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Life Sayings and Quotes

Life is an adventure filled with unexpected highs and lows. While there isn't a single handbook to help you navigate life's ups and downs, wisdom passed through the ages sure helps. Below you'll find a collection of the finest inspirational, thoughtful, and humorous life quotes we could find.


Life is a progress, and not a station.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone's reasons in the same box.     

Kevin Spacey

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.

Dennis P. Kimbro

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

William James

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Life is about making an impact, not making an income.      

Kevin Kruse

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

Steve Jobs

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.     

Les Brown

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.     

Walter Bagehot

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt

Life's too mysterious to take too serious.

Mary Engelbreit

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.      

Eleanor Roosevelt

It's not about how hard you can hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

Rocky Balboa

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

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

William Butler Yeats

Do not watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going.

Sam Levenson

In youth we learn, in age we understand.     

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

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

William James

Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

Jonathan Edwards

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.      

H.T. Leslie

Most important thing in life ... is learning how to fall.

Jeannette Walls

Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.

Ted Turner

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

Ben Stein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

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

Fran Lebowitz

Brought up in the provinces in the forties and fifties one learned early the valuable lesson that life is generally something that happens elsewhere.      

Alan Bennett

No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time in the office      

unknown friend of Senator Paul Tsongas

Much of what life hands us comes without prelude of fear and worry. Our fears don’t stop death, they stop life.      

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

The understanding gained in examining a life itself comes to permeate that life and direct its course. To live an examined life is to make a self-portrait.     

Robert Nozick