Living Well

Learn how to live a good life, from the greats. Looking for some ideas on how to make the best of your life?  Here you go:

  • A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. ~Charles Darwin
  • A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. ~James Allen
  • I have a simple philosophy : Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I love life because what more is there. ~Sir Anthony Hopkins
  • Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
  • All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Henry Ellis
  • All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets. ~Dalai Lama
  • Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.  ~Vivian Komori
  • We are always getting ready to live but never living. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. ~Albert Schweitzer
  • When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude . ~Gilbert Chesterton
  • It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning. ~P.D. Ouspensky
  • You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. ~Arthur Ashe
  • I can get sad, I can get frustrated, I can get scared, but I never get depressed - because there's joy in my life. ~Michael J. Fox
  • The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. ~ Ben Stein
  • Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea that life is serious. ~Brendan Gill
  • The purpose of life is to fight maturity. ~Dick Werthimer
  • Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive. ~Elbert Hubbard
You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.
~William W. Purkey
  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. ~Maya Angelou
  • In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. ~Robert Frost
  • To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. ~Oscar Wilde
  • 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
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends.
To appreciate beauty ;
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
  • While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die- whether it is our spirit, our creativity , or our glorious uniqueness. ~Gilda Radner
  • You cannot find peace by avoiding life. ~Virginia Woolf
  • When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities. ~William James
  • Life is God's novel. Let him write it. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed-I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself. ~Georges Clemenceau
  • Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you. ~Wayne Dyer
  • The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. ~Pierre de Courbertin
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. ~Henry Miller
  • The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams . ~Oprah Winfrey
  • Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You live but once; you might as well be amusing. ~Coco Chanel
  • In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
  • Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen KellerIt isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. ~Dale Carnegie
  • Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. ~Harvey S. Firestone
  • Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses
  • You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn't make a mockery of your values. ~ Bill Ayers
  • The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. ~Oscar Wilde
  • I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. ~Charles Schulz
  • Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye
  • I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer. ~Jim Carrey
  • Life is the game that must be played. ~Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Let go of control and allow yourself to be swept away by the powerful currents of life. Let go of planning and embrace not know what will happen. Let go of productivity and be open to new ideas, new opportunities, spontaneous creativity.
  • Life is dangerous. No one survived it yet. ~A.D. Miller (2011) Snowdrops, p. 165