A collection of quotes on living and how to live.


"There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this."

Rudyard Kipling


"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live."

Henry Van Dyke


“Feel, feel, I say - feel for all you're worth, and even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live” 

Henry James


"Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs."

Rudyard Kipling


“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” 

Charles Dickens


"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."

Charles Dickens


"We can never cease to be ourselves."

Joseph Conrad


"If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars."

Rabindranath Tagore


"Here, on this side of the grave, here, should we labor and love."

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


"I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets."

D.H. Lawrence


“I love trying things and discovering how I hate them.”

D.H. Lawrence


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde


“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

Oscar Wilde


“If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs


"But life would be very miserable indeed were I to spend it in terror of the thing that has not yet happened.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs


"Fear not for the future, weep not for the past."

Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”

Herman Hesse


“Today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."



"Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose."

George Meredith


"I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them."

Jack London


“The function of man is to live, not to exist.”

Jack London


“Instead of chopping yourself down to fit the world, chop the world down to fit yourself. ”

D.H. Lawrence


“But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”

D.H. Lawrence


"Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved."

D.H. Lawrence


“When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them.”

Kathereine Mansfield


"My motto in life is never trust anyone too far, not even myself.”

Eugene O'Neil


“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain


Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?


“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

Henry James


“It seems wisest to assume the worst from the beginning...and let anything better come as a surprise.”

Jules Verne


“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.” 

Charles Dickens