How to Live a Good Life Advice from Wise Persons. Principles, Rules, Essentials, Precepts, Recommendations, and Key Concepts for Right Living Advice.
In the aftermath of #MeToo and Time’s Up, this year’s International Women’s Day serves as a particularly important commemoration of the contributions of women past, present and future, as well as an urgent call to action. Part of that work involves uplifting the voices of women who are speaking out — about change, about success, about marginalization, about intersectionality, about what it feels like to be a woman making her way through the world.
Scroll down for some of our favorite quotes by women who have been featured on Man Repeller. If there are any words by women that have touched your life in some way, even to the extent that you simply scribbled them down in a notebook, please share them in the comments below. Let’s turn up the volume.
“The youth are not just our future, they are our present. How do we create space for them?”
Carmen Perez in The Women’s March Paints an Optimistic Future for Feminism
“In a subtle way, my gray hair reminds me of all the experiences in my life that have shaped me as a woman. And I really enjoy that reminder because it forces me to stop and think, girl, you’ve earned everything, including those silver streaks.”
Noria Morales in 5 Women on Going Gray
“At the end of each day, I like to ask myself, ‘What did you learn today?’ If I have answers, then that day has been successful.”
Lacey Tompkins in 10 Women on Success As They Know It
“I think you have to be honest with yourself about attainable goals and take the time to acknowledge when you’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Try to be self-aware enough to determine whether self-applied pressure is contributing to your unhappiness.”
Simone Oliver in11 Women With Their Shit Together
“Don’t touch your face. Let the pimples do what they do, leave them alone. Don’t try to cover everything up because that always ends up making it worse. Just do enough to make yourself feel more secure. Know that your skin is not what people are focusing on, and if it is, then those are not the kind of people you should interact with.”
Jaquelyn Klein in What If Acne Wasn’t a Flaw? 5 Women Skip Coverup and Talk Skin
“My joy comes from knowing that my strength is imbued in my very being, that no one has endured as much as a black woman and no one has triumphed like a black woman. Living in a country that was forged in a legacy of marginalization, it gives me absolute joy when I see a woman succeeding, like Kamala Harris, or becoming a standard of beauty, like Lupita Nyong’o. We thrive.”
Olivia Stevens in I Asked 13 Black Women a Question I Needed to Answer Myself
“Women spoke and the engine of the internet’s outrage machine listened — then whirred to life. Weinstein was rightfully terminated. This series of consequences goes to show that in the ongoing campaign to support victims of sexual harassment and condemn their abusers, there is no such thing as too much noise.”
Harling Ross in Harvey Weinstein’s Fall: When Women Speak and People Listen
“Of course I have flaws I’m self-conscious about, but you learn to live with what you have been handed in life and count your blessings. If I had to live my life over, I would start at age 40.”
Ann inI Asked 23 Women About Their Biggest Insecurity
“My eyes will never be blue, my bone structure will never allow for you to mistake me for a Scandinavian model. I am who I am and even if that infers ‘ugly as fuck,’ I think it’s, I don’t know, beautiful.”
Leandra Medine in Why I Don’t Wear Makeup
“It feels good to be a regular person. It feels good to move through the day without making assumptions about what other people think and see and believe. It feels like a relief. It feels respectful. I’m just me. You’re just you. You’re just doing your best. There’s a lot to celebrate. There’s a lot to love. There’s a lot to feel grateful for. And there’s nothing at all to be ashamed of.”
Heather Havrilesky in Shame: An Explainer
“When I hear “balance,” it doesn’t sound like a goal. More like unnecessary pressure. I say that because when we’re killing it in one area of our lives, the reality is another area is going to get less of our attention and less effort.”
Vanessa Lundy in A Model, an Author and a Stylist on Letting Go and “Having It All”
“If I could tell myself anything, I’d say, ‘Be more adventurous. Don’t take everything that seriously. You are still in your twenties, so it’s okay to fuck up. There is time to get back on the horse.’ I wish I realized that, aside from paying bills, being an adult is actually fun.”
Nicole Chapoteau in I Asked Women What They’d Tell Their 28-Year-Old Selves
“In order to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to enjoy constantly being in over your head. There’s this sweet spot between, ‘I GOT THIS!!!’ and ‘…Holy shit, I’m gonna barf’ that you live in every single day.”
Polly Rodriguez in It’s Never Too Late: 3 Women on Second Chances and Changing Careers
“I had spent nearly two decades attempting to hide, remedy and ‘fix’ was not something to be fixed at all. The bottom half that had made me feel so different than the other girls I grew up with was inherited. It was genetically and generationally mine.”
Monica Busch in I’ve Finally Stopped Fighting My Natural Body Type
“Ask yourself why the issue matters to you and why you do the work, and remind yourself of that every time you feel like quitting. I like to make my advocacy bigger than me, so that when I get the urge to stop, I remember that there are others counting on me to push forward.”
Cristina Gonzalez in How to Be an Activist (Even if It’s Not Your Job)
“I am a 32-year-old black woman immersed in a cinematic universe where black women thrive. I am overjoyed for the children who will grow up seeing these confident, courageous women taking up space and telling stories that are larger than life.”
Erin Canty in In ‘Black Panther,’ Black Women Thrive
“There’s a difference between believing that you’re beautiful because people tell you that you are and knowing you’re beautiful no matter what people say. There’s a difference between accepting a body that gains weight every summer and taking pleasure in the versatility of such a body.”
Celeste Little in Rihanna’s Perspective on Her Weight Changed How I Think
“There’s a balance of being comfortable, of having enough money to live on and then just having a good time. You’ve got to balance. You’ve got to find time to play. You gotta have a little life, a little fun. Find your soul.”
Emily Lemer in3 Women on What They’ve Learned in Their 70+ Years of Life
“I used to feel compelled to prove a point. Now I’m comfortable being solitary in an opinion.”
Jamila in24 Women on How Life Changes With Age
“The minute that every single thing is perfect, you’ve lost your sexuality, as far as I’m concerned. Where’s the juice?”
Ali MacGraw in Iconic Actress Ali MacGraw on Expensive Things and Getting Older
“The world needs whatever you are into. Whatever you’re obsessed with, there is someone else out there who needs that.”
Maggie Winter in MR Round Table: Female Entrepreneurship
Feature illustration by Irene Servillo.
This book is a genuine face to face with Guy, sitting on the beach, listening to the waves and his voice telling his life story as is. No filter, no.
When I met with Arlinda McIntosh, age 60; Anne Perryman, age 77; and Doreen Wohl, age 85, part of me expected to walk away filled with all sorts of groundbreaking advice — the kind only people wise with years can dole out. My takeaways, though, were surprisingly straightforward: Be kind. Engage with your community. Communicate. Travel. The messages themselves were ones I’d heard before, but the wisdom? Sage nonetheless.
Decades worth of experience mean that from these women, simple words hold extra weight. The women waxed reflective with me on what they’re nostalgic about — some of the best times of their lives, and some difficult ones, too. In the end, these interviews turned out to be less about gathering advice and more about collecting stories. Below are just a few of those: the highs and lows that molded Arlinda, Anne and Doreen into the women they are today — women whose words will echo in my mind, and hopefully yours, too.
Arlinda spends her time mentoring others with the lessons she’s learned as designer and founder of eco-conscious skirt company Sofistafunk. Here, she reflects on the challenges of her life as a single parent and how she was never taught to fail.
I one hundred percent do not want to be young again. I want to be Arlinda at 60 with my gray hair. I wanted to be 60 since I was, like, 20. My friend and I used to sit around and say, “Wow, one day we’re going to be old. What are you going to do? I’m going to get a rocking chair!” I don’t worry about the things I worried about in my twenties and thirties and forties. I relax. I’m comfortable with myself.
As you age, things change, but you know that’s going to happen. I was never taught shame. I was never taught to not love my hair or love my body. I cherish the fact that my mom let me be free in my way of thinking and my way of dress. Today, I wear makeup to go with my clothes because it’s cute — I don’t wear makeup to hide anything. I have plenty of scars because I like to climb trees, even now, but I’m not going to try to cover that up. I don’t have to have a flat stomach; my skirt is cute.
I was talking to my older sister recently, and we laughed about what we survived when we were younger. We grew up in New Jersey in what I now know was called a cold-water flat, a building that has no running hot water. I had never realized. I used to take my finger and write on the ice inside of the window of our house, and I knew we had a heater in the living room — but I didn’t know anything different. I said to my sister, “Wait a minute, we had no heat?” And she said, “No, that’s why there was a heater in the room and our blanket was so heavy!” My mom had made a quilt, and when you were under this quilt, you weren’t moving at night — it was like lead.
My mom was a minister in church. When I wasn’t at church, most of the time I was playing in the dirt with leaves and bugs. I’d find rocks and imagine where they came from. I wasn’t into fashion as a little girl; I was into nature and exploring.
I learned how to sew when I was about 12. I remember going to school in 5th grade, and every girl in the classroom had on a yellow sweater, a white shirt and a little plaid skirt. It wasn’t a school where we had to wear uniforms; it was just that everyone shopped at the same store. I came home and told my mom, and she took me to the fabric store. I got a piece of pink denim, made a skirt out of it and wore it to school. I was so excited that the following day, I took our kitchen curtains down and made my first gathering skirt. I liked it and felt satisfied, but I didn’t really think more about sewing, except for making a couple things throughout my teenage years.
I got married at 19 and we had three children. One day when I was in my early twenties, I came home for lunch to surprise my husband and he was gone. I knew that was it, and that I needed to figure something out. I had to pay rent in two weeks and my paycheck wasn’t enough. So I called up my close girlfriend and she said to me, “Why don’t you make me and our other friends some clothes?” That seemed crazy to me. I’d never made clothes for someone else; I didn’t know how to do that. But I decided to try. I went to the salvage store with just about $20 and bought denim. With it, I made five jumper dresses. I invited my friends over and they each paid $25 for the dresses. Then I took that money and bought more fabric. I asked if my friends would bring other people the next week. They did, and I gave them each some dollar-store pearls for bringing someone, which I still do now. I made my rent. Still, I didn’t see it as a business; it was just a way to support myself.
To me, failure seemed absurd because I had never been taught failure. I remember lying in my bed crying and thinking, I just can’t do this. But then I thought, how does one give up? If I kept lying there, that meant I wouldn’t make any money, and that meant we would all have to move. I had children to think about.
Raising my children on my own as a single parent was difficult. We didn’t have a washing machine or money for the laundromat, so my kids learned that when they got into the bathtub, they had to wash their socks and underwear while they were in there. Sometimes the kids ate and I didn’t, but I never said that I was hungry. My dad used to bring me a 50-pound bag of white potatoes on the first of the month. I couldn’t stand those white potatoes for a long time, but I learned how to make a white potato every kind of way — I could make a pie with white potatoes. There were no movies or anything like that, but it forced us to use our imagination. I taught my children, “Why go to a movie when we can tell each other a story?” We would sit and tell a story together. I’d start, and we’d take turns adding parts to keep it going until it was time for bed.
It wasn’t until 2006 that I turned my skirts into a full business, Sofistafunk. My gathering skirts are zero-waste. When I cut the skirt, I have about a two-inch by seven-inch piece of fabric left over; the piece I cut away becomes the pocket. As a nation, I feel that we’re very wasteful. I see how much garbage we throw away, and one day it dawned on me — when I throw this away, where is it going? A landfill that’s turning into a mountain. I can’t change the world, but I could change me. So my mission was to design a skirt that would use all of a piece of fabric without leaving scraps behind.
Now I’m passionate about mentoring other small business owners. I have a lot of information, and I think that giving it out for free is one of the best things I can do. I may not have money to give someone, but what I know could be valuable to them. Paying it forward is everything. People say life is short, but life isn’t that short for a lot of people — life is unpredictable. We have to be kind.
Anne left her rural town to become a journalist in New York City and around the world. Rather than looking back, she says she’s constantly working on new projects and staying politically active to protest “the asshole in the White House” (even if that means an arrest or two).
I was raised in a small town — fewer than 1,000 people — in a farming community in Michigan, the second oldest of seven children in my family. There was no whining in our house. It was just, “Figure it out.” My parents gave us an example of hard work. They expected us to do well in school. They also gave us safety. We did not grow up with any sense of fear. We didn’t lock our door. We left the keys in the car in the driveway. I grew up fearless, so I became a fearless person.
When I was about 10, I was responsible for getting my younger cousin to school so that my aunt could go to work. While I waited for him to wake up, I would turn on the television and watch Jack Paar’s morning show. I was just this little girl in this little town, but I’d see the program coming from New York City. I thought, Oh my God, these people are so clever and funny and unlike anyone I’ve ever met. I had an early idea that New York was a place I’d like to be.
When I went to high school, my English teacher said that I was a good writer. I worked on the school newspaper, and I thought, You know, I’d like to be a writer in New York. That was my fantasy as a 16-year-old. But back in the late ’50s, there were only two typical choices for women who went to college: You would become a nurse or a teacher. I didn’t want to be a nurse or teacher; I wanted to be a journalist.
I went to Michigan State University and majored in journalism. Then I got married to my high school boyfriend, which was a really stupid thing to do. Back then, people didn’t live with each other first. I finished college a year before he did — I graduated fast — and we had an idea to get jobs in Germany, make some money, buy a motorcycle and travel across North Africa and around through the Middle East. I had an aunt who lived in Cairo, so we would stay with her.
We did it. In 1963, Germany was prospering and all these people were flooding in from Arab countries and Turkey. I was the only American at my job. I made a friend from Jerusalem, who said, “When you go to Jerusalem, you have to go see my family.”
We got a motorcycle and we left on New Year’s Day to go to North Africa. It was freezing, but we had this idea that we were going to keep warm with plastic bags on our feet and all this stuff. We were such fools. When we got to Libya, they said we had to go to Benghazi to get paperwork, so we hitchhiked there, got the paperwork and came back, but they had messed up the motorcycle. So at the border of Libya, with no transportation, that was the beginning of our hitchhiking adventure all the way across the country. We eventually made it to Egypt and stayed in Cairo with my aunt for a while. Then we went to Jerusalem to see my friend’s family, who took care of us and invited us to stay for another month. The love they gave us was just so terrific. Then we went to Yugoslavia, Turkey and back to Germany. After a year of travel, we came back because my husband had a year to finish at Michigan State, and I got my first newspaper job at the Lansing State Journal. We were growing in different directions. The next job I got was at United Press International in Atlanta during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. I just left. We didn’t get divorced for a while, but I said, “I’m going to take this job.”
At UPI, I wanted a foreign assignment. I had this bug that I wanted to travel more. I was told, “Oh, women don’t get foreign assignments … you’d have to work here for at least 10 years before you’d even be considered for that.” So I quit and I came to New York. I decided to do freelance. I got an apartment in the West Village, a fourth floor walk-up, for which I paid $45 a month. There was a bathtub in the kitchen.
I spent six years doing freelance work, including two years in Asia during the Vietnam War. I really thought I had arrived as a journalist. I did some serious stuff — stuff about toxic fish and all kinds of important stories. But nobody bought it. At the same time, I wrote a story about my experience in a public bath in Tokyo. Everybody bought that story. That was a light bulb over my head. So I started to write stories about my experiences and what surprised me. That was my bread and butter. I also wrote a big story about Air America — the CIA airline active in Southeast Asia — that I sold to Playboy. Eventually, I came back to New York and thought, I need to get a nine-to-five job.
I saw in a New York Times ad that a professional quarterly was looking for a writer and editor. It was a big accounting firm; the hiring manager had worked for UPI, and I got the job. I still did freelance work on the side. I was told to cover a play in New York called Short Eyes that prisoners had created. I met this guy involved who was working for a foundation that helped the formerly incarcerated transition back into society. We fell in love. That was January of 1974, and we got married in August of 1974. We had a daughter a year later and moved into this very apartment. My whole life changed.
I worked as a Director of Public Information at Bank Street College of Education for nine years and then as a Director of College Relations and Publications at Lehman College in the Bronx for 15 years. I also produced a nationally-circulated newsletter called Work & Family Life with my colleague Susan Ginsberg for over three decades before she passed away this year.
I’m a fanatical political person. In 2008 when [Barack] Obama was running for president the first time, I thought, I have to do something. I went to Detroit and registered voters on the street. I went back in 2012 to work for the campaign again. I wore out a pair of boots working for Obama right up until election day. I also did a lot of work for Hillary [Clinton] in 2016. I was part of a group called Executive Women for Hillary. Since then, I’ve just been protesting this asshole in the White House now. Give me strength. I went to the Women’s March and the Climate March. I’ve been arrested twice, once in Albany sitting in the governor’s office as part of a “real rent reform” campaign. We’re trying to get universal rent protections for all of New York and trying to roll back the preferential rent stuff.
I want to stay productive and stay political. I don’t have any desire to sit on the beach and not do anything. For fun, I go to museums and see ballet and music. If you live in New York, you’ve got to get the culture. What’s the point of living here with all the hassles if you don’t enjoy the culture?
I have the smallest wardrobe you could possibly imagine because I know what I feel comfortable in. I am a low-maintenance dresser and traveler. When I see people with huge suitcases, I think, Why? I’ve never checked a bag on an airplane. My two years in Asia I traveled with a small bag, a little portable typewriter and a camera.
One of the things I feel so lucky about in life is that I never really cared much about what people thought of me. Growing up in a little town, I knew I didn’t belong there. I’m inner-directed — that’s a psychological term someone told me about. I don’t look back. I’m always working on something for the future. I wanted to be a writer in New York and I wanted to travel. This is my 50th year here. My dreams came true.
Doreen says putting off retirement until age 80 and traveling every six months have kept her young, and she’s nostalgic for time spent with her family.
I grew up in England. Both my parents were teachers. My father went on to become headmaster of a school for children who were in need of care and protection. I was six years old when World War II began. The area my parents lived in was east of London, and the German planes were coming over that area, so we were evacuated. We went off early to a Quaker boarding school in the countryside. Some of the towns around us got bombed, so depending on what was happening in the war, we would either go home or we’d go to our grandparents’.
I took a year between high school and university, and then I earned my economics and sociology degree in London. In my family, there was total support for me going to university. My sister didn’t go, even though she got better grades than me in school. But she wasn’t as adventurous. She became a secretary — she didn’t really like working. I was interested in exploring the world. People said, “How can you just go out there and travel?” I never felt nervous about doing it. I was just intrigued. I came over to the U.S. in 1954, when I was 22, to spend a year working with migrant farm workers through the American Friend Service, the service branch of the Quaker Society of Friends. We worked with the crew that had come up from the south to pick beans in Pennsylvania. I worked with the Council of Churches from North Dakota and Michigan, and then in the Texas cotton harvest. I met my husband, Bernie, when I finished working in Texas.
Bernie and I got married in England when I was close to 24 years old. That was the usual age for women to get married at the time. Although, both my mother (born in 1898) and grandmother (born in 1864) didn’t get married until they were 30.
We lived out in Brooklyn. Bernie had his master’s degree in social work and was a co-director of a community center there. Then we went to Columbus, Ohio, to work in a settlement house — a type of housing in low-income areas that provides educational opportunities and activities. There are still several settlements in New York. After 12 years in Columbus, we took a sabbatical year in England. I loved living in Columbus, but shortly after we came back from England, I said, “I don’t want to live here the rest of my life.” My husband got a job offer at Goddard Riverside Community Center, one of the settlement houses and multifaceted community programs here in New York.
In New York, I became the director of Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Northwest Bronx and stayed there for about five years before going to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, an emergency food program. I worked there from age 60 until age 80, when I retired. At first the program was just handing out food in bags without any real focus on types of food and whether it was food people wanted to eat — it was a lot of macaroni and cheese. I put forward ideas for reorganizing it, and they were very supportive. They said, “You’ve been hired to direct, so go ahead.” They didn’t question my ideas.
We did some things that a number of the church people did not approve of. We transformed the program into a customer co-operative and set it up like a store where people were able to do their own shopping. We put forth the concept of a nutritionally-balanced shopping cart, so people were able to shop for fruits and vegetables and grains and protein. Nobody was paying any money, but it was set up so that they could select their own food. We also had a social service office, so we not only provided food but met with people about other support they may be eligible for and put them in contact with other organizations.
The West Side Campaign Against Hunger is staffed by volunteers, some of whom put in hours five days a week. There are lots of stereotypes about low-wage workers that just aren’t true at all. Low-income people do an enormous amount of community work and they’re never recognized. These people are concerned about their neighbors and they’re the backbone of their families. I’ve tried to do what I can to give recognition — even just celebrations of birthdays, getting theater tickets for people and having a volunteer recognition day with monetary awards.
I’ve always enjoyed the work I’ve done. I think that’s an absolute gift. I never had to do what many low-income people and immigrants have to do. I never worked in a chicken slaughterhouse or a factory or a coal mine — that’s a privilege. I’ve been fortunate with my health.
I think staying working until age 80 kept me young. I feel like I’ve aged since I’ve retired. I’m nostalgic for the time of being a young family with kids. I was about 26 when my son was born and 28 when my daughter was born. I went back to work when my daughter was two.
Outside of my work, I’ve also been interested in art. Back in school, I did some sculpturing. I enjoy museums — I go to Met Breuer quite a lot. The renovation has taken it back to the original building, and I think it’s wonderful. I enjoy the Guggenheim and the Met and the Whitney. My personal style is folky. Jewelry tells a tale. I must admit earrings are my weakness. I pick them up on my travels and at craft festivals and flea markets.
I like to travel to Europe. I visit friends in England and France, and I try to go about every six months. Of course, there are other parts of the world I’d still like to see, but I should have done that when I was 60 or 70. My feet now aren’t in such good shape. When I travel, I go to be with people. Life is really about people communicating with each other. I could easily spend a day at home and not talk. But when I spend a day with people, I come back feeling healthier. Older people are a resource in communities that’s probably not tapped into enough. We need to communicate and stay involved.
Photos by Emily Malan.
Jackie Homan is a journalist, writer, and proud owner of an indoor s’mores maker for the rainy days.
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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.
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“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.
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:
“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
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
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:
“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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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:
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In celebration of International Women's Day, life advice for women from 21 wise women we've written about on Man Repeller.
Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better person. Each experience--good and bad--makes you grow. Get along with life and surely, things will become easier for you. Live for today and enjoy every moment. Capture the best that life has to offer you.
Here's a collection of valuable quotes about life to inspire you to make the best out of it:
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln
"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John C. Maxwell
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Soren Kierkegaard
"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." Wayne Dyer
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." Lou Holtz
"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." William James
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Mahatma Gandhi
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucius
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." Dalai Lama
"There are three constants in life...change, choice and principles." Stephen Covey
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King, Jr.
"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
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." John F. Kennedy
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Albert Einstein
"When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor." Eleanor Roosevelt
"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Voltaire
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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
"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life." John F. Kennedy
"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela
"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
"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." Oprah Winfrey
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." C. S. Lewis
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." Henry Ford
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." Amelia Earhart
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." Eleanor Roosevelt
"Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." Thomas Jefferson
"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
"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life." Brian Tracy
"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
"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you." Tony Robbins
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." Robert Frost
"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner." Les Brown
"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller
"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." Aristotle
"Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive." Elbert Hubbard
"Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent." Billy Graham
"Each person must live their life as a model for others." Rosa Parks
"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose--somehow we win out." Ronald Reagan
"Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce." Vivian Komori
"Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery--there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair." Rick Warren
"Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive." Matt Cameron
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