Quotes About Life
To Live By
page 4 - Authors N to S
These quotes about life are all positive words of wisdom from sources and authors surnames N to S. The other pages of life quotes are: A to C, D to I, J to M T to Z and Unknown Sources. There is also a condensed page of the best life quotes and sayings on 100 Inspirational Life Quotes.
Quotes About Life: N
Ralph Nader 1934
The best teacher is.. Your last mistake.
Mikhail Naimy 1889 - 1988
Love is the law of God. You live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live. No other lesson is required of man.
May your life be like a wild flower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Wisdom comes when you start living the life the Creator intended for you.
Native American - Lakota
Whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind.
By taking the time to live life in the slow lane, we quickly experience a deeper, more profound experience of contentment.
Inner success is the ongoing experience of love, happiness, fulfilment and well-being... the experience of joy in your everyday life.
To be fully present with what is, is to be content... and to be content, is to be blessed by everything that happens in life.
Friedrich Nietzche 1844 - 1900
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
Anais Nin 1903 - 1977
Life shrinks or expands in the proportion to one’s courage.
Christiane Northrup 1949
Illness is often a sign that you need to make an adjustment in your life path.
Your beliefs are stronger than your genes.
Julian of Norwich 1342 - 1416
All is well with my Soul.
poem on this quote
Quotes About Life: O
Barack Obama 1961
We are the change
we have been waiting for.
For a seed to achieve its greatest expression it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. to someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.
Frank Ocean 1987
We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.
Michele Longo O’Donnell
The way we have been perceiving life needs to be rolled away, so that which is true can appear.
I wish to live a life that causes my Soul to dance inside my body.
Babatunde Olatunji 1927 - 2003
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present.
Mary Oliver 1935
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
Listen… are you breathing just a little and calling it life?
When it’s over, I want to say.. All my life I was a bride married to Amazement.
Spiritual growth involves developing the ability to understand yourself and to act in higher ways. Do not make yourself wrong if you have a lot of turbulence in your life; see it as an opportunity to grow and know more about yourself.
Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.
William Osler 1849 - 1919
Laughter is the music of life.
Quotes About Life: P
Brad Paisley 1972
The first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
Bachya ibn Pakuda
Days are like scrolls… write on them what you want to be remembered.
Chuck Palahniuk 1962
You’re a different human being to everybody you meet.
The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening.
Dolly Parton 1946
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Steve Pavlina 1971
The first hour is the rudder of the day.
It’s okay to change your route. Along the way of walking your current path, isn’t it rather exciting to think.. I have found something more interesting, more fantastic, more me.
Ethel Person 1934 - 2012
People should not judge failed love affairs as failed experiences, but as part of the growth process. Something does not have to end well for it to have been one of the most valuable experiences of a lifetime.
Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973
Everything you can imagine is real.
The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.
Jodi Picoult 1966
Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.
Long you live and high you’ll fly
and smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
and all you touch and all you see
is all your life will ever be.
Pioneers Cemetery, Australia
Remember man as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you will be
So remember man, Eternity
Robert M. Pirsig 1928
The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present moment is our only reality.
Plato 429BC - 347BC
Music gives a Soul to the Universe - Wings to the mind - Flight to the imagination - And life to everything.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
Learn to use the material of your own history to show yourself something. Without judgement joyously move through life rather than create soap operas that keep you starring in the same re-runs.
Never let life tame your wildest dreams.
Sometimes you become stronger just by turning around and walking away.
Today is the best day of your life.
The only thing that will change that is… tomorrow.
God sends each person into this world with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing, with a special act of love to bestow.
Gloria & Julie (1979)
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
James Van Praagh 1958
We all come to this planet as spiritual beings destined to experience a variety of challenges and situation in order to grow and evolve spiritually.
We are actors in a play who have forgotten they are in a play.
Elvis Presley 1935 - 1977
Truth is like the sun, you can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.
If you’re still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.
You need to learn to lose, before you can play the game properly.
Proverb - Tibetan
The secret to living well and longer is…
Eat half. Walk double. Laugh triple. And love without measure.
You must unlearn what you have been programmed to believe since birth. That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a world where all things are possible.
William Purkey 1929
Dance like no one is watching. Love like you'll never be hurt. Sing like no one is listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
Quotes About Life: R
Josh Radnor 1974
When I go to movies and I love the movie, it’s because I feel like it articulated something about how we’re living now, and also gives me some insight into my own life. I feel actually altered after having seen it.
Osho Rajneesh 1931 - 1990
Each person comes into the world with a specific destiny. He has something to fulfil some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally, you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The Whole intends to do something through YOU.
Life is not logic. Life is not philosophy.
Life is a dance, a song, a celebration.
It is more like love and less like logic.
Without meditation you do not know the secrets of life, you know only the surface of life.
Charles Reade 1814 - 1884
Sow an act... and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit... and you reap a character.
Sow a character... and you reap a destiny.
Ronald Reagan 1911 - 2004
Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with things that move us toward progress and peace.
Sandra Reeves 1960
When it's raining in your life, an Umbrella of Appreciation will ease All worry and strife.
Ruth E. Renkel
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
Mary Lou Retton 1968
Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.
Fritz Reuter 1810 - 1874
Nobody’s life flows on such an even course that it does not sometimes come up against a dam and swirl round and round. Something happens to everyone. He or she must take care the water of their life stays clear, and that Heaven and Earth are reflected in it.
Grantland Rice 1880 - 1954
When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.
Helen Steiner Rice 1900 - 1981
As you climb life’s ladder take faith along with you, and great will be your happiness as your dearest dreams come true.
Nothing on Earth can make life more worthwhile, than a true, loyal friend and the warmth of a smile.
There is always the hope of tomorrow to brighten the clouds of today. There is always a corner for turning not matter how weary the way.
We cannot all be famous or listed in ‘Who’s Who.’ but every person, great or small, has important work to do.
M. C. Richards 1916 - 1999
All the arts we practice are apprenticeships.
The big art is life.
Learn to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones that lead you to a better life.
Stop rehearsing life’s failures. Use your beautiful imagination to visualise success.
You are an artist.
The canvas is your life.
Make something worth staring at.
Jean Paul Richter 1763 - 1825
The more sand has escaped from the hour glass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.
Rainer Rilke 1875 - 1926
Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry, in which every thread is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.
Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.
Anthony Robbins 1960
Begin to live as though your prayers are already answered.
Every problem is a gift.. Without problems we would not grow.
Focus on where you want to go.
I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
Live with passion.
Anthony Robbins 1960
Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
The people who overcome the odds and turn their lives around make three powerful kinds of decisions every day:
1. What to focus on
2. What things mean
3. What to do
The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.
There is a force that controls all your decisions. It influences how you think and feel every moment you’re alive. It determines what you will do and what you will not do. It determines how you feel about anything that occurs in your life. That force is your beliefs.
To make profound changes in your life, you need either inspiration or desperation.
Ultimately, it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.
We all have problems, disappointments, and frustration, but it’s how we deal with our setbacks that will shape our lives more than anything else we do.
We can change our lives. We can do, have and be exactly what we wish.
We can’t always control the events of our lives, but we can control what we decide to think, believe, feel, and do about those events.
Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.
You can change anything in your life today by changing your perceptions and changing your actions.
You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.
Your past does not equal your future.
Julia Roberts 1967
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.
Nora Roberts 1950
Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.
Sebastian Roche 1964
The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
John D. Rockefeller 1839 - 1937
The road to happiness lies in two simple principles... find what it is that interests you and you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole Soul into it, every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.
Above all, practice being loyal to your Soul.
Will Rogers 1879 - 1935
Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
Half of life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Jim Rohn 1930 - 2008
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the upmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Love yourself so much that when someone treats you wrong, you recognize it.
Diana Ross 1944
I really, deeply believe that dreams do come true. Often, they might not come when you want them. They come in their own time.
Gabrielle Roth 1941 - 2012
Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.
J.K. Rowling 1965
And so, rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
The stories we love best, live in us forever.
J.K. Rowling 1965
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
Don Miguel Ruiz 1952
Use the power of your word in the direction of Truth and Love.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 - 1273
As you start to walk out on the Way.. The Way appears.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 - 1273
If the house of the world is dark, Love with find a way to create windows.
Let silence take you to the core of life.
Listen my love, illumination is Eternal. Now is always evolving. As there are billions of stars, there are billions of steps. As there are billions of Souls, there are billions of ways to grow.
Listen with ears of tolerance.
See through eyes of compassion.
Speak with the language of love.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 - 1273
Set your life on fire... Seek those who fan your flames.
What comes will go. What is found, will be lost again. But, what you are is beyond coming and going and beyond description. You are it.
You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck.
Walter Russell 1871 - 1963
Love is the foundation of the Universe and must, therefore, be the basis for a living philosophy.
Quotes About Life: S
Death is more universal than life. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives.
Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lies all the realities and varieties of existence. The bliss of growth, the splendour of action, the glory of power. For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day.
There is great peace in the realisation that much of what people say is a projection of their own concerns, their own perspectives, their own beliefs, it’s rarely a reflection of you.
Hard times have shown me more than ever before, how infinitely beautiful and rich life is, in every imaginable way.
Olive Schreiner 1855 - 1920
Our fathers had their dreams, we have ours, the generation that follows will have its own.
Lucy, Jessica, Seth (2016)
Charles Schultz 1922 - 2000
If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.
Chief Seattle 1780 - 1866
We are but a thread in the web of life. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things are connected.
Seneca 4BC - 65AD
It is worthier of man to rise in laughter above life than to bewail it. He is more worthy of the human race who laughs at it than he who sheds tears over it.
Dr Seuss 1904 - 1991
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Dr Seuss 1904 - 1991
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 1956
Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seems to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
Robin Sharma 1964
One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done and had so much more.
Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself.
George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the next generations.
Fulton John Sheen 1895 - 1979
Life is like a cash register in that every thought and every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.
Bernie Siegel 1932
Be grateful simply for being alive. When you are grateful for life, pure and simple, your life becomes one you can be grateful for. That may strike you as circular or even backward logic, but your attitude really does have an effect on how things work out. When you can’t change your life any other way, you can still change your attitude. When you do, your life changes. you find more chances to love, and you will be surprised to see how much more love is returned to you.
Swami Sivananda 1887 - 1963
The world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore, nil desperandum march forward hero.
Beau Casper Smart 1987
Ages are mere reminders of the hours logged on this Earth and the precious time remaining.
Samuel Smiles 1812 - 1904
Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but, lost time is gone forever.
Father Mowbray Smith
Live out your life as a happy child of God, in the sunshine of His love.
Will Smith 1968
I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.
If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you are wasting time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.
Life is lived on the edge.
Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
Get out of your head.. And into your life.
Muriel Spark 1918
Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
Steven Speilberg 1946
I don't dream at night, I dream all day.
I dream for a living.
Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.
Rupert Spira 1960
The greatest discovery in life is to discover that our essential nature does not share the limits nor the destiny of the body and mind.
Time is the eternal now, seen through the narrow slit of the mind.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834 - 1892
He who climbs above the cares of this world, and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life.
Barry Stevens 1902 - 1985
Don't push the river...
It flows by itself.
Ray Stevens 1939
Everything is beautiful in it's own way.
Like the starry summer night, or a snow-covered winter's day.
And everybody's beautiful in their own way.
Under God's heaven, the world's gonna find the way.
There is none so blind as he who will not see.
We must not close our minds, we must let our thoughts be free.
For every hour that passes by, we know the world gets a little bit older,
it's time to realize that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 - 1894
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued Soul; who never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
To love playthings as well as a child, to lead an adventurous and honourable youth, and to settle, when the time arrives, into a green and smiling age, is to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbour.
Rod Stewart 1945
You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.
Tom Stoppard 1937
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Meryl Streep 1949
I want to feel my life while I’m in it.
Emmanuel Swedenborg 1688 - 1772
Each lifetime and each relationship within each lifetime is an opportunity to experience love. When you see each other as the Divine and Eternal Beings that you are, you will never cease to wonder and to glory in the coming together.
Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745
May you live every day of your life.
Taylor Swift 1989
Anything you put your mind to, and add your imagination into, can make your life a lot better and a lot more fun.
Be yourself, chase your dreams and just never say never. That’s the best advice I could ever give to someone.
I write songs to help me understand life a little more. I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it’s being sung in a chorus and when I can write a verse.
In life and love, you learn that there comes a time to let go and move on.
Taylor Swift 1989
In life, you learn lessons. And sometimes you learn them the hard way. Sometimes you learn them too late.
Life is like walking.. You take one step at a time.
My favourite thing in life is writing about life, specifically the parts of life concerning love, because as far as I’m concerned, love is absolutely everything.
No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
The trials and tribulations in your life make you stronger.
There are two ways you can go with pain.. You can let it destroy you or you can use it as fuel to drive you.
You can’t have a better tomorrow if you keep thinking about yesterday.
Publilus Syrus 1st Century BC
Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
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