The Meaning of Life (in short)
Quotes on life’s meaning, to help you find your own meaning of life.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
We must each find our separate meaning in the persuasion of our days until we meet in the meaning of the world.
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.
Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is a spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being.
We search for the meaning of life in the realities of our experiences, in the realities of our dreams, our hopes, our memories.
What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.
Quotes about enjoying life to the fullest to help you live inspired.
There is just one life for each of us: our own.
Life is to be entered upon with courage.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.
The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile. That’s a smile of enlightenment. You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand-new hours to live, and that that’s the most precious of gifts.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Love the life you live. Live the life you love.
Develop an interest in life as you see it the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Life must be lived as play.
We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men!
The whole life of a man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
T. S. Eliot
Personal Statements on Life
Personal statements and manifestos more directly stating what is at stake – living.
Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.
Roy T Bennett
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
Henry David Thoreau
I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
William Arthur Ward
Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.
With the past, I have nothing to do nor with the future. I live now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.
Embrace your life journey with gratitude, so that how you travel your path is more important than reaching your ultimate destination.
Labour not after riches first, and think thou afterwards wilt enjoy them. He who neglecteth the present moment, throweth away all that he hath. As the arrow passeth through the heart, while the warrior knew not that it was coming; so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
Live the life you’ve dreamed.
Henry David Thoreau
Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.
Hans Christian Andersen
May you find the meaning of your life and live it to the fullest.