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430 Great Quotes About Life to Ponder and Share

What is the meaning of life? What is important in life? What makes us happy in life? We are all living our busy lives and sometimes it is nice to sit back and ponder it all. Here is a large collection of life quotes that we think you will enjoy. Our hope is that some will speak to you and add something good to your day! Please share.


It matters little who first arrives at an idea, rather what is significant is how far that idea can go.



Don't look back -- you're not going that way.



Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.



The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.



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.



All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.



There must be more to life than having everything.



There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.



Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.



Living well is the best revenge.



Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.



The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.



The greatest law is: love yourself first.



What's so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you're constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.



I trust the flow of life.



The less routine the more life.



The web of life, love, suffering and death unites all beings.



Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.



Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.



It's paradoxical, that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.



Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.



Victory and defeat are a part of life, which are to be viewed with equanimity.



Life is so unlike theory.



Making your life is ultimately an extraordinarily creative endeavor.



Be magnificent. Life's short. Get out there. You can do it. Everyone can do it. Everyone.



Life is tough, but so are you.



Life well spent is long.



Life is not a bed of roses.



Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.



Either you run the day, or the day runs you.



The meaning of life is to see.



Life is how you look at it.



Love is the energy of life.



Change is the essence of life.



All human life is precious.



The purpose of life is life.



Life too short to spend alone.



We die, because we live.



Walk gently, and be brave.



Don't just survive. Shine.



Life is luck, make it.



Life is fragile and absurd.



Life will find a way.



Life is love and love is life.



There is so much more.



Fuel your life with passion.



You are not dead till you die.



The purpose of life is Joy.



There is a season for everything under the sun--even when we can't see the sun.



Life and death are one thread.

Longer Version:

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.



You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.



The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.



Your Day Is Your Life.



I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.



Life was meant to be happy.



Life calls the tune, we dance.



Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.



Live to the point of tears.



Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.



Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.



Life is too short to waste.



Life is too short to be small.



I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.



The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.



An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.



We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.



I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.



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



A human life is a story told by God.



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.



Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.



Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.



When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways -- either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.



Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.



Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.



The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.



If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.



We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.



Life's too mysterious to take too serious.



Life does not owe you anything because life has already given you everything.



Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.



We no longer live life. We consume it.



In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.



The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.



The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.



The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.



Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Longer Version:

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.



Get busy living or get busy dying.



The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.



The only way out is through.



Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.



Three things in life -- your health, your mission, and the people you love. That's it.



What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.



Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.



Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.



Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.



The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.



Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.



Maturity is when you live your life by your commitments, not by your feelings.





I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.



To lose patience is to lose the battle.



Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.



If things are too easy, life is a whole lot less interesting.



The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.



What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.



There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.



I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible.



The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from the grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children.



You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.



Some people have lives; some people have music.



And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.



If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.



Life is the great teacher.



Life is trying things to see if they work.



The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.



Be the person your dog thinks you are.



Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know.



As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.



It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.

Longer Version:

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,.


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'Cars' was about Lightning McQueen learning to slow down and to enjoy life. The journey is the reward.


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'Cartoonists' dirty secret is that we tend to come up with stories that involve things that are really fun to draw.


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'Casebook' is my attempt at a love story. I had a vision of a difficult love.


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'Castaway' is my favorite movie, and any time I read about a castaway or a story like that, it just interests me a lot.


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'Castle' is a guy living in a fantasy world. He's in his imagination, writing these stories of murder.


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'Castle' isn't really affected emotionally by murder. He's thrilled about, 'Oh, my God, I wonder how this happened?'


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'Castles Made of Sand' was a song that my parents put me to sleep to, so naturally, it still puts me in a zen state.


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'Cat?' 'Cat' can be anybody from the guy in the gutter to a lawyer, doctor, the biggest man to the lowest man, but if he's in there with a good heart and enjoy the same music together, he's a cat.


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'Catch-22' was a huge failure, and it rubbed off on everybody connected to it. I had a bunch of lean years where I had to do things, a lot of which I wasn't wildly enthusiastic about.


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'Catch-22' was a nightmare to make, and everybody was unhappy except me.


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'Catcher in the Rye' changed my life when I was a kid. I read it as I was a boy turning into a man, and I was so fascinated by the values. I believe in it.


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'Caught' is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present -- who should be and who shouldn't be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work.


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'Cause I can make more money going in and doing my recordings and selling them through my entities that I have, rather than going to a record co. and them release a record and pay me 5 percent of what they make off it.


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'Cause I do so much homework I'm good to go on the first take; I don't want to rehearse. I like the element of what's unpredictable of that first take and nobody knows what's going to happen, and I'm a big fan of that.


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'Cause I felt I didn't have anything else to prove as a musician... and boy was I wrong about that one.


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'Cause I was already a smoker, it was easy to get addicted. The one thing that they don't teach you about marijuana is how addictive it is.


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'Cause if your love was all I had in this life, well that would be enough until the end of time. So rest your weary heart and relax your mind, 'Cause I'm gonna love you, girl, until the end of time.


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'Cause movies are human drama, that's it.


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'Cause when I had my child, people tried to make me feel like life was over for me, and I started to believe that.


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