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Here are 120+ of the best life quotes ever. I hope you’ll find the inspiration and motivation you need to live the good and meaningful life. Enjoy!

Life Quotes

“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

“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

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

Mae West

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Narcotics Anonymous

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

Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“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

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

Mark Twain

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

Allen Saunders

“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 Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Pablo Picasso

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

Dr. Seuss

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

Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Woody Allen

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

Albert Einstein

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Reality continues to ruin my life.”

Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

“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!”

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”

Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“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, Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

Khaled Hosseini

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

Mark Twain

“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.”

“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”

“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”

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

Albert Einstein

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

Isaac Asimov

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there”

George Harrison

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

Michael Cunningham, The Hours

“Where there is love there is life.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“May you live every day of your life.”

Jonathan Swift

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Stephen King, Different Seasons

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

May Sarton

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

Oscar Wilde

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

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

Søren Kierkegaard

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”

John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller - Pamphlet

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

Stephen King

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

Walt Disney Company, Mulan

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”

Audrey Hepburn

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.”

Woody Allen

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

maya angelou

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”

Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”

Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”

Margaret Mitchell

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.”

E. E. Cummings

“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ”

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Some people have lives; some people have music.”

John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.”

Stephanie Klein, Straight Up and Dirty

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

G.K. Chesterton

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

Nicolas Chamfort

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Abraham Lincoln

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

John Lennon

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”

Emily Dickinson

“Live to the point of tears.”

Albert Camus

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”

François Rabelais

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.”

haruki murakami

“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”

Colleen Hoover, Slammed

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

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

Logan Pearsall Smith

“It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

Mark Twain

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Anais Nin

“To say goodbye is to die a little.”

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“Even death has a heart.”

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

Emily Dickinson

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Émile Zola

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”

Paulo Coelho

“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

John Lennon

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller, The Open Door

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”

Anais Nin

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie

“You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime.”

Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

Aldous Huxley

“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”

Woody Allen

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”

Hayley Williams

“Life has no remote….get up and change it yourself!”

Mark A. Cooper, Operation Einstein

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”

Virginia Woolf

“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”

Mae West


Famous Life Quotes From Roy T. Bennett

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

Roy T. Bennett

“Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Life Quotes

1. My Life is My Message. – Mahatma Gandhi

2. Life’s as kind as you let it be. – Charles Bukowski

3. Life’s a party. Invite yourself. – Gary Johnson

4. Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

5. Life is the sum of all your choices. – Albert Camus

6. Rise to the occasion which is life! – Virginia Euwer Wolff

7. You cannot find peace by avoiding life. – Virginia Woolf

8. Change your thinking, change your life. – Ernest Holmes

9. The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

10. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

11. Life is the dancer and you are the dance. – Eckhart Tolle

12. Life begins on the other side of despair. – Jean-Paul Sartre

13. It’s your life-but only if you make it so. – Eleanor Roosevelt

14. It is not length of life, but depth of life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

16. Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit. – Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

17. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller

18. Success is loving life and daring to live it. – Maya Angelou

19. There is no such thing as ‘too late’ in life. – Mitch Albom

20. A life without cause is a life without effect. – Barbarella

21. View life as a continuous learning experience. – Denis Waitley

22. The privilege of a lifetime is to be yourself. – Joseph Campbell

23. Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. – Henry David Thoreau

24. There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

25. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. – Albert Einstein

26. Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep. – Fran Lebowitz

28. I’ve chosen my life — now I want to start living it. – Stephenie Meyer

29. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. – Oprah Winfrey

30. Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. – Eckhart Tolle

31. Life: It is about the gift not the package it comes in. – Dennis P. Costea, Jr.

32. There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi

33. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses

34. You never know what life is like, until you have lived it. – Marilyn Monroe

35. You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? – Jelaluddin Rumi

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36. How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne W. Dyer

37. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius

38. It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. – Paulo Coelho

39. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

40. A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

41. Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived. – Eleanor Roosevelt

42. Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you. – Gayle Forman

43. Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it. – Pearl S Buck

44. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

45. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. – Rainer Maria Rilke

47. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard

48. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. – Marcus Aurelius

49. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life. – Chogyam Trungpa

51. Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth. – Thich Nhat Hanh

52. My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past. – Hugh Leonard

53. If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. – Tallulah Bankhead

54. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

55. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

56. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein

57. All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. – Havelock Ellis

58. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

59. Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending. – Jim Henson

60. To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach. – Havelock Ellis

61. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. – Paulo Coelho (Alchemist)

62. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’. – Maya Angelou

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

64. Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver

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65. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius

66. Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Sherrilyn Kenyon

67. Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. – Terri Guillemets

68. To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. – Reba McEntire

69. Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. – Lillian Dickson

70. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart

71. Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. – Paulo Coelho

72. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

73. Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly. – Paulo Coelho

74. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. – Aristotle

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

76. No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou

77. Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. – Khalil Gibran

78. Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it. – Henry Miller

79. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. – Eckhart Tolle

80. A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. – James Allen

81. 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 XIV

82. We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, So as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

83. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart. – Gordon B. Hinckley

84. The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. – Henry Miller

85. The way to use life is to do nothing through acting, The way to use life is to do everything through being. – Lao Tzu

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

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87. If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you. – T.S. Eliot

88. Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live. – Natalie Babbitt

89. Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Joseph Addison

90. You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. – Eckhart Tolle

91. The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey

92. 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

93. The heart and mind can find peace and harmony by contemplating the transcendental nature of the true self as supreme effulgent life. – Patanjali

94. The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. – Don Williams, Jr.

95. Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. – Wayne Dyer.

96. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

97. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

98. Sometimes in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself. – Katherine Sharp

99. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

100. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and bring joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. – Jean Shinoda Bolen

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