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40 Inspirational Quotes for When You’re Feeling Lost

Are you feeling a little bit lost in your life? There was a time, long ago, when you knew what you wanted. You had dreams, and you were happy. But now? You have no idea how you got here. And have no clue what to do about it. 

To top it off, information on how we ‘should’ be living fills our screens and consciousness. We crave the happiness we once had through the promises of trim bodies, perfect homes, and amazing careers. 

We chase these dreams, but instead of finding happiness, we’re left feeling confused, frustrated, and completely lost. Because these promises won’t always provide the solution. 

Fortunately, there is a way out. 

And as cliche as it sounds, it involves finding yourself again

But before you go on a soul-seeking expedition, being able to put how you feel into words can be really useful here. 

You might be looking for the perfect quote you can identify with, or you might want to use others’ musings as a springboard to put your feelings into your own words. To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of 40 inspirational quotes for when you’re confused, lost, and wondering which direction to take. But, first, let’s look a little further into what you might be feeling. 

What is the Meaning of Feeling Lost?

When we feel lost, we feel disconnected from who we are. Not just from ourselves, but also from our friends, family, and the things we used to love. Maybe a few years ago you knew what you wanted in life, but now you just feel confused and frustrated because your life isn’t what you imagined it to be. Now, instead, you don’t know what your purpose is, or what direction your life is going in. 

How Do You Solve Feeling Lost?

It’s really important to understand that this feeling won’t last forever. If anything, it’s a nudge from your subconscious to help get back on track. Which means listening to yourself and what your emotions are trying to tell you. 

Firstly, accept that feeling lost is perfectly ok. And also, that you have a lot more control than you might realise. From here, it’s worth taking some time to really explore your feelings and why you feel the way you do. Do you feel trapped? Feel like you have no direction? Struggling to find any joy in the day to day? We’ve covered this in a lot more depth in another post focusing on how to find your way back to yourself, which you can read below: 

Is Feeling Lost the Same as Depression?

When we feel lost, we lose interest in the things we used to love doing. We feel like we can’t be bothered to do anything, and what used to bring us joy now just feels like a chore. Similarly, when we’re depressed, we lose interest in our passions and forget how to love ourselves properly. 

The Best Quote for When You’re Feeling Lost

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” — Paulo Coelho

If you’ve seen this quote before on my Instagram grid, you’ll agree that it’s a powerful one. Ultimately, it’s about looking inside to rediscover our true selves in order to find our way back.

Feeling Lost? Here are 40 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Find Your Way Back

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” — Carl Jung

“When you know yourself you are empowered. When you accept yourself you are invincible.” — Tina Lifford

“You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendour of your own light.” — Rumi

“Your real self may be hiding somewhere, look for it within, when you find yourself, you can freely be what you want to be.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

“Discovering who you are today is the first step to being who you will be tomorrow.” — Mustapha Lanre Idreez

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” — Jerry Gilles

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself as its most brilliant.” — Paulo Coelho

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery. Until you find yourself, you will always be someone else. Become yourself.” — Myles Munroe

“As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is authenticity.” — Charlie Chaplin

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman

“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it. — Emery Lord

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” — Lalah Delia

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” — Brené Brown

“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” — Lori Deschene

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh

“Breaking apart from someone you love very much can be unbearably painful, but finding yourself again can be a beautiful thing if you do your solitude right.” — Grace Chatto

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” — J. K. Rowling

“Don’t worry about finding your soulmate. Find yourself.” — Jason Evert

“Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish, it makes you indestructible.” — Unknown

“I wasn’t searching for something or someone….I was searching for me.” — Carrie Bradshaw

“She wanted a relationship that consisted of loving someone unconditionally, flaws and all, so she started with herself!” ― Stephanie Lahart

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. The flower blooms, and the bee comes.” — Arty Fischel

“That though the heart is breaking, happiness can exist in a moment, also. And because the moment in which we live is all the time there really is, we can keep going.” — Zora Neale Hurston

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” — Raymond Lindquist

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” — Steve Maraboli

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“Get lost in nature, and you will find yourself.” — Unknown

“Finding yourself can affect how you think about your appearance.” — Edith Bowman

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” — Aristotle

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” — Lao Tzu

“We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too.” — Kristin Martz

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” — Buddha

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates

“All the wonders you seek are within yourself.” — Thomas Browne

“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find yourself.” — Mandy Hale


I hope these quotes have provided you with the inspiration you need to find your way back to yourself. 

It’s important to realise that part of finding yourself also involves accepting yourself for who you are, inside, outside, and all the bits in between. 

If you’re struggling with this and would like some help to put some practical steps in place, I can help.

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