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400 Deep Meaningful Quotes About Life, Love & Family

Are you looking for the best deep, meaningful quotes? You’ve come to the right place. Here is our collection of meaningful quotes, meaningful sayings, and meaningful proverbs that will help to give you an even greater sense of the meaning of life and love.

400 Deep Meaningful Quotes

“Set your life on fire and look for people who will fan your flames.”

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” – Epicurus

“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” – C.R. Strahan

“If you’re not willing to be a fool, then you can’t be a master.” – Jordan Peterson

“If you measure your life simply by what you own, then your heart will never be truly full.”

“Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.” – William Penn

“Do not be lured by the need to be liked: better to be respected, even feared.” – Robert Greene

“Shine as if the whole universe belongs to you.”

“Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other, and it takes time to know each other.” – Bell Hooks

“The only people who are successful have also failed plenty of times.”

“You can tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back.” – Beverly Rubik

“Hope is an anchor for the soul. It keeps us from drifting away.”

“You are only as free as you think you are, and freedom will always be as real as you believe it to be.” – Robert M. Drake

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde

“A happy soul is the best shield that you can have in this cruel world of ours.”

“Everyone is gifted with something special, but most people never even open their package.”

“If you are trying to figure out which road to pick, choose the road that will purify you.”

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” – Rumi

“You will only be able to cross the ocean if you dare to lose sight of the shore.”

“The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one.”

“Money cannot buy us happiness. Even the richest man can be surrounded by all of his material possessions and still feel incredibly alone.”

“Life is simply the art of dying.”

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

“Some people fear the fire, while other people become it.”

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress.”

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The people who have a voice must speak for the ones out there who are voiceless.”

“Instead of hating yourself for everything that you are not, try to love yourself for everything that you are.”

“Failure is not the opposite of success; it is a part of success.”

“Recovery begins with embracing our pain and taking the risk to share it with others. We do this by joining a group and talking about our pain.” – John Bradshaw

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest, and it opens up your heart, and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato

“Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.” – Dave Ramsey

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Trust is like an eraser in that it will get smaller and smaller after each mistake that is made.”

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde

“Sleep doesn’t help if it’s your soul that’s tired.”

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“You will not be enough, or you will be too much for some people. It just means that those are not your people.”

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

“If you are living out of a sense of obligation, you are a slave.” – Dr Wayne Dyer

“Life is what you make of it, so do the best with what you have. It all begins with a positive attitude.”

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“They say: before you start a war, you better know what you’re fighting for.”

“If you want to see the world change, then you are going to have to be the one to make that change. Nobody will know the dreams and visions that you have in mind quite like you.”

“Love is the morning to the heart covered with an endless night. Love is the sunrise and sunset, a brand new beginning for the lonely heart. Love is the pulse, the heartbeat, the wave that keeps on flowing.” – Unknown

“If you want to know what someone is afraid of losing, then pay attention to what they take photos of.”

“The best way to get anything done is to begin simply.”

“If you realised how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

“A true test of character isn’t how you are on your best days but how you act on your worst days.”

“You might want someone else to save you, or might want to save someone so badly. But no one else can save you, not really, not from yourself.” – Ava Dellaira

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.” – Dan Millman

“Love is a garden where you keep sowing seeds, and then one day you reap exactly what you have sown. It could be one flower at a time or a thorn at a time. Sow wisely.” – John Crows

“We only live once, but once is just enough if we manage to do it right.”

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

“Instead of raising your voice, improve your arguments first.”

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“When you are about to embark on a new adventure, do not seek out advice from someone who has never left home.”

“Whatever it is that you are looking for, it is seeking you out too.”

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticises you, keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” – Leah LaBelle

“Love the people that God gave to you because he will need them back one day.”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today. Hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“People who do not believe in magic will never be able to find it.”

“If you want to heal, then you have to make peace with your broken pieces.”

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Cicero

“You only get to live life once, and it is the only life that you will ever get. So you better make the most of it.”

“Live life without regrets and you will have lived a life that was worth all of the bumps in the road.”

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” – John Lennon

“If you love someone tell them. Because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.”

“Turning your back on the darkness didn’t mean the darkness would turn it’s back on you.” – Jennifer Donnelly

“The best way out of anything is through it.”

“Optimism is the faith that will leave you to your achievements.”

“It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to have a long life merely.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” – Andrew Shue

“If the road that you are on is clear, then you are probably on somebody else’s road.”

“If my absence does not affect your life, then my presence has no meaning in your life either.”

“A lion should not worry about the opinions of sheep.”

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

“The children are our future,’ which is true, but they said that when I was a child. Then I grew up. I was like ‘here I am!’ They were like, ‘Now it’s the other kids.’ …I know a Ponzi scheme when I see one…” – Norm MacDonald

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.” – Martin Heidegger

“Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost.”

“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.” – Edward Abbey

“Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant, in which case I will eat a cookie.” – Cookie Monster

“Never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word. It means they learned it by reading.” – Unknown

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.”

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” – Albert Camus

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Love is the act of looking deep into someone’s eyes and seeing their heart.”

“Family is not just an important thing. It is everything.”

“Never in my life have I learned anything from someone who agreed with me on everything.”

“You can’t go home again” – isn’t necessarily that places change but people do.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“I find that a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced over whether or not I have bread.” – Mitch Hedberg

“I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting because then it counts. That’s what makes you a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

“Some things scratch the surface while others strike at your soul.” – Gianna Carini

“At the end of the day, no one will save us but ourselves.”

“Faith is about seeing the light with your heart when your eyes are seeing darkness.”

“I walk in the darkness so that others may see the light!”

“We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

“People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion . . . ” – Robert Keith Leavitt

“Sometimes, what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.”

“Do not be afraid of dying. Instead, you should be afraid of living without having anything to die for.”

“Be wise today if you want to avoid crying tomorrow.”

“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” – Bertrand Russell

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.” – Doe Zantamata

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Sleep will not help you if it is your soul that is tired.”

“Instead of raising your voice, try raising your words instead.”

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

“If you wait until you are 100% ready for something, then you will be waiting for the rest of your life.”

“There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

“The real meaning of life is to give life meaning.”

“Every one of us is an innkeeper who has to decide if we have room for Jesus.”

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” – William E. Gladstone

“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” – Joe Paterno

“When you speak your truth, you are setting yourself free.”

“A meaningful silence is far better than a bunch of meaningless words.”

“You decide what your values are in life and what you are going to do, and then you feel like you count, and that makes life worth living. It makes my life meaningful.” – Annie Lennox

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” – Jonathan Swift

“Some things scratch at the heart, while other things can strike at the soul.”

“There will be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Always pick being respected. That love without respect was always fleeting. But that respect could grow into real, lasting love.”

“Faith does not necessarily make things easy for us, but it does make things possible.”

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticise me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you.” – William Arthur Ward

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” – Carl Jung

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’” – C.S. Lewis

“Some of the most toxic people can come disguised as family.”

“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.” – Dennis Rodman

“People who take the sun-lit world of the senses to be good and real are living pitifully in a den of evil and ignorance.” – Socrates

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“Pain is what the world inflicts upon us. Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“The true test of character is not how you act on your best days, but how you act on your worst days.”

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The only type of currency that we truly have is time.”

“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“If you give God your weakness, then God will give you his strength.”

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes; I am out of control and at times, hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

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

“I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship.” – Michelle Willams

“Faith is the bridge to all of your dreams. You have to be brave enough to cross that bridge.”

“A reasonable will adapt to the world, while someone unreasonable will try to make the world adapt to him.”

“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Stephen Furtick

“Faith is a matter of closing your eyes and opening your heart.”

“We worry about tomorrow as if it has already been promised to us.”

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside, and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“Faith is like taking the first step in the dark when you do not know the whole staircase.”

“It is not the length of the life, but the depth of it that counts.”

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins

“The greatest pleasure in life is to go ahead and do what people say you cannot do. Go ahead and prove them wrong.”

“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something significant.” – Martin Yan

“Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within.” – Adrian Corday

“When you are feeling lonely, remember that there is a whole universe inside of you.”

“Sometime, when you least expect it, you’ll realise that someone loved you. And that means that someone can love you again! And that will make you smile.” – Homer Simpson

“He who is untrue to his cause cannot command the respect of others.” – Albert Einstein

“As you grieve a loss, remember that everything comes back in another form.”

“People can handle the truth. But it is the consequence of the truth that scares us.”

“When you are unsure of something, flip a coin. When the coin is in the air, you will know which outcome you were hoping for.”

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

“One day, you will wake up, and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. DO IT NOW.” – Paulo Coelho

“If you want a wound to heal, then you will need to stop touching it.”

“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” – Ann Hood

“Sleep does not help you much if it is your soul that is tired.”

“Life is difficult. Not just for other ALS patients or me. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.” – Steve Gleason

“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.” – C. S. Lewis

“I think you have to know who you are. Get to know the monster that lives in your soul, dive deep into your soul and explore it.” – Tori Amos

“Look for the thing you notice, but no one else notices.” – Rick Rubin

“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.”

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

“Do not worry about going back to yesterday, for you were a different person then.”

“Where there is hope, there is faith. And when there is faith, miracles can happen.”

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” – Anais Nin

“What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colourful.” – Joshua Foer

“Do not be afraid to fail. Be afraid of never having the courage even to try.”

“Allow the love in your life to be stronger than the demons that you have to fight.”

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” – Stephanie Perkins

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“You need to have the darkness to see that the stars are shining brightly.”

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis

“What matters in life is what you care about and what you will continue to make an effort toward caring about it.” –

“No man is living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

“I might be quiet. But it is only because I have so much on my mind.”

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” – William Wordsworth

“You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.”

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

“If you want to find deeper meaning in life, then try to collect moments instead of things.”

“Life will go on whether or not you choose to move on.”

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

“Could I have been anyone other than me?” – Dave Matthews

“The days seem long, but the years seem short.”

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight to conquer it.” – Alexandre Dumas

“If you feed your faith, then your fears will starve.”

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

“Instead of asking why this keeps happening to you, ask yourself why you allow it to happen. Demand better for yourself.”

“With every accomplishment, you first have to decide to try.”

“God’s true language is silence. Everything else is just a poor translation.”

“Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.” – Bryant H. McGill

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Tom Wilson

“For you, I was a chapter, but to me, you were the whole book.”

“Life is not at all about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning how to dance in the rain.”

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

“You can do anything, but you cannot do that by trying to do everything.”

“Have you ever noticed that people receive more flowers than people who are alive? It is because regret is a much stronger feeling than gratitude.”

“Hurting someone can be as easy as throwing a stone in the sea. But do you have any idea how deep that stone can go?”

“When you are finding yourself in turmoil, remember that there is a blessing to be found within the storm.”

“The secret to happiness is never to expect anything from anyone; then you will never be disappointed.”

“If we never dared to dream, then all of life would be one nightmare.”

“Your dreams do not have an expiration date. Get out there and go for it. It is never too late to try.”

“Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep.” – Taraji Henson

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Never look down on anyone else. God is the only person who sits that high.”

“If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.” – Rumi

“A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.”

“The only real wisdom is the knowledge that you know nothing.”

“On the other side of fear lies freedom.”

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You were meant to be yourself. So do not hide or change yourself for anyone. Get out there and show the world who you are. This is a role that you were born for.”

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

“Somewhere in the crowd was at least one potential friend who’d understand the fundamental value of goofing off.”

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.” – Holly Black

“When you are on your death bed, will your first thought be your material possessions or your loved ones? Will you regret not making more money in your life or will your biggest regret be not making enough time for the people that you cared about? Remember that money is not everything in life.”

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

“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

“Some things out there will catch your eye, but the only things worth going after are the things that catch your heart.”

“Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.” – Khalil Gibran

“You have to be yourself because everyone else is already taken.”

“Some people are so broken that they will feel mad at you for being whole.”

“Life is in ourselves and not in the external.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Great things never came from within a person’s comfort zone.”

“I would rather walk with a friend in the darkness than alone in the light.”

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata

“Having mastered the atom and the machinery of death that is modern warfare, the mere fact that we are alive now reveals a vast preference toward life and virtue.” – Brendon Burchard

“You are not perfect, but you are certainly perfect for me.”

“Love is simply the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

“Our family is kind of like branches on a tree. Even though we grow in different directions, we still grow together as one.”

“Before you can be anything at all, you must first be a beginner. It all begins when you take the first step. Keep on going so that one day you can look back and see how far you have come.”

“Our challenges make life interesting. Overcoming them makes life meaningful.”

“A difficult road can often lead you to a beautiful destination.”

“Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.” – Erich Fromm

“While a bird is safest when it is in its nest, it has to remember that that is not what its wings were made for.”

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski

“You were born to be real, but you were not born to be perfect. Cut yourself some slack.”

“If your heart is still beating, then there is still time to go after your dreams.”

“No reason to stay is a good reason to go.”

“People can only trigger you if you give them the gun first.”

“Be strong, but not rude. Be kind but not weak. Be bold but don’t bully. Be humble but not timid. Be confident, but not arrogant.”

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.” – Sarah J. Maas

“Time and Space is where you chase things you pretend you don’t have – love, friends, and abundance – while worrying about things you pretend you do have – problems, challenges, and issues. Until one day, you happen to notice the prophetic powers of pretending.” – Mike Dooley

“Belief in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.” – Chantal Sutherland

“Do not trust everything that you see. At a glance, salt can be mistaken for sugar.”

“The quieter that you are, the more you can hear.”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr Seuss

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

“Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also make music.”

“Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“Do not cry because it is over; smile because it happened.”

“I am a dreamer, and you are the dream.”

“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publilius Syrus

“What matters most in life is often invisible.” – Duane Elgin

“You will have fewer disappointments in your life if you learn to accept things instead of expecting things.”

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”

“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” – Jackson Brown, Jr.

“It’s better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.” – Unknown

“I want people to take a step back, take a deep breath and look at something with a different perspective. But most people will never do that.” – Brian McKnight

“There are two tragedies in this thing that we call life. The first tragedy is not getting what your heart wants, and the second tragedy is getting it.”

“Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.” – Nikola Tesla

“We like to think that the grass is always greener on the other side, but the truth is that the grass is greener where you water it.”

“If an outside force breaks an egg, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.” – Jim Kwik

“The great thing about falling apart is that you always have the chance to start over once piece at a time.”

“Strive to magnify someone’s strengths instead of their weaknesses.”

“The heart is a funny thing because it has a way of making us want to do the craziest things. But at the end of the day, our hearts are what makes us human. Our hearts do not just keep us going; they make us feel as well.”

“The world, as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“Being unique is what’s cool man. Being normal? What’s that? That’s a setting on a washing machine. Nobody wants to be that.” – Ashley Purdy

“Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love is tough. Love survives through the worst of situations and thrives through hope. Even when things seem hopeless love will find its way.” – Malika E. Nura

“Do not bite off far more than you can chew, because it will not look good if you have to spit it back out.”

“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.” – J.D. Stroube

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

“Be free to be who you want to be instead of trying to be what others want you to be.”

“But who can remember the pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” – Margaret Atwood

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act by your thinking.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You will never know how powerful you are until you reach a point where being strong is the only choice that you have.”

“Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.” – Vaclav Havel

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that remains.” – Anne Frank

“If there were only joy in the world, then we would never be able to learn how to be brave and patient.”

“Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” – Toni Morrison

“When you find no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved, but rather a truth to be accepted.”

“If you want to change the world, then begin by loving your family.”

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Pain changes people; it makes them trust less, overthink more, and shut people out.”

“True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.” – Honore de Balzac

“If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes getting angry about it.”

“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

“Courage knows what not to fear.”

“Silence is as deep as eternity, speech as shallow as time.” – Thomas Carlyle

“If you have loved, then you have found God.”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

“People do not lack strength; they lack will.” – Victor Hugo

“The deeper thought is, the taller it becomes.” – Dejan Stojanovic

“We are all direct products of how we are raised. Only a few of us can raise past the ideas of that time.”

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Don’t, and the world laughs at you.” – Fakeer Ishavardas

“Pain is the feeling. Suffering is the effect the pain inflicts. If one can endure pain, one can live without suffering. If one can withstand pain, one can withstand anything. If one can learn to control pain, one can learn to control oneself..” – James Frey

“Love is not supposed to be an easy thing. It is supposed to be worth it.”

“Without pain, there would be no suffering; without suffering, we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows; without it, there is no way of life.” – Angelina Jolie

“Never allow your fears to decide your future.”

“God gives all of us special gifts, but it is up to us to figure out what those gifts are and how we can best use them.”

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

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

“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.”

“When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realise that the only approval and validation you need is your own.” – Mandy Hale

“You can always depend on a crisis to find out who you truly are.”

“You were born to be someone different than anyone else in the world. Embrace what makes you different and do not be afraid to stand out.”

“The only relatives who remain friends with you throughout life, are most probably but acquaintances, and not your relatives from any side.” – Fakeer Ishavardas

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

“Dead people receive more flowers than living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.” – Anne Frank

“Live today as if you might die tomorrow.”

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“The words I AM are compelling. They can shape your reality, and with these two words, you can be whoever you want to be.”

“No matter how many mistakes you make, you will always be far ahead of everyone else who did not try at all.”

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

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

“No matter how bad you feel right now, remember that your mistakes do not define you.”

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

“Be patient, for God is not finished yet.”

“Once the realisation is accepted that even between the closest human beings, infinite distances continue, a wonderful living…can grow if they succeed in loving the distance between them, which makes it possible for each to see the other whole.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“If you want to be clever, then set about to change the world. And if you want to be wise, then set about to change yourself.”

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“One way to break up any tension is good deep breathing.” – Byron Nelson

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“The quietest people often have the loudest minds.”

“If you want to succeed, then let your faith be bigger than your fear.”

“Every strength is also a weakness. The opposite is true, as well.” – Neil Strauss

“Inhale the future and exhale the past.”

“One piece of wisdom a writer quickly learns – typos keep you humble.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

“If you want a rainbow, then you will have to accept a lot of rain in your life first.”

“There will always be someone that will not see your worth. Just never let that person be you.”

“Holding onto your anger is not healthy. It is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it.”

“If you’re afraid to leave the house unless you’re armed, you don’t need a gun; you need a psychiatrist.” – Oliver Markus Malloy

“We are capable of being our biggest problem and our only solution.”

“By the kind of person who leaves a mark, not a scar.”

“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” – Alexandre Dumas

“The only beauty that lasts forever is the beauty in our hearts.”

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.”

“Having faith in God also involves having faith in his timing. Trust that thing will work out.”

“Instead of being afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.”

“You are whatever it is that you repeatedly do. Following that logic, greatness is a recurring habit rather than a single act.”

“Doubt will always kill dreams more than fear ever could.”

“There is no poverty out there that is worse than loneliness and the sense of feeling unloved.”

“What hurts you can end up being a blessing. Let the darkness be your candle.”

“Having courage is about knowing what not to fear.”

“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teacher.” – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” – Marla Gibbs

“The longer I go about living; I see it’s the relationship that is most meaningful.” – William Shatner

“You can have a religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Life is a journey; it is not a race.”

“When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?” – Calvin and Hobbs

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

“Art and love are the same things: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” – Chuck Klosterman

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle; love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James A. Baldwin

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

“If God has brought you to it, then he can also bring you through it.”

“It is not the years in our life that count. It is the life in our years that matter.”

“The opposite of love does not hate; it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy; it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death; it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel

“You must listen to your heart and follow it, or it will find a million ways to remind you that something is missing.”

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn

“Let go of what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you.”

“Together, we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” – Sonia Gandhi

“People have moved beyond apathy, beyond scepticism into deep cynicism.” – Elliot Richardson

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

“Joy, in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

“If the door does not open, then it was not for meant for you.”

“Never lose faith that God always has a plan for you.”

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” – Sylvia Plath

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass

“Sometimes, God will stay silent until we are ready to listen to him.”

“Take life one step at a time look forward to your future, stop looking back and regretting the past, the past is the past because it does not last.” – Abhishek Tiwari

“You have to do things that you think you cannot do.”

“When what you are hearing and what you are seeing are not matching up, then it is time that you trust your eyes.”

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

“If you have to think of something, then you might as well think big.”

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.”

“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Old ways do not open new doors.”

“A happy family is just earlier in heaven.”

“Empathy is the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each includes the other, each is enriched by the other.” – Felix Adler

“Love from novels isn’t true love: it ends where it should begin. True love, deep love, grows up with time, throughout days of dullness and days of storms. It leaves in one’s heart a rainbow of tenderness and forgiveness, which illuminates the beloved one forever.” – Gabrielle Dubois

“Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.” – Rumi

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day that you find out why.”

“Success is about getting what you want, and happiness is about liking what you get.”

“You have to let people go. Everyone who is in your life is meant to be in your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay till the end.”

“A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not at all what ships were built for. You should never be afraid to explore the seas.”

“When you are happy you can enjoy music. And when you are sad, you understand the lyrics.”

Originally published October 15, 2019, updated September 29, 2021 is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Please see our disclosure for more info.

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