125 Life Quotes

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Here are 125 of the best life quotes and images. The goal? To help you find the inspiration and wisdom you need for living a good and simple life. Enjoy!

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Life is a mountain. Your goal is to find your path, not to reach the top. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

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Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside. Kamal Ravikant Click to tweet

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Bruce Lee (Graphic by Minimal Shades) Click to tweet

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

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Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Click to tweet

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

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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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Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

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

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Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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

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Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

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

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The only way out is through. Robert Frost Click to tweet

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

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

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

Related quote topics: positive, inner peace, perseverance, life is short, life is beautiful


Enjoying the quotes so far?

Please keep reading and you’ll discover what people mean when they say “the good life”.

You’ll find inspiring authors like Confucius, Mother Teresa, Bob Marley, da Vinci, etc.


one thing I’ve discovered myself is this:

the good life is not about comfort, “success”, stuff, achievements.


It’s more about meaning, doing what we love, simplicity, being healthy and surrounded by people we love.

I’ve also learned that most of us want to feel in control of our lives.


having high expectations can actually ruin your happiness.

So make sure you live more in the moment, spontaneously.


The Best Life Quotes

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life quotes not how long well have lived main thing seneca wisdom man nature mountains

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

My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet

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

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

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

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

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

Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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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

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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

Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. Naval Ravikant

Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. Naval Ravikant

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

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

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Those who realize their folly are not true fools. Zhuangzi Click to tweet

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

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

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski

Part 2. Life Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Life Quotes

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Seeking a famous life quote? Check out those by Einstein, Helen Keller, Thoreau, Lao Tzu, 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

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

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The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

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

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

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

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

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

The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem. Walt Disney

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey

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

Related: The Most Famous Quotes of All Time

Inspirational Quotes About Life

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

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

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

No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. Naval Ravikant

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

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

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

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. T.S. Eliot

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

Control your emotions, control your mind. Control your mind, control your actions. Control your actions, control your life. Anthony Pompliano (twitter.com)

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. Tony Robbins

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

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

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 (Related quote topic: writing)

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

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Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

Life is all about surprising ourselves. Go beyond what you thought you could achieve even in your wildest dreams. Johannes Larsson (twitter.com)

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

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Deep Quotes About Life

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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 flavor of life is on the edge. Naval Ravikant

We are evolved to search for meaning but ultimately life has none. Naval Ravikant

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

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

Remember: the more you expect things to be a certain way, the more disappointed you’ll be. Accept life as it is. You’ll be free. Maxime Lagacé

Real education starts when you realize that life is wild and you know nothing about it. Maxime Lagacé

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

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’re not meant to consume infinite news, porn and food. We live in an era of too much abundance. This is the modern struggle. There is so much of an abundance of cheap, fake, instant dopamine and meaning. How do you motivate yourself to do the real thing any more? Naval Ravikant

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

Happiness is not the surplus of pleasant over unpleasant moments. Rather happiness consists in seeing one’s life in its entirety as meaningful and worthwhile. Yuval Noah Harari

As Nietzsche put it, if you have a WHY to live, you can bear almost any “HOW”. A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is. Yuval Noah Harari

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

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

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss (See also: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life, zenhabits.net)

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

Scared people want comfort and certainty so they avoid failure. People living fully seek challenges because this is where they feel alive. Maxime Lagacé

If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long. Elon Musk

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

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

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

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

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

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

I do not live to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. Richard Bach

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

Related: Deep Quotes That Will Make You Think (In New Ways)

Part 3. Conclusion

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A secret to life: Know that none of this matters, and yet… live as if every single moment does. Kamal Ravikant Click to tweet

Call to action: Read 12 Actionable Tips To De-Stress And Feel Happier Right Now (lifehack.org)

Hope you appreciated those beautiful life quotes. And remember: the “good life” is not about comfort and being busy. It’s about having time, doing what we love and fighting for what we love. Now, if you did like the quotes, please don’t hesitate to share them with your friends today!

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

October 4, 2017

Last Update

December 1, 2021

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  1. Maxime, I can’t remember the exact quote but it’s like; “I want people to be happier when I leave them than when I met them”. Or, something like that. Can you help ???

  2. Thank you so much for all of the beautiful, inspirational quotes, thoughts and beautiful words of wisdom.

  3. Great collection of wisdom. Personaly I love Andrzej Majewski quotes especially inspiring quotes: The most potent power in the universe is the willpower.
    There’s no better motivation to man’s actions than a strict ban.
    Only great men can keep their head in the clouds and their feet firmly down on the ground.
    Never curse an illness; better ask for health.
    If you want to be strong – keep training; if you want to keep winning all the time – do not fight.
    If you want to more: andrzej-majewski.com

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