27 Nov 70+ Life Quotes to Live Happier [Images, Tips, Updated 2017]
I’ve collected my favorite life quotes, images and tips. Life can be a bumpy journey with many ups and downs. How you view significant events and people during your life is often a reflection of your internal mindset. With a positive and strong viewpoint, life can be fantastic with all challenges winnable. With a negative view, life can be filled with pain and suffering that friends and family may not be able to console you on.
Inspiring Messages and Images About Life
I hope this list of reflections and insights on life can provide you some peace and understanding as you traverse this winding path. Here the best quotes on life:
1. Life is always in motion, flow with it
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Remember that life and time with move with or without you. It’s OK to stay still from time to time to collect your thoughts and re-evaluate your decisions. However if you want to grow and progress, you’ll have to keep moving forward, even if that means often facing uncomfortable situations.
2. Believe in your worth
“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.” – Vincent van Gogh
You have intrinsic value and were meant to be here. While life can feel overwhelming at times, remember that you are often given the tools and resources to overcome any obstacle that comes your way. Life is a process and you don’t have to feel down or depressed just because you aren’t exactly where you think you should be.
3. Take care of your parents
“Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.” – unknown
If you are lucky enough to have loving parents, be sure to return the time, attention, and care to them. We often don’t appreciate our parents, or people in general, before it’s too late. Try your best to appreciate your folks while they’re still alive.
4. Take the bad with the good in life
“Good times become good memories and bad times become good lessons.” – Unknown
Be optimistic and understand that mistakes and setbacks will become valuable lessons for the future. Try to cherish your better moments while you’re in them. Happy memories and experiences are what make life worth living. Try to also cherish your hardships as they are what makes life memorable.
5. Be kind to yourself
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.” – Laird Hamilton
You’re going to have enough battles with your friends, family, coworkers, bosses, and countless exterior forces – don’t add yourself to that list of conflict. Be aware of your thoughts and have patience with yourself if you want to have a happy and balanced life.
6. Find work that you love for a happy life
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” – Steve Jobs
You’re going to spend a large number of hours at your workplace. Your happiness is going to depend greatly on how well you like your job, your coworkers, your boss, and company culture in general. Choose where you work carefully because it is a big factor in your overall happiness.
7. Find balance in daily life
“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.” – Lori Deschene
Find your peace of mind and balance in your daily life. Lori Deschene runs a website called Tiny Buddha which is dedicated to mindfulness practices and simple words of wisdom. Having the right balance of hustle and calm, aggression and empathy will serve to make you a more well-rounded person.
8. Remember to praise progress
“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow” – Plato
Forward is forward, it doesn’t matter the speed. We all progress through life at different speeds, and there’s no reason to look down on someone else for going at a “slower” pace than you. At the same time, you shouldn’t feel pressure to progress faster in life by comparing yourself to others. Move at your own pace and improve as you see fit.
9. You are in charge of your emotions
“Happiness is a choice. Peace is a state of mind. Both are free!” – Amy Leigh Mercree
Move slowly towards your happiness. Remember that while many factors in life are completely out of your control, your emotions is one piece you do have some say over. Life is going to be filled with highs and lows, and it’s up to you how to perceive and handle them.
10. Make the most out of your time here
“You will never have this day again, so make it count.” – unknown
Tomorrow is never promised so try to make the most out of life. Death is something that we all have to face some day, and I hope that you can face it with as little regret as possible. We’re given the chance to start each day anew and to really do what we wish.
11. Be Yourself
“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
The people who truly love and care about you will be able to accept your flaws and help you to improve yourself at a comfortable pace. Don’t be afraid to be open and honest with them as communication is a 2 way street. Opening up to someone will allow them to come ask you for help if they need life advice too.
12. Love yourself
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown
Sometimes we can be incredibly hard on ourselves because we were brought up that way by our parents. I think most of us are harder on ourselves than others, and most of us would never talk to someone else the way we talk to ourselves internally. If we can be kinder to ourselves, that will then extend to how we treat other people in our lives.
Here is an absolutely amazing TED Talk from Brene Brown. It is also one of the most viewed TED Talks to date on the power of vulnerability:
13. Prioritize your life carefully
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu
In life we’re given a large number of options and are often overwhelmed with the possibilities. If we can prioritize correctly, whether it be our mental health, physical health, time or financial allocation then we can be more efficient and hopefully happier. If you have the right mindset in life then everything else will follow.
14. Create your own future
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln
You’re in charge of your own destiny. While there are many factors that you can’t control such as your where you were born or how you were raised, but you have control over your actions and what you choose to focus on. You can work hard to carve out your own path with what you’ve got.
15. Be present and worry less
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” – Randy Armstrong
Worry and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on your life. If we can learn to be mindful and present throughout the day we can be more productive and happier. Take action to release yourself of worry because just thinking about something will often not solve it.
16. Follow your passions
“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 most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
It’s easy to fall into the trap of people pleasing whether it be your parents, friends, boss, or significant other. Remember that you have this one life to live, so live it freely so that one day you don’t hold others in resentment or regret in your heart. It’s OK to follow your dreams responsibly and spend time on your passions.
17. Find someone to love
“There are people who are always in love with thee sky, no matter the weather. One day you will find someone who’ll love you the same way” – Unknown
Love is one of the most mysterious and beautiful part of life. Find someone to love, whether it be your family, friends, significant other or even your pets. Truly loving someone and having it returned may be all that we’re here for.
18. The mind is fertile grounds
“What we think, we become.” – Buddha
Be careful of the influences around you. There are countless external factors that affect the way we think and view the world such as the media, friends and family. Understand that the ideas you choose to be around will affect the decisions you make. Try to keep people and content that inspires you to improve yourself and your relationship with others.
19. Problems are just a part of life
Embrace our hardships and setbacks because it’s what makes life interesting and challenging. While in the moment they mean seem incredibly painful, looking back our biggest hurdles will often become some of our most cherished memories and pillars of strength for us to lean on in the future.
20. Be optimistic about life
“When it rains, look for rainbows; when it’s dark, look for stars.” – unknown
Having a positive outlook on life will really help you succeed and be happier through the journey. We can’t control the curve-balls life throws at us but we can choose how we react and interpret the curves along life’s journey. Try to stay positive today if only for a moment at a time.
21. Believe in yourself
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
This loving life quote by Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorites. We often put ourselves down and doubt our self worth. Remember that you have intrinsic value and are more worthy than you allow yourself to believe.
22. Choose your outlook in life carefully
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
You can immediately change how you view the world at any time. Whether or not an event is good or bad is often subjective and is up to you to decide. A setback in life can be seen as a learning experience or an undeserved outcome. Neither view is “correct” but one may often lead to healthy choices and relationships.
23. Start small on big challenges
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
Break down big projects and milestones in your life into bite sized pieces. Often the fear of not being able to complete a big task stops us from even giving it a shot. Remember that great things take time to build and you can be very successful by taking small steps towards your destination.
24. Know your true friends from your acquaintances
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides
Be aware of the company you keep with you. Most of your happiness and sadness in life will be based on who you choose to keep around you, whether it be friends or family. Appreciate the friends who will stay with you through the rough times.
25. Face your fears
“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” – The Dalai Lama
Your life will be infinitely more pleasurable if you are able to control your temper. Having some restraint on your emotions will help you deal with yourself and improve your interactions with those around you. There are plenty of reasons in life to get mad at, but it doesn’t mean you’re obligated to.
26. Speak kindly of others
“You can’t throw mud without getting a little on yourself” – Virtual Dost
Speaking negatively about other people also reflects negatively on you. Further more it will be another negative thought that you feed your brain. Try to be emphatic to the decision of others even though you may not agree.
27. Stand up for your beliefs
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Your values and decisions will ultimately shape your life and the person you become. Don’t compromise on your morals or fall to peer pressure.
28. Compete with only yourself
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” – Anonymous
We’re all different and should celebrate our differences rather than become competitive or jealous of what someone else has. Your only competition is with yourself. Try to just become a little better than you were with each new day.
29. Take care of yourself
“You will see in the world what you carry in your heart.” – Creig Crippen
You’ll likely treat people and your surroundings the way you perceive your own well-being. If you feel badly about yourself then you will likely see the world as a terrible place and make that a self fulfilling prophecy. Be kind to yourself and kind to the world given to you.
30. Learn from your mistakes
“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour
Don’t be too hard on yourself and understand that most mistakes are unintentional and will serve as lessons for the future. The path to success is often a bumpy one with many setbacks and challenges.
31. A little kindness goes a long way
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
Kindness is universal. It doesn’t cost anything and you can provide it anywhere you go. Take some pride that you are able to be kind to people and make our time here a little more pleasant.
32. Have patience
“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Great things take time to manifest. Unless you’re planning to win the lottery, which honestly isn’t a good or executable plan, then prepare for the long haul. Life is long and you have plenty of time to develop the relationships you want and achieve the goals you set out.
33. Have empathy
“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We don’t really know what people are going through or why they make decisions sometimes. Be kind to those you disagree with because they may have trauma in their history which manifests as bad behaviors and choices.
34. Appreciate the moment
“Sometimes you never realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
We often have fond memories in retrospect but don’t really appreciate experiences in the present. There’s really no way to remedy this other than to be aware of it. You never know what tomorrow’s going to bring so enjoy the time you have with your loved ones today.
35. Let go of your regrets
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
Wasting your time on what “could be” can often totally erase “what is”. Life never really goes as planned so take it for what it’s worth. If you don’t like how things are then work to change it.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Felt this was necessary with all this talk of “YOLO”. Take it as you will, wisdom is wisdom no matter how it’s spelled out. You only have one life that you know of so live it as you please.
37. Don’t stop living
“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” – Benjamin Franklin
Many of us give up well before our time. We may become cynical or very apathetic with our lives, relationships, and environments. Remember that we might not get another chance like this so let’s make the most of it.
38. Find the essential you
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss
This may be the only chance you get to be you – don’t waste it being someone else. It’s easy to fall into the trap of imitating success, and you’ll want to think carefully if it’s worth it.
39. Don’t go chasing waterfalls
“Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.” – Mandy Hale
Don’t force relationships in your life. Sooner or later these contrived relationships will drain you of your energy and well-being. Your true friends and true loves will come into your life naturally, just be sure you are ready and in a good state to welcome them.
40. Life quote about being true to yourself
“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix
Our time is very limited here so please use it wisely. We all have to face the consequences of our actions, both in the short term and long term, so be true to yourself and stand up to your beliefs.
41. Do your best
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
We can’t control when we die or even most factors in our lives. However, we have full control of the effort we put forth in our daily tasks. Put your heart into everything you do so that you don’t have any regrets.
42. Love creates life
“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Stay in love and you’ll stay alive. Whether that’s love for your partner, your work, or your family. Stay passionate with the way you interact in daily life and make sure you’re not just going through the motions.
43. There’s no middle ground
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King
We’re either getting better or getting worse, there’s often no such thing as maintaining. We are either alive and living a fulfilling life or we’re marching to our graves. Take hold of the day and make the most of your time.
44. Life doesn’t owe you anything
“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” – Margaret Mitchell
Let go of your expectations and be free. We rarely get what we expect in life, and instead of being disappointed, we can embrace the unknown and be happy with all that it brings.
45. Be honest
“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.” – Stephanie Klein
Life’s too short to be lying all the time. Frauds will get exposed sooner or later so don’t worry or become bitter with those around you who may be taking shortcuts. Be honest with yourself, your friends, and your family and be happy.
46. Life’s short and sweet
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson
Knowing that we’ll never have this day again is what makes it so special. The fact that we will all die sometime is a constant reminder for us to live to the fullest today. Appreciate this day because it will never come again.
47. Start fresh each day of your life
“The sun is new each day.” — Heraclitus
No matter what happens in the past, we get a new chance to start anew each day. Even if you can’t immediate change your circumstances, you can always change your mindset and move in a new direction. With everyday comes new opportunities to make better friendships, experiences, and memories.
48. Start your day happily
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” — Yoko Ono
How you start your mornings will be a good indicator of how the rest of your day will follow. Try to start with a positive mindset and like that carry you gracefully throughout your day. You can start small with some morning routines such as smiling or listening to an upbeat song.
49. Reflect every now and then
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
Take inventory of your current state of wellness. Are you happy with the people in your life right now? Are you happy with your current career or passions right now? If not, then would a change of mindset or environment bring you more peace and joy in your life?
50. Live to the fullest
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
Not appreciating life and all of the opportunities to be happy may be the greatest loss of all. We all have to die someday, but whether or not we live fully until then is up to us. Try to appreciate each moment as it passes you by because it will never come again.
51. Rise from your losses
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Malcolm X
With every loss comes a lesson to be learned. Remember that life is long and you’ll have plenty of new chances and challenges to redeem yourself. If you wallow in defeat though then you may never get a chance to win again.
52. Love is everything
“Love is all you need.” – The Beatles
The Beatles got it right with this amazing song. Love can come in many forms, it can be love for a pet, love between friends, love with a partner, or love for your family. Fill your life with love because it may be the only thing worthwhile we can hold onto.
53. Don’t compromise on yourself
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide
It’s better to be true to yourself and have a few friends than to be fake to the world for many acquaintances. Don’t pretend to be someone else just to fit into a group. The ability to be yourself is a wonderful chance that shouldn’t be wasted.
54. Treasure friends that stand by you
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell
As we go through life we’re bound to gain and lose friends. Always remember the people who stick with you through the bad times. Everyone will be there for the parties but few will sit with you in the gutters when you’re down and out.
55. Life quote about friendships
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln
Friends and enemies are purely subjective terms. If you can deploy some kindness and turn and enemy into a friend it will make your life all the more peaceful. Just remember that we are all different and that we may often disagree with each other but there’s no need to be hateful or antagonistic.
56. Life goes on
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
Remember that we are only a moment here. Life has happened long before our arrival and will continue long after. Treat with care the people you meet on your journey and be kind as everyone is just passing through.
57. You’re in control of your life
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
When you get lemons, make lemonade. Life is always going to be throwing curve balls your way so get ready to adjust. Those who adapt win in the game of life.
58. Keep life simple quote
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
With the advances of technology, we have most of our necessities taken care of. Food and shelter are often affordable, and we now focus on additional luxuries such as vacation and material upgrades. Remember that most of our happiness will likely come from the simple things like good food, Netflix, and the company of our friends and family.
59. Cherish the small moments
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
People will never forget the special moments in their lives such as their first kiss, their first friend, their first love. Try to treasure these moments that make life worthwhile and appreciate them as they are happening. Don’t look back later with regret and remorse that you did now allow yourself to live in the moment.
60. Life is an adventure
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
You only have this one life. Live out your dreams and embark on the adventure that you were meant to journey through. If you follow your heart, even the setbacks will become more bearable and ultimately a part of the grand experience.
61. Don’t waste your life
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee
We only have so much time in life. Spend it following your heart and with the people you love most. Don’t waste too much time thinking about regrets or everything you don’t have yet. Use this time to pursue your dreams.
62. Tomorrow isn’t promised
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
Cherish today because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. You may lose a loved one or have a major career change that will impact your life forever. Try to make the most of each moment because you don’t know the tragedies or advances that life has for you in the future.
63. Just start walking
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” – George Harrison
Don’t become paralyzed with too many options. If we just move forward and try to do a little better everyday, then life will often reveal a decent path for us. Don’t over worry if you don’t have your destination chosen yet because life is a journey.
64. Start learning
“This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.” – George V. Higgins
We have access to books, the internet, and people to help us educate ourselves. College is no longer the only path towards a successful career or life. Make full use of the resources around you and appreciate the many sources of knowledge that you can pull from freely.
65. Have faith in people
“If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
It’s a natural part of life that some people will betray and disappoint you. Some of these occurrences will be on purpose and other misfortune. Don’t be afraid to open your heart because the joy from finding true companions will far exceed the pain disappointments from acquaintances.
66. Don’t over-plan your life
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
Try not to over plan your life. If you plan too far in the future you will cause yourself a lot of anxiety when things don’t go as planned. Another reason to have flexible plans are to increase spontaneity and reactivity to your life. Remember that most days won’t go exactly as planned so be prepared to adjust.
67. It’s not the cards you’re dealt, it’s how you play them
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
We’re not in full control of the fate were dealt in life. We don’t choose the family were born into or the financial circumstances we begin with. We are in control of the decisions we make and how we choose to approach life however. Remember that a “bad hand” is often a winning hand given to the right player.
68. Life quote about being thankful
“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
Expectations are often the cause of our unhappiness. If we can be more grateful for what we have and less focused on what we want or don’t have then we can be more at peace. It’s great to have goals and that doesn’t mean you can’t also be thankful for what you’ve already achieved.
69. Love a little more
“You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.” – Napoleon Hill
You gotta take your chances in life. Sometimes that love won’t me returned and you’ll face disappointment. Sometimes you’ll be hurt by rejection and wish you had taken another option. Don’t let those setback get you down because it happens to all of us and it makes us stronger.
70. Take the plunge
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Part of the fun in life is that you never know for sure what’s going to happen next. Take on the journey of life and be ready for whatever comes your way.
Live as you please
The truth is we don’t really know why we’re here or what our purpose is, so until that day comes, I hope you can live as you please. Try your best to make the most out of each day, create beautiful memories with the people you love, and push forward without regrets. This will be an ever-growing list of life quotes and shareable images that will be updated frequently as new sayings and messages resonate with me.
Enjoy your life – we’re only here for a moment,