life quotes

Sometimes, the rat race forces you to take on the role of a victim instead of looking at each experience as an opportunity to grow and succeed. During such times, it is best to stop for a moment and get a perspective on things that matter the most. Reading inspirational quotes and internalizing them is a brilliant way to take stock of life.

Here are 40 meaningful life quotes that will act as little nuggets of inspiration to beat the blues. These well-timed quotes will unlock your mind and heart, and provide you with respite and reflection.

1. “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” ~ Katharine Hepburn

2. “Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.” ~ Buddha

3. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

4. “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” ~ Rumi

5. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh

6. “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” ~ Buddha

7. “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

8. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ The Dalai Lama

9. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

10. “Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

11. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” ~ Kushandwizdom

13. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

14. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss

15. “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

16. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

17. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

18. “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

19. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

20. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

21. “True happiness . . . is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” ~ Helen Keller

22. “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

23. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

24. “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage — pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically — to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” ~ Stephen Covey

25. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can 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

26. “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” ~ Steve Jobs

27. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball

28. “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” ~ Julia Roberts

29. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

30. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

31. “If you don’t follow your heart, you might spend the rest of your life wishing you had.” ~ Brigitte Nicole

32. “I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” ~ Terry Fox

33. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

34. “Never be bullied into silence, never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself.” ~ Robert Frost

35. “There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

36. “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” ~ St. Basil

37. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

38. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey

39. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

40. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ~ Bil Keane

In this crazy life, you can maintain your sanity by reflecting on these meaningful quotes by their eloquent authors. These quotes will touch your heart, reframe your state of mind, and make you feel happier.

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