best Life

Quotes From Male Christian Leaders Who Want to Inspire You to Live Your Best Life:

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. –Francis Chan

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.—Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have to look at what a person does with his life. Anyone can say that he’s a Christian, but you look at how they live. –Franklin Graham

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.― C.S. Lewis

I had rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach. — D. L. Moody

The footsteps a child follows are most likely to be the ones his parents thought they covered up.–James Dobson

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.–Chuck Swindol

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.–Jim Elliot

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me. –Billy Graham

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.–Dwight L. Moody

The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don’t even like the word.–Charles Stanley

Revenge is the most worthless weapon in the world.–Tim LaHaye

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

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Quotes From Female Christian Leaders to Inspire You to Live Your Best Life:

I’ve concluded that I learned far more from my failures than from my successes. –June Hunt

Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you.―Mother Teresa

Whatever you are holding onto in this life, hold it loosely so it won’t hurt when the Lord has to pry your fingers open to take it away.Pricilla Shirer

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. –Helen Keller

When life is good and we have no problems, we can almost let ourselves believe we have no need for God. But in my experience, sometimes the richest blessings come through pain and hard things.Anne Graham Lotz

We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us. –Beth Moore

The problem is that so often we forget that we are in warfare and that Satan’s target is our mind.Kay Arthur

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Unforgiveness is spiritual filthiness, so get washed in the water of God’s Word to forgive and stay clean.–Joyce Meyer

Do things that are uncomfortable to do. I say that because women tend to step back from things that they don’t know about. And the second, most important one, is push through the fear.Nikki Haley

The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.–Elizabeth Elliot

The world is not looking for Stepford-type Christians. People are tired of pretense. We struggle with failures; we long for intimacy. So why are we feigning perfection before God and one another? –Sheila Walsh

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.–Corrie Ten Boon

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A Closer Look Into the Lives of These Christian Leaders

It is great to read inspirational quotes from Christian leaders, but if you don’t know their backstory it doesn’t mean as much. Let’s take a closer look at some of these people behind the scenes so you will understand the meaning of their words.

You see, these people understand pain, and they know God because of it. They didn’t just talk the talk, they walked the walk. I bet their stories will inspire you to live your best life when you read what they have suffered.

Corrie Ten Boon

What an amazing woman to have suffered at the hands of the German Nazis for years and then later forgive them for torturing her and killing most of her family members. She actually came face to face with one of the most brutal prison guards two years after the war.

She looked him in the eyes and forgave him. Only God can give that kind of power.


Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer

They are both Christian leaders who were physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually abused as a child for many years. Their faith has to be real. No one can go through that kind of hell and be okay without God. It took many years of prayer, counseling, and growth, but they overcame great suffering. Now they lead others to their own path of healing.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most revered Christian leaders of our time. He knew he was going to die a martyr’s death, yet he kept going. He had a calling on his life that could only be fulfilled by a living God. No man was going to stop him.

Even though MLK is dead, his words still ring true today. There is no explanation other than God. You can live your best life by learning from MLK.


Elizabeth Elliot

She and her husband, Jim Elliot, were missionaries in South America. Jim was killed by the very tribe he was trying to bring to Christ. That didn’t stop Elizabeth. She stayed firmly in place to her calling.

Most would have packed up and left for the comforts of home after such a horrible experience, but not Elizabeth.

She stayed and lived among the Ecuadorian tribe with her 10-month-old daughter for two more years. Eventually, she led them all to Christ. That kind of love is not explainable.

Only God could have given her the courage to forgive, stay, and complete the mission.  Did her story inspire you to live your best life?

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Sheila Walsh

An amazing Christian leader who sings and was the co-host of the 700 Club many years ago. She suffered from PTSD and depression due to an abusive childhood.

She checked into a psychiatric hospital for a month after an emotional breakdown on live TV. Now Sheila is back in ministry stronger than ever talking about her experience. Only God could bring her out of such oppression to live a full life. This testimony will definitely inspire you to live your best life.


Abraham Lincoln

He grew up in abject poverty and suffered from depression most of his life. Moreover, he was estranged from his father, failed at his first business, and lost his first bid for a presidential ticket.

But Lincoln didn’t let failure stop him. He kept going. Thankfully, he went on to be one of the most influential presidents even to this day.

Lincoln says his success was rooted in his deep faith. Only God could have given a man from this kind of background the power to make such an impact that is still relevant decades later.

These are just a few of the people I highlighted, but all of them have a story. A God story that brought them to their knees and back on their feet by divine intervention. Each one touched supernaturally by the same God you and I serve. You can live your best life by learning from Lincoln. He an inspiration.

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What About You?

These men and women are just like you and me.

They were presented with difficult problems, but they chose to let God take them by the hand and walk through the difficult trial in faith. Many of them had no idea what they were headed for, but they simply wrote “yes” on a blank sheet of paper and handed it to God.

He did the rest.

They took one step in front of the other in faith until they walked completely through the fire. These same Christian leaders now want to encourage you to do the same thing.

Whatever you are facing today, God is big enough to handle it. You can trust Him to work through a horrible situation and get you to the other side just like Christian leaders Beth Moore, Sheila Walsh, MLK, Abraham Lincoln, Elisabeth Elliott, Corrie Ten Boon, etc.

To sum it up, God knows your story. He is waiting to rescue you so one day you will have the same kind of testimony as to these great Christian leaders of faith. 

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Did these quotes inspire you to live your best life? Share in the comments. 


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  1. Jessica on May 13, 2019 at 10:21 am

    This is a good list of quotes. Some I’ve heard and some new ones. I don’t think you can have to many to remind you to live your best life.

    • Julie on July 8, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Thanks for saying this. There are so many great quotes. It was hard to narrow it down!

  2. Amy on May 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Wow! What an amazing list of quotes! Thank you for sharing!

    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Amy, thanks for saying this! I feel inspired and encouraged when I read this list of encouraging quotes too. They make me realized I’m not alone in my suffering.

  3. Laurel and Iron on May 12, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Fantastic list of really inspiring quotes!

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    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:47 am

      Laurel, thanks for your comments! They truly are inspiring quotes!

  4. Sonia Seivwright on May 12, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Great List. I particularly like the Nikki Haly one.

    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:48 am

      Sonia, I love Nikki Haley! Definitely one of my heroes.

  5. Candice on May 11, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Great list of inspiring quotes. I like how you added a little biography of the spiritual leaders you referenced. Thanks, Candice @littlestepsbighappy.com

    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:51 am

      Candice, it does help to know what these people have overcome. It makes my problems look bearable after reading theirs. Thanks for your comments.

  6. Maria Mason on May 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I loved all of these especially, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter”. It really jumped out at me from the beginning. As I get older, I have really started removing goals and objects from my life that don’t really matter.

    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:53 am

      So true! Right? There are some things that just aren’t important and only age makes you realize it!

  7. Kristy on May 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

    This is a great list! I personally love the MLK one. It’s something I needed to hear right now.

    • Julie Plagens on July 8, 2019 at 2:44 am

      Kristy, MLK was one of the greatest men that lived on this earth. He didn’t let fear stop him from accomplishing great things. He just kept going despite his enemies. Thanks for your comments.

  8. April on May 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Love this list of quotes, some I was familiar with but this one from James Dobson, I am not sure I have come across before and Wow, it really stood out “The footsteps a child follows are most likely to be the ones his parents thought they covered up.–James Dobson” Thanks for sharing such a great list from such great leaders of the Christian faith.

    • Julie Plagens on May 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      April, I know what you mean. That one really got me. It is amazing what our kids learn from us. Our behavior speaks much louder than words. Thanks for your comment.

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