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35+ Inspirational Quotes and Sayings About Life

I joyfully strive to create ripples of inspiration to empower people to be winners of life through writing, life coaching, and healing.

These quotes on life might just give you the inspiration you're seeking.

These quotes on life might just give you the inspiration you're seeking.

Living a Life of Inspiration

I love inspirational quotes about life. Why? Because life has become an important thing for me. I have chosen to live a life of inspiration by finding ways to inspire myself. I know making this article is one of them. Basking in these words gave me new hope. That brought me to a new level of awareness, and that gives me another perspective so I can ponder and reflect on where I am now.

May this beautiful collection of inspirational quotes about life truly inspire you. Enjoy!

Quotes and Sayings About Life

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." —Albert Einstein

"To live in this single moment, this lightest breath, this softest touch, to be captured by this smallest, this briefest space of time, to be fully present, alive, consumed in this instant alone, this is truly living." —Jill Pendley

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." —Melody Beattie

"Life is a long lesson in humility." —James M. Barrie

"The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values." —Norman Thomas


"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." —Danny Kaye

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

"Life appears to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong." —Charlotte Brontë

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

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." —Maya Angelou


"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature." —Zeno

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

"There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle." —Deepak Chopra

"I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles." —Zig Ziglar

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." —Winston Churchill


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." —John Lennon

"The most valuable thing I have learned from life is to regret nothing." —Somerset Maugham

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." —Dalai Lama

"When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

". . . where we entirely miss the obvious—that is, that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries, and we're each following our own paths of enlightenment." —Dan Brown


"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring." —Oscar Wilde

"As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind." —Anthony de Mello

"There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle." —Deepak Chopra

"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive—the risk to be alive and express what we really are." —Don Miguel Ruiz

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." —Thomas H. Huxley


"There is a family of us who have this yearning for a kind of excellence that we can manifest every day of our lives, a family who wants to believe we're not pawns, we're not victims on this planet, that knows we have the power within us here and now to change the world we see around us!" —Richard Bach

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others." —Marianne Williamson

"Our lives are a series of defining moments, strung together by passing time. Surrender fully to this moment, because it is not the moment itself that defines us, but how we choose to live in it." —Jill Pendley

"With courage and confidence, let our lives confirm the highest and best qualities we know we have. And, with that, we can avoid the need to prove those qualities to anyone. Like putting together the ingredients of a cake—if you put together love, courage and tenderness, you will get a great life—every time." —Laura Teresa Marquez


"My turning point was my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It was then that I, who had dedicated most of my life to penetrate the 'secrets' of the universe, realized that there are no secrets. Life is and will always be a mystery." —Paulo Coelho

"So this world, I think, and an indefinite number of other worlds of our creation, are also—we're here for fun; we're here for learning; we're here for remembering who we are, and who we are, are expressions of life so absolutely linked with the life that is, always was, always will be." —Richard Bach

"When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities." —Deepak Chopra

"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now?" —Max Lucado

"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." —Oprah Winfrey

Life is a promise; fulfill it.

— Mother Teresa

Do the Things You Love

As I end this collection of inspirational quotes about life with Mother Teresa's quote, I couldn't help but feel so great and hopeful and optimistic and want to go out into the world and be a better person. I know there will be difficult days when I would rather sulk and pout and be depressed. But I have made a choice to be happy. And one of the things that will make me happy is doing the things I love so I can be more of me . . . life's most beautiful gift.

That is my challenge. And it will be a joy to fulfill life's promise. And my dear friend, wherever you are now and whatever you are doing and whoever you are becoming, I wish you a life of love, meaning, and joy.

Love and light be upon you.



Rose Rodier on March 23, 2018:

O enjoyed every word. I wrote this years ago.

Let every special day I live, reflect God's goodness in some way that

only happiness I'll give.

Julie K Henderson on May 08, 2015:

What a fantastic collection of quotes. Well done. I especially like the one by Oscar Wilde.

Maricris on April 08, 2012: inspires me more reading your quotes!

hamza on February 29, 2012:

thank you for this sugestion

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on February 17, 2012:

I thank you for sharing your experience here. Blessings to you Izzy. T0 a world that is bright and beautiful for all of us to enjoy. Love and light always... :)

Izzy509 on February 16, 2012:

Yesterday, was so bright and beautiful outside that I couldn't resist going to one of the most beautiful Parks I've ever visited to walk and enjoy it's natural beauty. Before I could get out of my vehicle, two or three cars of young guys got out of their cars, no doubt to play basket in the Parks' Gym. However, all the way to the gym, they hurled profanity at each other as if it was appropriate and acceptable public behavior. Maybe that type of behavior is becoming more and more acceptable in our society. Not just at the Park, I live in a college town, it's at Department Stores and everywhere on the college campus. Michele, a hub like yours is like minty fresh mouthwash to 'bad mouthed society'. Your selection of inspiring quotes reminded me of how we each can better our world by sharing things of beauty to others. By doing so, Michele, today my world feel bright and beautiful again. :) Thank You.

Raziya on February 03, 2012:

I like all the inspirational quotes... :)

sahra alcala on January 25, 2012:

i love all of them..............

Idahosa c on January 18, 2012:

Every day in a man's life is a light forward which he tried to catch up with.

diamond on January 15, 2012:

very nice article.

Lunarion on December 08, 2011:

I'm immensely grateful to u for collecting such an inspirational quotes..Thanking you again.

Sherpa on October 29, 2011:

I loved this page so much. Thax for sharing such an inspirational quotes. It's give me strength for life.

fabio on October 25, 2011:

Thanks for sharing! Bests

Peter on October 22, 2011:

"That is my challenge. And it will be a joy to fullfill life's promise. And my dear friend, wherever you are now and whatever you are doing and whoever you are becoming, I wish you a life of love, meaning and joy."

This part made me cry.

I am glad I have found other people realizing how beautiful life is, and how beautiful the world will be if we realize that we are all friends in this world.

Thank you for sharing :) I truly appreciate what you had done here.

sonydhiman on September 28, 2011:

Very nice quotes... Thanks for sharing :)

Andy on September 21, 2011:

I am truly inspired after reading these quotes.Thank you for sharing.


mily ghosh on September 05, 2011:

Very sensational quotes for life. I really get enhanced

danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on July 22, 2011:

This is a great hub. You have compiled an extensive list of quotes. Thank you for putting in all this effort. I am inspired by your hub.

visionandfocus from North York, Canada on May 29, 2011:

Great quotes and I absolutely love the photo of the two little girls dancing in the rain. Thanks for sharing!

Hanna Hashim on March 07, 2011:

One of the best hubs ever!

qwidjib0 from IL on January 20, 2011:

Really liked your layout with the images on this one. Keep the quotes coming! :)

ultimatepotential from India on June 13, 2010:

I am truly inspired after reading these quotes. Thanks!

Inspiring Stories

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on February 26, 2010:

Thanks Gordon. It's a joy to share inspiration. Blessings to you.

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 26, 2010:

Wow. I think that anyone in need of any form of inspiration whatsoever would find it here. Wonderful Hub!

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on February 11, 2010:

Hehehe So many of these are my favorites. :) Thanks for dropping by. :)

askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on February 10, 2010:

I really do enjoy quote collections. This is such a nice and uplifting collection of inspiring quotes. I really like the one by Emerson. Do you have a favorite?

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on February 09, 2010:

Thanks for the comments. May life continue to be beautiful for you guys :)

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 08, 2010:

Awesome! Love these quotes! Thank you very much!

Philipo from Nigeria on January 27, 2010:

Very nice collection. Very inspirational. Very motivational. Thanks for sharing.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on January 24, 2010:

An amazing post, you are very patient ripplemaker

d luck on January 18, 2010:

i like dance in the rain pict. so cute.

umybaby on January 16, 2010:

This is inspiring I like this hub.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on January 13, 2010:

Thanks guys for all the comments.

Lou, I will read your hub when I get back tonight... :)

Creaminizer, I will read this hub you have written...thank you for this great honor! :)

Creaminizer23 from New York, Usa on January 13, 2010:

What an inspiring hub! I have been touched by what you have written.

Congrats! Your hub has been included in my compilation of the most inspiring hub in the whole hubiverse.

Lou C on January 13, 2010:

Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational quotes. Quotes are very much a part of my life. I use them all the time and integrate them in my art and photography. So many of the quotes you chose, I had never seen before. This was a beautifully written hub.

I just published my first inspirational piece, please feel free to check it out.

scheng1 on January 04, 2010:

I love that "regret nothing" quote. It's a waste of time to regret, since we cannot change the past.

Kristie91 on December 30, 2009:

good collection(:

my favorite quote is "don't be threatened by people smarter than you. Compromise everything but your core values. Seek to renew yourself even when you're hitting home runs. And everything matters." Howard Schultz.

docrehab from MIAMI, FL on December 24, 2009:

Nice article!

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on December 21, 2009:

Cheeky Girl and Hypnodude, inspiration given and received is a blessing. Life is beautiful as you both are. Thanks!

Andrew from Italy on December 21, 2009:

Inspiration is always needed, and in these hard times more than ever. You've written a much needed hub.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on November 28, 2009:

Some beautiful lovely sentiments here! The warmth is shining out of this Hub! I could heat my apartment with this Hub! LOL! Ripplemaker, you make a difference!

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 24, 2009:

Trisha, you just brightened my day! Thank you! Thank you for taking the time to light someone's life--mine! Blessings and peace... :)

Trisha on November 24, 2009:

I know I don't know you, but thank you for adding something positive to my life from your example and from your words. You are a light to many.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 23, 2009:

Jerry and Beth, thank you for your presence in my life by being here with me remember and acknowledge the beauty of all that is! :)

Beth100 from Canada on November 22, 2009:


I can always count on you for a light and refreshing outlook on life. Thank you.



jerrydel44 on November 22, 2009:

so wise from one who is so young. Really enjoyed. God Bless.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 21, 2009:

Pillar and townart, blessings and love to you and your life. :)

townart on November 21, 2009:

Wonderful collection...many I've never come across before. I especially liked the one from Oscar Wilde about keeping love in your heart.

PillarComfortenya on November 20, 2009:

Waoooooooo! that was an awesome one. It sent extra life into my life. Regards.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on November 20, 2009:

Pink Hawk, sheryl, Mike, Better Life, Dadio: Thank you for your inspiring comments. It is wonderful to be reminded how beautiful life can be and it is doubly great when it shared too. :) Thanks!

Da-dio on November 19, 2009:

My heart sinks when I hear someone - especially a young person - say "I have no life" or something equally sad. I feel compelled to help them see how beautiful life can be.

BetterLife from Louisville, Kentucky on October 20, 2009:

This is a beautiful hubpage -- the pictures, graphics, quotes are all beautifully done -- and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your experience and perceptions.

Mike Dennis on September 24, 2009:

wonderful quotes and photos too. Enjoyed very much. so inspirational.

sheryld30 from California on September 20, 2009:

Absolutely Beautiful~ And inspiring!! :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on September 18, 2009:

Great quotes! thank you for sharing! :) boost my energy...

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on September 14, 2009:

nikki: You are a lover of quotes, I can see. Thanks for visiting my quote hubs. :)

nikki1 on September 14, 2009:

I love this hub. Filled with happiness =D

antoinette on August 20, 2009:

dont judge a book by its cover

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on August 16, 2009:

Oh he did? Why? That sounds intriguing. :) Thanks for sharing your favorite quote Uzdawi.

Uzdawi on August 16, 2009:

I love the last quote down the comment section it reminds me when i was traveling in denmark, i must ask you 1 thing it is off the topic, but did you now that Hans Christian Anderson was always carinng a rope...He is one of my idols..

You forgot one of my favorite quotes: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on August 05, 2009:

Hi Rainbow World, go paint a rainbow today in someone's life. Thanks for dropping by.

Rainbow World on August 04, 2009:

I am greatly inspired by the many good hubs here.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on July 29, 2009:

Thanks hilltrekker. I like those words..tiny lives that inspire..on my way to check that site. :-)

hilltrekker on July 29, 2009:

I loved reading this hub. Thanks for posting so many wonderful quotes.

Tiny lives that inspire

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on July 26, 2009:

Jill: I have many quotes hub LOL I love quotes and get inspired collecting and reading and reflecting...I know you know what I mean. :-) Great to see you here!

jill of alltrades from Philippines on July 26, 2009:

I didn't realize you also have a "quotes" hub until I saw the related hubs when I published "make me a picture, write me a line" 2 weeks ago. We even have some similar quotes cited. This is great!

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on July 03, 2009:

Hi Kate and dashingclaire, many thanks. To an inspiring life! :-)

dashingclaire from United States on July 03, 2009:

What a wonderful idea!

Kate Flye on June 24, 2009:

Our life is what we choose to make it, and I live it to the fullest that I can! Great selection of quotes ripplemaker you're an inspiration yourself!

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 11, 2009:

Hi Hawkesdream, yes that is beautiful. :-) I like that philosophy.

Hi cobraski, glad you enjoyed this life quotes. :-)

Hi carmelpup, that we do. :-)

carmelpup from on June 10, 2009:

thanks for the positive insight, we could all use some inspiration!

cobraski from Maryland on June 06, 2009:

An enjoyable read! Thanks

Al Hawkes from Cornwall on May 19, 2009:

To laugh often and much, is a grand phylosophy to have.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 18, 2009:

Hey funride, I am smiling as you are visiting my hubs. I have missed you and very happy to see you here. :-) That inspires me too. Many many thanks! Hugs... You take care... Regards to the princesses in your life. :-)

Ricardo Nunes from Portugal on May 18, 2009:

I don´t know if it was you or those quotes... but I´m feeling invigorated now. Thanks ;)

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2009:

VioletSun, it does feel good being asked so keep asking! Hahaha And more so when you say I have potential...that inspires me! I just have to tell you that is the effect on me. Yes, you should write your book too! Maybe we can set deadlines for each other and help prompt each other. LOL :-) Thanks for making me smile.

Hi Trish, thanks for visiting and picking the quote that inspired you! Love and light... :-)

trish1048 on May 15, 2009:

This part is my favorite "to leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Thanks for sharing.

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on May 15, 2009:

Michelle: Hahaha, didn't realize its me who has been asking you the longest, but yup, it sounds like me; when I see potential, I can't seem to let go. LOL! Now, I also have to follow my own advice and write my book. :)

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2009:

Hi my dear sis dottie, I confess your really know how to make me feel good all over. It just makes me want to keep on being a better person. I thank you for that endlessly. :-) Well, we are the same...I loved all these quotes too. And now I can just come here for a visit and read this hub whenever I need them. Hahaha Cool! Thanks dear angel dottie, I'll be visiting your hub in awhile! See you! Hugs...

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2009:

Hi VioletSun, I was just teary eyed a few minutes ago as I recognized love. It's funny when that happens in the most unexpected of moments and it inspired me a lot. So as I read all your comments and yours, it made me teary eyed again. I guess life is beautiful now that I have found joy within me. As for the book, I had to smile. Do you know you are the one person who has been asking for that book for the longest time now. Hahaha And I love you for that! :-) I promise when the hubchallenge is done. I am going to work on it. Much love to you my dear Marie. Hugs...

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 15, 2009:

Hi cashmere, the Dalai Lama is a wise man. And you are wise to learn from him. :-)

Hi Cris, it is beautiful with people like you around to share it with. :-)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on May 14, 2009:

It was really hard to choose just one quote that inspires me from your list of quotes because I really love them all!   I love inspirational quotes and when I saw the title of this hub, I said Yipeeee... but ya know, I really loved reading about your own personal challenge in the way you wrapped it all up!  Now that inspired me. Good job!


VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on May 14, 2009:

Einstein's quote about life being a miracle is my absolute favorite one; I use it as part of my signature in some forums.

And when are you going to write a book? I mean sister, you know how to put inspirational works together very well. :)

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on May 14, 2009:


Life is beautiful despite whatever's happening around us. And these quotes paint the picture quite nicely. Keep sharing and shining :D

cashmere from India on May 14, 2009:

Dalai Lama really hit upon the purpose of life. Lovely pics.

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 14, 2009:

Hi Patty, refreshing sounds cool! :-) Thanks for the comment.

Hi compu-smart, hahahaha, thanks! I already visited your birthday hub on May 5. You refuse Dottie her request? LOL

Michelle Simtoco (author) from Cebu, Philippines on May 14, 2009:

Hi Jmell, nice to see you again :-)

Tony Sky from London UK on May 14, 2009:

Hi Ripplemaker, this hab has inspired me just like you always do!:)

PS, You have answers..ish! at your birthday hub:D

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 14, 2009:

You're finding so many I have never heard, it's refreshing.

Jmell on May 14, 2009:

Thank you! I'm sure tons of us need these reminders!