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451 Great Quotes About Life to Ponder and Share

  • Last updated Jun 28 2021

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.

--Sophie Germain
--Maurice Sendak
--Walt Disney
--Maya Angelou
--George Bernard Shaw
--George Herbert
--Jim Rohn
--Lou Holtz

--Norman Cousins

--Jean-Paul Sartre
--Voltaire
--William James
--Colin Powell

Longer Version:

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. I am talking about a gung-ho attitude that says 'we can change things here, we can achieve awesome goals, we can be the best. 'Spare me the grim litany of the 'realist;' give me the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day.


--Audrey Hepburn
--Dudley Field Malone
--Oprah Winfrey
--Vivien Leigh
--Queen Elizabeth II

--Billy Graham
--Mae West
--Confucius
--George Sand
--Elbert Hubbard
--Oscar Wilde
--Stephen King
--Charles M. Schulz
--Vincent van Gogh
--Tony Robbins
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Carol Burnett
--Henry David Thoreau
--Alfred de Vigny
--Forrest Gump
--Oscar Wilde

Longer Version:

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.


--John Dewey

--E.M. Forster
--Thomas Jefferson
--Katharine Hepburn
--Leo Burnett
--Anton Chekhov
--William Shatner
--Jane Addams
--Henry David Thoreau
--Ludwig van Beethoven
--Dalai Lama
--G. K. Chesterton
--Henry David Thoreau
--Leonard Cohen
--Clifton Fadiman
--Arnold J. Toynbee
--Confucius
--Dennis Prager
--Les Brown
--Theodore Roosevelt
--Meister Eckhart
--Lord Byron
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Victoria Osteen
--James A. Michener
--Blaise Pascal
--Albert Einstein
--Heywood Broun
--D. Elton Trueblood
--Wassily Kandinsky
--Albert Ellis
--Joyce Meyer
--Zhuang Zhou
--Barbara Sher
--Berthold Auerbach
--Oscar Wilde
--Walter Benjamin
--William Goldman
--George Santayana
--Gautama Buddha
--Oscar Wilde
--Sophocles
--Yoko Ono
--Charles M. Schulz
--Anaïs Nin
--Henri Frederic Amiel
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Maya Angelou
--Henry David Thoreau
--Marcus Aurelius
--Socrates
--Marcus Aurelius
--Soren Kierkegaard
--Pablo Picasso
--Horace
--Stella Adler
--Emily Dickinson
--Norman Cousins
--Alan Cohen
--Ernest Holmes
--Charles Dudley Warner
--Bertolt Brecht
--George Santayana
--Dalai Lama
--Seneca the Younger
--Jack London
--Henry Rollins
--Rosa Parks
--Kahlil Gibran
--Arthur Schopenhauer
--Rita Mae Brown
--Marcus Aurelius
--Marge Piercy
--Arthur Schopenhauer
--Robert Louis Stevenson
--Gautama Buddha
--Seneca the Younger
--Sitting Bull
--Carl Sandburg
--Joseph Campbell
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
--Charles Darwin
--Kahlil Gibran
--Mahatma Gandhi
--Neale Donald Walsch

--Jacques Yves Cousteau
--Gustave Flaubert
--Christopher McCandless
--Corazon Aquino
--Seneca the Younger
--Isaac Asimov
--Marcus Aurelius
--Cesare Pavese
--Seneca the Younger
--Friedrich Nietzsche
--Norman Cousins
--Oscar Wilde
--Soren Kierkegaard
--Aristotle
--William James
--Ralph Marston
--May Sarton
--Martin Luther King Jr.
--Oscar Wilde
--Jim Carrey
--Jack London
--Tecumseh
--Helen Mirren
--Rick Warren
--Robert F. Kennedy
--Fyodor Dostoevsky
--Kahlil Gibran
--Aaron Lauritsen
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
--Bob Marley
--Mahatma Gandhi
--Bill Gates
--Dalai Lama
--Helen Keller
--Desiderius Erasmus
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
--Mahatma Gandhi
--Joseph Campbell
--Dennis P. Kimbro
--Unknown Author
--Leo Tolstoy
--Jared Brock
--Marcus Aurelius
--Hans Christian Anderson
--Albert Camus
--Joseph Campbell
--Jonathan Swift
--Mary Engelbreit
--Adrienne Posey
--Adrienne Posey

--Michael Crichton
--John Spence
--Mother Teresa
--Donna Goddard
--Herman Melville
--Leonardo da Vinci
--Tom Fletcher
--Jeff Rich
--Neale Donald Walsch
--George W. Bush
--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
--John Glenn
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
--Albert Camus
--Esther Hicks
--Robert Browning
--Leo Tolstoy
--Chris Smith
--Plato
--English Proverb
--Teresa Collins
--Alan Alda
--Dejan Stojanovic
--Leo Tolstoy
--Jaco Snoek
--Vikas Kakwani
--Lora Leigh
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Tim Ferriss
--Huineng
--Bernard Malamud
--Unknown Author
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
--Kenneth Branagh
--John Galsworthy
--Anatole France
--Jon Anderson
--Eleanor Brownn
--Stephen Vincent Benet
--Emile Zola
--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.'


--John Burroughs
--Jonathan Swift
--Iain Duncan Smith
--Carolyn Gold Heilbrun
--Arthur Rubinstein
--Benjamin Disraeli
--Barbara De Angelis
--Mary Ritter Beard
--Rabindranath Tagore
--Logan Pearsall Smith
--Joe Clark
--Havelock Ellis
--Dr. Seuss
--Al McGuire
--Rita Mero
--Anne Frank
--Friedrich Nietzsche
--Amelia Earhart

Longer Version:

Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release, From little things; Knows not the livid loneliness of fear Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings.


--Naval Ravikant

--Arnold Schwarzenegger
--Robert Brault
--Jane Fonda
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Longer Version:

Without music, life would be a mistake... I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.


--Anne Morrow Lindbergh
--Johnny Carson
--Carl Jung
--William Feather
--Pablo Picasso
--Hans Christian Andersen
--Eileen Caddy
--Charles Dickens
--Reinhold Niebuhr
--Friedrich Nietzsche
--Baltasar Gracian
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Victor Hugo
--Gustave Flaubert
--Willie Nelson
--Wallace Stegner

--Grace Murray Hopper
--Holly Madison
--Thích Nhất Hạnh
--Will Smith

--Henry James
--Maya Angelou
--Orhan Pamuk
--Albert Camus
--Louis L'Amour
--Eric Davis
--John C. Maxwell
--Henry David Thoreau
--Walter Bagehot
--Hugh Mackay
--Marcus Garvey

Longer Version:

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.


--Omar Khayyam
--W. B. Yeats
--Leo Tolstoy
--Johnny Cash
--Julia Child
--Kahlil Gibran
--Doug Larson
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--John Green (author)
--Jack Kerouac
--Robert Frost

--Rene Descartes
--Hubert Humphrey
--Joyce Meyer
--Horace
--Soren Kierkegaard
--Robin Quivers
--Mark Twain
--Jeanne Moreau
--Zig Ziglar
--Joseph Addison
--Roy T. Bennett
--Tennessee Williams
--Selena Gomez
--Nora Ephron
--George MacDonald
--Dick Clark
--Seneca the Younger
--Socrates
--Arnold Schwarzenegger
--Kahlil Gibran
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.


--Laura Ingalls Wilder
--Emily Dickinson
--John Green (author)
--Germaine Greer
--Alfred Adler
--Charles Dickens
--Mahatma Gandhi
--Immanuel Kant
--George Carlin
--Robert Frost
--John W. Gardner
--Jane Austen
--Stevie Wonder
--Albert Einstein
--Jack Lemmon
--Aristotle
--Marcus Aurelius
--Steven Pressfield
--Tim Cook
--Garrison Keillor
--Marcus Aurelius
--Neil Gaiman
--Thích Nhất Hạnh
--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to our progress. Our life is frittered away by detail. I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand. And keep your accounts on your thumb nail.


--Erica Jong
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

--Sarah Louise Delany
--Douglas Horton
--Sholom Aleichem
--Socrates
--Edwin Louis Cole
--Albert Einstein
--Gautama Buddha
--Mahatma Gandhi

Longer Version:

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.


--Jack Kerouac
--Joseph Campbell
--Marian Wright Edelman
--Rita Mae Brown
--Aristotle
--Pablo Picasso
--Bertrand Russell
--Samuel Butler
--Barbara Bush
--Francis Bacon
--Dalai Lama
--Indira Gandhi
--Leonardo da Vinci
--Rick Riordan
--Lin Yutang
--Samuel Butler
--Michel de Montaigne

--Charlie Chaplin
--Henry David Thoreau
--Tecumseh

--Marie Curie
--Lin Yutang
--Arthur Schopenhauer
--Marcus Aurelius

Longer Version:

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.


--Plato
--Bertrand Russell
--Gore Vidal
--Santosh Kalwar
--Mark Twain
--Dalai Lama
--Victor Hugo
--Arthur Miller
--William Feather
--Antisthenes
--Tennessee Williams
--Samuel Johnson
--Eckhart Tolle
--Jack Kerouac
--Gregory Peck
--Henry David Thoreau
--Leo Tolstoy
--Mark Twain
--Ted Turner
--Havelock Ellis
--Zig Ziglar
--David Russell
--Les Brown

--Henry David Thoreau
--Peter Marshall
--Edwin Way Teale
--Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould
--Aristotle
--Vicki Robin
--Gustave Flaubert

Longer Version:

Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.



--Wayne Dyer
--Marcus Aurelius
--Gautama Buddha
--T. S. Eliot
--Eminem
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
--James Joyce
--Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey
--William Saroyan
--Dalai Lama
--Marcus Aurelius
--Alan Cohen
--Unknown Author
--Amit Ray
--Ashley Smith
--Friedrich Nietzsche
--Karen Salmansohn
--Unknown Author
--Charles Buxton
--Anaïs Nin
--Nelson Henderson
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Ray Bradbury
--Marian Wright Edelman
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

We are always getting ready to live, but never living... The wave moves onward but the particles of which it is composed do not... It cannot be but that at intervals throughout society there are real men intermixed . . . as the carpenter puts one iron bar in his bannister for every five or six wooden ones.


--Marilyn Monroe
--Deepak Chopra
--Seneca the Younger
--Audre Lorde
--Randy Pausch
--William Blake
--Alain de Botton
--Criss Jami
--Marianne Williamson
--Andy Serkis
--Anna Deavere Smith
--Anthony Trollope
--Atal Bihari Vajpayee
--A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
--Andy Rooney
--Andy Rooney
--Andy Warhol
--Alan Lakein
--Alex Grey
--Amos Bronson Alcott
--Will Rogers
--Virginia Woolf
--Muhammad Ali
--Phillips Brooks
--Dalai Lama
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