The 200 Most Inspirational Quotes about Life

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If you’re striving for greatness in life, it’s quite beneficial to surround yourself with inspirational thoughts that fuel your mission. One of the easiest but also tremendously effective habits to pick up is to read regularly. However, this is easier said than done. Similarly, it can be quite time-consuming to find the few pearls within hundreds of pages. To provide you with an excellent source of motivation, we’ve created this huge selection of the most inspirational quotes about life. Enjoy reading and be sure not to miss our collection of life-changing quotes.

If you make reading inspirational thoughts a habit, many areas of your life will benefit from it. Not only will excellent quotes make you think, but they will also inspire you to reach for the stars.

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

There are some quotes that will encourage you to push your boundaries. Others will help you to get back up on your feet after a failure. No matter what the quote says, it’s always good to have some inspiration handy.

Inspirational quotes about life

Enjoy the following inspirational life quotes.

The right quote at the right time can work true miracles. To help you get started, the following collection was created.

The 200 Most Inspirational Quotes about Life

When it comes to living life, it’s quite helpful to have a couple of mentors. Most likely, you’ll meet some of these mentors in person throughout your life. However, there are some mentors whose thoughts are preserved in writing for future generations. The following inspirational quotes about life originated from these interesting individuals.


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Here are the most inspirational quotes about life:

1.

Edison about failure

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

2.

Emerson about life and leaving a trail

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

3.

Life quote

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

4.

Understanding life

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

5.

Life's problems

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”
Steve Maraboli

6.

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius

7.

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

8.

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
St. Francis Of Assisi

9.

“The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years!”
Edward J. Stieglitz

10.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw

11.

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
Jim Morrison

12.

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
Marcus Aurelius

13.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Oliver Goldsmith

14.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

15.

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

16.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
John A. Shedd

17.

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
Theodore Roosevelt

18.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr

19.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

20.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

21.

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It looks poorest when you are richest.”
Henry David Thoreau

22.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
John Milton

23.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
Theodore Roosevelt

24.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

25.

“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

26.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde

27.

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. „
Mark Twain

28.

“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

29.

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity.”
John F. Kennedy

30.

“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

31.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Bill Keane

32.

“The roughest roads often lead to the top.”
Christina Aguilera

33.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

34.

“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

35.

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong

36.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr.,

37.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Harry S. Truman

38.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller

39.

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
Amit Ray

40.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

41.

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

42.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

43.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”
Walt Disney

44.

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
John Wooden

45.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

46.

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
Horace Mann

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.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

49.

“You never fail until you stop trying.”
Albert Einstein

50.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

51.

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

52.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
Michael Cunningham

53.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
Marilyn Monroe

54.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

55.

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
Cassandra Clare

56.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Mark Twain

57.

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

58.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

59.

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

60.

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
Paulo Coelho

61.

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
Margaret Thatcher

62.

“Every challenge you face today makes you stronger tomorrow. The challenge of life is intended to make you better, not bitter.”
Roy T. Bennett

63.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

64.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

65.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
Paulo Coelho

66.

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Haruki Murakami

67.

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote

68.

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

69.

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein

70.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

71.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
Rumi

72.

“Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.”
Christopher Paolini

73.

“Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

74.

“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.”
Mitch Albom

75.

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”
Thomas Merton

76.

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured”
Gordon B. Hinckley

77.

“I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

78.

“If you’ve never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

79.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho

80.

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
Rumi

81.

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

82.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw

83.

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

84.

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”
Madeleine L’Engle

85.

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”
Nicholas Sparks

86.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Nicolas Chamfort

87.

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
Terry Pratchett

88.

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
Clive Barker

89.

“I have accepted fear as part of life specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….”
Erica Jong

90.

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
Emily Dickinson

91.

“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

92.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

93.

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
Ralph Ellison

94.

“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
Nicholas Sparks

95.

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”
Roy T. Bennett

96.

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

97.

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
John Keats

98.

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”
Saul Bellow

99.

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

100.

“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

101.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Steve Jobs

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102.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

103.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
W.C. Fields

104.

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”
Will Rogers

105.

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
Terry Pratchett

106.

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

107.

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
Groucho Marx

108.

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why?
Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?
Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.”
George Carlin

109.

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
Henry Thomas Buckle

110.

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
Elvis Presley

111.

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

112.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston S. Churchill

113.

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
W. P. Kinsella

114.

“A trap is only a trap if you don’t know about it. If you know about it, it’s a challenge.”
China Miéville

115.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

116.

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all, I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
Agatha Christie

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Famous quotes about life

117.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
Forrest Gump

118.

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”
Isaac Asimov

119.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt

120.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

121.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Walt Disney

122.

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
Rick Riordan

123.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller

124.

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

125.

“Living is easy with eyes closed.”
John Lennon

126.

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery

127.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau

128.

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Oprah Winfrey

129.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

130.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

131.

“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

132.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

133.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

134.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius

135.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates

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The very best quotes about life

136.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Paulo Coelho

137.

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

138.

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
Lao Tzu

139.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney

140.

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

141.

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

142.

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
Herbert Bayard Swope

143.

“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

144.

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

145.

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
Salvador Dali

146.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”
Stephenie Meyer

147.

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you.”
C. JoyBell C.

148.

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. „
Pablo Picasso

149.

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
Rick Riordan

150.

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others.”
Mitch Albom

151.

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
A.A. Milne

152.

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Short quotes about life

153.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Audrey Hepburn

154.

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

155.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

156.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou

157.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV

158.

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
Bob Marley

159.

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”
Amy Tan

160.

“Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
Harvey Fierstein

161.

“Life is full of possibilities.”
George R.R. Martin

162.

“The greatest pleasure of life is love.”
Euripides

163.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

164.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

165.

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

166.

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”
Tim Fargo

167.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.”
Marilyn Monroe

Encore: good quotes about life

168.

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
George Washington Burnap

169.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Norman Vincent Peale

170.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt

171.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..”
Thoreau, Henry David

172.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

173.

“Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”
Roy T. Bennett

174.

“I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them…to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and don’t ask quarters.”
Horton Foote

175.

“Life has no remote… get up and change it yourself!”
Mark A. Cooper

176.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

177.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Seneca

178.

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
Marcus Aurelius

179.

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
Yann Martel

180.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Aesop

181.

“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. God is awake.”
Victor Hugo

182.

“Life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well!”
Charlotte Brontë

183.

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”
Tupac Shakur

184.

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

185.

“For myself, I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
Winston S. Churchill

186.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Thomas A. Edison

187.

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
Malcolm X

188.

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”
Marcus Aurelius

189.

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
Louisa May Alcott

190.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli

191.

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
Mark Twain

192.

“You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There’s life in a nutshell.”
Bear Grylls

193.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
Thomas A. Edison

194.

“Life is funny. Things change, people change, but you will always be you, so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone.”
Zayn Malik

195.

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.”
Susan Polis Schutz

196.

“Art is the proper task of life. „
Friedrich Nietzsche

197.

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
Anais Nin

198.

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

199.

“I’ve been lucky. Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.”
Audrey Hepburn

200.

“A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.”
Will Self

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