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A fine selection of quotes about life

Updated on June 18, 2013
Picture taken in the south of Chile
Picture taken in the south of Chile

Personal opinion...

There is a lot of wisdom in learning from the experience of others. We can learn lessons from everyone, no matter how old or young they could be. Of course, we have to pay attention and special respect to the elders, because –for better or worse– they own the experience gained thru the years. This can work like a compass for us! Learning from other’s experience could save us many years of making mistakes!

I have always been a very big fan of quotes, I see wisdom in them. They are helpful even in the most unsuspected situations; but the most important matter is how I apply them to my own life, what can I really learn from them, and how they can help me improve the way I am living my life.

Les Brown said: “To achieve something that you’ve never achieved before, you must become someone that you have never been before”, sometimes it is very hard to keep the strength to fulfill this task, and there are days when you just need to be your own sunshine upon your shoulders, and probably more often there are nights in which you need to create your own star to follow. In that moment, I have found the courage to keep going in the wisdom of other people. Here is a short selection of quotes about life. Hope they can help you the way they have helped me! Enjoy!

My personal favorites:

1. “I know there are many things I cannot do in this life, one of them is to give up to my dreams”. –Marcelo Lagos

2. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”. –Henry David Thoreau

3. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, and invincible summer”. –Albert Camus

4. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”. –Steve Jobs

5. “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”. ‑John Lennon

6. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives”. –William Wallace

7. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time”. –Mark Twain

8. “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose”. –C. S. Lewis

9. “Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed; it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road”. –Unknown author

10. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on”. –Robert Frost

A few more…

1. “Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. –Buddha

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

3. “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many momentstook your breath away”. –Shing Xiong

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

5. “Is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. –Chinese proverb

6. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”. ‑Mae West

7. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”. ‑Oscar Wilde

8. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”. ‑J. K. Rowling

9. “When one doors closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us”. –Alexander Graham Bell

10.“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”. –Viktor E. Frankl

11.“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for”. –Viktor E. Frankl

12.“The last of human freedoms, the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances”. –Viktor E. Frankl

13.“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” –Bob Marley

14.“We must be the change we wish to see”. –Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

15.“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”. –Albert Einstein

16.“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”. ‑Albert Einstein

17.“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed”. –Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

18.“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth”. ‑William W. Purkey

19.“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best”. ‑Marilyn Monroe

20.“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not”. ‑Andre Gide

21.“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be”. ‑Douglas Adams

22.“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”. ‑Dr. Seuss

23.“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

24.“To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula”. –Richard Branson

25.“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming”. –Richard Branson. This one is not exactly about life, but… you know, it just fits.

26.“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forget their use”. –Galileo Galilei

27.“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. ‑Albert Einstein

28.“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”. –Bob Marley

29.“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

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

31.“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

32.“Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction –the things that constitute real success– is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile”. –William Raspeberry

33.“I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry”. –Unknown

34.“…Almost everything –all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure– these things just fade away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important”. –Steve Jobs

35.“Live with no excuses and love with no regrets”. –Montel Williams


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