Top 50 Life Lesson Quotes

Top 50 Life Lesson Quotes

"Short cuts make long delays." -J. R. R. Tolkien

Life lesson quotes

Life is not the same for all of us. Every person lives different situations that make them be what they are and make them evolve toward one direction or another. There is a path for each individual to follow, and it will not be the same in any case. But one thing is clear: life can be very tricky and the more experience we have, the better we are able to manage it.

As we said, life is not the same for everybody, but reading this compilation of life lesson quotes could really lend a hand.

1"But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can't please everyone, so don't try."

Chris Colfer

2“The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea.”

Andrew Weil

3“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

Oprah Winfrey

4"I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I'm actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons."

Drew Barrymore

5"Short cuts make long delays."

J.R.R. Tolkien

6“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.”

Sylvia Plath

7“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis

8"In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness."

Toba Beta

9“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

Roy T. Bennett

10“Help someone, you earn a friend. Help someone too much, you make an enemy.”

Erol Ozan

11“And in the end, we were all just humans… drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

12“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

Søren Kierkegaard

13"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way."

Al Franken

14“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”


15“I shall take the heart. [...] For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”

L. Frank Baum

16“If plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters - 204 if you're in Japan.”

Claire Cook

17“It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.”


18“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

19"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

Steve Jobs

20“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.”

Steve Maraboli

21“Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys.”

Scylar Tyberius

22“Revolutionary’ discipline depends on political consciousness – on an understanding of why orders must be obeyed; it takes time to diffuse this, but it also takes time to drill a man into an automaton on the barrack-square.”

George Orwell

23“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

24"A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life."

Mandy Hale

25“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

E.A. Bucchianeri

26“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”


27"We are who we choose to be."

Green Goblin

28“Hiding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn't make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”

Jenny O'Connell

29“The world is what YOU think of it, so think of it DIFFERENTLY and your life will change.”

Paul Arden

30“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”

Fred Hampton

31“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

32"Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want."

Heath Ledger

33“Friends are the family you choose."

Jess C. Scott

34“Every fiction has its base in fact.”

Gayle Forman

35“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.”

Dalai Lama

36“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.”

Irving Berlin

37"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it. "

Estee Lauder

38“I don't care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.”

Santosh Kalwar

39“People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths.”

Eudora Welty

40“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Mark Zuckerberg

41“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

Marshall McLuhan

42"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

Winston Churchill

43“Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.”

Paulo Coelho

44“People look for greatness only in the extraordinary and completely overlook the wonder of the ordinary.”

Ann Tatlock

45“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed – only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”

Nikola Tesla

46"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

Jack Buck

47“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”

Joe Abercrombie

48“You’ll tell yourself anything you have to, to pretend that you’re still the one in control.”

Jodi Picoult

49"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Alexander Pope

50"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

Abraham Lincoln