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Welcome to this collection of Famous Sayings about Life. What is the nature of life? Life can be inspiring, sad, cruel, funny, or just surprising. Let these wise and famous sayings on life by famous people shed a new light on the breadth of life and living.

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

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Famous Life Sayings

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
- Vivian Greene



Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
- Joseph Campbell

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
- Charles Dickens

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
- Henry Ford

May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
- Tennessee Williams

Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
- William Shakespeare

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
- Lou Holtz

Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.
- Horace Walpole

Life is a long lesson in humility.
- James M. Barrie

Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
- Hugh Mackay

Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, ... you're wasting your life.
- Jackie Robinson

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Famous Sayings about Life

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
- Victor Hugo

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
- Ernest Holmes

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
- Marie Curie

Be here now.
- Ram Dass

Courage doesn't always roar.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Count Your Blessings.
- Og Mandino

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

Hope springs eternal.
- Alexander Pope

Happiness Is A Choice.
- Barry Neil Kaufman

Live Your Dreams.
- Les Brown

Never stop dreaming.
- Anonymous

Live with passion.
- Anthony Robbins

Never give up.
- Anonymous

Love conquers all.
- Virgil

Whatever it takes!
- Anonymous

Seize the day.
- Anonymous

Anything Is Possible.
- Anonymous

Damn the torpedoes.
- Admiral David Farragut

Attitude is everything.
- Charles Swindoll

Believe in yourself.
- Anonymous

Practice makes perfect.
- Anonymous

Keep the Faith.
- Anonymous

Success Leaves Clues.
- Jim Rohn

Do it Now!
- Napoleon Hill

Roll with the punches.
- Anonymous

Just Do it!
- Nike ad

God doesn't make junk.
- Anonymous

Follow Your Dreams.
- Anonymous

The buck stops here.
- Harry Truman

Life is a choice.
- Anonymous

This too, shall pass.
- Bible

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Anonymous

Follow your own star.
- Anonymous

Happiness Is A Choice.
- Barry Neil Kaufman

It's never too late.
- Anonymous

No pain, no gain.
- Anonymous

Faith can move mountains.
- Anonymous

Better late than never.
- Anonymous

Reach for the stars.
- Anonymous

Dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Famous Sayings about Love

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Mother Teresa

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love is saying "I feel differently," instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

True love has no limits.
- Anonymous

Love is not a mere sentiment. Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you for that part of me you bring out.
- Roy Croft

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Funny Sayings about Life

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
- Truman Capote

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
- Carl Sandburg

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Life is not a struggle. It's a wiggle.
- Peter McWilliams

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
- Woody Allen

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
- Woody Allen

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
- Mark Twain


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