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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

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


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

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                                                                          What Is Life About? 9 Ways to Find Your Meaning in Life

                                                                          What Is Life About? 9 Ways to Find Your Meaning in Life

                                                                          What is life about? What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?

                                                                          Everyone, from ancient Greek Stoics all the way to modern lifestyle gurus, have answered these kinds of questions in an endless variety of ways. And yet, we still search for a satisfying answer.

                                                                          Neither this article, nor any other one, can deliver a tangible solution to the curious case of life. And that’s okay!

                                                                          The truth is, part of what makes the meaning of life so alluring is its engrossing diversity, mystery, and intangibility. However, it’s important to point out that the lack of a solid answer doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking for one. The search for what life is about is a journey that each individual person must embark on for themselves. Each person must look for their own, uniquely fulfilling answer to the question.

                                                                          Fortunately, there are many different behaviors, ideals, and actions that humans have found over the centuries that can be excellent methods to draw us towards that final, inner conclusion of why we exist. Here are a handful of ways to kickstart the adventure of finding out just what life is really about.

                                                                          1. Love People

                                                                          Like life, love is one of the most commonly discussed yet, elusive things that humans encounter. Is it a behavior? A lifestyle? A person or object? A relationship with God? It’s used in all of these ways, depending on the context.

                                                                          However, one thing that always remains is that love is a powerful force for good. Many of the most meaningful things in life are borne out of love — whether we’re loving things, others, or even ourselves.

                                                                          One of the best ways to find the meaning of life through love is to practice connecting with our families. From parents and siblings to a spouse and children, loving our family is a powerful way to grow in our knowledge and appreciation of what life has to offer.

                                                                          A spouse, children, friends, life partners, and strong platonic relationships provide a unique and powerful feeling that is difficult to find anywhere else. This is largely because they’re intimately connected to the eye-opening, natural desire to reproduce and leave our mark on the world through posterity.

                                                                          2. Detox from Technology and Gain Perspective

                                                                          Next up, we have the extremely important need to detox from time to time. Modern life is fraught with dangerously addicting distractions like social media, that can take up gobs of time without our ever even realizing it. And the effects can go beyond simply frittering away time. In fact, one study suggested that perhaps as much as a staggering 30% of divorces originate with Facebook interactions.[1]

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                                                                          Life doesn’t simply happen in a vacuum, though. Once you’ve managed to disconnect from those devices and social profiles, it’s important to take that time and energy and redirect it towards a healthier mindset.

                                                                          Spend time meditating, praying, and even simply dwelling on an attitude of gratefulness. Find things that you’re thankful for and make an effort to express appreciation for what you have on a regular basis (you know, rather than envying others as we scroll through our Facebook feeds).

                                                                          One of the keystones to life that numerous wise men throughout history always hearken back to is the simple appreciation, gratefulness, and thanks that come with a good perspective.

                                                                          3. Look for Meaningful Ways to Give Back

                                                                          Donations and charities aren’t lacking these days. In fact, the phenomenon of charitable giving is at an all-time high. Awareness has skyrocketed in the age of information, and Americans gave a record-breaking $410.02 billion to charity in 2017 alone.[2]

                                                                          But just because we know how to give doesn’t mean we’re really, truly invested in giving back to others. Real, honest giving doesn’t come out of personal abundance and overflow, nor does it typically take the form of a crisp dollar bill. It comes out of a desire to help others — a desire that can be huge in helping to get a healthy perspective of life.

                                                                          If you want to find out more about life, consider genuinely giving back to the world around you. Don’t just scrounge up your extra cash and give it to a cause someone else is passionate about.

                                                                          Find out where your own passions are. What needs and hurts in the world get your heart racing and your mind searching for a solution? Find those, then invest yourself. Give until it hurts. The results are exhilarating. This article can help you: How to Find Your Passion and Live a Fulfilling Life

                                                                          4. Try a Hobby

                                                                          While we’ve already talked about what we can do for others, that doesn’t mean a little self-care isn’t needed once in a while too. We’re not talking about indulging those shallow, fleeting desires like a bowl of ice-cream or a trip to the spa, though.

                                                                          Small treats are perfectly fine, but they don’t go very far in helping us truly appreciate life itself. Instead, try looking for a new challenge.

                                                                          A challenge can be the perfect formula for helping to open our eyes to the beauty of the world around us. They provide value without the perpetual responsibility and financial concerns that come with our careers and professional lives.

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                                                                          Find a hobby that indulges your interests and simultaneously challenges your skills. Dive into a pursuit that has always intrigued or fascinated you, but you’ve never had the time to explore on your own. Practice a new instrument, go fly fishing, try painting, learn a language — the world’s your oyster! This list of 50 low-cost hobbies will inspire you.

                                                                          If you’re thoughtful in your selection, you may even be able to pursue an interest that can inadvertently develop your life skills and possibly even add to your resume.[3]

                                                                          5. Overcome Insecurities

                                                                          Let’s circle back around to the personal, inner thoughts and behaviors. One of the critical elements to a life well lived — and thus better understood — is overcoming insecurities.

                                                                          Let’s start by stating the obvious: Everyone has insecurities.

                                                                          Sometimes those insecurities are a bit difficult to pin down and see for what they truly are. One of the best ways to rise above the fears and anxieties of life is to work on your insecurities. Try to practice mindfulness, look for thought patterns, analyze your behavior, and identify when you’re being influenced by insecurities.

                                                                          The more you become aware of your own insecurities, the more you’ll be able to rise above them, prevent selfish behavior, and enable yourself to do things that would have been impossible before.

                                                                          If you’ve been trapped in a job you don’t like, for instance, due to insecurities about financial failure or peer pressure, overcoming those insecurities at their roots will enable you to move on somewhere else, to ask for that promotion you’ve been eyeing, or even simply move horizontally within the company in order to find better work that better satisfies your personality and talents. [4]

                                                                          6. Never Stop Learning

                                                                          Twelve years of structured school (not to mention a mini-career arc through college after that) can leave many of us feeling like we’re done with academics, school, and learning in general.

                                                                          But the truth is, learning should be a lifelong process. Healthy humans are always in a state of learning. They see what’s around them and want to learn more, understand more, and see why everything is the way it is.

                                                                          This doesn’t mean you need to manufacture a desire to start reading textbooks on calculus in order to see what life is about. It’s simply an encouragement to start to take an interest in the world around you. Investigate, probe, and learn more about things that catch your interest, and your passion for learning will start to grow on its own before long.

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                                                                          For instance, even if you pushed yourself all the way through a masters degree already, don’t close the book on your academic career quite yet. Consider going back to school (no matter your age) in order to get a post-master certificate. [5] This won’t just give you an edge in the professional arena; it will also serve as a way to satisfy that inherent desire to learn.

                                                                          While that’s just one example out of many, the point is, it’s important to find ways to continue learning and growing on a regular basis.

                                                                          7. Go Minimalist

                                                                          It’s easy to hear about concepts like “minimalism” and think about extreme lifestyles, like Buddhist monks living in barren temples up in the mountains. But the truth is, minimalism is an easy lifestyle to adapt even in the cluttered, materialistic West.

                                                                          If you take small steps like avoiding purchasing unnecessary new things, storing seasonal items, and generally decluttering, you can ease into a minimalist mindset without much trouble.[6]

                                                                          This doesn’t just help with finances and your cleaning schedule, either. A life with less clutter often leads to a clearer, more grateful mindset. And a grateful mindset can be a key part of gaining deeper insight into what this life stuff is really about in the first place.

                                                                          8. Travel

                                                                          You saw this one coming, right? Those that seriously travel tend to gain a deeper perspective of life as a whole. The trick is, though, you can’t go into your travels as a fanny pack-touting tourist that’s only interested in “seeing the sights” and hitting up the pristine beaches.

                                                                          Here’s a good litmus test for you: if you expect everyone to talk to you in your native language as you travel, you’re not in the right headspace.

                                                                          If you take the time to travel, make sure to do so with the specific purpose of seeing the world outside of your own comfort zone. How are other cultures different from your own? How do other geographic areas affect how people live? What does a developing or war-torn country truly look like?

                                                                          If you set out with this perspective, you’re much more likely to have your heart and mind opened in ways you never could have expected.

                                                                          9. Try to Be More Aware

                                                                          Finally, we have one last, gigantic call to action: be more aware.

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                                                                          If a person can truly foster the ability to pay attention to everything around them, they develop the ability to break free from the self-centered mindset that all humans naturally slip into when we’re not paying attention.

                                                                          Just to clarify, this isn’t a call not to pay attention to your own thoughts and needs. They’re important too. In fact, the Dalai Lama said,

                                                                          “One must be compassionate to one’s self before external compassion.”

                                                                          Whether it’s ourselves at first or others afterward, truly developing the ability to be aware of and empathize with the life that goes on in and around us is a critical part of understanding just why we’re all alive in the first place.

                                                                          So, What Exactly Is Life About?

                                                                          Hopefully, by this point, you don’t really expect an absolute answer to that question. On the other hand, you may not feel it’s a hopeless inquiry, either.

                                                                          Remember, the reason we don’t have a good answer about what life is about is that it’s too complex to fit into words in the first place!

                                                                          The complexities and nuances of a “good life” are so profound that they take an entire lifetime of exploration — both of ourselves and the world around us — to even begin to formulate an answer. And even then, we’ve typically only scratched the surface.

                                                                          When you break it down, the meaning of life is so deep and valuable, it’s worth chasing, even if the end goal is only to catch a glimpse of the glory that keeps us all moving forward day after day.

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