Revathi Nair

Mental Health Writer

Here are a list of 100 life quotes that will inspire you and help you understand life better

“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” - Albert Einstein

Life can be complicated. On some days, living can feel as easy as a breeze. You barely think twice about it. On others days, it can be tough. Sometimes we may feel disillusioned by life; we are left wondering why bad things happen or things never turn out the way we want them to. Some nights, we go to bed worrying about our life’s meaning, and some mornings we wake up and hide under our bedcovers, hoping to protect ourselves from whatever disappointments and difficulties life has in store for us.

Basically, some days, living is more difficult than we like.

During these tough moments, when we find it hard to convince ourselves that things aren’t all as bad as they seem to be, it may help to hear the same from others. While we live separate lives, we all do live. Some people learn more from life than the rest. Some people understand life better than others. In times when life leaves us feeling low, it may help to turn to the words of other people. Whether they are writers, poets, musicians, philosophers, sportspersons, businesspersons, inventors, or artists, everyone has had a taste of life. Often, their thoughts on life can inspire us to see our life in a new light and to regard aspects of life that we hadn’t considered before. They may motivate us and give us the courage to wade through our own life.

With this hope in mind, here is a list of 100 inspirational life quotes by famous personalities that may guide you in life.

Life Quotes

1.“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christian Andersen

2.“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

3.“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” —Neil Armstrong

4.“Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.” ― Natalie Babbitt

5.“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.”― Simone de Beauvoir

6.“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ― Roy T. Bennett

7.“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett

8.“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.” – R. Brault

9.“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

10.“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”


11.“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” -Carol Burnett

12.“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

13.“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius

14.“We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.” — Confucius

15.“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

16.“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

17.“As you know, life is an echo; we get what we give.” — David De Notaris

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

19.“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

20.“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

21.“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22.“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”― Jonathan Safran Foer

23.“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”– Henry Ford

24.“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

25.“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

26.“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

27.“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.”
Neil Gaiman

28.“My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump

29.“If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.” ― George Harrison

30.“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

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

32.“All limitations are self-imposed.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

33.“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” – Ken Hudgins

34.“Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” — Victor Hugo

35.“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”– Steve Jobs

36.“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

37.“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

38.“Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.” -Gary Keller

39.“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Helen Keller

40.“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.” — Helen Keller

41.“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

42.“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” -Rose Kennedy

43.“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

44.“Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.” — Soren Kierkegaard

45.“It's not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters.” -Margaret Laurence

46.“There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...” ― John Lennon

47.“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I wrote down ‘happy’.

They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

48.“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” -C.S. Lewis

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

50.“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

51.“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” — Jack London

52.“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”– Joshua J. Marine

53.“After all, tomorrow is another day!”― Margaret Mitchell

54.“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”― Haruki Murakami

55.“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

56.“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”― Anais Nin

57.“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

58.“You couldn't relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole--like the world, or the person you loved.” ― Stewart O'Nan

59.“At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

60.“If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.”- Dolly Parton

61.“I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.”― Boris Pasternak

62.“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.” ― Harvey Pekar

63.“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

64.“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”– Pablo Picasso

65.“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey

66.“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment, and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

67.“Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.” -Kamal Ravikant

68.“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

69.“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt

70.“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling

71.“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” -Arthur Rubinstein

72.“Begin at once to live and count each day as a separate life.” — Seneca

73.“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” — Seneca

74.“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

75.“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”― Peter Shaffer

76.“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”― George Bernard Shaw

77.“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”– Frank Sinatra

78.“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” ― Lemony Snicket

79.“May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift


“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” — Charles Swindoll

81.“If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.” ― Amy Tan

82.“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”― Hunter S. Thompson

83.“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” ”― Hunter S. Thompson

84.“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” — Eckhart Tolle

85.“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”– Mark Twain


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”― Lao Tzu

87.“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.” – Vincent van Gogh

88.“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”— Swami Vivekananda

89.“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”― Kurt Vonnegut

90.“Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.”― Katharine Weber

91.“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

92.“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” —Morris West

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

94.“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”― Oscar Wilde

95.“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” — Oprah Winfrey

96.“Every day is not a success. Every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.” -Reese Witherspoon

97.“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden

98.“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?”― Virginia Woolf

99.“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love.” — Wordsworth

100. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”― Émile Zola

Most people learn lessons about life from their life experiences, and these lessons can help us better understand the world around us. Keep these beautiful life quotes in mind to inspire you and uplift you when things seem tough. If these people made it through life one way or another, so can you.

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