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50 of the Best Quotes to Live By

Quotes to live by aren’t going to change your life, at least not on their own. Quotes to live by and quotes in general can, however, be catalysts for change.

They (Quotes) are unique in that they can provide profound wisdom in just a few words. Once committed to memory, the right quotes can come in handy when you need to draw upon them.

Quotes to live by can motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to start taking different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In a roundabout way, quotes can be an impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes to live by is: “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.”

This is a quote by Jim Rohn, who was a mentor of the great Tony Robbins.

This quote illuminates a fact that many of us don’t want to face. The fact that we often want things, but not the necessary struggle that comes with obtaining those things.

This quote has popped into my head several times when I’ve set out to do something. It generally makes an appearance the first time I encounter difficulty. When the process is no longer easy. When things get challenging.

Bringing this quote to mind gives me the the chance to decide right then and there if I truly want the thing. If I do, then I must dig my feet in and work through it. If not, I can move on with a clear conscience.

I can be honest with myself about the fact that I didn’t really want it. Saving me from wasting more time, making excuses, and being delusional about the situation.

What usually tends to happen to people is something like the following:

Things get challenging for the person.

The person doesn’t want to do (or feels they can’t do) what needs to be done.

The person attempts to find shortcuts. They don’t work.

They try other shortcuts that don’t work, and still others.

Finally they quit with the excuse “I’ve tried everything” when in reality they just refused to do what was really necessary.

They really didn’t want the journey, they just wanted the destination.

Next time things get difficult, ask yourself “do I really want this or not?” If so, then remember that you can and will find a way. If not, cut your losses and move on.

The above quote might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes to live by resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and be sure to draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

50 Quotes to Live By:

“Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.”

-Brian Tracy

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.”

-T.D. Jakes

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

-Winston Churchill
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“There is no elevator to success — you have to take the stairs.”


“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

-Michael Jordan

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”

-Marie Curie
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“If you are honest, truthful, and transparent, people trust you. If people trust you, you have no grounds for fear, suspicion or jealousy.” -Dalai Lama

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

-Roy T. Bennett
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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

– Nelson Mandela

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.”

– Maxime Lagacé
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-Pablo Picasso

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

– Andre Gide

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

– William James

“Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.”

– Kamal Ravikant
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“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

– William Shakespeare

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.”

– Bob Marley

“Lead from the heart, not the head.”

-Princess Diana

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

-Albert Einstein
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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

-Albert Einstein

“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

-Khaled Hosseini

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”

-Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight
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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

-Michael Cunningham, The Hours

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

-George Bernard Shaw
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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

-Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

-Anais Nin

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

-Steve Maraboli

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies within you.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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