The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
—Ben Stein (b.1944) American Lawyer, Writer, Economist, Humorist
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die- whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.
—Gilda Radner (1946–89) American Comedian, Actress
Do not take life too seriously—you will never get out of it alive.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
—Arthur Ashe (1943–93) American Tennis Player
We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.
You live but once; you might as well be amusing.
—Coco Chanel (1883–1971) French Fashion Designer
You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
—William Watson Purkey (b.1929) American Educationalist
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
—Danny Kaye (1913–87) American Actor, Singer, Comedian
I love life because what more is there.
—Anthony Hopkins (b.1937) Welsh-born American Film, Stage Actor
The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
—Oprah Winfrey (b.1954) American TV Personality
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
—Anne Frank (1929–45) Holocaust Victim
I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.
—Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) American Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
—Bessie Anderson Stanley American Poet
In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
—Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) American Mormon Religious Leader
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
—Charles Darwin (1809–82) English Naturalist
We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.
—The 14th Dalai Lama (b.1935) Tibetan Buddhist Religious Leader, Civil Rights Leader, Philosopher, Author
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
—Jim Carrey (b.1962) Canadian Actor, Comedian
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.
—Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–91) Polish-born American Children’s Books Writer, Novelist, Short Story Writer
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) German Philosopher, Scholar, Writer
And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.
—Grandma Moses (1860–1961) American Painter, Artist
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
—William James (1842–1910) American Philosopher, Psychologist, Physician
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
—Wayne Dyer (1940–2015) American Self-Help Author
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968) American Author
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) French Theologian, Musician, Philosopher, Physician
It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed, I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
—Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) French Head of State, Physician, Publisher, Political leader
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. The fatal thing is the rejection. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
—Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) American First Lady, Diplomat, Humanitarian
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
—James Allen (1864–1912) British Philosophical Writer