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Quotes about life 1) Love of life

Life loves one who loves life. Plush

To live is to learn to love. Abbé Pierre

Where there is love, there is life. Gandhi (From the brevity of life)

Love is life, if you don't love, you don't live. African proverb

Life has its source in love. If you want to be alive, love!

The important thing in life is not who you love, the important thing is to always love.

Life is a flower. Love is honey. Victor Hugo (The King has fun, II, 4, 1832)

If life is only a passage, in this passage at least sow flowers. Montaigne

A good life is one that begins with love and ends with love. François Mauriac

The humble life, boring and easy work, is a work of choice that wants a lot of love. Paul Verlaine

What's left of life How strange. I only have what I have given to others. Vahan Tekeyan

Love is the balm of life, it is its interest; through him life is renewed, and through him it is sustained. Livry's hypolite

Life is not in the breaths you take, but in the moments that take your breath away. George Strait

Your mission: to be so busy loving your life that you no longer have time for hatred, regrets or fear. Karen Salmansohn

Love is life: it's all that we regret and everything that we want. Victor Hugo (Songs of twilight, Yesterday, summer night, May 21, 1835)

Life is a gift and it gives us the privilege, the opportunity and the responsibility to give something back by becoming better. Anthony Robbins

Love is the absolute, it is the infinite; life is relative and limited. Hence all the secrets and deep heartbreak of man when love is introduced into life. It’s not big enough to hold it. Victor Hugo (Me, love, woman, 1838)

Life is always linked to love. When you love a being, you can give all the explanations you want, in reality there is no explanation; if you love him, it’s because of the life that emanates from him, this life that takes different forms; beauty, kindness, purity, intelligence, peace, etc. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Quotes about life 2) Learn in life

It takes a lifetime to learn to live. Seneca

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie

Life doesn't ask us to be the best, but only to do our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr

Life must be an incessant education; you have to learn everything, from talking to dying. Gustave Flaubert

Such is life ; we rarely realize at the moment that difficult times have a hidden function: to bring us to grow. Laurent Gounelle

Learning to live is to give yourself the means to overcome this anxiety that you have of it, by structuring yourself, by taking responsibility, by disciplining yourself. Bothorel

The secret to success is to learn to use pain and pleasure instead of letting pain and pleasure use you. If you do this, you will control your life. If you don't, life will control you. Anthony Robbins

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to develop personally. The nature of life is change. The challenge of life is to overcome them. The essence of life is to take care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. William Arthur Ward

Quotes about life 3) Our attitude towards life

Don't waste your life earning it.

Enjoy life. This is one of the ways to extend it.

Life is for those who struggle and not for those who stumble.

He who is not busy being born is busy dying. Bob dylan

Life does not happen on earth, but in the head. Réjean Ducharme

Nobody lives in the world, everyone lives in their world. Swami Prajnanpad

There are only two behaviors with life: either you dream it or you accomplish it. René Char

Life is what happens while you are busy with other projects. John Lennon

Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. Charles Swindoll

The space of a lifetime is the same whether you spend it singing or crying. Japanese proverb

Living is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that's all. Oscar Wilde

Luxury is the fundamental refusal of human beings to limit their lives to survival. Stéphane Marchand

Life as everyone sees it is largely a reflection of who he is himself. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

If you don't create the life you want, you will spend a lot of time living a life you don't want. Kevin Ngo

The life that falls to us is not short, we make it short; it does not fail us, we waste it. Seneca

You just have to live, take life as an opportunity and not as a burden. Life is short, live it fully.

You have no freedom to choose when and how you will die. You can however decide how you will live.

Life is not just about having a good game. Life is sometimes about playing well despite a bad game. Danish proverb

To those who run their whole lives, we might ask them if they have a date with death that they fear will be missed.

Life can get difficult as it can get easy at any time. It all depends on how you adapt to life. Morarji Desai

We should be less concerned with adding years to life and much more concerned with adding life to years. Arthur C. Clarke

Life is listening to our feelings, facing difficulties, finding happiness, enjoying memories and learning from past experiences.

From birth to death, we connect our lives to autopilot and it takes superhuman courage to deviate from it. Frédéric Beigbeder

Life is very exciting and very exciting, but you must have the desire to venture into the new with absolute faith and confidence. Eileen Caddy

Life has much more imagination than all of us put together, it sometimes carries small miracles, anything is possible, you just have to believe with all your might. Marc Levy

Your life is determined not so much because life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what is happening to you as the way your mind perceives what is happening. Kahlil gibran

Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Lead by your example. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make this day a memorable one. Steve Maraboli

Quotes about life 4) The beauty of life

Life still has many gifts for me.

The most beautiful days of our life are those that we have left to live.

I know for sure that just being alive is a wonderful thing. Agatha Christie

Life is punctuated by a thousand little pleasures, so usual that we end up forgetting them.

Life, even the hardest, is the most beautiful, the most magnificent, the most miraculous treasure in the world. Pitirim Sorokim

Life is good when you choose your life, not that of others! Because you give yourself the chance to live, not to exist.

Life is a garden of joys, satisfactions and opportunities for happiness. It's up to you to pick them to make a huge bouquet.

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Note the bumblebee, the small child and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and smell the wind. Live your life to your full potential and persevere in your dreams. Ashley Smith

Life is full of surprises and chance. Being open to unexpected turns on our road is an important element of success. If you try to plan all the steps, you can miss these wonderful adventures. Condoleeza Rice

Quotes about life 5) The happiness of our life

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. Annette Funicello

Happy life is a free, lofty, fearless and unshakeable soul. Seneca

The quality of our life is equal to the quality of our feelings and thoughts.

Life is a challenge, a happiness to deserve, an adventure to try. Mother Teresa

The man dies for the first time at the age when he loses enthusiasm. Honoré de Balzac

Life is a wonder, as long as we give ourselves the means to live it. Myriam Yléane

Let’s make every moment that we are allowed to experience a moment of joy. Joseph Wresinski

It is said that every man must discover something that justifies his life. Sepulveda (A dirty story)

A life is a work of art, there is no more beautiful poem than living fully. Georges Clemenceau

Life in itself is neither good nor bad: it is the place of good and evil according to whether you make it to them. Michel de Montaigne

There is no passion to live small, to live a life that is miles away from the one you are able to live. Nelson Mandela

Life grants happiness to those who seek to understand it, who meditate on their laws and who make efforts to this end. Henri Moreau

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied happy. They told me that I did not understand the question, I replied that they did not understand life. John Lennon

Quotes about life 6) Journeying through life

You have to forge your life with the tools you have in you.

To live is to hope by constantly progressing.

Leave the main roads, take the trails. Pythagoras

To live is to change time into experience. Caleb Gattegn

Life takes you where you can find material to love and grow.

The life you lead hides the light that you are. Sri Aurobindo

There is no greater guru than life itself. Jean-Claude Genel

Life is a mirror in which man is never more than a reflection of himself.

Life is not a particular place or destination, life is a path. Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is made up of a few privileged meetings that nourish us all our lives. J. L. Millette

Act in such a way that the maxim of your will can be set up as universal law. Emmanuel Kant

Life is an often fertile field and one which produces according to what we have previously sown and cultivated.

Everyday life is the garden where we can plant the seed of the person we want to become. Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you want to know life, know what you are, start by listening to it in silence so you can hear it speak to you. Patrice Bailly

Life is like a book. Do not skip any chapter and continue turning the pages. Sooner or later you will understand why each chapter was necessary.

I prefer to consider life as a good book. As you read, everything starts to hold together and make sense. Rabbi Harold Kushner

Life is a process of becoming, a succession of states that we have to overcome. When people fail, it's because they want to choose a state and stay there. Anaïs Nin

Choosing life is always choosing the future. Without this momentum that carries us forward we would be nothing more than a mold on the surface of the earth. Simone de Beauvoir

Life is absolutely magical, because by agreeing to cross at least one interior desert, you will develop saving intuition and protective discernment. You will be the miracle. Kenny Matampash

It's not enough to be alive, you have to be alive. That is to say knowing at all times that we are at the heart of a prodigy and being in contact, in harmony with it. René Barjavel (In France-Soir Magazine, October 13, 1984)

Your life is your spiritual path. This is what's right in front of you. You cannot live someone else’s life. The task is to live your life and stop trying to copy the one you think is more beautiful. Sandy Nathan

It is good to preserve life and to elevate to its highest value any life susceptible to development; it is wrong to destroy life, to harm life and to prevent the growth of a life capable of developing. This is the absolute, fundamental principle of ethics, as well as the fundamental premise of thought. Albert Schweitzer

Quotes about life 7) The wisdom of life

Life is priced only by dedication to truth and good. Ernest Renan.

Life would be much simpler if we only kept the essentials. Jean-Michel Wyl

Life is the art of transforming everything we receive from the outside into wisdom, kindness and peace.

The important thing was not what we expected from life, but what we brought to life. Viktor Frankl

The most fruitful of all the arts is the art of living well. Cicero (Tusculanae disputationes – approx. 45 BC)

Everyone begins their true life when they rise above their selfish concerns in order to feel concerned for the good of humanity.

I know of nothing more encouraging than the indisputable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious effort. Henry David Thoreau

Live by these principles: seek simplicity, understand the essentials in everything, overcome your selfishness and your endless desires. Lao Tzu (Tao Te King)

There is tremendous progress in your mind when you realize that life is like a car; it behaves from the inside, not from the outside. Richard Carlson

But people take care of everything except life; if they first thought about life, to keep it, protect it, keep it in the greatest purity, they would have more and more possibilities to obtain what they want, because it is this enlightened life , enlightened, intense, who can give them everything. Omraam Michaël Aïvanhov

Quotes about life 8) Sometimes inevitable suffering

You can't change your life without breaking eggs.

Life has endless periods of sun and cloud.

A miserable life is better than a beautiful death! Euripides

The heaviest burden is to exist without living. Victor Hugo

Life is hard, but it is beautiful because we care so much about it. François Truffaut

There are delicious moments in life that make me accept the emptiness of certain other moments.

Life is like a rainbow; it takes rain and sun to see the colors. A. Ramaiya

Finding that I do not like something in my life is not necessarily complaining, it is the necessary starting point for a change. Thomas D’Ansembourg

Quotes about life 9) The decisions of our life

Life is like a novel. It only takes one page to change the course.

Do you want to have an easy life? Always stay close to the flock, and forget yourself in it. Friedrich Nietzsche

Our lives decline the day we become silent about the things that matter. Martin Luther King

Never let anyone tell you what you can do. It's up to you to choose and live your life. Laurent Gounelle

It's funny, life, there are sometimes very small decisions that have incredible consequences on the course of your existence. Laurent Gounelle

There are only two ways to live your life: one by pretending nothing is a miracle, the other by pretending that everything is a miracle. Albert einstein

If you do not give up anything, you refrain from choosing. And when you refrain from choosing, you refrain from living the life you want. Laurent Gounelle

Quotes about life 10) The time of our life

Life is too short to host hostilities against anyone. Peabo Bryson

What matters to me is eternal vivacity, not eternal life. Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is too short to give a single minute to something that doesn't make you happy.

It is not life that is short, but awareness of its importance that is late. Angelique Planchette

Life is too long for the unfortunate, far too short for the happy man. Publilius Syrus (Sentences and sayings – 1st c. BC)

Life is too short to hide our feelings from our loved ones. Do not hesitate to demonstrate how we feel for them. Denis St-Pierre

The price of life is not in its duration but in its use; and it can happen, it even happens very often, moreover that one has lived a long time but that one has lived little. Seneca

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love people who treat you well, forget those who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you have a second chance, grab it with both hands. No one said life would be easy. They just promised it was worth it.

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