Alive Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old alive quotes, alive sayings, and alive proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.      

Indira Gandhi

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.      

George Washington

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.      

Marcus Aurelius

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive.      

Joan Rivers

To me, life is a gift, and it's a blessing to just be alive. And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.      

Tony Bennett

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.      

Earl Wilson

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

When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive.      

Bruce Lee

A coward is a man who'd rather live dead than die alive.      

Bangambiki Habyarimana

When we give up on our dreams, we die while still alive.      

Robin Sharma

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.     

Howard Thurman

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.     

Rita Mae Brown

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.     

Tupac Shakur

The goodbyes we speak and the goodbyes we hear are the good byes that tell us we're still alive.     

Steven King

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

Thornton Wilder

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.     

Oprah Winfrey

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are fully alive to the prospect of dying, you really start reprioritising your life.     

Mitch Albom

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.      

Joseph Campbell

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.      

Ernest Hemingway

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.      

Alan Watts

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.      

Pema Chodron

Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.      

Harry Chapin

Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and its spectacular.      

Joseph Campbell

My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.      

Tim Allen

Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing.     

Josh Whedon

A tree grows. If you're staying the same, something is wrong. You're not alive.      

Hamza Yusuf

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.      

Elbert Hubbard

Our fate is determined by how far we are prepared to push ourselves to stay alive - the decisions we make to survive. We must do whatever it takes to endure and make it through alive.      

Bear Grylls

Hope can keep you alive in the midst of the turbulence.      

Lailah Gifty Akita

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.     

Haruki Murakami

In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive.     

Leo Tolstoy

The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're alive.     

Orlando A. Battista

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.     

Horace

When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.     

Madelaine L'Engle

We are most alive when we're in love.      

John Updike

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.      

Robert Louis Stevenson

The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.      

Osho

Hope is the foundational quality of all change, and encouragement is the fuel which keeps hope alive.      

Zig Ziglar