50 inspirational quotes for painted rocks

Perhaps you've seen an inspirational quote or have an uplifting phrase you just love and want to add to a painted rock. This article will not only give you some ideas for inspirational quotes for painted rocks, but also provides design ideas.

We kept in mind the canvas (often a rock no larger than the palm of your hand), which is why these quotes and phrases are brief. Give some of these a try and comment below if you have a favorite!

Sprinkle these messages of kindness like confetti!

Of course, if you're painting rocks, you're in it for the kindness! Taking time to paint a rock for someone you don't even know, simply to spread some joy and put a smile on someone's face is a wonderful gesture of kindness.

And, the stories from those who find painted rocks are just heartwarming and keep us inspired to continue painting.

Here are some quotes about kindness that would be perfect on a painted rock!

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ― Mark Twain


"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind." ― Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

"Kindness can make a bad day good, and a good day better." ― RAKtivist

"One kind word can change someone's entire day." ― unknown

"No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted." ― Aesop


"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ― Dalai Lama

"The world is full of kind people... If you can't find one, be one. ― unknown

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." ― unknown

Painted rock with message of kindness

"How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time” ― Morgan Freeman

"Kind people are the best kind of people. ― unknown

"Bee kind."


Messages of optimism and inspiration

"Look on the bright side!" or "Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses." Perhaps you've heard these phrases and thought "But, what does it really mean?" It's called optimism and there are real benefits to having a cheery outlook on life.

These next few phrases focus on uplifting messages and may really be the message someone is needing to hear to get through a difficult time or to help see the positive in what may feel like a challenging situation.

"Do what is right, not what is easy." ― Roy T. Bennett

This rock is on the move spreading kindness. Follow this rock's journey.

"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." ― Marilyn Monroe

"We rise by lifting others." ― Robert Ingersoll

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”― Yogi Berra

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” ― Dale Carnegie

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” ― Daniel J. Boorstin

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." ― Maya Angelou

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ― John Hughes

If you feel like this quote is familiar, but unsure who John Hughes is, perhaps you're more familiar with who spoke these words ― it was written by Director, John Hughes, but famously said by Ferris Bueller in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Ferris Bueller quote "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."


"We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails." ― Thomas S. Monson

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ― Walter Bagehot

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” ― Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational quote on a painted rock


Funny motivational quotes

Motivation can present itself in various ways ― that coach in gym class that incessantly blows his whistle and yells "go! go! go!" to that "you've got this!" Post-It note on your mirror.

Humor and sarcasm have always been fun ways to motivate. Try some of these phrases on your next batch of painted rocks!

This is one of our favorites and it always gets a chuckle. Bonus: it's super easy to do! We used Posca fine point paint pens to write the words and just a bit of red Apple Barrel acrylic paint for the splatter of blood. Finally, we sealed with some brush-on acrylic varnish.

Painted rock with inspirational message

Try some of these other funny motivational quotes on your painted rocks:

"People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is REFILLABLE." ― unknown

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” ― Erma Bombeck

“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”― George Burns

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”― Zig Ziglar

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ― Joan Collins

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

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Positive vibes and self acceptance

Having a positive outlook isn't just a warm & fuzzy feeling, there's actual science behind the benefits of a positive mindset. Next time you're sitting down to paint rocks, choose some of these phrases to set out ― you never know the impact seeing one of these messages might have on someone.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ― Winston Churchill

"Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” ― Mandy Hale

“Focus on an ocean of positives, not a puddle of negatives.” ― Kevin Ansbro

“Today’s present is tomorrow’s past, so make this present a beautiful one.” ― Luffina Lourduraj

“If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

“Be the love that you are looking for.” ― Charles E Hudson

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” ― Margaret Mead

“Self-acceptance is how to find peace with one's soul.” ― Oscar Auliq-Ice

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ― Albert Camus

"Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin." ― Ellen DeGeneres

"Be yourself and have fun with your life." ― Jojo Siwa

Not necessarily quotes from well-known authors, poets, philosophers or celebrities, but these simple messages of appreciation and acceptance can certainly make someone's day.

Try our tutorial for step-by-step instructions to create what we call "happy notes" painted rocks.


6 thoughts on “50 inspirational quotes for painted rocks”

  1. Thanks for your comments, Neda! Some of the quotes are included in the slideshows. But, you’re right – we only had 49, so we added another to make it 50. 😉 Thanks for the heads-up and glad you like them!

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  3. Hi, first time I’m here and I’m excited.
    I love painting rocks.
    But placing them to spread good thoughts ist new!
    and being able to follow them through the world is
    super. Can’t praise the idea enough and will participate actively.
    Wonder when my first stone will be foung and registered????
    Thanks for the initiate. Stories follow!

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