67 Famous Quotes about Life

Life Quotes

Famous quotes make getting through life's hard times a little easier. The 67 famous quotes that follow are some of the most motivational quotes around. If you enjoy these quotes, please be sure to vote for this hub below, and add some more of your favorites in the comments section at the bottom of this hub.


"And Summers and Winters scattered like splinters And four or five years slipped away." -Jimmy Buffett

"The first half of life is spent mainly in finding out who we are through seeing ourselves in our interaction with others." -Dr. June Singer

"Life is short and full of blisters." -African-american Proverb

"The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life." -Richard Steele, Sr.

"I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas." -Voltaire

"There's a balance in my life, there's reality and there's the part that looks really glamorous, but we're all just people in the end." -Olivia Newton-john

"When one is anxious only to live, he easily, in this solicitude, forgets the enjoyment of life. If his only concern is for life, and he thinks "if I only have my dear life," he does not apply his full strength to using, i. e., enjoying, life." -Max Stirner

"The chemistry of couples is much like chemistry at the work bench. At the work bench, if the components are correctly chosen, the resulting compounds are likely to be more stable. Similarly with people, if a partner is carefully chosen, the resulting chemical bond between the two will more likely be more stable as opposed to selecting a partner at random. If sex is added to the chemistry and ." -Martin Dansky

"Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It's all about timing." -Stacey Charter

"Life is short, wear tropical shirts." -Marc Lampe

"God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how." -Henry Ward Beecher

"I'd like to think the best of me was still hiding up in my sleeve." -John Mayer

"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life." -Jackie Robinson

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

"Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving." -Michael J. Gelb

"I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel." -Gloria Naylor

"Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared." -Henri Nouwen

"Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery - the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets - is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together." -Alan Watts

"Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited about the privileges of simply being human." -Tim Hansel

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." -George Washington Carver

"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying." -Joan of Arc

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

"On the highway of life, we most often recognize happiness out of the rear view mirror." -Frank Tyger

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." -Alexander Woollcott

"Life is a series of commas, not periods." -Matthew Mcconaughey

"The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything." -Robert Frost

"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

"Life in part is what you make of it... in parting it is what it makes out of you." -Janice Markowitz

"Do not lose hold of your dreams or asprirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." -Henry David Thoreau

"The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little." -Michel de Montaigne

"The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain non-action. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly." -Lu Yen

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

"I may be revered or defamed and decried; But I tried to live my life right." -Tracy Chapman

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." -Isaac Asimov

"Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning." -Charles De Lint

"All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper - just running down the edges of different countries and continents, 'looking for something'." -Elizabeth Bishop

"When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it!" -Agnetha Faltskog

"My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience." -Cab Calloway

"Life isn't about living without problems. Life is about solving problems." -Tom Krause

"A little bit at which you persevere is better than a lot at which you are bored." -Imam Ali

"Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going." -Tennessee Williams

"You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing." -Henry Louis Mencken

"Many persons have an idea that one cannot be in business and lead an upright life, whereas the truth is that no one succeeds in business to any great extent, who misleads or misrepresents." -John Wanamaker

"There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow." -The Talmud

"So long as we do not blow our brains out, we have decided life is worth living." -Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

"Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull." -C. Northcote Parkinson

"Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion, but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love." -George Bataille

"Life offstage has sometimes been a wilderness of unpredictables in an unchoreographed world." -Margot Fonteyn

"Life is about timing." -Carl Lewis

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Sir Winston Churchill

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

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." -Socrates

"Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly, Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow." -Langston Hughes

"Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece." -Nadia Boulanger

"Dressing is a way of life." -Yves Saint Laurent

"There is no certainty; there is only adventure." -Roberto Assagioli


"I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory." -Lucy Lawless

"My next thirty years I'm gonna settle all the scores,Cry a little less, laugh a little more.Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear,Figure out just what I'm doing here." -Tim Mcgraw

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies." -Adrienne Gusoff

"Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life." -Jane Seymour

"I truly believe that we can overcome any hurdle that lies before us and create the life we want to live. I have seen it happen time and time again." -Gillian Anderson

"Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." -John Lennon

"He who must expend his life to prolong life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking for his life does not have it and can as little enjoy it." -Max Stirner

"Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude." -Alfred North Whitehead

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epigramman 5 years ago

......a very satisfying anthology of quotes - and a good reference list to choose from. You have covered a wide range here of philosophy here from the ridiculous to the sublime. Thank you for your time and effort in putting this stellar hub together.

And two original 'when in doubt' quotes from the epigramman - When in doubt, panic!

When in doubt, eat!

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