74 Meaningful Quotes And Sayings About Life That Will Make You Think

Life is not always about rainbows and unicorns, life can literally beat you down until you hit rock bottom, but you have the power to change that.

In this article, I’d like to share some meaningful quotes that will definitely make you think.

Meaningful Quotes And Sayings

1. “The main purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

2. “I have learned a lesson from two of my friends who made me realize on what happiness depends. They both have exactly equal things in life, a job, a car, a home and a wife. Yet one is happy, the other is sad; one thinks life is good, the other thinks it’s bad. The difference is in their point of view and the way they look at what they do.” – Tycho

3. “Contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply happen to us, it is something we make happen.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

4. “Do more of the things you love doing.” – Unknown

5. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

6. “The richest people are not those who have the most – but those who need the least.” – Unknown

7. “Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” – Unknown

8. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” – Unknown

9. “Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

10. “If there is no way, create one.” – Unknown

11. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definitive move daily toward your goal.” – Bruce Lee

12. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” – Muhammad Ali

13. “Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.” – Unknown

14. “It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.” – Pema Chodron

15. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” – Unknown

16. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

17. “Never expect, never assume, never ask and never demand. Just let it be. Because if it’s meant to be, it will be.” – Unknown

18. “Life is tough but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

19. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Unknown

20. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

21. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

22. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

23. “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

24. “People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

25. “From their experience came pain, and from their pain came purpose, and from their purpose came beauty.” – J. Arcangel

26. “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

27. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

28. “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you did or said. They will remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

29. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ’I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

31. “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl but, by all means, keep moving.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

32. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

33. “If someone is stupid enough to walk away from you, be smart enough to let them go.” – Unknown

34. “Choosing to live a happy life is not only our greatest gift to ourselves, it is also the greatest gift we can give to those around us. When we are happy, we radiate happiness, and that is infectious. Consider giving the gift of happiness to yourself as being your gift to all humanity.” – Dalai Lama

35. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come, we have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

36. “Many of life’s failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

37. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

38. “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking a risk like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” – Amy Poehler

39. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

40. “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

41. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

42. “I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.” – James Bond

43. “People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” – Unknown

44. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

45. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

46. “When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

47. “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.” – Jerry Dunn

48. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

49. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain

50. “To make a rainbow, there has to be a little rain.” – Dolly Parton

51. “I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.” – Dr. Seuss

52. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our own will.” – Epictetus

53. “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” – Unknown

54. “But… as bad as it was, I learned something about myself. That I could go through something like that and survive.” – Nicholas Sparks

55. “Live without pretending. Love without depending, listen without defending, and speak without offending.” – Drake

56. “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.” – John Heyward

57. “Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.” – Unknown

58. “Practice and practice and practice and practice the frequency of what you want.” – Abraham Hicks

59. “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

60. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

61. “Making mistakes is better than faking perfections.” – Unknown

62. “When you are feeling bad about yourself or your life, do something you love. Make sure that the thing you love to do is good for you. Make sure that it will not hurt anyone else. Make sure that while you are doing it, you remind yourself of all the ways you can be more loving, more supportive, and more encouraging to yourself.” – Iyanla Vanzant

63. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

64. “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

65. “I have been up against tough competition all my life I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – Walt Disney

66. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg

67. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, and the most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

68. “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world, if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates

69. “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

70. “The practical success of the idea, regardless of its inherent advantages, depends on the attitude of people. If it suits the time, it is accepted.” – Nikola Tesla

71. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark .” – Michelangelo

72. “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.” – Unknown

73. “We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges and to help each other move through the many painful episodes of our lives. By remaining stuck in the power of our wound, we block our own transformation. We overlook the greater gifts inherent in our wounds – the strength to overcome them and the lessons that we are meant to receive through Wounds are the means through which we enter the hearts of other people. They are meant to teach us to become compassionate and wise.” – Caroline Myss

74. “Start over, my darling. Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to.” – Madalyn Beck


As we travel through our own journey, life could give us experiences that teach us lessons to move on and keep on living. The power to achieve happiness is always reliant on you, as the saying goes, life is a choice.

“So, choose to be happy.”

I hope these meaningful quotes can somehow spark your motivation to discover different positive perspectives in your life.