Many of us are looking for answers. Answers to the big questions about life such as “What is the meaning of life?” “How can I find happiness?” etc.
It’s important to realize that the answers to the big questions life has to offer is different for everyone. That being said, we can learn and come to our own conclusions from listening to the wisdom of those who came before us.
Here are 32 quotes on life from some of the wisest people who ever lived:
1. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro
2. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin
3. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
4. “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
5. “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” – Anonymous
6. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
7. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”– Stephen Covey
8. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
9. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson
11. “Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” – C.S. Lewis
12. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
13. “Life’s too mysterious to take too serious.” – Mary Engelbreit
14. “Go forth boldy, and mighty forces will come to your aid” – Anonymous
15. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking
16. “I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” – Joan Rivers
17. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
18. “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney
19. “There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” – Terry Pratchett
20. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb
21. “There is no elevator to success – you have to take the stairs.” – Anonymous
22. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare
23. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
24. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
25. “There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland
26. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill
27. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
28. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
29. “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris
30. “The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” – Zig Ziglar
31. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
32. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
Which quote helped you the most? Comment below!
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It seems in the last decade or so, motivational quotes and inspirational quotes are front and center on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder why. They really do have that impactful kick to make you get up and do stuff!
I know for me, it was all these quotes that I kept reading that:
- pushed me out of my comfort zone
- gave me courage to smash goals
- helped me believe in myself
- soothed my broken heart sometimes
- helped me out of rock bottom, and
- kept me strong in times of trouble
Legends like Les Brown, Joel Brown and Tony Robbins motivated the crap out of me. I stayed strong and focused because of their powerful words. I mean, they did quote all these inspirational words to motivate us, no?
Of course they did. So I’ve searched high and low for the best and most empowering famous quotes of all time in hopes they inspire you like they did me.
Do quotes really help?
The answer is yes and no. No they won’t work if you read them, brush them off and never feel the power of their words.
Yes they will work if you make them work for you and you want them too. Quotes are like affirmations. Many of us recant affirmations either as part of our morning routine, evening routine or just whenever we need a boost.
When you read them and repeat them out loud and feel each and every word in every ounce of your being, they work!! Besides, I’m living proof they help. Empowering quotes have helped me out of rock bottom twice, depression a few times, and helped me smash and achieve goals.
So yes, they work. And these most famous quotes I’ve chosen are famous for a reason. They have inspired, motivated and empowered millions of people around the world to chase their dreams, believe in themselves and never give up.
Without further ado…
10 famous quotes on taking action and not giving up
1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney
2. Anybody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death. ~Jen Sincero
3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. ~Henry Ford
4. The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome. ~Iva Ursano
5. I’ll try is the battle cry of wimps. ~Tony Robbins
6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Ghandi
7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa
8. Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly. ~John Kennedy
10. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. ~Brené Brown
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11. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou
12. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey
13. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu
14. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha
15. Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place. ~Les Brown
16. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West
17. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho
18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Franklin D.Roosevelt
19. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill
20. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw
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21. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
23. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr
24. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ~Nelson Mandela
25. If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky’s the limit. ~Joel Brown
26. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller
27. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky
28. If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill
29. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
30. Often our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed. ~Joel Brown
Write them out!
I always tell people to write that out and stick it in a place you will see it and read it everyday. That’s how quotes work.
My favourite famous quote of all time and one you should read over and over again, Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right. Read that when self doubt creeps in.
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