36 Bucket List Quotes – To Inspire (& Reinspire) You

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Whether you already have an inspiring bucket list, or you’re thinking about creating one – it’s likely that it will contain some big, audacious, uncomfortable, scary, expensive and possibly downright crazy items on it.

Those closest to you may make snide remarks, look shocked and simply won’t understand (‘why on earth would you want to waste your money doing that?).

It’s highly likely you will even start questioning yourself – ‘Do I really, really  want to travel to Italy’  or ‘Maybe I’m too old now to run a marathon?’

Which is where inspiring quotes come in. If you need a reminder, a nudge or a little encouragement to stick to your guns about experiencing and crossing off those exciting bucket list items (and hey, they are there for a reason right?) then check out the following list of 36 motivating quotes.

Bucket List Quotes to Inspire:



“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain


“The way you are living will have been your life.” Unknown


“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

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“Design a life you are inspired to live.” Annette White


“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


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar


“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” John Lewis


“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” Irving Wallace


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw


“Without a goal, you can’t score” Unknown

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“Fill your life with tiny and large adventurous moments.” Sark


“I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.” Unknown


“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Hemingway

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Wander often, wonder always.” Unknown


“Oh, the places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss


“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not things to show.” Unknown



“Die with memories, not with dreams.” Unknown


“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” Roman Payne

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“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” Unknown


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by.” Robert Frost


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Saint Augustine


“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” Paulo Coelho


“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward


“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey


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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller


“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

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“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.” Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” Unknown


“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien


“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T.S Eliot


“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” Sheryl Sandberg

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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“A life lived in fear…. is a life half-lived.” Baz Luhrmann


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