This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Life Quotes

1. Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. - Corita Kent

2. My sun sets to rise again. - Robert Browning

3. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson

4. The best things in life aren’t things. - Art Buchwald

5. A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. - John Le Carre

6. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard

7. To find fulfillment...don’t coexist with life - embrace it. - Jim Beggs

8. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie

9. The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do. - American Proverb

10. A river flows smoothly only after a lifetime of passion and purpose. – Unknown

11. Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. - Thomas Carlyle

12. Live your life, every day of it, with great expectations and great things will happen in your life, daily. - Art Fettig

13. Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. - Samuel Smiles

14. Live every day of your life as though you expected to live forever. - Douglas MacArthur

15. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.- Marie Curie

16. Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius

17. The best lessons in life are learned from negative experiences that are turned into positive ones. - Art Linkletter

18. Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. - Henry Van Dyke

19. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

20. Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

21. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

22. Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. - Samuel Smiles

23. Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. - Unknown

24. Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same old dog's rear end every day. - Darrell Royal

25. There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest people achieve the second. - Logan Pearsall Smith

26. You can't do much about the length of your life, but you can do a lot about its depth and width. - Unknown

27. Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have so spend it wisely. - Kay Lyons

28. With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. - Unknown

29. No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it. - Ellen Glasgow

30. Wake up with a smile and go after life... Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. - Joe Knapp

31. I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman

32. Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay, the more wrinkled you get. – Garfield

33. Just living is not enough, said the Butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. - Hans Christian Anderson

34. Are you too busy driving the car to stop and get gas? - Stephen Covey

35. The great end of life is not knowledge but action. - Henry David Thoreau

36. It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. - Margaret Bonnano

37. The value of life lies, not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet live very little. Satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your will. - Michel de Montaigne

38. Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. - Marge Piercy

39. Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. - Douglas Jerrold

40. No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

41. I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. - Mark Twain

42. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. - Richard Bach

43. Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. - Unknown

44. Dancing in the rain isn't something that most of us are born knowing how to do. We learn it. We learn it from others; we learn it from Life. The more we dance, the better we get at it. - BJ Gallagher

45. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. Our life is a gift from God. What we do with that life is our gift to God. - Unknown

47. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future...but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. - Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

48. 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

49. Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. - Unknown

50. It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice. - Jose Rizal

51. Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think. - Horace

52. Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today. So don't sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide. - The River

53. It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. - Helen Walton

54. Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. - Thomas L. Holdcroft

55. If you are going to ask 'Why is this happening to me?' when things are going bad, then you should also ask the same question when things are going good. - Unknown

56. To know that every moment ~ regardless of how it comes wrapped ~ is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear. - Guy Finley

57. The precise nature of the test of mortality, then, can be summarized in the following questions: Will my body rule over my spirit, or will my spirit rule over my body? Will I yield to the enticings of the natural man or to the eternal man? That, brothers and sisters, is the test. - David A. Bednar

58. The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present. - Unknown

59. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill

60. The way we live outweighs any words we may profess to follow. - Delbert L. Stapley

61. Every moment that I am centered in the future, I suffer a temporary loss of this life. - Hugh Prather

62. Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness. - May Sarton

63. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. - Lin Yutang

64. Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. - Unknown

65. If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused. - Walter Mondale

66. You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. - Ruth E. Renkl

67. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

68. And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses

69. Our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius Antonius

70. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. - Robert Frost

72. There is more to life than increasing its speed. - Gandhi

73. Don't go through life, GROW through life. - Eric Butterworth

74. He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. - Bessie Anderson Stanley

75. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

76. When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” - Sydney J. Harris

77. What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. - Johann Wolfgang

78. What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

79. Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. - Rose Kennedy

80. Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, SIMPLIFY. - Henry David Thoreau

81. Life is too short to be little. - Benjamin Disraeli

82. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill

83. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

84. Life doesn't always look or smell like a rose. There are times when fallen petals need to be picked up and crushed before the fragrance is set free once more. - Unknown

85. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. - Arthur Rubinstein

86. Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one's mind. - Mark Twain

87. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. - Agatha Christie

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

89. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. - George Bernard Shaw

90. Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories, learning from the past, and realizing people can change. - Unknown

91. When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. - Greg Anderson

92. We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope we get to death without being badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams. - Bob Proctor

93. What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in everything. - Laurence Sterne

94. One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody evrything every night before going to bed. - Bernard Baruch

95. 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. Circumstances and situations do colour life but you have been given the mind to choose what colour they shall be. - John Homer Miller

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

97. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - Nelson Henderson

98. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it. -Danny Kaye

99. Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. - Grace Hansen

100. All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie

101. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Gandhi

102. Living is like licking honey off a thorn. - Unknown

103. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. - Josh Billings

104. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Antonio Smith

105. It is not length of life, but depth of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

106. Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. - Irving Berlin

107. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses

108. You have to count on living every day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself. - Jane Seymour

109. Everyman's life lies within the present, for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. - Marcus Aurelius

110. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

111. To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration. - Unknown

112. To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. - Reba McEntire

113. Enrich your life with the beauty around you. There is such an abundance of it. - Elder Richard G. Scott

114. My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey

115. Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

116. Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

117. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius

118. It's not how old you are, but how you are old. - Jules Renard

119. Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. - Samuel Butler

120. If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page. - Mark Houlahan

121. Unless you give yourself to some great cause, you haven't even begun to live. - William P. Merrill

122. The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. - William James

123. It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. - Evelyn Underhill

124. When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing — then we truly live life. - Greg Anderson

125. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. - Jose Ortega y Gasset

126. Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. - Les Brown

127. What makes life dreary is the want of a motive. - George Eliot

128. Life has a higher end, than to be amused. - William Ellery Channing
129.Your life only gets better when you get better. -Brian Tracy

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