72 Best Life Quotes to Encourage You When You Are Down (NEVER GIVE UP)

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Life is complicated but it is a little easier when we have quotes.”

Jeremiah Say

We have all been hurt by words so you are probably familiar with how hurtful words can be.

Words can no doubt cause destruction and tear down lives but when used wisely, words can also heal a broken soul.

I have been down and out. I am still in the process of recovering at the time of writing this post.

But when I choose what I let into my mind, I always find words to be extremely encouraging.

Not just any word per se but words in the form of life-altering, life-changing quotes.

Here are some of the most encouraging life quotes that I had gathered over the past several months.

They encouraged me during my darkest hour and I sincerely hope you will find encouragement and comfort in them too.

Enjoy!

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My Top 7 Favorite Life Quotes

Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” Click to Tweet

Natalie Babbitt

Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” Click to Tweet

Audrey Niffenegger

Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” Click to Tweet

Roy T. Bennett

You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved.” – Click to Tweet

Stewart O’Nan

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Click to Tweet

Anais Nin

Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.” – Click to Tweet

Paulo Coelho

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” – Click to Tweet

Stephanie Perkins

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“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine Click To Tweet
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl
Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. - Maxime Lagace
Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. – Maxime Lagace
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. - Albert Einstein
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein
Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. - Seneca
Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. – Seneca
In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. - Charlie Brown
In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. – Charlie Brown
"If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes getting angry about it." Click To Tweet
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. - Mae West
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
 Get busy living or get busy dying. - Stephen King
Get busy living or get busy dying. – Stephen King
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. - Thomas Szasz
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. – Thomas Szasz
“It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.” Click To Tweet
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. - Andre Gide
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. – Andre Gide
It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have. - Fred Rogers
It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have. – Fred Rogers
The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. - Henry Ford
The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. – Henry Ford
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. - Soren Kierkegaard
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard
A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. – Jeff Olson
“A true test of character isn’t how you are on your best days but how you act on your worst days.” Click To Tweet
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. - Confucius
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. – Confucius
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. - Neil Armstrong
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. – Neil Armstrong
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. – Lillian Dickson
“Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.” Click To Tweet
Only a life lived for others is worth living. – Albert Einstein
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple - Dr. Seuss
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple – Dr. Seuss
Life is about making an impact, not making an income. - Kevin Kruse
Life is about making an impact, not making an income. – Kevin Kruse
Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'. - Viktor E. Frankl
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. – Viktor E. Frankl
The journey starts with a single step—not with thinking about taking a step. - Jeff Olson
The journey starts with a single step—not with thinking about taking a step. – Jeff Olson
“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” Click To Tweet
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Life Quotes That Makes You Think

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress.” Click To Tweet
The less you give a damn to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become. - Jeremiah Say
The less you give a damn to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become. – Jeremiah Say
Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude. - Anne Frank
Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude. – Anne Frank
A meaningful silence is always better than a meaningless words.
A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship. - Michelle Williams
I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship. – Michelle Williams
No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. - Carl Jung
No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. – Carl Jung
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." – Mark Twain Click To Tweet
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. - George Harrison
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. – George Harrison
Death ends a life, not a relationship. – Mitch Albom
You cannot find peace by avoiding life. - Michael Cunningham
You cannot find peace by avoiding life. – Michael Cunningham
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. - Oprah Winfrey
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. – Oprah Winfrey
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. - Marie Curie
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. – Marie Curie
We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one. – Confucius Click To Tweet
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it. - Soyen Shaku
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it. – Soyen Shaku
In every life, we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. - Bobby Mcferrin
In every life, we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. – Bobby Mcferrin
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Maya Angelou
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. – Leonardo da Vinci Click To Tweet
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. - Mulan
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. – Mulan
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life. - Terry Pratchett
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life. – Terry Pratchett
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. - Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. – Nicolas Chamfort Click To Tweet

3 Books That Changed My Life

This book teaches me to appreciate the little things.

No matter how bad my life may be, it will never be as bad as the days of Victor Frankl at Auschwitz.

If Victor can find meaning in life in the midst of terrible sufferings, anybody can.

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.

Viktor Frankl

In the past, I was always stressful and anxious about doing everything right. Not only that, I wanted to do everything well.

Needless to say, I overstressed myself to the point of depression.

This book has given me the ‘aha moment.’

It was like putting down a huge boulder so I could walk weightless and freely on cloud nine.

Success is about doing the right thing. Not about doing everything right.”

The ONE Thing

I wasn’t as gifted like many of my friends.

I desperately wanted to be like them and therefore I spent many hours researching what separates the best from the rest.

This book shows that the gifted are rarely talented people.

They just have that little advantage over everyone else and is what Jeff dubbed as The Slight Edge.

If you want to know the secret to live a meaningful life of abundance, then this book is definitely a must-read.

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

Jeff olson

Conclusion

Thanks for reading.

I hope you are feeling a little better now.

If you enjoyed it please share this page with one of your friends who is going through a difficult time.

Sometimes, it is not easy to encourage a friend who is having a tough time.

If you find that sharing this page is too generic then simply share one quote that you think is best for him or her.

Sharing is loving; loving is sharing.

If you find any mistake on this page or if you have any quote that you want to add here, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Jeremiah Say

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