Best Life Quotes From Great People

Best Life Quotes Examples

Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
~Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish author and poet, wrote many poems, plays, stories and travel essays, but is best known for his fairy tales of which there are over one hundred and fifty, including some best life quotes.

Someone asked Thomas Edison once how it felt to have failed 10,000 times before creating the lighbulb. He responded by saying that he hadn’t failed, he just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas Edison  

Don’t give up even if several tries have failed.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­”It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
Howard Ruff             

Start preparing for hard times now rather than wait till it’s too late.

Through his books, speaking and other engagements, Howard has become one of the foremost pioneers of sound economic principles as related to self sufficiency.

Methodist minister, Peal, born in Bowersville, Ohio, made effective use of radio, television, and newspapers to promote his ideas and philosophy – perhaps best described in his best known book – The Power of Positive Thinking.

  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
  • The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
  • Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. – from The Power of Positive Thinking
  • There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
  • Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.
  • Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.
  • Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.
  • Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.
  • We tend to get what we expect.
  • Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.
    • We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.

“To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back.”
Chinese proverb    

Learn from the mistakes and successes of others who have tried it.

 “To thine own self be true, and it follows, as the day the night, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
– Shakespeare in “Hamlet”            

Be honest with self and then you are in the frame of mind to be honest to others. Another example of best life quotes.

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase:

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
Joseph Campbell       

You decide how exciting your life is by making pathways to the things you love to do.

John WoodenBest Life Quotes

Considered the greatest coach in the history of US college basketball, Wooden was also an All-American as a basketball player at Purdue in 1930,31, and 32. Becoming head coach at UCLA in 1948, his teams went on to set records for the longest winning streak and most championships (10) in NCAA history.

  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
    • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.


Known as My Symphony, the following passage was written by William Henry Channing, 1810-84, an American Christian socialist clergyman, writer, philosopher, and Chaplain of the US House of Representatives (thanks J J Grant).

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” (William Henry Channing, 1810-84, US clergyman and philosopher.)

“I don’t despise, because no-one should live rent-free inside your head.”

Anne Robinson, journalist and TV presenter, when asked by interviewer Roseanna Greenstreet which living person does she most despise, Guardian Weekend, 14 Aug 2010

 “I cannot be that I am not, I want to be that I am.”

Charlotte Sebego, South African Public Servant, born 1969, wrote these beautiful words on 22 May 2008

 “Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” Zen Proverb.

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American author and commentator, aka Samuel L Clemens