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Quotes on Life

Updated on September 18, 2016

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss






“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius







“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard







Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba







"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world."~Mahatma Gandhi







“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






“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. “ ~Buddha







“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates







“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” ~ Joseph Campbell








"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."~Ralph Waldo Emerson






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







“The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn







“Life is beautiful, as long as it consumes you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It’s when you burn a slow fire and save fuel, that life’s not worth having.” ~D. H. Lawrence








“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ~ Anais Nin








"Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you."~ Peace Pilgrim







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





“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw






“Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~Richard Bach







“What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ The Buddha









Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last."~ Publilius Syrus







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






“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” ~ Cesare Pavese






“If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.” ~Anonymous








“Life may not be the we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance. “ ~ Anonymous







"It is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes."~ A. Favre







“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Narcotics Anonymous






“Let life be an adventure. Live your life to the fullest, unfettered by fear of the ghosts and goblins of what might occur. Calamity and death happen as well to those who hide from life as to those who squeeze every drop of zest from it.” -Jonathan Lockwood Huie








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







“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







"There's always room for improvement, it's the biggest room in the house."~ Louise Heath Leber







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






“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius






“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







“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.








"There's no next time. It's now or never."~ Author Unknown








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






“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard







“If you do what you need, you’re surviving. If you do what you want, you’re living.” ~Unknown







“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” ~ Eckhart Tolle








"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help you are freed."~ Buddha









“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~ Mark Twain






“If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” ~ William J. Clinton








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








"To create more positive results in your life, replace 'if only' with 'next time'."~Author Unknown






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






“The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” ~ Eminem






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







There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking
our cycle of self-imposed
suffering. The secret wisdom is,
"Life is not supposed to be fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie








"There is more to life than increasing its speed."~Mahatma Gandhi






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







“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” ~Benjamin Franklin







“The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you,
it is when you don't understand yourself.” ~ Anonymous









"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." ~James Conant








“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr. Seuss








“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. “ ~Sholom Aleichem








“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~Seth Godin








“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard









"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today."~ William White







“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








“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”
Markus Zusak







“Live today, for tomorrow it will all be history.” ~Anonymous








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










"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~Will Rogers








“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campbell






“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene








“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” ~ John Green





“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ~Lao Tzu









The River of Life has no meaning - no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie









"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."" ~Maya Angelou








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








“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” ~ Bertrand Russell










“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~Soren Kierkegaard










“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” ~Jack London










Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher













"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."~Vernon Law










“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.” ~ Stephen Chbosky








“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ~ Irving Berlin












“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” ~ William Feather








“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ~Marcus Aurelius












“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore











“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 is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” ~ Charlie Chaplin








“The best time to plant a tree is twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today.” ~Unknown












Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw










“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










“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










“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~Winston Churchill









“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~ Pablo Picasso










“Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour.” ~William Cowper











“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” ~ Sylvia Plath








“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ~Albert Einstein









“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley











“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ~ Albert Einstein










“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?” ~ Bob Marley









“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” ~Rilke










The goal of life is
to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature.
- Joseph Campbell












“If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there” ~ George Harrison










“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.” ~Søren Kierkegaard











“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” ~ J.K. Rowling










“If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” ~ Bruce Lee









“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~ Ernest Holmes










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











“If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.” ~ Joseph Addison






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“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer











“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf








“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” ~ Ralph Marston









“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” ~Bruce Lee










“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ~Chuck Palahniuk









The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger











The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin Mays










Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland











“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting HOLY CRAP… WHAT A RIDE!” ~Hunter S Thompson











“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~Jack London










“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.” –Mark Twain











“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” -Pablo Neruda

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