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Inspirational Life Quotes and Sayings to Live By

Updated on April 4, 2012

Life Quotes

  • "What is life? A frenzy. What is Life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams." (Pedro Calderon de la Barca)
  • "Life is full of ups and downs, but we have the option to correct errors. Ups and downs have a way of sealing the understanding of life. Without ups and downs, life is taken for granted." (Eric Maurice Clark)

  • "Life is a little gleam of time between two eternities." (Thomas Carlyle)
  • "We were made to last forever, and this life is like a warm-up act, a dress rehearsal, for the real show in eternity." (Dinesh D’Souza)

  • "The boundaries of our life are not so clear-cut. The distinction between life and death is not black-and-white. At the time of death, we are just at the very beginning of the journey that starts when this life is over and ends when our next life has begun." (Judith L. Lief)

  • "The meaning of our life is bound up with the meaning of the universe. Because it is our part in the one life of the whole universe of spirits, our share in the great drive towards Reality, the tendency of all life to seek God, Who made it for Himself, and now incites and guides it, we are already adapted to it, just as a fish is adapted to live in the sea." (Evelyn Underhill)
  • "To do the best you can each moment is to manifest genius in living." (Ramesh Deonaraine)

  • "Did you know that if is the middle of the word life." (movie quote: Photographer in Apocalypse Now)
  • "Every moment in life is a learning experience. Or what good is it, right?" (movie quote: Paul in Six Degrees of Separation)

  • "Be not afraid of life. believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact." (William James)
  • "Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action." (O. S. Marsden)

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  • "The most important day of your life is your birthday, because your birth certificate gives you the right to be a champion." (John di Lemme)
  • "Daily commitment to the achievement of your dreams will push you through the trials of life." (John di Lemme)

  • "Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." (Aleichem, Scholom)
  • "Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s finger." (Hans Christian Andersen)
  • "The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack." (Marcus Aurelius)

  • "Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy." (Francis Bacon)
  • "Life is a long lesson in humility." (Sir James M. Barrie)
  • The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles. (Bernard M. Baruch)
  • "Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s Paradise." (Phillips Brooks)

  • "Life is made of ever so many partings welded together." (Charles Dickens)

More inspirational life quotes and sayings to live by in:

Appreciation Quotes About The Little Things in Life

  • "Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things." (Frank A. Clark)
  • "Life is made up, not of great sacrifices and duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort." (Sir Humpry Davy)

  • "Energy is the essence of life. Every day, you decide how you are going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus." (Oprah Winfrey)

  • "Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time." (Viktor E. Frankl)
  • "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." (Marcus Aurelis)
  • "Life is not a journey to the grave with the attention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a ride!"" (Author Unknown)

  • "Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you." (Wayne Dyer)
  • "The answer to all life is…face it with courage!" (Sarah Martha (Sadie) Sturtevant)
  • "Live, let live, and help live." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you’re getting somewhere or just standing still." (Lou Erickson)
  • "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on." (Robert Frost)

  • "Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it’s what they bring to the world that really counts." (Anne of Green Gables)

  • "You are the captain of your own yatch, you are responsible for sailing to your own shows safely." (Takudzwa Mash)
  • "Each day is a present, a gift of life, to create our future and correct from past." (Takudzvwa Mash)

  • "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." (Tuchy Palmieri)
  • "Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." (Tuchy Palmieri)
  • "Your life can either be a blessing or a curse. The choice is absolutely yours and yours alone." (Jeffrey C. Wickey Sr.)

  • "To be truly fulfilled in life, one must see their soul’s purpose in the distance and then drive like hell to reach it. More often than not, though, you’ll be the only one in the car." (Jeffrey C. Wickey Sr.)

Life Quote From a Poem

"Everyone’s life is a circus

You either choose to run

the circus or try to play the clown."

(John J. Daly)

  • "Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity." (Paul Gauguin)
  • "Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around." (Catherine Hepburn)

  • "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." (Aristotle)
  • "To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again – this is the brave and happy life." (J. E. Buchrose)

  • "Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering." (Francois de Fenelon)

  • "A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "It takes more distress and poison to kill someone who has peace of mind and loves life." (Bernie S. Siegel)

  • "Every change in life offers new experiences, and each new experience is an opportunity of further development. This is why, if we refuse to go forward voluntarily, life tumbles us out of our comfortable little niche and throws us into the maelstrom – that way we become wiser, more capable men and women." (S. Harrison)

  • "Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel." (Author Unkown)

  • "Life is a one-way street, and we are not coming back." (Author Unkown)

  • "Life can only be understood backwards; but it has to be lived forwards." (Soren Kirkegaard)

  • "Life is alike a moving train. It has no reverse. The journey seemed long but you never know if you’ll be coming down at the next stop." (Author Unknown)

Inspirational death quotes, funny death quotes and proverbs about death.

  • "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." (Henry Drummond)

  • "Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life." (Sebastien Chamfort)

  • "And in the end it is not the years of your life that count, it’s the life in your years." (Abraham Lincoln)

  • "If we have our own "why" of life, we can bear almost any "how."" (Friedrich Nietzsche)


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    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Derrick100: You'll find the quote in Clark's book The Experience (Near to Death) - it's the first sentence in the introduction. Thanks for letting us know about his FB page!

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      7 years ago

      Eric Maurice Clark is a great writer! Y'all should really check out his fb page. He writes inspirational quotes daily.

      Where can I find the quote that posted on this page by him at?

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Frank120: Yes, ups and downs sure make you feel alive. Thanks for the comment!

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      7 years ago

      Just like on a heart monitor, no ups and downs mean you're dead.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi, Maurice! I love that one, too. I often hear that a perfect life would be boring. Life without ups and downs wouldn't be a life. Thanks for commenting :)

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      7 years ago

      I love the quote by Eric Maurice Clark.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi, Stacy! That quote is my favorite, too, and it's so true. Thanks for stopping by!

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      What inspriational quotes.. this one is my favorite one... "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on." Sometimes we need to live by that a little more and stop stressing over the small stuff.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      That quote is attributed to Orison Swett Marden, an American writer associated to the philosophy of the New Thought Movement. It's a good one, I agree :) I'm a quote freak and I remember that you love quotes, too. It's a passion we share, KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the quote that begins, "Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers..." Terrific quotes. They are all special in their own way. I always enjoy reading insppiration quotes and thoughts.

    • vox vocis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you, ImKarn23 :) I enjoy reading quotes, too and always memorize the strong ones.

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      Karen Silverman 

      8 years ago

      if you can believe it - you can achieve it! I have books and books of inspirational one-liners like these! They are fun to read - and this was no exception! grrrrreat job!


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