If you’re anything like me, you take about four minutes choosing a filter for your Instagram photo, and about four hours deciding on a caption.

Worst of all, after much creative effort and advice from friends, I’m usually barely able to write a caption that goes beyond, “Had a fun day with friends!”

And I’m a writer — go figure.

Next time you’re contemplating a witty line of text to go with your Instagram photo, take a look at our complete list of captions that suit any mood or occasion you’ll be sharing with the world. You can also customize these captions to make them perfect for your feed.

Want more inspiration? Check out our Instagram page to see how we incorporate fun, witty, and engaging captions into our social media content.

Free Download: 52 Examples of Business Instagram Captions

You can incorporate many of these captions into an Instagram business strategy (just make sure your audience would find your caption funny, clever, or the right amount of sassy).

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Business Instagram Captions

Instagram captions: If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on.

  1. Good evening, [city]! We’re in town for [event] at Booth [#]. Stop by and say hi!
  2. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” -Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  3. Our [#]-person squad completed the [road race name]! And we did it all for the post-run sneaker selfie. 👟
  4. We got product in the pipeline … check back for an exciting announcement on [date]!
  5. Diversity isn’t a recruitment metric — it’s an ingredient for success. At [company], we thrive on the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our people.
  6. Spot the CEO. 😉
  7. At [company name], our best asset is our people.
  8. We had a great time with our customers at [meeting/event]! @[client/partner], you guys rock.
  9. Thrilled to have [customer] at our office today! Come back any time. 😊
  10. [Company name] is off for [holiday]! We hope you all have a safe long weekend.
  11. Big things have small beginnings. [Company]’s HQ began right here.
  12. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” –Herman Melville
  13. How many [company name] employees does it take to spell “TEAM”?
  14. Want to work with these awesome people, working on a lot of awesome things? We’re hiring! Click the link in our bio to see our current openings.
  15. Check, check, one, two … is this thing on? [Company name] is now on Instagram! Follow us to learn about our culture, product, and (awesome) people.
  16. Tired of [customer pain point]? We’ve got good news. Click the link in our bio to learn about [product]’s latest feature.
  17. [Company] presents our latest product — made with love just for you. ❤️ Link in bio to learn more.
  18. Stop wasting time with [customer pain point]. Our [product] will help you achieve [X] more efficiently — just ask our current customers. Check out our latest case study here: [Link]
  19. Handmade in [location] and delivered to your door. That’s the [Company] promise.
  20. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When [company name] gives you [type of product], you make money.

Quote Instagram Captions

  1. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –Nelson Mandela
  2. “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead
  3. “You change the world by being yourself.” -Yoko Ono
  4. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln
  5. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” – Oprah Winfrey
  6. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” -Dalai Lama
  7. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West
  8. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” -Vincent van Gogh
  10. “Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.” -Vera Wang
  11. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius
  12. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair
  13. You become what you believe.” -Oprah Winfrey
  14. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  15. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney
  16. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” -Bob Marley
  17. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
  18. “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monae
  19. “Success is a collection of problems solved.” – I.M. Pei
  20. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
  21. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Gandhi
  22. “I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.” -Haruki Murakami
  23. “We become what we think about.” -Earl Nightingale
  24. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill
  25. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
  26. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” -Lao Tzu
  27. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
  28. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs
  29. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  30. “Stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” -Michelle Obama

Funny Instagram Captions

Instagram captions: We know the voices in our heads aren't real, but sometimes their ideas are just too good to ignore.

  1. My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch … I call it lunch.
  2. I need a six-month holiday, twice a year.
  3. We tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of our lives!
  4. There are 16-year-olds competing at the Olympics and some of us (me) still push on “pull” doors.
  5. That awkward moment when you’re wearing Nike’s and you can’t do it.
  6. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a cupcake.
  7. What if we told you … you can eat without posting it on Instagram?
  8. I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but sometimes their ideas are just too good to ignore.
  9. We don’t know what’s tighter: Our jeans or our company culture.
  10. Friday … Our second-favorite F word.
  11. We don’t care what people think of us. Unless they’re our customers. We definitely care what customers think of us.
  12. All you need is love … and investors. All you need is love and investors.
  13. Hi, we’re [company name]. We build amazing apps and eat amazing apps.
  14. They say “Do what you love and money will come to you.” Let’s see what happens, I just ordered tamales.
  15. My favorite subject in school was recess.
  16. No thoughts brain empty just tacos and cats.
  17. [Food item] so good it’s got me weak in the knees.
  18. The best part about waking up is going to sleep eighteen hours later.
  19. The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.
  20. Bring the alcohol! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.
  21. Don’t worry if plan A fails. There are 25 more letters in the alphabet.
  22. If you’re not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?
  23. First rule of Sundays: If you can’t reach it from your couch, you don’t need it.
  24. If you fall, I will be there. Signed, Floor.
  25. The first thing I do after coming to work is logging off.
  26. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I am not so sure.
  27. Friends buy you lunch. Best friends eat your lunch.
  28. Darn it, just accidentally had another thought again.
  29. My goal this weekend is to move… just enough so people don’t think I’m dead.
  30. You think nothing is impossible? Try getting me out of bed before 12 PM.

Clever Instagram Captions

Instagram captions: Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.

  1. Patience — what you have when there are too many witnesses.
  2. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s the Clarendon filter.
  3. “Life is short.” False — it’s the longest thing you do.
  4. Happy Sunday! There may be no excuse for laziness, but I’m still looking.
  5. Rejection is just redirection.
  6. Better an “oops” than a “what if.”
  7. Anyone looking for a heart? Selling mine for $2. (Used, good condition)
  8. The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.
  9. Seven billion smiles and these are my favorite.
  10. Stop working hard and start working smart.
  11. I found your nose. It was in my business.
  12. Imposter complex is just a byproduct of success.
  13. Life is simple. It’s just not easy.
  14. The best times begin at the end of your comfort zone. So you can catch me on the opposite end of the end of my comfort zone.
  15. When nothing goes right, go left.
  16. “Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.” -Dharmesh Shah
  17. “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” -Harry Truman
  18. The world changes by your example, not your opinion. So get acting right.
  19. It’s always a good idea to be on the right side of history.
  20. When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
  21. Don’t quit your daydream.
  22. Legend has it that if you look hard enough you’ll see the weekend approaching!
  23. It’s time to make new memories. But first, five tequila shots.
  24. I’m on a seafood diet. I see food, I eat it.
  25. Sorry I didn’t get back to your text. I was too busy converting oxygen into CO2.
  26. Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.
  27. “Arguing with a fool proves there are two.” -Doris M. Smith
  28. Well, enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?
  29. We’re all one more minute closer to dying. What’s one more shot going to do?
  30. There’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you find it, let me know so I can get some.

Cute Instagram Captions

  1. Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.
  2. My fave sound is you snoring next to me.
  3. Here’s to a hundred more years with you.
  4. Happiness is watching you do what you love 💗 Hopefully that’s me.
  5. I like you more than [food]. And I looove [food].
  6. Wearing a onesie to bed just in case my SO steals the covers again.
  7. Cuddle time with the pup 💞
  8. Just showing off my [item] a little. Be jealous.
  9. Always wear cute pajamas to bed; you never know who you’ll meet in your dreams.
  10. You got me like 🥴️
  11. I’d move to [state] for you. And I hate [state].
  12. 🥺️ 👉👈
  13. I have no idea what I was doing before you came around. Sleeping, probably.
  14. No one can touch my books or my tacos 😤
  15. Not me standing there like🧍‍♂️
  16. Don’t mind me while I drink my tea 🍵
  17. Did someone say [something you like]? 🏃💨
  18. They say elephants have a perfect memory. So do I when it comes to you.
  19. My pup is the salsa to my whole enchilada.
  20. I hate it when I’m singing a song and the artist gets the words wrong.
  21. Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how.
  22. Here’s a 🥇 for being the cutest human to walk this earth.
  23. Me before you: 🌱 Me after you: 🌻
  24. 🤟
  25. Just got that Friday feeling.
  26. Are you a timekeeper? ‘Cause time slows down when I’m with you.
  27. I can’t see heaven being much better than this.
  28. I’m not lazy, I’m on energy-saving mode.
  29. My pillow is my best friend (sorry, [best friend’s name])
  30. A day doing [activity] is a day well-spent.

Sassy Instagram Captions

Instagram captions: A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it.

  1. What’s a queen without her king? Historically speaking, more powerful.
  2. Be a little more you, and a lot less them.
  3. We’re an acquired taste. If you don’t like us, acquire some taste.
  4. Well-behaved people don’t make it into history books.
  5. Be sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.
  6. We got 99 problems, but an awesome marketing team ain’t one.
  7. Sometimes you just need to do a thing called “what you want.”
  8. You can’t do epic stuff with bad people. And we got the best in the biz.
  9. It’s not called being bossy, it’s called having leadership skills.
  10. You did not wake up today to be mediocre.
  11. A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.
  12. We’re entrepreneurs. They call us dreamers, but we’re the ones who never sleep.
  13. All of us have the capacity to light up a room. Some when they enter, others when they leave it.
  14. Brains are awesome. I wish everybody would have one.
  15. Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.
  16. You see that? That’s my patience leaving.
  17. I’ll have you know, I’ve completed plenty of marathons. [Show 1], [Show 2], and [Show 3], to name a few.
  18. Everyone has that one annoying friend. If you don’t have one, then it’s probably you.
  19. Above: A photo of me pretending to be listening.
  20. Oh, you sent me an email? Expect a response in approximately never.
  21. Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.
  22. If you like me, raise your hand. If not, then raise your standard.
  23. If you don’t succeed the first time, then burn all the evidence you tried.
  24. Underestimate me. That’ll be fun.
  25. I like my coffee how I like myself: Dark, bitter and too hot for you.
  26. People say I act like I don’t care. It’s not an act.
  27. They say good things take time … that’s why I’m always late.
  28. Focused. Intelligent. Motivated. Oh, and cute.
  29. “The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand
  30. It’s okay if you don’t like me. Not everyone has good taste.

Song Lyrics for Instagram Captions

IG captions: But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round.

  1. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist.” — Sia, “Chandelier”
  2. “I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget.” — Drake, “Show Me a Good Time”
  3. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” — Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance”
  4. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” — John Lennon, “Imagine”
  5. “If you give, you begin to live.” — Dave Matthews Band, “You Might Die Trying”
  6. “Outlining my findings, using life as a stencil.” — Kero One, “In All the Wrong Places”
  7. “Feeling good living better.” — Drake, “Over My Dead Body”
  8. “Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight, like this city is on fire tonight.” — OneRepublic, “Good Life”
  9. “Time makes you bolder.” — Fleetwood Mac, “Landslide”
  10. “If I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe.” — Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All”
  11. “The rest of the world was in black and white, but we were in screaming color.” — Taylor Swift, “Out of the Woods”
  12. “Lightning strikes every time she moves.” — Calvin Harris, “This Is What You Came For”
  13. “We aren’t ever getting older.” — Chainsmokers, “Closer”
  14. “Sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears.” — Aerosmith, “Dream On”
  15. “Life is good.” — Future & Drake, “Life is Good”
  16. “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” – Wale, “Aston Martin Music”
  17. “But like the sun, know you know I find my way back ‘round.” — J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
  18. “I will overcome any hurdle or obstacle that’s in my path.” — OutKast, “Knowing”

Holiday Instagram Captions

New Year’s Instagram Captions

  1. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. Didn’t make it to midnight.
  3. Resolutions are made to be broken.
  4. Ringing in the new year — like a bell.
  5. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” — Brad Paisley
  6. New year, same me.
  7. Time to show off my bubbly personality.
  8. Any excuse to wear glitter.
  9. Starting off the year on the right foot.
  10. There are 12 months ahead of us to make a difference.
  11. Day 1 of 365
  12. Sip, sip, hooray!

Valentine’s Day Instagram Captions

IG captions:  You can't blame gravity for falling in love

  1. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Consider this post my Valentine to you.
  2. Don’t tell me you love me. Tell me you’re outside with pizza.
  3. All I need is you. (And maybe wine + chocolate too.)
  4. “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” — Albert Einstein
  5. 99% of my socks are single, and you don’t see them crying about it.
  6. I will do anything for love. Except that. And that. Or that. Or…
  7. Sorry, I’m in a relationship with tacos.
  8. “All the single ladies…” — Beyonce, “Single Ladies”
  9. In love with my best friend.
  10. I’m better when I’m with you.

Halloween Instagram Captions

  1. Creepin’ it real.
  2. I brake for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
  3. “When the spooks have a midnight jamboree, they break it up with fiendish glee…” — The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
  4. You’re just my (blood) type.
  5. How to eat candy corn: don’t.
  6. #squadghouls
  7. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
  8. Driving me batty.
  9. “Scary hours.” — Drake

Thankgiving

  1. I’m wearing my elastic pants.
  2. “For those of you who cannot be with family this Thanksgiving, please resist the urge to brag.” — Andy Borowitz
  3. On a veggie diet this Thanksgiving: Carrot cake and pumpkin pie.
  4. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
  5. I think, therefore I cran.
  6. Bad day to be a turkey.
  7. Need fuel for Black Friday.
  8. “Okay, guys. I have exactly 28 minutes before I have to baste again.” — Monica
  9. Grateful. Thankful. Blessed.
  10. Who made the potato salad?
  11. There’s always something to be thankful for.

Christmas & Hannukah Instagram Captions

  1. You sleigh me.
  2. Fa la la la llama.
  3. “O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, your ornaments are history.” — The Cat
  4. “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.” — Charles M. Schulz
  5. Dear Santa, let’s not talk about this.
  6. Rebel Without a Claus
  7. Doesn’t Santa have anything better to do than watch us while we’re sleeping?
  8. All I want for Christmas is you (and wine would be nice).
  9. To all you cotton-headed ninny-mugginses out there.
  10. Drop it like a top.
  11. Wishing you a latke love this Hanukkah.
  12. I want to eat 8 latkes for the calories of one.
  13. One little candle can light up an entire room.
  14. Keep calm and spin that dreidel.
  15. Deck the halls with matzo balls!
  16. It’s Christmas time and I’m the gift.
  17. The best gift is to be present with the ones you love.

Seasonal Instagram Captions

Spring Instagram Captions

  1. Hello, spring!
  2. “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” — Louis Armstrong
  3. April showers bring May flowers.
  4. I think I just experienced all the seasons in a single day.
  5. I love allergy season, said no one ever.
  6. Currently soaking up the sun and smelling the roses. Please leave a message after the beep.
  7. I owe a lot to the inventor of flip-flops.
  8. “Here comes the sun, and I say… It’s all right.” — The Beatles
  9. “Warm winds in the springtime.” — SZA, “Warm Winds”
  10. Springing into the new season.

Summer Instagram Captions

IG captions: Here comes the sun and I say its all right

  1. “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Life’s a beach.
  3. School’s out, sun’s out, guns out.
  4. “A little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” — John Mayer
  5. 90% happy, 10% burnt.
  6. Girls just want to have sun.
  7. “Summer lovin’ had me a blast, summer lovin’ happened so fast.” — Grease
  8. Happiness is a cold popsicle.
  9. Life is better by the pool.
  10. “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” — Ella Fitzgerald, “Summertime”
  11. “Here comes the sun, and I say… It’s all right.” — The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun”

Fall Instagram Captions

  1. My favorite color is October.
  2. “Wild is the music of autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.” — William Wordsworth
  3. My favorite kind of weather.
  4. It’s never too early for pumpkin spice.
  5. Meet me in the corn maze.
  6. Crisp air. Apple cider. Flaming foliage.
  7. Pumpkin spice and everything nice.
  8. “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” — Shira Tamir
  9. Leaves are falling, and autumn is calling.
  10. “Days in the sun and nights in the rain. Summer is over, simple and plain.” — Drake & Majid Jordan, “Summer’s Over”
  11. Falling never felt so good.

Winter Instagram Captions

  1. “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
  2. If it’s snowing, I’m not going.
  3. Cozy nights. Good books. Hot chocolate.
  4. Do you want to build a snowman?
  5. Running on caffeine and holiday cheer.
  6. “Winter is not a season; it’s a celebration.” — Anamika Mishra
  7. Merry and brrrrrrright.
  8. Having snow much fun.
  9. ‘Tis the season to be freezin’.
  10. “Timb’ laces get tighter and parka hoods flip up.” — Drake, “Come Winter”

Selfie Instagram Captions

IG captions: Smile! The happiness is right under your nose

  1. Me, myself, and I.
  2. Be yourself, there’s no one better.
  3. It’s the happiness for me.
  4. Smile! The happiness is right under your nose.
  5. My favorite filter is reality.
  6. Self-care selfie!
    Conquer the world one smile at a time.
  7. It’s a great day to have a great day.
  8. The greatest gift you can give someone is a smile.
  9. Self-love is the best love.
  10. “But she looked powerful. She wore the sun like a shiny pin on the side of her hair.” –Lilian Li
  11. I don’t need a hair stylist. My pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning.

Vacation Instagram Captions

  1. A chance to get away from the everyday.
  2. Work. Save. Travel. Repeat.
  3. Staycation loading…
  4. Collect the moments, not the materials.
  5. Another destination off the bucket list.
  6. An adventure to fill the soul.
  7. The scenic route is always better.
  8. I need a six-month vacation, twice a year.
  9. Be back never.
  10. Catch flights, not feelings.

Capture the Feeling with an Instagram Caption

Even though an image is worth 1,000 words, a well-written caption couldn’t hurt. These days, the caption can make just as much of a statement as the image! For all of the occasions that are worthy of a post to your feed, use one of the quotes from this list and customize it to make it your own.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in June 2020 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.