100 Uplifting Quotes About Life

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Are you finding life difficult at the moment? Are you struggling with issues that are getting you down? Suffering from a lack of self-motivation? Fed up with dealing with negative people?

Unfortunately, we all take knocks and get setbacks, but with fortitude and persistence, you will prevail. So what do you need to get back to your best self? Often it’s just a few words of encouragement that will remind you that your life will get better.

Here’s a list I’ve put together of the 100 best uplifting quotes about life to help get you back on your feet. Both inspirational and motivational, these quotes have the power to change your life. I hope they help.

  1. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
  2. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
  3. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
  4. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
  5. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King
  6. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  7. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
  8. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  9. “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” – Seneca
  10. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  11. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  12. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  13. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  14. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  15. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  16. “Each day provides its own gifts.” – Marcus Aurelius
  17. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  18. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  19. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
  20. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
  21. “May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift
  22. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” – James M. Barrie
  23. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  24. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  25. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  26. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  27. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein
  28. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe
  29. “The healthiest response to life is joy.” – Deepak Chopra
  30. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” – Sarah Louise Delany
  31. “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
  32. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
  33. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  34. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  35. “The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” – Zig Ziglar
  36. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  37. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
  38. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse
  39. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha
  40. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz
  41. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
  42. “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  43. “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” – Reba McEntire
  44. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  45. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  46. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  47. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  48. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  50. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino
  51. “You change your life by changing your heart.” – Max Lucado
  52. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell
  53. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  54. “Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein
  55. “Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive.” – Matt Cameron
  56. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  57. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
  58. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  59. “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo
  60. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
  61. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  62. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
  63. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  64. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  65. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn
  66. “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  67. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  68. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller
  69. “The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings
  70. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson
  71. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
  72. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner
  73. “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
  74. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” – Plato
  75. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  76. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
  77. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa
  78. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  79. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  80. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  81. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  82. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
  83. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  84. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore
  85. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  86. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  87. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  88. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
  89. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” – Sholom Aleichem
  90. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey
  91. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  92. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone
  93. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown
  94. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll
  95. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  96. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  97. “Your life only gets better when you get better.” – Brian Tracy
  98. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett
  99. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  100. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

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Seff Bray

Seff Bray is an accomplished author and the passionate founder of seffsaid.com, a website renowned for its uplifting and inspiring content. With a lifelong interest in personal development and growth, Seff has dedicated himself to empowering others through his writing.