Friday, June 4, 2010

111 Insightful Life Quotes

*** Give yourself some mind food to enjoy as you ponder your own place in the Universe.

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From Denny: What a quest this search turned out to be! We people types certainly have our opinions about what we think Life is all about. :) Whenever I'm pondering a concept - and in this case it's Life itself - I like to look at all the facets. It's the intense subtleties in Life, those minute shadings of meaning, that bring so much richness into our awareness.

And, since I so enjoy numbers and numerology, the number "1" kept showing up as a reminder to us that we all really are One in the great universal thought. We are expressed as those individual intense subtleties and facets in Life for we are all, collectively, Life celebrated.

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

* 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 strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver

* Life is something that everyone should try at least once. - Henry J. Tillman

* Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you. - Wally 'Famous' Amos

* Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

* Where there is love there is life. - Indira Gandhi

* We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Live dangerously and you live right. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

* The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. - Victor Hugo

* The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Robert Byrne

* Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. - Lillian Dickson

* There is no wealth but life. - John Ruskin

* Life is the sum of all your choices. - Albert Camus

* I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. - T.S. Eliot

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

* Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. - Henry Van Dyke

* The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. - Henry Miller

* Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. - Martin H. Fischer

* For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

* If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. - Thich Nhat Hanh

* To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. - Reba McEntire

* The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss. - Thomas Carlyle

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

* God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how. - Henry Ward Beecher

* In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. - Robert Frost

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

* Life is nothing without friendship. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

* While we are postponing, life speeds by. - Seneca

* A life lived in love will never be dull. - Leo Buscaglia

* Your life feels different on you, once you greet death and understand your heart's position. You wear your life like a garment from the mission bundle sale ever after - lightly because you realize you never paid nothing for it, cherishing because you know you won't ever come by such a bargain again. - Louise Erdrich

* One must work and dare if one really wants to live. - Vincent van Gogh

* Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope. - Tom Head

* I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

* Live every act fully, as if it were your last. - Buddha

* To be awake is to be alive. - Henry David Thoreau

* There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything. - George Washington Carver

* We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do. - Evelyn Underhill

* The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. - Norman Cousins (who cured himself of terminal cancer by pursuing laughter every day)

* Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man. - Norman Cousins

* I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman

* As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - President John F. Kennedy

* may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
- e. e. cummings, poet

* Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution. - Anthony J. D'Angelo

* Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. - Mark Twain

* We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. - Thornton Wilder

* Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments. - Michael Vance

* Religion is not something separate and apart from ordinary life. It is life -- life of every kind viewed from the standpoint of meaning and purpose: life lived in the fuller awareness of its human quality and spiritual significance. - A. Powell Davies

* 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

* Spirituality can be severed from both vicious sectarianism and thoughtless banalities. Spirituality, I have come to see, is nothing less than the thoughtful love of life. [Spirituality for the Skeptic] - Robert C. Solomon

* I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilience and joy. - Fritz Williams

* The exercise of an extraordinary gift is the supremest pleasure in life. - Mark Twain

* They're basically moments in which you're in touch with the meaning of life, when your relationship to the rest of the universe makes sense. - Barbara De Angelis

* Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives. - Frederick F. Flack

* To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

* Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don't want to believe that. But if you're over age twenty-one, your life is what you're making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities. - John C. Maxwell

* Life is relationships; the rest is just details. - Gary Smalley

* Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. - Bernice Johnson Reagon

* 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

* Each person must live their life as a model for others. - Rosa Parks, American civil rights leader

* We as for long life, but 'tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked -- as I am surprisingly often -- why I bother to get up in the mornings. - Richard Dawkins

* Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. - George Washington Carver

* Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired. - Erik H. Erikson

* What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness. - Baruch Spinoza

* Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more. - David Steindl-Rast

* I think somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. - Eleanor Roosevelt, American First Lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

* People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. - Eleanor Roosevelt

* Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up. - Barbara Kingsolver

* To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde

* What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful. - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

* Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

* It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

* The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. - Frederick Buechner

* The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes. - Madame de Stael

* The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be. - Raymond Charles Barker

* Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power. - Stephen Covey

* Birth, life, and death -- each took place on the hidden side of a leaf. - Toni Morrison

* Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours? - Roy H. Williams

* How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. - Annie Dillard

* Everything has been figured out, except how to live. - Jean-Paul Sartre

* Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
and things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art; to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

* I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I've enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other. - Sean O'Casey

* Life is God's novel. Let him write it. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

* Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed. - Corita Kent

* To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. Blackwater Woods - Mary Oliver

* [W]e now know that the human animal is characterized by two great fears that other animals are protected from: the fear of life and the fear of death... Heidegger brought these fears to the center of his existential philosophy. He argued that the basic anxiety of [humanity] is anxiety about being-in-the-world, as well as anxiety of being-in-the-world. That is, both fear of death and fear of life, of experience and individuation. - Ernest Becker

* What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. - Leo Buscaglia

* Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back. - Arthur Rubinstein

* The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge. - Bertrand Russell

* Nothing else matters much -- not wealth, nor learning, nor even health -- without this gift: the spiritual capacity to keep zest in living. This is the creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important faiths: that you should be able to believe in life. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

* Injustice can be eliminated, but human conflicts and natural limitations cannot be removed. The conflicts of social life and the limitations of nature cannot be controlled or transcended. They can, however, be endured and survived. It is possible for there to be a dance with life, a creative response to its intrinsic limits and challenges ... [A Feminist Ethic of Risk] - Sharon Welch

* Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world -- that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me -- is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life. - Albert Schweitzer, medical doctor and humanitarian

* Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical. - Albert Schweitzer

* That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. - Emily Dickinson

* The most decisive actions of our life ... are most often unconsidered actions. - Andre Gide

* Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

* You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. - Zig Ziglar

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

* The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. - Zeno

* Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. - Fran Lebowitz

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

* To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson

* Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

* In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back. - Charlie Brown

* Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie

* What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
- W. H. Davies

* The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth. - Chinese Proverb

* An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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