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Top 10 Best Life Quotes From Charles Darwin, Confucius, and More! (With Pictures)

Updated on November 8, 2019

Are you presently struggling to keep up with life’s demands? Do you consider each day more as a burden than a gift? These are nothing but signs that you need to change. There are so many things in life that we should enjoy and be thankful about. Often than not, the little things matter most than those we choose to prioritize. Think about homeless and hungry kids before complaining about not having your favorite meal for breakfast. Be thankful that about life since it’s a gift from the Almighty. As a response to His kindness, make the most out of your life and be a manifestation of His great love!

Need some inspiration? Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Quotes about Life to help you out. These quotes define the reality of life and some hints on how we can live to the fullest. I hope they are enough to motivate you to make the first crucial step towards the success you long desired.

10. The Value of Life

Charles Darwin quote about life
Charles Darwin quote about life

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." -Charles Darwin

It’s not possible to take back lost time. This is why we should treasure it as much as possible and make the most out of every second. Before doing something, spend a moment to think whether it’s worthy of your time or not. Never do anything that you’ll only be regretful about in the near future. Those who successfully achieved their goals in life all share the same passion about spending their time wisely. I know it’s never easy especially nowadays where distractions and temptations can be found in every corner. It all comes down to discipline. There’s nothing wrong about spending a few hours of your day to play a game or simply sit and watch cars pass by. Just don’t forget that there’s always a perfect time for everything and that time will never be on our side.

9. A Simple Life

Confucius quote about life
Confucius quote about life

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

Often times it’s our rushed decisions that make our life complicated and miserable. Life should be enjoyed to the fullest. We should face each day with a smile rather than a frown. Don’t expect a wonderful life without hard work. Life is what you make it so exert more effort in achieving your goals. Courageously confront every problem and learn from them. Keep your life simple but happy. To be abundant with worldly possessions is quite tempting but our main goal should never be as shallow. Why not aim for true happiness, contentment, inner peace, and love? These priceless gifts are undoubtedly the best treasures one can attain in life.

8. Living for Others

Buddha quote about life
Buddha quote about life

"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." -Buddha

Everything in this world is temporary. Our very own life is a perfect example as it’s not ours but a gift from our Creator. Selfishness springs from the idea of owning a lot while seeing others struggling to have a little. Pride comes with it which can corrupt our once pure soul. A life run by selfish and pride will lead to nothing other than fake happiness. As time pass by, you’ll find yourself trapped in a whirlpool of sadness and loneliness. You may have everything that money can buy but it seems you have nothing. Choose to invest on things that truly matter like true love, friendship, and family as they can bring upon true happiness and contentment in your life.

7. A Dreamer's Life

Robert James Waller quote about life
Robert James Waller quote about life

"Life is never easy for those who dream." -Robert James Waller

Dreams are impossible to achieve which makes them different from goals. All we can do is work hard to be closer to them as much as possible. Others dream to fly while some are looking forward to be the most successful man in the world in various aspects such as sports, business, love, and many more. As we strive to be nearer our dreams, trials will try to pull us down. Our dedication is tested and we tend to discover our strengths and weaknesses in the process. Be inspired and learn from each one of them. Experiencing a lot of sufferings in life doesn’t mean you’re doing things wrong but the other way around. Continue moving forward and you’ll surely achieve everything you hoped for in the near future.

6. Life is a Trumpet

William Christopher Handy quote about life
William Christopher Handy quote about life

"Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out of it." -William Christopher Handy

Don’t expect future success after spending all your days on unproductive activities. You only reap what you plant. This is a very simple but truthful idea that majority of us seem to forget. Making the first step is probably the hardest. The temptation of simply let a day pass and do nothing but have fun is quite intense. Those who have weak a conviction about achieving their goals won’t make be able to make it. This is the main reason why it’s important for us to come up with concrete goals and inspirations before making the first step towards success. Preparation is vital for us to surpass any challenge that confronts us up ahead as we try to achieve our dreams.

5. Changes in Life

John Henry Newman quote about life
John Henry Newman quote about life

"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often." -John Henry Newman

Change is the only thing constant in this world. No one can survive in this world and be worthy of success without changing for the better. We are often introduced to different situations and environments leaving us with no other reasonable choice than improve. Those who manage to transform from a weak individual to a much stronger and willful one succeeds while people left out by the change struggles. Nonetheless, we should be careful not to change negatively. I’ve come across with people who got blinded by the temporary power brought upon by money and position. Their once pure hearts were easily corrupted and completely changed them from white to black. Though most of them managed to be successful in some aspect, they are still struggling to find true happiness and I bet they never will. We should learn from their mistakes and incline to positive changes that bring out the goodness in each of us.

4. Life is What You Make It

Samuel Smiles quote about life
Samuel Smiles quote about life

"Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it." -Samuel Smiles

Our future depends on what we do today. If you want to be a symbol of success, work hard for it and start investing both effort and time to achieve such a lucrative goal today. Every one of us is persuaded to seek for success thinking that it can lead us to true happiness. What we fail to consider is that the journey itself is much more important than where we arrive afterwards. Through the years, our personality will be molded, we gain friends and allies, and we either get stronger or weaker. Our attitude towards our chosen path is a great factor which decides whether we’ll arrive to our destination or not. We are not perfect so committing mistakes along the way can’t be avoided. What matters most is how we get up after a fall and without hesitation continuing the journey we started. Life is what you make it so don’t forget to aim for true happiness and satisfaction.

3. Don't Give Up

Michael Jordan quote about life
Michael Jordan quote about life

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s innate talent was never enough for him to excel in his chosen sport. In fact, he was first pulled out from his highschool basketball team because his skills were just not good enough. The number 23 won’t be a basketball icon if he decided to quit that day. Nevertheless, Michael Jordan’s passion towards the sport and determination to be the best encouraged him to move forward. He practiced day and night to improve and eventually became a phenomenal basketball superstar after college. His road towards success was filled challenges but he made it look very easy. Today, Michael Jordan is a living legend who inspired most of the current NBA basketball players. Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Basketball Players of All Time where I featured him as the number one. Some may say that others are far better that him in terms of skills and I agree. Nevertheless, he is definitely second to none when it comes to dedication and exerting enough effort in improving his craft.

2. Change to be the Best

Muhammad Ali quote about life
Muhammad Ali quote about life

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous boxing champions. He is known to have the most powerful punch the world has ever known. He never backs down to any challenge and would bravely face any opponent despite being in a very big disadvantage. Aside from his talent in boxing, I really admire Muhammad Ali’s honesty. He bluntly said that he hated training and preparation before an important fight. Instead of giving up, he made good use of his hate and strive even harder. Muhammad Ali’s “never say die” attitude influenced not only the boxing industry but the whole world. He is an example of courage and fortitude who deserves our acknowledgment.

1. Do you want to do what you'll do today?

Steve Jobs quote about life
Steve Jobs quote about life

"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “ If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." -Steve Jobs

Who in our generation don’t know about Steve Jobs? He was the CEO of Apple who introduced the iPhone and other innovative mobile products. His ingenious ideas paved way to the success the company is currently enjoying today. Despite his death, Steve Jobs is still an inspiration to many. The fact that he was a college dropped-out but still managed to be among the most successful man in the world should be more than enough to convince us that nothing is impossible with hard work, perseverance, and dedication. I picked this one as the best quote about life in this list because of its simplicity and relevance. Develop a winning attitude and always be willing to change for the better. Don’t ever forget that success in life is only for those who continue to reach out for it despite failing countless times. Good luck everyone and may each one of you live a life of happiness and contentment!

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    • dailytop10 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 months ago from Davao City

      Thank you and I hope the life quotes in my list managed to inspire you. Have a great day!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      A good list of quotes. They may be what separates the successful from the rest of us.

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      Julie K Henderson 

      4 years ago

      Well done. The Charles Darwin quote was new to me, and I am pleased to have encountered it. Voted up.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Excellent quotes and reflections on living a rewarding, fulfilling life. Voted up!!!

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      Irfan Fahrudin 

      5 years ago

      i like Samuel Smiles quote. Great hub!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago

      Hi, daiytop,

      Thanks so verymuch for the kind gesture. I might suggest, "I Wonder About You, Sunset," for the one to read. It broke my heart when I wrote it last night.


    • dailytop10 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Davao City

      Thanks Kenneth. I expect your hubs to be great as well since you're such a nice guy. Will check them later. Have a great day!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      This is a wonderful and fulfilling piece of work. I voted up and all the way. You deserved it. I loved each quote which are very good to help one live a peaceful and quiet life.

      Check your fan mail.

      Then check two of my hubs and accept my Cordial Invitation to be a follower of mine.

      I would love it.

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      7 years ago from Philippine

      great hub! I love the quote that says life is simple. Truly simple yet we make it complicated so damn true. :)

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      7 years ago

      ILY Steve Jobs ^^ but I love Jonard more.. hehehe


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