101 Life Quotes

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Agatha Christie

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Charles Darwin

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Henry Ellis

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

Anton Chekhov

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

William James

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

Umberto Eco

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

William Wallace

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything in life is luck.

Donald Trump

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

Karen Horney

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.

Garrison Keillor

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E. B. White

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I love life because what more is there.

Anthony Hopkins

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

John Burroughs

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.

Charles M. Schulz

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

Sholom Aleichem

Life is a long lesson in humility.

James M. Barrie

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Life is but thought.

Sara Teasdale

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

George Herbert

Life is never easy for those who dream.

Robert James Waller

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

Fran Lebowitz

Life is wasted on the living.

Douglas Adams

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

Karen Horney

Sport and life is about losing. It's about understanding how to lose.

Lynn Davies

You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.

Sam Nunn

Life must be lived as play.


Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men.

Karen Horney

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.

David Lodge

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.

Mel Brooks

May you live every day of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Arthur Miller

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

Cary Grant

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Brendan Gill

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.


Only a few things are really important.

Marie Dressler

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Anais Nin

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Marcus Aurelius

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

H. L. Mencken

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.

William Lyon Phelps

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization.

Karen Horney

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Henry David Thoreau

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Robert Byrne

There is no wealth but life.

John Ruskin

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

Robert Louis Stevenson

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

William James

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson

Unbeing dead isn't being alive.

e. e. cummings

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.

Barbara Kingsolver

We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.

Lauryn Hill

What we play is life.

Louis Armstrong

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Erma Bombeck

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Mark Twain

While there's life, there's hope.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm

You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.

Quentin Crisp

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

Your life is what your thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent van Gogh

Grace means more than gifts. In grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace means accepting the abandoned one. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word grace has something triumphant in it.

Yrjo Kallinen

When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?

Sydney J. Harris

A life lived in love will never be dull.

Leo Buscaglia

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Your life feels different on you, once you greet death and understand your heart's position. You wear your life like a garment from the mission bundle sale ever after -- lightly because you realize you never paid nothing for it, cherishing because you know you won't ever come by such a bargain again.

Louise Erdrich

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

Vincent van Gogh

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.

Tom Head

I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Live every act fully, as if it were your last.


Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be awake is to be alive.

Henry David Thoreau

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.

Henri-Frederic Amiel

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything.

George Washington Carver

We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do.

Evelyn Underhill

There has been much tragedy in my life; at least half of it actually happened.

Mark Twain

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

Norman Cousins

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

Norman Cousins

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?

Mary Oliver

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain

Life has got to be lived -- that's all there is to it.

Eleanor Roosevelt

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

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