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Famous Quotes about Life

Updated on January 6, 2011

Life Quotes and Sayings

Here are some famous quotes about life from some famous people. We need to see how these people see life. Do share your thoughts by commenting below.

Unbeing dead isn't being alive.
e.e. cummings (poet)

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

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.
Author Unknown

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

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

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey (author, tv host, producer)

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
Sholom Aleichem (Yiddish author and playwright)

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
Arthur Miller (playwright and essayist)

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

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

We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
Lauryn Hill (musician, actress)

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Life is a series of collisions with the future.
José Ortega y Gasset

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Anxiety and distress, interrupted occasionally by pleasure, is the normal course of man's existence.
Joseph Wood Krutch (writer)

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Benjamin Franklin

What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
Mark Twain

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and there is a 100% mortality rate.
R.D. Laing (psychiatrist)

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

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.  If you're alive, it isn't.
Richard Bach (author)

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan (famous professional basketball player)

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.

Life is a foreign language:  all men mispronounce it.
Christopher Morley (author)

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.
Robert Frost (poet)

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
Oscar Wilde

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
Ashleigh Brilliant (author, cartoonist)

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
Friedrich Nietzsche (19th-century German philosopher)

What is this life if full of care; we have no time to stand and stare.
W H Davies (poet)

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
Groucho Marx (comedian, film star)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Les Brown

Some More Famous Life Quotes

Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.
Leo Buscaglia (author, motivational speaker)

The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
Norman Vincent Peale

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Bertrand Russell (philosopher, historian)

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
Richard M. DeVos

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.
R. Buckminster Fuller

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do.
Unknown Author

Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.
Roald Dahl

The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.
Harold Wilkins (journalist)

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Soren Kierkegaard

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.
Bernard Shaw

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov (author, physician)

We are always getting ready to live but never living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.
Marilyn Monroe

You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.
Quentin Crisp (writer)

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.

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

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts (philosopher, writer, and speaker)


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    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      :) Thanks!

    • ahostagesituation profile image


      7 years ago

      I really, really love this! Bookmarked and rated up.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Yes Hart, these are a lot of views full of wisdom. Thanks!

    • HartMurengu profile image


      7 years ago from Nairobi

      I love this collection, so many views with wisdom on life in different perspectives. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • HartMurengu profile image


      7 years ago from Nairobi

      I love this collection, so many views on life in different perspectives. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Lisa!

    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice collection. I enjoyed it. :)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Hey starme! Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful quote. The quote is loaded with some real wisdom!

    • starme77 profile image


      7 years ago

      I like em :) here is one I like that I didn't see here - "Before You Shoot Off Your Mouth, Make Sure Your Brains are Loaded" Not sure who said that one but, it's one I live by :)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Mega, thanks for the appreciation and this wonderful comment. I'm honored.

    • mega1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks so much! A friend of mine has been looking and looking for quotes like this and I know he's gonna love seeing these. Plus, I won't have to hear "You only go round once in this life so . . ." so much! and thanks also for following me. You have totally earned your elite status!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Glad you liked these quotes Freya!

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Beautiful quotes! Great collection. Thank you for sharing. ^_^

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Glad you liked the collection ChilliWilly!

    • ChilliWilly profile image


      7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      Very lovely collection. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      teethwhiteningBur, that is the strength of quotes.

    • teethwhiteningBur profile image


      7 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant, love the hub, funny how a few sentences can change your day and ultimately life!?!?!?!?!!?!?

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      You are rite Leah. Thanks!

    • Leah Whitehorse profile image

      Leah Whitehorse 

      7 years ago

      Love this collection. There is so much wisdom in the world :-)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      drdspervez, glad to see your comment. Thanks!

    • drdspervez profile image


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Ultimate Hubber ! it's a nice hub on quotes,and here I quote 'Life is precious, handle it with care.'


    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      undecided.jmk. , I don't find it odd. I fond it quite normal. I believe, people learn from good and bad experiences of their lives and then share the lessons they learnt during the process. Glad you stopped by to share your thoughts.

    • undecided.jmk. profile image


      7 years ago

      I love quotes so much!! It's odd how something someone said is said over and over for years and can change lives...

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Glad to see your comment. I enjoy reading good quotes very much. Love the wisdom in them.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I can now see where you were coming from.

      Odd how each of us possesses a talent that is realised and recognised only when noticed by others.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Welcome cwarden. Pleased to read your comment!

    • cwarden profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      This is a great collection. Many I read for the first time. Thanks for putting it together!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Thanks onceuponatime! :)

    • onceuponatime66 profile image

      Jackie Paulson 

      7 years ago from USA IL

      Outstanding hub on quotes that keep things positive.


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