79 Life Is Short Quotes

Here are 79 of the best life is short quotes I could find. The goal? To remind you one crucial thing: you only live once. You’ll discover quotes by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Socrates, and more. Enjoy!

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We live but for a moment. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

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Life’s too short not to let go. Joshua Fields Millburn Click to tweet

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Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. C. JoyBell C. Click to tweet

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Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think. Socrates Click to tweet

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Look after each other. Life is short – the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

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Life is too short to be little. Benjamin Disraeli Click to tweet

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Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

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All our sweetest hours fly fastest. Virgil Click to tweet

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So make haste to live, my dear Lucilius and think of each single day as a single life. Seneca Click to tweet

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Life is a blink. Hoda Kotb Click to tweet

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People look for ways to pass the time, and later complain that life moves too quickly. James Pierce Click to tweet

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Life is far too short to pursue things that do not genuinely interest you. James Pierce Click to tweet

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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 Click to tweet

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The wiser you get, the luckier you feel. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching. Gerard Way Click to tweet

Related quote topics: life, happiness, humility, life lessons, life is beautiful


A few thoughts on life being short…

There are great benefits to remembering that life is short.

  • You’ll do more of what you truly love
  • You’ll do less of what you hate
  • You’ll be more generous and kind
  • You’ll forgive people more easily
  • You’ll ignore the little stuff
  • You’ll laugh more
  • You’ll worry less
  • You’ll spend more time outside
  • You’ll watch the sky more often
  • You’ll observe the birds more often
  • You’ll spend more time with your friends and family
  • You’ll appreciate the little things more (chocolate and ice cream are good for mental health, right?)
  • You’ll feel more grateful to be alive.

Check out this related article for more benefits: Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better (greatergood.berkeley.edu)

On the flip side,

we should never forget to be responsible, disciplined and rational human beings too.

If we can learn to turn the switch on and off, we’ll live a good and satisfying life.

The Best Life Is Short Quotes

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life is short quotes from present marcus aurelius wisdom

Life is short. That’s all there is to say. Get what you can from the present – thoughtfully, justly. Unrestrained moderation. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Stephen King

There’s no refund on time poorly spent. Joshua Fields Millburn

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. Charlotte Brontë

There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself it will be gone and will never return. Marcus Aurelius

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Dolly Parton

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Life is so short, so beautiful. Don’t be so serious about the work. Enjoy the life. Jack Ma Click to tweet

Quit saying you don’t have time. You have time for what you make time for in life. Bryant H. McGill

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen

We do not appreciate how brief and fleeting our lives will be. It is always later than you think. Time is always more precious than you realize. Realize it now and act! James Clear

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If you understood how short life is you wouldn’t spend it on people who waste your time. Dan Go

You have been preoccupied while life hastens on. Meanwhile death will arrive, and you have no choice in making yourself available for that. Seneca

People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy. Seneca (On the Shortness of Life)

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We are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it. Seneca Click to tweet

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. Hilary Clinton

Eventually, all of us will pass away and slowly be forgotten. We should enjoy this brief time we have on earth — not be enslaved to emotions that make us miserable and dissatisfied. Ryan Holiday

At some point we all must admit the inevitable: life is short, not all of our dreams can come true, so we should carefully pick and choose what we have the best shot at and then commit to it. Mark Manson

Distracted by the obligations of everyday activities, we are no longer aware of ourselves… Everything is done all at once, faster and faster, yet no personal balance or meaning can be found. Marc Wittmann

How do you suppose time works? A slippery succession of long hours adding up to ever-shorter days and years that disappear like falling dominoes? Dani Shapiro

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The days are long but the decades are short. Sam Altman Click to tweet

Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. John Updike

Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it. Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Part 2. Life Is Short That Are…

Life Is Short One-Liners

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Life is short and death is long. Fritz Shoulder Click to tweet

Life is short, art is long. Hippocrates

Life is too short to be miserable. Rita Mae Brown

Life is short and progress is slow. Gabriel Lippmann

There’s time enough, but none to spare. Charles W. Chesnutt

Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.

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Life is very short… One should have no time to dally. Jack London Click to tweet

Life isn’t short, you just waste a lot of it. Paul Domenick

Expect an early death – it will keep you busier. Martin H. Fischer

Be impatient with progress but patient with people. Shane Parrish

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Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapor. Muhammad Ali

Life is too short to harbor any hostilities towards anybody. Peabo Bryson

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Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. Phillips Brooks Click to tweet

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. Audre Lorde

If you want something, don’t wish for it. Life is too short to wait. Stephen Hines

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

Let no one rob me of a single day who is not going to make me an adequate return for such a loss. Seneca

But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. Seneca

Inspirational Life Is Short Quotes

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Life’s too short to deal with people who don’t fit your vibe. Dan Go

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet

Wasted time is worse than wasted money. Paulo Coelho

Wake up and see that life is too short. The realization that life is short will bring dynamism to your life. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks. Anmol Andore

The greatest obstacle to having a meaningful life is the sense one has too much life left. Alain de Botton

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No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it. Seneca Click to tweet

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. Eddie Cantor

You stop overthinking the small stuff once you understand the shortness of life. @orangebook_

Life is too short not to feel and express genuine love and gratitude as often as you possibly can. @dailyzen

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The clock is ticking. If something is really important to you, do it now. Or it may never get done. The illusion of a tomorrow is the biggest waster of lives. @TheAncientSage

Right now your life is passing away. This is your life, right here right now. Not at some other time in the future. Seize it now. Don’t let it slip away unnoticed. @TheAncientSage

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Time flies, whether you’re wasting it or not. Crystal Woods Click to tweet

Pray for your parents every day and spend as much time with them as you can. Gal Shapira

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake. Francis Bacon

Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. Seneca

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

Life is short, and your time for learning and creativity is limited. Robert Greene (Mastery)

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The irony of life is realizing that a lifetime is barely long enough to figure out how it should have been lived. Thibaut Click to tweet

Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it. Orhan Pamuk

You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it’s your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You’re probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you’re gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years. Chris Rock

We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it. Roald Dahl

Greater variety makes a given period of life expand in retrospect. Life passes more slowly. Marc Wittmann

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. Maria Edgeworth

See also: How to Live Life to the Fullest and Enjoy Each Day (lifehack.org)

Part 3. Conclusion

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And then, one day, you look in the mirror — you’re old — and you say, “Where does the time go?” Nina Simone

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Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short. Paul Graham Click to tweet(See also: focus quotes)

Call to action: Watch Life Is Short: How to Add a Sense of Urgency | Tim Ferriss (10-minute YouTube video) or This Is How Short Your Life Is. (6-minute animated YouTube video)

Hope you enjoyed these beautiful life is short quotes. And remember: the only life you’ll ever have is this one. Now, if you did enjoy the quotes, please share them with a friend today!