Life Lessons Sayings and Quotes

This journey called life is never short of teachable moments and life lessons. We live. We learn. Rinse. Repeat. Life experiences are like little breadcrumbs of wisdom, equipping us for the next curveball or unexpected turn. Below you’ll find a curated collection of the best wise, inspirational, and humorous life lessons quotes and sayings.


If you insist on being determined by the past, that’s your game, but the fact of the matter is it all starts right now.     

Alan Watts

Life is perhaps most wisely regarded as a bad dream between two awakenings, and every day is a life in miniature.     

Chu-Yin

Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that’s their importance.      

Murial Spark

The human crowd has been the lesson of my life. I can come to it with the born timidity of the poet, with the fear of the timid, but once I am in its midst, I feel transfigured. I am part of the essential majority, I am one more leaf on the great human tree.     

Pablo Neruda

Everyone is your friend if you say yes, but say no and watch how they react. It's been a huge life lesson for me.     

Hannah Simone

When you share your story and become vulnerable, the ripple effect and the people that you can help along the way is a life lesson.     

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

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

Charles Schulz

Life is an educational process you can't opt out of. You either learn the lesson, or you become the lesson.     

Robert Brault

Life is a long lesson in humility.      

James M. Barrie

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.     

Wallace Stegner

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.     

Winston S. Churchill

The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.     

André Maurois

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.     

Minna Antrim

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.     

Victor Hugo

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?     

Joe Namath

Mountain, get out of my way.     

Montel Williams

So many tremendous decisions in life are made because it is five o'clock.     

Arthur Miller

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.      

Elie Wiesel

All of the events in your life are just one big experience, one big life lesson. Whether you consider the events of your life good or bad, they're both just life experiences. It's these experiences, which have shaped you as a person, and guide you along the journey of your life.     

James A. Murphy

The lessons of your life are what allow you to live the life you have. Maybe your life isn't exactly what you expected. Maybe it hasn't turned out quite the way you thought it would. However, every lesson in your life has value.     

James A. Murphy

I learned the most from the times of great difficulty in my life. These hard times were my teacher and from them I learned my most important lesson—give back.     

Richard J. Chin

I find that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.     

Louise Hay

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.     

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a test, a school where we come to learn and grow in our spiritual understanding and personal development, a school designed for each of us to reach our own unique destiny. Each of us is here to learn, to grow, to master the challenges that we face, and to expand our capacity for love and compassion. Taking life on with courage, trusting that we are meant to learn from every experience in life is why we are here.     

Judy Tatelbaum

We are misled from early childhood to think that life is something you get through. Life is something to be in.     

Dustin Hoffman

Learn lessons and live in the moment knowing you are mortal. And when in doubt ask: What would Lassie do?     

Bernie S. Siegel

Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life.     

Kalidasa

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.     

Jimmy Dean

The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.      

Bob Marley