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Mottos to Live By - Life Mottos

A motto is a short phrase that is intended to capture the essence of the beliefs and purpose of a government, group, company or individual. The scouting movement's famous motto Be Prepared is a classic and effective example, as is the New Hampshire state motto Live Free or Die.

Individuals often select or compose mottos to guide how they live their lives. The Charles Swindoll quote above might well be chosen as someone's personal motto to live by. Perhaps you can find a quote on this page that creates a statement of what your life is about. Better yet, be inspired to consider your beliefs and life purpose, and craft your own life motto.

Attitude is everything.
- Charles Swindoll

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Be Here Now.
- Ram Dass

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha


Above all to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

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

Know thyself.
- Socrates

Believe in yourself.
- Anonymous

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

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

Purpose, Dreams, and Setting Goals

Be the best that you can be.
- Anonymous

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

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

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

As we light a path for others, we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Reach for the stars.
- Anonymous

Follow Your Dreams.
- Anonymous

Live Your Dreams.
- Les Brown

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
- James Dean

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
- Robert Byrne

Life is what you make it.
- Anonymous

Courage, Taking Action, and Persevering

Do it Now!
- Napoleon Hill

Let's Roll.
- Todd Beamer

Whatever it takes!
- Anonymous

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Anonymous

Actions speak louder than words.
- Anonymous

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Yoda (Star Wars movie)

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

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't ever give up.
- Anonymous

Never Quit.
- Anonymous

Winners never quit and quitters never win!
- Vince Lombardi

Practice makes perfect.
- Anonymous

Seize the day (Carpe Diem)
- ancient Roman

Keep the Faith.
- Anonymous

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

Roll with the punches.
- Anonymous

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

Taking Responsibility and Leadership

The buck stops here.
- Harry Truman

When we step on the battlefield, I will be The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore


Count Your Blessings.
- Og Mandino

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Living Gently with Compassion

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- The Bible

Do no harm.
- from the Hippocratic Oath

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

Live life to the fullest.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Richard Carlson

Love conquers all.
- Virgil

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Courage doesn't always roar.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No regrets.
- Anonymous

Laughter is the best medicine.
- Anonymous

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu

I have a dream...
- Martin Luther King Jr.

- John Lennon

Famous Mottos

Be prepared.
- motto of the scouting movement
- created by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.

Do Your Best.
- cub scout motto

Just do it!
- Nike motto

Be all you can be.
- United States Army motto

Semper Fidelis [Always Faithful]
- United States Marine Corps motto

That Others May Live.
- United States Air Force Pararescue motto

Service Above Self.
Rotary International motto

Don't tread on me.
- early United States flags

Live Free or Die.
- New Hampshire state motto

Give me liberty or give me death.
- Patrick Henry

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- motto of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

Don't be evil.
- Google unofficial motto


No pain, no gain.
- exercise motto

To boldly go where no man has gone before.
- Star Trek

To Live By

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have no need to conform to the stereotypes others have defined for me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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