100 Life Quotes: Short, Unique, and Positive

Life itself is a sweet symphony between joy and struggle. If you’re anything like the other billions of humans on this planet, a little inspiration can go a long way.

By reading quotes from famous and successful writers, entrepreneurs, and pioneers of their fields, life can be appreciated for its complexity through all pleasures and hardships.

Being famous or successful doesn’t offer us a free pass from experiencing challenges. It can be truly inspiring to read and reflect on the famous life quotes.

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Famous Inspiring Life Quotes

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“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
― Allen Saunders

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein

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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

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“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
― Khaled Hosseini

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“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

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

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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
― Oscar Wilde

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
― May Sarton

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

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“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
― Stephen King

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

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

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“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”
― John Lennon

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“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Live to the point of tears.”
― Albert Camus

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

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“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”
― Arthur C. Clarke

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

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“The past has no power over the present moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle

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

“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”
― Woody Allen

“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.”
― Lauren Myracle

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
― Horace Walpole


“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
― Isaac Asimov

“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”
― Virginia Woolf

“why are trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out”
― Oliver James


“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
― Soren Kierkegaard

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”
― Gustave Flaubert

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
― Neil Young

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
― Diane Von Furstenberg

“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“nothing in this world was more difficult than love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

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

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
― Coco Chanel

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
― Carl Sagan

“Art is the proper task of life. ”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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


“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
― Leonard Cohen

“I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power.”
― Jason Mraz

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”
― Seán O’Casey

“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life.”
― Kurt Cobain

“You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn’t make a mockery of your values.”
― Bill Ayers

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.”
― Anne Sexton

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
― Danny Kaye


“You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you.”
― Anton Chekhov

“Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.”
― William Stafford

“Change course, but don’t give up.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Life is too short when you think of the length of death”
― Sean Mangan

“Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”
― Criss Jami

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
-James Cameron

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

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” -Dalai Lama

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

“Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” -Charles Dickens

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” -Marilyn Monroe

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” -Steve Jobs


“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

“I failed my way to success.” -Thomas Edison

“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” -Barack Obama

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” -Alexander Graham Bell

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhart

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” -Rosa Parks

“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” -Aristotle

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