78 Wise Quotes on Life, Love and Friendship
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Life is a gift.
When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to understand and implement many of the lessons from the people who came before us. Specifically, we should look to wise quotes about life that provide great insight into how we can improve our lives.
In this post, you will discover 78 great quotes from successful people. This can help you capture a little bit of their wisdom and get some great insights along the way.
Here you'll find:
- Quotes about love
- Quotes about life
- Quotes about friendship
- And wise quotes about everything in between
To help you out, we have separated this post into four sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your friends and family.
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The Meaning of Life
What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is the way you are living and your existence in general. Life is comprised of different definitions and meanings by different people.
Aristotle said, "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence." The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:
Wise Quotes About Life
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
“No one ever finds life worth living - one has to make it worth living.”
– Winston Churchill
“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.”
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw
“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
– Les Brown
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“Today is life--the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”
– Dale Carnegie
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
“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.”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You can never plan the future by the past.”
– Edmund Burke
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”
– Dennis P. Kimbro
“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”
– Anna Quindlen
“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.”
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”
– Vivian Komori
“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
– Robert Frost
“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”
– W. M. Lewis
“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.”
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”
– Denis Waitley
“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
– Vince Lombardi
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One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backwards? Unfortunately, that is not the way things work. We gain important pieces of wisdom through experience.
Often, this experience would serve us a lot better if we can learn it a lot earlier.
One of the most important areas where time works against us is in finances. The power of compound interest means that making the right monetary moves as early as possible can give us the best gains in life.
To find more things, we should start young, check out this post:
This post showcases habits that are more powerful the younger you are able to start them.
To see some more generic success habits that will help you achieve success at any time in your life want to, take a look at this post on The Psychology of Winning.
Quotes on Life Experiences
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?”
– Robert Frost
“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”
– Jimmy Connors
“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”
– Ming-Dao Deng
“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.”
“...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
– Patrick Süskind
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.”
“He who has a way to live can bear almost any how.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”
– Auguste Rodin
“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”
– Thomas Carlyle
“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”
– C.G. Jung
“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.”
“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”
– Paulo Coelho
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
– John Gardner
“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”
– Susan May Warren
“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.”
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”
– Harold Kushner
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”
– Pete Seeger
“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”
– William Faulkner
One thing that life experiences teach us is that you don’t get something for nothing. Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a bribe or reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action.
To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.
Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.
The following wise quotes about love, give some great insights into the power of love, and the amazing effects it can have on your relationship with life, both good and bad.
The Meaning of Love
If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion. Love is kindness, and love is an adventure as you can see by the following short inspirational quotes:
Wise Quotes About Love
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
– Victor Hugo
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”
– Richard Warren
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller
“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”
– Thomas Merton
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
– Joseph Campbell
“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy."
– Theodor Reik
“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”
– George W. Melville
“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.”
“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”
– Jeanne Moreau
“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”
– Sam Keen
“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”
– Albert Ellis
“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.
The Meaning of Friendship
When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.
However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:
Quotes About Friendship
“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
– David Tyson
“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.”
– Ally Condie
“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
– Amy Poehler
“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.”
– Oscar Wilde
“Make a friend when you don't need one.”
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
– Jim Morrison
“No friendship is an accident.”
– O. Henry
“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.”
– Author unknown
“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
– Arnold H. Glasgow
“The best mirror is an old friend.”
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”
– Miles Franklin
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.”
– Ed Cunningham
Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.
When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.
This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.
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