Give Your Day a Bright Start with These Good Morning Quotes

Getting out of the bed in the morning can be a challenge, to say the least, so to help remedy that, we've rounded up 100 good morning quotes to help start your day off on a bright note.

Each of these inspirational quotes about life will give you a unique reason to smile at the possibility of the day that lies ahead and all the sunshine it could hold, infusing the start of your routines with optimism. And if it's not just any morning but a Monday morning, these Monday quotes will help them feel a little less Monday-ish, and so will these happy quotes too. Drawing from the words of poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson, plus notable figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, these positive sayings will set you up for success in your day and bring a dose of awesome to even the most mundane of agendas. Gratitude, as articulated in these quotes, goes a long way to lighten the load of any day from the start too. Even if you will never never love the first hours of the day (not everyone can be a morning person!), they are worth checking out.

And now for those good morning quotes and the sunshine they bring!

Quotes about Mornings

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  • “Waking up early, connecting with nature, and having my quiet time are priorities to me, and they are non-negotiable.” —Danette May

  • “The day will be what you make it, so rise, like the sun, and burn.” —William C. Hannan

  • "One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast." —Robert Brault

  • "Now that your eyes are open, make the sun jealous with your burning passion to start the day. Make the sun jealous or stay in bed." —Malak El Halabi

  • "The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years." —Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "I like my coffee black and my mornings bright." —Terri Guillemets

  • "When I wake up every morning, I thank God for the new day." —F. Sionil Jose

  • "No matter how bad things are, you can at least be happy that you woke up this morning." —D. L. Hughley

  • "It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you." —Abu Bakr

  • "God's mercy is fresh and new every morning." —Joyce Meyer

  • "Morning without you is a dwindled dawn." —Emily Dickinson

  • "In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." —Khalil Gibran

  • "Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it." —Richard Whately

  • "Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening." —Mahatma Gandhi

  • "Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not." —Ursula K. Le Guin

  • "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." —Henry David Thoreau

  • "Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen." —Wayne Huizenga

  • "Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night." —William Blake

  • "It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen, we practiced believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast, for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible.” —Madeleine L'Engle

  • “Every morning, I wake up saying, 'I’m still alive, a miracle.' And so I keep on pushing.” —Jim Carrey

  • “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

  • “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” –E. B. White

  • “It is a serious thing – just to be alive – on this fresh morning – in this broken world.” —Mary Oliver

  • “In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening." —Mahatma Gandhi

  • "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." —Steve Jobs

Positive Quotes to Start Your Day

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  • "Just one look at you and I know it's gonna be a lovely day." —Bill Withers

  • "I'm walking on sunshine, and don't it feel good!" —Katrina and the Waves

  • “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” —Hans Christian Andersen

  • "Life laughs at you when you are unhappy. Life smiles at you when you are happy. But, life salutes you when you make others happy." —Charlie Chaplin

  • "When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Do and act on what you believe to be right, and you'll wake up the next morning feeling good about yourself." —Janet Reno

  • “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” —Buddha

  • “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.” —Rumi

  • "There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light." —Rumi

  • “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

  • “I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” —Miles Davis

  • “Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” —Henry David Thoreau

  • “Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel

  • "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

  • "Not the day only, but all things have their morning." —French Proverb

  • "Every morning is a beautiful morning." —Terri Guillemets

Quotes about Sunrises

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  • "There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope." —Bernard Williams

  • "Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise." —George Washington Carver

  • "The sun is new each day." —Heraclitus

  • "Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." —William Arthur Ward

  • "Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day."—Richelle E. Goodrich

  • "I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written." — Juansen Dizon

  • "May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace..." —Umair Siddiqui

  • "Don’t be afraid of being alone; remember, when the sun rises, it rises with nobody at its side." —Matshona Dhliwayo

  • "Every now and then I sit and watch the sun rise to remind myself how it's done—peacefully, steadily, warmly, and in beautiful color." —Richelle E. Goodrich

  • "Even if you cover the whole world with darkness, you can never stop the sun from rising." — Debasish Mridha

  • “When the sun came up… I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.” —Tom Hanks

  • “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” —Bernard Williams

Quotes About Smiling

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  • "Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning, and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." —Yoko Ono

  • "Remember to smile." —Nelson Mandela

  • "You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile." —Evan Esar

  • "Waking up this morning, I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment." —Thich Nhat Hanh

  • "Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." —Yoko Ono

  • "I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see." —Dick Cheney

  • “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." —Marilyn Monroe

Quotes to Inspire Dreams & Possibilities

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  • “For each new morning let there be flow of love. Let there be light of happiness in every direction.” —Amit Ray

  • "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." —C.S. Lewis

  • "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm possible!'" —Audrey Hepburn

  • "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." —Steve Jobs

  • "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." —Dr. Seuss

  • “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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

  • “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” —Dalai Lama

  • "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." —Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “When you’re wide awake, say it for goodness sake, it’s gonna be a great day.” —Paul McCartney

  • “Because you know what happens when you say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning?’ You make a connection. And isn’t that what being human is all about?” —Philip Rosenthal

  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” —Mark Twain

  • “What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder.” —Oprah Winfrey

  • "And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. ‘Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?’" —Mary Oliver

  • “If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.” –Elon Musk

Quotes about Mornings from Songs

  • “Here comes the sun, and I say
    It's alright”
    —The Beatles

  • “Oh, what a beautiful mornin'
    Oh, what a beautiful day
    I've got a beautiful feelin'
    Everything's goin' my way”
    —Gordon MacRae

  • “'Cause I can see the light of a clear blue morning
    I can see the light of a brand new day
    I can see the light of a clear blue morning
    Oh, and everything's gonna be all right
    It's gonna be okay”
    —Dolly Parton

  • “Morning has broken like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for them springing fresh from the world”
    —Cat Stevens

  • “I'm happier than the morning sun
    And that's the way you said that it would be
    If I should ever bring you inside my life”
    —Stevie Wonder

Quotes about Mornings from Literature

  • “The sun comes out, a golden huzzar, from his tent, flashing his helm on the world.” —The Confidence Man by Herman Melville

  • “The longest way must have its close—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.” —Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • “Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and if the heart was young the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step.” —The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

  • “Morning made a considerable difference in my general prospect of Life, and brightened it so much that it scarcely seemed the same.” —Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • “The whole earth was brimming sunshine that morning. She tripped along, the clear sky pouring liquid blue into her soul.” —Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

  • “The lamp was burning dim and the first cold light of dawn was breaking through the window. The night had been long and dark but the day was the sweeter and the purer in consequence.” —The Curse of Eve by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “But dawn has power to fertilise the most matter-of-fact vision…” —The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

  • “Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked out scents in invisible jets and breathings.” —Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

  • “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.” —Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • “’Good Morning!’ said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green.” —The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

  • "I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then." — Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

  • “The sun did not rise, it overflowed.” —Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

  • “It was one January morning, very early—a pinching, frosty morning—the cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward.” —Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.” —The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

  • “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.” —To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  • "The morning was full of sunlight and hope." —The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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