Life Quotes : Quotes On Life
Many wise words have been spoken, written and oft repeated about life and the workings of this world we live in. Life is a complicated (and messy!) business and no one said it was easy. But it is a gift too, depending on how you look at it.
As Milton wisely remarked, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” In short, the way we view this life is all in our minds!
No one yet knows the exact answers to anything in life, but reading words of wisdom help us gain a better understanding of some of the questions - an understanding about life itself.
Moreover, it is like having our own emotions and fears validated by another. It means feeling less alone. So, here is a selection of some amazing quotes on life that I have enjoyed over the years. I hope that they will inspire you too!
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
- Mother Teresa
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”- Allen Saunders
“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” - Sholom Aleichem
“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
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucius
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.
As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” - Marilyn Monroe
Wise Quotes On Life:
“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
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - G. B. Shaw
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde
“What we all want in life, to travel, fall in love, and be happy.” - Unknown
“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
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” - Virginia Woolf
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”- J.K. Rowling
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” - Oscar Wilde
“Where there is love there is life.”- Mahatma Gandhi
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” - Mark Twain
“Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” - John Lennon
“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” - Gordon B. Hinckley
“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don't know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”- Rainer Maria Rilke
“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
- Rainer Maria Rilke
“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.” - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
“Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.” - Anton Chekhov
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” - Mark Twain
“If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there” - George Harrison
“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.” - Nicholas Sparks
“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
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - J.K. Rowling
“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
“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
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” - Charles Darwin
“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
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” - Bessie Anderson Stanley
Some 'Don't Do' Quotes On Life:
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”- Dr. Seuss
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha
"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
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.” - Ayn Rand
Some 'Must Do' Quotes On Life:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau
“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?” - Bob Marley
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake.”- Francis Bacon
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” - Dalai Lama
"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." - William James
Skeptical Quotes On Life:
“Reality continues to ruin my life.” - Bill Watterson
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” - Isaac Asimov
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” - Khaled Hosseini
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.” - John Greenleaf Whittier
“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” - Chuck Palahniuk
"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
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.” - John Wayne
Personal Quotes On Life:
“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect -and I don't live to be - but before you start pointing fingers...make sure you hands are clean!” - Bob Marley
“I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” - Jimi Hendrix
“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”- Jonathan Safran Foer
“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
“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
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But 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
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” Gilda Radner