56 Of The Very Best Quotes About Life

Below you will find the very best quotes about life. The good times, the more challenging times, and the plot twists.

What are the best sayings in life?

The best sayings in life are those that are simple, yet full of common sense. They touch on all aspects of life and don’t just gloss over the messy times.

The best quotes about life deal with happiness, work, success, love, friendships, hope, adventures, purpose, fresh starts and making the most of our time on earth.   

The below quotes cover all these important ‘bases’. They are short, yet powerful quotes from famous and not-so famous people. Ponder them and I’m sure you will find more than a few that resonate with you for an inspired life.


The Best Quotes About Life


“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama


“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” Henry Ford


“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs


“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” Charles Swindoll


“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” Robert Byrne


“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” Robert Frost


“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain


“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon


“Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo


“Get busy living or get busy dying.” Stephen King


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West


“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison


“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi


“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho


“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton


“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster


“While there’s life, there’s hope.” Marcus Tullius Cicero


“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein


“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha


“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln


“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” Eric Butterworth


“The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” T.S. Eliot


“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” Lillian Dickson


“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” Will Smith


“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin


“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” Morihei Ueshiba


“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese


“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” Jane Fonda


“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” Vernon Howard


“In order to write about life first you must live it.” Ernest Hemingway


“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” Henry David Thoreau


“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” Wayne Dyer


“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein


“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” O. Henry


“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank


“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama


“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Mahatma Gandhi


“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J.K. Rowling


“Into each life some rain must fall.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” Virginia Satir


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu


“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” Mark Twain


“Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best.” Maude Adams


“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt


“Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” Richard Bach


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein


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