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100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make You Love Life Again

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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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                                                                          Where Am I Going? How to Put Your Life in Context

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                                                                          Where Am I Going? How to Put Your Life in Context

                                                                          Are you wondering…

                                                                          Where am I going in life? Where am I supposed to be going in life?

                                                                          And to answer your questions, here’s what the great writer and thinker, Christopher Morley famously wrote:

                                                                          There are three ingredients to the good life – learning, earning and yearning.

                                                                          Where Am I Going? Is It the Right Direction in Life?

                                                                          There are many times in life where one does not know what comes next or where to go in life. The realization that you are lost and don’t know where to go, or that you don’t like where you are going often comes as an epiphany.

                                                                          Most people describe this as being in a rut. It’s like you have everything you want and still so much is missing. You could have everything in the world but something about your life still doesn’t feel right.

                                                                          Signs That You Need to Change Direction in Life

                                                                          It is important to identify when you are unhappy with your life and want to change where you are going. Some of the most common signs of needing a change in life are as follows:

                                                                          1. You feel unhappy with your life and often reminiscence about the choices you made.
                                                                          2. You feel as if you are forced to go against your morals and intuition at work or home.
                                                                          3. The situation that you find yourself in currently is causing you a lot of stress.
                                                                          4. There is a fear or dread of the future and the consequences of your life decisions that have been causing you anxiety.
                                                                          5. You feel like you had to give up on your passions and interests just to make it in this world.
                                                                          6. The future that you are currently envisioning seems nothing like what practically lies ahead.
                                                                          7. You find yourself surrounded by unhappy people who often think you’re too idealistic.
                                                                          8. You often look forward to having a ‘good day’ even when nothing is particularly wrong with the days right now.

                                                                          If you feel like most of these signs apply to you, then it’s time to re-evaluate where you are headed in life and how you want to change that.

                                                                          The 3 Key Phases of Life

                                                                          Before learning how to choose the right direction for yourself, first try to understand the 3 key phases of life:

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                                                                          The Learning Phase

                                                                          The Learning phase typically stretches from the age of five into the early twenties and its over-riding characteristic is freedom.

                                                                          Your thinking is unfettered, you are chock-full of dreams and aspirations and (happily) someone else is footing the bills. It’s not a cliché to say that schooldays, for many of us, really were the happiest days of our lives.

                                                                          Contrast it with adult life – no one expects very much of you, and other than passing a few exams along the way and you can just swing along, having a great old time …

                                                                          The Earning Phase

                                                                          The next phase is the Earning years; the period from leaving formal education (at 20-something) to retirement (at 50-something or 60-something). Welcome to the grown-up world, welcome to the tax net.

                                                                          The overriding concern in this Earning phase is the security (I spell that word as follows: $ecurity because, for many people, this phase tends to be all about generating sufficient income to pay the monthly bills.)

                                                                          Reality bites. This can require sublimating the dreams of youth as a life of routine takes over. Few in the Earning years question the choices they have made because, typically, this questioning process can be quite disconcerting – oddly, I find this is particularly true of people who are less than happy with their working lives.

                                                                          Routine generation of wealth becomes paramount and you get swept along with the current. This is fine if you made sound choices in your late teens and early twenties with regard to your career. But if you didn’t … for routine, read ‘RUT’.

                                                                          Which brings us to Morley’s Yearning phase – from ceasing your full-time occupation until … well, ceasing.

                                                                          The Yearning Phase

                                                                          What is yearning? Unfortunately, yearning is not the same as simple hankering, wanting or desire. The dictionary definition of yearning is:

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                                                                          “A feeling of intense longing for something lost, absent or unattainable.”

                                                                          A bit gloomy. So for many people, the Yearning years are about looking back over a life not quite fulfilled and saying ‘I wish, I wish. If only … if only …’

                                                                          With the wisdom of years comes regret for the road not taken, the too-conservative choices made.

                                                                          Studies conducted in the geriatric population and on terminally ill people consistently demonstrate that regrets in human beings arise as a result of decisions not taken. The wise old owls that I have talked to over the years all speak with one voice on this.

                                                                          It is better to look back and think, ‘I wish I hadn’t …’ rather than wistfully saying, ‘I wish I had …’

                                                                          Think about where you are…

                                                                          As you think about your career, your life, and your plans for the future, you are, at the very least, going to have to contemplate some uncomfortable choices about yourself, your personal style and your level of happiness.

                                                                          I make no apologies for this – that’s just life. But I contend that it is better to take the time and spend the effort now to improve the choices that you make for later, rather than to have those choices made for you at a time that may not suit you.

                                                                          Some people get these choices unerringly right and they do so early in their lives. Others come to a realization of the right path much later in life. Ray Kroc changed his whole approach to his McDonald’s business in his early 50s. [1] Colonel Sanders didn’t start his KFC franchising efforts until he was in his early 60s.[2] And the list can go on.

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                                                                          It’s never too early and it’s never too late – but you have to think about it.

                                                                          How to Choose the Right Path

                                                                          Do you know at what phase of life are you now? Once you understand where you are now, the next step is to find the direction you want to move to.

                                                                          You have the motivation and direction to take your life where you need it to be, you just need to get up and do it. The best time for change is now, and if you procrastinate any further you might miss out on a great opportunity.

                                                                          To live a meaningful life, it is important to pick a direction that brings both peace and success. Here are some things to take into consideration when choosing a new direction in life:

                                                                          1. Chose What Your Inner Child Would Want

                                                                          It is very important to acknowledge the needs and opinions of our ‘inner child’. That’s because we often have real happiness at this age and develop passions that last us a lifetime. To calibrate your direction in life, think of what the younger you would feel about your current situation and what would they want to do.

                                                                          2. Think About The Things You Want To Change

                                                                          Make a list of the things in your current life that you are dissatisfied with and want to change. Then think of the alternative options you have to give yourself a life where you find happiness and fulfillment by avoiding these things. This will help you understand what must be done to feel good in life.

                                                                          3. Find Inspiration to Follow

                                                                          Everyone has an idea of what they want in life and finding inspiration isn’t hard in this day and age. Just think about those you admire and see as role models and try to follow in their footsteps. As they have already reached a place you associate to be a goal, you will find it easier to navigate your way through life to reach that destination as well.

                                                                          4. Be Clear on What You Don’t Want To Be

                                                                          To find out where you want to be headed in life, try finding out where you don’t want to end up. This would help identify situations and placed you would try and avoid at all costs. It keeps you on the right track because if you minimize the wrong paths, then choosing the right one becomes much easier.

                                                                          5. Learn to Enjoy Where You Are

                                                                          There is no such thing as a perfect life. What you need to learn, is to work hard and to find things to be happy and grateful for.

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                                                                          Live in the moment, appreciate the things you have. Only this way you will see clearly the meaning of your life.

                                                                          6. Commit to Getting or Staying Healthy

                                                                          Nothing is more important than your mental, spiritual and physical health.

                                                                          Getting your life on the right path isn’t something you can achieve in a day. But, with hard work and dedication, you will get there!

                                                                          7. Help Others

                                                                          By helping others you will increase your sense of purpose and improve self-esteem.

                                                                          There are many ways to do this. Volunteer in your community, mentor young people, or just help neighbors.

                                                                          You will be surprised by the feeling you will have after.

                                                                          Start Making the Change Today

                                                                          After reading all this, you are surely ready to change the direction of your life. Start by making a change today instead of just thinking about it. Every difficult journey starts with a single step, and this is the sign to take yours. Once you make one change, the rest follow suit and soon your life will be exactly how you want it to be.

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                                                                          Reference

                                                                          [1] Britannica: Ray Kroc
                                                                          [2] Biography: Colonel Sanders

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