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131 Badass Quotes For The Fighter In You

Looking for some motivational quotes that will light a fire under you? Well, you’re in the right place.

In order to achieve your goals and dreams, you need to leverage your inner badass. It’s something that we all possess, but we very rarely utilize.

We’d often much rather stay quiet and act out the smallest possible version of ourselves. 

Remaining safe and secure in our little bubble. Refusing to get out of our comfort zone and make the tough choices that are a prerequisite for a meaningful life.

This is not how we were meant to live. So if you’ve been feeling like you’ve been playing small, here are some badass quotes to fuel your inner warrior and inspire you to play big.

 

Motivational Badass Quotes About Life

 

  • “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” ~ Larry Winget

 

  • “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ~  Farrah Gray

 

  • “Push that snooze button and you’ll end up working for someone who didn’t.” ~ Eric Thomas

 

  • “Getting rich is hard. Being broke is hard. Pick your hard.” ~ Grant Cardone

 

  • “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves to the ordinary.” ~ Cecil Beaton

 

  • “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  • “Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t.” ~ Henry Rollins

 

  • “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” ~ Nassim Nicholas Tieb

 

  • “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of fight in the dog.” ~ Mark Twain

 

  • “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.” ~ Richard Bach

 

  • “The edge –  there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  ~  George Bernard Shaw

 

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  • “If you wanna fly you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~ Toni Morrison

 

  • “Only those who are willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S Elliot

 

  • “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  • “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, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~ George Herbert

 

  • “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~ Edmund Hillary

 

  • Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Joshua J. Marine

 

  • “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

 

Short Quotes To Unleash Your Inner Badass

 

  • “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” ~ Jim Rohn

 

  • “You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.” ~ Muriel Siebert

 

  • “The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

 

  • “The best revenge is massive success.” ~ Frank Sinatra

 

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  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~ Dr. Robert Schuller

 

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

 

  • “Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” ~ Philip Sidney

 

  • “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  • “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.” ~ Ancient Japanese Proverb

 

  • “Everyone wants to be a beast until it’s time to do what beasts do.” ~ Eric Thomas

 

  • “Strength and growth only come through continuous effort and struggle.” ~ Napoleon Hill

 

  • “Obsessed is just a word that the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” ~ Russell Warren

 

  • “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” ~ Joe Namath

 

  • “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair

 

  • “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ André Gide

 

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  • “When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you.” ~ Kay-Marie Fletcher

 

  • “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ~ Og Mandino

 

  • “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Badass Quotes About Death

 

  • “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ~ Mark Twain

 

  • “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time” ~ Banksy

 

  • “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

 

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  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose” ~ Steve Jobs

 

  • “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

 

  • “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

  • “When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” ~ Laurie Halse Anderson

 

  • “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

  • “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

 

  • “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

 

  • “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

 

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  • “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” ~ William Shakespeare

 

  • “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr

 

  • “Stop acting like you live twice.” ~ Unknown

 

  • “You needn’t die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end.” ~ Stephen King

 

  • “By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.” ~ Robert Greene

 

  • “Those men who, in war, seek to preserve their lives at any rate commonly die with shame and ignominy, while those who look upon death as common to all, and unavoidable, and are only solicitous to die with honour, oftener arrive at old age and, while they live, live happier.” ~ Xenophon

 

  • “Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

 

  • “Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.” ~ Jo Nesbo

 

  • “Man always thinks about the past before he dies, as if he were frantically searching for proof that he truly lived.” ~ Jet Black

 

Badass Quotes For Your Haters

 

  • “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde

 

  • “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ Winston S. Churchill

 

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

 

  • “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

  • “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” ~ Ben Hogan

 

  • “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain… and most do.” ~ Dale Carnegie

 

  • “People will always have their opinion on you despite who you are and what your capable of.” ~ Gloria Tesch

 

  • “I think that everybody wants to be heard, and the easiest way to be the loudest is to be the hater.” ~ ​Tavi Gevinson

 

  • “Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners.” ~ Unknown

 

  • “Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.” ~ Tim Fargo

 

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  • “Haters are the people who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success.” ~  Will Smith

 

  • “Haters, like parrots, talk much but cannot fly. Dreamers, like eagles, say nothing but conquer the skies.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo

 

  • “Haters don’t hate you… The reality is, they fear that they will never be able to get to where you are right now.” ~ Leah Remillet

 

  • “There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.” ~ Anthony Liccione

 

  • “You will find it will almost always be more comfortable to sit on the sidelines and critique the builders from afar. But at the end of the day, the people who make a difference, the people who shape history, are not the haters.” ~ Wendy Kopp

 

  • “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” ~ Ray Goforth

 

Badass Quotes For Men

 

  • “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato

 

  • “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

 

  • “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”~ Johnny Depp

 

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  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

  • “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong

 

  • “One man with courage makes a majority.” ~ Andrew Jackson

 

  • “Man is so made that when anything fires up his soul, impossibilities vanish.” ~ Jean De La Fontaine

 

  • “Duty is the essence of manhood.” ~ George S. Patton

 

  • “There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.” ~ Robert Jordan

 

  • “Man is nothing else, but what he makes of himself.” ~ Jean-Paul Sarte

 

  • “What good is money if you can’t use it to strike fear in the hearts of your fellow men.” ~ Montgomery Burns

 

  • “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” ~ Mike Tyson

 

  • “Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out” ~ Mitch Albom

 

 

Badass Quotes For Women

 

  • If you want something said, ask a man: if you want something done, ask a woman.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

 

  • “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” ~ Sophia Bush

 

  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

  • “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” ~ Medlina Gates

 

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

 

  • “Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.” ~ Ann Bradford

 

  • “Twenty 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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Sarah Frances Brown

 

  • “A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.” ~ Isabel Allende

 

  • “Mother told me a couple of years ago, ‘Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said, Mom, I am a rich man.” ~ Cher

 

  • “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the ability to create, nurture, and transform.” ~ Diane Mariechild

 

badass quotes to inspire women

 

  • “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem

 

  • “You’re born worthy, and I think that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.” ~ Viola Davis

 

  • “Power is not given to you, you have to take it.” ~ Beyonce

 

  • “The best protection any woman can have…is courage.” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 

  • “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ~ Madonna

 

Movie & TV Show Quotes To Fuel Your Inner Badass

 

  • “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky

 

  • “Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.” ~ Game of Thrones

 

  • “Winners don’t make excuses when other people play the game.” ~ Suits

 

  • “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” ~ The Dark Knight

 

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  • “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~ Batman Begins

 

  • “If no one hates you, you’re doing something wrong.” ~ House

 

  • “Life’s a game of inches…and on this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with your fingernails for that inch. Because we know, when we add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing. Between living and dying.” ~ Tony D’Amato, Any Given Sunday

 

  • “Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Star Wars

 

  • “You’ll have bad times, but it will always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” ~ Good Will Hunting

 

  • “You’ve got this. Most of the time, the challenges you face are the ones you were already built to handle.” ~ Gladiator

 

  • “All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us.” ~ Lord Of The Rings

 

  • “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and most beautiful of all.” ~ Mulan

 

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  • “Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You have a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it. Period.” ~ Pursuit of Happiness

 

  • “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” ~ Fight Club

 

  • “We are who we choose to be.” ~ Spiderman

 

  • “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” ~ Braveheart

 

  • “When you decide to be something, you can be it.” ~ The Departed

 

  • “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” ~ The Shawshank Redemption

 

  • “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” ~ Heath Ledger

 

  • “You can spend the rest of your life being afraid of people rejecting you. You have to start by not rejecting yourself. You don’t deserve it.” ~ My Mad Fat Diary

 

  • “There are no men like me. Only me.” ~ Game of Thrones

 

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this list of badass quotes and that by now, you’re filled with motivation to take life by the horns.

One quote that’s not on here talks about the difference between a lion and sheep, mentioning that it’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep for your entire life. I can’t think of a better way to summarize this list.

Each day that you wake up, you have a choice. You can choose to be the strongest version of yourself and take control of your life.

You can choose to take risks, live daringly, and stand up for yourself. You can learn how to develop self-discipline and block out your inner bitch that urges you to play it safe.

However, you can also choose to be the weakest version of yourself. You can choose to run from fear, avoid discomfort, and shut out the inner voice that tells you exactly what you need to do.

One path is easy, and leads to a life full of bitterness and regret. The other path is difficult, but it leads to a life filled with meaning and purpose.

 

Choose wisely.

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