100+ Quotes About Following Your Dreams that will Speak to Your Heart

Now that you have been inspired by our dream big quotes, what’s next? What’s next is saying “no” to your fears, believing in yourself and following your dreams with all your heart. Whether it be chasing your desire to travel the world or starting a sweet little flower shop on the corner, these following your dream quotes with inspire you to do whatever it is that you are passionate about.

It’s also going to take a lot of courage, not to mention a lot of work (especially if it’s a long term goal). But, with determination, persistence and the right mindset, anything is possible! 

The Best Quotes About Following Your Dreams that will Speak to Your Heart

“Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it.” — Annette White

stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it (Quote by Annette White)

This is the favorite one of my own quotes, and is like a mantra to me. It reminds me that I need to take my dreams and put them into action!

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” — Colin Powell

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” — John Barrymore

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” — W. Clement Stone

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

“Allow your dreams to lead you rather than allowing your problems to push you.” — Okorote Emmanuel, Don’t Take Care; Take The Chance!

“As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” — Barbara Sher

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” — Jennifer Lee

“Believe that you can and you will.” — Annette White

Believe that you can and you will.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Breathing dreams like air.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Breathing dreams like air.

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” — Charles Bukowski

“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” — Marcia Wieder

“Dare to dream, but even more importantly, dare to put action behinds your dreams.” — Josh Hinds

“Dare to dream, then decide to do.” — Annette White

Dare to dream, then decide to do.

“Despite what we’ve been taught, we don’t have to be rich, famous or distinguished to make our dreams come true.” — Sharon Cook and Graciela Sholander, Dream It Do It

“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” — Belva Davis

“Don’t just be a dreamer, create goals for yourself and follow them to the end.” — Nathan Ergang, Big Life Change

“Don’t let people discourage you from living your dreams.” — David DeNotaris

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.” — Unknown

“Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them.” — Unknown

“Don’t do what they expect, do what you dream.” — Annette White

Don’t do what they expect, do what you dream.

This follow your dream quote reminds me to not follow the expectations of other, but instead have the courage to chase your own passions.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.” — Steven Conrad

“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” — John Wooden

“Don’t just chase your dreams, catch them.” — Annette White

Don't just chase your dream. Catch them.

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” — Paul Brandt

“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” — Unknown

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” — James Dean

“Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughan

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” — Goethe

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” — Marsha Norman

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” — Edgar Cayce

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” — John C. Maxwell

“Dreams don't work unless you do.”

This is so true—don’t you think? You can have the grandest of dreams, but unless you take some action towards achieving them, they will end up nowhere.

“Each of us has our own dreams and ambitions. Only through a concentrated effort can a person realize one’s own dreams, hopes and ambitions.” — Maggie Thompson, Codepency

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with you dreams, or wake up and chase them.” — Unknown

“Every pro was once an amateur. Ever expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now.” — Unknown

“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

“Face it until you don’t fear it.” — Annette White

Face it until you don't fear it.

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” — Unknown

“Follow your dreams and use your natural-born talents and skills to make this a better world for tomorrow.” — Paul Watson

“Follow your dreams, they know the way.” — Kobe Yamada

“Follow your dreams, they know the way.”

“Get mocked at for as much as you can, fail as much as you can, but don’t quit. Let every mockery, every failure, be a source of inspiration for you to reach for greatness, and that greatness will silence your critics.” — Ajaero Tony Martins

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve always imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” — Langston Hughes

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” — Jonas Salk

“Hopefully, young people will see that you can be young and make the sacrifices to follow your dreams.” — Tinie Tempah

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” — Venus Williams.

“I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.” — Steven Spielberg

“I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” — Nelson Mandela

“I have lots of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.” — Oprah Winfrey.

“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison

“I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” — Jeff Bezos

“I would encourage you to set really high goals. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they’re impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams.” — Katie Ledecky

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“If it doesn’t scare you a little, you are dreaming way to small.” — Annette White

If it doesn’t scare you a little, you are dreaming way to small.

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” — Unknown

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney

If you can dream it, you can do it.

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” — Tony Gaskin

One of the best all time quotes! Most of us have worked at a business that is the dream of someone else—and there’s nothing wrong with that. BUT, at the same time, we should be working on building our dreams!

“If you dream of becoming an eagle, you follow your dreams and not the words of a bunch of chickens.” — Penny Johnson Jerald

“If you never dream, you’ll never know the endless possibilities of what you can become.” — Annette White

If you never dream, you’ll never know the endless possibilities of what you can become.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” — Muhammad Ali

“It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” — Jim Carrey.

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

“It is precisely the possibility of realizing a dream that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“It may be that those who do most, dream most.” — Stephen Butler Leacock

“It’s never too late to go for a dream or make a change in your life. You can reinvent yourself, build a new career and maintain a positive outlook on life, at any age – even when your world is collapsing around you.” — Michele Laine, Stronger Than the Storm

“It’s not enough to wish, dream, hope. Even children know this. We must set sail into the sea of uncertainty. We must meet fear face-to-face. We must take our dreams as maps for a greater journey. Dreams, to come true, need a good story. So go live one.” — Vironika Tugaleva

“Just because you can’t see the end, doesn’t mean you should never begin.” — Annette White

Just because you can't see the end, doesn't mean you should never begin.

Sometimes you can’t look at the grand finale of a dream, especially when it’s a BIG one, because reaching it will seem impossible. Instead you should just take the first step, and only worry about each step after that as it comes. All these steps will lead you closer to the end even when you can’t see it!

“Just because you have a dream doesn’t mean the road is going to be easy. In fact, to follow one’s dream can often mean enduring more than you ever have before, moving completely out of your comfort zone of security from what you already know, spending hours upon hours of hard work not ever sure that the path is paved or full of pot holes.” — Catherine Pulsifer

“Just follow your dreams and be patient.” — Angelique Kerber

“Leaving what feels secure behind and following the beckoning of our hearts doesn’t always end as we expect or hope. We may even fail. But here’s the payoff: it can also be amazing and wonderful and immensely satisfying.” — Steve Goodier

“Let your dreams become your reality, set your goals, take action, and live your dream.” — Catherine Pulsifer

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti

“Live the life that people write novels about.” — Unknown

“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” — Mick Jagger

Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” — Ray Bradbury

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” — Napoleon Hill

“My advice to anyone, whatever their field, is to never be afraid to chase a dream because of the risk of failure or ridicule.” — Jason Ayres, Austerity Dad

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” — Albert Einstein

“Next time you are filled with passion and a desire to create change, remember to take steps towards your dream, not leaps.” — Calvin Simpson, Life Through the Eyes of a Smile

“No matter how hard it seems, if you know that your dream is worth fighting for, start somewhere.” — Russell Davis, take a Leap of Faith and Accept Your Imperfections

“No matter how high; No matter how low; Just trust; And believe; You have what it takes to achieve; Your dream.” — Omarr RaSharjd Lee

“No matter the size or scope of your setbacks and they are sure to be many and varied, the only way to achieve your dreams is to move past the snags that trip you up. Greatness only moves in one direction: forward.” — Darrin Wiggins, Champion Mind Unbeatable Athlete

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” — Lupita Nyong’o

“No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” — Carl Sandburg

“Only do what your heart tells you.” — Princess Diana

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” — Pablo Picasso

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot

“People have, for centuries, turned their dreams into action, and those actions have turned into accomplishments of every kind.” — Byron Pulsifer

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Ray Kroc

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” — Pamela Vaull Starr

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” — Christopher Reeve

“So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.” — Charlotte Eriksson

“Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.” — Unknown

Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.

“Step away from the couch sitters who are awaiting the single perfect day to begin living their dream. You can choose to live your dream every day if you just take the first step.” — T. D. Jakes, Destiny

“Stop making excuses for why you can’t do epic shit and start making plans for how you can.” — Annette White.

Stop making excuses for why you can’t do epic shit and start making plans for how you can.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill.

“Take the first step. Even if it’s only a tiptoe, it’s still progress.” — Annette White

Take the first step. Even if it’s only a tiptoe, it’s still progress.

“Take wishing and hoping right out of your vocabulary, commit to yourself and your dreams, and take action.” — Honoree Corder

“The amount of opportunities and experiences just waiting for you are almost limitless. Every dream you have and wonderful desires can come true.” — Zak Khan, Break Out

“The building blocks of life are basically anything and everything you can use to reach your dreams.” — Patrick Sverns, Thought Symbols

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The most important journey of our lives doesn’t necessarily involve climbing the highest peak or trekking around the world. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

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

“The only dreams that come true are the ones you chase, if you do nothing, you get nothing.” — Joseph Atser, Don’t Give Up

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” — Henry Ford

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho

“There’s a world out there and I want to be in it. I’ve got a life and I’m going to live it. Don’t tell me that the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” — Paul Brandt

“Tiptoe forward or leap. Just do something.” — Annette White

Tiptoe forward or leap. Just do something.

Just take one step towards your dreams. It doesn’t have to be a giant leap forward, it could be a tiny tiptoe, but that is still getting you closer!

“Today is a perfect day to start living your dreams.” — Unknown

“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.” — Mark Twain

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” — Goethe

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” — Goethe

“When you follow your dreams, you encourage other people to follow theirs.” — Nafessa Williams

“When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: Real dreams take work, They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that.” — Harvey Mackay

“When you make your dreams come true it may be only for yourself, but there are hundreds and maybe thousands who’ll be inspired.” — Thomas Meyer; Katrina Swanson, Secrets to Success

“Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.” — Wim Wender

“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true. You will have to work for it, however.” — Richard Bach

“You can either spend your time stepping towards the life you want Or standing still in a life you don’’t. It’s your choice.” — Annette White

You can either spend your time stepping towards the life you want Or standing still in a life you don’’t. It’s your choice.

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” — Unknown

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?” — George Bernard Shaw

“You’ve got to follow that dream, wherever that dream may lead.” — Elvis Presley

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8 thoughts on “100+ Quotes About Following Your Dreams that will Speak to Your Heart”

  1. I love such compilations, they help me to be inspired
    my favorite quotes that I use as my credo are
    “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
    “I don’t want to own anything that won’t fit into my coffin.”

  2. Ahh, I’m always looking for the perfect quote to pair with my IG posts. These are perfect. I pinned at least 5 of them and planning to come back for more inspo later on… thx so much!

  3. These quotes are exactly what I needed to read to help me get my day started. Thank for for the inspiration!


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