300 Inspiring Life Quotes That Will Change You (Forever)

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The Best Life Quotes Ever

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My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. Seneca

I love those who can smile in trouble… Leonardo da Vinci

Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. Andre Gide

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln Click to tweet

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. William W. Purkey Click to tweet

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag

The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. Gustave Flaubert

I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. Zsa Zsa Gabor

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. Kenneth Branagh

The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. Helen Mirren

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King Click to tweet

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley

I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. Jimi Hendrix

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski (This is one of my favorite life quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny Click to tweet

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard Click to tweet

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost Click to tweet

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Part 2. Life Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Life Quotes (Einstein, Keller, Thoreau, etc.)

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller Click to tweet

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. St. Augustine

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

Short Life Quotes

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Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley Click to tweet

Keep calm and carry on. Winston Churchill

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare

Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. D. H. Lawrence

Life is short, death is forever. Chuck Palahniuk

Life is short but it is wide. This too shall pass. Rebecca Wells

The greatest pleasure of life is love. Euripides

Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid

Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie

It’s better to dance than to march through life. Yoko Ono

We are who we choose to be. Green Goblin

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Inspirational And Motivational Life Quotes

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I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. Pablo Picasso Click to tweet

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

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before. Albert Einstein

The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. Indira Gandhi

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa

Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. Neil Strauss

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Anthony Robbins

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt

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

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Barbara Sher

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will. Paul Gauguin

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin Click to tweet

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way. Henry Ford

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein

Happy Life Quotes, Uplifting, Positive And That Will Make You Smile

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The dreamers are the saviors of the world. James Allen Click to tweet

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone see its. Confucius

Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. Snoopy

Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! Epictetus

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. Thich Nhat Hanh

Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant. Paulo Coelho (Eleven Minutes)

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

Every second you have on this planet is very precious and it’s your responsibility that you’re happy. Naval Ravikant

There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. David Livingston

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it. Hillary Clinton

Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

Those who realize their folly are not true fools. Zhuangzi

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuangzi

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward. Helen Keller

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

The first step is you have to say that you can. Will Smith

Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe

There is only one happiness in life – to love and to be loved. George Sand

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernandez

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote

Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! Dr. Seuss

Funny Life Quotes (Some Will Surprise You)

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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski Click to tweet

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schulz

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. Ellen DeGeneres

All generalizations are false, including this one. Mark Twain

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. Cathy Guisewite

Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something. William Goldman

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often. Oliver Herford

I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

The planet is fine. The people are fucked. George Carlin Click to tweet

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. George Carlin

I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams

Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright. Laurell K. Hamilton

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A Heinlein

If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey

What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife. Rodney Dangerfield

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Deep Life Quotes, Profound, Emotional, Meaningful (Some Will Make You Think)

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Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand. Jack London Click to tweet

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it. Arthur Schopenhauer

In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. Charlie Brown

Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present. Peter F. Drucker

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it. Carl Jung

We no longer live life. We consume it. Vicki Robin (Your Money Or Your Life)

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. Unknown

Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea. Unknown

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. Rick Riordan

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. Annie Gottlier

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller

Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems. Mark Manson

There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay

Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything. Ralph Marston

To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations. Emily Dickson

The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race. Bob Marley Click to tweet

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. Jack Kerouac

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Thomas Szasz

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. Charlie Chaplin

Life Lessons And Simple Reminders

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Life’s too mysterious to take too serious. Mary Engelbreit Click to tweet

Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Naval Ravikant

The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything. Frank Sinatra

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou

A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do. Osho

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. Alfred Adler

When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. Anita Krizzan

If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so. Lev Grossman

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. Santosh Kalwar

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. Peter F. Drucker

Life is to enjoyed, not endured. Gordon Hinckley

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead. Roy T. Bennett

Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular. Roy T. Bennett

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

A fear-oriented man is always calculating, planning, arranging, safeguarding. His whole life is lost in this way. Osho

See: it’s a never-ending upward spiral. And if you think at any point you’re allowed to stop climbing, I’m afraid you’re missing the point. Because the joy is in the climb itself. Mark Manson

Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual. We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore. Mark Manson

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. Roy T. Bennett

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope

People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. Dr. Seuss

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn. David Russell

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Oprah Winfrey Click to tweet

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

Part 3. Life Quotes About…

Life Quotes About Love

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Love is the goal, life is the journey. Osho Click to tweet

I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth. Doug Hutchison

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. James Baldwin

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Morrie Schwartz

Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi

If I know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. Soren Kierkegaard

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. Roy Croft

A drop of love can bring an ocean of tears. Jewish Proverb

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. Blaise Pascal

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. Leo Buscaglia

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. David Wilkerson

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

Love is a better teacher than duty. Albert Einstein

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love. Henry Miller

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. Wayne Dyer

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we’re in love. John Updike

The giving of love is an education in itself. Eleanor Roosevelt

Life Quotes About Friendship

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The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey Click to tweet

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother. Benjamin Franklin

Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…”. C.S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. C.S. Lewis

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”. A.A. Milne

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. Jay McInerney

Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts. Margaret Lee Runbeck

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. Jane Austen

Happiness is only real when shared. Jon Krakauer

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Linda Grayson

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend. Albert Camus

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Life Quotes About Family

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It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. George Santayana

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoléon Bonaparte

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. Friedrich Nietzsche

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. Lee Iacocca

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Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Schiller

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family. Jim Butcher

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. David Ogden Stiers

Children are a poor man’s riches. English Proverb

Children have more need of models than critics. Joseph Joubert

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. Anthony Brandt

In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard Shaw

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman

Life Quotes About Success

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Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury Click to tweet

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. Leonardo da Vinci

Success is about creating value. Candice Carpenter

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. Herbert Bayard Swope

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. Albert Einstein

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. Mark Twain

Good is not enough. You’ve got to be great. Simon Cowell

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. W.P. Kinsella

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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Life Quotes About Challenges, Difficulties, Growing Up And Failures

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Without the rain there would be no rainbow. Gilbert Chesterton Click to tweet

Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile. Maxime Lagacé

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot find peace avoiding life. Virginia Woolf

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! Alfred Adler

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Charles Swindoll

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. John Wooden

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive. Joan Rivers

The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. Eminem

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Part 4. What Is Life Exactly? The Best Authors Reveal It

What Is Life? By Alan Ball, Anais Nin, Bruce Lee, etc.

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Life is to entered upon with courage. Alexis de Tocqueville Click to tweet

Life is the moment we are living right now. Paulo Coelho

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. Anne Wilson Schaef

Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. Alan Watts

My life is my argument. Albert Schweitzer Click to tweet

Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin

Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not. Bruce Lee

Life is too mysterious to try to map it out. I’ve certainly lived long enough to know it will take you places you never thought it would take you – and some of those places are kind of wonderful. Alan Ball

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key. Alan Bennett

Life is a gift, given in trust – like a child. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art. Anselm Kiefer

Life is a dance floor. So dance, don’t miss the chance. Bar Refaeli

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. Benjamin Disraeli

Life is beautiful because it doesn’t last. Brit Marling

To live is to express, and to express, you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation. Bruce Lee

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems. Bruce Lee

The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal. Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. Albert Schweitzer

Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier. Bruce Lee Click to tweet

What Is Life? By Carl Rogers, Helen Keller, Jiddu Krishnamurti, etc.

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Life is a lively process of becoming. Douglas MacArthur Click to tweet

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. Charlie Chaplin

Life is amazing. Life is fucking messy. Life is what you make of it. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Citium Zeno

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. Carl Rogers

Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle

Life is just one damned thing after another. Elbert Hubbard

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. Helen Keller

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations. George Bernard Shaw

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition tat’s troublesome. Isaac Asimov

My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses. Isabel Allende

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London

Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie

Life is short. You have to be able to laugh at our pain or we never move on. Jeff Ross

Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he’s ripping your ticket and away you go. As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang on to that bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair’s messed, you’re out of breath, and you didn’t throw up. Jerry Seinfeld

Life is empty, and realizing that, we want to fill it, we are seeking – seeking ways and means, not only to fill this emptiness but also to find something that is not to be measured by man. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Our whole life is solving puzzles. Erno Rubik

Life is a dead-end street. H. L. Mencken

Life is largely a matter of expectation. Homer

What Is Life? By John Banville, Marcus Aurelius, Woody Allen, etc.

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Life is tragic but it’s equally comic. John Banville Click to tweet

Life is hard. After all, it kills you. Katharine Hepburn

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. Marcus Aurelius

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

Life is a series of commas, not periods. Unknown

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. Morihei Ueshiba

Life is really a dance if you are original, and you are meant to be original. Osho

Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced. Osho

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. Marge Piercy Click to tweet

Life is a zoo in a jungle. Peter De Vries

Life is a continuous process of adjustment. Indira Gandhi

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. Rose Kennedy

The joy of life consists in the inevitable, continual triumph of new values. Wassily Kandinsky

Life is a game and true love is a trophy. Rufus Wainwright

Life is not an exact science, it is an art. Samuel Butler

Life is one long process of getting tired. Samuel Butler

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. Sholom Aleichem

Life is a movie; death is a photograph. Susan Sontag

Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook (Apple CEO)

Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. Tom Clancy

Life is lived on the edge. Will Smith

Take care, the next 2 quotes are hard ones (but true!)

Most of life is tragic. You’re born, you don’t know why. You’re here, you don’t know why. You go, you die. Your family dies. Your friends die. People suffer. People live in constant terror. The world is full of poverty and corruption and war and Nazis and tsunamis. The net result, the final count is, you lose – you don’t beat the house. Woody Allen

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon. Woody Allen

But it’s better to finish on a good note, right?

Only one life, that soon is past, only what’s done with love will last. Click to tweet

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life quotes life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you re going to get forrest gump wisdom quotes

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Forrest Gump Click to tweet

What is your favorite quote? Would you like to add another one here? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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132 comments

  1. This is an incredibly great article. You are right that we always live in the past or in the future. We usually think too much and can not relax in the here and now.
    Thanks for the nice post – which reminds you once again to be mindful and to enjoy the present moment.
    Best regards!

    1. Thanks, Timo!
      Yes, it’s the eternal fight for being present (and happy) or building the future (and fighting the present).

      Regards,
      Maxime

  2. Life can change in an instant, so enjoy each moment as it passes.
    Never forget that everything happens for a reason, so when times are hard, remember it’s all part of the bigger picture.

  3. Elizabeth Kenny’s saying about a lion and a sheep is not original…it should be attributed to Mussolini. Granted she changed it slightly, but still is not her original thought. Here’s Mussolini’s translated quote, “If I advance; follow me. If I retreat; kill me. If I die; avenge me! It is better to live one day as a lion than one-hundred years as a sheep!”

    1. Oh, thanks for pointing this out, Vic.
      By the way, I also found a Tibetan proverb that says: “It is better to live one day as a lion than to live 1000 years as a sheep.”
      I found this one here https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/146859637825716356/ and here https://twitter.com/actionjackson/status/619899068144328704?lang=en

      There’s also another version: “It is better to be a tiger for one day than a sheep for a thousand years.”
      https://thewisdomwarrior.com/2013/11/04/it-is-better-to-be-a-tiger-for-one-day-than-a-sheep-for-a-thousand-years-tibetan-maxim/

      Regards,
      Maxime

  4. Hey Maxime,
    You have a great patience to collect all these wonderful quotes together! What do you think of this quote?
    ” The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness. ”
    Robert Bly

    I’m aware it seem little dark, however I believe this quote is really thoughtful.

    1. Hey Maverick, in my opinion, that’s a fantastic quote!
      I totally get the meaning of it…
      In fact, it’s a truth: once we begin to love, nothing is certain anymore.

      Thanks for sharing this,
      Maxime

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