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50 More Beautiful Quotes About Life

quotes about lifeWhen I was collecting quotes for the first 50 Beautiful Quotes About Life post, I went a little overboard. The solution? A follow up post with 50 more beautiful quotes about life.

Take what you love, write them on a post it, stick it on your wall, plug them into your phone or write them in your journal. Or just sit and let the inspiring words of others wash over you before you get back to work!


“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Making a big life change is scary. But, you know what’s even scarier? Regret.” – Unknown

“I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing, or live only as you can.” – Neil Carman

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket

“Enjoy life today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised.” – Unknown

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back – many times over – what you put into it.” – Maya Angelou

“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and – if things don’t work out – take another shot.” – Unknown

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that looks good on the outside.” – Unknown

“To live is the rarest thing i the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is like an ocean. It can be calm or still and rough or rigid but, in the end, it’s always beautiful.” – Justice Cabral

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry Thoreau

“One of the truths I most deeply believe is that everything in life – everything – is energy. Within every one of us is the energy that makes the sun rise every day and keeps the planets aligned. It’s there, already inside of you, waiting for you to know it. And when you tap in with that connection, that source, that miraculous energy, what I know for sure is that the universe rises up to meet you in unimaginable ways and help you create the life that you want.”  – Oprah

“Incredible changes happen when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Unknown

“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” – The Time Traveller’s Wife

“Life has no limitations. Except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others fight over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their lives in the others, but not you.” – Jim Rohn

“You change your life by changing your heart.” – Max Lucado

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” – Steve Jobs

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” – Bob Marley

“If you don’t make time to work on creating a life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo

” Life, he realised, was much like a song. In the beginning, there is mystery. In the end, there is confirmation. But it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” – Nicholas Sparks

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson

“I think human beings make life beautiful. There’s a lot of beauty in everything. I think what makes life beautiful is to acknowledge that.” – Andrew McMahon

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is.” – Saul Bellow

“Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.” – Mark Twain

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”  – Brené Brown

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

“If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s okay. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.” – Confucius

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

 “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” – Unknown

“This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.” – Fight Club

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would 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

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”  – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus

“You never get to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” – John Maxwell

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” – Alan Watts

“It’s alright to do things the way you want. There is no map to life, no blueprints to survival. You can create your world, day by day, if you have a clear vision and an unwillingness to give up.” – John O’Callaghan

“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” – Pete Seeger

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”  – Hunter S. Thompson

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”  – Paulo Coelho


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  1. Elyse - Notes on Bliss

    Such a beautiful list, I love finding new quote inspo! This one really resonated with me: “Live to the point of tears.” – Albert Camus x

  2. Diana Braybrooke

    Love the one about owning our own story. Tooke me ages to do this but I love where I am at and where my journey has taken me.


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