Life Quotes

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

One man in his time plays many parts.

William Shakespeare

He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.


One returns to the place one came from.

Jean de la Fontaine

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson

It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

Lionel Trilling

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.

Aldous Huxley

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

Winston Churchill

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre

For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die.

Oscar Wilde

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

George Whitefield

My advice to those who are about to begin, in earnest, the journey of life, is to take their heart in one hand and a club in the other.

Josh Billings

One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.

Madame de Stael

All of life is more or less what the French would call s’imposer – to be able to create one’s own terms for what one does.

Kenneth Tynan

The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.

Comtesse Diane

Real life seems to have no plots.

Ivy Compton-Burnett