Life Quotes

101 Quotes About Life & Living

Life quotes are life hacks. These life quotes are shortcuts to the wisdom of world influencers. They are thought-provoking, encouraging, and inspiring.

You will find below over 100 life quotes arranged based on topics. You can use the table of contents for quick navigation.

Life quotes are like vitamins to the soul. It helps you get going.

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Life quotes are teaching tools. It teaches you the essential ingredients about life in few words. There are times that quotes seemed to conflict with each other. People come from different perspectives – and most likely are describing different experiences.

At times, to understand a quote, I had to study the life of the source. It works.

Ability

When I was young, I have ambitions that I can’t tell others. That’s because no one seemed to believe.

We were living in slums. I do not have what other kids of my age have: supportive environment, resources, and exposure. But later on, I realized that there was no way that we can be hungry. All I need is to commit to doing what I can.

And there are many things I can do because being poor provides me experiences that rich kids won’t have. I can make use of my experience to help myself, my family, and others.

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Use whatever you have.

Everyone must oar with the oars that he has.
(English Proverbs)

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Achievement

If you were to get a lifetime achievement award, what would it be?

Knowing what I want to make out of life helps me understand why I do what I do every day.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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Adversity

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. (Epicurus)

Better to be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. (Aesop)

Ambition

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Most of us have been asked this question during our early years in school. Adults love to hear our answers as if we give them a glimpse of who we will become.

But you know the story.

Somehow, people forget about their dreams when they get to high school. They felt lost. They start to doubt themselves.

My experience was a bit different, though. I love to talk about my ambitions. But when you are an informal settler (iskwater in tagalog), people around you don’t take you seriously. That’s because very few get to finish high school.

When I said, for example, that I intend to get a college degree, my friends laughed. For how one, whose family cannot afford to have three meals in a day, can have ambitions.

Whatever is your station in life, do not be afraid to have a bold ambition. To achieve anything in life, hitch your wagon to a star.

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. (William Blake)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can be great. (Mark Twain)

Society often forgives the criminal but it never forgives the dreamer. (Oscar Wilde)

Anxiety

Without anxiety, life would have very little savor. (May Sarton)

Art

Art teaches nothing except the significance of life. (Henry Miller)

Aspiration

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm. (Lao Tzu)

If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second or third place. (Cicero)

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. (Oprah Winfrey)

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.(Dag Hammarskjold)

Attitude

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances to choose one’s own way. (Viktor E. Frankl)

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”- Pat Riley

Beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. (John Keats)

We carry with us the wonders we seek without us. (Sir Thomas Browne)

Better Ideas

The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. (Alfred Whitney Griswold)

A single idea, if it is right, saves the labor of an infinity of experience. (Jacques Maritain)

Behavior

The conduct of our lives is the true mirror of our doctrine. (Erich Fromm)

Beliefs

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. (Nietzche)

A widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. (Bertrand Russell)

Business

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap. (Thomas Jefferson)

Boldness

In difficult situations, the boldest plans are the safest. (Livy)

Books

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested. (Francis Bacon)

Boredom

The secret to being a bore is to tell everything. (Voltaire)

Calling

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
(Oliver Wendel Holmes)

Community

I am part of all that I have met. (Lord Alfred Tennyson)

Character

Character is much easier kept than recovered. (Thomas Paine)

Change

To remain young, one must change. (Alexander Chase)

Choice

You choose and live the consequences. Every yes, no, maybe creates the school you call personal experience. (Richard Bach)

Common Sense


Common sense is as rare as genius. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Control


I can only control myself, my actions, my work ethic, and my attitude. (Ali Krieger)

One of the hard lessons to learn in life is that there are some things you can control and some things you can’t. If you want a short recipe for being frustrated and miserable, this is: focus on things you can control. (John Bytheway)

Greed


He is not poor that hath not much but he that craves much. (Thomas Fuller)

Genius


Genius is the ability to put into effect what is your mind. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Growth


Growth is the only guidance of life. (John Henry Newmann)

Forgive Yourself


How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. (Publius)

Focus


It is during our darkest moment that we must focus to see the light. (Artistotle Onassis)

Habit


Progress has no greater enemy than habit. (José Martí)

Happiness


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)

Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur everyday. (Benjamin Franklin)

Home


Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home for wearing what you like. (George Ade)

Humor


The things we laugh at are awful while they are going in but funny when we look. (James Thurber)

Hunger


A hungry stomach has no ears.

Honesty


To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. (John Ruskin)

Get-Rich


The only people who get rich from “get rich quick” books are those who write them. (Richard Nixon)

Good Life


It is vanity to desire a long life and take no heed of a good life. (Thomas à Kempis)

Measurement of life should be proportioned rather to the intensity of the experience than to its actual length. (Thomas Hardy)

Ignorance


Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. (Martin Luther King Jr)

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step toward knowledge. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Kindness


Always set a high value on spontaneous kindness. (Samuel Johnson)

Inspire People


The men who have changed the world have never done so by changing officials but by inspiring the people. (Napoleon)

Laugh


No one is laughable who laughs at himself. (Seneca)

The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed. (Nicholas Chamfort)

Leadership


The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. (Walter Lippman)

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. (Publius)

Learning


Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, to study without a liking for it spoils the memory and it retains nothing i takes in. (Leonardo Da Vinci)

Life

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Life is what we make of it.

Many years ago, our club visited Maricel’s house in Bataan. She has a beach house, and we spend time getting to know each other.

One of our members was Fred. He was a lawyer. He told me many stories about those years when he was a high-ranking official during the Marcos regime.

I heard from his stories I have not read in history books. He was there, and he remembered everything the way he imagined them to be.

And there was Michelle. She was 21 years old, a fresh graduate from college. She was full of energy and enthusiasm, someone you can call unstoppable.

” I believe we can achieve as long as we believe. There is no limit to what we can do. We are limitless”. Michelle’s eyes sparkled as if she found her salvation.

To live life to the fullest, we must learn to appreciate life.

Life is what happens between the day we were born and the day we die. There are ups and downs, but mostly flat.

Some people spend their days dreaming of a tomorrow that never comes, and others live each day like the way they lived their yesterdays.

I think our mission is how to make each day, each hour, and each experience count.


Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. (Gautama Buddha)

I do not cut my life up into days but my days into lives, each day, each hour, and entire life. (Juan Ramon Jimenez)

Life is a continued struggle to be what we are not and do what we cannot. (William Hazzlit)

The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart. (John Morley)

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

Do not base your life on the judgment of others. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us. (Gloria Steinem)

Love


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. (Victor Hugo)

With love, we can live even without happiness. (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Morning


Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not. (Ursula K. Le Guin)

“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”-Muhammad Ali

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”- Edith Wharton

“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.”- Robert Brault

Mankind


Every other man is a piece of myself for I am part and a member of mankind. (Thomas Merton)

Move Forward


If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. (Martin Luther King Jr)

Being Right


The way to win an argument is to start by being in the right. (Lord Hail Shann)

Power of One


When the whole is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

(Malala Yousaifzai)

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Find inspiration from Malala’s life. Because of her courage and conviction, she fought for the rights of girls in Pakistan. You can play safe. Be indifferent to what’s happening around you. You can be silent like everyone else. And feel like your life is hollow.

Or you speak your truth. Be the one where everything starts. The power of one begins in small beginnings.

But you don’t have to be in a dangerous situation. The Power of One happens when there is something that ought to be done, everyone thinks it should be done, but people wait for someone to start.

That’s what Ana Patrica Non did when she put up the Maginhawa Community Pantry. Filipinos have always wanted to help. That’s why Filipinos complain a lot of governments’ lack of leadership. Then, someone showed them how.

Patience


Our patience will achieve more than our force. (Edmund Burke)

Praise


Praise makes good men better and bad men worse. (Thomas Fuller)

Truth


Only through inquiry can we know the truth. (Carl Sagan)

Nowadays truth is the greatest news. (David Riesman)

Thoughts


Our life is what our thoughts make it. (Marcus Aurelius)

Trust


A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else. (Cardinal De Retz)

Time Management


Those who make the worst of their time are the first to complain of its brevity. (Jean de la Bruyere)

Travel Light


He who would travel happily must travel light. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Silence


Silence will save me from being wrong, but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right. (Igor Stravinsky)

The most moving moments of our time find us all without words. (Marcel Marceau)

Tragedy


Show me a hero and I will work with you a tragedy. (F Scott Fitzgerald)

Originality


All things which exist are the fruits of originality. (John Stuart Mill)

Opportunities


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. (Francis Bacon)

Self


Our life consists finally in accepting ourselves as what we are. (Jean Anouilh)

Success


The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. (Henry Ward Beecher)

Virtues


Virtues are virtues only to those who can appreciate them. (Panchatantra)

Vision


Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. (Jonathan Swift)

Winner


Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. (Arthur Ashe)

Wisdom


Wisdom rises on the ruins of folly.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Words are the small change of thought.
(Jules Renard)

We pay a high price for being intelligent. Wisdom hurts. (Euripides)

It is not enough to have a good friend, the main thing is to use it well. (René Descartes)

Many complain of their looks but none of their brains. (Yiddish Proverb)

Write


He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line. (Goethe)

Youth

It is better to waste one’s youth than to do nothing with it at all.
George Courteline)

Zeal

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.- Thomas Fuller

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.- Charles Buxton

Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.- Leonardo da Vinci

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