165 Meaningful Life Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of meaningful life quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about most meaningful life.

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The Most Famous Meaningful Life Quotes (Best in 2024)

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If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives. — Bruno Bettelheim

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life. — Corazon Aquino

For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. — James C. Collins

Each new generation asks – What is the meaning of life? A more fertile way of putting the question would be – Why does man need a meaning to life? — Peter Wessel Zapffe

Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways. — Rachel Naomi Remen

If life has no meaning, why don't we create a meaning for it? — Naguib Mahfouz

Life is only meaningful when we are striving for a goal . — Aristotle

Just as the good life is something beyond the pleasant life, the meaningful life is beyond the good life. — Martin Seligman

I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness. — Ian K. Smith

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning — Barbara De Angelis

Short Meaningful Life Quotes

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  • Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. — Joshua J. Marine
  • Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less. — Marie Curie
  • My life, my choices, my mistakes, my lessons- NOT YOUR BUSINESS. — Wiz Khalifa
  • Life is relationships; the rest is just details. — Gary Smalley
  • It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. — J. R. R. Tolkien
  • A well-spent day brings happy sleep. — Leonardo da Vinci
  • Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful. — Dalai Lama
  • Death ends a life, not a relationship. — Jack Lemmon
  • You were born to achieve, to release your inner power, to fulfill your uniqueness. — Eric Butterworth
  • A meaningful life is not built on comfort, but on resilience and purpose. — Michael Easter

Meaningful Life Image Quotes

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Meaningful life quote by Gary Smalley

Life is relationships; the rest is just details. — Gary Smalley

Meaningful life quote by J. R. R. Tolkien

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Meaningful life quote by Leonardo da Vinci

A well-spent day brings happy sleep. — Leonardo da Vinci

Meaningful life quote by Shakira

Live your life to the fullest. — Shakira

Meaningful life quote by Kahlil Gibran

Work is love made visible. — Kahlil Gibran

Meaningful life quote For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope yo
For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and, if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

Live A Meaningful Life Quotes

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Comfort can be a trap that prevents us from living a meaningful and purposeful life. — Michael Easter

My skin is my canvas. The artwork on it represents something that is very powerful and meaningful in my life. I look at my skin as something of a living diary because all my tattoos represent a time in my life. And I never wish to shut the door on the past, so I carry it all with me. — Dave Navarro

Life is a series of collisions with the future. — Jose Ortega y Gasset

Meaningful life quote Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.

Don't take life too seriously. — RuPaul

Play hard, work hard, love hard. . . .The bottom line for me is to live life to the fullest in the here-and-now instead of a hoped-for hereafter, and make every day count in some meaningful way and do something-no matter how small it is-to make the world a better place. — Michael Shermer

A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others. — Stephen Covey

Meaningful life quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

If you're gonna sing meaningful songs, you have to be committed to living a life that backs that up. — Joan Baez

Learning to earn a living is only half the job. The other half is to make life worthwhile and meaningful. — Sai Baba

Whenever you do something without asking yourself, "Why am I doing this?"-that is meaningless life... . The "why" of life makes it meaningful... . Only when an answer is given is one living life as a man. — Hu Shih

Life is good when you live from your roots. Your values are a critical source of energy, enthusiasm, and direction. Work is meaningful and fun when it's an expression of your true core. — Shoshana Zuboff

Most Meaningful Life Quotes

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When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other. — Margaret J. Wheatley

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think. — Horace

The best stuff in life isn't stuff at all... relationships, experiences & meaningful work are the staples of a happy life. — Graham Hill

Meaningful life quote Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.

The most important thing in life is to have a sense of purpose and meaning. — Jim Simons

Deep human connection is ... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life - and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity. — Melinda Gates

There comes a moment when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end the only thing that really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us. — Billy Graham

Meaningful life quote Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choi
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.

The things that matter most in life....Aren't things. — Marie Avgeropoulos

If you don't pursue what you think will be most meaningful, you will regret it. Life is long. There is always time for Plan B. But don't begin with it. — Drew Gilpin Faust

Time is: Too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear. — Henry Van Dyke

Naturalism teaches one of the most important things in this world. There is only this life, so live wonderfully and meaningfully. — Greg Graffin

Good Meaningful Life Quotes

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Live your life to the fullest. — Shakira

Being engaged in some way for the good of the community, whatever that community, is a factor in a meaningful life. We long to belong, and belonging and caring anchors our sense of place in the universe. — Patricia Churchland

For me, the best things in life - meaningful work, meaningful relationships, interesting experiences, good food, sleep, music, ideas, sex, and other basic needs and pleasures - are not, past a certain point, materially improved upon by having a lot of money. — Ray Dalio

Meaningful life quote The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and
The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow. — Dorothy Thompson

Never give up. Don't let good ideas be buried with you. Breathe it. Dream it. Live it and relentlessly pursue your ideas and ideals. Without them you cannot achieve anything meaningful in life. — Li Cunxin

The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren't born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities - warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful - happier. — Dalai Lama

Meaningful life quote Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest ste
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. — Bertrand Russell

I use the term happiness to refer to the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one's life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile. — Sonja Lyubomirsky

However, a good life consists of more than simply the totality of enjoyable experiences. It must also have a meaningful pattern, a trajectory of growth that results in the development of increasing emotional, cognitive, and social complexity. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Depression and hopelessness are not the only reasons terminally ill patients wish to end their lives. Many individuals see nothing undignified about choosing to end their lives at the time and manner of their choosing - and many view such a choice as the meaningful culmination of a good life. — Jacob M. Appel

Meaning Of Life Quotes

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Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive — Ratan Tata

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. — Alan Watts

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — Pablo Picasso

Meaningful life quote Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.
Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.

Everybody should be able to enjoy their life, because you only live once. So I just want to get it all out there and be the best role model that I can be, if people want to put me in that kind of predicament. I mean, I didn't ask to be a role model, because I'm not perfect. — ASAP Rocky

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. — Maya Angelou

Meaningful life quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. — Viktor E. Frankl

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. — Joseph Campbell

Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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We are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more. — Saint Joseph

Purposeful Life Quotes

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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. — Dalai Lama

The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So I’d rather die for a cause, than live a life that is worthless. — Immortal Technique

If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose. — T. D. Jakes

Meaningful life quote Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the
Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it's their time.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The purpose of a spirit filled life is to demonstrate the supernatural power of our living God so that the unsaved multitudes will abandon their dead gods to call upon the name of The Lord and be delivered. — T.L. Osborn

Meaningful life quote Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn
Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change.

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. — Albert Schweitzer

Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame. — Alexander The Great

To Almighty God, it's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. Love is not measured by how much we do; love is measured by how much love we put in; how much it is hurting us in loving. — Mother Teresa

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. — Michelangelo

Fulfilling Life Quotes

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Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. — Nelson Mandela

The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence. — Eero Saarinen

No matter where you are in life right now, know this: God put you on this earth to fulfill the promise He has predestined for your life. — T. D. Jakes

Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist. — Oswald J. Smith

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this -- we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. — Hilaire Belloc

Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life. — Sri Chinmoy

Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth. Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams. — Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

When you don’t have many friends and you don’t have a social life you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you’re part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships. — Tim Burton

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment. — Tony Robbins

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment. — Anthony Robbins

Meaningful Work Quotes

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Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. — Vincent Van Gogh

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The work of rehearsal is looking for meaning and then making it meaningful. — Peter Brook

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Work hard, play hard. — Wiz Khalifa

There’s a wealth of evidence that people want to do meaningful work. — Adam Grant

...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. — Patrick Süskind

Most things don't work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff. — Judi Dench

If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. — François-René de Chateaubriand

You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line. — Carl Bernstein

Meaningless Life Quotes

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We should never, never be afraid or ashamed about dreams. The dreams won’t all come true; we won’t always make it; but where there is no vision a people perish. Where people have no dreams and no hopes and aspirations, life becomes dull and a meaningless wilderness. — Tommy Douglas

Ideas in a void have never appealed to me; action must follow thought or political life is meaningless. — Oswald Mosley

The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself. — W. Somerset Maugham

Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone. — Marion Woodman

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It’s an incredibly exciting thing, this one, meaningless life of yours. — Tim Minchin

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Man cannot stand a meaningless life. — Carl Jung

Was our life nothing more than a sequence of anonymous screams in a desert of indifferent stars? — Ernesto Sabato

We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. — Charles Bukowski

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. — Stanley Kubrick

What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms. — Viktor E. Frankl

Significance Of Life Quotes

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What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela

There is a quiet courage that comes from an inward spring of confidence in the meaning and significance of life. Such courage is an underground river, flowing far beneath the shifting events of one's experience, keeping alive a thousand little springs of action. — Howard Thurman

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. — Homaro Cantu

Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. — Rick Warren

I've never heard anyone say the really deep lessons of life have come in times of ease and comfort. But, I have heard many saints say every significant advance I've ever made in grasping in the depth of God's love and growing deep with Him, have come through suffering. — John Piper

To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

The only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God. — Leo Tolstoy

It is a tragedy, I feel, that people of a different sexual type are caught in a world which shows so little understanding for homosexuals and is so crassly indifferent to the various gradations and variations of gender and their great significance in life. — Emma Goldman

From early infancy, it appears that our ability to regulate emotional states depends upon the experience of feeling that a significant person in our life is simultaneously experiencing a similar state of mind. — Daniel J. Siegel

[In Bali] life is a rhythmic, patterned unreality of pleasant, significant movement, centered in one's own body to which all emotions long ago withdrew. — Margaret Mead

Fulfillment In Life Quotes

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Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. — Richard Bach

When we deny ourselves the ability to feel pain for a purpose, we deny ourselves the ability to feel any purpose in our life at all. — Mark Manson

I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense. — Coretta Scott King

I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes - the finer things of life - would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense. — Coretta Scott King

The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ. — D. James Kennedy

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. — James Oppenheim

Stop being a supporting player in the movie that is your life. Become the movie star. This is a hero's journey you have embarked upon. It's high time you start acting like it. — Rich Roll

If you are happy in life right now, it’s not because everything about your life is necessarily young right, but because a relationship that really matters to you the most is going great. — Mahatria Ra

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; Each with its clays I must fulfill. living for self or in His will; Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what s done for Christ will last. — Charles Studd

I'd make a White Stripes record right now. I'd be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life. That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me. I wish it was still here. It's something I really, really miss. — Jack White

People Writing About Meaningful Life

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More Meaningful Life Quotes

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Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life. — Anton Chekhov

This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures. — Rudyard Kipling

The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant with meaning, and if God comes at the end, such a life is sacred. — Martin Seligman

We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment. — Aaron Antonovsky

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. — Bell Hooks

Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love - I think that's the meaning of this human experience. — Steve Gleason

Friends are an indispensable part of a meaningful life. They are the ones who share our burdens and multiply our blessings. A true friend sticks by us in our joys and sorrows. In good times and bad, we need friends who will pray for us, listen to us, and lend a comforting hand and an understanding ear when needed. — Beverly LaHaye

You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. — Stephen Covey

Please don't settle for happiness. It's not good enough. Of course you deserve it, but if that's all you have in mind - happiness - I want to suggest to you that personal success devoid of meaningfulness, free of a steady commitment to social justice - that's more than a barren life. It's a trivial one. — Toni Morrison

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash. — Louis Aragon

The thought content of ghazals must be meaningful, related to life, it’s emotions of joy and sorrow. It must have the human touch, it should not be phoney. — Jagjit Singh

There is no meaning if meaning is not shared, and not because there would be an ultimate or first signification that all beings have in common, but because meaning is itself the sharing of Being. — Jean-Luc Nancy

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise. — Paul Ricoeur

You may not always end up where you thought you were going, But you will always end up where you were meant to be. — Jessica Taylor

If young people had love, hope, true education, the arts, full and meaningful lives they won’t join gangs. My life since living the gang and drugs has been directed to making positive what it means to be Chicano, human, man, woman, and on how to draw out the imagination and creativity that all people have. — Luis J. Rodriguez

This is my one and only life and it's a great and terrible and short and endless thing and none of us come out of it alive. — Hilary Swank

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. — Victor Frankl

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life. — Victor Frankl

The only way to build a meaningful life is to filter out that noise and look within. This is the first step to building your monk mind. — Jay Shetty

It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America's mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life. — Audre Lorde

You ain't got but one life. You ought to live it the way you want. — Samuel L. Jackson

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. — Charles Bukowski

That I should die next week, I would still be able to sit at my desk all week and study with perfect equanimity, for I know now that life and death make a meaningful whole. — Etty Hillesum

It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful. — Viktor E. Frankl

Don't be afraid to be amazing. — Andy Offutt Irwin

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