180 Top-Notch Quotes about Life

"Unbeing dead isn't being alive."

Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962) popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry.


"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a medical doctor.He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.


"Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them."

Stephen R. Covey (born October 24, 1932) wrote the best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.


"Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed."

Corita Kent (November 20, 1918 – September 18, 1986) was born Frances Elizabeth Kent was an artist and an educator.


"I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I am satisfied with it."

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) better known as Grandma Moses, was a renowned American folk artist. She is often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age.


"There is no passion to be found playing small.. in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist. In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island.


"What is important in life is life, and not the result of life."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.


"There is just one life for each of us: our own."

Euripides (ca. 480 BC – 406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles.


"Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities."

Frank Lloyd Wright born Frank Lincoln Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator,who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works.


"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.