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Top 25 Quotes about Life

Here are our Top 25 Quotes. Do you Agree with our selection? Do you disagree? Do you have your own favorite quote you’d like to add to the list? If we get enough honorable mentions we will expand the list to a top 50, comment at the end!


25 “Do you ever feel that you’re observing the world you live in instead of participating in it? The worst mistake you can make is to think you’re alive, when you’re really just asleep in life’s waiting room.”

– Waking Life

24 

“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but – well I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

23“It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory, but when you succeed, you start to realize that you’re capable of far more than you imagined. You live in this vast body called the Universe, which contains all the solutions and all the problems. Visit your soul; don’t visit your past. The Universe goes through many mutations and carries the past with it. We call each of those mutations a ‘life,’ but just as the cells in your body change and yet you remain the same, so time does not pass, it merely changes.”

Paulo Coelho

22 “You do not have to like what is going on in your life, but you must accept that it, whatever it is, is going on. As long as you do not accept reality, you are powerless to define the role you will play.”

-Iyanla Vanzant

21“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ”the rat race” is not yet final.”

-Hunter S. Thompson

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20 “I won’t let life drag me down. I own my life. My life does not own me. I live for the moments that signify my growth. I am rising. I am rising above the goals I once set. I am rising above the limits set by society. I am creating the life I desire.”

– H. A. Wolff

19  “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

Carl Jung

18“The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.”

Waking Life

17

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

16

 “No one travels so high as he who knows not where he is going.” Oliver Cromwell

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15“The wisest men follow their own direction.”

Euripides

 

14

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.”

– Steve Jobs

13 

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” Eleanor Roosevelt

12 “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure , than to take rank with those poor spires who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

11“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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10“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

9

“But the genuine philosopher — as it seems to us my friend? — lives ‘unphilosophically’ and ‘unwisely’, above all imprudently, and feels the burden and the duty of a hundred attempts and temptations of life; he risks himself constantly, he plays the wicked game.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, As Quoted in  Beyond Good & Evil

8“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”

– Krishnamurti

“The Highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but if one will, are to be lived.”

–  Soren Kierkaard

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“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

Eckhart Tolle

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“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you are willing to close your heart over it. When your heart starts to close just say, “No. I’m not going to close. I’m going to relax. I’m going to let this situation take place and be there with it.” Honor and respect the situation, and deal with it. By all means deal with it. Do the best you can. But deal with it with openness. Deal with it with excitement and enthusiasm. No matter what it is, just let it be the sport of the day. In time, you will forget how to close. No matter what anyone does, no matter what situation takes place, you won’t even feel the tendency to close. You will just embrace life with all your heart and soul.”

– Michael A. Singer

“The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is “look under foot.” You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”

John Burroughs, As Quoted in The Writings of John Burroughs

3“And before my soul spoke to me, I imagined the Past as an epoch that never returned, and the Future as one that could never be reached. Now I realize that the present moment contains all time and within it is all that can be hoped for, done and realized.”

– Khalil Gibran, As Quoted in Secrets of the Heart

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists…it is real…it is possible…it’s yours.”

Ayn Rand

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“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit… start whenever you want… you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Extras:

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
– Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

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