50 + Quotes You Need To Live By


Sometimes the words from a prolific speaker, a famous author or even from your favorite movie may be just what you need for inspiration. Whether you want to splash the words across your wall as a vinyl graphic or mentally stash them away for support on a rainy day, quotes have a way of popping up just when we may need them to encourage us to reach for the stars, travel the world or even remember how to laugh. Here are 50 or so of the best!

“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”

Walt Disney

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”


Lucille Ball

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”


Ernest Hemingway

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Andersen

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Mahatma Gandhi

“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.”

Johnny Depp

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


Ferris, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”

Jon Bon Jovi

“If I’m flying solo, at least I’m flying free.”

Elphaba, from Wicked

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”



“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


Dr. Seuss

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”


Steve Jobs

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Andy Warhol

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.”

William Wallace, from Braveheart

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”


C. S. Lewis

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

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Abraham Lincoln

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”


The Emperor, from Mulan

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself.”

Jim Morrison

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”


Clarence the angel, from It’s a Wonderful Life

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.’ “

Yoda, from The Empire Strikes Back

“Everyone responds to kindness.”


Richard Gere

“I wanna start at a new beginning. I wanna live like it never ends. And if I fail, I wanna do it all again.”

Matchbox 20, from “Help Me Through This”

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”

Stephen King

“A heart is not judged by how much you love but by how much you are loved by others.”


Frank L. Baum, from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

Leo Tolstoy

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Robin Williams

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”


Saint Augustine

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”

Helen Keller

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”


Christopher Reeve

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”

T.S. Eliot

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Muhammad Ali

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world.”


James Allen

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.”

Albert Schweitzer

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”


Nelson Mandela

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

John Bunyan

“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

Henry Ford

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”


Ray Bradbury

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