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Life Lesson Quotes:
Famous Sayings About Life

This page is about some of the best life lesson quotes that I've come across. Read these hand-picked sayings about life quotations made by inspiring poets, philosophers, successful entrepreneurs and other well-known personalities.

Inspirational life quotes are a wonderful source to perk you up on a daily basis. Inspiring, thoughtful, and often very enlightening, reading a few quotations on life once a day can soon change your outlook on many things.

Life can often take us on a wild roller-coaster ride... without our consent! Don't get me wrong. I love roller coasters, but I'm not overly found of double-loops and corkscrews!

Don't you just want to jump off sometimes just to catch your breath?

When you find your life moving too fast and flying out of control, or if that roller-coaster of yours derails along the line, use these famous sayings about life to bolster your spirit and to help get yourself back on track again.

Think of each one of these life lesson quotes as inspiration and guidance while traveling your own unique and enlightening journey.

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Box of Chocolates

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
~ Forrest Gump (1994)

The Most Insightful Life Lesson Quotes and Sayings About Life

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

~Søren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
Prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian.


"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."

~James Dean (1931 - 1955)
An American film actor who most celebrated film was Rebel Without a Cause.


"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

~Robert Byrne (1928 - )
Leading American chess player, a Grandmaster, and a chess author.


"Growth is the only evidence of life."

~John Henry Newman (1801 - 1890)
An English convert to Roman Catholicism. He eventually became a cardinal, and in 1991 was proclaimed 'Venerable'.


"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."

~Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)
A German-born theoretical physicist and one of the most famous scientists of the twentieth century. Read more of Einstein's quotes.


"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn."

~David Russell (1953 - )
World-renowned classical guitarist from Scotland.


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."

~Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
Sixteenth President of the United States.


"Live a life as a monument to your soul."

~Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
Russian-born American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.


"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."

~Euripides (480 BC–406 BC)
The last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens.


"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it."

~Danny Kaye (1913 - 1987 )
David Daniel Kaminsky was a Golden Globe-winning American actor, singer and comedian.


"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."

~William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
A major English romantic poet who helped launch and influence the Romantic Age in English literature.


"Education is the best provision for the journey to old age."

~Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
Among the most influential of the ancient Greek philosophers, along with Plato and Socrates. He was actually a student of Plato, and became a teacher of Alexander the Great.


"Contemplate thy powers, contemplate thy wants and thy connections; so shalt thou discover the duties of life, and be directed in all thy ways."

~Akhenaton (Reigned: 1353 BC-1336 BC or 1351 BC–1334 BC)
Akhenaton means "Effective spirit of Aten". He was first known as Amenhotep IV and was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. Akhenaten's chief wife was Nefertiti.


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

~Aesop- Aesop's Fables


"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life."

~Muhammad Ali (1942 - )
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. he is a retired American boxer and former three-time World Heavyweight Champion and the winner of an Olympic Light-heavyweight gold medal at 1960 Olympics held in Rome.


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."

~Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
Thoreau Was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, and philosopher. This was a busy man!


"To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction is to live twice."

~Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
An American artist, poet and writer who was born in Lebanon, but spent most of his life in the United States.


"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

~Sir James Mathew Barrie (1860 - 1937)
More commonly referred to as J. M. Barrie, this gentleman was a Scottish novelist and dramatist who is best remembered for creating the infamous story of Peter Pan.


"One thing life taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else."

~Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
Married to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she was the First Lady from 1933 to 1945.


"We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

~Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987)
Campbell was an American mythology professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion.


"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive..."

~Eleonora Duse (1859 - 1924)
Eleonora Giulia Amalia Duse was an Italian actress and came to fame in Italian versions of roles made famous by Sarah Bernhardt. Duse was introverted and private, rarely giving interviews - preferring instead to let her artistic performances speak for her.


"Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by."

~Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
Sandburg was an American poet, historian, novelist, balladeer, and folklorist. Over the course of his career he won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln: The War Years) and one for his collection The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg.


"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by what you bring to life."

~Undetermined
This quote as been attached to several people: John Homer Miller, Kahlil Gibran, Princess Diana, etc.


"Your life is much more important that you can imagine... it is your first treasure."

Maya Angelou (1928 - )
Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, Maya Angelou is an African-American woman who was an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. A poet, memoirist, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author, and actress, Angelou was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal in 2001.


"There is a place that YOU are to fill that no one else can fill -- something YOU are to do that no one else can do."

~Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC)
Plato was a classical Greek philosopher, who together with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, helped to lay the philosophical foundations of Western culture. He was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world.


"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Goethe was a German writer, poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher, and diplomat whose works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature in the late 18th century. He was the author of the scientific text "Theory of Colours", which focused on plant morphology and so influenced Darwin in his evolution theory.


"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

~Buddha
A Buddha is any being who has become fully awakened (enlightened), and has experienced Nirvana.


"Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into."

~Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940 - )
Dyer is a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time.


"Of all the creatures on earth, only human beings can change their patterns. Man alone is the architect of his destiny... Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

~William James (1842 - 1910)
James was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher trained as a medical doctor. He wrote many influential books on the topics of psychology and mysticism. He was a founder of the American Society for Psychical Research, as well as a champion of alternative approaches to healing. He challenged his professional colleagues not to let a narrow mindset prevent an honest appraisal of those phenomena.


"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."

~Richard David Bach (1936 - )
Bach is an American writer who is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Illusions," "The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah" and others.


"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

~Albert Einstien (1879 - 1955)
A German-born theoretical physicist and one of the most famous scientists of the twentieth century. Find more Einstein Quotes here


"The biggest mistake that people make is life is not making a living at doing what they most enjoy."

~Malcom S. Forbes (1919 - 1990)
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes was the publisher of "Forbes magazine," which was founded by his father B.C. Forbes. Today, it is run by his son Steve Forbes.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

~Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
Born Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, Anais Nin was a Cuban-French author who became famous for her published journals, which span several decades. They include profound insights into her personal life and relationships where she was often involved, quite intimately, with a number of prominent authors, artists, psychoanalysts, and other figures.


"Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can."

~Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)
Lombardi was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL from 1959-67, winning five league championships during his 9 years.


"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."

~Samuel Butler (1612 – 1680)
Butler was a poet and satirist, remembered chiefly for a long satirical burlesque poem on Puritanism entitled Hudibras.


"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

~Oprah Winfrey (1954 - )
Winfrey is the American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in the history of television. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African American of all time, and the world's only black billionaire for three straight years.




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