100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (3rd Edition)

1) “The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.” — Maria Edgeworth

2) “It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.” — Tupac Shakur

3) “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.” — Chuck Knoll

4) “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” — Mark Twain

5) “Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.” — Lord Chesterfield

6) “Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.” — Victor Hugo

7) “I’m getting sick and tired of doing anything half-way.” — Knute Rockne

8) “I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.” — Desiderius Erasmus

9) “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” — Rabindranath Tagore

10) “Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.” — Marlene Dietrich

11) “Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.” — Alan Watts

12) “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.” — Franz Kafka

13) “It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.” — Gandhi

14) “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.” — William Law

15) “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. ” — Marcus Aurelius

16) “When the guy says go, you start to suffer — or you might as well not be out there. It’s a small piece of your life, make it hurt.” — Aaron Cox

17) “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” — George Burns

18) “He who is brave is free.” — Seneca

19) “He had not yet learned that the only safe male rebuke to a scornful female is to stay away from her – especially if that is what she desires.” — Booth Tarkington

20) “Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning – an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

21) “One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.” — George Sand

22) “I am a firm believer in if you can’t get it the old fashioned way, you don’t need it.” — Bo Jackson

23) “Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods.” — Samuel P. Huntington

24) “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” — Billy Graham

25) “Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.” — Edwin Hubbel Chapin

26) “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau

27) “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.” — Leonardo da Vinci

28) “There are three things in life which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do what we can with the third.” — Indian Proverb

29) “Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend.” — Walter Savage Landor

30) “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” — Chuck Palahniuk

31) “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

32) “Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.” — Adam Ferguson

33) “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn

34) “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” — Rabindranath Tagore

35) “No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won.” — Jim Valvano

36) “I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

37) “Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s Paradise.” — Phillips Brooks

38) “You never reject a repentant and humble heart.” — Alphonsus Liguori

39) “What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” — Tenzin Gyatso

40) “Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” — H. L. Mencken

41) “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” — Voltaire

42) “If we’re a hit, let ‘em say anything they want.” — Knute Rockne

43) “Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” — G. M. Trevelyan

44) “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” — Jules Renard

45) “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. ” — Edmund Burke

46) “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” — Hebrews 12:11-13

47) “God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

48) “He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.” — Horace

49) “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.” — V.L. Allinear

50) “The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.” — John Owen

51) “Our Lord did not try to alter circumstances. He submitted to them. They shaped his life and eventually brought him to Calvary. I believe we miss opportunities and lovely secrets our Lord is waiting to teach us by not taking what comes.” — Mother Maribel

52) “What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.” — Edmund Burke

53) “Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

54) “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” — Thomas Paine

55) “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Tim Ferriss

56) “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

57) “Christ frequently gives us the desires of our heart, though not at the peculiar time we desired, but a better time.” — Robert Murray McCheyne

58) “He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” — Horace

59) “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.” — Malcolm X

60) “The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind – not the fiend or the sadist.” — Erich Fromm

61) “Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.” — Doug Larson

62) “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” — Edmund Burke

63) “There are no right answers to wrong questions.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

64) “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

65) “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor E. Frankl

66) “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just stand there.” — Will Rogers

67) “Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” — Epictetus

68) “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” — George S. Patton

69) “There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.” — Theodore Roosevelt

70) “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” — C. S. Lewis

71) “Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” — Angelique Arnauld

72) “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

73) “People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.” — Wayne Dyer

74) “Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.” — Andrew Carnegie

75) “Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.” — Carl Jung

76) “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” — Eric Hoffer

77) “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” — Marcus Aurelius

78) “The ancestor of every action is a thought.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

79) “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” — Jack Welch

80) “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hofmann

81) “Our Lord never condemned the fig tree because it brought forth so much fruit that some fell to the ground and spoiled. He only cursed it when it was barren.” — Edwin Louis Cole

82) “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” — Epictetus

83) “Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now?” — Unknown

84) “The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.” — Carl Jung

85) “To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.” — Mikhail Bakunin

86) “Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.” — Khalil Gibran

87) “The things we remember best are those better forgotten.” — Baltasar Gracian

88) “One kind word can warm three winter months.” — Japanese proverb

89) “Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.” — Benjamin Haydon

90) “Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.” — Francis Quarles

91) “When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.” — Denis Waitley

92) “A hero is a man who does what he can.” — Romain Rolland

93) “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” — Aristotle

94) “If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.” — Epicurus

95) “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” — Ben Stein

96) “Certain truths are eternal. They don’t change with the times.” — Rick Santorum

97) “A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.” — Sigmund Freud

98) “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

99) “We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.” — Henry Ward Beecher

100) “Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their happiness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the serving.” — Harry Marsh

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100 Great Quotes About Life And Living
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (2nd Edition)

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