Short quotes on life

“One life to live, no time to waste”


“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

W S Churchill


“There is great beauty in old trees,
old streets and ruins old. Why should not we as well as these,
grow lovely growing old?”


“Do not regret growing old. It is a pleasure denied to many.”


 “Attitude determines altitude”


“Those who say ‘it cannot be done’ should not interrupt the person doing it.”


“Live your life. Forget your age.”


“If something is not impossible there has to be a way of doing it.”


“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing.”


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”


“Success is falling over seven times and getting up eight times.”


“A small slice of a big cake can be much bigger than a big slice of a small cake.”


“To the World you are just one person, but to one person you are The World.”


“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”


“Life is not a journey to the end with the intention of arriving safely, in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather a skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Yippee – what a Life!’”


“For when the One Great Scorer comes
to write against your name,
He marks not that you won, or lost
But how you played the game.”

Grantland Rice, recalled on his death 13 Jul 1954


“Before you speak – listen,

Before you write – think,

Before you invest – investigate,

Before you criticize – wait,

Before you pray – forgive,

Before you quit – try,

Before you retire – save,

Before you die – give.”


“Success: fall down seven times, stand up eight.”


“Be who you are and say what you feel

Because those that matter don’t mind

And those that mind don’t matter.”


“Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.”


“I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.”


“We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colours, but they all exist very nicely in the same box.”


“What you attempt today if you knew you could not fail?”


“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching our goals,

The tragedy of life is not having goals to reach for.”


“It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars,

But it is a disgrace not having stars to reach for.

So aim high, dream big dreams, and remember, everything is possible if you can just believe.”


“A man isn’t old when his hair is grey

A man isn’t old when his teeth decay

But a man is ready for his last long sleep

When his mind makes appointments his body can’t keep.”


“He who asks is a fool for five minutes.

He who does not ask is a fool forever.”


“Yesterday is a cancelled cheque;

tomorrow is a promissory note;

today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely.”

Kay Lyons


“What a fine lesson is conveyed to the mind – to take no note of time, but by its benefits, to watch only for the smile and neglect the frowns of fate, to compose our lives of bright and gentle moments, turning always to the sunny side of things, and letting the rest slip from our imaginations, unheeded or forgotten.”

William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830)


“Excellence is the result of Dreaming more than others think is practical, Risking more than others think is safe, Caring more than others think is necessary, and Expecting more than others think is possible.”


“Traveller addresses a man on the outside of village,
”Are the people friendly in your village?”

Man: “Were they friendly in your old village?”

Traveller: “Yes.”

Man: “Then you’ll find them friendly here too.”


“ADVICE – only give advice when it is either asked for OR the situation is life threatening.”


“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.”


“Nothing matters very much, and very few things matter at all. “

Attributed A J Balfour (1848 – 1930)


“As it is difficult to change a person, so it is imperative to encourage them to do things that they do best rather than order them to better things they do badly.”


“Keep laughing ‘ remember it’s only for life!

It’s a very short trip ‘ while alive ‘ live.

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long for it to begin.

No man, or woman, can make a greater mistake than to do nothing
because they could only do a little.”

Edmund Burke 1729 – 1797


“Yesterday is past, tomorrow is possible, today is a gift which is why it is called the present.”


“For the triumph of evil it is only necessary that good men and women do nothing.”

Edmund Burke 1729 – 1797


“Find time to smell the daisies before you push them up.”


“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge

“There is scarcely anything around us, but ruin and despair.”

William Pitt, 1850


“In Industry, Commerce and Agriculture there is no hope.” Bejamin Disraeli, 1850


“Thank God that I am spared the ruin that is gathering around us.”

Duke of Wellington, on his deathbed, 1851


“Anyone can become angry – that is easy; but to be angry with the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way,
that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”



“Smart is believing only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe.”


“God laughs at planners!”


“Knock Hard, Ring Long, Life is Deaf.”


“He started to grin as he tackled the thing which could not be done, and he did it.”


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”


“Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.”


“The true way of softening one’s troubles is to solace those of others.”

Madame De Maintenon


“Peace is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”


“I asked of life, ‘What have you to offer me?’ The answer came, ‘What have you to give?’”


“Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past,
and the neglected opportunity.”


“Age is a quality of mind.

If you have left your dreams behind,

If you no longer plan ahead,

If your ambitions all are dead,

Then you are old.

But if you make of life the best,

And in your life you still have jest,

If love you hold no matter how the years go by,

No matter how the birthdays fly,

You are not old.”


“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.
God is crazy about you.”


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.”


“Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. But wrinkles don’t hurt!”


“Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.”


“If not here, where? If not now, when? If not me, who?”


“Four Stages of Life:

You believe in Father Christmas.

You don’t believe in Father Christmas.

You are Father Christmas.

You look like Father Christmas.”


“Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.”


“You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.”


“He who knows not, but knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him.
He who knows not, but knows he knows not, is simple; teach him.
He who knows, but knows not that he knows, is asleep; wake him.
He who knows and knows that he knows, is a wise man; follow him.”


“Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.”


“Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.”


“Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubting, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it.
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength.
Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage.”


“How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.”


“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”


“Stride forward with a firm and steady step, knowing that with a deep certain inner knowledge that you will reach every goal you set yourself, and that you will achieve every aim.”


“If you try to fail and you succeed, which have you done?”


“When they discover the centre of the universe how many folk do you know who will be disappointed to discover that they are not it?”




“ We make a Living by what we get,

We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

If God brings you to it then He will bring you through it.”


“It’s easier to build a child than repair an adult.”


“Years and sins are always more than acknowledged.”


“Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.”


“When seeking revenge dig two graves.  One for yourself.”


“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces to their hearts.”

Martin Buxbaum


“The best thing one man can do for another is to share his dream.”


“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will.”


“Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”


“When you waste your money you lose only the cash. When you waste your time you lose part of your life.”


“Life is a coin.  You can spend it anyway you wish – but you can only spend it once.”


“Seven Wonders of the World – To see, To hear, To touch, To taste, To feel, To laugh, and To love”


“A gentle reminder that we take these things for granted until they are lost and yet they are the most precious things in life and cannot be built by hand or bought by man.”


“Luck is being prepared for the opportunity when it comes.”


“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


“Don’t wait! The time will never be right.”

Napoleon Hill


Action is the real measure of intelligence.”

Napoleon Hill


“90% of success is just showing up.”

Woody Allen


‘The painful memories in my life are like the knots on a beautiful necklace: necessary for keeping the beads in place.”

from The Red Tent


“There may be only two important times – ‘now’ and ‘too late’.”


We travel not to escape life,  but for life not to escape us.

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