Life Quotes

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

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

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
Mignon McLaughlin

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life must be lived as play.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Stephen Covey

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
Irving Berlin

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler

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

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
Abraham Cahan

Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.
Corita Kent

Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.
William Cowper

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Rebecca West

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
Brendan Gill

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
Samuel Smiles

To know nothing is the happiest life.
Desiderius Erasmus

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.
Ursula Andress

Life well spent is long.
Leonardo da Vinci

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

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

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

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

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.
Will Smith

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

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

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

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

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Harvey Fierstein

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.
Sai Baba

Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

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

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
James Allen

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

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
William Wallace

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Havelock Ellis

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

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
E. B. White

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant

A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.
Carl Sandburg

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
Bob Marley

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

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone de Beauvoir

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Richard L. Evans

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Josh Billings

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.
Robert Frost

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore

I do not regret one moment of my life.
Lillie Langtry

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Jean-Paul Sartre

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.
Max de Pree

A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.
Jean Ingelow

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything in life is luck.
Donald Trump

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.
Charles M. Schulz

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Jackie Robinson

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.
Philip Green

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
Karen Horney

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

The less routine the more life.
Amos Bronson Alcott

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Horace Walpole

What we play is life.
Louis Armstrong

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

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
Mark Twain

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

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

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Carl Jung

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
Arthur Rubinstein

Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.
Mel Brooks

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Albert Schweitzer

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Marie Curie

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
Erich Fromm

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Soren Kierkegaard

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
Wayne Dyer

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

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Soren Kierkegaard

Life is half spent before we know what it is.
George Herbert

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Scott Hamilton

While there’s life, there’s hope.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’
Sydney J. Harris

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

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
John F. Kennedy

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Jose Ortega y Gasset

My life is my message.
Mahatma Gandhi

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.
John F. Kennedy

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Marcus Aurelius

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
Richard Bach

Don’t go through life, grow through life.
Eric Butterworth

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.
Miguel Angel Ruiz

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Bruce Lee

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
Henry David Thoreau

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
E. M. Forster

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.
Audrey Hepburn

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde

Life loves the liver of it.
Maya Angelou

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.
Wayne Dyer

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
William James

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
Arthur Miller

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
William Osler

People living deeply have no fear of death.
Anais Nin

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Vernon Howard

I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Laurence Sterne

We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
Lauryn Hill

The greatest pleasure of life is love.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James

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

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is never easy for those who dream.
Robert James Waller

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.
e. e. cummings

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
William Hazlitt

Life is too short to work so hard.
Vivien Leigh

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
Henry David Thoreau

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
William James

Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.
Fran Lebowitz

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Ben Stein

There is no wealth but life.
John Ruskin

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
Theodor Adorno

Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time.
Jean Paul

There is just one life for each of us: our own.

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
E. M. Forster

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.
Hugh Leonard

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
H. L. Mencken

The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up.
Barbara Kingsolver

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Truman Capote

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Life is like a trumpet – if you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.
William Christopher Handy

Life is wasted on the living.
Douglas Adams

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.
Dave Barry

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
John Henry Newman

I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I am satisfied with it.
Grandma Moses

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
William Feather

Life is but thought.
Sara Teasdale

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Emily Dickinson

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.
William Feather

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
Woody Allen

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.
Jean Anouilh

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.
William Lyon Phelps

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.
William Ellery Channing

To be free is to have achieved your life.
Tennessee Williams

Life itself is the proper binge.
Julia Child

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life.
Karl A. Menninger

I love life because what more is there?
Anthony Hopkins

You don’t have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life’s about change.
John Cleese

The person lives twice who lives the first life well.
Robert Herrick

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
Karen Horney

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