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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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                                                                          Think Positive Mantras Help a Lot? Try Value Affirmation Instead

                                                                          Think Positive Mantras Help a Lot? Try Value Affirmation Instead

                                                                          Positive thinking is one of the most touted philosophies in the world. The advantages of positive mantras have been presented by authors and motivational speakers around the world. However, value affirmation may be more effective.

                                                                          Do these techniques really work? Why would repeating a simple, positive phrase change the way you think and feel? Those are the questions we’re going to dive in to.

                                                                          Decoding Positive Thinking

                                                                          Positive thinking[1] is about developing our mindset in such a way that we expect good and favorable outcomes from events in our life. In other words, it’s the process of transferring our energy into reality by thinking optimistic thoughts.

                                                                          This doesn’t mean we are unrealistic about the possibilities. Positive thinking is about recognizing all of the possible outcomes but choosing to focus on those that are positive and offer improvements to our lives.

                                                                          Does Positive Thinking Work?

                                                                          While many people believe that positive thinking leads you to the path of happiness, there are others who think otherwise. Both sides have put forward many compelling reasons supporting their views. While the argument may never end, the detractors have many reasons to believe that positive thinking, in isolation, doesn’t do much for our mental health. Here are some ways positive mantras can backfire.

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                                                                          How Positive Mantras Can Do Harm

                                                                          While positive mantras can be a good addition to a routine when understood, there are some downsides that you should be aware of.

                                                                          1. Suppression of Negative Emotions

                                                                          If we use positive mantras [2] too frequently, it might work for a shorter period, but in the long run, it may cause adverse consequences. Why?

                                                                          When we use a positive mantra, it tends to suppress our negative emotions. If it continues for an extended time and becomes a habit, then we might be overwhelmed by even more negative feelings at times when the results are not as expected, as there should be a balance between positive emotions and negative emotions in life. The balance of positive and negative feelings in life is what helps us to accept challenges and overcome them.

                                                                          2. Actions Speak Louder Than Mantras

                                                                          Additionally, uttering positive mantras in our life might work sometimes, and also, to channel the energy into reality, utter faith and absolute belief are required. However, the mantras most definitely prove themselves useless if we just keep chanting positive mantras but fail to put into action the message that the mantra is supposed to convey.

                                                                          As a consequence, we might be caught off guard by negative vibes and feel highly frustrated because our mind will immediately conjure up many negative thoughts.

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                                                                          For instance, if you believe that a perfect body is the one with well-toned abs and biceps, and you keep on insisting that you have a perfect body, then your mind will start searching for the so-called negatives in your body. You will be insecure about the little bit of belly protruding out, your waistline, and even your arms. This will make you more insecure about your body and will depress you even more.

                                                                          3. Production of Delusional Thinking

                                                                          A fact is a fact; it won’t change irrespective of the situations and time and won’t change even when you utter positive mantras your whole life. For example, if you are a little short on money, you aren’t going to miraculously solve your financial problems just because you utter positive mantras a million times. It will be much better if you accept the reality and work towards dealing with it.

                                                                          For example, if you have loan problems, you should work on personal budgeting instead of living with a false sense of security. This will make you happier in the long run.

                                                                          Let’s take another scenario as an example. You have an exam tomorrow, and you are not prepared well. You’re time would be better spent studying the information you’re lacking rather than repeating a positive mantra to convince yourself that you will be fine. Ultimately, the positive thinking will help you feel more confident on the answers you already know, but it won’t conjure up information you didn’t study for. Conjuring fantasies to wrap up reality is no way to answer any question in the real world.

                                                                          Hard work is key to success in our life. If you have worked hard, then despite all the negative thoughts that might surround your head instinctively, you are going to perform better. However, if you haven’t put in enough work, then no matter how many times you say that you are going to be successful, it won’t be enough.

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                                                                          4. Increase Low Self-Esteem

                                                                          A study has also shown that positive thinking works well if you have very high self-esteem. However, if you have low self-esteem and utter positive mantras, it will only strengthen your negative mindset when there are met by set-backs[3]. This will result in many negative feelings.

                                                                          For example, if a good football player believes that he is going to be the best, then it will act as a buffer to help him perform to his potential. However, if a player with low self-esteem thinks that he is going to be the best player in the world, he will get discouraged when he realizes he isn’t doing as well as he hoped.

                                                                          Alternative to Positive Mantras

                                                                          If you are a believer in positive mantras, and you are beginning to doubt its functionality, what will you do? Don’t fret, because there is another theory called value affirmation that might help you.

                                                                          What is Value Affirmation?

                                                                          First of all, values are the beliefs which we think are desirable and ideal. Our values are dynamic as they are changing and reshaping as we experience new things in our life. Therefore, it is necessary that we update our values constantly so our objective in life resembles the values we believe in.

                                                                          If we are aware of our values, it will help to maintain balance in our life. If there is an imbalance between our value and aim, it will undermine our motivation to do things. Hence, value affirmation is recognizing and defining the values we believe in rather than repeatedly saying positive sentences that may or may not hold significance for us.

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                                                                          Do Value Affirmations Work?

                                                                          In a recent survey[4], students in one of the universities were chosen randomly to write about their values. Those students who were selected performed very nicely in their college years in comparison to those students who had not taken part. This was repeated again with the same success in the Hispanic community and African-American community.

                                                                          Therefore, the next time you find yourself chanting mantras to assure you that everything is going to be fine, stop. Instead, try to recognize your deeply rooted values and check whether your values are in balance with your actions and goals.

                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                          Positive mantras can be a great addition to a regular meditation practice or a good technique to use if you are secure in your self confidence and direction in life. However, if you’re feeling lost or having trouble tracking down your motivation, value affirmations may do more to help you as they’ll force you to take a good look at what really matters in your life.

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