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30 Top Life Lesson Quotes

These 30 life lesson quotes offer insight and reflection from well known names in the personal development field, as well as writers and philosophers.

'Life Is' Life Lesson Quotes

  1. Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.

    Zig Ziglar

  2. Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.

    Thich Nhat Hanh

  3. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.

    Thomas L. Holdcroft

  5. Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.

    Mother Teresa

  6. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
    Lao Tzu

  7. Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.

    Irving Berlin

  8. Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life’s ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.

    Henry Miller

  9. I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.

    Anthony Robbins

  10. You are up and you are happy. You are down and you are sad. All ups and downs help you to find a balance in your being. This is what life is all about. Once balanced, no more ups and downs, but bliss and joy and silence and gratitude.


Life Lesson Quotes About What 'Life is Not'

  1. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained.

    Marie Curie

  2. Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain!


  3. Real life is not always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgment of what is working in our lives can help us not only survive but surmount our difficulties.

    Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life Lesson Quotes About Lifes Secrets

  1. One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.

    Bernard Baruch

  2. The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.

    Norman Thomas

  3. One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.

    Bernard Baruch

  4. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

    Benjamin Disraeli

Life Lesson Quotes on Mistakes and Learning

  1. The biggest mistake people make in life is not making a living at doing what they most enjoy.

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  2. The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.


  3. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

    Elbert Hubbard

  4. You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones.

    Marsha Sinetar

  5. What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.

    Author Unknown

Reflections on Life and Life Lesson Quotes

  1. What I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can't do and how there's not enough time in which to do it, isn't that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that's what I get. You see, I recognize that it's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it.

    W. O. Mitchell

  2. Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.

    Richard Bach

  3. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. That is why I wish to pay fair price for every value. If I have to pay for it or earn it, that makes something of me. If I get it for free, that makes nothing of me.

    Jim Rohn

  4. The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

    Barbara Kingsolver

  5. The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.

    Henry L. Stimson

  6. The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.


  7. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose, somehow we win out.

    Ronald Reagan

  8. Something is always breaking, clogging, backfiring or just plain not working on a farm. That's why a dirt farmer always carries a toolbox in his pickup, a sense of humor in his heart, and the knowledge that life is too short to take seriously.

    JoJo Jensen

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