Baby DandelionsCredit: anitapattersonFinding good quotes about life was not so easy to do before the Internet came along. You had to rely on words that you personally heard or read and then you had to have the foresight to write them down (if you were to remember them). Before I had access to the Internet I kept a notebook specifically for quotes and I still find myself writing in it from time to time. For me, quotes have always been about instant inspiration. I hope others realize how lucky they are to be able to retrieve such inspiration so easily.

43 Inspirational Life Quotes

1- Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.  ~James Dean

2- Here's to a long life and a merry one; A quick death and an easy one; A pretty girl and an honest one; A cold beer and another one!  ~Irish Saying

3- He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for.  ~Moroccan Proverb

4- Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.  ~Charles Dickens

5- A man does what he can until his destiny is revealed.  ~The Last Samurai (a movie)

6- I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.  ~Elwyn Brooks White

7- Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.  ~Angela Monet

8- A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.  ~Stewart Alsop

9- What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night.  It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.  It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.  ~Crowfoot, 1890, as quoted in Catch the Whisper of the Wind compiled by Cheewa James

10- Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.  ~Henry Van Dyke

11- Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.  ~Albert Einstein

12- To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.  ~Kahlil Gibran

13- The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.  ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

14- Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.  ~Isaac Asimov

15- The best of times is now.  ~Oprah Winfrey

16- May you live in interesting times.  ~Ancient Chinese Proverb

17- Life's not always fair.  Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow.  ~Terri Guillemets

18- To live fully, we must learn to use things and love people, and not love things and use people.  ~John Powell

19- You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  ~C.S. Lewis

20- There are no regrets in life, just lessons.  ~Jennifer Aniston

21- Adventure is worthwhile.  ~Aristotle

22- You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.  ~Alvin Toffler

23- In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.  ~Robert Frost

24- Life is short and often stingy; feast the heart with what it craves, short of cruelty, and let the world wonder.  ~Reynolds Price

25- Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination.  ~Christopher Isherwood

26- Everything happens for a reason, people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they're right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.  ~Marilyn Monroe

27- Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.  ~John F. Kennedy

28- We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.  ~Jim Rohn

29- More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.  ~Billy Sunday

30- I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. 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

31- Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.  ~Marianne Williamson

32- Some people who yearn for endless life don’t even know what to do with a rainy afternoon.  ~Harvey H. Potthoff

33- Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.  ~Carl Sandburg

34- When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.  ~Cherokee Proverb

35- If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and com back as a new character… Would you slow down? Or speed up?  ~Chuck Palahniuk

36- Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult.  ~Hypocrites

37- Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.  ~Euripides

38- Nothing lifts your spirits or fills your heart more than giving your support and time to a good cause.  ~John Schwartz

39- Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.  ~Dorothy Thompson

40- Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’  ~The Talmud

41- A human life is a story told by God.  ~Hans Christian Anderson

42- The very things we wish to avoid, neglect and flee from turn out to be the ‘prima meteria’ from which all real growth comes.  ~Andrew Harvey

43- 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

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