Famous Life Quotes



Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.

Oscar Wilde

To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.

Martin Luther

The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.

Franz Kafka

Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

Samuel Johnson

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

Albert Einstein

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.

Oliver Goldsmith

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

Samuel Johnson

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Pythagoras

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.

Honoré de Balzac

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.

Mark Twain

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Set a plan, take consistent action, and watch your goals come to life.

Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.

William Wordsworth

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

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

William James

The greatest pleasure of life is love.

Euripides

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

William Wordsworth

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Mark Twain

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

Change your habits, change your life. Small steps can lead to big transformations.

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Henry David Thoreau

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

Jane Austen

Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.

William James

A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.

Cicero

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome-to be got over.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life.

Theodore Roosevelt

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.

Michel de Montaigne

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

Benjamin Disraeli

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Jean Paul

Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.

William James

In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.

Arthur Schopenhauer

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.

Laurence Sterne

A new start is an invitation to release self-imposed limitations and to step into your true potential. It's a reminder that you have the power to rewrite your story, redefine your purpose, and create a life that aligns with your passions and values.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

William James

There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected.

Joseph Addison

A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.

John Stuart Mill

We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.

Franz Kafka

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.

Mary Shelley

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

Oscar Wilde

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.

Joseph Conrad

Custom is the great guide to human life.

David Hume

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.

George Eliot

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.

Rainer Maria Rilke

In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.

Thomas De Quincey

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

Amelia Earhart

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

Henry David Thoreau

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.

D. H. Lawrence

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.

George Eliot

There is only one thing that a man really wants to do, all his life; and that is, to find his way to his God, his Morning Star, salute his fellow man, and enjoy the woman who has come the long way with him.

D. H. Lawrence

City life is millions of people being lonesome together.

Henry David Thoreau

To write it, it took three months; to conceive it - three minutes; to collect the data in it - all my life.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Henry David Thoreau

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.

D. H. Lawrence

The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks.

Voltaire

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.

George Eliot

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

Khalil Gibran

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.

George Sand

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

Virginia Woolf

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Abraham Lincoln

I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.

D. H. Lawrence

When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.

Samuel Johnson

Writing is a dog’s life, but the only life worth living.

Gustave Flaubert

Matter is, in its constituent elements, the same as spirit; existence is one, however manifold in its phenomena; life is one, however multiform in its evolution.

Annie Besant

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

Gustave Flaubert

Let us not forget that human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life.

Albert Einstein

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.

Omar Khayyam

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.

Gustave Flaubert

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Khalil Gibran

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.

Samuel Johnson

The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.

Thomas Carlyle

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

Sigmund Freud

What is life It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot

Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.

Albert Einstein

I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.

Michelangelo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.

Victor Hugo

Advertising is the life of trade.

Calvin Coolidge

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

Mark Twain

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.

Miguel de Cervantes

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.

Victor Hugo

Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.

Alfred North Whitehead

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and… the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

Samuel Johnson

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

Victor Hugo

Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.

Swami Vivekananda

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.

Georg Simmel

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

Mark Twain

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.

Emily Dickinson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

William Hazlitt

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The point is not to take the world’s opinion as a guiding star but to go one’s way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.

Gustav Mahler

There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.

Simone Weil

The goal of all life is death.

Sigmund Freud

One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

Blaise Pascal

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

Henry Ward Beecher

My life is my message.

Mahatma Gandhi

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings.

Edmund Husserl

Friendship is the sweet melody that accompanies us as we dance through life's joys and sorrows.

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.

Henry Ford

There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.

Thomas Hobbes

A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.

Oscar Wilde

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

Albert Einstein

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

Oscar Wilde

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.

Emma Goldman

Pets teach us the value of playfulness and remind us to have fun in life.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Albert Einstein

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.

Jean de La Fontaine

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

Oscar Wilde

Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.

Stendhal

The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.

Samuel Smiles

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.

Emma Goldman

Pets remind us to appreciate the beauty of nature and the simple pleasures of life.

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