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25 Inspiring Life Quotes to Live By

live life quotesThis week’s self improvement ideas have focused on important aspects of how to live life to the fullest.  If you haven’t yet read the posts on letting go and moving forward at a crossroad in life, I hope you’ll check them out along with these 25 live life quotes I’ve carefully compiled as reminders of our purpose in this world: to truly, fully, enthusiastically LIVE.

Inspiring Life Quotes to Live By

1. “It’s better to be an authentic loser than a false success, and to die alive than to live dead.”
–William Markiewicz

2. “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
– Viktor Frankl

3. “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

4. “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 blooming outside our windows today.”
– Dale Carnegie

5. “Challenges come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with faith, prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on.”
–Iyanla Vanzant

6. Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
–Nicolas de Chamfort

7. “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead; that is where your future lies.”
–Ann Landers

8. “Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.”
–John Homer Miller

9. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
–Jiddu Krishnamurti

10. “Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow – today. Let it be a small beginning – a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today – every day.”
–Jonathan Lockwood Huie

11. “The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.”
–Veronique Vienne

12. “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his or her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
–Andy Rooney

13. “The three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”
–Addison

14. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. “Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!”
–Unknown

16. “To live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace.”
–Peter Abrahams

17. “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life… I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
–Joseph Campbell

18. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”
–Mark Twain

19. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”
–Charles Richards

20. “Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.”
–Anthony Robbins

21. “It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived –forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward-looking position.”
–Soren Kierkegaard

22. “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
–Fr. Alfred D’Souza

23. “I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
–Jack London

24. “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
–Mary Anne Radmacher

25. “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.”
–Greg Anderson

It’s comment time. Do you have a favorite from this list of live life quotes? Do you have any inspiring life quotes of your own that you’d like to share?

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  • Where to Turn At a Crossroad In Life
  • Letting Go Of This, Moving On From That
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