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Inspire Your Instagram Followers with These Motivational Quotes

By Melanie Doncas | Designer Tutorials

There’s nothing quite like a motivational quote to give your Instagram profile a boost. They’re a great way for you to share what inspires you with your own following, plus they’re sure to give your followers a much-needed burst of inspiration.

So, what are some good quotes for Instagram? And what’s the best way to share these with your followers? The trick is to show off your favorite motivational quotes in beautifully designed posts. While it might sound time-consuming and tricky, we can assure you it’s not. BeFunky’s Graphic Designer is home to a wide range of professionally designed Instagram post templates that are sure to turn heads.

We’ll show you how to create aesthetic quotes for Instagram and share the best captions for motivation below!

Motivational Quotes for Instagram

Before you motivate your own following, you might be looking for some motivation yourself! Here are some cool captions for Instagram that are sure to inspire – no matter what vibe you’re going for.

Modern Minimal

Sometimes, motivation can come in the simplest of forms. If you prefer to keep your grid as modern and minimalist as possible, then you can easily follow suit with your Instagram quote. Here are some of our favorite minimalist quotes ideas that are simple, yet effective:

  • "Hustle"
  • "Dare to dream"
  • "Pivot"
  • "Rise above"
  • "No regrets"
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From softly focused photography to dreamy landscapes and portraits with an analog charm; the “aesthetic” trend is all about appreciating the beauty around you in a raw and unfiltered way. Here are some motivational quotes to perfectly accompany your aesthetic Instagram feed:

  • Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful
  • Fire in my soul and grace in my heart
  • No risk, no magic
  • Do more of what makes you happy
  • All the beautiful things are around you
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If you’re less about the pretty and more about the punk, then you might prefer to post an edgy motivational quote to your Instagram. Thankfully, there are heaps to choose from, with song lyrics providing some great inspiration too:

  • “Say anything, but say what you mean.” – Suspension by Mae
  • “Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  •  “Success is not final; failure is not fatal.” – Winston S. Churchill
  • “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder
  • “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” – W. P. Kinsella
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If you’d like to get in touch with your artistic side, then there are plenty of arty quotes you can share with your audience too. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
  • “Life is art. Art is life. I never separate it.” – Ai Weiwei
  • “To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
  • “Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall
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How to Design Motivational Quotes for Instagram

Now that you’re filled with your own motivational quote ideas, you might be wondering: how do I design an eye-catching Instagram quote post?

If you don’t have the time to create your own eye-catching quote image from scratch, then don’t fret. The Graphic Designer has perfectly sized, pre-designed Instagram templates that are as easy to customize as simply typing out your favorite quote.

To get started, head to the Graphic Designer and start a new design. Then, follow the 4 easy steps below.

Step 1: Select Your Instagram Post Template

Within the Templates Library, you can type Instagram Post into the search bar in the top left, or navigate to Social Media > Instagram Posts

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Simply click on the template that takes your fancy, followed by Use This Template to begin editing it.

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Step 2: Swap Out the Existing Image

Firstly, you’ll want to swap out the template’s existing image for one of your own, or one more suited to your Instagram aesthetic. To do this, just click on the image, then from the Image Properties toolbar that appears, click Replace. This will allow you to locate an image file from your computer.

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Alternatively, you can use a stock image from our huge library instead. To access this, navigate to Image Manager in the main menu on the left, then click Search Stock Images.

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In the library, you can type your search term into the search bar or browse popular search tags. Click on the image(s) you wish to use and these will be added to your Image Manager. From the Image Manager, you can then double-click the image you wish to add to your template.

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Step 3: Add Your Own Quote

With your desired image now in place, it’s time to change your template’s existing quote to one you wish to share with your following. To do this, double-click the text box you wish to change and type what you’d like it to say.

You’ll also notice that when you click on any text box, a Text Properties toolbar appears. From here, you can change things such as the font, text size, text color, spacing, and more.

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Pro Tip: Want to move any of your elements around? Just click and drag them using your mouse.

Step 4: Save Your Motivational Quote for Instagram

To save your work, just click Save at the top of the screen, before selecting your desired save location. 

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An Aesthetic Instagram Quote in Minutes

With easy, drag-and-drop Instagram post templates, sharing motivational quotes has never been so simple.

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Ready to Post Motivational Quotes on Instagram?

Lifting your followers up with a motivational Instagram quote doesn’t have to be tricky, nor should it require hours of graphic design work. With our easy-to-use Instagram templates, you can create everything from edgy and artistic to modern and aesthetic Instagram quotes.

Ready to motivate your followers? Head to the Graphic Designer to start creating your own quote!

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