Quotes About Life
To Live By
These quotes about life are all uplifting, positive and inspirational words of wisdom on life. This page also links to many other pages covering different categories, but whether you are looking for wise words for a craft project, encouraging quotes for a friend, or uplifting sayings on aspects of life, ALL of the entries are quotes to live by.
This page of life quotes is from sources and people with surnames from A to C, the other pages are D to I, J to M, N to S, T to Z, Sayings from Unknown Sources and a condensed page of the best quotes and sayings are on 100 Inspirational Life Quotes.
Quotes about life are listed alphabetically on source/surname of author
Quotes About Life: A
A Course In Miracles
Let me remember I am one with God. Our shining footprints point the way to truth, for God is our Companion as we walk the world a little while.
The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions.
Ziad K. Abdelnour 1960
We have three types of friends in life… friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.
We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love.. And then we return home.
Everything is unfolding perfectly. And as you relax and find ease in your attitude of trust, knowing that Well-Being is your birth-right, amazing things will happen, things the likes of which you have not seen before.
Let go of the oars... Everything you want is downstream.
The purpose of your life is Joy.
Your life is right now. It's not later. It's not in that time of retirement. It's not when the lover gets here. It's not when you've moved into the new house. It's not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now. You might as well decide to start enjoying your life right now, because it's not ever going to get better than right now... until it gets better right now!
Your time is a perceptual thing, and even though the clock is ticking the same for everyone, your alignment affect your perception, as well as the results that you allow.
There is also a page of Abraham-Hicks Quotes About Life
Joseph Addison 1672 - 1719
One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure, but scattered along life's pathway the good they do is inconceivable.
Everything I do, in every channel of my life, is part of a legacy that I’m making for my child. For my children, if I have more. I’m not motivated by much, certainly not money - but I’m motivated by that.
It’s very easy to give in to being famous, because it’s charming, it’s powerful, it draws you in. Really, it’s harder work resisting it. But after a while I just refused to accept a life that was not real.
Aesop 620BC - 564BC
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Agathon 448BC - 400BC
Even a God cannot change the past.
Dreams are free - so free your dreams.
Dreams digest the meals that are our days.
Loving is never a waste of time.
Mitch Albom 1958
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
Louisa May Alcott 1832 - 1888
Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us more effectively. Look for the learning.
It is a beautiful world... consciously put some little bits of it into your memory each day.
Muhammad Ali 1942 - 2016
Don't count the days... Make the days count.
I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.
The bad news is... time flies.
The good news is... you're the pilot.
Henri Frederic Amiel 1821 - 1881
The path through life is the highway.
Gillian Anderson 1968
I believe people are in our lives for a reason. We're here to learn from each other.
Illustrated by Sandra Reeves
Hans Christian Anderson 1805 - 1875
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger.
Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale.
Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
When you learn... Teach. When you get... Give.
You may not control the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Joan Of Arc 1412 - 1431
I am not afraid. I was born to do this.
The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual, distillate - it is life, intensified, brilliant life.
Aristotle 384BC - 322BC
Choice, not chance... determines your destiny.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
If things do not turn out as we wish... we should wish for them as they turn out.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act... but a habit.
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Louis Armstrong 1901 - 1971
What we play is... Life.
Eberhard Arnold 1883 - 1935
Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it.
Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new Awareness. Your job is to simply do your work.. Sacredly, Secretly and Silently. And those with ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear,’ will respond.
Isaac Asimov 1920 - 1992
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood...
I'd type faster.
In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers?
David Attenborough 1926
Nature doesn’t sit still. Things and individuals are changing, dying and new things are coming.
St Augustine 354 - 430
Where love is, what can be wanting? Where it is not, what can possibly be profitable?
Marcus Aurelius 121 - 180
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
Very little is needed for a happy life.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive... To breathe ~ To think ~ To Enjoy ~ To Love.
Sri Aurobindo 1872 - 1950
The first and the most important thing is to know that life is one and immortal. Only the forms, countless in number, are transient and brittle. The life everlasting is independent of any form but manifests itself in all forms. Life then does not die... but the forms are dissolved.
Decimius Magnus Ausonius 310 - 395
Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
Quotes About Life: B
Richard Bach 1936
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished... If you're alive, it isn't.
James Matthew Barrie 1860 - 1937
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another.
When the people will lead...
The leaders will follow.
Shirley Bassey 1937
You don’t get older, you get better.
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
David Beckham 1975
When you have kids you grow up. I have just started realising it now.. It changes the world, having children.
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 - 1827
Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.
Elizabeth Berg 1948
Don’t let your habits become handcuffs.
Each day when you wake up, say: "What miracles would you have me perform today?" Then listen.
Annie Besant 1847 - 1933
There is no life without consciousness.
There is no consciousness without life.
In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
All things work together for good to them that love God.
For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out.
Train up a child in the way he should go.. And when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Ambrose Bierce 1842 - 1914
Life... A spiritual pickle, preserving the body from decay
Black Elk 1863 - 1950
Behold this day. It is yours to make.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Your heart is your paintbrush. The entire Universe is your canvas. You life is your art.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is... Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Ralph H. Blum 1932 - 2016
In each life there comes at least one moment, which, if recognized and seized, transforms the course of that life forever. Rely, therefore, on radical trust, even though the moment may call for you to leap empty-handed into the void.
Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
Jon Bon-Jovi 1962
Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.
Where you live in the world should not determine whether you live in the world.
If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different first.
Ray Bradbury 1920 - 2012
Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.
Russell Brand 1975
How we treat the vulnerable is how we define ourselves as a species.
Richard Branson 1950
Above all, create something you’re proud of.
Explore this next great frontier where the boundaries between work and higher purpose are merging into one, where doing good really is good for business.
I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.
If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it... throw yourself into it with everything you've got.
Anything we tell our kids about life is a placemarker until they figure it out for themselves.
At one time I saw happiness as a destination and sought a shortcut. Now I see happiness as a road and treasure its every bend.
How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.
I believe that there is an explanation for everything, so, yes, I believe in miracles.
In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you, there just has to be someone who wants to.
It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire... you never knew you had.
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.
Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long.
Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life... and it was you. It is not too late to find that person again.
Looking back you realize that everything would have explained itself, if you had only stopped interrupting.
Never mind searching for what you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.
Optimist… someone who isn’t sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy, but is tickled silly just to be in the play.
Remember, loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are, and to stop looking outside yourself for your worth.
Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose... the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.
The best things in life are not only free, but the line is shorter.
To accept on faith is the basic requirement for getting on with life.
You start making progress in life when you realize that you don’t always have to resume where you left of.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.
You are the sculptor of your own reality. Don't hand your tools to anyone else.
Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life. Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart for what is to come.
Les Brown 1945
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
Life has no limitations - except the ones you make.
The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow... are the BUTS you use today.
The world is waiting for you to wake up to the person you are called to be. Stop listening to the negative inner conversation that's causing you to play small. Focus your mind on positive thoughts, possibilities and solutions that can move you forward. Tap into your creativity and determination and stay busy. Stay focused.
You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.
Les Brown 1945
You were created on purpose for a purpose. There is a thirst and hunger in your heart that is real. Pay attention to it.
Pam Brown 1948
Always smile back at little children, to ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.
For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.
However time or circumstances may come between mother and her child, their lives are interwoven forever.
Mothers are the pivot on which the family spins. Mothers are the pivot on which the world spins.
The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy - and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You’ll make the sofa in the end.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 - 1861
Light tomorrow with today.
Robert Browning 1812 - 1889
My sun sets to rise again.
Buddha 624BC - 543BC
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Buddha 624BC - 543BC
Meditate - Live purely - Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds... Shine
There is only one time when it is essential to Awaken... that time is NOW.
When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.
Sandra Bullock 1964
I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good.
Frances Hodgson Burnett 1849 - 1924
Everything’s a story, you are a story, I am a story.
Robert Burns 1759 - 1796
Now's the day and now's the hour.
Leo Buscaglia 1924 - 1998
Love is life...
And if you miss love, you miss life.
Darcy Bussell 1969
Being a mother has made my life complete.
Eric Butterworth 1916 - 2003
Don't go through life... Grow through life.
Samuel Butler 1835 - 1902
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims of life is to enjoy it.
Lorna Byrne 1953
Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away.
If we could acknowledge to ourselves and to our good friends that we love them, our lives would be more fulfilled and happy.
The sadness and pain surrounding the death of a parent, brother or sister can bring with it an unexpected gift, and help families to become closer. It can help bring shared memories to light, and be a reminder of love that was shared in the past.
Rhonda Byrne 1951
Every day in every moment, you make the choice... whether to love and harness the positive force or not.
Life doesn't happen to you, you receive everything in your life based on what you've given.
Life is so much easier than you think it is, and as you come to understand the way life works, and the power you have inside you, you will experience the magic of life in its fullness.
The life of your dreams, everything you would love to be, do or have, has always been closer to you than you knew... because the power to everything you want is inside you.
The positive force of love can create anything good, increase the good things and change anything negative in your life.
Whatever you give out in life is... what you receive back in life.
Without exception, every person who has a great life used love to achieve it. The power to have all the positive and good things in life is love.
Rhonda Byrne 1951
You are creating your life with your thoughts and your feelings. Whatever you think and feel creates everything that happens to you and everything you experience in life.
You can change your life, because you have an unlimited ability to think and talk about what you love, and so you have an unlimited ability to bring everything good in life to you.
Lord Byron1788 - 1824
Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.
Quotes About Life: C
Eileen Caddy 1917 - 2006
Concentrate on the wonders and joys of this life, and accept the very best which is your true heritage. It is not being an ostrich, afraid of life and not facing it. It is seeing the reality of this glorious life which is yours, and in doing so, helping to bring it about. The more clearly you can see it, the more quickly will it come about.
Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be a revelation.
Start each day in my peace and stillness, then you can go forth and face whatever the day may bring, in perfect peace and joy.
The spring of the New Age is here, bursting forth in perfect harmony, beauty and abundance; and nothing can stop it from coming about.
We are the curators of life on Earth.
We hold it in the palm of our hand.
We cannot resist change, but we can choose the direction of change.
Julia Cameron 1948
Art is the imagination at play in the field of time.
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby, or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical, or too selfish, or too silly, to work on your creativity.
Joseph Campbell 1904 - 1987
Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now.
Follow your bliss...
And the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Joseph Campbell 1904 - 1987
I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of life.
The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he didn't know he possessed.
The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the Universe, to match your nature with nature.
We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Albert Camus1913 - 1960
Life is the sum of all your choices.
Jack Canfield 1944
Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.
Eddie Cantor 1892 - 1964
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast.. You also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
George Carlin 1937 - 2008
Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music.
Life can change in a moment, so we must appreciate every single day we are given.
Love is truly eternal and lasts forever. It is the core of our connection and expression of life.
Thomas Carlyle 1795 - 1881
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realised by man ever dies, or can die.
Jim Carrey 1962
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.
Lewis Carroll 1831 - 1898
I knew who I was this morning... but I've change a few times since then.
Rachel Carson 1907 - 1964
Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
Edgar Cayce 1877 - 1945
Dreams are today's answers to tomorrows questions.
The spirit is the life. The mind the builder. And the body the result.
Edwin H. Chapin 1814 - 1880
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Kevin, Julie, Emma & Gloria (1980's)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin1881 - 1955
It's our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits to our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation... the future of the Earth is in our hands.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 - 1904
Dear sweet unforgettable childhood.
Gilbert Chesterton 1874 - 1936
When it comes to life the critical thing is... whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
Julia Child 1912 - 2004
Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
An aware parent loves all children he or she meets and interact with - for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.
Deepak Chopra 1946
Happiness can be woven into every aspect of life, once you make new choices.
Life is a field of unlimited possibilities.
Deepak Chopra 1946
Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. Happiness is the goal of every other goal.
When you expand your awareness, seemingly random events will be seen to fit into a larger purpose.
Winston Churchill1874 - 1965
We make a living by what we get...
We make a life by what we give.
Marcus Tullius Cicero 106BC - 43BC
Don't quit. Where there's life... There's hope.
Everything is alive... Everything is interconnected.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Love should never be the question, it’s the answer.
Tom Clancy 1947 - 2013
The good old days are now.
Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Paulo Coelho 1947
A child can teach an adult three things...
To be happy for no reason.
To always be busy with something.
And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.
Important encounters are planned by the Souls long before the bodies see each other.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.
When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
It is time for us to step into our Power as a planetary race.
Confucius 551BC - 479BC
Choose a job you love... and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
Diana Cooper 1940
The answer to every problem is to raise your frequency.
Kevin Costner 1955
Life's better when it's fun... Boy, that's deep, isn't it?
Stephen Covey1932 - 2012
Live out of your imagination... not your history.
William Cowper1731 - 1800
Variety's the spice of life, that gives it all it's flavours.
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
The illusions of childhood are necessary experiences; a child should not be denied a balloon because an adult knows that sooner or later it will burst.
Chief Crowfoot 1830 - 1890
A little while and I will be gone from among you, when I cannot tell. From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go.
What is life?
It is the flash of firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
And loses itself in the sunset.
Scott Cunningham 1956 - 1993
The magic begins in you. Feel your own energy and realize similar energy exists within the Earth, stones, plants, water, wind, fire, colours and animals.
Marie Curie 1867 - 1934
Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
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