150+ Most Famous Quotes About Life To Keep You Motivated

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We know life is beautiful yet unpredictable. Our post brings you a collection of thoughtful quotes on life that can inspire you to live it to the fullest. We all go through sorrow and pain and experience joy, adventure, and excitement. All these ups and downs complete our life. However, when facing problems, we go low, feel depressed, and lose interest in life. That’s when reading the quotes written by famous personalities could help raise your spirits and cheer you up. You may even share them with your friends and family if they have a hard time. Reading them can give you a boost and help you lead a positive life.

Inspirational Quotes About Life

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1. “Life is a mountain. Your goal is to find your path, not to reach the top.” ―Maxime Lagacé

2. “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” ―Theodore Roosevelt

3. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ―Norman Vincent Peale

4. “It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” ―Elizabeth Kenny

5. “Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life.” ―Charlie Brown

6. “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ―Helen Keller

7. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” ―Rosa Parks

8. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” ―Audrey Hepburn

9. “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” ―Jack London

10. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ―Omar Khayyam

11. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ―Jackie Robinson

12. “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” ―Kenneth Branagh

13. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” ―William James

14. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” ―Sarah Louise Delany

15. “Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live.” ―Naval Ravikant

16. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” ―Henry David Thoreau

17. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

19. “Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile.” ―Maxime Lagacé

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

21. “No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.” ―Naval Ravikant

22. “Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow.” ―Neil Strauss

23. “Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will.” ―Paul Gauguin

24. “Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in.” ―Maxime Lagacé

25. “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

26. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” ―Audrey Hepburn

27. “Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ―Roy T. Bennett

28. “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” ―Dr. Seuss

29. “Sometimes you don’t need a goal in life, you don’t need to know the big picture. you just need to know what you’re going to do next!” ―Sophie Kinsella

30. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” ―Ralph Ellison

31. “I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back.” ―Ann Richards

32. “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” ―Jackie Robinson

33. “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” ―Reba McEntire

34. “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ―William Faulkner

35. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” ―Helen Keller

36. “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” ―Henry Miller

37. “Life just doesn’t hand you things. You have to get out there and make things happen. that’s the exciting part.” ―Emeril Lagasse

38. “I’ve been around a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me.” ―Loretta Lynn

39. “You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” ―Joel Osteen

40. “Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.” ―Fannie Flagg

41. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” ―Ralph Ellison

42. “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”―Henry Miller

43. “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”―Alan Watts

44. “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”―Fyodor Dostoevsky

45. “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” ―Mary Shelley

46. “Live the Life of Your Dreams. When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.” ―Roy T. Bennett

47. “Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins” ―Mitch Albom

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. “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” ―Marcus Aurelius

50. “Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ―Steve Maraboli

51. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.” ―Hans Christian Andersen

52. “Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.”―Roy T. Bennett

Famous Quotes About Life

Sometimes, everything seems planned and looks like we are characters in a movie. Different minds, different ideologies! Check out some popular famous quotes about life here.

53. “Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.” ―Naval Ravikant

54. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ―Bruce Lee

55. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” ―Forrest Gump

56. “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” ―Rose Kennedy

57. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” ―Bob Marley

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

59. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ―Abraham Lincoln

60. “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

61. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” ―Buddha

62. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ―George Bernard Shaw

63. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ―Oprah Winfrey

64. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” ―Mother Teresa

65. “Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” ―Charles Dickens

66. “If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long.” ―Elon Musk

67. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ―J.K. Rowling

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

69. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ―Isaac Asimov

70. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

71. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” ―Bob Marley

72. “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

73. “All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” ―Johnny Cash

74. “I don’t go by the rule book…I lead from the heart, not the head.” ―Princess Diana

75. “Now it’s the little moments that stop me in my tracks, because that’s what life is all about.” ―Joanna Gaines

76. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ―Oprah Winfrey

77. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.

78. “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” ―Beyoncé Knowles

79. “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” ―Billy Graham

80. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ―Johnny Cash

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

82. “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ―Leo Tolstoy

83. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”―Osho

84. “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…”―Yann Martel

85. “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.” ―Rainer Maria Rilke

86. “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

87. “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up…. and handle it.” ―Tupac Shakur

88. “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again” ―Jimi Hendrix

89. “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ―Gordon B. Hinckley

90. “Life is funny. Things change, people change, but you will always be you, so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone.”―Zayn Malik

91. “Life is like a novel. It’s filled with suspense. You have no idea what is going to happen until you turn the page.”―Sidney Sheldon

92. “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit”―Madeleine L’Engle

93. “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. I wish you all very good lives.” ―J.K. Rowling

94. “There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that. . . . But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.” ―Gerard Way

Deep Quotes And Sayings About Life

Never feel miserable about life. It’s God’s gift that you breathe and see the sunrise every day. You took birth for a reason, so make every day count and live life to the fullest.

95. “Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.” ―Kamal Ravikant

96. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ―Søren Kierkegaard

97. “Real education starts when you realize that life is wild and you know nothing about it.” ―Maxime Lagacé

98. “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” ―Roy T. Bennett

99. “Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth.” ―Arthur Schopenhauer

100. “Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.” ―Maxime Lagacé

101. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ―Marcus Aurelius

102. “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” ―Douglas Coupland

103. “Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love.” ―Maxime Lagacé

104. “Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.” ―Naval Ravikant

105. “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

106. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ―Confucius

107. “Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.” ―Jack London

108. “Remember: the more you expect things to be a certain way, the more disappointed you’ll be. Accept life as it is. You’ll be free.” ―Maxime Lagacé

109. “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem.” ―Walt Disney

110. “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

111. “Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar” ―Jim Butcher

112. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” ―T.S. Eliot

113. “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” ―Neil Gaiman

114. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” ―William James

115. “The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.” ―Arthur Schopenhauer

116. “The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.” ―Carl Jung

117. “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” ―Joseph Campbell

118. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ―Norman Cousins

119. “Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.” ―Mark Manson

120. “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare

121. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ―Roy T. Bennett

122. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ―Stephen King

123. “My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.” ―Alan Moore

124. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ―Hunter S. Thompson

125. “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” ―Langston Hughes

126. “Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.” ―Barbara Kingsolver

127. “If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.” ―Jasper Fforde

128. “Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” ―Katharine Weber

129. “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” ―George Saunders

130. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” ―Maya Angelou

131. “Never lose sight of the face that the most important yard stick to your success is how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” ―Barbara Bush

132. “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” ―Paulo Coelho

133. “The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.” ―Eudora Welty

134. “The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that’s good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.” ―Julia Roberts

135. “You have two choices in life; you can either like what you do or dislike what you do. I have chosen to like what I do.” ―Barbara Bush

136. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” ―Isaac Asimov

137. “In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.” ―Haruki Murakami

138. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” ― Ernest Hemingway

139. “Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ―Paulo Coelho

140. “I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them” ―Mark Haddon

141. “If there’s a thing I’ve learned in my life it’s to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people. What we do for love: those things endure. Even if the people you do them for don’t.”―Cassandra Clare

142. “When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.” ―Alexandre Dumas

143. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ―Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

144. “Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece” ―Vladimir Nabokov

145. “Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”―Paulo Coelho

146. “Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.” ―Jo Nesbø

147. “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”―Terry Pratchett

148. “But I don’t believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.” ―Gloria Naylor

149. “Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.” ―Matthew Quick

150. “The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.” ―Lord Byron

151. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” ―Oscar Wilde

Life is a compilation of happiness, sorrow, thrill, and adventure. But when things start to go downhill in certain aspects of our lives, we tend to focus only on negative aspects and forget about the positive side. During such times, going through relatable quotes about life can give you the much-needed motivation to keep going on. Reading these quotes will help you realize the importance of cherishing every moment of your life and the significance of accepting everything and moving on. So remember to live your life king size and keep doing good deeds.

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