100 Badass Quotes: Show Them You are Tough & Fearless

Ever wondered what it takes to become a badass? It's not just about having an attitude and a swagger; it's about developing a mindset that can stand up to any challenge and achieve success. In this post, we'll explore some of the most inspiring quotes from some of the most badass people who have ever lived and learn how to apply their words of wisdom to our lives. Let's get started!

Badass quotes can be a great way to develop the badass mentality and help you stay motivated.

They can remind you that you are capable of anything and that there is no limit to what you can achieve.

When life throws you curveballs, these quotes can offer perspective and help you get back on your feet. Even when you feel like giving up, reading a badass quote can give you the motivation to keep going.

So take some time each day to read some badass quotes, and watch as it helps you develop the badass mentality!

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Badass Quotes

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

Steve Jobs

"If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

Van Gogh

"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose."


"The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me."

Ayn Rand

"It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark."

Howard Ruff

"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done."

Amelia Earhart

"Every Great Man does three things in life: Explore, Dream and Discover."


"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

"Life is about creating you, not finding yourself."


"Bravery without vision is a loose cannon, and vision without bravery is a search for a cannon. But put both together, and you have an armada."

Craig D. Lounsbrough

"Ideals thing for a perfect life is good friends, good books and ideal sleep."


"Do what is right, not what is easy."


"Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional."


"Where others see nothing, faith will make you see something powerful."

Gift Gugu Mona

"Once you start recognizing the truth of your story, finish the story. It happened but you're still here, you're still capable, powerful, you're not your circumstance. It happened and you made it through. You're still fully equipped with every single tool you need to fulfill your purpose."

Steve Maraboli

"Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell."

Margaret Rogerson

"When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self acceptance opened."

Shannon L. Alder

Argue for Your Limitations and They're Yours

A lot of people spend a great deal of energy arguing about their own limitations. "I can't do that" or "I can't help itIt has always been that way" and thousands of other negative and self-defeating statements.

Our mind is a very powerful tool. When we decide something is true beyond our reach, it is very difficult to go beyond the self-created hurdle. For example, if you tell yourself, 'I can't writeI can't cook", you will look for examples to prove your statement.

You will remember your poor essays in school or mess-ups in the kitchen to recall how awkward you felt the last time you cooked or wrote something. You will forget that you had more success than failure.

You will fill your head with limitations that will frighten you from trying. In order to become anything you want to, you have to silence your greatest critic, that is you.

The following badass quotes will tell you how you have to argue for your limitations because they are yours.

"Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better."

Jim Rohn

"The day when you don’t have fear to lose anything…from that day you start living!"


"You create opportunities by performing, not complaining."

Muriel Siebert

"Champions keep playing until they get it right."

Billie Jean King

"I will go anywhere as long as it is forward."

David Livingstone

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

Benjamin Franklin

"Changing beliefs is a shortcut to changing ourselves."

Annette Kurtz

"If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?"

Joe Namath

"Be acceptive of your shortcomings, once you accept your weakness, it loses its power over you."

Sarvesh Jain

"The best way out is always through."

Robert Frost

"It is the curse of the powerful to be blind to their own faults."

Robert Fanny

"Born originals, do not copy"


"We become what we think."


"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

"Challenging makes your life interesting; overcoming those challenges give your life meaning."


"Whatever comes in a man mind, believe it can be achieved."


"You learn nothing from life, If you think you are right all the time."


"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."

Jamie Paolinetti

"Everybody is equally weak on the inside, just that some present their ruins as new castles and become kings."

Simona Panova

"Leave your fear to achieve everything you want."


Mind Your Own Business isn't Cliche

How often do you find yourself with self-talk like, "I wouldn't do that if I were her/him", "I can't believe he did that," or "what is she thinking about?"

Are you frustrated often, bothered, annoyed, or concerned about things you can take care of or be of actual help, and yet are also none of your business?

Minding your own business is definitely far beyond avoiding the temptation to try to solve others' problems or listening to what others have to say about you.

Furthermore, it also includes avoiding eavesdropping, gossiping, talking behind other people's backs, or trying to figure out other people's life. One of the primary reasons most of us focus on the shortcomings or problems of others is to avoid looking at ourselves.

When you find yourself involved where you really don't belong, be proud of yourself for having the sensibility and wisdom to back off.

In no time at all, you will free up tons of extra energy to focus your attention where it's truly relevant or needed. The quotations below are definitely reinforcing for you that minding your own business isn't just a cliche.

"Be Valuable, Not Available!"


"Loser always has time to talk…winner always has time to execute!"


"Be careful who you open up to. Only few people actually care. The rest are just curious."


"The less you care, the happier you will be."


"Pursue those things in life that catches your heart."


"I'm not going out of my way looking for devils; but I wouldn't step out of my path to let one go by."

Robert E. Howard

"Use your imagination, to find out limitless possibilities."


"If you want to see the changed world, change yourself"


"You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No"

Alison McGhee

"Smile, while it is easy to confuse people than give explanations."


"Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason."


"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

Mark Twain

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

John A. Shedd

"I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It is because of them I’m doing it myself."

Albert Einstein

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Tough times never last, but tough people do."

Dr. Robert Schuller

"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

"The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself."

Eddie Vedder

"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realise the strength, move on."

Henry Rollins

What's Really Important in Your Life?

It is easy to get lost and overwhelmed by the chaos, responsibilities, and goals of life. Once overwhelmed, it is tempting to forget about and postpone that which is most near and dear to your heart.

What is helpful is to keep asking yourself, "What's really important?"

It reminds me that despite my multitude of responsibilities, I have a choice of what is most important in my life and where I put my greatest amount of energy.

This gives me the power to sort out what is really important, makes me present-moment oriented, in less of a hurry, and right losing its appeal. You will eventually realize that some of the choices that you are making are in conflict with your own stated goals.

This strategy and quotations below will help you align your actions with your goals and encourage you to make conscious and loving decisions.

"Choices are the chances that create changes."


"Never be in a fear to lose; preserve all good in you."


"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

Oscar Wilde

"Change the strategies when failure stares at you."


"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."

Winston S. Churchill

"If someone stands against you, fight like a fighter to defeat."


"There are only two most powerful situations- being so small that you have nothing to lose and being so big that you don't care what you lose!"

Jasleen Kaur Gumber

"Once your message is aligned with your purpose, it is a constant reminder for your success."

Annette Kurtz

"The best revenge is massive success."

Frank Sinatra

"If you can’t outplay them, outwork them."

Ben Hogan

"Live for a cause not for applause."


"Never let your enemies to know about your moves."


"The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind’s flaws, biases, contradictions, and irrationality-without exploiting them for fun and profit."

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance."

Niccolo Machiavelli

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

Audre Lorde

"Prove yourself is the best revenge to live."


"No one should need to be big enough to destroy others and all of us must have to be powerful and resourceful enough to protect ourselves."

Zaman Ali

"Fasten tie your seat belts to get bumpy ride."


You Act The Way You Think

This simple awareness is a game-changer. If you were to become aware of only one magic trick, then the most important one is to know about the relationship between your thinking and your feelings.

Unhappiness or ungratefulness doesn't and can't exist on its own. It is the feeling that comes with negative thinking about your life. In the absence of negative thinking, unhappiness, stress, or jealousy cannot exist.

There is nothing that holds your negative feelings in place other than your own thinking. The next time you are feeling less badass or upset, notice your thinking- it will definitely be negative. Remind yourself that it's your thinking that's negative and not your life.

This simple realization will be one of those few first steps in aligning you on the path to happiness. It takes conscious practice.

You then eventually get to the point where you treat your negative thoughts like the way you treat flies at a picnic: You shoo them away and get on with your day as a badass. The following powerful quotes will help you realize how power lies in your thoughts!

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Norman Vincent Peale

"Everything is within your power and your power is within you."

Janice Trachtman

"Do today what others won’t and achieve tomorrow what others can’t."

Jerry Rice

"Best way to cross the ocean is to have the courage to lose the sight of shore."


"Someday is not a day of the week."

Denise Brennan-Nelson

"No one here is to help you…until you help yourself!"


"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned."

Richard Feynman

"There is an unlimited power within you to do all that you want."

Hiral Nagda

"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."

Dinos Christianopoulos

"Our surroundings shape our consciousness, it impacts how we think and feel."

Annette Kurtz

"You should know why you are doing this thing in life."


"It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack."

Germany Kent

"Dream big that can scare you while you are awaken."


"You’re meant for greatness. I don't care how many times you've tried to go for it and failed. Or how many times you’ve attempted to unleash the fire within you. Or how many times you've tried to become a badass and fallen short. You’re meant for greatness."

Donnie Boivin

"Be you. Let the world adjust."


"Whatever comes in a man mind, believe it can be achieved."


"Dynamite is loyal to the one who lights the fuse."

Dean F. Wilson

"Life can be an enchantingly wonderful experience.... but it can also be tough, brutal, and unforgiving... but NOTHING can happen that God hasn't allowed... Don't give up!!! You're built for this... Designed for the victories AND the scars... Wear them with pride and let each day find you better, stronger, and more BADASSSS than ever!"

Steve Maraboli

It is enormously helpful to experiment with the awareness, that life is just about one badass moment after another. One moment is followed by another moment.

When something is happening that we enjoy, it is important to remember that the happiness this badass moment brings will eventually be replaced by something else. A different moment where your perspective of being badass and powerful has to be constant.

Keeping this awareness close to your heart is a wonderful way to maintain your strong perspective, even in the face of adversity. It's not always easy but always very helpful.