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Quotes to Live By

These sayings, quotes and inspirational words are about the nature of life and living and are great quotes to take to heart and live by, whether they are famous words, great quotes, or funny sayings. May you find value in these inspiring Quotes to Live By, and may you be happier for having read them.

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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This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare


We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it,
no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.
- Henry Ford

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Life Quotes to Live By

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

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

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

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
- William James

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Words to Live By

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle
(attributed)

We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas Gandhi

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Great Quotes to Make Your Own

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Amazing Quotes to Change Your Life

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
- Albert Einstein

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be...
because of all I may become I will close my eyes and leap!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart

Funny Quotes

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is like a sewer... what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
- Tom Lehrer

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
- Oscar Wilde

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
- Woody Allen

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Dalai Lama

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
- Truman Capote

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Mottos to Live By

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
- Vivian Greene

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

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

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

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dream, you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I become happy when I choose to accept and love all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I live to experience something new each day - to learn something new, meet a new friend, bring joy into someone's life, feel the wind newly on my skin, touch a new fear, a new anger, and with focused intent and good fortune, find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift


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