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300 Wise Quotes You’ll Actually Use In Life

The Oxford English Dictionary defines wisdom as the “Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgement in the choice of means and ends.” Wisdom is a mixture of experience, courage and intelligence. We all want to be wise and make wise decisions because we’re tapping into the best of ourselves when we do. Listening to wise counsel – to smart friends and mentors, who give us a more balanced perspective when we’re mulling over an idea – is an excellent way to tap into wiser choices.

There is little in life that a wise mind can’t conquer. And it’s the sage-like guidance that inspires us to make our life that much better. Here are 300 of the best wise quotes to help you find the inspiration and wisdom you need for living a good and simple life. So let these Wise Quotes remind us of life lessons that bring us insight and build our character. Be inspired and encouraged by these words of wisdom!

300 Wise Quotes

“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. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way.” – Henry Ford

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Ludwig Jacobowski

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.” – Paulo Coelho

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

“I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” – Jack London

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

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live.” – Naval Ravikant

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.” – Richard Warren

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” – Pete Seeger

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” – Alfred Adler

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

“Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.” – Barbara Sher

“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

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

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

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

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley

“Light tomorrow with today!” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

“The only way out is through.” – Robert Frost

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” – Kenneth Branagh

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

“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” – Aristotle

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

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” – C. S. Lewis

“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Nobody can predict the future; the idea is to have a firm grasp of the present.” – Peter F. Drucker

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” – Sarah Louise Delany

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot ― it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” – Maya Angelou

“Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” – Brian Tracy

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

“Entrepreneurs are great at dealing with uncertainty and also very good at minimizing risk. That’s the classic entrepreneur.” – Mohnish Pabrai

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” – William Faulkner

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

“Love is a friendship set to music.” – Joseph Campbell

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

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King

“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery–there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.” – Rick Warren

“The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.” – Indira Gandhi

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.” – Jack Kerouac

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.” – Carl Jung

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins

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

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

“You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” – Unknown

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

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

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen

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

“We no longer live life. We consume it.” – Vicki Robin

“The flavor of life is on the edge.” – Naval Ravikant

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

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

“Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” – Brian Tracy

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

“You can never plan the future by the past.” – Edmund Burke

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

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” – Thomas Carlyle

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

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

“It hurt because it mattered.” – John Green

“To see what is right and not do is a lack of courage.” – Confucius

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

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

“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” – Seneca

“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

“Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would it look like?” – Brian Tracy

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

“The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.” – Brian Tracy

“Make a friend when you don’t need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

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

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

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

“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” – Brian Tracy

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

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right..” – Henry Ford

“No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.” – Naval Ravikant

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – William Shakespeare

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

“The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for you.” – Brian Tracy

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.” – Thomas Merton

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.” – Jeanne Moreau

“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.” – Theodor Reik

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.” – Jack London

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John Gardner

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Life’s too mysterious to take too serious.” – Mary Engelbreit

“Fake it until you make it! Act as if you had all the confidence you require until it becomes your reality.” – Brian Tracy

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We are most alive when we’re in love.” – John Updike

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi

“Leaders set high standards. Refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance.” – Brian Tracy

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” – Robert H. Schuller

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” – Matt Cameron

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Leaders are innovative, entrepreneurial, and future-oriented. They focus on getting the job done.” – Brian Tracy

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell

“Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life.” – Snoopy

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

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long.” – Elon Musk

“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

“Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.” – Jack Canfield

“Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.” – Kamal Ravikant

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” – C.G. Jung

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching.” – William W. Purkey

“Leaders never use the word failure. They look upon setbacks as learning experiences.” – Brian Tracy

“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” – Dr. Henry Link

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.” – Albert Einstein

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

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

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“We become what we think about” – Earl Nightingale

“Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.” – William Goldman

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

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

“He that respects himself is safe from others.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Your life only gets better when you get better.” – Brian Tracy

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.” – Ming-Dao Deng

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” – Harold Kushner

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Süskind

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

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

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” – Lindsey Vonn

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.” – Mark Manson

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

“You get what you give.” – Jennifer Lopez

“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” – John F. Kennedy

“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Roy

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem.” – Walt Disney

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“Develop an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything you do.” – Brian Tracy

“Never regret anything that made you smile.” – Mark Twain

“When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.” – Helen Mirren

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

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” – Dalai Lama

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

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

“I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” – Pablo Picasso

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.” – Don Zimmer

“Change the world by being yourself.” – Amy Poehler

“There are three constants in life…change, choice and principles.” – Stephen Covey

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

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

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

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The effective leader recognizes that they are more dependent on their people than they are on them. Walk softly. ” – Brian Tracy

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi

“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

“Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

“Those who realize their folly are not true fools.” – Zhuangzi

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The future belongs to the competent. Get good, get better, be the best!” – Brian Tracy

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins

“The three ‘C’s’ of leadership are consideration, caring, and courtesy. Be polite to everyone.” – Brian Tracy

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley

“Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership. How much people respect you determines how well they perform.” – Brian Tracy

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

“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

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body.” – Brian Tracy

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” – Rose Kennedy

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

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” – Susan Sontag

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.” – Naval Ravikant

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” – Brian Tracy

“Practice golden rule management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.” – Brian Tracy

“My life is my message.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” – Will Rogers

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski

“Life isn’t sure; life is scary. It doesn’t mean you stop living it.” – Susan May Warren

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” – Brian Tracy

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” – Wayne Dyer

“Change the game, don’t let the game change you.” – Macklemore

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S Eliot

“Happiness is not the surplus of pleasant over unpleasant moments. Rather happiness consists in seeing one’s life in its entirety as meaningful and worthwhile.” – Yuval Noah Harari

“Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow.” – Neil Strauss

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” – Thomas Szasz

“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

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

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

“I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James

“We’re not meant to consume infinite news, porn and food. We live in an era of too much abundance. This is the modern struggle. There is so much of an abundance of cheap, fake, instant dopamine and meaning. How do you motivate yourself to do the real thing any more?” – Naval Ravikant

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.” – Naval Ravikant

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

“Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will.” – Paul Gauguin

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” – Albert Ellis

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer F

“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

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

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Stephen Chbosky

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

“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” – T.S. Eliot

“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Tyler Durden

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

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

“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 Baldwin

“I love those who can smile in trouble.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

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

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.” – George W. Melville

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” – C. S. Lewis

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“Make your life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.” – Brian Tracy

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

“Entrepreneurial leadership requires the ability to move quickly when opportunity presents itself.” – Brian Tracy

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

“At the end of their lives, people assess how they’ve done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.” – Anna Quindlen

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.” – Gary Keller

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori

“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” – George C. Marshall

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“The problem is that when you get it, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.” – Jimmy Connors

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – St. Augustine

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

“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose–somehow we win out.” – Ronald Reagan

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

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

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

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.” – Brian Tracy

“Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything.” – Ralph Marston

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Elizabeth Kenny

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are evolved to search for meaning but ultimately life has none.” – Naval Ravikant

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“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.” – Steve Jobs

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“The planet is fine. The people are fucked.” – George Carlin

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“Leaders are never satisfied; they continually strive to be better.” – Brian Tracy

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Leaders are anticipatory thinkers. They consider all consequences of their behaviors before they act.” – Brian Tracy

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

Originally published September 22, 2021, updated September 25, 2021

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