Great Quotes on LIFE


  • “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” ~ Martin Luther
  • In youth we learn, in age we understand. ~  Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
  • Appreciation is a wonderful thing; It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire
  • The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
    ~ William James
  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been.  ~ George Elliot
  • Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. ~ Jonathan Edwards
  • Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Don’t expect to find life worth living; make it that way. ~ Unknown
  • Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot. ~  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. ~  Chinese Proverb
  • When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. ~  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The ancestor of every action is thought. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Rule your mind or it will rule you. ~  Horace
  • I’m not trying to find answers anymore. I’m trying to live what I know.
    Phil Jackson
  • Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. ~  Winston Churchill
  • As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person. ~  Paul Shane Spear
  • Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. ~  George Halas
  • A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
    ~  Richard Nixon
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~  Aesop
  • The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. ~  General Schwarzkpof
  • A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~  Unknown
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~  Martin Luther King Jr.
  • To worry is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere. ~  Unknown
  • If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires. ~  Abigail Van Buren
  • And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ~  Abraham Lincoln
  • You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~  Gandhi
  • The mind is like a parachute – it works only when it is open. ~  Unknown
  • Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. ~  Charles Dickens
  • Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar. ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~  Bob Hope
  • The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. ~  Albert Einstein
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~  Thomas Edison
  • Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely. ~  Kim Lyons
  • Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life. ~  Sandra Carey
  • Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward offered, for they are gone forever. ~  Horace Mann
  • How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.
    David Norris
  • I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ~ Helen Keller
  • Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. ~ Mother Teresa
  • Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks. ~ Charles Dickens
  • One man with beliefs is equal to a thousand with only interests.~ Stuart Mill
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.   Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened; vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~ Helen Keller
  • A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
  • No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he had only had good intentions. ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have labouriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. ~ Victor Hugo
  • The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. ~ Helen Keller
  • The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. ~ H.T. Leslie
  • Love talked about is easily turned aside…love demonstrated is irresistible. ~ Dr. Stan Mooneyham
  • The things that seem to crush will in the end be seen as rungs, on which I ascend. ~ Anonymous
  • I have discovered that the people who believe most strongly in the next life do the most good in the present one. ~ C.S. Lewis
  • We have been promised a safe arrival, but not a smooth voyage. ~ Henry Dubanville
  • One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night. ~ Margaret Mead, 1901-1978
  • Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on you. ~ L. Thomas Holdcroft
  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.  ~ Aristotle
  • The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potential implanted in us by God. ~ Rabbi Samuel M. Silver
  • You’ve got to continue to grow, or you’re just like last night’s cornbread — stale and dry. ~ Loretta Lynn
  • We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are. ~ John Maxwell
  • If you play it safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow anymore. ~ Shirley Hufstedler
  • There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. ~ Helen Keller
  • Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. ~ Barbara Johnson
  • I believe that life is given us so we may grow in love, and I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower – the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence. ~ Helen Adams Keller
  • TIME 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. The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world. ~ John Burroughs
  • The toys and blocks with which we play are houses, lands and gold. Their values quickly pass away, as does a tale that’s told.  But kindly, gracious deeds abide, Tteir wealth will not depart; their flowers of joy are multiplied In gardens of the heart. ~ Charles Russell Wakeley
  • Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. ~ William Ellery Channing
  • Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~ Thomas K Kempis
  • What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~ Louis Nizer
  • The day is done, the sun has set, yet light still tints the sky; my heart stands still in reverence, for God is passing by. ~ Ruth Alla Wager
  • No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions. ~ Charles P. Steinmetz
  • One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our  windows today. ~ Dale Carnegie
  • Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength. ~ A. J. Crown
  • Ultimately you are doing what you do for one of two reasons: to serve oneself or to serve God.
  • There is enough time in every day to do God’s work…in God’s way. ~ Dr. Ted W. Engstrom
  • Dedication is doing the “BEST” with your life rather than settling for what is only the “good.”
  • The reality is that criticism and opposition will drive you somewhere.   Let it drive you closer to God and you will become better; let it drive you away from God and you will become bitter. ~ Dan Southerland
  • There is a difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. ~ Charles F. Kettering
  • The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy. ~ Max Lucado
  • Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows.  A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • There is something so indescribably sweet and satisfying in the knowledge that a husband or wife has forgiven the other freely, and from the heart. ~ Henrik Ibsen
  • Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. ~ 16th century poet
  • Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. ~ C.S. Lewis
  • The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome.  The hilltop would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
    ~ Helen Keller
  • A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality. ~ Jill Briscoe, English Bible teacher, writer
  • If two people who love each other let a single instant wedge itself between them, it grows—it becomes a month, a year, a century; it becomes to late. ~ Jean Giraudoux
  • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~ Francis Bacon, 1561 – 1626
  • When we have accepted the worst, we have nothing more to lose.  And that automatically means we have everything to gain. ~ Dale Carnegie
  • Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
    ~ Thomas a’ Kempis
  • I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most profitable explanation is that I was made for another world. ~ C.S. Lewis
  • He is not great who is not greatly good. ~ Shakespeare
  • None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.~ Henry Thoreau, 1817 – 1862
  • The enemies of the truth are always awfully nice. ~ Christopher Morley, 1890 – 1957
  • The streets of hell are paved with good intentions. ~ Twain
  • Genius is seldom recognized for what it is:  a great capacity for hard work. ~ Henry Ford, 1863 – 1947
  • You cannot do a kindness to soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~ Emerson
  • If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it. ~ George B. Shaw, 1856 – 1950

11 Responses to “Great Quotes on LIFE”

  • Jamie. Thanks. You are right. Original quote is of Buddha.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    There is a quote from Buddha that is similar. The translation is “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” In a world where scarcity mentality is so prevalent it is good to be reminded that bringing joy to other people only enhances our own joy. In what ways have you found that true in your life Sachie?

  • Tia Glenn-Cooke Tia Glenn-Cooke says:

    Hi Sachie! Other sources also attribute this quote to James Keller, or Erin Majors, so ‘author unknown’ is really the most accurate credit we can give it. Thank you for reading!

  • Sachie says:

    A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~ Unknown
    This is a quote from the Buddha. It is wrong to say the author is ‘unknown’. Please correct it. Thank you.

  • Quotes says:

    Long and really good collection of quotes

  • Sharon says:

    great article thank you

  • Andrew says:

    @Shaliendra your philosophy is very empty as God created you in his image and you are not on earth by chance. People often wonder why am I hear for what reason? Solomon the wisest man that ever lived wrote the answer to this question in Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. God Bless

  • shailendra says:

    In accordance with me life is a chance….to get that which you want to be better life.

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  • Gunar Frank says:

    Go faster and faster untill the thrill of speed excedes the fear of death.

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