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Life Quotes

Life is filled with opportunities, surprises, obstacles, joys. It can be thrilling and overwhelming.  Our life quotations from writers, actresses, spiritual leaders, athletes and others, offer thoughtful observations and advice on different aspects of this life we’re living. We may not always be in the driver’s seat, but at least we know the destination.  The life quotes here encourage us to enjoy the ride.


 Life is very interesting... in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. 
- Drew Barrymore, actress
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 Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. 
- Marilyn Grey, psychologist
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 Live your life and forget your age. 
- Norman Vincent Peale, pastor and author
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 Mile by mile, life's a trial. Yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, life's a cinch.  
- submitted by Harriet Zernickow, Guideposts reader
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 I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. 
- Michael J. Fox, actor
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 If you travel alone, you can probably go faster. But the journey will never be as rewarding, and you probably won't be able to go as far. 
- John C. Maxwell, author
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 I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. 
- Rabbi Harold Kushner
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 You are here to make the world a better place because you’ve lived. 
- actress Sissy Spacek, quoting her mother
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 Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal. 
- Irena Sendler, 97-year-old Polish woman who helped save 2,500 children during the Holocaust
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 Live all you can—it’s a mistake not to. 
- Author Henry James
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 You've never stood as tall as when you stoop to pick up someone who is down. 
- Anonymous
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 Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing whom to thank. 
- Amish proverb
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 How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. 
- Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
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 If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything. 
- Allyson Jones, English physician
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