100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (5th Edition)


1) “Rescue someone unwilling to look after himself, and he will cling to you like a dangerous illness.” — Mason Cooley

2) “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” — Dale Carnegie

3) “A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.” — Orison Swett Marden

4) “For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.” — Boethius

5) “I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security – out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism…” — John Steinbeck

6) “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” — Roger Babson

7) “If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.” — William James

8) “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” — Mark Twain

9) “That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

10) “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” — Albert Pike

11) “Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral w/ mourning, for I still live as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.” — Quintus Ennius

12) “Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.” — Arthur Chapman

13) “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.” — William James

14) “The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.” — Charles Buxton

15) “Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” — Robert E. Lee

16) “Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.” — Democritus

17) “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” — Ulysses S. Grant

18) “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” — W. Edwards Deming

19) “If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.” — John Templeton

20) “Little by little one walks far.” — Peruvian Proverb

21) “There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” — Bruce Lee

22) “Pride and excess bring disaster for man.” — Xun Zi

23) “No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” — Althea Gibson

24) “It’s impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.” — Herodotus

25) “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Frederick Douglass

26) “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” — Alfred Adler

27) “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” — Socrates

28) “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.” — Robert H. Schuller

29) “People may or may not say what they mean… but they always say something designed to get what they want.” — David Mamet

30) “Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.” — Joseph Conrad

31) “Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.” — Alfred Russel Wallace

32) “My dad used to say, ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.” — Phil McGraw

33) “The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

34) “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” — Sigmund Freud

35) “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” — James Allen

36) “A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.” — Plutarch

37) “Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.” — Gary Ryan

38) “We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.” — Ellen Wheeler Wilcox

39) “Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.” — Alfred Adler

40) “I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.” — W. Somerset Maugham

41) “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

42) “He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.” — Edgar R. Fiedler

43) “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” — Proverbs 3:3

44) “He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.” — Benjamin Franklin

45) “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” — Abraham Lincoln

46) “Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.” — Amos Bronson Alcott

47) “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” — Kenji Miyazawa

48) “One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.” — Harold Coffin

49) “Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” — C. Northcote Parkinson

50) “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” — Tony Robbins

51) “Habits change into character.” — Ovid

52) “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” — Edward Butler

53) “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” — John Wooden

54) “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” — B. F. Skinner

55) “A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.” — Albert Schweitzer

56) “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

57) “Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.” — Galileo Galilei

58) “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” — Henry Miller

59) “Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” — William Eardley IV

60) “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” — Aristotle

61) “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” — Lao Tzu

62) “What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.” — Julius Caesar

63) “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

64) “Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” — Peter McWilliams

65) “What gets measured, gets managed.” — Peter Drucker

66) “The good Lord made us all out of iron. Then he turns up the heat to forge some of us into steel.” — Marie Osmond

67) “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” — Babe Ruth

68) “Someone once defined hard work as the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have.” — John Maxwell

69) “Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” — Matsu Basho

70) “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

71) “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

72) “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” — Ernest Hemingway

73) “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” — Dylan Thomas

74) “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” — The Princess Bride

75) “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” — Marcus Aurelius

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

77) “No one ever became extremely wicked suddenly.” — Juvenal

78) “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” — Vince Lombardi

79) “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

80) “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

81) “The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made his greatest gift the commonest.” — Martin Luther

82) “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” — Socrates

83) “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” — Florence Nightingale

84) “Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.” — Franz Liszt

85) “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” — George Washington

86) “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you an idiot.” — Leo Durocher

87) “Those who profess to favor freedom, & yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.” –Frederick Douglass

88) “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” — Rudyard Kipling

89) “Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.” — Will Rogers

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

91) “The proud wish God would agree with them. They are not interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s.” — Ezra Taft Benson

92) “Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” — Virginia Satir

93) “I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.” — Albert Einstein

94) “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James

95) “I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.” — Henry James

96) “We don’t get our shoulds, we get our musts.” — Tony Robbins

97) “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

98) “The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.” — Andrew Carnegie

99) “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” — Theodore Roosevelt

100) “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver W Holmes

Also see,

100 Great Quotes About Life And Living
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (2nd Edition)
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (3rd Edition)
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (4th Edition)

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