180 Top-Notch Quotes about Life

"The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity."

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the leading figures in 20th century French philosophy, existentialism, and Marxism. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but refused the honour.


"Don't go through life, grow through life."

Eric Butterworth (1916-2003) was Senior Minister of The Unity Center of New York City from 1961 to 2003.


"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first African-American Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern times.


"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of."

Bruce Lee (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter. He is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, and a cultural icon.


"No one knows exactly where thought comes from, but it can be said that thought comes from the same place as whatever it is that beats our heart.. it comes from being alive."

Richard Carlson (May 16, 1961 – December 13, 2006) was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who rose to fame with the success of his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff (1997), which became one of the fastest-selling books of all time and made publishing history as USA Todays bestselling book for two consecutive years.


"Our life is what our thoughts make it."

Marcus Aurelius (April 26, 121 CE. – March 17, 180 CE.) was Roman Emperor from CE 161 to 180. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the most important members of the Stoic philosophers.


"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life."

Sir William Osler (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician.


"No man is a failure who is enjoying life."

William A. Feather (August 25, 1889 - January 7, 1981) was an American publisher and author.


"A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others."

Chin-Ning Chu (1947– December 10, 2009) was a Chinese American business consultant, and a bestselling business management author in Asia and the Pacific Rim.


"Life is too short to work so hard."

Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British actress;