These powerful inspirational life quotes are true, unique pearls of universal wisdom and personal empowerment. How do we know this? Well, the way we go about choosing these happy quotes and motivational phrases are very much via our gut and instinct.
H'mmm, you may say! That sound a bit like too spiritual for me!
But actually it's very simple: Just turn off your brain and feel instead of think.
Try not to think too much when you read them. Try to feel them instead.
When you do this you will just KNOW when you've hit a true gem.
Treasure this life quote.
Perhaps write it down and post somewhere for you to see several times a day.
Well, because that simple feeling of truth should not be taken lightly. That particular inspirational life quote is obviously of great importance to you, right now at this moment.
All right, let's now have a look at some of these inspirational quotes :-)
We have one life in this body, with these talents, with this unique personality. And all of these elements of you are just craving to be used to their fullest.
Your body wants to be used, feel the world and thereby feel itself.
Your talents and inner potentials are dying to be explored and thereby have a possibility to evolve into what they do best. Your natural drive is to live out your inner potentials.
Your personality wants your life to have meaning and be of importance.
Therefore using life a way to express yourself, to mature into what you are meant to be is one of the greatest you give, not only yourself, but life and the people around you.
Here are some wonderful inspirational life quotes and motivational words that speak about the endless potential of self creation and realization:
To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to create oneself endlessly.
~ Henri Bergson ~
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
~ Oscar Wilde ~
Self creation and self actualization is contagious. Open up yourself to feel the inspiration coming from the people around you. The next example of inspirational life quotes is exactly about how one cannot help but be inspired by inspiration:
Let your life mean something. Become an inspiration to others so that they may try to do more and to become more than they are today.
~ Thomas D. Willhite ~
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
~ Erma Bombeck ~
Yes, Erma Bombeck, that must be a wonderful thing to be able to say. Imagine the sense of deep fulfillment you would have, if you, at the end of your life, could say: I lived out all of the things I was meant be. Wow!
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
~ Frank Outlaw ~
To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach.
~ Havelock Ellis ~
If we think hard about it, life may seem very complicated and the deep, wise meaning may seem very elusive.
What on earth is the purpose of any of use being here? And what is my role in this universe?
However, sometimes it's better not to think too much. Because true happiness does lie in thoughts. It does not lie in sophisticated, intellectual thinking.
Rather the opposite in fact!
Deep satisfaction and pure joy lies nothing more complicated that just Being.
Not thinking about the past or the present, but just enjoying What Is with a free, non-judgmental attutide.
These happy quotes about life are in fact motivational phrases that celebrate the joy and simplicity of Being.
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
~ Samuel Butler ~
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
~ Bertrand Russell ~
The messages of these quotes about happiness are so simple that the best way to understand them is trying not to think too much.
Just put yourself in a mood of acceptance and accept the joyful power of these inspirational quotes.
Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.
~ Marion Howard ~
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
~ Isak Dinesen ~
There is so much more to life than just existing.
Life is about living.
And living is choice about being open to world in order to experience.
And what does it mean to experience?
Well, pure experience equals pure pleasure because full and deep experience means being one with the moment, with our actions and with people around us.
It's about turning off our chatterbox and throwing limiting fear out the window and daring to be one with life itself!
Here are some good experience quotes by some famous people who truly appreciated what life has to offer:
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
~ Danny Kaye ~
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
~ Emily Dickinson ~
Yes, when we live in the moment - or in the Now - as it is also called, we don't need distractions because the moment contains whatever it is we need to experience right now.
Here are more motivational words on living a full life:
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 not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
~ Maya Angelou ~
Life likes things in harmony. Life likes things that live out who or what they are.
Life therefore has one wish for you.
And that is that you allow yourself to be who you are meant to be.
The motivational words below are about power that resides in being true to your inner nature and inbuilt potentials.
Living out your inner self and being true to yourself means living out the possibilities that life has laid out for you:
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
~ Harvey Fierstein ~
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.
~ André Gide ~
There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~ Christopher Morley ~
When is it we may feel like we live in a void, are empty inside or perhaps move around like a zombie?
Often it is when we have forgotten why we are here and what it is that makes life deeply satisfactory for us.
So what is the purpose of life? If we boil it down to the very essence, the purpose of life is living and experiencing love.
And when do we do this, when do we experience love. We experience love when we live out who we are, when we open up to the world and the people around us and when we accept everybody fully for who they are.
Here are some motivational phrases and great life quotes about purpose to inspire you:
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
~ Joseph Addison ~
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
~ Robert Byrne ~
He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for.
~ Inspirational Quotes ~
Yes, life is also about passion. Relentlessly going for what you believe will lead to deep meaning and intrinsic satisfaction.
Here are some more purpose quotes:
A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
~ Chin Ning Chu ~
A life without cause is a life without effect.
~ Barbarella ~
Can we control life?
So does that mean that we are powerless?
Not at all!
Life has its own agenda, you see, its own cycles.
However, what you can do is make a choice of being open to what life has to offer, grab what you like and go past what you don't like!
It is actually mindboggingly simple as long as you remain open.
Here are some insightful and inspirational life quotes and purpose that speak of the abstract notion that life exists in itself and that your responsibility is live it. If you want to! Again, it is all your choice!
We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
~ Lauryn Hill ~
Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
~ Leo Buscaglia ~
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
~ Richard Bach ~
But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.
~ Morgan Freeman ~
Yes, some people like Morgan Freeman become so full of gratitude that they believe that they owe it to life to do their best live it to the fullest. They feel an inner sense of obligation (in a positive way) to give life what they have!
Here are more quotes about life and living.
Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you plan to stop peddling.
~ Claude Pepper ~
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
~ Robert Frost ~
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
~ Mark Twain ~
Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.
~ Thomas L. Holdcroft ~
Are you in doubt as to whether you are really living your life and getting the most out of it?
Well, here's one way to test if you are actually truly happy with your life.
Imagine yourself near the end of your life. Here at near the end of your life you are now looking back at yourself and seeing where you are right now.
Ok, are you happy with what you see?
Or do you feel that you need to change direction in life and to make other choices?
When most people do this test they often find out that they are not happy with what they see.
Most people feel that should have prioritized differently. Some even feel they have wasted valuable time (they haven't because life gives you the experience you need) on things that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things.
So if this you: It is never too late to make a new choice about truly living!
Here are some wonderful inspirational quotes and motivational phrases about giving life all you've got:
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
~ William Wallace ~
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
~ John Lennon ~
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
~ George Herbert ~
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
~ Oscar Wilde ~
It seems easy to just live. But most of us are hindered from doing what we desire because of fear. It may be the fear of failing, the fear of the unknown, the fear of loss of security, the fear of being abandoned etc.
There are many types of fear and we all have one basic fear that prevents us from living out who we really are. Finding that fear and stopping yourself from acting from it, is the first giant step in starting to really live your life.
Here are more inspirational life quotes and motivational words on living:
Live simply that others might simply live.
~ Elizabeth Seaton ~
Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.
~ Lillian Dickson ~
I am living dying, when I should be dying living.
~ Kersti Bryan ~
When we experience emotional pain and suffering it is often because we get lost in thoughts about the past.
And when we do that, we are consequently not open towards the world and its impressions. We thereby prevent ourselves from fully experiencing what life has to offer.
Here are some great life quotes and motivational words on being present rather than escaping into the past:
Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.
~ Ann Landers ~
Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.
~ Byrd Baggett ~
As we said before, you can't control life. But you can choose make the best of it.
So don't procrastinate and wait around and for life to open up to you and serve you all the pleasures.
Instead open up to life and choose one of the possibilities that life is offering you right now. This will empower you rather making you into a passive marionette!
Here are motivational words and inspiring life quotes about time:
Time is equal to life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.
~ Alan Lakein ~
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
~ Tagore ~
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~ Andy Warhol ~
Doing isn't about mindless action, displacement activity or doing something for the simple sake of doing it.
No, doing is about having the guts to act out who you are.
It's about being true to yourself in your everyday doings.
I know that is much easier said than done but just being aware of the possibility that you can choose to live out who you are whenever you feel like, already raises your awareness and thereby brings you closer to actually doing it.
These happy quotes about life and motivational words are about action and doing:
Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke.
~ Eliot Wiggington ~
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
~ Rita Mae Brown ~
Yes, like Rita Mae Brown says, being a creator of your own rather than just being a follower of others and systems is much more pleasurable.
Here are some more happy quotes about life and action:
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
~ Maria Robinson ~
You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.
~ Barbara Hall ~
Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion.
~ Samuel Johnson ~
When is it that life seems hard?
Typically it is when we take things too seriously. When we believe that we need to do this or that otherwise we will be punished somehow - e.g. losing respect, money or the people we love.
Well, all this is just your chatterbox confusing you. The fear isn't actually real!
Being able to laugh at life or at your own situation is not only healing it also shows that you can see that you are indeed taking life too seriously and that perhaps it is time not to be so damn serious!
Here are some funny life quotes and humorous phrases:
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways.
~ Funny Life Quotes ~
I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.
~ Jack Handey ~
Life is a cement trampoline.
~ Howard Nordberg ~
Reality continues to ruin my life.
~ Bill Watterson ~
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
~ Brendan Gill ~
To end this page we will present you with a mixed collection of random life quotes and motivational phrases.
See what you make out of them! If they inspire, let them in. If not, go on to the next one:
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
Life is simple, it's just not easy.
~ Inspirational Quotes ~
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 ~
My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.
~ Louis Adamic ~
Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
~ Anthony Robbins ~
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
~ Mae West ~
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
~ Mignon McLaughlin ~
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