180 Top-Notch Quotes about Life

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.


"I intend to live forever. So far, so good."

Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an American comedian, actor and writer.


"Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both."

Samuel Butler (Dec. 4, 1835, Nottinghamshire - June 18, 1902, London) British novelist, essayist, and critic. Descended from distinguished clergymen, he grappled for many years with Christianity and evolution, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories in his writings


"Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of today."

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"Life is half spent before we know what it is."

George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest.


"I recently turned sixty. Practically a third of my life is over."

Woody Allen born Allan Stewart Konigsberg (December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author and playwright.


"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

George Washington Carver (January 1864 – January 5, 1943) was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he is believed to have been born before slavery was abolished in Missouri in January 1864.


"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."

Anatole France (16 April 1844—12 October 1924) born François-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.


"I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense."

Rabbi Harold Samuel Kushner (Born: April 3, 1935 ) is a prominent American rabbi aligned with the progressive wing of Conservative Judaism, and a popular author.


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.