30 “Demotivational” Quotes That Will Remind You Of Harsh Reality We All Live In

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By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

Are you tired of listening to those same old inspirational quotes and sickened by the utter useless motivation it tries to provide?

Well, consider yourself to be not alone as we, too, are tired of reading quotes like that. 

Let us try something unconventional and comfortable and look for demotivational quotes. Every one of them is a hidden gem and will make you laugh at things in an ironic manner. These quotes are actually quite inspirational but are disguised under something ironic. So take these quotes with a pinch of salt, laugh at them and enjoy your life.


Let us stop wasting precious time and look at the best 30 demotivational quotes that will remind you of the harsh reality that we all reside in.

The Best 30 Demotivational Quotes

#1 “Nothing says ‘you’re a loser’ more than owning a motivational poster about being a winner.”

Just owning a poster with motivational quotes will not bring forward progress. A poster of a buffed Arnold, will not help you get a chiseled body.

You need to work hard and put that into action, instead of reading mindless quotes.

Racism and sexism are everywhere. Why hate certain communities for their color, caste, or religion, when you can just hate everyone equally?


#3 “Lifehack: you can’t do anything wrong if you don’t do anything at all.”

Risk-taking seems to be worth the effort, but most of the time, it is better to be safe and play your cards at the right time.

#4 “Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.” – William Goldman

If you find a person selling the thought that life can be full of joy and happiness and know for a fact that he is trying to sell or put on a facade. There must be something of interest to him when you follow, which is why he is promoting his “happiness”.

#5 “When life knocks you down, stay there and take a nap.”

There’s no use fighting against fate and life. If you are knocked down, just take a break. It will pass eventually.

#6 “Life is what happens when you’re busy reading inspirational quotes.”

#7 “Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.” – Alan Dundes

It is said that we should keep to ourselves unless we know about what we are speaking, as words once spilled cannot be gathered back. Some people might try to gain attention by talking loudly and more than what’s required, this is basically proving how dull they are instead of proving their intelligence.

An intelligent person would choose to remain quiet but strike at the right time.

#8 “It’s not just Monday. Your whole life sucks.”

People suffer from Monday blues. Is that because of their work-life or just because of their life-life?

#9 “You only die once.”

People say “You only die once” so live your life to the fullest. When you think about it, you only have one life, so why not be a little safe. Some tasks are not worth dying for.

#10 “Not everything is a lesson. Sometimes you just fail.” – Dwight Schrute

Movies and shows have shown us that failures are meant to be lessons. Well, sometimes it might not be so.

#11 “When you think you’re screwed, remember we’re all on a big, wet ball floating in the dark.”

#12 “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” – W.C. Fields

You need to stick to something that you feel that you are passionate about. You need to keep trying, even if you fail twice or even thrice. If you keep failing at it, then just quit. Quit at the right time and realize that this task was not meant for you and you need to stop going crazy about it.

#13 “Doing nothing is very hard to do… you never know when you’re finished.”

#14 “There’s always someone on Youtube that can do it better than you.”

If you think that you are the best at something, then think again. Stop thinking about “you being the best” and think of ways by which you can beat yourself.

#15 “It’s only when you look at an ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realize how often they burst into flames.” – Harry Hill

#16 “Your life can’t fall apart if you never had it together.”

#17 “It’s all downhill from here.”

#18 “Go ahead and take risks – it gives the rest of us something to laugh at.”

Risk takers have always been laughed at when they fail. People who do not take risks become the critics and pass judgments on the ones, who do so.

#19 “The reward for good work is more work”. – Francesca Elisia

#20 “Every dead body on Mt. Everest was once a highly motivated person, so… maybe calm down.”

People are always highly motivated to do something huge to make a mark in the world, but such sheer excitement can sometimes be our downfall. We might be so engrossed in the destination that we fail to maintain the practice that we must stick to every day. 

This is why, we should slow things down, take some time and do things efficiently and effectively.


#21 “Raise your hand if you have had quite enough unsolicited advice about what should be done with any lemons that life may or may not give you.”

#22 “A thousand-mile journey starts with one step. Then again, so does falling in a ditch and breaking your neck.”

Choose your steps carefully and look before you leap. That one step might create your life but it also has the probability of ending it, if you fail to do it right.

#23 “Every day is Friday when you’re unemployed.”

When you are unemployed, every day is a weekend for you. Life seems to be full of enjoyment and parties with little or no effort.

#24 “You’re naturally funny because your life is a joke.”

#25 “People who say they’ll give 110% don’t understand how percentages work.”

This is a common thing that you will find on most motivational quotes posters, which is mathematically incorrect. One should give in their all in a task and should refrain from measuring their efforts as it would beat the purpose. 

#26 “Don’t rest until you’ve complained about everything.”

#27 “The meaning of life is to find your gift. So good luck with that.”

#28 “Quitters never win, and winners never quit talking about how they won.”

#29 “Idiocy – never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Some thoughts and actions might seem really dumb to a rational person, but they will make sense to a large group of “idiots”. 

It will be the rational person who will be looked up to as an outcast in the society as his thoughts are much different than theirs.

#30 “If life doesn’t break you today, don’t worry. It will try again tomorrow.”

Life is a tough race and it keeps on bringing forward obstacles for you to dodge or conquer. If you feel that you are satisfied right now, life will carry in more elements to make you feel otherwise, the next day.

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