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Last Updated on January 12, 2021

100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make You Love Life Again

100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make You Love Life Again

Everyone is fighting a battle. And a very tough one most of the time.

Failure, disappointment, frustration, exhaustion… All these difficult moments can erode our passion for life.

But we only live ONCE. It’s important to remind ourselves that no matter how hard life is, we should never lose our love for life as it gives us the energy to keep moving on.

Here are 100 inspirational and motivational quotes to reignite your love for life. Whenever you or your loved ones feel lost in life, take a look at them and they can be the beacon lights to guide your way to get through the darkness:

Life Is Our Best Coach

We may easily feel frustrated and lose our passion for life when we encounter setbacks. But nothing valuable ever comes easy. Painful challenges are the best gifts life sends to us to keep us growing.

1. “A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful”
—Theodore Zeldin


2. “True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.”
—Petrach


3. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.”


    4. “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
    —Muhammad Ali


    5. “Don’t miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult.”


      6. “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.”
      —Chico Xavier


      7. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.”
      —Rumi


        8. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
        —Roy T. Bennett


        9. “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
        —Muhammad Ali


          10. “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.”
          —Roy T. Bennett


          11. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
          —Erol Ozan


            12. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
            —Pele


            13. “It’s okay to be scared. But you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes, learn, be stronger. And start all over again.”


              14. “No matter who tries to teach you lessons about life, you won’t understand it until you go through it on your own.”


                15. “Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it.”
                —Steve Maraboli


                16. “I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.”
                —Drew Barrymore


                17. “Mistakes are proof that you’re trying.”

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                  18. “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.”
                  —Al Franken


                  19. “I take all of my life lessons, which some people might call ‘mistakes’, and apply them to my future so that I keep growing.”
                  —Kimberly Caldwell


                  20. “In my life, I’ve lived, I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve missed, I’ve hurt, I’ve trusted, I’ve made mistakes, but most of all, I’ve learned.”


                    Beauty Is In The Smallest Things

                    Passion for life does not necessarily come when we make huge achievements. But it certainly comes when we know how to see beauty in the smallest things even in the busy days.

                    21. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
                    —Confucius


                    22. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child , and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
                    —Ashley Smith


                    23. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”


                      24. “There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it.”
                      —H. R. Giger


                      25. “Happy are those who take life day by day, and complain very little, and are thankful for the little things in life,”


                        26. “The best and the most beautiful things in the word cannot be seen or ever touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
                        —Helen Keller


                        27. “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”
                        —Jack Kerouac


                          28. “There’s beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it. Some days, that’s harder than others.”
                          —Sarah McLachian


                          29. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things”


                            30. “Little things, make big days.”
                            —Isabel Marant


                            31. “When you train your eyes to see the magic and miracles in the little things, you open the door for your whole life to shift.”
                            —Carol Woodliff


                            32. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts”


                              33. “Appreciate every little beautiful moment in every day of your life. Give it a try and you’ll see the world from another perspective.”
                              —Thea Kristine May


                              34. “Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things.”
                              —Thomas Merton


                              35. “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
                              —Khalil Gibran


                              36. “Seeing the small things that nobody else notice”


                                37. “The little things mean the most.”


                                  38. “Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.”
                                  —Sharon Draper

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                                  39. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
                                  —Paulo Coelho


                                  40. “There is a great beauty in little things.”
                                  —Mehmet Murat Lldan


                                  41. “Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them.”


                                    Life Is a Journey of Self Discovery

                                    Life is actually exciting if we seize every moment to know more about ourselves and achieve what we dream.

                                    42. “I know it’s cliche to say, ‘When you do something you love you never work a day in your life.’ But it is true: When you do something you love, life gets to be a little bit easier and enjoyable. So i just want people to follow their dreams.”
                                    —Tika Sumpter


                                      43. “The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love.”
                                      —Jennifer Edwards


                                      44. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
                                      —George Bernard Shaw


                                      45. “Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”


                                        46. “The biggest adventure you can take it to live the life of your dreams.”
                                        —Oprah Winfrey


                                        47. “Your life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner.”
                                        —Robert John Meechan


                                        48. “Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.”


                                          49. “The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.”


                                            50. “Don’t be pushed around by fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
                                            —Roy T. Bennett


                                            51. “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
                                            —Roy T. Bennett


                                            52. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
                                            —Maya Angelou


                                              53. “If there are things you don’t like in the world you grep up in, make your own life different.”
                                              —Dave Thomas


                                              54. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die.”
                                              —Eleanor Roosevelt


                                              55. “The older I get, the more I realize I just need the simple things in life: a comfy home, good food on the table and to be surrounded by the people I love.”


                                                56. “I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.”
                                                —Sada Andria Zabala


                                                57. “I am on a wonderful journey. I am discovering myself, my real self.”
                                                —Karen Hackel


                                                58. “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.”

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                                                  59. “And you? When will you begin that Long journey into yourself?”
                                                  —Jalaluddin Rumi

                                                  60. “There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.” —Michelle Sandlin


                                                  See The World Through Appreciative Eyes

                                                  Always appreciate and feel gratitude for things around us, then the love for life will come to us.

                                                  61. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
                                                  —Arthur Rubinstein


                                                  62. “I tend to say faith is believing in life, and as I love life, I try to do the best with it, make it as serene and joyous as possible.”
                                                  —Sandrine Bonnaire


                                                  63. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
                                                  —Jawaharlal Nehru


                                                  64. “Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.”


                                                    65. “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”


                                                      66. “I have moments where I miss my old self. But I think anyone can get caught up in what we used to have. But at the same time, we can choose to focus on the beauty of now.”
                                                      —Steve Gleason


                                                      67. “Things are beautiful if you love them.”
                                                      —Jean Anouilh


                                                      68. “My mission: to be so busy loving my life that I have no time for hate, regret, worry, fret, or fear.”


                                                        69. “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.”
                                                        —Rosalind Russell


                                                        70. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
                                                        —Bob Marley


                                                          71. “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
                                                          —David Attenborough


                                                          72. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
                                                          —Omar Khayyam


                                                          73. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
                                                          —Oprah Winfrey


                                                          74. “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”


                                                            75. “Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.”
                                                            —L. Wolfe Gilbert


                                                            76. “You cannot have a beautiful life if you always focus on ugliness in others.”
                                                            —Debasish Mridha


                                                            77. “Today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.”


                                                              78. “Always seek beauty to create a beautiful like.”

                                                              —Debasish Mridha

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                                                              79. “Be happy about your own life and you’ll be amazed at just how much more beautiful you’ll find it to be.”
                                                              —TemitOpe Ibrahim


                                                              80. “Life is always more beautiful and worth living when you are capable of enjoying the beauty of nature.”
                                                              —Munia Khan


                                                              Life Is Short, So Every Second Is Valuable To You

                                                              When we truly realize life is short, we won’t waste even one second to live an unhappy or meaningless life.

                                                              81. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
                                                              —Bruce Lee


                                                              82. “I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”


                                                                83. “If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.”
                                                                —Angelina Jolie


                                                                84. “Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.”
                                                                —Matt Cameron


                                                                85. “Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass and you will wish you had treasured them more.”


                                                                  86. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.”
                                                                  —Sarah Louise Delany


                                                                  87. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
                                                                  —Steve Jobs


                                                                  88. “Life is your biggest treasure. Enjoy it. If you forget to, it will soon be gone, never to return.”


                                                                    89. “Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.”
                                                                    —Joshua L. Liebman


                                                                    90. “You can get a lot of things back, but you can’t get time back. You can’t get back life. Time is priceless. Don’t waste it. Make it count.”


                                                                      91. “We have one life and we should cherish it and make it the best we can.”
                                                                      —David Morrissey


                                                                      92. “After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left.”
                                                                      —Morrie Schwartz


                                                                      93. “Life is short and you’ve got to get the most out of it.”
                                                                      —Gwen Stefani


                                                                      94. “Three things you cannot recover in life: the moment after it’s missed, the word after it’s said, and the time after it’s wasted.”


                                                                        95. “Time is long but life is short.”
                                                                        —Stevie Wonder


                                                                        96. “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. Ican choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
                                                                        —Groucho Marx


                                                                        97. “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”
                                                                        —Logan Pearsall Smith


                                                                        98. “Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Life is too short to be anything but happy.”


                                                                        99. “I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time.”
                                                                        —Wyclef Jean

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                                                                        100. “Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so enjoy every moment as it comes.”

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                                                                          Understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: 5 Levels Explained

                                                                          Understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: 5 Levels Explained

                                                                          Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory of motivation that lists five categories of human needs that dictate individual behavior. These five categories refer to physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs.[1]

                                                                          Motivation plays a big part in athletic coaching. I spent 44 years coaching basketball and each day at practice, I was trying to motivate our athletes to give their best effort. In this article, I will examine Maslow’s hierarchy and five areas of needs from an athletic perspective.

                                                                          1. Physiological Needs

                                                                          These needs represent the most basic human survival needs. They include food, water, rest, and breathing, and all four have importance in athletics.

                                                                          Food has had an evolution in the world of athletics. I cannot recall my coaches in the 1950s and ‘60s mentioning anything about food. As time went on, the pre-game meal became important. Steak seemed to be the meal of choice early in the evolution. Research then indicated pasta would be the better choice.[2]

                                                                          Today, I think most coaches prefer pasta. However, if the players are ordering from menus, some coaches believe the players should stick with their regular diets and order accordingly.

                                                                          The next step in this evolution was that the pre-game meal, although important, is not nearly as critical as the athletes’ overall nutrition. At our University of St. Francis athletic seminars, we invited nutritionists to speak and to educate our players on their nutritional habits.

                                                                          The ultimate change in food intake may be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady. He adheres to a specific, disciplined diet that has allowed him to play superb football at age 43.

                                                                          Water also has had an evolution in sports. It went from not being allowed in practices to coaches scheduling water breaks during the practices.

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                                                                          Rest is extremely important in all sports, and statistics validate its importance. NBA research found that during the course of the season teams win 6 of 10 games at home but only 4 of 10 on the road. In the NBA playoffs, the statistics change to 6.5 at home and 3.5 on the road. Many coaches believe rest is the key factor to these statistics because the players are sleeping in their own beds for home games.[3]

                                                                          Our St. Francis basketball team found the importance of breathing on a trip to play in a tournament in Colorado. In our first game, we were playing great and winning by 12 points early in the game. Then the altitude kicked in, adversely affected our breathing, and we lost the lead and eventually the game.

                                                                          In our second game, having learned our lesson, we substituted more frequently! Maslow’s idea of physiological needs plays a major part in the athletic arena.

                                                                          2. Safety Needs

                                                                          Safety needs include protection from violence, emotional stability and well-being, health security, and financial security.

                                                                          If a fight breaks out during a basketball game, there can be serious injuries. This is the reason a coach steps in immediately when there is any violence or dirty play in practice. The coach must protect the players. You drill your teams to play hard—never dirty.

                                                                          The importance of emotional stability has gained more credence in sports in recent years. Many teams hire psychologists to help work with their players. There is a great deal of player failure in sports and it is critical for the players to stay emotionally stable.

                                                                          Health security is much more prevalent in sports today than in my playing days. I once got a concussion during a basketball game. We had no trainers. The coach handled it by telling me after the game, “Sullivan, you play better when you don’t know where the hell you are!” He was right, and my medical treatment ended there! Games today have trainers available to protect the health of the athletes.

                                                                          Financial security is predominant in professional sports. Most players today use free agency to go where the money is because they consider sport not to be a sport at all. They believe it is a short-term business at their level. I personally appreciate the athletes who have taken less money so the team can retain teammates or use the dollars to bring in new players.

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                                                                          3. Love and Belonging Needs

                                                                          These needs can be summed up with two words: love and relationships.

                                                                          After teams win championships, you will often hear coaches say, “I love these guys” or “I loved coaching this team.” You can tell by their body language and the tone of their voice that they really mean it.

                                                                          I think coaches say this because the season can be a tough grind. Practices, scouting, film work, travel, and problems that arise take a toll on coaches. However, when you have teams that give all they have every night in practice, you do come to love them.

                                                                          ESPN did a 30-30 segment on the North Carolina State national championship team coached by Jim Valvano. I was especially interested in watching it because I knew a player on the team who used to come to our camps. Terry Gannon played a major role in their championship.

                                                                          The program was a reunion of their players. This was 20 plus years from their title, and if you were to take one thing away from the show, it would be how much the players loved each other.

                                                                          In the last analysis, sport is all about relationships. You can meet former teammates with whom you played 40 to 50 years earlier and that athletic bond is as strong as it ever was. Although you may have not seen each other in years, your friendship is so cemented it’s like you have been seeing each other weekly.

                                                                          David Halberstam’s book, The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship, validates the relationship between athletics forges. Ted Williams is dying and three of his former Boston Red Sox teammates—Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio—make the trip to Florida to see him. Even though 50 years had passed since they played together, the bond among them never waned.

                                                                          Love and belonging epitomize the essence of sports.

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                                                                          4. Esteem Needs

                                                                          These needs are characterized by self-respect and self-esteem. Self-respect is “the belief that you are valuable and deserve dignity.” Self-esteem is twofold—“it is based on the respect and acknowledgment from others and esteem which is based on your own self-assessment.”[4]

                                                                          Often the players on the bench are the ones the coach respects the most because they work so hard in practices yet receive none of the glory. The best coaches never let the starters or stars ever denigrate the players on the bench. Coaches must always acknowledge the value and the dignity of those who play little. They often turn out to be the superstars of their professions.

                                                                          Some coaches will never get “it.” They think they can motivate their players by degrading them. They embarrass the athletes during games and they constantly berate their performance in practices.

                                                                          Great coaches are just the opposite. They are encouragers. They do push their players and they push them hard, but they always respect them. Great coaches enhance the self-esteem and confidence of their players.

                                                                          5. Self-Actualization Needs

                                                                          “Self-actualization describes the fulfillment of your full potential as a person.”[5]

                                                                          I believe three words are the key to self-actualization: potential, effort, and regrets.

                                                                          You often hear in athletics that a player has potential. It also is not uncommon for the person introducing the athlete to rave about his potential. I was fortunate to work with an outstanding man in the Milwaukee Bucks camps, Ron Blomberg. Ron had the best definition of potential that I ever heard: “Potential means he hasn’t done it.” Will he do all the work necessary to fulfill his potential?

                                                                          Effort is great, but it’s not enough. If you want to reach your full potential, you must have a consistency of effort in your daily habit. Only consistency of effort can lead to success.

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                                                                          John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, said that success is becoming all your ability will allow you to be. He agreed with his friend, major league umpire, George Moriarty, even though he used to kid him. Coach told him he never had seen Moriarty spelled with just one “i.” He followed this with, “Of course, the baseball players accused him of having only one ‘eye’ in his head as well.”

                                                                          In his poem, The Road Ahead or The Road Behind, Moriarty wrote,

                                                                          “. . . for who can ask more of a man
                                                                          than giving all within his span, it seems to me, is not so far from – Victory.

                                                                          When your life is winding down and you look back if you can say you gave “all in your span”—that you consistently gave it your best effort—you will have reached your full potential and there will be no regrets.

                                                                          Final Thoughts

                                                                          Now that you’ve learned more about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, consider reflecting on the last two needs (esteem needs and self-actualization needs) and ask yourself the following questions:

                                                                          • Are you doing all you can to enhance the self-esteem of those around you?
                                                                          • Are you doing all you can to self-actualize the potential you have been given?

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