100 Meaningful Life Quotes


Life is a gift that so many take for granted. Instead of living a life of purpose and passion, we end up fretting our days away worrying about things that most likely will never happen.

It is so important to have life goals and a purpose that inspires you.  Like a magnet,  your passion will pull you through everyday distractions towards a life of meaning.

Here’s a compilation of 100 Meaningful Life Quotes to help drive home, the true value of living with purpose:

  1. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Kierkegaard

  2. “A ship in a harbour is a safe ship – but that’s not what ships were built for.” Earl Nightingale

  3. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden

  4. “Life is lived in the living. Set aside convention, caution, and arbitrary “rules” about how life is supposed to be lived. Choose! Explore! Adventure! Live life to the fullest.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  5. “Life is unlimited – it expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that you contribute.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  6. “Work like you don’t need money… Love like you’ve never been hurt… And dance like nobody’s watching! Life is what you make it!” Peter Sage

  7. “Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart.” Beverley Mitchell

  8. “The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.” Reinhold Niebuhr

  9. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

  10. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Kahlil Gibran

  11. “Enthusiasm is the least expensive and most beneficial cosmetic in the world.” George Zalucki

  12. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean

  13. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

  14. “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.” Ashley Smith

  15. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

  16. “To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” Unknown

  17. “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” Win Borden

  18. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Tom Bodett

  19. “For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  20. “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” Flora Whittemore

  21. “I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” Oscar Wilde

  22. “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” Shing Xiong

  23. “Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” Lou Holtz

  24. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

  25. “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” Erica Jong

  26. “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.” Randall G Leighton

  27. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

  28. “Live with no excuses and love with no regrets.” Montel

  29. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” Elbert Hubbard

  30. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill

  31. “There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” Josh Jameson

  32. “The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream” Helen Keller

  33. “To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.” Oscar Wilde

  34. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.” Swami Vivekananda

  35. “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.” Alex Tan

  36. “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” John N. Mitchell

  37. “Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.” Albert Einstein

  38. “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” Keri Russell

  39. “Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.” Jimmy Durante

  40. “Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.” Van Wilder

  41. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost

  42. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

  43. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror” Byrd Baggett

  44. “Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” Horace

  45. “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John W. Gardner

  46. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” Walter Bagehot

  47. “You may not always end up where you thought you were going, But you will always end up where you were meant to be.” Jessica Taylor

  48. “You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing.” Unknown

  49. “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn

  50. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

  51. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” Sholom Aleichem

  52. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw

  53. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” Eminem

  54. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

  55. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

  56. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James

  57. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” Albert Camus

  58. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” Mark Twain

  59. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir

  60. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu

  61. “My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.” Cary Grant

  62. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

  63. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” Bruce Lee

  64. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon

  65. “Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” Soren Kierkegaard

  66. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” John Burroughs

  67. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris

  68. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” William J. Clinton

  69. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

  70. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson

  71. “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

  72. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” Helen Keller

  73. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell

  74. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

  75. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster

  76. “To be free is to have achieved your life.” Tennessee Williams

  77. “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

  78. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  79. “Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.” Horace

  80. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  81. “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin

  82. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” Bertrand Russell

  83. “The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.” Henri Nouwen

  84. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

  85. “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” Rose Kennedy

  86. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein

  87. “My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi

  88. “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” John F. Kennedy

  89. “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” Eric Butterworth

  90. “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” Buddha

  91. “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

  92. “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” Charlie Chaplin

  93. “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” Sydney J. Harris

  94. “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” Alfred Adler

  95. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” William James

  96. “Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.” George Gershwin

  97. “Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” Richard Bach

  98. “All I really need to know… I learned in kindergarten.” Robert Fulghum

  99. “I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.” Charles M. Schulz

  100. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” James M. Barrie

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