Life Quotes

You have to digest life. You have to chew it up and love it all through.

- Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.

- Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

What an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.

- Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

If you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.

- Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world - your little carvedout sphere - is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you're an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The next day you're lost in the wilderness. And still the sun rises and clouds mass and drift and people shop for groceries and toilets flush and blinds go up and down. That's when you realize that most of it - life, the relentless mechanism of existing - isn't about you. It doesn't include you at all. It will thrust onward even after you've jumped the edge. Even after you're dead.

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

That's what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you're supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you'd rather stay in bed and do nothing.

- Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

May you live every day of your life.

- Jonathan Swift

Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Life is not a song, sweetling. Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.

- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

I don't know many rules to live by. But here's one. It's simple. Don't put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles - drug or tattoo - and no inessential penises either.

- Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Life won't just happen to you boy. You have to happen to it.

- Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Life is a big fat gigantic stinking mess, that's the beauty of it, too.

- Gayle Forman, If I Stay

Life can be hard and beautiful and messy, but hopefully, it will be long. If it is, you will see that it's unpredictable, and that the dark periods comes, but they abate - sometimes with a lot of support - and the tunnel widens, allowing the sun back in. If you're in the dark, it might feel like you will always be there. Fumbling. Alone. But you won't - and you're not.

- Gayle Forman, I Was Here

You win some, you lose some. And sometimes you win and lose at the same time. Life's a bloody cockup.

- Gayle Forman, Just One Night

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

- Albert Einstein

Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.

- Elbert Hubbard

The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death. The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives - the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response; the death of awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in oneself.

- Albert Schweitzer

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Life is like an escalator. You see, it carries you on regardless. And you might as well enjoy the view and seize every opportunity while you're passing. Otherwise, it'll be too late.

- Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

The purpose of life is not to do what we want but what needs to be done.

- Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments.

- Christopher Paolini, Inheritance

As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative.

- John Green, Paper Towns

You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.

- Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Live your life. Be happy as you can be, let go of the things that don't matter, and fight.

- Kiera Cass, The One

Life isn't just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.

- Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala

Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.

- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

- Seneca

The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it's a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers - of persistence, concentration, insight and sensitivity - to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.

- Susan Cain, Quiet

Sometimes life turns out hard. Sometimes it just bites right through you. And sometimes, just when you think it's done its worst, it comes back and takes another chunk.

- M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognise your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.

- Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

Don't take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.

- Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Sometimes things happen in life that you didn’t plan for. All you can do is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.

- Colleen Hoover, Point of Retreat

Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.

- Colleen Hoover, Slammed

Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn't waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.

- Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us

In a long life there are thirty or thirty-five thousand days to be got through, but only a few dozen that really matter, big days when something momentous happens. The rest - the vast majority, tens of thousands of days - are unremarkable, repetitive, even monotonous.

- William Landay, Defending Jacob

The secret to living long is to have something to live for.

- David Levithan, Love Is the Higher Law

Life isn't fair. It's taken me a while to get that. It's always going to disappoint you in some way or another. You'll make plans, and it'll push you in another direction. You will love people, and they'll be taken away no matter how hard you fight to keep them. You'll try for something and won't get it. You don't have to find meaning in it; you don't have to try to change things. You just have to accept the things that are out of your hands and try to take care of yourself. That's your job.

- Alexandra Bracken, Never Fade

Life is always throwing us this way and that. That's where the adventure is. Not knowing where you'll end up or how you'll fare. It's all a mystery, and when we say any different, we're just lying to ourselves.

- Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child

In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.

- Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child

It seemed like life was a sort of narrowing tunnel. Right when you were born, the tunnel was huge. You could be anything. Then, like, the absolute second after you were born, the tunnel narrowed down to about half that size. You were a boy, and already it was certain you wouldn't be a mother and it was likely you wouldn't become a manicurist or a kindergarten teacher. Then you started to grow up and everything you did closed the tunnel in some more. You broke your arm climbing a tree and you ruled out being a baseball pitcher. You failed every math test you ever took and you canceled any hope of being a scientist. Like that. On and on through the years until you were stuck. You'd become a baker or a librarian or a bartender. Or an accountant. And there you were. I figured that on the day you died, the tunnel would be so narrow, you'd have squeezed yourself in with so many choices, that you just got squashed.

- Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Life is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.

- Neil Gaiman