Top 200 Inspirational Short Quotes About Life

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Top Inspirational short quotes about life

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

— Robert Frost

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

— Buddha

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

— Will Smith

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

— Sai Baba

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

— George Bernard Shaw

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.

— Erma Bombeck

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life define yourself.

— Harvey Fierstein

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

— William James

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

— Mark Twain

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

— Albert Camus

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Sholom Aleichem

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

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

— Confucius

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

— George Washington Carver

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

— Eminem

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?

— Bob Marley

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

— John Lennon

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Charles Darwin

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

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

— Cary Grant

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

— Albert Einstein

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.

— Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.

— Anton Chekhov

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

— Audrey Hepburn

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

— William Shakespeare

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

— E. B. White

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

— Simone de Beauvoir

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

— William Wallace

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

— Henry David Thoreau

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

— Bruce Lee

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

— James Allen

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

— Havelock Ellis

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

— Mark Twain

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

— Soren Kierkegaard

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

— Max de Pree

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

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.

— Carl Sandburg

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

— Buddha

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.

— Horace

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.

— Miguel Angel Ruiz

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

— Mark Twain

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

— Helen Keller

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

— E. M. Forster

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

— Henry David Thoreau

Don’t go through life, grow through life.

— Eric Butterworth

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.

— Irving Berlin

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

— Joseph Campbell

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

— Henry David Thoreau

Don’t let life discourage you everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

— Richard L. Evans

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.

— Richard Bach

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

— Rabindranath Tagore

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.

— Robert Frost

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.

— Stephen Covey

It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.

— Philip Green

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

— Soren Kierkegaard

My life is my message.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

— William Morris

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I love life because what more is there?

— Anthony Hopkins

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

— Joseph Campbell

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

— Josh Billings

Life loves the liver of it.

— Maya Angelou

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

— Marie Curie

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

— John F. Kennedy

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

— Oscar Wilde

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

— John F. Kennedy

I do not regret one moment of my life.

— Lillie Langtry

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

— Marcus Aurelius

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

— Socrates

The shoe that fits one person pinches another there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

— Carl Jung

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

— Scott Hamilton

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

— Erich Fromm

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

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.

— Charles M. Schulz

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.

— Wayne Dyer

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.

— Wayne Dyer

Everything in life is luck.

— Donald Trump

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die do not outlive yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

Life is a series of collisions with the future it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.

— Jose Ortega y Gasset

With the past, I have nothing to do nor with the future. I live now.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

— Jimi Hendrix

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.

— Samuel Butler

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

— Henry Miller

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

— Socrates

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.

— Albert Schweitzer

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

— Jackie Robinson

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

— Arthur Rubinstein

May you live all the days of your life.

— Jonathan Swift

A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.

— Jean Ingelow

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

— George Bernard Shaw

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

— Henry David Thoreau

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

— Charlie Chaplin

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

— Marcus Aurelius

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

— Seneca

Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.

— Mel Brooks

When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’

— Sydney J. Harris

People living deeply have no fear of death.

— Anais Nin

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

— Karen Horney

Life in abundance comes only through great love.

— Elbert Hubbard

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

— William James

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

— Vernon Howard

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I am satisfied with it.

— Grandma Moses

While there’s life, there’s hope.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.

— Robert E. Lee

Life is a long lesson in humility.

— James M. Barrie

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

— George Herbert

Life must be lived as play.

— Plato

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

— Arthur Miller

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

— William Feather

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.

— e. e. cummings

To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.

— William James

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

— Charlotte Bronte

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

— William James

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

— Isaac Asimov

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

— Robert Byrne

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.

— Will Rogers

The greatest pleasure of life is love.

— Euripides

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

— William James

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

— Bertrand Russell

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is just one life for each of us: our own.

— Euripides

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

— H. L. Mencken

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

— William James

Life is never easy for those who dream.

— Robert James Waller

Life is too short to work so hard.

— Vivien Leigh

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

— Alfred Adler

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

— William Osler

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.

— Mignon McLaughlin

Life well spent is long.

— Leonardo da Vinci

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

— William J. Clinton

Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.

— Fran Lebowitz

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

— Rose Kennedy

We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it.

— Lauryn Hill

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.

— Samuel Smiles

Life is wasted on the living.

— Douglas Adams

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.

— William Hazlitt

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

— E. M. Forster

Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.

— Corita Kent

There is no wealth but life.

— John Ruskin

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

— Horace

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

— Ben Stein

I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.

— Laurence Sterne

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.

— Woody Allen

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

— Samuel Butler

Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time.

— Jean Paul

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

— Emily Dickinson

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

— Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Life is like a trumpet – if you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.

— William Christopher Handy

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.

— Ursula Andress

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

— William Feather

The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

— Theodor Adorno

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

— Samuel Butler

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.

— Dave Barry

My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.

— Hugh Leonard

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

— Truman Capote

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.

— Jerry Seinfeld

I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.

— B. F. Skinner

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.

— Samuel Butler

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

— John Henry Newman

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.

— Jean Anouilh

To know nothing is the happiest life.

— Desiderius Erasmus

To be free is to have achieved your life.

— Tennessee Williams

Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.

— William Cowper

You don’t have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life’s about change.

— John Cleese

Life is but thought.

— Sara Teasdale

Life itself is the proper binge.

— Julia Child

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

— Horace Walpole

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up.

— Barbara Kingsolver

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.

— Charles Lindbergh

The less routine the more life.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.

— Abraham Cahan

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

— Rebecca West

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.

— Henry Adams

Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

— Jorge Luis Borges

What we play is life.

— Louis Armstrong

Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

— Vladimir Nabokov

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

— O. Henry

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

— Brendan Gill

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.

— William Lyon Phelps

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.

— William Ellery Channing

The person lives twice who lives the first life well.

— Robert Herrick

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life.

— Karl A. Menninger

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

— Karen Horney

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.

— George Gershwin

I have inspiration and feelings of being alive most every day I live.

— Judy Collins

I had no blood relatives till I made some.

— Andy Dick

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

— Oscar Wilde

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.

— Ron White

Where there is love there is life.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!

— Bob Marley

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

— Michael Jordan

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

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

— Buddha

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

— Muhammad Ali

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

— Albert Schweitzer

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

— Winston Churchill

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

— Elbert Hubbard

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

— Swami Vivekananda

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

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

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

— Confucius

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

— Joel Osteen

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

— Michael Jordan

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

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