Quotes Regarding Life


  • "Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." ~ Hans Christian Anderson
  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" ~ Erma Bombeck
  • "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." ~ Robert Byrne
  • "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." ~ Elwyn Brooks White
  • "Life is simple, it's just not easy." ~ Author Unknown
  • "A life without cause is a life without effect." ~ Barbarella
  • "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't." ~ Richard Bach
  • "Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow." ~ Terri Guillemets
  • "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • "I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." ~ Jack Handey
  • "Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it." ~ Christopher Morley, Thunder on the Left
  • "Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me."
    ~ Robert Frost, Cluster of Faith, 1962
  • "In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular." ~ Kathy Norris
  • "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." ~ Emily Dickinson
  • "Yes, I will try to be. Because I believe that not being is arrogant."
    ~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
  • "Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit.
    ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
  • "My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot." ~ Ashleigh Brilliant
  • "I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."
    ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
  • "You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave." ~ Quentin Crisp
  • "As we struggle to make sense of things, life looks on in repose." ~ Author Unknown
  • "I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it." ~ Charles Schulz
  • "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets." ~ Arthur Miller
  • "Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night." ~ Marion Howard
  • "Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while." ~ Author Unknown
  • "You can't escape history, or the needs and neuroses you've picked up like layers and layers of tartar on your teeth." ~ Charles Johnson
  • "Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can." ~ Danny Kaye
  • "I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches." ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth 
  • "In school you get the lesson and then take the test ...
    In life you take the test and then get the lesson."
    ~ Unknown Source
  • "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." ~ Unknown
  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana
  • "The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy." ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
  • "All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." ~ (Schopenhauer)
  • "A human being feels able and competent only so long as he is permitted to contribute as much as, or more, than he has contributed to him." ~ Elbert Hubbard
  • "Will those who know what cannot be done please stop interfering with those of us who are doing it!"
  • "Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway." ~ Elbert Hubbard
  • "The library is the arsenal of liberty." ~ Unknown
  • "Any attempt to replace a personal conscience by a collective conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward totalitarianism." ~ Herman Hesse
  • "Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road." ~ John Henry Jowett
  • "Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past" ~ Maurice Maeterlinck
  • "The greatest enemy of any science is a closed mind" ~ Author Unknown
  • "Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality" ~ Michael Ellner
  • "The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing which is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors." ~ John Stuart Mill
  • "Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who still have swords. ~ Author Unknown
  • "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." ~ Dale Carnegie
  • "An error can never become true however many times you repeat it. The truth can never be wrong, even if no one ever hears about it." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • "A friend is someone who knows the song of your soul & sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words"
  • "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities..." ~ Voltaire
  • "You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." ~ Dale Carnegie 1888-1955, Speaker and Author
  • "Great minds have purposes, others have wishes." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Desire is the treasure map. Knowledge is the treasure chest. Wisdom is the jewel. Yet, without action, they all stay buried."
  • "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  • "What we do with our lives depends on our motivation to do something with our lives." ~ D.A.Delp
  • "The Most Dangerous Place is between A Parent and their child" ~ Author Unknown
  • "Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Knowledge is something you can use, belief is something that uses you." ~from Idries Shah, Reflections
  • "When I die, I want to die like my grandmother who died peacefully in her sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in her car." ~ Author Unknown
  • "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." ~ Bill Cosby
  • "When I get a little money, I buy books; if any is left over, I buy food and Clothes" Erasmus
  • "Our job as mothers is in Protecting our home life from the many distractions of the world in order to live an examined life and to be hushed enough to hear God's voice. " ~ Susan Hitchcock
  • "The ignorance of yesterday is the knowledge of today which in turn becomes the ignorance of tomorrow." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Good Friends are like Diamonds, while False Friends are like Autumn Leaves found everywhere." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Never attribute to malicious conspiracy what can be adequately explained by simple stupidity." ~ Lazarus Long
  • "If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools." ~ William Penn
  • "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 (1879-1955)
  • "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened before us." ~ Helen Keller
  • "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers
  • "If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito." ~ Anita Roddick
  • "Desire is the treasure map. Knowledge is the treasure chest. Wisdom is the jewel. Yet, without action, they all stay buried."
  • "Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground."
  • "Duty makes us do things well, but LOVE makes us do them beautifully." ~ Phillips Brooks
  • "A woman is like a tea bag; you don't know her strength until she is in hot water." ..... Nancy Reagan
  • "Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up." ~ Author Unknown
  • "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." ~ Corrie Ten Boom
  • "A man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "For the rest of my life I want to reflect on what Light is." ~ Albert Einstein
  • "Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home." ~ Mother Teresa
  • "How can you deal with the death of a parent when you can't even come to terms with their life?" ~ Author Unknown
  • "Money is like manure - it stinks when piled up high - but grows wonders when spread around." ~ Author Unknown
  • "You're gonna make mistakes. It's what you do after those mistakes that really matters." ~ Brandi Chastain
  • "All the gold in the world has no significance. That which is lasting are the thoughtful acts which we do for our fellow man." ~ Adolfo Prieto (1867-1945)
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Some succeed because they are destined to succeed, other because they're determined to."
  • "It takes approximately 40 years for innovative thought to be incorporated into mainstream thought." ~ Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.
  • "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." ~ William Shedd
  • "Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."
  • "The best way to save face is to keep the lower half shut."
  • "Only some of us learn by other’s mistakes. The rest of us have to be the other people." ~ Chicago Tribune
  • "Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." ~ Ann Landers
  • "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on." ~ Winston Churchill
  • "How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened." ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • "People do not lack strength; they lack will." ~ Victor Hugo
  • "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't." ~ Erica Jong
  • "The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds." ~ Albert Schweitzer
  • "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure." ~ William Saroyan
  • "A really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour."
  • "Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself." ~ Edward Gibbon
  • "All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now." ~ Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
  • "Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families." ~ Anonymous
  • "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." ~ Marian Anderson
  • "It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." ~ Voltaire
  • "Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned - not to see what is not." ~ Maria Mitchell
  • "Life is what happens while you are making other plans." ~ John Lennon
  • "It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others." ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • "There are no short cuts to any place worth going." ~ Anonymous
  • "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~ Mark Twain
  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." ~ Mark Twain
  • "The mighty oak was once a NUT that stood it's ground."
  • "There is Tranquility in Ignorance, but Servitude is its Partner."
  • "Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing over, and Over Again And expecting a Different Result." ~ Anthony Robbins
  • "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." ~ Albert Schweitzer
  • "When you want what you have never had, you must do what you have never done. Nothing is impossible to those who believe."
  • "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." ~ Dale Carnegie
  • "Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." ~ Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
  • "The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization." ~ Albert Einstein
  • "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." ~ Admiral Hyman Rickover
  • "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice." ~ Albert Einstein
  • "Forgiving is not forgetting, it is remembering and letting go." ~ Claudia Black, 1989
  • "Fictions are necessary to the people, and the Truth becomes deadly to those who are not strong enough to contemplate it in all its brilliance. In fact, what can there be in common between the vile multitude and sublime wisdom? The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason."
    ~ Albert Pike, Sovereign Grand Commander, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
  • ". . . risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his certitudes, he's a slave. He's forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free." ~ Leo Buscaglia
  • "Old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it." ~ Unknown
  • "Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." ~ Adam Smith
  • The Capitalist Cycle "Rags make paper. Paper makes money. Money makes banks. Banks make loans. Loans make beggars. Beggars make rags." ~ English Proverb.
  • "The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unwarily enslave themselves." ~ Dresden James
  • "A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." ~ Dresden James
  • "We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present." ~ Marianne Williamson
  • "Success is a process that continues, not a status that you reach. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned." ~ Unknown
  • "Real power comes by empowering others." ~ Unknown
  • "American By Birth, Patriot By Conviction, & Southern By The Grace of God!" ~ Unknown
  • "Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito", Latin, which translated means "do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it." ~ Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil)
  • Deo Vindice (Latin = ) "God Will Vindicate"
  • "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" ~ Mark Twain
  • "Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness." ~ Confucius
  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to relive it ..." ~ George Santayana, Historian.
  • "Not to know what happened before means to remain forever a child." ~ Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC)
  • "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" ~ George Orwell
  • "It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, it may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." ~ Gandhi
  • "To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did."
  • "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it" ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • "A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew." ~ Herb Caen.
  • "Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact." ~ George Eliot
  • "Difficulties Mastered Are Opportunities Won." ~ Unknown
  • "Thinking outside the box has become a little more urgent now that the proverbial box is a coffin." ~ Jon Dow
  • "The trouble with people today is not their ignorance, it's the things they know that just ain't so." ~ Mark Twain
  • "An Error doesn't become a Mistake until you refuse to correct it." ~ JFK
  • "I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back." ~ Leo Tolstoy