Wise Quotes About Life

A collection of quotes on the topic of life, deep, beauty, peaceful.

Best wise quotes about life

Erwin Rommel photo

„Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, but brains saves both.“

—  Erwin Rommel German field marshal of World War II 1891 - 1944

Aristotle photo

„Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Confucius photo

„Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

Attributed on the internet but not found in print prior to an attribution in Aero Digest, Vols. 58–59, 1949, p. 115 https://books.google.com/books?id=q2ofAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22Life+is+simple%22+but+we+insist+on+making+it+complicated&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22Life+is+simple%22+
Misattributed, Not Chinese

C.G. Jung photo

„I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

Variant: I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

William James photo

„Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

Charles Bukowski photo

„Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Variant: Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

John Lennon photo
Theodore Roosevelt photo

„Believe you can and you're halfway there.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

Robert Frost photo

„In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

As quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations (1993) edited by Robert I. Fitzhenry, p. 261
General sources
Variant: In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

George Eliot photo

„It is never too late to be what you might have been.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry photo

„Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.“

—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, book The Little Prince

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
Variant translations: Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.
The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.
Le Petit Prince (1943)

Dolly Parton photo
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Jack London photo

„I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. 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.“

—  Jack London American author, journalist, and social activist 1876 - 1916

The Bulletin, San Francisco, California, December 2, 1916, part 2, p. 1.
Also included in Jack London’s Tales of Adventure, ed. Irving Shepard, Introduction, p. vii (1956)

Dr. Seuss photo

„Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Georges Duhamel in THE HEART'S DOMAIN (1919). As it was composed in French, the wording in English may vary in translation. Theodore Geisel / Dr. Seuss was born in 1904, and would have been about 15 years old at the time that it was published. The full text can be found at the link below: We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.
Misattributed

Rosa Parks photo
Audre Lorde photo

„When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.“

—  Audre Lorde, book The Cancer Journals

The Cancer Journals, Special Edition, Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA, 1997, p. 13.

Albert Einstein photo

„There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

As quoted in Journal of France and Germany (1942–1944) by Gilbert Fowler White, in excerpt published in Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White (2006) by Robert E. Hinshaw, p. 62. From the context http://books.google.com/books?id=_2qfZRp9SeEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA62#v=onepage&q&f=false it seems that White did not specify whether he had heard Einstein himself say this or whether he was repeating a quote that had been passed along by someone else, so without a primary source the validity of this quote should be considered questionable.
Some have argued that elsewhere Einstein defined a "miracle" as a type of event he did not believe was possible—Einstein on Religion by Max Jammer (1999) quotes on p. 89 from a 1931 conversation Einstein had with David Reichinstein, where Reichinstein brought up philosopher Arthur Liebert's argument that the indeterminism of quantum mechanics might allow for the possibility of miracles, and Einstein replied that Liebert's argument dealt "with a domain in which lawful rationality [determinism] does not exist. A 'miracle,' however, is an exception from lawfulness; hence, there where lawfulness does not exist, also its exception, i.e., a miracle, cannot exist." ("Dort, wo eine Gesetzmässigkeit nicht vorhanden ist, kann auch ihre Ausnahme, d.h. ein Wunder, nicht existieren." D. Reichenstein, Die Religion der Gebildeten (1941), p. 21). However, it is clear from the context that Einstein was stating only that miracles cannot exist in a domain (quantum mechanics) where lawful rationality does not exist. He did not claim that miracles could never exist in any domain. Indeed, Einstein clearly believed, as seen in many quotations above, that the universe was comprehensible and rational, but he also described this characteristic of the universe as a "miracle". In another example, he is quoted as claiming belief in a God, "Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world."
As quoted in From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter (1993) by David T. Dellinger, p. 418
Disputed
Variant: 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.
Variant: 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.

James Baldwin photo

„Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.“

—  James Baldwin, book Nobody Knows My Name

"In Search of a Majority: An Address" (Feb 1960); reprinted in Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_Knows_My_Name (1961)

Aristotle photo

„It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.“

—  Aristotle, book Metaphysics

Attributed to Aristotle in Lowell L. Bennion, Religion and the Pursuit of Truth http://books.google.gr/books?id=2HPUAAAAMAAJ&q=, Deseret Book Company, 1959, p. 52, and in American Opinion, Volume 24 http://books.google.gr/books?id=irofAQAAMAAJ&q=, Robert Welch, Inc., 1981, p. 23. Possibly a discombobulation http://publicnoises.blogspot.fi/2009/02/aristotle-and-accuracy.html of the Nicomachean Ethics Book I, 1094b.24 quote above.
Disputed
Source: Metaphysics

Virginia Woolf photo

„If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.“

—  Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941

"The Leaning Tower", lecture delivered to the Workers' Educational Association, Brighton (May 1940)
The Moment and Other Essays (1948)

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Helen Keller photo

„The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart“

—  Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968

Variant: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Joseph Campbell photo

„We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.“

—  Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987

Variant: You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.

Benjamin Disraeli photo

„Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Books, Coningsby (1844), Lothair (1870)
Variant: Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Viktor E. Frankl photo

„Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.“

—  Viktor E. Frankl, book Man's Search for Meaning

Source: Quoted in Man's Search for Meaning and attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche.

Colin Powell photo
Ella Fitzgerald photo
Albert Einstein photo

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

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Letter to his son Eduard (5 February 1930), as quoted in Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), p. 367
1930s

William Shakespeare photo

„The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.“

—  William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Touchstone, Act V, scene i
Source: As You Like It (1599–1600)

Jackson Pollock photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Henry Miller photo
Maya Angelou photo

„Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.“

—  Maya Angelou, book Letter to My Daughter

Variant: Be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud.
Source: Letter to My Daughter

Sören Kierkegaard photo

„Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Variant: Life can only be understood going backward, but must be lived going forward.

Abraham Lincoln photo
Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Source: A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Confucius photo

„Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

Leo Tolstoy photo
Thomas Szasz photo

„The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.“

—  Thomas Szasz Hungarian psychiatrist 1920 - 2012

"Personal Conduct" http://books.google.com/books?id=IYOcAQAAQBAJ&q=%22The+stupid+neither+forgive+nor+forget+the+na%C3%AFve+forgive+and+forget+the+wise+forgive+but+do+not+forget%22&pg=PA177#v=onepage, p. 51. http://openlibrary.org/works/OL15151528W/The_Second_Sin
The Second Sin (1973)

Angelina Jolie photo
John W. Gardner photo

„Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.“

—  John W. Gardner American politician 1912 - 2002

Quoted in Matthew M. Radmanesh, Cracking the Code of Our Physical Universe, p. 269.

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„The purpose of life…is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Foreword (January 1960)
You Learn by Living (1960)

Johnny Cash photo
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Victor Hugo photo

„The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves—say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Variant: The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Source: Les Misérables

Citát „Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.“
Denzel Washington photo

„Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.“

—  Denzel Washington actor, screenwriter, director, producer 1954

Thomas Jefferson photo

„Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

Walt Whitman photo

„Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

This has become attributed to both Walt Whitman and Helen Keller, but has not been found in either of their published works, and variations of the quote are listed as a proverb commonly used in both the US and Canada in A Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992), edited by Wolfgang Mieder, Kelsie B. Harder and Stewart A. Kingsbury.
Misattributed

Robert Fulghum photo

„We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.“

—  Robert Fulghum American writer 1937

Variant: You want my opinion? We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
Source: True Love (1998)

William James photo

„The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

Source: 1890s, The Principles of Psychology (1890), Ch. 22

Rosa Parks photo

„I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.“

—  Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005

Quiet Strength (2000)

O. Henry photo

„No friendship is an accident.“

—  O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910

Source: Heart of the West

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Benjamin Franklin photo

„Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. “

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

Marie Curie photo

„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 French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v

Alan Alda photo
Maya Angelou photo

„I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you."“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

The Distinguished Annie Clark Tanner Lecture, 16th-annual Families Alive Conference, Weber State University, May 8, 1997 - Full text online at weber.edu http://departments.weber.edu/chfam/familiesalive/angelouspeech.html3
Context: I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you." … There is an African saying which is: "Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

Jack London photo

„Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.“

—  Jack London American author, journalist, and social activist 1876 - 1916

As quoted in Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior (1991) by Dan Millman, p. 78
Life’s not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.
As quoted in "They Came to Write in Hawai‘i" by Joseph Theroux, in Spirit of Aloha (March/April 2007)

John Muir photo

„The power of imagination makes us infinite.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

1 September 1875, page 226
John of the Mountains, 1938
Context: How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind! The spiritual eye sees not only rivers of water but of air. It sees the crystals of the rock in rapid sympathetic motion, giving enthusiastic obedience to the sun's rays, then sinking back to rest in the night. The whole world is in motion to the center. So also sounds. We hear only woodpeckers and squirrels and the rush of turbulent streams. But imagination gives us the sweet music of tiniest insect wings, enables us to hear, all round the world, the vibration of every needle, the waving of every bole and branch, the sound of stars in circulation like particles in the blood. The Sierra canyons are full of avalanche debris — we hear them boom again, for we read past sounds from present conditions. Again we hear the earthquake rock-falls. Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet is true imagination healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarser senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.

Aristotle photo

„Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Margaret Mead photo
Winston S. Churchill photo

„Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Attributed to Winston Churchill in The Prodigal Project : Book I : Genesis (2003) by Ken Abraham and Daniel Hart, p. 224 and other places, though no source attribution is given. It actually derives from an advertising campaign for Budweiser beer in the late 1930s.
Misattributed
Variant: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Source: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/03/success-final/

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Do one thing every day that scares you.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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Elbert Hubbard photo

„Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

Source: A Thousand & One Epigrams: Selected from the Writings of Elbert Hubbard (1911), p. 74

Dr. Seuss photo

„Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Mark Twain photo

„Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.“

—  Mark Twain, book Following the Equator

Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. LXVI
Following the Equator (1897)

Helen Keller photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You must do the thing you think you cannot do.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Mark Twain photo

„Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Alternate (also Twain's): Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Source: Mark Twain's Notebook (1935), p. 393

Theodore Roosevelt photo

„Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

Variant: Look Toward the stars but keep your feet firmly on the ground.
Source: The Greatest American President: The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt

Florence Nightingale photo

„I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410

Robert A. Heinlein photo

„Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Stranger in a Strange Land

"Jubal Harshaw" in the first edition (1961); the later 1991 "Uncut" edition didn't have this line, because it was one Heinlein had added when he went through and trimmed the originally submitted manuscript on which the "Uncut" edition is based. Heinlein also later used a variant of this in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls where he has Xia quote Harshaw: "Dr. Harshaw says that 'the word "love" designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness.'"
Source: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; 1991)

H.L. Mencken photo

„Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

Source: Heliogabalus

Maya Angelou photo

„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 American author and poet 1928 - 2014

Shared on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou/posts/10150251846629796, July 4, 2011

Oprah Winfrey photo

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

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

Marie Curie photo

„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.“

—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v
Context: 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.

Dolly Parton photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„you'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Source: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)

Aristotle photo

„Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Johnny Cash photo

„You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.“

—  Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter 1932 - 2003

Variant: You build on failure. You use it as a stepping sone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

George Bernard Shaw photo

„Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

Variant: Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

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Fred Shero photo

„Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. For your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.“

—  Fred Shero Former ice hockey player and coach 1925 - 1990

Jackson, Jim, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now

John Lennon photo

„Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"; similar expressions were used by others prior to Lennon's use of this line, and have been attributed to Betty Talmadge, Thomas La Mance, Margaret Millar, William Gaddis, and Lily Tomlin, but the earliest known published occurrence was the 1957 attribution of "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." to Allen Saunders in Reader's Digest, according to The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes
Lyrics, Double Fantasy (1980)
Variant: Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Variant: Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

Red Symons photo

„No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Red Symons Australian broadcaster and musician 1949

Attributed quotes

Abraham Lincoln photo

„And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

This quote is often misattributed to Lincoln. The earliest instance that Quote Investigator could locate was "in an advertisement in 1947 for a book about aging by Edward J. Stieglitz, M.D". The advertisement for “The Second Forty Years” which ran in the Chicago Tribune newspaper read like this: The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years! (Compare 1947 March 16, Chicago Tribune, “How Long Do You Plan to Live?”, [Advertisement for the book "The Second Forty Years" by Edward J. Stieglitz, M.D.], p. C7, Chicago, Illinois. (ProQuest)). Source of misattribution: It’s Not the Years in Your Life That Count. It’s the Life in Your Years - Abraham Lincoln? Adlai Stevenson? Edward J. Stieglitz? Anonymous? by Quote Investigator on July 14, 2012 http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/07/14/life-years-count/
To my way of thinking it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count in the long run.
Adlai Stevenson II, Address at Princeton University, "The Educated Citizen" (22 March 1954) http://infoshare1.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/mudd/online_ex/stevenson/adlai1954.html. This has also been paraphrased "What matters most is not the years in your life, but the life in your years" and misattributed to Abraham Lincoln and Mae West.
Adlai Stevenson II, "If I Were Twenty-One" in Coronet (December 1955).
Misattributed
Variant: It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.

Neil Gaiman photo

„Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

The character "Rose Walker" in The Sandman #65
Context: Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.

„Some people are so poor all they have is money.“

—  Ralph Smart

Source: yt

Maya Angelou photo
Theodor Reik photo

„Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.“

—  Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955

Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

Art Buchwald photo

„The best things in life aren't things.“

—  Art Buchwald journalist, humorist, United States Marine 1925 - 2007

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„There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Chapter 117 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo/Chapter_117
Source: The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846)
Context: Tell the angel who will watch over your future destiny, Morrel, to pray sometimes for a man who, like Satan, thought himself, for an instant, equal to God; but who now acknowledges, with Christian humility, that God alone possesses supreme power and infinite wisdom... There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.

Rosa Parks photo
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William Blake photo

„A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

Sören Kierkegaard photo

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

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Attributed to Kierkegaard in a number of books, the earliest located on Google Books being the 1976 book Jack Kerouac: Prophet of the New Romanticism by Robert A. Hipkiss, p. 83 http://books.google.com/books?id=g_JaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor. In the 1948 The Hibbert Journal: Volumes 46-47 the quote is referred to as "the famous Kierkegaardian slogan" on p. 237 http://books.google.com/books?id=UuDRAAAAMAAJ&q=%22the+famous+Kierkegaardian+slogan+life+is+not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor, which may be intended to suggest the phrase is Kierkegaard-esque rather than being something written by Kierkegaard. In reality this seems to be a slightly altered version of the quote "The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced" which appeared in the 1928 book The Conquest of Illusion by Jacobus Johannes Leeuw, p. 9 http://books.google.com/books?id=OFdVAAAAMAAJ&q=%22not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor.
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„It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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