50 Quotes and Poems To Live Your Life By


I love quotes – I’ve been collecting them since I was in High School. They give another perspective, they are inspiring or encouraging, or they wrap up wisdom quickly. Many have changed aspects of my life – here are some of my favourites. Enjoy! My two favourites are number 9 and 18 – what’s yours?

1.You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching and love like it is never going to hurt. ~ Ann Wells

2.The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. ~ Morris Mandel

3.Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. ~ Proverb

4.If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. ~ Don Herold

5.If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr

6.Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

7.I’ve chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about. ~ Martin Short

8.It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot

9.I think age is terribly overrated. You’re okay as long as you don’t grow up. By all means grow old, but don’t mature. Remain childlike, retain wonder, the ability to be flabbergasted by something. ~ Billy Connolly

10.There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein

11.When your heart speaks, take good notes. ~ Judith Campbell

12.If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.~ Meister Eckhart

13.Find the good and praise it. ~ Alex Haley

14.Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. ~ Buddha

15.Get mad, then get over it. ~ Colin Powell

16.Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Native American Proverb

17.Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali

18.The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

19.Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~ Mark Twain

20.There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. ~ Ardis Whitman

21.We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.~ Joseph Campbell

22.You lose the balance of your sould if you not learn to take care of yourself. ~ John O’Donohue

23.Turn your wounds into wisdom.~ Oprah Winfrey

24.To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

25.Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. ~ William Saroyan

26.When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

27.Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.~ Earl Nightingale

28.If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa

29.To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim. ~ Mark Nepo

30.There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ‘em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ‘em.~ Kevin Welch

31.I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

32.Your playing small does not serve the world. ~ Marianne Williamson

33.I failed my way to success. ~ Thomas Edison

34.You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.” ~ Stephen Covey

35.Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss

36.Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.~ James Dean

37.Let your dreams take over. Fly with the eagles. Soar into life. The world is waiting for you. ~ Fran Watson

38.Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses

39.I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. ~ Donna Markova

40.No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

41.Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. ~ Stephen Covey

42.Positive anything is better than negative thinking. ~ Elbert Hubbard

43.You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~ M.K. Gandhi

44.If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. ~ J.K. Rowling

45.Never miss a good chance to shut up. ~ Will Rogers

46.We cannot fill up our emptiness with objects, possessions or people. ~ John O’Donohue

47.My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. ~ Steve Jobs

48. Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.~ Ken Blanchard

49.Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

50.Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

0 thoughts on “50 Quotes and Poems To Live Your Life By

  1. Gillian December 16, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I have also collected “sayings” since my teens. Ilike numbers 2, 11 and 20!

    • happinessvirus December 18, 2012 / 6:12 am

      It was my friend Debbie who started me collecting them, and I used to have notebooks filled with them… Quotes or song lyrics can and do change the world…

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