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199 Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

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The worst moments in our life – the bad, the bleak, and the bitter – are also the moments when we are compelled to re-evaluate our perspective on life, when we are forced to ponder if perhaps a change is due. Thus do we turn to other people – celebrated, influential, and otherwise – for insight and inspiration. Thus do we turn to motivational quotes.

I will never stop being in love with quotes. Quotes are magical. How so few words, when chosen cleverly and put together skillfully, could convey so much meaning is remarkable. How pithy sayings could impart the wisdom of many years is awe-inspiring. How certain turns of phrase could so easily move us to laughter, to tears, or to overdue action, is altogether beautiful.

Quotes are powerful. They could evoke enduring images, thoughts, or memories; or tap into our well of emotions. They could stir our minds, kindle our hearts, and rouse our souls almost with little difficulty.

Quotes are timeless. They endure even if their authors are long gone, the immortal words of mortal beings. Seldom do they lose their appeal, and more so their meaning. Quotes will always be useful so long as there is a need for insight and inspiration.

And when it comes to topics concerning life and perspectives on it, there is a vast wealth of quotes that offer advice and guidance to lost souls and troubled minds. Here is a compilation of some of the most inspiring quotes that will hopefully help change your perspective on life for the better. If one quote is not enough, then all 199 of these might do the trick.

  1. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou
  1. “A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.” Lillian Gish
  1. “A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.” Lucius Anneaus Seneca
  1. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” Pope Paul VI 
  1. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” Mark Twain
  1. “An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life – becoming a better person.” Leo Tolstoy 
  1. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” Leonardo da Vinci
  1. “At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness. Life is going to happen whether you overthink it, overstress it or not. Just experience life and be happy along the way. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control your happiness.” Holly Holm
  1. “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush
  1. “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” Walter Anderson

An old and grey couple entwined as they reflect on their long years spent together.

  1. “Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” Alan Alda
  1.  “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” William James 
  1. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. “Begin at once to live and count each day as a separate life.” Seneca
  1. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” Og Mandino 
  1. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir
  1. “Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” Joel Osteen
  1. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore
  1. “Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” Victor Hugo
  1. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” Norman Cousins

A mother and her young daughter holding hands while staring into the distance.

  1. “Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” Henri Nouwen 
  1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
  1. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
  1. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” Elbert Hubbard
  1. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey
  1. “Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.” Sterling K. Brown
  1. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” Carl Jung
  1. “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”Mary Manin Morrissey
  1. “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

Nothing signifies creativity better than an artfully assembled pile of used paintbrushes.

  1. “Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” Wayne Dyer
  1. “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Voltaire
  1. “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain
  1. “Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” Publilius Syrus
  1.  “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie
  1. “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” Rumi
  1. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”Friedrich Nietzsche
  1. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes
  1. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking 
  1. “I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.” Evel Knievel

A small, young, and adorable Asian girl gives a sunny, sweet smile for the camera.

  1. “I don’t wait for the calendar to figure out when I should live life.” Gene Simmons
  1. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein
  1. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
  1. “I have a confidence about my life that comes from standing tall on my own two feet.” Jane Fonda
  1. “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” Paulo Coelho
  1. “I intend to live life, not just exist.” George Takei
  1. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams
  1. “I never said I wanted a ‘happy’ life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world. We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.” Isabel Allende
  1. “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” Robin Williams
  1. “If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” Eleanor Roosevelt

A woman lost in deep musing stands silhouetted against the rosy light of a dawning sky.

  1. “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
  1. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” Marcus Gavey
  1. “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” Morris West
  1. “If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. “In every life, we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double.” Bobby McFerrin
  1. “In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love.” Maria Gibbs
  1. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
  1. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
  1. “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” Bradley Whitford

A dirt track marked by flattish stones and bounded on either hand by verdure leads into the forest.

  1. “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.” Drew Houston 
  1. “Into each life some rain must fall.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  1. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J. K. Rowling
  1. “It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.” Philip Green 
  1. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” Andre Gide
  1. “It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Laura Ingalis Wilder
  1. “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” Buddha
  1. “Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” Hugh Prather
  1. “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt

Ecstatic children frisk and frolic with a ball in a dewy, grassy field overhung by trees..

  1. “Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown.” Stephen Gardiner
  1. “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale 
  1. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  1. “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” Rabindranath Tagore
  1. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
  1. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard
  1. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll
  1. “Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  1. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” Sholom Aleichem
  1. “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” Oliver Goldsmith

Freshly squeezed lemon juice drips onto food being grilled.

  1. “Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.” Pope Francis
  1. “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” Ernest Holmes 
  1. “Life is a progress, and not a station.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu 
  1. “Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.” Sai Baba 
  1. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” Kevin Kruse
  1. “Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” Eckhart Tolle
  1. “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller 
  1. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Ashley Smith
  1. “Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.” Kareena Kapoor Khan

A beautiful black woman garbed in a golden dress flashes an equally golden smile.

  1. “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” Denis Waitley
  1. “Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” Charles Lindbergh 
  1. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 
  1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw 
  1. “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” Jack London 
  1. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” Eckhart Tolle 
  1. “Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find?” Ridley Scott 
  1. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie 
  1. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius
  1. “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John W. Gardner

Lowering clouds eerily aglow with blue lightning flashes bring the threat of storm.

  1. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Saunders 
  1. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” Hans Christian Andersen
  1. “Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.” Paulo Coelho 
  1. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” Stephen Hawking 
  1. “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” Kenneth Branagh 
  1. “Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” Matt Cameron 
  1. “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” Iain Duncan Smith
  1. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” Ralph Marston 
  1. “Many people are afraid of the dark, but the real tragedy is those who are afraid of the light.” Plato
  1. “Many people dream about being an entrepreneur, starting their own business, working for themselves, and living the good life. Very few, however, will actually take the plunge and put everything they’ve got into being their own boss.” Fabrizio Moreira

A South Asian woman, old, grey, and lined with the cares of many years stares into the camera.

  1. “Mellow doesn’t always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life.” Anne Hathaway 
  1. “My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi 
  1. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou 
  1. “My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.” Brian Blessed 
  1. “My theory on life is that life is beautiful. Life doesn’t change. You have a day, and a night, and a month, and a year. We people change – we can be miserable or we can be happy. It’s what you make of your life.” Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  1. “Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.” Corin Nemec 
  1. “Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.” L. Ron Hubbard 
  1. “No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them.” Alana Stewart 
  1. “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” Ann Landers 
  1. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

Autumn leaves mantle a rough road overhung by trees.

  1. “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
  1. “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” Joan of Arc 
  1. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett 
  1. “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” Joseph Campbell 
  1. “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  1. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson
  1. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius 
  1. “Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” Linda Thompson 
  1. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” Steve Jobs 
  1. “Rise above the storm, and you will find the sunshine.” Mario Fernandez

Black umbrellas, like blossoming flowers, open against the cold and bitter rain of London.

  1. “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” Yoko Ono
  1. “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.” Christopher McCandless
  1. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss
  1. “Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” Philip Sweet
  1. “Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.” A. R. Rahman
  1. “Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” Jack Canfield 
  1. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” Swami Vivekananda 
  1. “The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.” George Eliot 
  1. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “The essential lesson I’ve learned in life is to just be yourself. Treasure the magnificent being that you are and recognize first and foremost you’re not here as a human being only. You’re a spiritual being having a human experience.” Wayne Dyer

A man sits perched on the edge of the top of a skyscraper towering above the city.

  1. “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” Confucius 
  1. “The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.” P. T. Barnum 
  1. “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” Carl Rogers
  1. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” Bertrand Russell
  1. “The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” David Russell 
  1. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless 
  1. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart 
  1. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn
  1. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Scott Hamilton

Cards, poker chips, and dice pretty much sums up life - a gamble.

  1. “The people you must lie to, own you. The things you have to lie about, own you.” Michael Ventura 
  1. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. “The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” – Benjamin E. Mays
  1. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris
  1. “The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.” Myles Munroe 
  1. “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
  1. “There are times you can’t really see or even feel how sweet life can be. Hopefully its mountains will be higher than its valleys are deep. I know things that are broken can be fixed. Take the punch if you have to, hit the canvas and then get up again. Life is worth it.” Queen Latifah
  1. “There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey 
  1. “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay 
  1. “There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” Josh Jameson

A traveler scours a map in preparation of yet another adventure.

  1. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand
  1. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela 
  1. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” Stephen Chbosky 
  1. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden
  1. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha 
  1. “Time is free, but it’s priceless.” Harvey MacKay 
  1. “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” John Burroughs 
  1. “To have faith doesn’t mean you get any less frustrated when you don’t do your best, but you know that it’s not life and death. Take what you’re given, and when you continue to work hard, you will see results. That will give you the confidence you need to keep going.” Tom Lehman 
  1. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson 
  1. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

Having successfully scaled the summit of a mountain, a man stares in awe at the scene that rewards his daring.

  1. “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Reba McEntire
  1. “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevyn Aucoin
  1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss 
  1. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia 
  1. “True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” Baltasar Gracian
  1. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir
  1. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius 
  1. “Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.” Soyen Shaku 
  1. “We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.” Henry Rollins 
  1. “We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.” Paul Bloom

An adorable turtle upon a gravelly beach stares into the camera.

  1. “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” Confucius
  1. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill 
  1. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster 
  1. “Whatever you do, do with determination. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and give your best. Whether you want to be a chef, doctor, actor, or a mother, be passionate to get the best result.” Alia Bhatt 
  1. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” John Wooden 
  1. “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.” Ella Woodward 
  1. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell 
  1. “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh
  1. “Where there is love there is life.” Mahatma Gandhi 
  1. “Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.” Eckhart Tolle

A sweet and adorable child plays among the grass and leaves on a golden morning.

  1. “You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” Joel Osteen
  1. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs 
  1. “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” Joyce Meyer 
  1. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “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 
  1. “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” Paulo Coelho 
  1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West 
  1. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama 
  1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs

A man, seemingly in a trance, jumps for joy upon a gravelly beach on a fine morning.

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Hi. I’m Jared Jeric dela Cruz, the creator and author of this travel blog. I am an ardent dreamer, an aspiring adventurer, and a passionate storyteller

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