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Let these wise quotes remind you of life lessons that bring us wisdom and build our character. Also find wisdom quotes that remind you of the places where it is.

Put life in perspective with some short yet sage pieces of advice. These wise and beautiful words from your favorite positive thinkers will get you in the right mindset to tackle whatever obstacles lie ahead. Inspirational quotes from successful people like Oprah, Helen Keller, and Maya Angelou can help you reframe negative thoughts during tough times and change your attitude so you feel refreshed and motivated. Whether you're hoping to achieve success at work, home, or life in general, establishing the right intentions can help you stay positive and optimistic during the challenges fate can throw your way.

If you're short on time, there's no need to dig through your favorite books for a little pick-me-up. These inspirational quotes for life and success will resonate (and fit on your Pinterest board). Authors, scientists, philosophers, and other famous celebrities have revealed the inner mantras that helped them achieve their goals, and these sayings could help you as well. Many focus on embracing what they can control and letting go of what they can't — a helpful approach when you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Others frame everything in terms of what they can give to others, which can put obstacles in perspective. Some people just try to celebrate the joys of life whenever they can — a reminder many of us could stand to hear more. No matter what you're feeling or experiencing, here's hoping these short inspirational quotes can help you get where you want to go.

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Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

wise saying quotes




Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893


Why be anything other than good? Why do anything other than love? ~Johnathan Dahl


To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. ~Mary Oliver


Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (b.1976, U.S. geologist), "Tuition," 1999


I don't want to talk about [our Lord's] divinity. I'd rather talk about his humanity... how he lived his life here on earth — his kindness, his tolerance. Listen, here's what I think. We can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include. ~Robert Nelson Jacobs, Chocolat, 2000, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, 1999[Spoken by the character Père Henri. –tg]


What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day. ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956


Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau


Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns! ~Allison Gappa Bottke


Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. ~Jim Rohn


In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority. ~Liz Armbruster, on rbrault.blogspot.com


See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~Pope John XXIII


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, November 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


If you surrender to the wind you can ride it. ~Toni Morrison, quoted in Laura B. Randolph, "The Magic of Toni Morrison," Ebony, July 1988


Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown


Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. ~Brecht


Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning? ~Coleman Cox


Laziness will cause you pain. ~Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense


[O]wning your burdens is half the battle. ~From the television show Scrubs


Think not because the chrysalis struggles that it is in need of you. Oh! I pray you, stay your eager hands, lest you despoil its silver wings. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. ~William James


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. ~Leo Aikman


In understanding freedom one understands also what discipline is.... Freedom and discipline go together, they are not two separate things.... Discipline does not mean suppression and control, nor is it adjustment to a pattern or an ideology; it means a mind that sees 'what is' and learns from 'what is'. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti, "Freedom," The Impossible Question, 1970 July 19th


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. ~Frank Herbert (1920–1986), Dune Chronicles


The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. ~Plato


Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~Jonathan Kozel


Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. ~Frances Willard


One neglect makes ten regrets. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


A refusal to face reality allows it to stab you in the back. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com


Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr


A day is Eternity's seed, and we are its Gardeners. ~Erika Harris, empathicwriter.com


People cannot go wrong, if you don't let them. They cannot go right, unless you let them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" — a reason to devote an occasional day to breaking everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938


The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Last Tournament," Idylls of the King


The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive. ~Jeanne LaMont, MD


I saw that he was dying. All the strength had left him. And I said Moe, "What will I do without you?" And he gathered up all the energy he could and he said, "Take the love you have for me and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found." ~Shirley L. Hyman, Ph.D. (1913–2016), from 2014 video produced by Brandon Stanton for Humans of New York, www.humansofnewyork.com


I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. ~Sara Teasdale, "The Philosopher"


Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. ~Isocrates


If I had my life to live over, I'd have fewer meetings and more rendezvous. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it — torn up to irrecoverable tatters. ~Samuel Butler


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back. ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982


Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. ~Elbert Hubbard


On the bathing-tub of King T'ang the following words were engraved: "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation." ~Confucian Analects


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~Jimmy Johnson


Every man ought to be above his position in the sense of being more than his position. To be king and nothing more, judge and nothing more, tallowe-handler and nothing more, is to allow the accident to swallow up the essence, and prove a miserable failure when measured by the true standard of human worth. A wise man would scorn to be like the tower of Pisa, leaning everlastingly one way; and as each special occupation has its own tendencies to narrowness, exclusiveness, and misconception, one continuous object of education should be to give scope and elbow-room in other directions. When governments, or societies, with imperial rescripts, acts of parliament, or conventionalities, hedge men round with directions and prohibitions, we rejoice in the brave spirits who manfully do what they are told not to do; and part of everybody's education should be a training to resist the slavery by which custom is always trying to enthral the world. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Philosophy of Progress in Human Affairs, "Chapter XIII: Education," 1860


1. Don't be afraid to say No.
2. Don't be afraid to say Yes.
~Dr. SunWolf, 2017 January 8th tweet, professorsunwolf.com


What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have known. ~Samuel Johnson


To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning. ~John W. Gardner


Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean—
so get yourself a little loving
in between.
~Langston Hughes (1902–1967)


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. ~Tennessee Williams


Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised. ~William Hale White


Young men, be masters of yourselves. The world needs you. ~James E. Shepard (1875–1947), quoted in Mitchell Davis, One Hundred Choice Quotations by Prominent Men and Women of the Negro Race, 1917


Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter


If you don't understand the cause of the problem — your solution will become part of it. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com


Begin, not from an imaginary past, to which you can never go back; not from an imaginary future which you have not reached. Begin from the present, with all its treasury of good—ay, and with all its treasury of evil. And, keeping the pathway unbroken from the past to the future, lead on to life, to larger life... upward, upward. ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899


All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment;
action for the common good in the present moment;
and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.
~Marcus Aurelius (121–180 A.D.), Meditations, IX:6, a new translation by Stephen Hanselman, in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, 2016


Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb


One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet. ~Odell Shepard


Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. ~Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar


All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
Hiddenly
To each other are linkèd are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star...
~Francis Thompson (1859–1907), "The Mistress of Vision," c.1897


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. ~Charles Du Bos, Approximations, 1922, translated from French (Thanks, Lorianne!)


The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it. ~Andrew Matthews


Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment...
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all — to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet [I, 3, Polonius]  [Love this about Polonius, by Francesco Lo Piccolo: "While he is a blowhard, and he does spout aphorisms that were, even in the sixteenth century, clichés, his clichés constitute sound advice and his observations prove themselves prophetic." He is also described as self-assured, cynical, self-centered, a flatterer, long-winded, sly, devious, false, shrewd, immoral, a sermoniser, meddling, political, arrogant, despicable, vain, hypocritical, manipulative, verbose, insincere, self-absorbed, a windbag, and a rambler of wisdom. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter. ~Edward Abbey


Smart people do stupid things, but they don't do them again to make sure. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The incurable ills are the imaginary ills. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882 February 1st


Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. ~Alexander Woollcott


If you keep rephrasing the question, it gradually becomes the answer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


[T]ime you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well


Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe. ~Author Unknown


Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. ~Charles Dickens


Ever ask yourself what you would do if you had tomorrow to live over again? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. ~Dag Hammarskjold


History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today. ~Harold MacMillan


We have a choice every day — to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regrets. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


When you start treating people like people, they become people. ~Paul Vitale


Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless


I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it's something you have to choose to do. ~From the television show Scrubs


Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. ~Bernard Baruch, 1946


The only way you may correct the bad things in your past is to add better things to your future. ~Shiloh Morrison


So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count Time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
~Philip James Bailey (1816–1902)


Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. ~Barbara Johnson


You do not have the right to quit trying. (The universe wobbles when you do.) You have the right to quit Toxic People. (They're contagious.) ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Dare to be imperfect and one day there will tug at your sleeve a soulmate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ~Henry Miller, The Books in My Life


Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway. ~Elbert Hubbard, A Thousand and One Epigrams, 1911


Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. ~Dandemis


The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is noninterference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. ~William James


Whatever you are, try to be a good one. ~William Makepeace Thackeray


It's better to fight for something than against something. ~Author Unknown


The day will happen whether or not you get up. ~John Ciardi


Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature. ~Morihei Ueshiba


Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. ~George R. Kirkpatrick


One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. ~Oscar Wilde


Strength will grow from the heart, blossom as results, and wither in others' hearts as seeds. ~Mikhael Dominico, September 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep. ~Chinese Proverb


Facts and figures are not the whole story. ~Terri Guillemets, "Âme et les yeux," 1998


When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to. ~N. Smith


Do not fall before you are pushed. ~English Proverb


Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ~Pema Chödrön


Life isn't fair, at least on the micro level. Deal with it. But don't deal with it by making it more unfair to others. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


If you must choose between a falsehood and a rudeness, choose the rudeness; if the choice lies between a falsehood and cruelty, choose the falsehood. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Ruts are not made by the wheels of Destiny, but by the cart of Care... ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "The One-Way Mind," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1931 June 1st


If I make of myself nothing, I shall expect not more than nothing's proper place and portion. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


When "Why not do it?" barely outweighs "Why do it?" — don't do it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


An important corollary to the Golden Rule is to leave others be as you would have them leave you be. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


No useful man has time to go back and rub out his unfortunate foot prints. ~Author unknown, from Dallas-Galveston News, c.1894


You live and let live. And eventually, that becomes enough. ~Author Unknown


Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


When you invite trouble, it's usually quick to accept. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


It's illegal to bore people. ~Mo Siegel  [I saw this quote in 2003 on a sign at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, Colorado. Siegel is one of the company's founders. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


A man must have something to cling to. Without that he is as a pea vine sprawling in search of a trellis.... I was all asprawl, clinging to Beauty, which is a very restless trellis. ~E.B. White (1899–1985)


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author Unknown


There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author Unknown


Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~Author Unknown


All philosophy in two words, — sustain and abstain. ~Epictetus


Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake. ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne


Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. ~Janis Joplin


Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants. ~Edward Steichen


Beware of letting your comforts become means of pain; nor make yourself miserable for the sake of being happy. ~William Benton Clulow, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833, and Aphorisms and Reflections, 1843


Life is like riding a bicycle; we can keep from falling if we keep moving. Only a few trick-riders can stand still and not tumble. ~Author Unknown, c.1922


Wake up, do your best, sleep, repeat. ~Thingsweforget.blogspot.com, #660


Work hard, enrobe yourself in velvet hope, and rule your world! ~Terri Guillemets


The biggest problem in the world
Could have been solved when it was small.
~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu


In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Don't look for your dreams to come true; look to become true to your dreams. ~Michael Beckwith


Strength will carry you through no matter how deep the valley... surrender to your strength. ~Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. ~Bill Murray


The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obedience to the heart. ~William Butler Yeats


Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones


In spite of everything, keep sparkling. ~Dr. SunWolf, 2017 January 18th tweet, professorsunwolf.com


Light tomorrow with today. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. ~Ramakrishna


Let go or be dragged. ~Author Unknown


[I]t takes something more than preponderance of numbers to win a battle... ~Burton E. Stevenson, A Guide to Biography for Young Readers: American — Men of Action, "Chapter VII: Great Soldiers," 1909


Never force talent; let talent force you. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert


Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. ~Tom Stoppard


I may be justifying my pockets of chaos, but I will always choose people over perfection and the heart over task and tidy. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)


Never confuse thoughtlessness with malice. ~Robert Charles Whitehead


Do you want to be handsome? I'll tell you how. First, look well to your health. Eat regularly and simply, and take proper rest. Go to bed early. Be sure to go to bed with clean teeth. Breathe fresh air. Take regular baths. More than all else, in order to look well you must wake up the mind and soul. Think pleasant and noble thoughts. Talk with people who know something. Be often in the company of those who know more than you do. Arouse your spiritual nature; sometimes a plain face is really glorified with the love of God and of man which shines through it. Lastly, keep a strong and vigorous body by taking plenty of wholesome outdoor exercise, and do all the good you can. Why not begin to grow handsome today? ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "How to Be Handsome," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [Paraphrased. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Yet some things you miss and some things you lose by keeping your arm outstretched. ~Author Unknown


Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. ~Robert Frost


Do not repair another man's fence until you have seen to your own. ~Masai proverb, quoted in A.C. Hollis, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, 1905


The most valuable lesson man has learned from his dog is to kick a few blades of grass over it and move on. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You want to run out in front, prepare to be tripped from behind. ~S.A. Sachs


Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. ~Oscar Wilde


It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. ~Howard Ruff, How to Prosper in the Coming Bad Years, 1979


Stay quiet; refuse nothing; flowers grow only because they tranquilly allow the sun's rays to reach them. You must do the same. ~Barbara Juliane, baroness von Krüdener (1764–1824) to Germaine de Staël, quoted in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël, 1958


We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ~Ray Bradbury


The opposite of education is not ignorance but indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. ~Elie Wiesel, 1986


The hardest thing to remember, looking back, is what you were waiting for. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


You have to give people something to dream on. ~Jimi Hendrix


I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.... In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau


Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand. ~Bruce Lee


Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~Sarah Bernhardt


A philosopher runs on ahead of his troubles, while a foolish man lags behind in the shadow of his difficulties. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Every day is conquerable by its hours, and every hour by its minutes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


For you have to work out your own problems,
And have to work hard every day;
You have got to hold on to the real thing;
Believe me, there's no other way!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "An Old Man's Advice to a Boy" (1940s)


To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ~Mary Oliver


While seeking revenge, dig two graves — one for yourself. ~Doug Horton


Use your energy for good and it will be replenished with more good energy, use you energy for bad and your energy will be drained. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. ~Hippocrates


It is wisest, at times, to do nothing and explain it by saying nothing. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha


A bunny who waits for endless time and perfect conditions may never begin to hop.  ღ  One conscious hop colors and moves the entire universe.  ღ  Relax and hop your path as gracefully as you can.  ღ  The tastiest part of the carrot grows in darkness underground.  ღ  Let us give something, however small, for a small carrot is not small to the bunny who has none. ~Krista Lester, tweets from @BunnyBuddhism, www.bunnybuddhism.com


Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers


Walk lightly through life. ~Guy Finley


[W]hatever you do, do it well, and then it will not be trumpery. ~George Mogridge (1787–1854), "On the Trumpery Bag," Old Humphrey's Observations, 1841


Why chase a hopeless dream? I dunno, maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Things sweet the taste prove in digestion sour. ~William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second, 1595


Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln


Be true to your word and your work and your friend... ~John Boyle O'Reilly, from the poem "Rules of the Road"


Lend, by your imperfections, self-esteem to others, and you will be invited everywhere. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Prize your health; prize your word; prize your reason! ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~J.R.R. Tolkien, "Three Is Company," The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954


There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber


If one reads the ancients only, one is sure of always remaining modern. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 16 November 1857


But work a year and sleep an hour,
     and sleep a night and sing a day,
And take a little wine and love,
     and when you feel religious—pray.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899


Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. ~Patch Adams


Focus on the good within your reach. ~Terri Guillemets


Don't get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny. ~Kathryn Carpenter


Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. ~G.C. Lichtenberg


Being loved by all is little fun
Unless you're also loved by one.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river. ~Lao Tzu


We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others. ~Frederick W. Faber


Do not sacrifice a large good for a little evil. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Mind your own business. But love your neighbor as yourself. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it. ~Stanislaw Lec


Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin


In the end the reason for anything is inseparable from the reason for everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Author Unknown


Occasionally it's good to devote a day to something in your life that's perfect but needs a little attention to stay that way. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


No armies are needed, no weapons are needed, no nations are needed, no religions are needed. All that is needed is a little meditativeness, a little silence, a little love, a little more humanity... just a little more, and existence will become fragrant with something so totally unique and new that you will have to find a new category for it. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Is bread the better for kneading? so is the heart. Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~Author unknown, variant of "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented" by Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963, and "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" by Alan Kay, 1982 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~Irish Proverb


Beware of a man of one book. ~English Proverb


You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. ~Israel Zangwill, The Principle of Nationalities, 1917


Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it — memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~Tad Williams


Usually, when you can't overcome the obstacles in your path, it's not your path. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish


It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed. ~Horace


Do it or don't. It's amazing how many things in life are that easy. ~Henry Rollins


Do not be someone looking for [insert]. Be [insert] looking for someone.
Suggestions for [insert]:
—love
—friendship
—understanding
—appreciation
—tolerance
—a helping hand
—a leg up
—an answer
~Robert Brault, "You Be The Aphorist," rbrault.blogspot.com


Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. ~Henry David Thoreau


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~Swedish Proverb


Better to be furious at one thing, become radiant with purpose. Better to love links and rhythms than all-embracing answers. ~Stephen Dunn


The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. ~Thomas Edison


I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous. ~Bill Veeck


You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


You cannot corner the devil by argument; he will jump over your head or between your feet. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back. ~Mick Jagger


Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell. ~Samuel DuBois Cook, advice to all black youth, c.1967  [But true for everyone! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Be deeply satisfied and ready for more. ~Abraham–Hicks


When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ~Author Unknown


There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire. ~John C. Collins


Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ~Frank Tyger


Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear. ~Terri Guillemets


Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb


Wish for nothing so much that you forget to make it come true. ~Jeb Dickerson, jebdickerson.com


Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly. ~Benjamin Franklin


Anything can happen; this is the very rule of this universe! The best defence against this rule is this: Don't panic! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


Be kind to everyone on the way up; you'll meet the same people on the way down. ~Wilson Mizner


When you throw dirt, you lose ground. ~Texan Proverb


The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. ~Albert Schweitzer


Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it. ~Brigham Young


Sometimes the only way you can take a really good look at yourself is through somebody else's eyes. ~From the television show Scrubs


Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go. ~Author Unknown


It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time. ~Author Unknown


The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. ~Author Unknown


For visions come not to polluted eyes. ~Mary Howitt


If a job's worth doing, it's worth getting someone better qualified to do it. ~Joseph D'Lacey


The best things in life are not only free, they require less assembly. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Remedy it or welcome it: a wise man's only two choices. ~Terri Guillemets


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~Chinese Proverb


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you're the easiest person to fool. ~Richard Feynman


Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. ~Joaquin de Setanti


God is good, but never dance in a small boat. ~Irish Saying


It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up. ~Joseph Joubert


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise. ~Mary Kay Ash


Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~Malcolm S. Forbes


I used to believe that anything was better than nothing. Now I know that sometimes nothing is better. ~Glenda Jackson
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Wise Quotes

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Wisdom is a great source of power. It’s through others’ stories of failure and success that we learn the most. It’s through their experiences of things we have yet to witness that feeds us the knowledge we need to fly high, to build upon what we already know.

Related:A Word to the Un-Wise: 5 Keys to Wisdom and Wealth

There is little in life that a wise mind can’t conquer. And it’s the sage-like guidance that inspires us to make our life that much better.

Here are 19 insightful quotes from people who lived exceptional lives.

1. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


2. “You can never plan the future by the past.” —Edmund Burke


3. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” —Friedrich Nietzsche


4. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” —Dalai Lama


5. “Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin


6. “He that respects himself is safe from others.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


7. “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


9. “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


10. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard


11. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” —Nelson Mandela


12. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” —C. S. Lewis


13. “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” —John D. Rockefeller


14. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

15. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle


16. “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt


17. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall


18. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke


19. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

Related: Seeking Advice: The Wisest Way to Hit the Next Level of Success

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1000+ Short Quotes That Will Inspire You (Fast)

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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

​“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

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

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

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

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

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

​“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

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

​“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

​“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori

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

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley

​“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

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

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

​True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

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