Inspirational quotes and meanings

Your beliefs, background and character, will affect your view on the meaning of life .

We’re all unique! Even though 99% of the human DNA bases are the same in all people, we are all different from one another, with special talents, differing likes and dislikes, and so on. So it is not surprising that we might have differing views from one another on what life is about.

I hope you enjoy these quotes on the meaning of life, and find some further inspiration from them to finding your life’s purpose…

1) Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone –we find it with another. ~ Thomas Merton

2) “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” ~ Anaïs Nin

3) “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books

4) You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you can realize that your life is the miracle. ~ Robert Brault

5) “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

6) Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye

7) “Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. … Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.” ~ Michio Kaku

8) “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” ~William James

9) You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. ~Albert Camus

10) “Not only is there often a right and wrong, but what goes around does come around, … “There is always a day of reckoning.” The good among the great understand that every choice we make adds to the strength or weakness of our spirits—ourselves, or to … our souls. That is every human’s life work: to construct an identity bit by bit, to walk a path step by step, to live a life that is worthy of something higher, lighter, more fulfilling, and maybe even everlasting.” ~ Donald Van de Mark

11) Life is the sum of all your choices. ~ Albert Camus

12) “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” ~ Paulo Coelho

13) “The end is not the reward; the path you take, the emotions that course through you as you grasp life –that is the reward.” ~ Jamie Magee

14) “Only when you accept that one day you’ll die can you let go, and make the best out of life. And that’s the big secret. That’s the miracle.” ~ Gabriel Bá

15) “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

16) “Philosophers can debate the meaning of life, but you need a Lord who can declare the meaning of life.” ~ Max Lucado

17) To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. ~Emily Dickinson

18) Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. ~Frederick Buechner

19) Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. ~Henry Van Dyke

20) The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. ~Henry David Thoreau

21) Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses

22) “The greatest create of power you have on earth, whether you are an angel, a spirit, a man or woman or child is to help others.” ~ Anne Rice

23) “Life is a fairy tale. Live it with wonder and amazement.” ~ Welwyn Wilton Katz

24) “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

25) “Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” ~ Ken Robinson

26) Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~Charles Schulz

27) Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Andersen

28) “God and Destiny are not against us, rather they are for us, they are the ones who never forget the things we have long forgotten, the ones who hear the desires of our heart that our own heads can’t hear, and they are the ones who never forget who we really are, long after our minds have forgotten the images of who we are. We come from God and we belong to Destiny, yet for some reason of ignorance we think that to be the master of our own fates and the captain of our own souls means to write everything down on a paper and plan everything out on a grid! Such great things to be done, and we think they are accomplished by our primitive ways! No. We must only know what we want. And want what we want. And then fly high enough to see all that which we want that we couldn’t yet see.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

29) 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

30) “A life directed chiefly towards the fulfillment of personal desires sooner or later always leads to bitter disappointment.” ~ Albert Einstein

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