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200 Life Quotes to Inspire You For the Journey’s Ahead

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Life is a journey to be celebrated to the fullest everyday. That doesn’t mean you always wake up ready to take the day and still need a reminder that life is a great gift. Be a funny quote from your favorite celebrity or an inspiring message to give your best from a successful business person, once these days we can all use a little encouragement and inspiration from a life quote.

Let these inspiring quotes about life give you an extra pep when you need it. Keep your phone or device bookmarked to pull up and browse through if you need to pick me up.

List of life quotes

1. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”― Marilyn Monroe

2. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”― William W. Purkey

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

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

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

6. “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”― Narcotics Anonymous

7. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”― Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves

8. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

9. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”― Albert Einstein

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

11. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”― Allen Saunders

12. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”― douglas adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

13. “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”― Marilyn Monroe

14. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

― Pablo Picasso

15. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”― Dr. Seuss

16. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

17. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

― George Bernard Shaw

18. “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”― Woody Allen

19. “Sometimes people are beautiful.

Not in looks.

Not in what they say.

Just in what they are.”― Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

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

21. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

22. “Reality continues to ruin my life.”― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

23. “Who are you to judge the life I live?

I know I’m not perfect

-and I don’t live to be-

but before you start pointing fingers…

make sure your hands are clean!”― Bob Marley

24. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

25. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”― John Green, Looking for Alaska

26. “Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

27. “When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

28. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the world better than he found it,

Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Whose life was an inspiration;

Whose memory a benediction.”― Bessie Anderson Stanley

29. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”

― Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

31. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” — Dalai Lama

32. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

33. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Stephen King

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

35. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”– Thomas A. Edison

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

37. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”– Babe Ruth

38. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” — Will Smith

39. “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.” – Steve Jobs

40. “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” — Seneca

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

42. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”– Henry Ford

43. “In order to write about life first you must live it.”– Ernest Hemingway

44. “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”– Frank Sinatra

45. “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – (Attributed to various sources)

46. “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

47. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”– Soren Kierkegaard

48. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

49. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey

50. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” —Dolly Parton

51. “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” — Hillary Clinton

52. “Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

53. “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.” — Kevin Hart

54. “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” — Kobe Bryant

55. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.” — LeBron James

56. “You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.” ― George Clooney

57. “Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” — Celine Dion

58. “Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.” — John F. Kennedy (JFK Quotes)

59. “Live for each second without hesitation.” — Elton John

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

61. “Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.” — Confucius

62. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Helen Keller

63. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs

64. “My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump Quotes)

65. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”— Lao-Tze

66. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.” — Helen Keller

67. “The healthiest response to life is joy.” — Deepak Chopra

68. “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” — Lillian Dickson

69. “The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love.” — Wordsworth

70. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” ― Robert Frost

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

72. “Keep calm and carry on.” — Winston Churchill

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

74. “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” — Victor Hugo

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

76. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” — Buddha

77. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

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

79. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” — Stephen Hawking

80. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

81. “The greatest pleasure of life is love.” — Euripides

82. “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses

83. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” — Benjamin Franklin

84.  “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” — Kevin Kruse

85. “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

86. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

87. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

88. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

89. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

90. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

91.  “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” —Neil Armstrong 

92. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” —Mahatma Gandhi

93. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.” —Bill Clinton

94. “Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” —Kate Winslet 

95. “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” —Frank Lloyd Wright

96. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

97. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.” —Malcolm Forbes

98. “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” —Morris West

99. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss 

100. “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” —Leonardo DiCaprio

101. “We should remember that just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness.” —Hillary Clinton

102. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” —Mary Kay Ash 

103.  “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —J. K. Rowling

104. “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” —Jeff Bezos

105. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

106. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

107. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” —Jay-Z

108. “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.” —Tina Fey

109. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” —Warren Buffett

110. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” —Audrey Hepburn

111. “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” —Ellen DeGeneres

112. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” —Mahatma Gandhi 

113. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

114. “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius …” – Steve Jobs

115. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

116. “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

117. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”– Buddha

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

119. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

120. 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

121. “Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.” — Anonymous

122. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

123. “Happiness is the feeling that power increases — that resistance is being overcome.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

124. “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” — John Stuart Mill

125. “The secret of happiness, you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”-Socrates

126. “The more man mediates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” — Confucius

127. “The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”— Seneca

128. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” — Henry David Thoreau

129. “When it is obvious that goals can’t be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.” — Confucius

130. “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.” — Derek Jeter

131. “Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s not the end of the world, and in many ways, it’s the first step toward learning something and getting better at it.” — Jon Hamm

132. “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

133. “I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore.” – Bradley Cooper

134. “I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It’s a mean thing, life.” – George Clooney

135. “It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” – Jane Fonda

136. “You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake.” – Emma Stone

137. “A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.” – Chuck Norris (related: 101 Chuck Norris Jokes)

138. “Be nice to people on the way up, because you may meet them on the way down.” – Jimmy Durante

139. “I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it’s up to me.” – Brad Pitt

140. “The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” – Jack Nicholson

141. “Life’s tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

142. “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

143. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Shawshank Redemption

144. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —  Paulo Coelho

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

146. “You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore.” — Elvis Presley

147. “In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.” — Anne Frank

148. “You’re not defined by your past; you’re prepared by it. You’re stronger, more experienced, and you have greater confidence.” — Joel Osteen

149. “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” — Jimmy Carter

150. “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” — Seneca

151. “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” — Jennifer Aniston

152. “Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.” — George Bernard Shaw

153. “Just disconnect. Once in a day sometime, sit silently and from all connections disconnect yourself.” — Yoda (Star Wars Quotes)

154. “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” — Buddha

155. “Living an experience, a particular fate, is accepting it fully.” — Albert Camus

156. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

157. “Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person.” — Derek Jeter

158. “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” — Vince Lombardi

159. “As you know, life is an echo; we get what we give.” — David DeNotaris

160. “There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” — Jennifer Aniston

161. “I believe that nothing in life is unimportant every moment can be a beginning.” — John McLeod

162. “Find people who will make you better.” — Michelle Obama

163. “As my knowledge of things grew I felt more and more the delight of the world I was in.” — Helen Keller

164. “Benjamin Franklin was a humanitarian that dedicated his life to making contributions to all humans. He had a clear purpose for himself: improve the human race.” — Paulo Braga

165. “You cannot control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens. In your response is your power.” — Anonymous

166. “Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.” – T.D. Jakes

167. “You will meet two kinds of people in life: ones who build you up and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you’ll thank them both.” — Anonymous

168. “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

169. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy

170. “You choose the life you live. If you don’t like it, it’s on you to change it because no one else is going to do it for you.” – Kim Kiyosaki

171. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default.” — Anonymous

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

173. “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – Doctor Who

174. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

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

176. “There’s more to life than basketball. The most important thing is your family and taking care of each other and loving each other no matter what.” – Stephen Curry

177. “Today, you have 100% of your life left.” – Tom Landry (Football Quotes)

178. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas

179. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

170. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

171. “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

172. “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

173. “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

174. “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

175. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”-Bob Marley

176. “We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.”-William Osler

177. “Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

178. “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

179. “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

180. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”- William Wallace

181. “Life is a lively process of becoming.”-Douglas MacArthur

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

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

184. “Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.”-Frank Lloyd Wright

185. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”-Robert Byrne

186. “The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.”-William Hazlitt

187. “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”-Henri Frederic Amiel

188. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”-Arthur Rubinstein

189. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”-Scott Hamilton

190. “Everything in life is luck.”-Donald Trump

191. “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

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

193. “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”-Boris Pasternak

194. “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”-Havelock Ellis

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

196. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”– Joshua J. Marine

197. “It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”– Sigmund Freud

198. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

199. “Life is trying things to see if they work.”– Ray Bradbury

200. “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”– Napoleon Hill