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213 Famous Quotes About Life
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Life Quotes, Inspiring and Motivating
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The famous quotes about life for motivation and inspiration. They are a collection of unforgettable and timeless quotations for your enjoyment. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

More Famous Quotes About Life


  1. Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding is the third. ~ Unknown

  2. It is true that we have only one life to live. But, if we read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~ S.I. Hayakawa

  3. If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking "Do you want fries with that?" ~ John Cleese

  4. There are four things one cannot take back: the past life, a sped arrow, a spoken word and neglected oppurtunities. ~ Anonymous

  5. Music is essentially useless, as life is. ~ George Santayana

  6. Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life. ~ Jeremy Taylor

  7. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence. Then success is sure. ~ Mark Twain

  8. Life is a terminal condition. So do the best you can with the time you have left. ~ Gerry Leeds

  9. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James

  10. There’s not one shred of evidence supporting the notion that life is serious. ~ Unknown

  11. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller

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

  13. Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  14. Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught. ~ Henry James

  15. Vice...Virtue...It's not good to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality. ~ Maude (Ruth Gordon),
    from the movie "Harold & Maude"

  16. How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years gotten enough to eat and escaped being eaten? ~ Unknown

  17. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  18. History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. ~ James Joyce

  19. "Wird die Menscheit aus Unwissenheit oder Gleichgültigkeit untergehen? "
    "Weiß nicht, ... ist mir auch egal." ~ Unknown

  20. Anything too stupid to be said is sung. ~ Voltaire

  21. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. ~ Aristotle

  22. I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud. ~ Helen Keller

  23. The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. ~ Mark Twain

  24. The universe is made of stories, not atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

  25. Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. For prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

  26. The world wants to be deceived. ~ Sebastian Brant

  27. For certain is death for the born
    And certain is birth for the dead
    Therefore over the inevitable
    Thou shouldst not grieve. ~ Bhagavad Gita

  28. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

  29. The key to your universe is that you can choose. ~ Carl Frederick

  30. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts. ~ Charles Dickens

  31. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. ~ T.S. Eliot

  32. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. ~ Henry J. Kaiser

  33. Never raise your hand to your children. It leaves your midsection unprotected. ~ Robert Orben

  34. The greatest productive force is human selfishness. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

  35. To be great is to be misunderstood. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  36. We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition. ~ Alex Comfort

  37. All science is either physics or stamp collecting. ~ Ernest Rutherford

  38. That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. ~ Henry David Thoreau

  39. Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  40. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vidal Sassoon

  41. Tact is, after all, a kind of mind reading. ~ Sarah Orne Jewett

  42. It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear. ~ Dick Cavett

  43. Walking is man's best medicine. ~ Hippocrates

  44. A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely re-arranging their prejudices. ~ William James

  45. Neither a borrower nor a lender be
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry - economy. ~ William Shakespeare

  46. It is not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better. ~ Alberta Lee Cox

  47. And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms. ~ William Bradford

  48. Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain. Awake but one, and in, what myriads rise! ~ Alexander Pope

  49. The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel. ~ From Taxi

  50. The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time. ~ Willem de Kooning

  51. Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. ~ Ghandi

  52. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford

  53. Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves. ~ Queen Victoria, in a letter to King Leopold of Belgium, April 4, 1848

  54. Death … It’s the only thing we haven’t succeeded in completely vulgarizing. ~ Aldous Huxley

  55. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. ~ Robert Frost

  56. Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. ~ Mark Twain

  57. Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned. ~ Thomas H. Huxley

  58. When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  59. The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open. ~ Groucho Marx

  60. No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience. ~ John Locke

  61. Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form. ~ Victor Hugo

  62. Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat. ~ Prince Philip of England

  63. I believe in the possibility of miracles but, more to the point, I believe in our need for them. ~ Dean Koontz

  64. Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgement upon anything new. ~ Galileo Galilei

  65. Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. ~ Chapman Cohen, (1868-1954)

  66. Good taste is the worst vice ever invented. ~ Dame Edith Sitwell

  67. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ~ Dr. Seuss

  68. PLEASE, v. To lay the foundation for a superstructure of imposition. ~ Ambrose Bierce

  69. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arriving. ~ Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country

  70. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

  71. The treacherous are ever distrustful. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

  72. To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease. ~ Nancy Mitford

  73. If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe. ~ Carl Sagan

  74. Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do. ~ Mencius

  75. Think to yourself that every day is your last. The hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. ~ Horace

  76. Only the mediocre are always at their best. ~ Jean Giraudoux

  77. Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. ~ H. L. Mencken

  78. Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton

  79. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha



  80. A good listener is usually thinking about something else. ~ Kin Hubbard

  81. Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

  82. Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. ~ Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

  83. He who has never hoped can never despair. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  84. Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold

  85. The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault. ~ Henry Kissinger

  86. Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it. ~ Ted Morgan

  87. The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines "staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, they're useless. So, for guidance, you want to look to big business. Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes... ~ Dave Barry

  88. One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it. ~ Persian Proverb

  89. Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. ~ Carl Jung

  90. Every artist was first an amateur. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  91. Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room. ~ Ernest Dimnet

  92. Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace. ~ Horace

  93. Study the past if you would define the future. ~ Confucius

  94. If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln

  95. If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. ~ Marcel Proust

  96. How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own? ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

  97. Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  98. Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. ~ Diogenes the Cynic

  99. When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less. ~ Paul Brown

  100. A person who trusts no one can't be trusted. ~ Jerome Blattner

  101. Folks never understand the folks they hate. ~ James Russell Lowell

  102. The reward for a thing well done is to have done it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  103. Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles. ~ Charlie Chaplin

  104. We become what we think about all day long. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  105. Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

  106. Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing. ~ Georges Jacques Danton, to his executioner

  107. Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. ~ Laurence J. Peter

  108. All the limitative theorems of metamathematics and the theory of computation suggest that once the ability to represent your own structure has reached a certain critical point, that is the kiss of death. It guarantees that you can never represent yourself totally. Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, Church's Undecidability Theorem, Turing's Halting Problem, Turski's Truth Theorem-- all have the flavour of some ancient fairy tale which warns you that to seek self- knowledge is to embark on a journey which . . . will always be incomplete, cannot be charted on a map, will never halt, cannot be described. ~ Douglas R. Hofstadter

  109. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~ Mark Twain

  110. In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries. ~ Saul Bellow

  111. The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire. And before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. ~ Auguste Rodin

  112. Guilt is a rope that wears thin. ~ Ayn Rand

  113. You can choose a ready guide
    In some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide
    You still have made a choice
    You can choose from phantom fears
    and kindness that can kill
    I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose free will. ~ RUSH, Free Will

  114. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  115. The postman always rings twice. ~ James M. Cain

  116. No government can be long secure without formidable opposition. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  117. The truth is always a compound of two half-truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say. ~ Tom Stoppard

  118. With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

  119. The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about. ~ George Santayana

  120. A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~ Patricia Neal

  121. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. ~ Hannah Moore

  122. If we aren't capable of being hurt we aren't capable of feeling joy. ~ Madeleine L'Engle

  123. Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~ Epictetus

  124. Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. ~ John F. Kennedy

  125. He hath eaten me out of house and home. ~ William Shakespeare

  126. I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged. Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary. ~ Jules Feiffer

  127. The only excuse for God is that he doesn't exist. ~ Stendhal

  128. Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad. ~ George Bernard Shaw

  129. Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

  130. Success isn't necessarily permanent - but neither is failure. ~ Author Unknown

  131. Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~ Scott Adams

  132. Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates... When I pointed it out to my roommate, he said, "Do I know you?" ~ Steven Wright

  133. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill

  134. The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for. ~ Louis LAmour

  135. Every man is the architect of his own fortune. ~ Sallust

  136. If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn't be any old fools. ~ Claudia Young

  137. Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world. ~ Publilius Syrus

  138. Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

  139. I felt like poisoning a monk. ~ Umberto Eco

  140. I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just...in between. I want the freedom to try everything. ~ Jim Morrison

  141. Alas, I am dying beyond my means. ~ Oscar Wilde

  142. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop

  143. A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else. ~ Andre Malraux

  144. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them. ~ Mark Twain

  145. Stupidity has a certain charm - ignorance does not. ~ Frank Zappa

  146. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

  147. Time ripens all things. No man is born wise. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

  148. Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place. ~ Ice T

  149. There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet ~ Eric Hoffer

  150. Learning makes a man fit company for himself. ~ Thomas Fuller

  151. I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. ~ Lewis Carroll

  152. The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost

  153. Be quiet, Brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-tip ~ Homer Simpson

  154. If I could be anything I would be your tear, so I could be born in your eye, live down your cheek, and die on your lips. ~ Anonymous

  155. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard

  156. If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. ~ Thomas De Quincey (1785 - 1859)

  157. Know your Limitations and be Content with them. Too much Ambition results in Promotion to a job you can't do ~ Anonymous

  158. Do you know the meaning of family? - F(ather) A(nd) M(other) I L(ove) Y(ou) ~ Anonymous

  159. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' ~ Dr. Seuss, author and illustrator of The Cat In The Hat

  160. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Walk beside me and be my friend ~ Anonymous

  161. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. ~ Unknown

  162. Accepting yourself as you are is the only way to gain personal happiness. ~ Unknown

  163. Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp. ~ Bob Ettinger

  164. The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

  165. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  166. Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth. ~ Thomas Jefferson

  167. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London

  168. You have not treated me as I ought to have been treated, but now I am at peace. ~ Red Cloud, Lakota Indian Chief

  169. I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. ~ Lillian Hellman, playwright. In 1952 she refused to name names when suspected of Communism by the House Un-American Activities Committee

  170. They cheer me because they understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you. ~ Charlie Chaplin speaking to Albert Einstein at the Hollywood premiere of City Lights in 1931

  171. Art does not reflect what is seen, rather it makes the hidden visible. ~ Paul Klee, Swiss Artist

  172. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human race. ~ Victor Hugo

  173. True genius lies in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous and conflicting information. ~ Winston Churchill

  174. Laughing deeply is living deeply. ~ Milan Kundera

  175. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~ Mark Twain

  176. Laughter is like the human body wagging its tail. ~ Mark Twain

  177. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. ~ Mark Twain

  178. We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. ~ William James

  179. Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional. ~ Unknown

  180. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. ~ Unknown

  181. The more laughter we have in our lives the better. ~ Unknown

  182. Sure I’m for helping the elderly. I’m going to be old myself someday. ~ Lillian Carter in her eighties at the time.

  183. I have an existential map. It has "you are here” written all over it. ~ Steven Wright

  184. Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~ Reggie Leach

  185. Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. ~ Dorothy Parker

  186. Someone’s boring me. I think it’s me. ~ Dylan Thomas

  187. I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  188. Abundance is, in large part, an attitude. ~ Sue Patton Thoele

  189. The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~ Henry Ward Beecher

  190. Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination. ~ Roy M. Goodman

  191. You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. ~ Dave Barry

  192. The best mirror is an old friend. ~ George Herbert

  193. No man is the whole of himself. His friends are the rest of him. ~ Unknown

  194. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~ Dorothy Parker

  195. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other. ~ J.K. Rowling

  196. Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. ~ Unknown

  197. Nobody sees a flower – really - it is so small it takes time, like to have a friend takes time. ~ Georgia O’Keefe

  198. It’s the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter. ~ Marlene Dietrich

  199. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  200. The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. ~ Jill Churchill

  201. Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home. ~ Bill Crosby

  202. Anyone who uses the phrase "easy as taking candy from a baby" has never tried taking candy from a baby. ~ Anonymous

  203. Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go. ~ Fred Rogers

  204. Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. ~ Unknown

  205. Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~ George Eliot

  206. A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ~ Unknown

  207. If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~ Will Rogers

  208. I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book. ~ Groucho Marx

  209. When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as turning to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. ~ Michel de Montaigne

  210. Never judge a book by its movie. ~ Unknown

  211. If a man insisted always on being serious and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. ~ Herodotus (c485-425 B.C.)

  212. Never underestimate that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

  213. Prayer for the Animals
    Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost, or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful. ~ Albert Schweitzer

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