Quotes About Life


A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

James Allen

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Charles Darwin

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Henry Ellis

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

Anton Chekhov

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

William James

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

Henry David Thoreau

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

William Wallace

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything in life is luck.

Donald Trump

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

Karen Horney

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E. B. White

I do not regret one moment of my life.

Lillie Langtry

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I love life because what more is there.

Anthony Hopkins

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

John Burroughs

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that's living.

Ursula Andress

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.

Charles M. Schulz

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.

Philip Green

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

Sholom Aleichem

Life is a long lesson in humility.

James M. Barrie

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

Truman Capote

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.

Dave Barry

Life is but thought.

Sara Teasdale

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

George Herbert

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.

Abraham Cahan

Life is never easy for those who dream.

Robert James Waller

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

Fran Lebowitz

Life is wasted on the living.

Douglas Adams

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.

Karen Horney

Life loves the liver of it.

Maya Angelou

Life must be lived as play.


Life well spent is long.

Leonardo da Vinci

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.

Mel Brooks

May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Arthur Miller

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

Cary Grant

My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.

Hugh Leonard

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Brendan Gill

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.


Only a few things are really important.

Marie Dressler

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Anais Nin

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Marcus Aurelius

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

H. L. Mencken

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.

William Lyon Phelps

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

E. M. Forster

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Henry David Thoreau

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Robert Byrne

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Carl Jung

There is no wealth but life.

John Ruskin

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

Robert Louis Stevenson

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

William James

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson

Unbeing dead isn't being alive.

e. e. cummings

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life.

Karl A. Menninger

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.

Barbara Kingsolver

We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.

Lauryn Hill

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Max de Pree

What we play is life.

Louis Armstrong

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Erma Bombeck

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Mark Twain

While there's life, there's hope.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm

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

Your life is what your thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius