A discussion about life can lead in any direction. That happens because the topic is so broad and complex that any talk can only end with either vague, funny, or incredible assumptions. Although puzzling and sometimes downright challenging, life is all we have and we need to make the most of it.
Learn from these quotes new ways to think about life and its intriguing beauty. Discover insights about fulfilling your potential and seizing the moment. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
The idea that a meaningful life requires you to find yourself is quite misleading because it implies that there is already a set version of you that you must discover. All experience teaches us that, on the contrary, we create ourselves at each moment, with each decision and each thought.
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. – Arthur Rubinstein
Loving life is a prerequisite for making the most of life’s opportunities. If we don’t love life, we fail to recognize its potential and to explore it to our benefit. Life loves people who dare to dream and to act on their dreams.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
There are people who are very careful about their lifestyle because they want to have a long, healthy life. While this is admirable, it is also important to realize that how we live is more important than how much we live. Passion and meaning can make a minute mean more to us than a decade of mindless routine.
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. – Denis Waitley
Life is challenging and risky because it is the law of life itself to sustain growth and development. Doing nothing to keep ourselves safe from risk is like choosing a slow death because stagnation is indeed a sort of metaphorical death.
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. – Oprah Winfrey
Life gives a lot to some and very little to others. This clear distinction makes sense when we understand that we cannot get things unless we ask for them and until we establish exactly what we want. As a consequence, confidence is the key to achievement.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde
As spiritual beings who want to live a life of beauty and meaning, just existing is not enough for us at all. We want to live with passion and commitment, and this is a tricky endeavor because it takes a lot of emotional resources. That is why it is rare.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – Allen Saunders
The thing that stops us from enjoying our life to the fullest is our predisposition to focus mostly on the future, instead of taking in the beauty of the present moment. We make plans and set goals while forgetting that life has its own, unpredictable agenda.
Life is a progress, not a station. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We think that our happiness resides in some distant place in the future when all our goals would be met and all our desires fulfilled. However, life is not a destination to reach, but a journey to savor in all its steps.
An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
Living without being fully aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions, leaves us with a weak understanding of life itself. Life can only be understood and enhanced through introspection, self-analysis, and constant examination.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
When we set our goals, we forget that there are many underlying elements that dictate our path and which are totally out of our control. We can plan our lives, but it is naive to expect all things to go according to our will. We must embrace spontaneity and serendipity.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou
Surviving is enough for simple organisms, but as human beings, we need to go much further than simply surviving. We want to thrive and thankfully, we have all the tools to do so because we can love, create, and grow in many wonderful ways.
Where there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi
Life is wonderful because it is the playground where we can experience a plethora of unique things. The experience that structures life at all its levels is love. With its potential of uniting people and bringing out the best in them, love is life.
We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese
At a first glance, our life is nothing but a series of days, some of which are blurred forever in our memory. We don’t remember days because days are a cumulation of bad, good, and boring things, but we remember moments because they can only encompass one powerful, overwhelming feeling.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost
All kinds of things happen to us in life, from amazing to terrible. We learn a lot of things, we forget them, we lose, we try again, but eventually, we realize that no matter what we do, time flows and life goes on.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire
We don’t ask to be alive, but we receive life as a gift. It is up to us what we do with this gift, and how much we benefit from it. Being alive is not enough for living well. We must make a conscious decision to live the life on our terms.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard
As much as it is important to look for ways to improve things, sometimes we must stand back and just experience life as it is, without having to fix it. Sometimes, fixing is not possible, but that does not make our life experience less valuable.
I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth. – Doug Hutchison
Being in love with life keeps us enthusiastic, optimistic, and hopeful, which it is a good measure of our energy. As long as we love, we feel young because we dare to pursue adventures and impressive goals.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin
Wasting an hour of our lives may not seem to mean much but in the grand scheme of things, incredible things can happen in an hour. In some circumstances, we would give anything to have one more hour at our disposal.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
There are incidents that take us by surprise and manage to destabilize us completely. To regain our center when we feel overwhelmed by life, we need to keep moving at all costs. When we move, we progress, even if the steps we take are tiny.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey
It is a law of business that prosperity breeds prosperity. The same is valid for happiness, joy, and optimism. If we are grateful for the good things in our lives, we continue to attract good things. Negativity corrodes our well-being.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. – Walt Disney
Being optimistic about life does not mean ignoring all the negative aspects, problems, or challenges that life confronts us with. An optimist knows that life is too complex and problematic to always expect the best, but he trusts life and uses his optimism to cultivate a state of well-being, even in the face of adversity.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett
The need to change their lives is a constant narrative in everyone’s thoughts because there is always room for improvement. Change, however, is a personal quest. No one can change us or our lives because each of us is the hero of his own story.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam
A happy life is nothing more than a cummulation of many happy moments. As long as we treasure this moment and we make sure that we are happy now, we will succed in leading a long, happy life.
Life is like walking through Paradise with peas in your shoes. – Charles Jerningham
If we being honest with ourselves, the world offers us all the conditions for a wonderful life. The marvelous nature and all its gifts, the companionship of loving family and friends, and the power to create are things that should make us blissful. The problems and the challenges are minor compared to the rewards.
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. – H.T. Leslie
In many ways, life is just like a game, with the difference that we don’t start with the same assets. Some are blessed with good hands while some have to struggle but, in the end, what it matters is how well you can play with what you’ve got.
Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less. – Marie Curie
We are scared of the things we don’t understand because we don’t know how to handle them and use them to our advantage. The more we know and understand about life, the less scared we are of trying new things.
Life’s too mysterious to take too seriously. – Mary Engelbreit
Taking life too seriously is setting ourselves up for failure because life is just too puzzling for our rational minds to handle. The good thing is that we have humor and irony to save us from things we cannot control.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain
Being born is not something we choose to happen to us but we do have a say in deciding why we are alive, how we want to live, and what we want to make out of our lives. Conscious living is what makes our lives really meaningful.
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll
What matters most in our understanding of life is how we perceive the things that happen to us, not what actually happens to us. The same event can cause two different reactions from two different people.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. – Emily Dickinson
To live is a serious matter that takes copious amounts of energy, motivation, and passion, especially if we want a happy and meaningful life. Taking some time to relax can save our sanity sometimes.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is the most covered topic in the history of humanity. In the face of life’s complexity, we often realize that maybe happiness is not really the real measure of a well-lived life. Being useful, compassionate, and loving can bring even greater benefits in the long-term, including a lasting peace.