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quote by Jack Kerouac: All of life is a foreign country. with background image: clear drinking glass with beer on black table
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All of life is a foreign country.

--Jack Kerouac
quote by Jack Kerouac: Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. with background image: black and white abstract illustration
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Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

--Jack Kerouac
quote by Jack Kerouac: Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. with background image: blue rose with water droplet
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Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

--Jack Kerouac
quote by Jack Welch: Control your own destiny or someone else will. with background image: photo of author Jack Welch with quote

Control your own destiny or someone else will.

--Jack Welch
quote by Jack London: Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand. with background image: photo of author Jack London with quote

Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.

--Jack London
quote by Jack London: Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. with background image: photo of author Jack London with quote

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

--Jack London
quote by Isaac Asimov: The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. with background image: photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

--Isaac Asimov
quote by Immanuel Kant: Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. with background image: two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset
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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

--Immanuel Kant
quote by Iain Duncan Smith: Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. with background image: photo of author Iain Duncan Smith with quote

Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.

--Iain Duncan Smith

quote by Horace: It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity. with background image: photo of author Horace with quote

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.

--Horace
quote by Horace: The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. with background image: photo of author Horace with quote

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

--Horace
quote by Hubert Humphrey: The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. with background image: photo of author Hubert Humphrey with quote

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

--Hubert Humphrey
quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service. with background image: photo of author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with quote

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. with background image: silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. with background image: green palm plant during daytime
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

--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.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. with background image: woman standing on sunflower field
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What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry Rollins: Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better. with background image: photo of author Henry Rollins with quote

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.

--Henry Rollins
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. with background image: white and black boat on sea during daytime
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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henri Frederic Amiel: Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. with background image: photo of author Henri Frederic Amiel with quote

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

--Henri Frederic Amiel
quote by Helen Mirren: The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. with background image: photo of author Helen Mirren with quote

The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.

--Helen Mirren
quote by Havelock Ellis: Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself. with background image: photo of author Havelock Ellis with quote

Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.

--Havelock Ellis
quote by Hans Christian Andersen: Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. with background image: brown and white dog in close-up photography
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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

--Hans Christian Andersen
quote by Gustave Flaubert: Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. with background image: photo of author Gustave Flaubert with quote

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

--Gustave Flaubert
quote by Gustave Flaubert: Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. with background image: shallow focus photo of white rose
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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

--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.


quote by Gore Vidal: Envy is the central fact of American life. with background image: photo of author Gore Vidal with quote

Envy is the central fact of American life.

--Gore Vidal
quote by Germaine Greer: Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life. with background image: photo of author Germaine Greer with quote

Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.

--Germaine Greer
quote by G. K. Chesterton: When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. with background image: photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

--G. K. Chesterton
quote by George Washington Carver: How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you wi… with background image: photo of author George Washington Carver with quote

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

--George Washington Carver
quote by George Santayana: Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament. with background image: photo of author George Santayana with quote

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.

--George Santayana
quote by George Santayana: There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. with background image: photo of author George Santayana with quote

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

--George Santayana
quote by George Sand: There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. with background image: photo of author George Sand with quote

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

--George Sand
quote by George MacDonald: Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. with background image: photo of author George MacDonald with quote

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.

--George MacDonald

quote by Garrison Keillor: Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. with background image: worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree
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Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.

--Garrison Keillor
quote by Gregory Peck: Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. with background image: photo of author Gregory Peck with quote

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.

--Gregory Peck
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? with background image: photo of author Friedrich Nietzsche with quote

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: Without music, life would be a mistake. with background image: photo of author Friedrich Nietzsche with quote

Without music, life would be a mistake.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Longer Version:

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


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The great end of life is not knowledge but action. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Edwin Way Teale: Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. with background image: grey hlalway
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Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.

--Edwin Way Teale
quote by Eric Davis: Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing. with background image: green and white bird on black wire during daytime
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Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.

--Eric Davis
quote by Eileen Caddy: Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. with background image: gray scale photo of woman face
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Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.

--Eileen Caddy
quote by Erica Jong: Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. with background image: photo of author Erica Jong with quote

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

--Erica Jong
quote by Ernest Holmes: Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. with background image: photo of author Ernest Holmes with quote

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

--Ernest Holmes
quote by Eminem: Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them. with background image: photo of author Eminem with quote

Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.

--Eminem
quote by Emily Dickinson: To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. with background image: photo of author Emily Dickinson with quote

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

--Emily Dickinson

quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. with background image: photo of author Eleanor Roosevelt with quote

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. with background image: photo of author Eleanor Roosevelt with quote

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. with background image: landscape photo of mountain during nighttime
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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. with background image: photo of author Eleanor Roosevelt with quote

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
quote by Elbert Hubbard: Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. with background image: photo of author Elbert Hubbard with quote

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

--Elbert Hubbard
quote by Edwin Louis Cole: Attitude determines the altitude of life. with background image: gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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Attitude determines the altitude of life.

--Edwin Louis Cole
quote by Eckhart Tolle: Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. with background image: photo of author Eckhart Tolle with quote

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

--Eckhart Tolle
quote by E. M. Forster: Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life. with background image: photo of author E. M. Forster with quote

Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

--E.M. Forster

quote by Douglas Horton: We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon. with background image: pink flower with green stem
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We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.

--Douglas Horton
quote by Dennis Prager: Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent. with background image: photo of author Dennis Prager with quote

Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.

--Dennis Prager
quote by Dalai Lama: Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. with background image: photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

--Dalai Lama
quote by Dalai Lama: Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future. with background image: photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.

--Dalai Lama
quote by Dalai Lama: The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good. with background image: photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.

--Dalai Lama
quote by Dalai Lama: The purpose of our lives is to be happy. with background image: photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

--Dalai Lama
quote by Dalai Lama: If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. with background image: photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

--Dalai Lama
quote by Charles Buxton: You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. with background image: silver bell alarm clock
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You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

--Charles Buxton
quote by Chris Smith: Life is the ultimate right. with background image: shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower
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Life is the ultimate right.

--Chris Smith
quote by Carolyn Gold Heilbrun: Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. with background image: man and woman kissing on grass field during daytime
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Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.

--Carolyn Gold Heilbrun
quote by Charles Dudley Warner: Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. with background image: photo of author Charles Dudley Warner with quote

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.

--Charles Dudley Warner
quote by Clifton Fadiman: For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. with background image: three clear glass cups
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For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

--Clifton Fadiman
quote by Corazon Aquino: I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life. with background image: photo of author Corazon Aquino with quote

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.

--Corazon Aquino
quote by Confucius: Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. with background image: photo of author Confucius with quote

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

--Confucius
quote by Confucius: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. with background image: photo of author Confucius with quote

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

--Confucius
quote by Colin Powell: Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. with background image: photo of author Colin Powell with quote

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

--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.


quote by Desiderius Erasmus: Prevention is better than cure. with background image: photo of author Desiderius Erasmus with quote

Prevention is better than cure.

--Desiderius Erasmus
quote by Charlie Chaplin: What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. with background image: photo of author Charlie Chaplin with quote

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.

--Charlie Chaplin
quote by Charles Dickens: We forge the chains we wear in life. with background image: photo of author Charles Dickens with quote

We forge the chains we wear in life.

--Charles Dickens
quote by Charles Dickens: Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. with background image: photo of author Charles Dickens with quote

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.

--Charles Dickens
quote by Cesare Pavese: Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic. with background image: person holding green plant during daytime
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Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.

--Cesare Pavese
quote by Carol Burnett: Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. with background image: photo of author Carol Burnett with quote

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

--Carol Burnett
quote by Carl Sandburg: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. with background image: photo of author Carl Sandburg with quote

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

--Carl Sandburg
quote by Carl Jung: The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. with background image: photo of author Carl Jung with quote

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

--Carl Jung
quote by Berthold Auerbach: Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. with background image: photo of author Berthold Auerbach with quote

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

--Berthold Auerbach
quote by Bernard Malamud: Life is a tragedy full of joy. with background image: photo of author Bernard Malamud with quote

Life is a tragedy full of joy.

--Bernard Malamud
quote by Barbara Sher: Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. with background image: fawn pug in close up photography
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Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.

--Barbara Sher

quote by Gautama Buddha: I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Gautama Buddha: To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Gautama Buddha: Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light… with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Gautama Buddha: The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Gautama Buddha: Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Gautama Buddha: Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Blaise Pascal: One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Billy Graham: Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. with background image: closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
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Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.

--Billy Graham
quote by Bertolt Brecht: Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. with background image: photo of author Bertolt Brecht with quote

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.

--Bertolt Brecht
quote by Bertrand Russell: A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. with background image: photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

--Bertrand Russell
quote by Bertrand Russell: The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. with background image: photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

--Bertrand Russell


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