63 Meaning Of Life Quotes

I’ve gathered 63 “meaning of life” quotes for you.

After I lost my girlfriend in a car accident in 2004, I started my quest for the meaning of life.

I asked myself profound questions:

  • Why I am here?
  • What is life all about?
  • Why is this happening to me?

Committed to feeling better, I started studying the best books, blogs, and videos to fix my sadness.

This page contains the best words and quotes I’ve collected over the years.

I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

But most importantly, I hope you’ll find answers too.

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

What does this quote mean to you?

One simple way to create meaning in your life is by helping others. Narrow-minded people do things for themselves. Wise people do things for others too.


The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. Joseph Campbell

The very meaningless of life forces man to create his own meaning. Stanley Kubrick

Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible. 14th Dalai Lama

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. Alan Watts

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble. Bill Watterson

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is. Hermann Hesse

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. Thomas Merton


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You can seek the comfortable or the meaningful. Choose wisely. Maxime Lagacé

What does this quote mean to you?

Society tells you the good life is the comfortable life. It’s a lie. You need some challenges to feel proud and to progress. Otherwise, you can’t find satisfaction.


To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Robert Louis Stevenson

The secret is not to find the meaning of life, but to use your life to make things that are meaningful. James Clear

What most of us seek is comfort but what gives meaning is connection. Maxime Lagacé

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute, that gives meaning to our lives. Tony Robbins

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. 14th Dalai Lama

The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

What does this quote mean to you?

You can’t regret helping others. You can’t regret making the world a better place for others. A meaningful life is when you give more than you take.


There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. Anaïs Nin

Look at the stars. See their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself. Draya Mooney

The greatest feeling is helping others feel good too. Maxime Lagacé

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. Myrna Loy

The true meaning of life is finding your own way to enjoy it. Unknown



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Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person. Leo Tolstoy

What does this quote mean to you?

By trying to become a better person, you’ll inevitably inspire and help others along the way. A better person is: authentic, kind, loving, and peaceful.


A comfortable, convenient life is not a real life – the more comfortable, the less alive. Osho

Life without pain has no meaning. Arthur Schopenhauer

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived! Bruce Lee

You can create a lot of meaning in your own life by helping someone else do something that is meaningful to them. James Clear

Life in itself has no meaning. Life is an opportunity to create meaning. Osho

The purpose of life is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant. Jordan Peterson

Life’s meaning is not in following someone else, it is in the unfolding of one’s own self. It is not a process of becoming like someone else, it is to be oneself. Osho

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. Viktor Frankl

It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world. E.A. Bucchianeri

Life becomes meaningful when you work on it. You are the only person who can make it meaningful for yourself. Yoko Ono

I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit. Richelle E. Goodrich

The only purpose of our lives consists in waking each other up and being there for each other. Johanna Paungger


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You have to do hard things to create your own meaning in life. Naval Ravikant

What does this quote mean to you?

Struggling, overcoming, and achieving things help you find satisfaction/happiness. But remember, happiness is a direction, not an outcome. The “path” IS happiness.


Stop seeking comfort. Start creating your own meaning. Maxime Lagacé

Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows. Kelly McGonigal

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

Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. Naval Ravikant

To live is to experience, and not to sit around pondering the meaning of life. Paulo Coelho (Source)

The meaning of life is that it stops. Franz Kafka

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan

Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated. Osho

Let us cultivate love and compassion, both of which give true meaning to life. 14th Dalai Lama (Source)

The meaningful life is not easy but it’s the only one worthwhile. Maxime Lagacé

We cannot rely upon others to determine what is meaningful to us. Alain de Botton

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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. David Viscott (Source)

What does this quote mean to you?

You are unique. Nobody has ever been or will ever be like you. THIS is your gift. Now is the time to make it shine.


Finding meaning in your life is not a difficult thing, but it is harder than living a numb, fast-paced superficial life. Juanita Gomez

If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering. Viktor Frankl

Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind. Anthony de Mello

The modern world thinks of art as very important: something close to the meaning of life. Alain de Botton

Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance. Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart, Amazon book)

Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Unknown


I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell

The meaning of life is to give life a meaning. Unknown

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance. Pablo Casals

We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling. David Brooks

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. Whoopi Goldberg

You were born to achieve, to release your inner power, to fulfill your uniqueness. Eric Butterworth

Expecting leads to suffering. Accepting leads to meaning. Maxime Lagacé

We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life. 14th Dalai Lama

Conclusion: The Meaning Of Life Quotes

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Your life is your message to the world. Unknown

What does this quote mean to you?

How you live your life, how you treat others, and the effort you give to your task is THE message you send to others. What will it be?

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