The 121 Best Instagram Captions of 2020

Blow your Instagram followers away with these creative captions

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

What to Know

  • Instagram limits captions to 2,200 characters or around 325 words. Change the length often or add emojis but keep the message clear.
  • Include tag requests and other questions to encourage follower participation. Try "Who's with me?" or "Tag a friend who'd love this."
  • The biggest Instagram stars use captions that are inclusive of all audiences, so stick with words that resonate with all.

It's not always easy to capture the essence of an Instagram post in words. Taking the time to create the best caption helps followers see how you want them to interpret the images you post.

Skip the temptation for one-word captions or, worse, no caption at all. Readers want to engage with you; give them some insight into your emotions when you post. Grab a few ideas from our list of best sassy, feel-good, cute, funny, clever Instagram quotes and sayings. Perfect for birthdays, romance, and any other situation life throws at you!

Sassy (Perhaps a Little Bit Salty) Captions

Sometimes, you're just not in the mood to take anyone's well, you know. In those cases, a little bit of sass combined with splash of sauce can not only put you in a better mood but entertain your followers, too.

  • "Bow down to the queen."
  • "Do not try me. I'm not a sample."
  • "Are you a software update? Because NOT NOW."
  • "Fueled by caffeine, sarcasm & inappropriate thoughts."
  • "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception." - Groucho Marx
  • "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
  • "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright
  • "Good morning! Your little ray of sarcastic sunshine has arrived!"
  • "A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows she has none." - Marilyn Monroe
  • "I didn't break the rules, but I challenged the rules." - Ella Baker
  • “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” - Elizabeth Taylor

Clever Instagram Captions

An apt quote that makes you think can be the perfect caption to pair with a stunning photo of a natural landscape or anything with an artsy look. Your followers will appreciate that little tidbit of wisdom you offer them!

  • "Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness."
  • "The idea is to die young . . . as late as possible."
  • "Do more things that make you forget to check your phone."
  • "You are what you do, not what you say you'll do."
  • "I literally have to remind myself all the time that being afraid of things going wrong isn't the way to make things go right."
  • "You never run out of things that can go wrong."
  • "If practice makes perfect, and no one’s perfect, then why practice?" —Billy Corgan.
  • "One does not simply create a clever Instagram caption."
  • "Friday, my second favorite F word."
  • "When nothing goes right, go left."

Feel Good Instagram Captions

It's natural to want to share your happiness with others. Whether you're flashing a genuine smile in a selfie or capturing a gorgeous sunset in your post, a good quote that captures the joy and happiness you're feeling can be contagious to your followers.

  • "When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine."
  • "The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they make the best of everything."
  • "Be happy. It drives people crazy."
  • "Say yes to new adventures."
  • "Every day may not be good, but there's good in every day."
  • "You’re like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have."
  • "Today’s the best kind of day."
  • "Be the type of person you want to meet."
  • "Keep your chin up, so your crown don’t slip."
  • "My life isn’t perfect, but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me."

Queens of Old Hollywood Captions

There's no one better at summing things up than the stars who have shined so brightly on the silver screen. Take some tips from them to entertain your fans and spice up your Insta with some glam.

Audrey Hepburn in a bathub scene from the film "Paris When it Sizzles'
Audrey Hepburn in 'Paris When It Sizzles'. Paramount Pictures/Handout/Getty Images 
  • "When I'm good, I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better." - Mae West
  • "If I were well-behaved, I'd die of boredom." -Tallulah Bankhead
  • "I can live without money, but I cannot live without love." - Judy Garland
  • "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." - Nina Simone
  • "I am just too much." - Bette Davis
  • "I believe in pink." - Audrey Hepburn
  • "Be yourself. The world worships the original." - Ingrid Bergman
  • "A good many dramatic situations being with screaming." - Jane Fonda
  • "I restore myself when I'm alone." - Marilyn Monroe
  • "Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn't matter. It's entering the race that counts." - Pam Grier

Cute Instagram Captions

Your followers will find it hard not to tap the like button on any post of yours that makes them go, "Aww!" These cute captions are perfect for that adorable video of your playful pup or your newborn niece's first photo.

An image of a woman taking a photo of a puppy with her smartphone.
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  • "Dream big, little one!"
  • "Cute as a button, but not quite as smart."
  • "7 billion smiles, and yours is my favorite."
  • "You do the most adorable things without realizing."
  • "Don't grow up... It's a trap!"
  • "Dogs are my favorite people."
  • "Don't stop retrievin'."
  • "Not all dogs are good boys. Some are good girls!"
  • "What are you eating, and how can I help?"
  • "I know how to purr my way out of everything."

Funny Instagram Captions

There's nothing like an Instagram caption that can make your followers laugh out loud (for real). A little humor goes a long way, and it can be a nice change of pace on a platform that tends to be overused for vanity and perfection.

An image of a woman taking a photo of a dressed up cat with her smartphone.
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  • "Handle every situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away."
  • "Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how."
  • "I'm not lazy. I'm on energy-saving mode."
  • "I was going to take over the world this morning, but I overslept. Postponed. Again."
  • "I never make the same mistake twice. I make it like five or six times, you know, just to be sure."
  • "You never realize how boring your life is until someone asks you what you do for fun."
  • "It’s Thursday, so here’s my wise quote of the day… actually, I got nothing."
  • "I’m just a girl standing in front of a camera asking if this is Instagram worthy?"
  • "Sleep like no one’s watching."
  • "I invented a new word: Plagiarism."

Best Friend Instagram Captions

What better way to use social media than by showing just how much you appreciate your best friends? Captions that make your best friends feel loved and valued just might inspire them to return the favor!

An image of two women having their photo taken.
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  • "The only way to have a friend is to be one. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves."
  • "F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you."
  • "Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them."
  • "Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things."
  • "A good friend might know your wild stories, but your best friend was right there with you."
  • "Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you." —Misty Copeland
  • "In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips."
  • "I would never let my best friend do anything stupid…alone."
  • "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light." —Helen Keller

Song Lyric Instagram Captions

Sometimes lyrics make perfect Instagram captions, whether from a rising pop star or an established artist.

  • "I'll stop wearing black when they make a darker color." — Wilson (Expensive Mistakes) by Fall Out Boy
  • "This may be the night that my dreams might let me know... All the stars are closer." — All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • "Feeling like a boss, and staring at the stars, it doesn't matter the cost, 'cause everybody wants to be famous." — Everybody Wants to Be Famous by Superorganism
  • "Shine on, diamond, don't make me wait another day." — My My My! by Troye Sivan
  • "I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist." — Chandelier by Sia.
  • "I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me" — New Romantics by Taylor Swift
  • "Am I more than you bargained for yet?" ― Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy
  • "If I was you, I'd wanna be me too." Me Too by Meghan Trainor
  • "It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none."― Ain't No Fun by Snoop Dogg
  • "Cheers to the freakin' weekend." Cheers by Rihanna

Birthday Instagram Captions

Whether you're wishing someone a happy birthday or celebration your own, you probably don't want to sound like a Hallmark card in your Instagram caption. These birthday captions are both smart and funny.

An image of a man and a woman posing for a selfie at a birthday party.
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  • "Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat cake."
  • "Birthday: A day to celebrate that you haven't died in the last year."
  • "I don't look a day over fabulous!"
  • "The older you get, the better you get. Unless you're a banana."
  • "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest."
  • "It takes a long time to grow young" —Pablo Picasso
  • "Age is just a hashtag."
  • "I didn't choose this birthday; this birthday chose me."
  • "I don't get older; I level up."
  • "It's your birthday; you don't have to do nothin'." ― Birthday by Destiny's Child

Short Instagram Captions

Many Instagram posts speak for themselves. When you're in a rush to get something posted and don't have much time to think or tap away on your device's keyboard, keep it simple with some of these short and sweet captions.

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."
  • "Darling, you are a work of art."
  • "Choose kindness and laugh often."
  • "Clear your mind of can't."
  • "Every moment matters."
  • "I got nothing."
  • "Yup, another food pic."
  • "Why so serious?" —The Joker
  • "Smile...it confuses people."
  • "Selfie in paradise."

Food Instagram Captions

Food posts on Instagram are just as popular as ever. Next time you're eating out at a great restaurant, or finished preparing a delicious meal, pair it with a caption like one of the following.

An image of someone taking a photo of their meal with their smartphone.
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  • "I'm on a seafood diet. I see food, and I eat it."
  • "Cupcakes are muffins that believe in miracles."
  • "Did you say exercise? Or extra fries?"
  • "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a donut."
  • "My head says gym, but my heart says tacos."
  • "Food before dudes."
  • "Resting coffee face."
  • "First, we eat, then we can do everything else."
  • "Grillin' and chillin'.'"
  • "Breakfast. All. Day."

Instagram Captions for Couples

When you're in love, you want the whole world to know it. If you're not afraid of getting a little mushy on Instagram, consider adding one of these ultra lovey-dovey captions to a post featuring you and your better half.

Mixed race couple taking a selfie
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  • "Forget the butterflies; I feel the whole zoo when I'm with you."
  • "Fall in love with somebody who will never let you go to sleep wondering if you still matter."
  • "She's the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence that I could ever possibly write."
  • "Sometimes, someone comes into your life so unexpectedly, takes your heart by surprise, and changes your life forever."
  • "I love that you are my person, and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together." — A.R. Asher
  • "I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything." — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you and everything you do..." Yellow by Coldplay
  • "How sweet it is to be loved by you..." — How Sweet It Is by James Taylor
  • "You belong among the wildflowers." — Wildflowers by Tom Petty
  • "Love recognizes no barriers." — Maya Angelou