If you’re feeling down and need some badass inspiration, check out some of our quotes below to get back on track.

The 22 Best Badass Quotes

How Far You’ve Come

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The UniqueQuoteFeed Instagram account posted this gloomy-looking image of a man sitting in a chair with the quote “I only look back to see how far I’ve come.” He looks like a Dapper and successful businessman reflecting on his life’s journey.

No Scar, But Left A Mark

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The she.devil_ Instagram account posted this catchy, fearsome quote over an image of a woman on a balcony seemingly overlooking and Italian Riverway. It implies a Pyrrhic victory of sorts- Perhaps you didn’t win the war but in a battle she inflicted some damage.

Strength In Falling

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The success of opinion Instagram account posted this image – it’s a celebrating soccer player emblazoned with the quote “a person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person who never fell.” Sports quotes are pretty popular nowadays and this one can apply to a variety of different life endeavors, whether you are a nine-to-five employee or a college student just looking to get started on life.

Coming From Hell

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The uniquequotefeed Instagram account posted this devilish quote image. It sort of looks like the character from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It’s black and blurry, seemingly of a woman smoking a cigarette. Perhaps it’s a man – very hard to tell.

Trading Respect For Attention

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The same Instagram account as the previous image quote posted this popular saying: “never trade respect for attention.” It showcases a dapper-looking man in a salmon-colored blazer with round sunglasses walking across a cobblestone street. He looks like the head of a marketing agency. One of those charismatic CEOs that goes on podcasts and gets followed around with a camera like Gary Vaynerchuk.

Not Reacting

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The next image showcases a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio with the quote “Just because I don’t react, doesn’t mean I didn’t notice.” This one implies that the person is so stoic and powerful that they don’t respond to middling criticisms and things that distract from the ultimate goal.

Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter

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The She.Devil_ Instagram account posted this quote: “Of course your opinion matters. Just not to me.” The woman in the images wearing a stocking mask, smoking a cigarette, with intense lipstick and eyeshadow. It has a similar connotation as the Leonardo DiCaprio quote image we looked at before, implying that people with strong and determined mindsets don’t pay attention to trivial opinions.

Loyal To The End

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In this quote image, there’s a picture of Al Pacino, probably from Scarface. The quote reads “There are three things you should know about me: 1. my circle is small 2. I’m loyal to the end and 3 never f*ck me over”. This is a pretty outright badass quote. There’s definitely the threat of violence working here because Al Pacino’s character in The Godfather and Scarface movies was notoriously violent.

Named After A Storm

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In this quote, the protagonist says “When I leave you’ll understand why storms are named after people.” This one implies that when breakups occur that disaster follows. In this way, she likens her emotional wreckage to a powerful storm.

You’re A Fan

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Here’s a really weird one. It looks like the Joker from the Batman movies dressed up as McDonald’s Ronald McDonald character. The quote reads “If you don’t like me and still watch everything I do. B****, you’re a fan.” This one speaks to the idea that there are a lot of haters out on the internet. Indeed, lots of people are afraid to get started doing what they want to do in life because they are paralyzed by the fear that others will criticize them. As well, it speaks to resisting internet trolls who will often follow you and what you’re doing while criticizing the entire time.

Listen. Smile. Agree.

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Robert Downey Jr.. is featured in this quote: “Listen, smile, agree. And then do whatever the f*** you were going to do anyway.” It’s on clear if Robert Downey jr. actually said this, but it’s the sort of badass quote that had to make our list. To our minds, it conjures the image of a person navigate in complex corporate politics. A lot of times, you have to grin and bear certain things and take the long view when it comes to accomplishing an organizational agenda.

Strength To Succeed

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In this quote image, David Beckham has the following quote emblazoned across his fancy suit “the courage to begin gives you the strength to succeed.” This one speaks to the entrepreneurial mindset. A lot of novice entrepreneurs have struggle getting started, but this quote motivates then just to begin doing the project they’re dreaming of, knowing but that seemed courage is what will catalyze success further on down the line.

Don’t F*ck With Me

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Here we have a James Dean image that’s fitted with a provocative, badass quote. The black and white image shows James Dean in a leather jacket, or perhaps its Corduroy, leaning over a chain-link fence looking pretty tough.

Entrepreneur Badass
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An entrepreneur quote account posted this image that reads “when you come to a point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin.” A lot of successful entrepreneurs talk about how they learn to stop caring what other people think. This helps them to pursue their goals, unworried about what family members, friends and co-workers think about their ambitions.

Cannot Break A Girl

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Another badass feminist quote comes from Melody Lee Poetry- it’s an Instagram account. Here we see what looks to be a typed out Haiku style poem that is right-justified on the page. It reads “you cannot break a girl that has walked through fire and dances and storms.” This one seems to emphasize the resilience of people that have suffered trials and tribulations. Indeed, if you have gone through a lot in your life, for the most part you end up being more resilient. You don’t succumb to other challenges in the future if in the past you have been in strengthened to overcome similar obstacles.

Peaky Blinders
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Here’s a Peaky Blinders quote. It’s a period television show. The quote reads “Brave is going where no man has gone before.” In the picture, one of the main characters as walking towards the camera rest in a period costume. It looks very Irish with the cap and because the character is looking down and smoking a cigarette it definitely strikes a badass feel.

Backstabbers
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Here’s another image where someone is smoking a cigarette. Cigarettes definitely seem to be correlated with badass images. In the picture, the man in the hat seems to be saying “people will stab you in the back and then ask why you’re bleeding.” This definitely meets the criteria for badass quotes. It seems to imply that humanity is genetically deceptive. We don’t exactly agree with it, but sometimes when you are feeling down and betrayed by others quotes like these can have a mollifying effect on your psyche. Maybe it’s because it makes you feel that others have been there before.

Seeing The Bottom

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Once again we have a cigarette in the picture. The quote reads “I’ve seen the bottom, now I’m ready for the top.” This quote comes from the motivation_potion Instagram account. In the image, what looks to be a screen capture from a period movie, the character is sitting in the backseat of an old car looking like a gangster Tycoon.

Champion Mentality

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In this is Billie Jean King quote, we see a bodybuilder doing a bicep curl with the quote “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” This testifies to the endurance and resilience of sports athletes who are obsessed with perfection. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were notorious for this. They worked incredibly hard, much more so than their NBA competitors, and therefore produced outsized results

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This quote here which reads “kill them with success and bury them with a smile” emphasizes enduring positivity in the face of difficult obstacles. It’s kind of a spin-off on other quote we’ve seen that sometimes has more of a malicious angle. This one emphasizes positivity, focusing on success, while maintaining a positive attitude throughout the journey.

Illegal To Kill You

Getting back to cure badassery, this quote reads “b**** you’re only alive because it’s illegal to kill you.” In the photo, we see a woman provocatively licking a gun. In her world, apparently she’s a really big badass with murderous intent, but she is held back by the law. Obviously, it’s illegal to kill people so this badass is only a badass up to a certain point.

Failure To Replace

Here we’ve got a surfer looking guy out on the water with impeccable abdominal muscles. The quote reads “they start missing you when they fail to replace you”. This one strikes close to home. I have a friend who was recently fired from a job. It was a pretty unfair termination. She did a lot of good work for the company, but there was political issues behind the scenes that conspired to get her expelled from the company pretty unfairly. I think down the line this company is going to regret firing her because they don’t realize the complexity of the work that she was doing and how difficult it is to actually find as good an employee as she was.

You vs You

Once again, we returned to the smoking theme. This quote comes from LazyBoys.IN. We see a chiseled, furrowed old man lighting up a cigarette with a quote that reads “at the end the biggest war is you vs you”. This one really resonates. It implies that some of the biggest challenges we face in life are internal. A lot of times we think that there are outside pressures and skepticism of our actions, but really most people are too self-involved to care too much about you. At the end of the day it’s really about your own internal thoughts and motivations that drive you towards success.

Billionaires Don’t Need College

In this quote, we see Jay-Z in front of a car with the quote “80% of billionaires don’t have a college degree”. This is a good reminder that you don’t necessarily need an academic pedigree to succeed in this world.

10 Habits Of A Badass

Being mentally tough is to have control over one’s emotions and do something positive in the process. Not all or many people are mentally tough. The few who are have unique qualities or habits. These habits are:

They are focused

Failure is a part of life. People fail in various things and react differently. Mentally tough people are not brought down by failure regardless of any obstacle. They will keep trying time and again. They treat each attempt as a stepping stone towards success or generally progress. Unless they are confident that they can never achieve their objectives they will try again.

Optimistic

It is bound to happen that things don’t go as planned. In many cases, the most successful anticipated events are those that were believed by many to occur no matter what. Being positive in life is a positive thing. No matter how intense challenges are positivity always ensures one pulls through. Some may call it to hope, but it is a unique attribute to those that believe in themselves.

Pride

Mentally tough people are proud people. They most of the time thing about themselves’s. They can do almost anything to benefit from everything. They always put themselves’s first before others in all situations. They can work very hard to impress themselves.

Strategic planners

Mentally tough people carefully plan each and everything. They will always embrace the phrase think before you act. Before any action, they take they must think of how, where, why and when to do it. They always avoid risky actions or actions that may lead to their failure any activity. They may ignore an event to prevent the many variable things that might happen that they perceive as risky.

Accept change

In life, nothing is ever constant except the scientifically proved facts. Change is bound to happen in one way or another. For the mentally tough this is very clear hence they never go against change. Change sometimes may be harmful, but since it will happen anyway, the only option is to improve the change to a bit positive. Therefore in all instances, they will always embrace change.

Always under control

As humans, we all have our breaking points. These are the points which one loses they control and takes action without much thought about what they are about to do. Control is essential as it reduces the terrible situation to better once. The mentally tough always keep their cool. They do this by keeping their feelings in check and never letting them out of hand.

Prioritize

This kind of people will always prioritize almost everything. The priority is the things or situations that they can control, and the lowest priority is those that are out of their control. We as people have limits. When the mentally tough know that they are limited to do something they can only avoid it altogether or wait until they can perform the activity.

Self-responsibility

These are people that are self-responsible. They can never do anything that may affect their performance or health. To some people lack of enough sleep is obvious or necessary as they try to overwork or do something during sleep hours. To the mentally tough they always make sure they have enough sleep. They also don’t take caffeine for any reason at all. They also exercise and keep their bodies in check for good health.

They are self-absorbed

They always don’t care much about other people. Other peoples success and failure don’t bother them much as their own. They never waste their time or energy thinking about other people.

Confidence

No matter what they always walk with their shoulders up high. People may be reluctant to do something in the fear that they may fail in front of other people hence retreat. For the mentally tough they will do anything regardless of failure or not. They may even want to fail as to serve as an experience lesson on the same. They are always confident in success or failure. Fear of failure is a non-issue to them.

Take away

Being a bad ass is synonymous with mental toughness. Chuck Norris, Van Damme, Mike Tyson” all badass dudes, due to their physical dominance and their ability to whoop anyone’s ass. Henry Ford, Dale Carnegie, Thomas Edison, they were all badass entrepreneurs that had the vision a division, the foresight, the fortitude and the courage to kick some serious business ass. Lincoln, Mandela, Gandhi: all socially responsible badasses. According to Google, you’re, a badass if you are tough, determined and intimidating, the Urban Dictionary defines a badass as somebody who is the complete opposite of a douche bag and the website Internet Slang says that you’re a badass if you are cool and a sure person. The wonderful thing is that each and every one of us has the ability to be a badass in our own way.

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