Uplifting Quotes About Life

Life’s true gift lies in your freedom to design it beautifully. With each rise of the sun, you get to chase the opportunity to fill your days with meaning—to live your life the way you choose.

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Push yourself to pursue a life worth living with these 17 uplifting quotes.

  1. “I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.” —Doug Hutchison
  2. “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” —Walter Hagen
  3. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” —Charles Darwin
  4. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” —John Wooden
  7. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” —Emily Dickinson
  8. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou
  9. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” —Stephen Hawking
  10. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein
  11. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” —Oprah Winfrey
  12. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters. —Audrey Hepburn
  13. “I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” —Joan Rivers
  14. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” —Sarah Louise Delany
  15. “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  16. “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” —Walt Disney
  17. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” —Eminem

The Ant And The Contact Lens

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.
In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”
Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom, there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lost a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.

Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”
I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Quotes from Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee: cultural icon, influential martial artist, and actor. Bruce Lee showed us that strength isn’t determined by the size of the man; strength is determined by a man’s determination, dedication, motivation, and fearlessness. A perfectionist, his precision, work ethic, and discipline captivated millions.

His lightning speed and strength amazed us and made him the most popular martial artist of all time. Bruce Lee’s words of wisdom made him larger than life. His philosophy on life, love, and personal growth has motivated countless people across the world.

I’d like to share 50 of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes with you.

  1. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  2. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
  3. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily towards your goal.”
  4. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
  5. “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
  6. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
  7. “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
  8. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
  9. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
  10. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
  11. “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
  12. “Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
  13. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
  14. “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
  15. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
  16. “Learning is never cumulative; it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
  17. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
  18. “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
  19. “The doubters said, ‘Man cannot fly,’ The doers said, ‘Maybe, but we’ll try,’ And finally soared in the morning glow, While non-believers watched from below.”
  20. “It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, ‘Why am I being knocked down?’ If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.”
  21. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.”
  22. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”
  23. “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
  24. “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”
  25. “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”
  26. “Be happy, never satisfied.”
  27. “For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”
  28. “To spend time is to pass it in a specific manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.”
  29. “Never take your eyes off your opponent… even when you’re bowing!”
  30. “A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit. It hits all by itself.”
  31. “Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory!”
  32. “In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.”
  33. “Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
  34. “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
  35. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending in the wind.”
  36. “It’s not the daily increase but the daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
  37. “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”
  38. “Be self-aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
  39. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love become as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
  40. “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
  41. “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”
  42. “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”
  43. “Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  44. “Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.”
  45. “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”
  46. “The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and more importantly, his thinking becomes mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited.”
  47. “Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.”
  48. “Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image.”
  49. “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said, ‘When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time.’”
  50. “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”