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Browse our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous lifequotes and life sayings.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale Click to tweet

Those who realize their folly are not true fools. Zhuangzi Click to tweet

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard Click to tweet

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela Click to tweet


Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny Click to tweet

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller Click to tweet

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. Snoopy Click to tweet

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The Best Life Quotes

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My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. Seneca

I love those who can smile in trouble. Leonardo da Vinci

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon

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

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

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln Click to tweet

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. William W. Purkey Click to tweet

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

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag

Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love. Maxime Lagacé

The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. Gustave Flaubert

Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside. Kamal Ravikant

Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. Naval Ravikant

Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. Naval Ravikant

I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. Zsa Zsa Gabor

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. Kenneth Branagh

The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. Helen Mirren

Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee

Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King Click to tweet

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley

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

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

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski (This is one of my favorite life quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

Part 2. Life Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Life Quotes (Einstein, Keller, Thoreau, etc.)

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller Click to tweet

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. St. Augustine

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

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

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

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

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Short Life Quotes

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Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Bob Marley Click to tweet

Keep calm and carry on. Winston Churchill

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare

Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. D. H. Lawrence

Life is short, death is forever. Chuck Palahniuk

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost Click to tweet

Life is short but it is wide. This too shall pass. Rebecca Wells

The greatest pleasure of life is love. Euripides

Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid

Life can be simple and beautiful. Focus on the good things. Maxime Lagacé

Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie

It’s better to dance than to march through life. Yoko Ono

We are who we choose to be. Green Goblin

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Inspirational, Beautiful And Positive Life Quotes

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I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. Pablo Picasso Click to tweet

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. Sarah Louise Delany

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short. Paul Graham

No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. Naval Ravikant

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest. Naval Ravikant

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before. Albert Einstein

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. T.S. Eliot

The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. Indira Gandhi

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa

Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. Neil Strauss

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Tony Robbins

Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. Maxime Lagacé

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman

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

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Barbara Sher

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will. Paul Gauguin

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin Click to tweet

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way. Henry Ford

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein

Uplifting And Positive Life Quotes (Some Will Make You Smile)

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The dreamers are the saviors of the world. James Allen Click to tweet

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone see its. Confucius

Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! Epictetus

Remember: the more you expect things to be a certain way, the more disappointed you’ll be. Accept life as it is. You’ll be free. Maxime Lagacé

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. Thich Nhat Hanh

Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant. Paulo Coelho (Eleven Minutes)

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

Every second you have on this planet is very precious and it’s your responsibility that you’re happy. Naval Ravikant

Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it. Naval Ravikant

There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. David Livingston

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it. Hillary Clinton

Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuangzi

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward. Helen Keller

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

The first step is you have to say that you can. Will Smith

Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe

There is only one happiness in life – to love and to be loved. George Sand

Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! Dr. Seuss

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernandez

Funny Life Quotes (Some Will Surprise You)

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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski Click to tweet

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schulz

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. Ellen DeGeneres

All generalizations are false, including this one. Mark Twain

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. Cathy Guisewite

Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something. William Goldman

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often. Oliver Herford

I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

The planet is fine. The people are fucked. George Carlin Click to tweet

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. George Carlin

I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams

Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright. Laurell K. Hamilton

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A Heinlein

If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey

What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife. Rodney Dangerfield

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Deep And Emotional Life Quotes (Some Will Make You Think)

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Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand. Jack London Click to tweet

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. Charles Dickens

The flavor of life is on the edge. Naval Ravikant

We are evolved to search for meaning but ultimately life has none. Naval Ravikant

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. Arthur Schopenhauer

The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it. Arthur Schopenhauer

In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. Charlie Brown

What gives meaning are challenges. A beautiful life is a meaningful. Say yes to challenges. Maxime Lagacé

Real education starts when you realize that life is wild and you know nothing about it. Maxime Lagacé

Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present. Peter F. Drucker

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it. Carl Jung

We’re not meant to consume infinite news, porn and food. We live in an era of too much abundance. This is the modern struggle. There is so much of an abundance of cheap, fake, instant dopamine and meaning. How do you motivate yourself to do the real thing any more? Naval Ravikant

We no longer live life. We consume it. Vicki Robin (Your Money Or Your Life)

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell

Happiness is not the surplus of pleasant over unpleasant moments. Rather happiness consists in seeing one’s life in its entirety as meaningful and worthwhile. Yuval Noah Harari

As Nietzsche put it, if you have a WHY to live, you can bear almost any “HOW”. A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is. Yuval Noah Harari

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. Unknown

Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea. Unknown

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. Rick Riordan

Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems. Mark Manson

There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. William Barclay

Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything. Ralph Marston

The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race. Bob Marley Click to tweet

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. Jack Kerouac

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Thomas Szasz

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. Charlie Chaplin

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Life Lessons And Simple Reminders

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Life’s too mysterious to take too serious. Mary Engelbreit Click to tweet

Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Naval Ravikant

Most of life is about searching, it’s not about doing. People spend too much time doing and not thinking about what they should be doing. Naval Ravikant

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou

A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do. Osho

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. Alfred Adler

When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. Anita Krizzan

Too many people think life will be easy. Keep it mind that it will not and you’ll find peace of mind. Maxime Lagacé

You’re never wrong if you love and help people. Maxime Lagacé

The only beautiful path is the one you create. Maxime Lagacé

If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so. Lev Grossman

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. Santosh Kalwar

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. Peter F. Drucker

Life is to enjoyed, not endured. Gordon Hinckley

Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular. Roy T. Bennett

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it. Ferris Bueller

A fear-oriented man is always calculating, planning, arranging, safeguarding. His whole life is lost in this way. Osho

See: it’s a never-ending upward spiral. And if you think at any point you’re allowed to stop climbing, I’m afraid you’re missing the point. Because the joy is in the climb itself. Mark Manson

Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual. We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore. Mark Manson

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. Roy T. Bennett

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope

People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. Dr. Seuss

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn. David Russell

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Oprah Winfrey Click to tweet

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

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Quotes About Life And Love

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Love is the goal, life is the journey. Osho Click to tweet

I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth. Doug Hutchison

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

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 important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Morrie Schwartz

Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi

If I know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse

You either live a life of love, or a life of fear. The life of fear is the easiest one because you don’t risk anything. You simply protect. The toughest one is the life of love because you risk more. You give all you’ve got. The choice is yours. Maxime Lagacé

There is love and respect for others. There is love and respect for yourself. Start with the latter. Maxime Lagacé

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. Soren Kierkegaard

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. Roy Croft

A drop of love can bring an ocean of tears. Jewish Proverb

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. Blaise Pascal

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. Leo Buscaglia

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. David Wilkerson

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin

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

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

Love is a better teacher than duty. Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. Wayne Dyer

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

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis

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

We are most alive when we’re in love. John Updike

The giving of love is an education in itself. Eleanor Roosevelt

Quotes About Life And Friendship

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The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey Click to tweet

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

You’t don’t need twenty friends to say you have friends. Like most things in life, it’s quality over quantity. The less you have, the more you can take care of them. Maxime Lagacé

The best friend you’ll find in your life is the friend that always come back to you, no matter what happened or how long it has been. Maxime Lagacé

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother. Benjamin Franklin

Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…”. C.S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. C.S. Lewis

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”. A.A. Milne

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

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. Jay McInerney

Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts. Margaret Lee Runbeck

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. Jane Austen

Happiness is only real when shared. Jon Krakauer

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Linda Grayson

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend. Albert Camus

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Quotes About Life And Family

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It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

If you’re lucky, family members are friends, and friends are family members. Maxime Lagacé

Make sure they know you love them. Maxime Lagacé

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. George Santayana

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. Friedrich Nietzsche

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. Lee Iacocca

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Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Schiller

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family. Jim Butcher

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. David Ogden Stiers

Children are a poor man’s riches. English Proverb

Children have more need of models than critics. Joseph Joubert

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. Anthony Brandt

In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard Shaw

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman

Quotes About Life And Success

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Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury Click to tweet

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

A simple definition of success is this: your life could serve as an example for society. Maxime Lagacé

The easiest definition of success is material or financial. The most beautiful definition of success is inner peace. Maxime Lagacé

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. Leonardo da Vinci

Success is about creating value. Candice Carpenter

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. Herbert Bayard Swope

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. Albert Einstein

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. Mark Twain

Good is not enough. You’ve got to be great. Simon Cowell

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. W.P. Kinsella

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

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

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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Life Quotes About Challenges And Failures

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Without the rain there would be no rainbow. Gilbert Chesterton Click to tweet

Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile. Maxime Lagacé

Scared people want comfort and certainty so they avoid failure. People living fully seek challenges because this is where they feel alive. Maxime Lagacé

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli

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

You cannot find peace avoiding life. Virginia Woolf

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

Life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! Alfred Adler

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Charles Swindoll

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. John Wooden

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive. Joan Rivers

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

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Part 4. What Is Life Exactly? The Best Authors Reveal It

What Is Life? By Alan Ball, Anais Nin, Bruce Lee, etc.

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Life is to entered upon with courage. Alexis de Tocqueville Click to tweet

It can be the scariest and most beautiful thing simultaneously. Maxime Lagacé

Life is a single player game. Naval Ravikant

Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Henry David Thoreau

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. Anne Wilson Schaef

Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. Alan Watts

My life is my argument. Albert Schweitzer Click to tweet

Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin

Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not. Bruce Lee

Life is too mysterious to try to map it out. I’ve certainly lived long enough to know it will take you places you never thought it would take you – and some of those places are kind of wonderful. Alan Ball

Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key. Alan Bennett

Life is a gift, given in trust – like a child. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art. Anselm Kiefer

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. Benjamin Disraeli

Life is beautiful because it doesn’t last. Brit Marling

The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal. Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. Albert Schweitzer

Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier. Bruce Lee Click to tweet

By Carl Rogers, Helen Keller, Jiddu Krishnamurti, etc.

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Life is a lively process of becoming. Douglas MacArthur Click to tweet

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Citium Zeno

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. Carl Rogers

Life is just one damned thing after another. Elbert Hubbard

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 onto future generations. George Bernard Shaw

My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses. Isabel Allende

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

Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie

Life is short. You have to be able to laugh at our pain or we never move on. Jeff Ross

Life is empty, and realizing that, we want to fill it, we are seeking – seeking ways and means, not only to fill this emptiness but also to find something that is not to be measured by man. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Our whole life is solving puzzles. Erno Rubik

Life is largely a matter of expectation. Homer

By John Banville, Marcus Aurelius, Woody Allen, etc.

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Life is tragic but it’s equally comic. John Banville Click to tweet

Life is hard. After all, it kills you. Katharine Hepburn

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. Marcus Aurelius

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

Life is a series of commas, not periods. Unknown

Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. Morihei Ueshiba

Life is really a dance if you are original, and you are meant to be original. Osho

Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced. Osho

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. Marge Piercy Click to tweet

Life is a zoo in a jungle. Peter De Vries

Life is a continuous process of adjustment. Indira Gandhi

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. Rose Kennedy

The joy of life consists in the inevitable, continual triumph of new values. Wassily Kandinsky

Life is a game and true love is a trophy. Rufus Wainwright

Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is not an exact science, it is an art. Samuel Butler

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

Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook (Apple CEO)

Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. Tom Clancy

Life is lived on the edge. Will Smith

Take care, the next 2 quotes are hard ones (but true!)

Most of life is tragic. You’re born, you don’t know why. You’re here, you don’t know why. You go, you die. Your family dies. Your friends die. People suffer. People live in constant terror. The world is full of poverty and corruption and war and Nazis and tsunamis. The net result, the final count is, you lose – you don’t beat the house. Woody Allen

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon. Woody Allen

But it’s better to finish on a good note, right?

Only one life, that soon is past, only what’s done with love will last. Click to tweet

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Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Forrest Gump Click to tweet

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In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

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The Meaning of Life in 15 Wise Quotes

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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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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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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

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Explore 845 Wise Quotes by authors including William Shakespeare, Plato, and Khalil Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich.

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90 Famous Quotes by Famous People

Distinguished, influential and some great people share their wisdom in these famous quotes. Famous people who share their inspirational quotes on life, success, and love. Also, find short and funny famous quotes.

Many of these quotes have stood the test of time due to the wise words of these well known, experienced people. We can always learn from those who have had success because in life and in love, to have success also means that they have experienced failure and disappointment.

Short to the point quotes also drive home the message in a few words. You will find inspiring famous quotes in these.

And, let these quotes by influential people bring a smile to your face when you read the funny ones about living life.


    Quotes by Famous People

    Be encouraged by these famous words from some famous people! Quotes that provide encouragement and some that are thought provoking.


  1. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
    Paulo Coelho



  2. There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.
    Rick Warren





  3. "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
    Maya Angelou



  4. You only pass through this life once, you don't come back for an encore.
    Elvis Presley





  5. "Never rest on your laurels. Nothing wilts faster than a laurel sat upon."
    Mary Kay



  6. "You could be the world's best garbage man, the world's best model; it don't matter what you do if you're the best."
    Muhammad Ali (famous words to encourage you to be the best at whatever you do)



  7. "Peace begins with a smile."
    Mother Teresa





  8. "In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit."
    Anne Frank



  9. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter.
    Elllen DeGeneres





  10. "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson



  11. "Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential."
    Anthony Robbins



  12. "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."
    Henry Ford





  13. "Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms."
    George Eliot



  14. "Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do."
    Wilferd Peterson



  15. What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count.
    Albert Einstein





  16. "You're not defined by your past; you're prepared by it. You're stronger, more experienced, and you have greater confidence."
    Joel Osteen



  17. "The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil."
    Thomas Edison



  18. "The ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable skill you can learn."
    Napoleon Hill





  19. "Ability is of little account without opportunity."
    Lucille Ball



  20. "We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
    Jimmy Carter



  21. "Now I look beyond what I can't do and focus on what I CAN. "
    Robert M. Hensel


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  23. "It's fun to do the impossible."
    Walt Disney



  24. "Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
    John Ruskin



  25. "You put your intention and your attention on what it is that you want to shift and change."
    Wayne Dyer





  26. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."
    Charles Dickens



  27. "To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift."
    Famous words of Franklin Roosevelt



  28. Your brain is the most important organ in your body, and what happens in it determines what you think and feel, say and do.
    Rick Hanson, Hardwiring Happiness





  29. "We tend to get what we expect."
    Norman Vincent Peale



  30. Having known both the peaks and the valleys of public life, I have learned that you cannot really appreciate the heights unless you have also experienced the depths.
    Richard Nixon



  31. Wilma Rudolph, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, Joan of Arc, Nelson Mandela, and Thomas Edison, to name a few, not only climbed mountains, they exceeded limits and expanded boundaries, setting the tone for those who respect and admire them.
    Eric Thomas, Greatness Is Upon You





  32. "No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm."
    Charles Kettering



  33. "Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart."
    Seneca



  34. "Bad things are not the worst thing that can happen to us. NOTHING is the worst thing that can happen to us."
    Richard Bach



  35. "Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby."
    George Bernard Shaw


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    Famous Short Quotes

    While these words are short and said by famous people they contain words of wisdom!



  37. "Just disconnect. Once in a day sometime, sit silently and from all connections disconnect yourself."
    Yoda



  38. "Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes."
    Francis Bacon



  39. "Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want."
    Jim Rohn (famous words we all need to heed)





  40. "When you are through changing, you are through."
    Bruce Barton



  41. "Experience has been a stern but excellent teacher."
    Og Mandino



  42. "Well done, is better than well said."
    Benjamin Franklin





Learn from the experience of others in this collection of life lesson quotes. From John D. Rockefeller to Oprah Winfrey, gain valuable insights.

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