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Our latest collection of quotes on life lessons on Everyday Power Blog.

It’s easy to go through life living in regrets and focusing on the negative things of the past. It can be a challenge to shake off what has held you back and move forward towards a bright future.

But as long as you focus on the negative baggage from yesterday, it’s going to keep you from getting to where you want to go. Focusing on your past mistakes, what hurt you and what didn’t work out can only stop you from the bright future you envisioned.

To start afresh and move forward, there are a lot of things you are going to want to drop. Whether it’s a betrayal, bad childhood, divorce, or bad job, you have to let it go and move forward.

You cannot do anything about what happened in the past but you can do something about your future. Your past is not as important as what’s ahead; so you cannot let it poison your future.

There’s a lot the world can teach us. Here are some powerful quotes on life lessons to inspire you to live a happier, healthier and more meaningful life.

Quotes with life lessons to help you move on

1.) “‎Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ― Chico Xavier

2.) “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” –  Seneca

3.) “I do a good job of staying positive and just moving on.” – Katie Taylor

4.) “You can only lose what you cling to.”— Buddha

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

6.) “Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Og Mandino

7.) “You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” – Drew Gerald

8.) “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” – Ernie Harwell

9.) “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”– Raymond Lindquist

10.) “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” ― Nicholas Sparks

Quotes about life lessons and moving on

11.) “The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.” ― Roy T. Bennett

12.) “Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to.”– Mandy Hale

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

14.) “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”– Lyndon B. Johnson

15.) “Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” –  Carrie Underwood

16.) “Think of each failure, each heartache, and each loss in your life as a lesson in courage and resilience.” – Kate Anderson

17.) “Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard

18.) “You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

19.) “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”– Guy Finley

20.) “Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ― Deborah Reber

Inspirational quotes on life lessons

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

22.) “My greatest life lessons have not come from any achievements I have attained but rather from the failures, heartaches, and setbacks that I have experienced.” – Dr. Marshall Hennington

23.) “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.”– Dan Brown

24.) “It’s not the mistake that matters, it’s how you interpret the lesson.” – Michelle C. Ustaszeski

25.) “Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again.” – Dawson’s Creek

26.) “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.” – Steve Maraboli

27.) “I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me.” – A.G.

28.) “Your past does not equal your future.”– Anthony Robbins

29.) “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” ― Nicole Sobon

30.) “You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.” ― Jojo Moyes

Quotes about life lessons and mistakes

31.) “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” ― Rick Warren

32.) “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown

33.) “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”– Herman Hesse

34.) “Most people claim that they feel like they’re trapped in a rat race, without an exit. While we can all feel this way from time to time, it’s important to know that there is a way out.” – Debeena Harris

35.) “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato

36.) “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” ― Richard Branson

37.) “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

38.) “We all make them, the difference is what we do after we make the mistake, how we see the mistake – a learning experience or a failure.” – Catherine Pulsifer

39.) “You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” – Maxwell Maltz

40.) “There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.” – Melanie Koulouris

Other motivational quotes on life lessons

41.) “The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey

42.) “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”– Joseph Campbell

43.) “Over the years I’ve come to realize that mistakes are just lessons, life lessons almost like school. Once you’ve learned a lesson in class, you move on to the next lesson because now you know it. Well mistakes are exactly the same.” – Rashard Royster

44.) “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – B. Nicole

45.) “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli

46.) “You’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” – Tori Amos

47.) “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 which has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

48.) “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” ― Shannon L. Alder

49.) “A very wise man once told me that you can’t look back-you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.” ― Jodi Picoult

50.) “I’ve been burdened with blame trapped in the past for too long, I’m moving on” ― Rascal Flatts

Which of these quotes on life lessons was your favorite?

Although life can throw a sucker punch at you, you have to stay on course and remain focused on where you want to go. Success is waiting for you; so you cannot live a life limited by fear, anger, ill health, or self-imposed barriers.

Love is all around you. You just have to take the time to feel it for life itself. Hopefully, these quotes have inspired to move on and live life without limits.

Did you enjoy these quotes on life lessons? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

Check out these quotes on life lessons that will motivate you to live life without limits. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

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This is a throwback video of life lessons with Mr. T. I believe they were all taken from the ends of episodes of the animated Mister T television series, where a real-life Mr. T would teach a lesson in the same vein as the end-of-episode G.I. Joe PSAs. I learned a lot by watching it. Actually, I learned everything I know by watching it, and there's no doubt in my mind if more people lived their lives by Mr. T's lessons the world would be a much better place. But they don't, so I'm afraid if nothing changes I'll have no other choice but to push the big red button on my birthday this year. What a present that will be.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Cyndi M, who agrees the greatest life lesson of all is to love. Plus washing your hands after going to the bathroom.


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I recently shared 37 things I’ve learned in my 37 years, and invited Side Hustle Nation to share their own life lessons.

This post is a compilation of the “words to live by” responses I received, broken down into several broad categories.


On Your Mindset and Attitude

“Do you have — or are you getting — the results you want?” That was the one-question mindset test proposed by Dane Maxwell. If you can’t answer yes, there’s room for some mindset growth.

The first 3 quotes here come from Matt Rowell, a podcast guest of mine with a cool knife sharpening side hustle.

1. It’s all relative: Success, a big email list, lots of downloads, acres of land, number of customers. It’s better to judge our performance to our own expectations rather than based on what other people say about themselves.

The way I interpret this one is to avoid comparing yourselves to others. I know, it’s hard!

2. The power of one: I think about this with the email list. It’s better to focus on the people on the list opening and reading than it is to dwell on growing the number of recipients.

3. There are no ordinary moments: This comes from Way of the Peaceful Warrior. That next phone call, email, or conference, or holding the door for someone, or making eye contact and passing kindness all hold epic potential to change the course of our life, which can have epic potential to change the course of many other people’s lives. The more we realize that, the more we look for it and the better our odds of getting massive action through stacking up small wins.

4. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.” –Tony Robbins

5. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

6. I’ve got all day tomorrow to worry about stuff. (Repeat daily)

7. Trying to control everything can leave you unable to enjoy the moment. Plan what you can. Go with the flow when the situation calls for it.

8. Travel with an open mind.

9. Don’t be tarnished by your past experience; it will make for a very angry future.

Life Lessons on Finding Your Purpose

10. Purpose is that which you feel passionate about plus responsible for.

11. There is no one true purpose in life. And it doesn’t really matter. As long as you do good for others around you, you’re okay.

12. Purpose can never be defined by what you do. It can only be discovered in who you are.

13. You’ve been unknowingly shaped since birth for your life purpose. Find the pattern.

14. Volunteer and one day you might get paid for it.

15. When you volunteer to help others you benefit just as much.

16. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” –Seneca

17. The law of sowing and reaping is universal…you get what you give. Be careful what you give.

Words to Live By for your Money and Finances

18. Don’t give other people your money to invest. Learn how to invest your money yourself. It’s not as hard as you think. No one will care more about your money than you.

19. You can’t get rich trading hours for dollars.

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20. Never buy with future money. Don’t spend money you don’t have.

21. Never pay interest on credit cards.

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22. Never pay full price unless you know it’s worth more.

23. Never buy on emotion.

24. “Want”, “need”, and “get” are three totally different things.

25. Good credit is priceless!

26. Brand label clothes and expensive cars are for assholes.

27. It’s not about how much you make. Its about how much you keep.

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28. Our real economic value comes from the beyond physical but spiritual. For instance, planning, foresight, integrity, etc., are beyond physical, but essential for progress in this life.

29. Never go out to breakfast on an empty stomach.

30. It is way easier to turn OFF savings automation when your bills get overwhelming, then to ever turn it back on again. So, keep your automatic savings withdrawals on as long as possible (speaking from personal experience), and treat that savings account like a black hole — money goes in, but it never comes back out. (Thanks to Amanda at Frugal Confessions!)

31. Pay yourself first.

32. Golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.

Life Lessons on Failure

33. It’s OK to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.

34. Don’t just learn from your mistakes. Learn from other people’s mistakes.

35. You can teach a lot of things, but you can’t teach experience.

36. Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

37. Failure is not an end in and of itself unless you let it be. Failures are opportunities to learn and improve. Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is the way to success.

Related: My Side Hustle Failures

38. You can either choose to be miserable and allow circumstances to bring you down, or you can choose to be grateful, and pick yourself up after failure (it’s temporary anyway), heartbreak, or whatever else comes your way.

39. When you fall, fall forward.

40. It’s not what we did wrong. It’s what we do for an encore.

41. Get back up one more time than you fall.

42. Always jump into a challenge… the unknown is your greatest friend.

43. Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand.

44. What I did yesterday, helped me be who I am today, and what I’m doing today is preparing me for tomorrow.

45. Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.

Life Lessons on Relationships

46. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

47. Those who want respect, give respect.

48. Be kind.

49. What goes around comes around.

50. It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.

51. If I’m nice to people and they aren’t nice to me, it’s their problem.

52. Most people are marvelous.

53. Never settle, especially in relationships.

54. Stop, listen, and think before you respond.

55. Don’t be quick to judge; you never know what another person is going through.

56. You can’t control people. You can only control you.

57. Pay close attention to your potential mother-in-law before you marry. That will be your wife in 20-30 years.

58. Love shouldn’t be hard work.

59. Kindness really does matter. It can change a life.

60. Hosting a meetup in an area that you shine in with no purpose of selling will create amazing referrals and advocates. People like people that aren’t there just to sell to them and just listen for a change.

61. Collaboration gets you better ideas, new friends, more eyeballs, and encourages you to let go of your ego and help others.

61. In the end, it’s all about friends and family.

62. Before leaving family or friends say goodbye in a manor you feel good about just in case it’s the last time you see them.

63. Accept that not everyone will like you. Even the most popular presidents were disliked by 45%-50% of the country. Live your life.

64. Everyone does not need to be a part of your life long-term. As you grow, there will be many who will not grow with you.

65. Make friends before you need them!

66. Say I love you to your spouse every day.

67. Don’t go to bed mad.

68. Nobody will ever give you shit for being early.

Words to Live By on Taking Action

69. It’s OK to regret things you’ve done, but don’t regret what you didn’t do.

70. Sometimes, you just have to act. You can think and plan and prepare all you want, but more often it is a matter of just getting into action.

71. Trust your gut.

72. You can do whatever you want, some things just take a little longer.

73. It’s easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

74. Just start. Once you have momentum you’ll find a way.

75. Sometimes you gotta just leap.

76. Difficulty equals opportunity. The reason is simple. If there is a high entry barrier, the majority of people will be excluded. Therefore competition will be weaker for those that have the endurance to get through the barriers.

77. If you feel it, keep going — even if means going alone.

78. You should generally bite off more than you can chew, and then just chew really fast.

79. “When the goin’ gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

80. Be willing to take calculated risks.

Life Lessons on Self Talk

81. If you don’t like yourself, others won’t either.

82. Thoughts become things. You get what you focus on good and bad.

83. The biggest difference between where I am and where I’m going is what I’m REALLY telling myself.

84. Unclench yourself in traffic — you can’t go any faster than the cars in front of you.

85. If you stay and face the unpleasant feelings or emotions by being present with them, they will eventually dissipate. And that’s the first step in the healing process.

86. You will create a story about the world and yourself that will dramatically influence you. Always reexamine that story.

87. Beliefs are just beliefs. They are not reality.

88. The outcome of my life is entirely what I make it.

89. Let your faith in yourself be stronger than your fear.

90. “Be yourself — everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde

91. Don’t allow anyone to put you down. You’re beautiful and stronger than you know.

Words to Live By on Gratitude

92. Be Grateful. On Purpose. Every Day.

93. The best weapon is a genuine smile.

94. Happiness is a choice, your choice. Choose to be happy; you’ll probably live longer.

95. All is well. Everything is a mess, and all is well.

96. All positive psychology is the expression of positive biology.

97. Only you can make you happy!

98. Have fun.

99. Laugh every day.

100. Music is therapy.

101. No one needs a smile so much as those that have none to give.

Life Lessons on Legacy

Several readers shared the Stoic concept of “memento mori” — remember death. It’s a call for humility (we’re all gonna die someday) and inspiration (but not yet, so make the most of it!).

102. There’s a reason they don’t read resumes at funerals.

103. It’s not how long you live that matters, but what you do with the life you have.

104. Life is to be lived; not just survived.

105. Don’t cheat, it never pays off.

Life Lessons on Education

106. Sucking at something is the first step to being awesome at something.

107. Read, read, and read! All the answers you’re looking for are probably in a book somewhere. Be a voracious reader.

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108. It’s OK to write in the margins of books. It’s easier to find your original thoughts. Plus, if donating the book, the notes add interesting insights for others.

109. If you’re not a child prodigy genius, a world class musician, or a star athlete, getting an education is important.

110. If I could take all of my education and turn it into wisdom, I’d be much smarter.

111. Your first instinct is usually right!

112. Intuition is an asset, because people lie right to your face.

113. You’ll learn more by listening than talking.

114. 50% of wisdom is keeping your mouth shut.

Words to Live By on Productivity

115. Make your bed in the morning. It provides a springboard for good feelings of accomplishment throughout the day.

116. Think about what you’re going to do tomorrow, you will never see that day again. Use it wisely.

This is one of my keystone habits to be more effective.

116. Never let tasks or ideas sit in your mind without being captured.

117. The biggest danger is telling yourself that you have a lot of time to get something done.

118. It’s okay to set boundaries and to demand personal space to meditate and process information before making decisions.

119. Don’t wait to do something later if you have the time to do it now. Never put it off until tomorrow.

120. Overcome laziness and the world will be yours!

121. When you don’t know what to do, get up and move.

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122. The longer it takes, the less likely it is to happen.

123. Nothing good happens after midnight.

124. If we all had the curiosity of children instead of the arrogance of adults we’d get a lot more done.

125. The lazy man works twice as hard.

Life Lessons on Patience

126. If you want it bad enough, you’ll put in the work.

127. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

128. We all want things to happen “right now.” Sometimes it is not our moment and we need a little more practice or experience to prepare us for what is next.

129. Appreciate time alone with your thoughts.

130. Live your dream, don’t just exist in someone else’s.

131. Keep doing what you love.

132. Never get upset until it’s time to get upset!

Life Lessons on Navigating Change

133. Often times, a major crisis can equal an opportunity. 

134. Good or bad, this too will pass. Just keep moving!

135. Change is the only constant so embrace it!

136. Stop building your whole life around a timeline. Life has far too twists and turns. You will be disappointed.

137. There is no such thing as a secure job. Just accept it and do what it takes to protect yourself.

138. “Pee what you got.” When stopped at a rest stop, even if you don’t feel like you have to go — pee what you got — so that you’re prepared for anything that could be coming next on your journey. (h/t to Carl Hunt for this one!)

139. The sun will come up tomorrow.

Your Turn

Do you have any life lessons or words of wisdom to share? Be sure to leave them in the comments below!

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Posted on September 18, 2019

This is a throwback video of life lessons with Mr. T. I believe they were all taken from the ends of episodes of the animated Mister T television.

80 Life Quotes

words of wisdom about life lessons

Life’s lessons are a beautiful gift, but they don’t always come wrapped in a shiny, red bow. Sometimes tragedy brings us wisdom. Sometimes joy does. Other times we stumble upon life-changing lessons when we least expect to.

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No matter how they come to us, life’s lessons are invaluable and worth cherishing. Use them as a guide to live unapologetically, without limits.

If you’re ready to live your life to the very fullest, these 15 wise quotes are a great place to start.

1. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”―Paulo Coelho

2. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” ―Maya Angelou

3. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ―C. S. Lewis

4. “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

5. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ―Oprah Winfrey

6. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ―Søren Kierkegaard

7. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

8. “Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” ―Thich Nhat Hanh

9. “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” ―Rumi

10. “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

11. “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ―Irving Berlin

12. “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” ―Marshall McLuhan

13. “But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can’t please everyone, so don’t try.” ―Chris Colfer

14. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ―Mary Tyler Moore

15. “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me.” ―Harland Sanders

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