60 Heartfelt Quotes That Will Make You Ponder Life

Life is quite different from every individual’s point of view. It can be ordinary, extravagant, full of challenges, and the list goes on.

However, what is life really about? Sometimes we are just too busy that we usually oversee the most mundane things in life. Fortunately, there are people out there who love to remind us what life is truly about.

60 Heartfelt Quotes That Will Make You Ponder Life

Here are some heartfelt quotes about life from great teachers and inspirational people in the world.

1. “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of the earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” – Charles Dickens

2. “Love is never supposed to hurt. Love is supposed to heal, to be your haven from misery, to make living fucking worthwhile.” – Mia Asher

3. “The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

4. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” – Joan Powers

5. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

6. “They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

7. “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

8. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

9. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

10. “One person’s success is another’s first step, only you can rate your achievements and find peace within yourself.” – Robert Zeidan

11. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy

12. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

13. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

14. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

15. “My heart knows right where to go.” – Cynthia Hand

16. “All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever.” – Unknown

17. “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch

18. “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

19. “I see the way he looks at you when you’re not aware of his gaze. I see the way you care for him. And so when you think he wants you gone, it is not that. He is simply afraid to lose you.” – Susan Wiggs

20. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch

21. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

22. “You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone.” – Betty Ford

23. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

24. “The most powerful life is the most simple life. The most powerful life is the life that knows where it’s going, that knows where the source of strength is; it is the life that stays free of clutter and happenstance and hurriedness.” – Max Lucado

25. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” – Mahatma Gandhi

26. “When you’re having what you feel like is a ‘bad day’ and then someone comes along out of nowhere and extends to you the simplest of kind gestures, you feel it so deeply within your heart.” – Miya Yamanouchi

27. “Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

28. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

29. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis

30. “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” – Kofi Annan

31. “Depression is an imagery of our heart’s sickness.” – Rizky Adam Rifai

32. “Have confidence in who you are and don’t be afraid to go for what you really want in life.” – Holland Roden

33. “When you touch a man’s body, he will enjoy the moment; when you touch a man’s heart, he will remember it forever.” – Dixie Waters

34. “True beauty is a warm heart, a kind soul, and an attentive ear.” – Ken Poirot

35. “No matter how hard we try to separate, and if eventually we finally separate, we are just fooling around thinking we had parted, yet our hearts dwell where we cowardly believed we had left.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

36. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

37. “I wish I could’ve lived my life without making any wrong turns. I wish I could have lived in a kind world. Without anxiety. Without fear. Without hurting other people. Without being hurt myself. Only doing the right things. I wish I could have followed the shortest path to the kind world I wished for. “That’s wrong.” “That’s stupid.” When it comes to other people’s lives you can say that kind of irresponsible dreck as much as you want.” – Anonymous

38. “I wish I could’ve lived my life without making any wrong turns. But that’s impossible. A path like that doesn’t exist. We fail. We trip. We get lost. We make mistakes. And little by little, one step at a time we push forward. It’s all we can do. On our own two feet. Even if we get a little banged up. Someday, we’ll reach something. We’ll reach someone. We pray. Come on. It’s time to start walking.” – Natsuki Takaya

39. “Be the designer of your own destiny.” – Oscar de la Renta

40. “Our wings are small but the ripples of the heart are infinite.” – Amit Ray

41. “Even before we met and long after we’re both gone, my heart lives inside of yours. I’m forever and ever in love with you.” – Crystal Woods

42. “A closed heart is the most self-limiting factor in life. Start to listen to your heartfelt desires.” – Steven Redhead

43. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

44. “You can leave your marks on things, but the most lasting marks are written in the heart.” – Dixie Waters

45. “Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.” – Creyl Strayed

46. “If you are not consciously directing your life, you will lose your footing and circumstances will decide for you.” – Michael Beckwith

47. “Real choices – the ones that changed you and shaped you – were never made with the head, but on the beat of a heart that saw a future it couldn’t live without.” – Diana Hardy

48. “Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.” – Mark Twain

49. “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.” – Mother Teresa

50. “No matter where I am in my life, no matter what I am doing, I will never be far from you in my heart. I may be moving on, but I’m not moving away from you. You will always be in my soul, a part of my present, and a fleeting dream for my future.” – Lindsay Detwiler

51. “Words of sincere felt in heart and trigger smile.” – Toba Beta

52. “Everything about you resonates happiness. No I won’t settle for less.” – Muse

53. “Even nature has hidden lessons for mankind underneath its silent saga. The trees teach us to give without discrimination, the seasons proclaim that time keeps changing for the better and the vastness of the sky bears the amount of love we should hold in our hearts for everyone we come across throughout the day.” – Sanchita Pandey

54. “Maybe it was just that this music had a personal connection to me, but for whatever reason, the music stirred my heart in a way no music ever had.” – Gabriellyn Gidman

55. “We have three ways to act wisely. First by thinking. That’s the noblest. Second by imitating. That’s the easiest. And third by experience. This is the bitterest.” – Anonymous

56. “Memories don’t die, they become shelved in the recesses of one’s mind, resurfacing when the triggers of life reignite them, lighting up the heart, in a warm glow of remembrance.” – Mala Naidoo

57. “I don’t need a paper certificate that makes it hard to leave; I need a love that makes it easy to stay.” – Jewel E. Ann

58. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

59. “Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

60. “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” – Paulo Coelho

Final Thoughts

Constantly reminding ourselves of the simplest and most heartfelt things in life can make our short time in this world more worthwhile.

Share some of these heartfelt quotes with your family and friends to constantly remind them to take a break and start finding beautiful aspects in life.