Every morning you get up, you have a choice

You can choose to be mediocre and operate safely inside your comfort zone, or you can choose to be a badass who lives boldly and throws everything you’ve got into your mission to be the greatest.

What would be your choice?

I say, if you want to be happy and feel good about yourself, always choose to be the badass because happiness is not a privilege, but a badass choice!

Here are the best quotes I could find on the web covering what it takes to be a badass in life and make a unique mark on the world.

Let’s kick off this collection of badass quotes!

10 Epic Badass Quotes

1. “You need to have a ten-ton gorilla of desire behind your decision or else you’ll wimp out the second things get hard.” — Jen Sincero

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2. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” — Mahatma Gandhi

3. “Pursue the impossible. Become a legend.” — Iris Aviere

4. “Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” — Joel Osteen

5. “The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.” — Bono

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6. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.” — Helen Keller

7. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

8. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

9. “How did you get in here?’ (…) ‘How I got here isn’t important, because I could do it twenty times again, each time a different way.” ― Rachel Aaron

10. “No matter how good you are, someone is always going to be against you. But never let them be the limit of your success.” — Terry Mark

No matter how good you are, someone is always going to be against you

Inspirational Quotes On Being Badass

1. “If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a badass with a heart of an angel.” — Keanu Reeves

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2. “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” — Henry Rollins

3. “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a sh#t about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” — Johnny Depp

4. “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.” — Christian Larson

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

There is one rule, above all others, for being a man

6. “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

7. “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind you’ve got to convince.” — Unknown

8. “What if you decided to do the most outrageous, most exciting thing you ever dared fantasize about, regardless of what anyone, including your terrified self, thought?  THAT would be living.” — Jen Sincero

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

10. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do

11. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou

12. “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” — Brian Tracy

13. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” — Vernon Howard

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

15. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” — Jerome

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

16. “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safe, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” — Sir Cecil Beaton

17. “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

18. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Mark Twain

19. “To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

20. “If things are going bad and life is tough, hang in there. Ride it out. Come out on top.” — Ashton Irwin

If things are going bad and life is tough, hang in there. Ride it out.

21. “To hold it together when everyone else would understand it if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” — Miyamoto Musashi

22. “Life is tough and you have to be tougher than life to change the world.” — Sebastian Pinera

23. “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

24. “Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room — until you change that with results. There is an old saying, ‘Say little, do much.’” — Ryan Holiday

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

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

27. “You are a badass. You were one when you came screaming onto this planet and you are one now. The Universe wouldn’t have bothered with you otherwise. You can’t screw up so majorly that your badassery disappears. It is who you are. It’s who you always will be. It’s not up for negotiation.” — Jen Sincero

28. “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

29. “Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” — Gordon B. Hinckley

30. “Never stop being YOU. I am out to be the best ME I can be. Do what you LOVE and you will be a badass.” — Terry Crews

Never stop being YOU. I am out to be the best ME I can be.

Short Badass Quotes

1. “If you are a badass, you will always have the last laugh.” — Invajy

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2. “I am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass.” — Cassandra Clare

3. “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” — Emiliano Zapata

4. “Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” — Philip Sidney

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

The question isn’t who is going to let me it’s who is going to stop me (2)

6. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

7. “Do today what others won’t and achieve tomorrow what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice

8. “You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.” — Muriel Siebert

9. “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.” — Ancient Japanese Proverb

10. “Move in silence, only speak when it’s time to say checkmate.” — Unknown

Move in silence, only speak when it’s time to say checkmate (2)

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

12. “Do the most productive thing possible at every given moment” — Tom Hopkins

13. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” — Yoda

14. “There are no men like me. Only me.” — Jaime Lannister

15. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Dr. Robert Schuller

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16. “See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things.” — Laozu

17. “Whenever life hammers you, bounce back with a smile.” — Invajy

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

19. “Power is not given to you, you have to take it.” — Beyonce

20. “One day, I am gonna make the onions cry.” — Unknown

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21. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King

22. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” — Joe Namath

23. “Shoot me again, you best pray I’m dead.” — Daryl Dixon

24. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali

25. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

26. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” — Ben Hogan

27. “I don’t have dreams, I have goals.” — Harvey Specter

28. “I got my own back.” ― Maya Angelou

29. “Never half-as# two things. Whole-as# one thing.” — Ron Swanson

30. “The best revenge is massive success.” — Frank Sinatra

The best revenge is massive success

Badass Quotes For Your Haters

1. “Never retract, never explain, never apologize. Just get things done and let them howl.” — Nellie McClung

Never retract, never explain, never apologize

2. “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.” — Donald Trump

3. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” — Albert Einstein

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

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

Haters, like parrots, talk much but cannot fly

6. “Love your haters — they’re your biggest fans.” — Kanye West

7. “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

8. “I don’t dislike my haters, they dislike me. I’m doing nothing wrong, I’m just being me.” — Unknown

9. “May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won’t.” — General George S. Patton

10. “There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be you proving them wrong.” ― Jennifer Van Allen

There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be you proving them wrong

11. “Children want attention. Adults want respect. Legends don’t care.” — Unknown

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

13. “Winners focus on winning; losers focus on winners.” — Unknown

14. “Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” — Winston Churchill

15. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b#tch, okay.” — Madonna

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16. “If they stand behind you, protect them. If they stand beside you, respect them. If they stand against you, destroy them.” — Unknown

17. “If you touch me, I’ll provide you with the opportunity to see if you can heal yourself.” — Richelle Mead

18. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” — Unknown

19. “The will of the strong will never be shaken by doubts of the weak.” — Unknown

20. “Haters are my favorite. I’ve built an empire with the bricks they’ve thrown at me. Keep on hating.” — Unknown

Haters are my favorite. I’ve built an empire with the bricks they’ve thrown at me.

21. “I don’t care what you think about me; I don’t think about you at all!” — Coco Chanel

22. “First they will laugh, then they will copy.” — Unknown

23. “Get so rich and famous that the biggest achievement of your exes becomes dating you.” — Tristan Tate 

24. “Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters! I love my haters!” — Gloria Tesch

25. “Haters don’t hate you. They hate themselves because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.” — Unknown

Haters don’t hate you. They hate themselves because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.

26. “If someone tells you you’re not beautiful, turn around and walk away so they can have a great view of your fabulous as#”!.”― Miley Cyrus

27. “Give the haters another reason to hate!”― Neelufar Ghalichi

28. “Wish all your enemies a long life, so they can see you succeed in life.” ― Nishan Panwar

29. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” ― Steve Martin

30. “Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” ― Robert Tew

Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head

Motivational Badass Quotes

1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” — Muhammad Ali

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.

2. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” — Howard Ruff

3. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” — Norman Vincent Peale

4. “Perseverance is the key to success. Never give up and keep making efforts. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” — Invajy

5. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough

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

7. “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” — James A. Froude

8. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford

9. “He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” — Louisa May Alcott

10. “A heart is a strong muscle and what do muscles do when they are torn? They grow back STRONGER!” — Ivan Avendano

A heart is a strong muscle and what do muscles do when they are torn

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

12. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill

13. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” — Bruce Lee

14. “You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” — Unknown

15. “Be strong and face life. Because sometimes life is keeping nothing but only one option. Be strong anyway.” — Unknown

Be strong and face life

16. “Don’t be perfect. Be you. Don’t be what you think they want you to be. Be what you know you are. Don’t look outside yourself for anything. It’s all within.” — Jackson Kiddard

17. “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” — Andrew Carnegie

18. “A bird on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself.” — Unknown

19. “Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” — Rae Smith

20. “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within.” — Miyamoto Musashi

There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter

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

22. “Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone.” — Jen Sincero

23. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordana

24. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” — Ben Franklin

25. “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.”— Bruce Lee

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch

26. “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 Balboa

27. “If I persist long enough I will win.” — Og Mandino

28. “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” — Orison Swett Marden

29. “My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down.” — Bob Moore

30. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” — Dr. Seuss

You’re off to great places

Funny Badass Quotes

1. “He asked me, “What’s your favorite position?” I said CEO.” — Lauren Conrad

He asked me, “What’s your favorite position” I said CEO

2.  “I love sarcasm. It’s like punching people in the face, but with words.” — Unknown

3.  “I love it when the coffee kicks in and I realize what an adorable badass I’m going to be today.” — Unknown

3. “Life’s a b#tch. You’ve got to go out and kick its as#.” — Maya Angelou

5. “Be a lady? Forget it. Ladies don’t last a day in the real world. No one’s a lady anymore. Why do you think we get our claws polished?” — Crystal Woods

Be a lady Forget it.

6. “My job description is karma delivery person.” — Unknown 

7. “The devil whispered to me “I’m coming for you,” I whispered back ‘Bring pizza.” — Unknown

8. “Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.” — Harvey Specter

9. “The difference between pizza and your opinion is that I only asked for pizza.” — Unknown

10. “People talk about me behind my back and I just sit here like “Damn, I got myself a fan club!” — Unknown

People talk about me behind my back and I just sit here like “Damn, I got myself a fan club!

Wrapping It Up

Some people think that being a badass means being tough and intimidating.

I beg to differ. 

For me, being a badass means living true to yourself and by your codes, practicing what you preach, and doing the hard work to become the best version of yourself. 

For me, it’s all about authenticity. Just like this collection of badass quotes suggests.

Does that sound like you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

150 Empowering Badass Quotes To Take Life By The Horns



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