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Top 20 Short Quotes About Life

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich
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Impossible is for the unwilling.

John Keats 
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No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker
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Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.

George Carlin
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The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.

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Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.

Ernest Hemingway
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Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.

Sarah Dessen
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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Henry David Thoreau
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You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.

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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi
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The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer
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If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

Mark Twain
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I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

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What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

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Stay foolish to stay sane.

Maxime Lagacé 
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Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

Khalil Gibran
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Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Steve Martin
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Keep going. Be all in.

Bryan Hutchinson
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher
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Change the world by being yourself.

Amy Poehler
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The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others. Aesop

Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill 

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Dalai Lama

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.

Len Wein

No guts, no story. Chris Brady

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Confucius

Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.

Coco Chanel

Love is a better teacher than duty. Albert Einstein

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Richard Branson

Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Innocence is courage and clarity both. Osho

If it matters to you, you’ll find a way. Charlie Gilkey

I intend to live forever. So far, so good. Steven Wright

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

Ethel Barrymore

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. Blaise Pascal

If the world was blind how many people would you impress? Boonaa Mohammed

Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’ Eckhart Tolle

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.


It hurt because it mattered. John Green

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

The more one judges, the less one loves.

Honore de Balzac

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein

Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.

Joseph Barbara

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H. Schiuller

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

Leo Buscaglia

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus

There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison

I have nothing to lose but something to gain. Eminem

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Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Will Rogers

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is brave is free. Seneca 

The giving of love is an education in itself. Eleanor Roosevelt

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me. Abrahan Lincoln

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.

Gary Keller 

It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. W.C. Fields

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness. Robert Morley

You have to be odd to be number one.

Dr. Seuss 

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results. Dennis Waitley

Oh, the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind. Dr. Seuss

Have enough courage to start and enough heart to finish.

Jessica N. S. Yourko

Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs 

Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso

Forget about style; worry about results. Bobby Orr

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi

I will remember and recover, not forgive and forget. Unknown

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller 

Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking.

Augustine of Hippo 

Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness. Ram Dass

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them. Seneca

If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name. Kendrick Lamar

It takes a long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso

The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream. Bill Murray

Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway. Greg Tamblyn

White is not always light and black is not always dark. Habeeb Akande

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.

Helen Keller

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. Ethel Barrymore

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake 

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain

Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.

Katrina Mayer

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F. Banks

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. Lucille Ball

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori

My life is my argument.

Albert Schweitzer

If you want your children to listen, try talking softly to someone else. Ann Landers

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. Eva Young

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. George Santanaya

Die with memories, not dreams.


Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John R. Wooden

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. John Wooden

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

Oprah Winfrey

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. George Santayana

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. Stephen King

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.

Charles M. Schulz

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got. R. Brault

The only joy in the world is to begin. Cesare Pavese

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Fight till the last gasp. William Shakespeare

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

Og Mandino

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. Florence Nightingale

There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met. Jim Henson

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Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. Albert Schweitzer

Some people are so poor, all they have is money.

Jack Kerouac

A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world. Atticus

Happiness is a state of activity. Aristotle

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Change the game, don’t let the game change you. Macklemore

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Jim Rohn

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever. Alfred Tennyson

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

Benjamin Franklin

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed. Josh Billings

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. Winnie the Pooh

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing?

Kendrick Lamar

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli

Every wall is a door. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good things happen to those who hustle. Anaïs Nin 

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.

Honore de Balzac

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve 

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. Malcolm S. Forbes

Motivational Short Quotes About Life

I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her. Rodney Dangerfield

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

T.S Eliot

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde

Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move. Anthony Bourdain

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If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments. Steven Wright

Let him that would move the world first move himself.


Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Morrie Schwartz

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Boldness be my friend. William Shakespeare

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. Benjamin Spock

When words fail, music speaks. Shakespeare

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. Groucho Marx

Yesterday you said tomorrow. Just do it. Nike

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.


Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Dalai Lama

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. Miles Franklin

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow T. Wilson

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Kahlil Gibran

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.

Roy Croft

Nothing lasts forever but at least we got these memories. J. Cole

The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Ken Hudgins

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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin

You’ve gotta know what death is to know life.

Jack Kevorkian

If youth knew; if age could. Sigmund Freud

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. Martin Luther King Jr

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Embrace the glorious mess that you are. Elizabeth Gilbert

The knowledge of happiness brings the knowledge of unhappiness.

Swami Vivekananda

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. André Gide

One day the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you. Johnny Depp

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The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Seneca

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Seneca

Never regret anything that made you smile. Mark Twain

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett 

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count.

Albert Einstein

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax. Abraham Lincoln

The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off. Robert Hand

Whatever you do, do it well. Walt Disney

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

Leo Buscaglia

All limitations are self-imposed. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. Donna Roberts

Never miss a good chance to shut up. Will Rogers

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.

Charles Bukowski

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert H. Schuller

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie

I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say. Calvin Coolidge

Please all, and you will please none.


Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb

It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb. Roman proverb

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz

Hate comes from intimidation, love comes from appreciation.


God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. Augustine of Hippo

You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

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I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort. Zach Galifianakis

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.

Tom Peters

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go. Unknown

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. Erma Bombeck

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The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. James Crook

I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire.

Roy Orbison

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

Mark Twain

Love is a friendship set to music. Joseph Campbell

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. Leo Buscaglia

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The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi

You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.

Ken Kesey

I like criticism. It makes you strong. LeBron James

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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I don’t need it to be easy, I need it to be worth it. Lil Wayne

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.


Life is short, death is forever. Chuck Palahniuk 

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie

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Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ Erich Fromm

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

Arnold H. Glasgow

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

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Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

My life is my message.

Mahatma Gandhi

Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness. Deborah Day

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. Oscar Wilde

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We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. J.K. Rowling

To live will be an awfully big adventure.

Peter Pan

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Linda Grayson

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. Paramahansa Yogananda

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

Tom Clancy

Think of many things; do one. Portuguese proverb

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain

The best proof of love is trust. Joyce Brothers

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. Ray Knight

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. Erich Fromm

You can if you think you can.

George Reeves

Never let your emotions overpower your intelligence. Drake

If I know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. Augustine of Hippo 

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. Dr. Robert Anthony

Time is the soul of this world. Pythagoras

And still, I rise.

Maya Angelou

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. Elbert Hubbard

The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Aspire to inspire before we expire.


The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

All generalizations are false, including this one. Mark Twain

Reality is wrong, dreams are for real.


Seek the seeker. Ramana Maharshi

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Find what you love and let it kill you. Charles Bukowski

Love For All, Hatred For None.

Khalifatul Masih III

What consumes your mind controls your life- Unknown

I could agree with you but then we’d both be wrong. Harvey Specter

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. Tennessee Williams

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. R. G. Ingersoll

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.

Robert Kiyosaki

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t you’re right. Henry Ford

The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr.

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee

Screw it, let’s do it.

Richard Branson

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

Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow. Vincent van Gogh

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. Robert Collier

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. Euripides

Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. Andre Breton

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. Maya Angelou

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. Nelson Mandela

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. Tom Clancy

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.

Jean Vanier

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Mark Twain]

Concentration is the secret of strength. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past does not equal the future.

Tony Robbins

The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. Lord Byron

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli

Determine your priorities and focus on them.

Eileen McDargh

No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle 

Whatever you do, do with all your might. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

What we think, we become.


Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. Albert Einstein

Strive for greatness. Lebron James

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