29 Quotes About Life

On any given day, you and I might have a number of different thoughts and perspectives about life.

Sometimes we’re feeling good about it, sometimes not, and no matter how you’re feeling today, I trust you’ll agree that a) life is impermanent; b) it can be difficult, even brutal at times; and c) we can respond to life’s joys and challenges in a multitude of ways, which can subsequently impact our future attitudes and experiences.

Below are 29 interesting quotes about life from fiction and nonfiction authors and characters.  Why 29? Because I wrote this on the 29th day of February, and sometimes I like to just take what life tosses to me, like a tennis ball to a dog, and run with it Click To Tweet.

So, here goes:

  1. Our entire society’s based on discontent: people wanting more and more and more, being constantly dissatisfied with their homes, their bodies, their décor, their clothes, everything. Taking it for granted that that’s the whole point of life, never to be satisfied. If you’re perfectly happy with what you’ve got—specially if what you’ve got isn’t all that spectacular—then you’re dangerous. ~The Likeness, Tana French
  2. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions. ~The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  3. Ah, if only being well-educated and blond and coming from a good family were enough to defang all of life’s demons. ~Crazy Love, Leslie Morgan Steiner
  4. It’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. ~Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  5. …Werner wonders in the dead of night, isn’t life a kind of corruption? A child is born, and the world sets in upon it. ~All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  6. I think of him now, ragged and lost, staggering across a desert, the path behind him littered with all the shiny little pieces that life has ripped from him. ~And the Mountains Echoes, Khaled Hosseini
  7. He found himself inhabiting the vast, empty plateau where most people live, between boredom and contentment. ~Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
  8. But clearly life took people and shook them around until finally they were unrecognizable even to those who had once known them well. ~The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
  9. We are, in the end, a sum of our parts, and when the body fails, all the virtues we hold dear go with it. ~Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan
  10. Memories are who we are. In the end, that’s all the luggage you take with you…That’s why your life flashes before your eyes when you die—you’re picking the memories you want. It’s like packing. ~Fly Away, Kristin Hannah
  11. After all, how do you thank someone for touching your life, even after that someone is gone? The best way I know is to take what he or she gave you and do your best with it. ~Following Atticus, Tom Ryan
  12. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep—it’s as simple and ordinary as that. ~The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  13. Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves. ~The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
  14. Everything is a gift. We give and we take. ~Dear Life, Alice Munro.
  15. …facts—degrees and numbers and jobs and affiliations—were not what made a life. ~The Obituary Writer, Ann Hood
  16. It had been a revelation, learning that being nice wasn’t for suckers, that living a life in which one could like one’s self was akin to being softly massaged, all the time. ~After I’m Gone, Laura Lippman
  17. …a perfect example of what great generals had understood throughout history: that the person who cared the most won. ~The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
  18. As so often happens in police work and in life, her father’s theory proved both true and irrelevant. ~Norwegian by Night, Derek B. Miller
  19. It turns out, you can get used to most anything. What one day seems a shocking, unbearable outrage over time comes to seem ordinary, unremarkable. ~Defending Jacob, William Landay
  20. The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots and concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps. ~The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  21. Nobody wants to believe the obvious and visible reality that we are all quite the same. ~The Good House, Ann Leary
  22. Perhaps any life is such: different stories like different strands, each distinct in itself, each true, yet wound together to form one rope, one life. ~Guests on Earth, Lee Smith
  23. Who doesn’t want life? But…they want it so badly they shake the world until its teeth fall out. ~The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
  24. good and evil are mixed together and reinforce each other in turn. ~My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  25. Sometimes I sit in my office and help my own clients shape their lives into stories, so that their lives finally make some sense. A lack of narrative structure, as you know, will cause anxiety. ~No Regrets, Coyote, John Dufresne
  26. He took his time climbing the hill, not because he was getting old but because he believed life was best lived slowly. (slow boat / calm river / quiet landing is etched on the stone that marks his grave.) ~Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Michael N. McGregor
  27. he had survived by doing the opposite of all the others. ~The Round House, Louise Erdich
  28. The hardest, most challenging experiences of our lives can enrich our existence, revealing our true identity, awakening us to a greater awareness of our own potential, and opening us to the infinite beauty of the universe. ~Explorers of the Infinite: The Secret Spiritual Lives of Extreme Athletes—and What They Reveal About Near-Death Experiences, Psychic Communication, and Touching the Beyond, Maria Coffey

And now, for my favorite:

Hope expands within you, as hope does. ~The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, Vendela Vida Click To Tweet








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