Quotes To Live By


“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” —Leo Buscaglia

“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.” —John F. Kennedy


“If today wasn’t a good day, tomorrow will always give you a second chance.” —Gonzalo Arzuaga

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment And to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

Some people will never change, and you have to accept that. #QuoteToLiveBy

“Don’t get caught up thinking about winning or losing this game. If you put your effort/concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that u can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, we’re gonna be winners.” —Gene Hackman


“Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true.” —T. E. Lawrence

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” —Thomas Paine

“Parents can only advise their children or point them in the right direction. Ultimately people shape their own characters.” —Anne Frank

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” —Hans Christian Andersen

“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.” —Anton Chekhov


“The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you.” —Jackson Pollock

“The truth wakes up once and never dies.” —José Martí

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” —Unknown #quote

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” —Henry Ford

“Nature is visible Spirit; Spirit is invisible Nature.”
—Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling


“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” —Steve Jobs

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” —John F. Kennedy

“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” —Andre Gide

“Truth is a torch which gleams in the fog but does not dispel it.” —Claude Adrien Helvétius

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” —Isaiah


“Sometimes, I need to go off on my own.
I’m not sad.
I’m not angry.
I’m just recharging my batteries.” —UNKNOWN

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” ―Anais Nin

“A moment of patience in a moment of anger can help us avoid a thousand moments of sorrow.” —Imam Ali (A.S.)

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” —Virginia Woolf


“The word convinces, but the example influences. Do not worry that your children do not listen, they observe you all day.” —Mother Teresa

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” —Alfred Lord Tennyson

“I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.” —Pierre Beaumarchais

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” —Edith Wharton


“Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.” —Henry Ward Beecher

“It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.” —Édouard Manet

“There are some friends you don’t meet for twenty years and when you meet them again it’s as if no twenty years has happened – you’re lucky when that happens. I feel the same about books.” —Norman MacCaig

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot & hang on.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt


“Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.” —Unknown

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” —Johann von Goethe

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” —Dale E. Turner

“There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he’s absolutely free to choose.” —William M. Bulger

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” —Albert Einstein


“Softer than cotton-grass swaying in the wind
deep in the mountain clearing, are the memories that drift through a man’s own mind a pale, wind-swept evening.” —Olav Aukrust

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” —Francis of Assisi

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.” —Roger Nash Baldwin


“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” —Khalil Gibran


“We live in a rainbow of chaos.” —Paul Cézanne

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” —Edgar Allan Poe

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” —Janis Joplin

“I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours!” —Dolly Parton


“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more”. —Mother Teresa

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” —Henry David Thoreau
“There is nothing so powerful as truth – and often nothing so strange.” —Daniel Webster

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” —A. A. Milne


“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” —Henry Ford

“Charm is the quality in others, that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.” —Henri Frederic Amiel

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin

“I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” —Anne Brontë

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” —Muhammad Ali


“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.” —Edith Wharton

“First thoughts are not always the best.” —Vittorio Alfieri

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” —Susan Sontag


“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.” —Molière

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” —Henry Miller

“There are worse words than cuss-words, there are words that hurt.” —Tillie Olsen

“Truth requires a maximum effort to see through the eyes of strangers, foreigners, and enemies.” —Taylor Branch

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” —Albert Schweitzer


“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement.” —Anonymous


“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. ” —Jack London

“I just hope everybody forgives me for whatever I did wrong. And hope they remember some of what I did right.” —Ray Price

“My heart has wings and I can fly. I’ll touch every star in the sky. So this is the miracle I’ve been dreaming of.” —Cinderella

“So many people from your past know a version of you that doesn’t exist anymore.” —Unknown


“Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.” —William James

“because life slips away, and because I need for the rest of my journey a star that will not play false to me, a compass that will not lie.” —Alan Paton

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” —William James


“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” —George Washington Carver

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” —Arnold Toynbee

“Who is wise? He that learns from every one.” —Benjamin Franklin

“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” —Maya Angelou


“You still stand watch, O human star, burning without a flicker, perfect flame, bright and resourceful spirit. Each of your rays a great idea – O torch which passes from hand to hand, from age to age, world without end.” —Karel Capek

“So I will always lean my heart as close to your soul as I can.” —Hafiz

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” —George S. Patton

“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies” —Thomas Paine

“Do not hear one and judge two.” —Greek Proverb

“Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.” —Bernie Siegel


“Failures are the stairs we climb to reach success.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.” — Alfred Russel Wallace

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” — Stephen Hawking


“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wonder….music heard in the heart, is voiceless.” — Rosemary Dobson

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” — Zora Neale Hurston

“It is always the secure who are humble.” — Gilbert Keith Chesterton


“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ― Herman Melville

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” — Kahlil Gibran

“While One Person Hesitates Because He Feels Inferior, The Other Is Busy Making Mistakes And Becoming Superior.”— Henry C. Link

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” — Albert Einstein

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.“ — Carl Sandburg


“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” — Henry David Thoreau

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

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” — Desmond Tutu

“When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance.” — Umberto Eco

“You must call up every strength you own And you can rip off the whole facial mask.” — W. D. Snodgrass


“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey

“Big things often have small beginnings. Celebrate tiny victories.” — Mandy Antoniacci

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” — George Bernard Shaw

“If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life.” — Gao Xingjian

“Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an explanation.” — Isaac Newton


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.” — Dan Millman

“You are enough — just the way you are.
You are here to make the difference and you will.” — UNKNOWN

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” — Mr. Rogers


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou

“And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man (or woman) should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.” —Isaac Asimov

“Give thanks for sorrow that teaches you pity; for pain that teaches you courage-& give thanks for the mystery which remains a mystery still-the veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see” —Robert Nathan


“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

“Every day, you have to prove yourself and convince – move forward and challenge yourself. And doubt all the time.” —Christine Lagarde

“The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.” —Maria Edgeworth

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” —Hans Selye

“In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran