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Wise Sayings - Wise Words about Life

Welcome to these wise sayings about life - and life's strange and wonderful twists and turns.

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

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Wise Sayings

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill



Life is a sum of all your choices.
- Albert Camus

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey

One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

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

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

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

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

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

The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you,
it is when you don't understand yourself.
- Anonymous

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin Mays

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
- Benjamin Franklin

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.
- Stevie Wonder

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -
but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

How far you go in life depends on your being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.
- Evan Esar

We all go through life bristling at our external limitations,
but the most difficult chains to break are inside us.
- Bradley Whitford

The person who you're with most in life is yourself
and if you don't like yourself you're always with somebody you don't like.
- Marc S. Lewis

The most important things in life are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- Confucius

You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece.
I challenge you to join the ranks of those people
who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
- Tony Robbins

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
- James Dean

Live and let live.
- Yiddish Proverb

When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
- Helen Keller

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm.
Life does give back in kind.
- Norman Vincent Peale

It is not what we get.
But who we become, what we contribute...
that gives meaning to our lives.
- Tony Robbins

Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Funny Wise Sayings

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

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Life is like a sewer...
what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
- Tom Lehrer

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- Woody Allen - Annie Hall (1977)

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

Life's like Vegas.
You're up, you're down, but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- Deconstructing Harry (1997)

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

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

Life is uncertain; always eat dessert first.
- Anonymous

Wise Words

The River of Life has no meaning -
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking
our cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is,
"Life is not supposed to be fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives mean exactly what we say they mean - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses our own path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the Melody in the Symphony of My Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Live a Life of Bold and Courageous Action Inspired by Powerful Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I become happy when I choose to accept and love all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do my best and accept life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I play with life,
laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I set today's life-rhythm with my heart-drum.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I come to life with an Open Mind, Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I gather strength from life's storms.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I alone am the MASTER of my ship of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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