Life Quotes

40+ Inspirational Quotes About Life

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May 4th, 2018   |   Updated on March 23rd, 2023

1. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”-Andre Gide


2. “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


3. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”-Allen Saunders


4. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”Albert Einstein


5. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it; Who has left the world better than he found it, Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; Whose life was an inspiration; Whose memory a benediction.” -Bessie Anderson Stanley

6. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”-Albert Einstein


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


8. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”-Albert Camus


9. “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”-Arundhati Roy


10. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”-Anais Nin


11. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”-Albert Einstein


12. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”-Ayn Rand


13. “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”-Abigail Van Buren


14. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life”to be happy”it’s all that matters.”-Audrey Hepburn


15. “My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.”-Alan Moore


16. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”-Arthur C. Clarke


17. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”-Albert Camus


18. “I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.”-Anne Tyler


19. “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”-Albert Schweitzer


20. “You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.”-Annie Proulx


21. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”Abraham Lincoln


22. “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”-Arthur Conan Doyle


23. “Live to the point of tears.”-Albert Camus


24. “Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”-Audrey Niffenegger


25. “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”-Barbara Kingsolver

26. “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”-Anais Nin


27. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”-Anais Nin


28. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I’m an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”-Amile Zola


29. “Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.”-Barbara Kingsolver


30. “One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”-A.A. Milne


31. “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”-Anais Nin


32. “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut”-Albert Einstein


33. “My life has a superb cast, but I cannot figure out the plot.”-Ashleigh Brilliant


34. “There are two means of refuge from the misery of life €” music and cats.”-Albert Schweitzer


35. “I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you.”-Ayn Rand


36. “To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.”-Art Spiegelman


37. “Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”-Anais Nin


38. “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”-Ben Okri


39. “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”-Aldous Huxley


40. “Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired. Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision. Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy. Trust, even when your heart begs you not to. Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see. Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring. Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more. And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”-Alysha Speer


41. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”-Anais Nin


42. “You can go through life and make new friends every year – every month practically – but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”-Alexander McCall Smith


43. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles”-Audrey Hepburn