It gets said a lot, but life really is short.
Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it though. Maybe you’re stuck in a dull routine, a job you don’t enjoy or a particularly difficult personal situation?
Or maybe you’re just dragging your heels on something that you want to do, but keep putting off?
Which is exactly when you need a gentle reminder that life really is short. Time is promised to no one.
Here are 32 great happy quotes that have been collated with the specific purpose of:
- reminding you that life is too short to waste,
- to be grateful and enjoy what you currently have, and
- to get busy on making any changes that you need to be happy
Life Is Short, Be Happy!
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”
“Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember ‘Life is too short to be little.”
“Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks.”
“Enjoy life while you can. It can be taken in a heartbeat.”
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
“Life is too short to live on low-fat everything.”
Kristin Scott Thomas
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
“Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life.”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“Our time in this life is limited. And how we respect that time will create a greater possibility for fulfilment.”
“You have to do your thing no matter what anyone says. It’s your life.”
“Waste your money and you’re only out of money but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.”
“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.”
“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”
“Tomorrow is promised to no one. Prioritize today accordingly.”
“Life is wasted on the living.”
“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
Stephen Vincent Benét
“If you want something, don’t wish for it. Life is too short to wait.”
“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“If you want to be happy, be.”
“Life is a first impression. You get one shot at it. Make it everlasting.”
“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”
“Life is short and you’ve got to get the most out of it.”
“I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
“Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.”
“If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.”
“Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.”
Sarah Louise Delany
“Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit?”
“Life is too precious and short to dare to waste it on mediocre dreams.”
I hope you’ve found the above quotes inspiring. I will continue to add to these as I discover more quotes that remind us that life is short. Feel free to let me know of any of your favourites in the comments below!