Inspirational and Famous Short Stories for Life

inspirational short stories

Here is a list of some inspirational and famous short stories we found online. We strongly believe that good stories can change lives; that’s why we want to have a list of famous short stories that can help you guys in dealing with real-life situations. By the way, most of the short stories published here are also posted on our Facebook page. Check that out to find more cool stuff. You can find the link on the sidebar or on the footer of this page.  So, here is the collection of all the inspirational short stories for you guys!

Inspirational and Famous Short Stories for Life

inspirational short stories

inspirational short stories

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Story 1:

Burning Desire is the Secret to Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.

Moral of the short story:

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishments. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

Story 2:

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered & protected themselves, but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone & frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others & can admire the other person’s good qualities.

Moral of the short story:

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

Story 3:

Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

A 24-year-old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed.

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple could not resist and said to the old man.

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said…

“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Moral of the short story:

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

Story 4:

A 100-year-old grand old man saw his grandson having a heated discussion with his wife. He asked his grandson, “Why do you raise your voice when you are angry with your wife?”

Grandson: That is because I lose patience and that is why I raise my voice.

Grandpa: But, your wife is near to you only. She can hear you even when you say the same sentence in a calm manner. Why do you have to raise your voice?

Grandson: Because when I raise my voice, my voice is heard and I also let out the steam by raising my voice.

Grandpa: That is not the exact reason my dear grandson. The reason is this. When you are angry with your wife, your heart moves away from her heart. So even when both of you are physically close to each other, you feel that you are far away from one another and hence raise your voice.

Grandson: If that is the reason for raising the voice, what do we do when we are in love?

Grandpa: When two people are in love, their hearts are close to each other. Even if you whisper softly, you both can hear very clearly. At such times one can communicate with their loved ones even though the language of silence.

A note by Benny Alexander.

Story 5:

Life is a gift

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her, and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. The boy walked away, and later he wrote a letter to her saying:

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”

This is how most human brains behave after a change in status. Only a few remember what life was before, and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.

In a world filled with hatred, there are very few people who truly care for fellow beings! Always keep them happy.

Moral of the short story:

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfill it.

Update (30 Nov 2013)

Story 6: 

A very inspiring short story about two good friends. Check it out here (Inspiring short stories about friendship).

Story 7: 

Pencil: I’m sorry.

Eraser: For what?

Pencil: I’m sorry, you get hurt because of me. Whenever I make a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself and get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That’s true, but I don’t really mind. You see, I was made to do this, I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong, even though one day I know I’ll be gone. I’m actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying, I will not be happy if I see you sad.


“Our Parents are just like the eraser, and we are the pencil. They’re always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way they get hurt and become smaller (older and eventually pass on).


Take care of your Parents, treat them with kindness and most importantly love them.”

Story 8: 

So, here is yet another inspiring short story in our collection of wonderful famous short stories.

Where there’s a will there’s a way story!

An old farmer wrote a letter 2 his innocent son in prison “This year I’m unable 2 plant potatoes because I can’t dig the ground. I know if you were here you would’ve helped me.”

Son replied: “You idiot dad, don’t dig the ground, I have hidden the guns there.” The Police read the letter, the next day the ground was dug by the police, searched for guns but nothing was found.

Son wrote again: Dad, the ground is now been dig up, you can now plant your potatoes, its the best I could do from here. Love you 🙂

Moral: Where there’s a will, there is always a way!

So, that ends the list of inspirational and famous short stories we collected online. We hope you remember these stories and use the moral to solve your real-life problems. If you have a good short story; that you think is inspirational, then please send us a message. We will be happy to publish it after a short review!

Update 2 July 2015:

Story of a Mother Father and a Dead Child

This story is really worth reading. Sometimes we spend time asking who is responsible or whom to blame, whether in a relationship, in a job, or with the people we know. In this way, we miss out on something called L.I.F.E

A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes. When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for the office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen totally forgot the matter. The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its color and drank it all. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages. When the child collapsed the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified of how to face her husband. When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just five words.

1. What were the five words?
2. What is the implication of this story?


The husband just said “I am with you Darling”

The husband’s totally unexpected reaction is a proactive behavior. The child is dead.. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother. Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this would not have happened. No one is to be blamed. She had also lost her only child. What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy from the husband. That is what he gave her.

If everyone can look at life from this kind of perspective, there would be much fewer problems in the world. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Take off all your envies, jealousies, forgiveness, selfishness, and fears. And you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think.