175 Deep Quotes About Life

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Life can be as challenging as it is rewarding, and sometimes, a few words can offer a new perspective or shed light on difficult times. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, comfort, or a moment of contemplation, these deep quotes about life are a source of inspiration and reflection, offering you a chance to connect with thoughts that resonate with your own life’s stories

  1. “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer
  2. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
  3. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
  4. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
  5. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  6. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
  7. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  9. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  10. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  11. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  13. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller
  14. “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard
  15. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe
  16. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  17. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein
  18. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy
  19. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  20. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” – Sarah Louise Delany
  21. “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  22. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  23. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  24. “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses
  25. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  26. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickinson
  27. “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
  28. “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.” – Hippocrates
  29. “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” – Seneca
  30. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Søren Kierkegaard
  31. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin
  32. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  33. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” – Lao Tzu
  34. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
  35. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  36. “Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  37. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain
  38. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” – Sholom Aleichem
  39. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  40. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  41. “The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris
  42. “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
  43. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
  44. “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
  45. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse
  46. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
  47. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  48. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  49. “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  50. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell
  51. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
  52. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  53. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
  54. “Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  55. “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” – Irving Berlin
  56. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
  57. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  58. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  59. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  60. “Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” – Peter Hagerty
  61. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  62. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
  63. “Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent
  64. “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” – Lillian Dickson
  65. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn
  66. “Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it.” – Sathya Sai Baba
  67. “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” – Charlie Chaplin
  68. “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  69. “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” – Margaret Mitchell
  70. “Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” – Sarah Louise Delany
  71. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  72. “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James
  73. “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset
  74. “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
  75. “Life isn’t about finding pieces of a puzzle. It’s about creating and putting those exceptional pieces together.” – Glen Van Dekken
  76. “Life is a journey that has a lot of different paths, but any path you choose use it as your destiny.” – Ryan Leonard
  77. “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  78. “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” – Voltaire
  79. “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran
  80. “Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent
  81. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  82. “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
  83. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James
  84. “Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” – Charles Dickens
  85. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
  86. “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Charles Swindoll
  87. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump (Character from “Forrest Gump”, Movie)
  88. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” – John Green
  89. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
  90. “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” – Ernest Holmes
  91. “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
  92. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  93. “Life is short, but it is wide. This too shall pass.” – Rebecca Wells
  94. “The art of life is to live in the present moment.” – Emmet Fox
  95. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  96. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  97. “The healthiest response to life is joy.” – Deepak Chopra
  98. “Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” – Kate Winslet
  99. “The greatest pleasure of life is love.” – Euripides
  100. “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde
  101. “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner
  102. “Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.” – Fran Lebowitz
  103. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” – James M. Barrie
  104. “Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey
  105. “Life is a series of baby steps.” – Hoda Kotb
  106. “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie
  107. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
  108. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  109. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King
  110. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
  111. “Life is a game and true love is a trophy.” – Rufus Wainwright
  112. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
  113. “The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.” – Gustave Flaubert
  114. “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  115. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  116. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  117. “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo
  118. “For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.'” – John Greenleaf Whittier
  119. “Tears are words the heart can’t express.” – Gerard Way
  120. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn
  121. “Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” – Christopher Morley
  122. “Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.” – David Levithan
  123. “There is a time for departure, even when there’s no certain place to go.” – Tennessee Williams
  124. “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” – Alphonse de Lamartine
  125. “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” – Henry Rollins
  126. “It’s amazing how someone can break your heart, and you can still love them with all the little pieces.” – Ella Harper
  127. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov
  128. “The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde
  129. “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – M. Kathleen Casey
  130. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris
  131. “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” – Jean de La Fontaine
  132. “The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” – Carl Jung
  133. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.” – Dante Alighieri
  134. “Part of me aches at the thought of her being so close yet so untouchable.” – Nicholas Sparks
  135. “Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.” – Unknown
  136. “Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.” – Victor Hugo
  137. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” – Khalil Gibran
  138. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Khalil Gibran
  139. “The saddest thing in the world is loving someone who used to love you.” – Anonymous
  140. “To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing.” – Dorothy Thompson
  141. “A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I cried.” – Unknown
  142. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.” – Christopher Barzak
  143. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
  144. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches.” – Osho
  145. “Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  146. “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.” – Thomas Carlyle
  147. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  148. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
  149. “You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.” – Anonymous
  150. “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” – John C. Maxwell
  151. “The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights.” – Joe Andrew
  152. “Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” – Carmelo Anthony
  153. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.” – William Jennings Bryan
  154. “In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall
  155. “And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
  156. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
  157. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
  158. “Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: we are what we chose to be.” – Graham Brown
  159. “We are our choices.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  160. “Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” – Aristotle
  161. “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” – Tony Robbins
  162. “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney
  163. “Life is the sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus
  164. “Every choice you make has an end result.” – Zig Ziglar
  165. “The choices we make determine our destiny.” – Brandon October
  166. “You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.” – Deepak Chopra
  167. “Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.” – Richard Bach
  168. “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” – Sammy Davis, Jr.
  169. “The 3 C’s of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.” – Zig Ziglar
  170. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  171. “Life is a choice – as is how you handle the pitfalls along its bumpy road.” – Julie Donner Andersen
  172. “Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.” – Angelina Jolie
  173. “Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.” – Learned Hand
  174. “Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.” – Anonymous
  175. “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” – Ken Levine

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