101 Short Quotes and Sayings about Life

Sometimes you don’t have to use many words to get your point across.

In fact, keeping it short and simple can make what you’re saying extra powerful and memorable.

This is of course nothing new.

It’s something that’s many of the wisest people in history have kept in mind over thousands of years.

And today I want to share some of that sharp and quick wisdom.

This is 101 short and inspirational quotes about life and on how to make it a good, happy, loving and successful one from the past 2400 years.

I hope these quotes will give you a boost when you need it the most.


Short and Meaningful Quotes about Happiness

101 Short Quotes and Sayings about Life

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
— Epictetus

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
— Confucius

“The only joy in the world is to begin.”
— Cesare Pavese

Short quote by Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
— Dalai Lama

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
— Albert Camus

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
— Aristotle

“It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
— Lucille Ball

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”
— Dennis Waitley

“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”
— Seneca

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”
— Seneca

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Short quote by Robert Anthony

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
— Dr. Robert Anthony

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
— Marthe Troly-Curtin

“Happiness is a state of activity.”
— Aristotle

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”
— Epictetus

“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
— Seneca

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”
— Aesop

“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
— L.M. Montgomery

Short quote by Confucius

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
— Confucius

 “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
— Winnie the Pooh

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”
— Albert Schweitzer

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
— Heraclitus

Short and Inspiring Quotes about Love

 “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
— James Baldwin

“When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.”
— Blaise Pascal

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
— Khalil Gibran

Short quote by Ray Croft

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”
— Roy Croft

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
— Euripides

“Love is a friendship set to music.”
— Joseph Campbell

“The more one judges, the less one loves.”
— Honore de Balzac

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.”
— Alfred Tennyson

“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.”
— Andre Breton

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
— Morrie Schwartz

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Buddha

Short quote by Benjamin Franklin

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”
— Lord Byron

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”
— Herman Hesse

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“The best proof of love is trust.”
— Joyce Brothers

Short Quotes by Leo Buscaglia

“Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“Love is a better teacher than duty.”
— Albert Einstein

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.' Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.'”
— Erich Fromm

 “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
— Robert A. Heinlein

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
— Gilbert K. Chesterton

 “A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.”
— Honore de Balzac

Short and Motivational Quotes about Success

 “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso

Short Quotes by Malcolm Forbes

“Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.”
– Malcolm S. Forbes

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
– Harry F. Banks

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”
– Erich Fromm

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
– Bruce Lee

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

Short Quotes by Richard Branson

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John R. Wooden

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
– Dalai Lama

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
– Mark Twain

“The road to success is always under construction.”
– Lily Tomlin

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
– Napoleon Hill

“Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”
– Unknown

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
– Albert Einstein

Short Quotes by Arthur Ashe

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
– Arthur Ashe

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
– Robert Collier

Short Self-Esteem Quotes to Help You to Feel Good About Yourself

 “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
– Maxwell Maltz

“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
– Brigham Young

“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.”
– Katrina Mayer

“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.”
– W.C. Fields

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.”
– Robert Hand

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
– Mark Twain

Short Quotes by Deborah Day

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”
– Deborah Day

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
– Benjamin Spock

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
– Shannon L. Alder

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
– Charles Bukowski

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
– Robert Morley

“Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.”
– Coco Chanel

“People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.”
– Wayne Dyer

“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
– André Gide

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”
– Helen Keller

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.”
– Maya Angelou

“Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”
– Ram Dass

“Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.”
– Jean Vanier

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
– Malcolm S. Forbes

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Anaïs Nin

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot

What’s your favorite short quote about life? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

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  • “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
    – Florence Nightingale

    +1 for the value of hard work.

    Apart from knowing the right people and being able to network well, hard work and a strong work ethic makes success a lot more likely to happen.

    Keep grinding!

  • Great thoughts! These quotes are really motivational and inspire us to live a happy life.