Life Quotes invite us to step back and notice who we admire and what we admire exactly. When you feel lost, helpless and confused, or you feel your life is on hold, you reach a moment where you are moving beyond the limitations you create for yourself. Moving beyond helplessness is an empowering process. Everything about life is a stepping stone.
Inspirational Quotes about Life
Abraham Joshua Heschel
"Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy."
"It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts."
"Life sustains itself. Let go of the ego and life takes care of itself through you."
"One does what one can, not what one cannot."
"life is a matter of freedom that needs your full control.”
"What are people searching for in life? God. In the christian scriptures, it says 'Be still and know you are God.' What is this? You are peace, compassion, truth, Love, freedom. Real love- the ability to love yourself so much that you forgive everything and you are at peace with yourself like a mother loves a child, not trying to be someone."
"Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life."
"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in this moment.”
"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."
"For a long time it has seemed to me that life was about to begin; Real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."
"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."
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
Alexander McCall Smith
“You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
“A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?”
"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches."
"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."
“If you are alive today means yesterday was a blessing because tomorrow isn’t promised.”
“If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.”
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage
"People living deeply have no fear of death."
"Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else."
"If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain."
“There is such dissociation between what the eyes see and what the mind envisions. The final thought is just a matter of interpretation, coloured by our experiences.”
"Love can make up for a great many things that are missing in your life. But, if you don't have love, no matter what else you have, it is never enough."
“Just because things hadn't gone the way I had planned didn't necessarily mean they had gone wrong.”
"Life's about the journey, not a destination."
"The dedicated life is the life worth living.
You must give with your whole heart."
"How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the while day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that: "A quiet conscience mades one strong!”
"I love life because what more is there."
"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out."
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
Arthur C Clarke
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them...”
"No one lives on the top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally —for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks."
"...no formula for success [exists] except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."
"I accept life unconditionally. Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition."
"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped."
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential..."
"Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now."
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”
Aulus Persius Flaccus
"We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."
Barbara De Angelis
"No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning."
"No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning."
Barthold Georg Niebuhr
“It is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life”
"We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance."
Benjamin E. Mays
"I believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and distinctive."
"Everyday is my best day; this is my life; I am not going to have this moment again."
“One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.”
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)
"Life is such a mystery, no one can understand it, and one who claims that he understands it is simply ignorant. He is not aware of what he is saying, of what nonsense he is talking. If you are wise, this will be the first realization: life cannot be understood. Understanding is impossible. Only this much can be understood -- that understanding is impossible."
“You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn't make a mockery of your values.”
"All mankind's troubles are caused by one single thing, which is their inability to sit quietly."
"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality... Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"
"Man is born to live, not to prepare for life."
"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you. In that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
"Real living is living for others."
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it."
"He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own Self in all beings, all beings in his own."
"Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you... at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do."
C. JoyBell C.
“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
C. S. Lewis
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."
"I have learned that the greatest things.......in life 'are not' things at all."
"Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe."
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough.”
"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
“People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”
“That's the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don't expect them or want them.”
Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa) Eastman
“Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.”
"He who doesn't accept the conditions of life sells his soul."
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
"Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter."
Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)
“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."
"My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?"
“The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change, for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up”
Charles R. Swindoll
"The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free."
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs." - Helen Burns”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon
“First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered... . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly, or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen.”
"My health may be better preserved if I exert myself less, but in the end doesn't each person give his life for his calling?"
"I sincerely believe the word "relationships" is the key to the prospect of a decent world [and life]. It seems abundantly clear that every problem you will have - in your family, in your business, in our nation, or in this world - is essentially a matter of relationships, of interdependence."
“(...)normalcy is an illusion. Each person is utterly unique. A standard of normalcy is something that most people of the world simply will never access.”
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
“Sometimes life takes hold of one, carries the body along, accomplishes one's history, and yet is not real, but leaves oneself as it were slurred over.”
“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness - and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”
"Life is not suffering; it's just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind's attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens."
"Greatness is a natural state - A state of wholeness, a state of balance between mind, body and soul connection. In this state everything that you are is available to respond to whatever the moment calls for. You are free, you are boldly self-expressed. Greatness is not based on accomplishment - it is available to anyone right now."
Dave. E Smalley
"The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions."
“I like to believe that you don't need to reach a certain goal to be happy. I prefer to think that happiness is always there, and that when things don't go the way we might like them to, it's a sign from above that something even better is right around the corner.”
David Herbert Lawrence
"Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken."
"If there is to be a human future, we must bring ourselves into balanced relationship with one another and the Earth."
"It may seem hard to extend our gratefulness and appreciation to the time in which we live and the challenges it presents... It would be much easier to appreciate an era of good feeling, peace and calm stability! But difficult times are also times of growth, of new insights and opportunities, of creativity, and of emergence."
David Starr Jordan
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next [in life]; virtue is doing it."
Dee Dee M. Scott
“Get away from these two types of people: the ones who think you can only go as far as the situation you were born into; and the ones who think you can only go as far as the current situation you are in.”
"View life as a continuous learning experience."
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
"Very few people really see things unless they've had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus."
“What it taught me was forgiveness. It taught me that when people present themselves in a certain way, there's probably some back story or issue or reason for the way that they are. It's not you. It's them. And a lot of times, its about something that's completely out of their control."
"I'm very happy to say that my home life is my haven."
"if we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace, experience, and ultimately live with it, a chance exists for a spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness, but also with joy, community, and creativity.”
"The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death."
"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."
"Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have."
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I have ended up where I needed to be.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
“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.”
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
"The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death."
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
"Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real."
"Instead of asking 'what do I want from life?,' a more powerful question is, 'what does life want from me?'"
Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose)
"You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge."
"Each person's life – each lifeform,
in fact – represents a world, a
unique way in which the universe experiences itself."
"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."
"The fullness of life is in the hazards of life."
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
"I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime."
“Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly. That’s the thing about a human life-there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you
may not see."
“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”
“But some climbs you have to make alone.”
"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
"Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be
that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace."
"Don't go through life, GROW through life."
“Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
"At some point in my life, I swallowed a Sun. And now it dawns and sets in my belly."
"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'."
"Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it."
"Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors."
“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”
"There seems to be a general overall pattern in most lives, that nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, everything happens."
Frank Moore Colby
“Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.”
"The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc."
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."
Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
"All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us."
"safety is knowing that when this particular life form is finished, what it has served remains..."
"There is only the actuality of what happens in life. The rest is just a story, no matter who's telling it."
"Acceptance is a letting-go process. You let go of your
wishes and demands that life can be different. It's a conscious choice."
"Realize you are worthy of your life and live accordingly."
"Your desintation is a life of meaning, fulfillment, creativity and joy. A life free of fears, obsessions, compulsions, and addictions, without the insecurities others activates so easily and the torments they create in you. WHen you resist your [life] experiences, you resist the guidance they offer. Anger, resentment jealousy and fear each show you in their own way what you need to change inside yourself in order to reach your destination. Are you listening?"
"It is for you to decide what you will contribute to this world... Will you contribute to the love that is in the world or the fear? This is the same opportunity that presents itself each moment."
George Bernard Shaw
"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 Dennison Prentice
"It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world."
"Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being."
"If you help others, you will be helped. Perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in a hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt. It is a mathematical law [and universal law] and all life is mathematics."
"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.”
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."
"If I could give you one key, and one key only to more abundant life, I would give you a sense of your own worth, an unshakeable sense of your own dignity as one grounded in the source of the cosmic dance, as one who plays a unique part in the unfolding of the story of the world..."
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“I've learned... . That being kind is more important than being right.”
"Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life."
We will either find a way, or make one."
"As the seconds of our lives are ticking away, you have to realize that life needs to be an adventure."
Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
"There are some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next life, they've never learned to live in this one."
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow."
Henri J. M. Nouwen
"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it."
"Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers."
Henry David Thoreau
"There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself."
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Henry L. Stimson
"The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him."
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware...Forget yourself.”
"Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing."
"We cannot live for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
"Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength."
"Life is largely a matter of expectation."
“At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live.”
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
"My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past."
Hunter S. Thompson
“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
"Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond."
"The purpose of human life is the dissolution of the soul and the revelation of the Spirit."
“Think about it. Every time you fail at a task you've actually learned something new. The question is "what?”
"Yoga: an ancient practice, a complete way of life. Breathe well. You will live long on earth."
"If you breathe well, you will live long on the earth."
"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."
Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Life is God's novel. Let him write it."
"Appreciate the moment."
"As life moves in cycles, every season comes to pass. One must rest in the centre, accepting change, to remain balanced through all that turns. To resist the turning nature of life results in suffering. Our Liberation from the wheel of life is not in escaping it, but in understanding it."
"Trust your ability!"
J. Michael Straczynski
"Never follow somebody else's path; it doesn't work the same way twice for anyone...the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way."
"What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did.”
"Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone."
"Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it."
"Our job is not to figure out the 'how'. The 'how' will show up out of the commitment and believe in the 'what"
“We've got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough.”
"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."
"When you let go of everything you think you know and just trust, life has a way of working itself out that's better than you could ever imagine."
"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life."
“The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
James Cash Penney
"No matter what his position or experience in life, there is in everyone more latent than developed ability; far more unused than used power."
James M. Barrie
"Life is a long lesson in humility."
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
“We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would see it, than any other person can be."
“It's never too late... never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will."
"Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are."
Jean de la Fontaine
"One returns to the place one came from."
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
“Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.”
"Daily I learn - sometimes painfully, other times with glee - that mine is a path never meant to be paved."
Jennie Jerome Churchill
"Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it, as it is, is the only way of being happy."
"Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.”
"[Make a commitment:] It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."
“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to the span of life?”
“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."
"It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living…To live is to find out for yourself what is true..."
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”
"To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution."
Joan of Arc
"I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying."
“We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that's exactly right. The challenge is figuring out which is which.”
“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life."
Johann W. von Goethe
"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"What does not kill me makes me stronger."
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being."
"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."
"Oh for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts."
“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...”
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees."
"There is no wealth but life."
"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In every place you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can."
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
"Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
"Life is a game with no rules. Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions. Our only path to happiness lies in being open to receiving whatever life throws at us - with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life."
"Life is a Book of Riddles, with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins."
“It's actually a rare and precious thing to discover what it is you love to do, and I encourage you to remain unapologetically consumed by it. Be faithful to your gift and very confident in its value.”
Jonathan Safran Foer
"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living."
"May you live all the days of your life."
Jorge Luis Borges
"Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment--the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is."
"Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment--the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is."
"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."
"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."
"Fear is your greatest obstacle - so question your fear. If it does not serve your greatest life then do not make it your master."
“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”
"Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other."
Julia Ward Howe
"While your life is the true expression of your faith, whom can you fear?"
“How hurtful it can be to deny one's true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.”
"It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts."
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
"As humans, we also suffer from not getting what we want and not keeping what we have."
"Look to their positive intent, especially when they appear to have none."
"Life itself still remains a very effective therapist."
“To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.”
"Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace."
“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.”
“In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you'll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself.”
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”
"Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew."
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Do not resist. Let them move foward in whatever way they like."
"The greatest life one can have is of service. Give joy, happiness, bliss, laughter, wisdom, prosperity, love & light to others. By doing so, you tap into the Infinite Source within ensuring that you will never have to do without these "treasures" yourself!"
Laura Ingalls Wilder
“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
"On the tightrope of life, only one thing allows us to move forward, and that one thing is balance..."
"We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it."
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."
Leonardo da Vinci
"Life well spent is long."
"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else."
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
"I do not regret one moment of my life."
“... I discovered life sometimes has a way of giving you what you need, but not in the you expect.”
“Was it hard?" I ask. Letting go?... Not as hard as holding on to something that wasn't real.”
“I think most people are just trying to be happy, and that most of their actions, however misguided, are in line with that goal. Most people just want to feel they belong somewhere, want to be loved, and want to feel they're important to someone. If you really examine all the wrongheaded and messed-up things they do, they can most often be traced back to that basic desire. The abusers, the addicted, the cruel and unpleasant, the manipulators --these are just people who started this quest for happiness in the basement of their lives. Someone communicated to them through word or deed that they were undeserving, so they think they have to claw their way there over the backs of others, leaving scars and creating damage. Of course, they only create more misery for themselves and others.”
"How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than 60 years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?"
"Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow."
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
"Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
"The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly."
"Your life is what your thoughts make it."
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect."
"As I look back upon my life, I see that every part of it was a preparation for the next. The most trivial of incidents fits into the larger pattern like a mosaic in a preconceived design."
"Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third."
"I think wholeness comes from living your life consciously during the day and then exploring your inner life or unconscious at night."
"You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, "I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself."
"To be consciously aware [that love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth], to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”
"The spiritual path - is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it."
"...life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time."
"Life's not just about being alive, but being well."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Mary Lou Retton
"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit."
“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
"Remember your dreams."
"I am the life just passing through. I'm what remains and so are you."
"Judge not,lest you be judged.”
Max de Pree
"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."
“I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility”
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Maynard James Keenan
"For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live."
"The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties..."
"I'm not in this world to live up to anyone else's standards or expectations but my own. I am here to live, to love, to give, to grow, to serve, to explore life, and explore my soul within. I am not here to be who society expects me to be. My thoughts are my own and I am proud to live in the skin of my very own authentic self. I am proud to be me."
"Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters."
"affirmation: I am in the right place, doing the right thing, achieving what I have envisioned, and feeling fulfilled and complete."
"Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments."
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
"If you accept love as a way of life you will cultivate joy and and create a nurturing environment of happiness and harmony."
Michel de Montaigne
"I set forth a humble and inglorious life; that does not matter. You can tie up all moral philosophy with a common and private life just as well as with a life of richer stuff. Each man bears the entire form of man's estate."
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
“Be the change that you want to see in the world. “
Morihei Ueshiba (Founder of Aikido)
"Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout."
"Life is meant to be lived in eternal bliss, infinite freedom, unconditional love and unbounded awareness. Any other life is utterly missing the point of being born a human."
"What the world needs now is for each of us to be who we truly are, and to bring our gifts into the world. Don't hold back any longer. Be Present, Be You. That is enough. Really it is."
“Take what comes and live life without complaint. What will be, will be. Life is a woman's gift; death is God's.”
Neale Donald Walsch
"You cannot resist something to which you grant no reality. The act of resisting a thing is the act of granting it life. When you resist an energy, you place it there. The more you resist, the more you make it real—whatever it is you are resisting."
"Every human being is as special as every other human being who has ever lived, lives now, or every will live. You are all meesengers. Every one of you. You are carrying a message to life about life every day. Every hour. Every moment."
"You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime.”
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence."
Norman Vincent Peale
"The one person who most blocks you from a full, happy, and successful life is you."
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
"You are not the momentary whim of a careless creator experimenting in the laboratory of life... You were made with a purpose."
"Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long."
"If you look at what you have in life, You'll always have more.
If you look at what you don't have in life, You'll never have enough."
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing."
Orson Scott Card
“No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing."
“I love talking about nothing. Its the only thing I know anything about."
"One's only real life is the life one never leads."
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself......”
Parker J. Palmer
"I want my inner truth to be the plumb line for the choices I make about my life -- about the work that I do and how I do it, about the relationships I enter into and how I conduct them."
"We are all heroes. We just need to choose to live in the way that makes it evident to us and others."
The best instruction is always to watch the mind.
"Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary it means accepting it as it comes. . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety."
Paula P. Brownlee
"To do good thing in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life."
“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.”
Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
"The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we able to know everything, because it's all written there."
“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”
"It's all about quality of life; finding a happy balance between work, friends and family."
Philip James Bailey
“We live in deeds not years In thoughts not breaths In feelings not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels noblest, acts the best.”
"Life must be lived as play."
R. I. Fitzhenry
"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity."
"Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them."
“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”
“Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied forms of self-realization.”
"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence."
Rachel Naomi Remen
“From a good teacher you may learn the secret of listening. You will never learn the secret of life. You will have to listen for yourself."
“Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Be patient with all that is uncertain in your heart...do not search for answers, which will not be given: you will not be able to live them, and its importat to live everything."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
"It is not length of life, but the depth. All life is an experiment."
"I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies."
"Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"The happiness you are seeking is not to be found in the flow of life, but in your attitude toward whatever life brings."
Randolph J. Rogers, The Key of Life; A Metaphysical Investigation
“I have found that the only consolation is never regretting anything that you do. Never look back, always look forward and continue moving along with a confidence that everything you’re doing and everything you’ve done is the way it’s supposed to be.”
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
“I welcome questions. I hate assumptions.”
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
"When you have control over your thoughts, you have control over your life"
"Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities."
“I think there’s an invisible principle of living too. If we believe we’re guided through every step of our lives, we are. It’s a lovely sight, watching it work.”
"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."
“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.”
Richard J. Leider
"Our world is incomplete until each one of us discovers what moves us - our passion. No other person can hear our calling. We must listen and act on it for ourselves."
“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
Rita Mae Brown
"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all."
"You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you realize that your life is the miracle."
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
Robert Louis Stevenson
“To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life."
"We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature."
“I was not sure I wanted to issue orders to life; I rather liked the Greek notion of allowing Chance to take a formative hand in my affairs.”
"Listen – life is really going on, right now, around us. Do you see it? Sometimes I lose it but if I sit still and listen, it comes back,
and then I think, How funny, this is what being alive is."
Robin S. Sharma
“Give out what you most want to come back.”
"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."
"A hero is a man who does what he can."
"Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong."
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”
"God’s purpose for man is to acquire a seeing eye and an understanding heart.”
"God gave you life and bestowed upon you his attributes; eventually you will return to him."
"The rewards of life and devotion to God are love and inner rapture, and the capacity to receive the light of God."
“Life is beautiful, terms and conditions applied”
Saint Vincent de Paul
"Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The happiness of life...is made up of minute factions- the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment."
"We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking."
"Life is but thought. When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange - my youth."
"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that we become rich."
"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one is watching."
"You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me."
Scout Cloud Lee
“When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.”
“We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.”
"True happiness is ... to enjoy the present"
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
"When I'm trusting and being myself... everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously."
"We can travel a long way in life and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. it is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home."
"What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty."
"Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor."
"Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself."
"I've been a fortunate man in life, nothing has come easily."
"Life is like a buffalo. Its there and then its gone. Life comes and goes like the cloud of a moist breath on a cloudy morning."
"Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued."
"It is not living that matters, but living rightly. The unexamined life is not worth living."
"The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience."
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
"Life is nothing but the expansion of love. We can cultivate divine love by entering into the Source. The Source is God, who is all Love."
"To be true to oneself is the hardest test of life."
"Whoever wants God intensely, finds Him. Go and verify it in your own life."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
"Make the mind, the voice and the actions agree in harmony. That is the right way of life."
St Teresa of Lisieux
"I will spend my heaven doing good on earth."
St. Catherine of Siena
"If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire."
“Opening to the sacred, we transform our vision of ourselves."
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”
"When you can live forever what do you live for?”
“Not being excited is to have missed the whole point of life.”
"Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it."
“Life can only be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards.”
Susan Polis Schultz
"This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy."
“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”
"You know why you are doing something. And if it is against your life, your principles and ideals it is bothersome. And no one wants to be bothered. So you conveniently try to curtain it off, turn a blind eye, and put it out of sight so that it won't bother you. This is what the Mind does."
"Silently hear everyone. Accept what is good. Reject and forget what is not. This is intelligent living."
"Life is our teacher. Life communicates with us all the time and it is a lesson to see how life continuously have led me to the people I need to met, to the situations I need to experience, and to the places I need to be."
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
"Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance in the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow."
Sydney J. Harris
"It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others."
T. S. Eliot
“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind. “
"The way that we see things today does not have to be the way we saw them yesterday. This is because the situations, our relationships to them, ad we ourselves have changed in the interim."
"Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going."
Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama)
"I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness."
"Ultimately we want to use dream to liberate ourselves from all relative conditions, not simply to improve them.."
“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.”
The Bhagavad Gita
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.”
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life."
“You know, I think it's important to keep a balance in things. Yeah, balance, that's the right word. Cause the guy who wants too much risks losing absolutely everything. Of course, the one who wants too little from life, might not get anything at all.”
Thomas F. Shubnell
“You will never be who you want to be, until you are happy with who you are.”
"Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all the virtues."
"In our prayer and meditation we hope for fulfilling ordinary life."
"We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it."
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
“If you find yourself easily provoked, then just change the channel.”
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
"Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope."
“The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.”
“Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes the difference."
“We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us."
“Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end."
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."
“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.”
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
"The great lesson to learn of life is the need of giving out from the abundance of one's self in order to be ever abundant within one's self."
Wayne W. Dyer
"Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery."
"I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."
"Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now."
"Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim."
“We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition.”
"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
"This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it."
"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
William Lyon Phelps
"The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century."
"The readiness is all."
William W. Purkey
“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.”
"The best portion of a good man's life - his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."
"If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach."
"The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding."
"Life is a rainbow which also includes black."
"No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let's try to live the best we can now."