It’s amazing how we can all go through life differently, taking some very different paths, yet there are some universal truths that help make the process easier and more rewarding on us. We often find ourselves nodding our heads at some common life quotes that we can all see the truth in. That’s because no matter what path you choose in life, there are some very real ways to approach it that have been proven to be of value over and over again. Following are some life quotes from people who have learned a thing or two from their existence that should have you nodding your head in agreement.
1. What Is The Real Work Of Your Life?
We all have different passions in life. Some of us enjoy getting up and teaching others how to cook while some of us enjoy working with numbers behind the scenes. But, no matter what our job is in life, our real work is to continuously work on ourselves and make new discoveries. It’s not about figuring out our passion and then standing still for the rest of our lives. It’s about always growing and learning more about ourselves as we move through life because we are never perfect or finished. And it takes work! It takes commitment to try new things, keep our awareness open, and accept new habits, perceptions, and beliefs into our lives.
2. It’s None Of Your Business What Other People Think Of Your Life!
One of my new favorite life quotes, this quote is something to remember as you worry about what other people think and, potentially, let it affect how you act in life. As Anthony Hopkins says, you are who you are and you do what you do, and by accepting that fact, you will have fewer worries and more happiness in life.
Don’t expect other people to think you are as great as you think you are. And accept that they may never be able to see you for the wonderful person that you are. If you can do that, then you can go through life much easier.
3. Stop Wishing Life Had Been Different
The next time you go back to your past and wish life had been different, remember this life quote. Imagine your life as one big picture that is still being drawn. What has been drawn is permanent. There is no eraser for it. But, it helps you see the picture of how you got to where you are. If you imagine your life like this, you won’t want to erase bits of your past. It is a part of your picture. If you erase it, the picture will be incomplete.
4. You Don’t Have To Give Other People Details About Your Life
T.D. Jakes has some powerful life quotes in his pocket, and this one really resonated with me as I thought about how people use your life against you. He said that God looks at the heart, while man looks at the outward appearance and then creates a file folder on who you are and what you did, and uses it to evaluate how they feel about you. The problem is that they don’t see into your heart. They don’t know your thoughts, intentions, or anything else. They make assumptions based on those little details that label you in a way that you shouldn’t be labeled. Therefore, if you tell someone the details, you are handing them the power to judge you unfairly, and that can be detrimental to your relationship with them and your confidence and happiness.
This doesn’t mean you need to lie to others. But, you don’t need to tell everyone your deepest thoughts, biggest mistakes, or most impactful worries. The details are yours to deal with, and the points can help others understand you and your life better.
5. Age Just Makes You Better
Betty White should write a book of life quotes. I would pay pretty much anything to get into her head and see what philosophies have helped her to stay so happy and involved in life. While we know that not retiring is one of her life strategies, we can also see with this life quote that viewing aging as something positive instead of negative works too.
In reality, some things can decline with age. You can become slower and unable to do what you could as a younger person. But, when it comes to what matters in life, you get better with age because you know more about yourself, become more compassionate, and have more experience to make a difference. This is probably why many studies have shown that as people age, they become happier with life.
Therefore, don’t view life as a downward spiral; instead, see it is a process that makes you stronger as you move through it.
6. There Is No Definite Answer To Life!
We’ve all tried to find the answer to life, but Soren Kierkegaard had it right with this life quote. There’s no answer to find. As long as we live, we will never fully get the answers that we want. However, there is a life to live! So, embrace the reality of life and truly live it. That will give you much more satisfaction both now and in the long run.
7. This Is A Great Way To Appreciate Your Life
Take a second to stop complaining, stop worrying, stop fearing, stop dreading, and stop doing all those other negative things, and just see how perfect your life really is. I find that this often happens naturally when you are in nature in a beautiful setting. Looking out at the scenery, everything all of a sudden feels perfect. All those worries and fears drop away, and you can see that everything is pretty amazing in this moment.
If you are not in nature, then you have to consciously take some time out of your day to look around and see how perfect your life is. You can do this with gratitude! Instead of focusing on someone or something that makes you feel miserable, focus on someone or something that makes you feel grateful. When you do, you will appreciate your life – in this second and beyond, much more.
8. You Have Lots Of Choices In Life
Often in life we think we have two choices – this way or that way. But, life doesn’t always boil down to those two choices if you choose to change your life. Changing your life is about changing your beliefs and intentions in life, and then seeing what else is available to you.
For instance, young people are often faced with the choice of going to college or getting a job. Travelling, starting their own business, volunteering, joining a monastery, joining a band, or a number of other things are choices that are out there, just not for life as they know it. However, if they break out of their mindset and see these choices as viable, then a whole new world of choices opens up to them.
Life is not black or white. There are many different paths in life, and just because you only see a sign with two choices on which way to go next, doesn’t mean that there isn’t another path with different signs that you can jump on. You just have to find it first.
9. Live In Reality
Don’t live your life based on what other people want or what society tells you to do. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not and make decisions based from that pretend person. As long as you are in that state, as Morgan Freeman said, your life isn’t worth anything. It’s not really even your life! It’s not impacting your intentions in life and it’s not moving you anywhere closer to where you – the real you, wants to go.
See your reality. See your life as what it is. Don’t add in any extras that aren’t there. Be open and honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to go. When you do that, you will do things that challenge your reality, and you will start doing the real work of your life as we talked about in the first life quote.
10. Enjoy Life And You Will Experience Much More Joy
Do you hate life? If you do, the chances are very high that you receive a lot of bad luck and crappy circumstances. Don’t worry, it’s not life out to get you or some higher force trying to make your life miserable. It’s simply your focus on life that is attracting the bad things.
If you start to love life, then better things will start happening to you. Good luck will come your way. Good circumstances will appear. You will be met with opportunities of all kinds. This is all because when you focus on how great life is, you see all the great things that life has to offer. You can’t see those things when you are focused on how much life sucks. You can only focus on one thing at a time.
11. Never Give Up On Your Life Goals
As we said, life’s work is about working on yourself and self-discovery, and that mentality will keep you excited for your future. You will know that better things are coming. More awareness around yourself and others will be in your life. And great things can start to happen. But, if you stop believing those things, then you essentially stop doing your life’s work. You stop living. You simply exist, stuck at the point where you stopped experiencing everything that life has to offer and teach you. It really is the day you quit living.
12. Life Is Not Just About You
Jim Carrey has made us laugh and made us think, and this is one of those life quotes that comes from a complete place of knowledge. The truth is that when you have a positive effect on others, you have a positive effect on yourself too. You have an easier time getting what you want out of life. You have an easier time feeling as if you are rich and doing well in life. You have an easier time waking up in the morning and being excited about the day. When you are doing good things and making other people’s lives richer, you feel richer in your life. It can literally help you ‘buy’ the life you want without having to rely on the currency of money.
13. This Is How To Make Your Life Count!
This life quote is important to remember to stay mindful during your days. You could die at the age of 110. But, that means nothing if you didn’t enjoy everything that it allowed you to experience and learn.
Don’t try to make it through the day so you can add another one to your list of meaningless days. Instead, look for the meaning in it. Look for the value it has. Appreciate it and pay attention to it, and let it guide you towards more satisfaction in life. That will help you make this day and every day until you die count, which means your life will be full of meaning.
14. Here’s How To Work Through Hopelessness In Life
If you have never had a chance to listen to Nick Vujicic give a presentation, go and listen to one of his talks. You can find them all over the Internet. Nick has no arms and no legs, and this quote was taken from a TED talk where he talks about overcoming hopelessness, which he has dealt with in his life. The statistics that he gave during the talk about suicide are staggering. He said that one person every forty seconds will commit suicide. In other words, a lot of people are giving up hope on life.
His advice to work through hopelessness in life is to take one day at a time. There will be good and bad things that happen, but don’t get overwhelmed by everything that has happened or will happen; instead, focus on today and what is happening now. This is one of the life quotes you should pass around to everyone you know and even everyone you don’t know. You just might help someone out who currently feels hopeless.
15. Should You Have Secrets In Life?
We talked about how you don’t have to give details about your life to other people, which is important, but that doesn’t mean you should hide big things from other people. There is something freeing about not keeping secrets from the people in your life.
Just last night I talked to a senior family member who mentioned that it was better not to tell people when you are sick. She actually brought up cancer as she was talking about not wanting to bother other people, and it left me wondering why she chose that specific thing to mention. Does she have it? I have no idea! She’s too busy keeping secrets about her life from me for me to know. I know she has many secrets because I have learned about many things about her life long after they have occurred. She can’t remember what she has told or not told anymore, so sometimes she blurts out the secrets that she has been keeping for years. If she needs to hear any of the life quotes in this article, I think this one is it!
If you love people, then don’t lie to them about who you are and what you are going through. If they love you, they want to share the ups and downs with you, and won’t expect anything in return or judge you. But, when they find out you’ve been keeping secrets through your entire relationship with them, they will start to question who you really are and then feel a disconnect from you. It’s your choice in the end, but I think that being honest about who you are is much easier on you and your relationship than holding it all in.
16. Make Your Own Path In Life
The herd mentality is strong, and if you follow it, you may end up going over a cliff! The herd doesn’t think for themselves. They don’t follow their own path, listen to their inner guidance system, or embrace what is right for them. They try to fit in and be like the rest of the herd, and that is what you will do if you don’t get intent on creating your own path in life.
When you do break out of the herd, you will find life is much more rewarding! You will find your inspiration in life and focus on it, and life will take a whole new exciting turn that the people in the herd will never understand.
17. Here’s How To Be A Master Of Something In Life
You can become a master of something in life, but you have to be devoted to it. You have to be willing to work on it constantly so that you can learn more about it, practice it, and get to know it inside and out. Any genius out there already knows this. You need to immerse yourself in what you want to become a master at if you are going to have any chance of doing so.
In other words, if you are upset that you can’t master something in your life, then you now have an answer on how to do it. You can’t expect mastery in life from occasionally doing something. Commitment is the key.
18. Don’t Waste Your Time In Life
What better way to waste your time than to do more of what doesn’t work? If it doesn’t work now, it’s not going to magically start working out for you. You need to embrace change and start doing something different in order to get it to work.
You already know what doesn’t work. You may not tell yourself directly that your actions, thoughts, or attitude is not working for you, but you know it deep inside. Therefore, when you are not getting the results you want in life, stop doing what doesn’t work, because it doesn’t work, and you will stop wasting time.
19. Get In The Gratitude Groove
Gratitude is a life changer. I’ve said it over and over again because it’s so true! As Michael Beckwith says, when you get in the grove of gratitude, your heart softens, your mind opens, and everything takes on a whole new level of amazing. Your whole world changes because you can see it in a brand new perspective.
You will not find one enlightened person who doesn’t recommend gratitude to make your life better. It has been proven to get real life results, and there are no negative side effects to it. So, start being grateful today for everything, even the small things, and you will find that your life will be much more rewarding because of it.
20. Talk The Talk And Walk The Walk In Life
You say that you want a better life, but are you doing what you need to do to get it? Are you actually reading these life quotes and applying what makes sense to your life? Are you taking action on becoming more involved in the moment and your reality and doing what you need to do to change things from what you don’t want to what you do want?
Almost everyone I’ve met can talk the talk, but very few will make the effort to walk the walk. It takes a little discomfort, a little change, a little truth that can hurt, but it helps you create the life that you actually want to live. So do it!
21. Take Care Of Yourself For A Healthier Life
We seem to think that we have all the time in the world to correct our unhealthy mistakes, but that’s just an excuse. Everything you do today towards your health will impact your tomorrow. If you are unhealthy today, then there is a chance you will end up getting sick in the future from your actions. But, if you do what you can to take care of yourself, then you are doing what you can to prevent getting sick in the future.
Prevention is much easier than treatment. Keeping things working optimally in your body can stop disease from coming. When you do get a disease, it’s not always curable, and you will wish you had taken a little bit of prevention to avoid facing a life with something that affects your energy, mood, and capabilities.
Focus on prevention in life. Don’t excuse behaviors with the belief that you will take care of problems when they come, because you may not be able to. It’s a reality of life that we all have to face!
22. Here’s How To Start Being Happy In Life Right Now
Most life quotes teach you how to be happier in life, but this one is pretty straight forward and on point. When we are not happy with what we have, and we crave something different, then we live in a state of unhappiness. Our focus in on lack, and that makes us feel upset about life. But, when we are happy with what we have, we aren’t focused on lack but on gratitude, and that causes us to be happy.
In other words, if you are unhappy, stop focusing on what you don’t have and start being grateful for what you do. Learn how to want the things that are in your life and appreciate them for what they are. Just that shift of perception can shift how you feel when you wake up in the morning.
23. You Need To Do This In Order To Recreate Your Life
Your mind controls everything in life. Your mind dictates what you will and will not do. Your mind dictates what you can and cannot see in your life. It dictates how happy you are, how motivated you are, and how capable you are. Your mind is at the center of how your life has played out to this point, and it is vital that you learn how to control it in order to change your life from what it is now to something else.
Engage your mind with meditation, self-discovery, and all kinds of experiences, and keep it open and non-judgmental in the process. If you can, then you can start to re-create your life. But, if you let your mind be controlled by false things, such as judgment, anger, or fear, then you are never going to be able to change your life into what you want it to be.
24. Ditch The Anger From Your Life
Anger is no good for your life. While many people believe their anger determines what type of person they are and how they will be judged by everyone and everything, the worst part about anger is that it punishes you every day you feel it. By being angry, you put yourself at a disadvantage in life. You can’t enjoy the little things or even the big things. You hurt your relationships with others. You lower your self-worth and self-confidence. You minimize your happiness and sometimes eliminate it because you are so focused on your anger. You stay focused on the negative things in life and let the good things pass you by. Anger is the worst emotion for living a happy life, and if you don’t want to be punished by it every day, you need to ditch it.
25. You Are Not Stuck In Life
This quote was taken from one of the books that helped me think about life in a completely different way, Ask And It Is Given. Life doesn’t stop, ever. Things are always changing and you have the ability to change for the better or the worse.
The notion that we can be stuck in life is a big one! We hear it all the time, from others and from ourselves. We feel stuck in our relationships, career, or health, and we feel like we can’t find a way out of it. The best way to find a way out is to realize that there is a way out.
When you realize that you are always growing or shrinking in life, you won’t believe in the premise of being stuck. You will be able to see how you are moving backward or how you can move forwards, and then you can choose to take action or not. But, you will know that no action will keep you moving backward while positive action will help you move forward.