135 Short Quotes About Life

You do not need always to use many words to say what you want to say. I put together these short quotes, which are memorable and influential.

Many short quotes are easy to remember, and we can relate to many of them because we feel it in our hearts.

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You can use these short quotes on a mug, your Instagram, a t-shirt, or a note to someone you love.

Short Quotes

What we think, we become.

What we think, we become.

Yesterday you said tomorrow. Just do it.


A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

Elbert Hubbard

What consumes your mind controls your life

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

Whatever you do, do it well.

Walt Disney | Disney short quotes
Whatever you do, do it well.

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

T.S Eliot

It hurt because it mattered.

John Green

The only joy in the world is to begin.

Cesare Pavese

When words fail, music speaks.

Shakespeare | Short quote by Shakespeare

Reality is wrong, dreams are for real.


It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

Lucille Ball

I could agree with you but then we’d both be wrong.

Harvey Specter

Love is a better teacher than duty.

Albert Einstein

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

Albert Camus

Never regret anything that made you smile.

Mark Twain

To live will be an awfully big adventure.

Peter Pan | Peter Pan short quotes

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama | Short quote by Dalai Lama

Inspirational Short Quotes

Strive for greatness.

Lebron James

A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world.


Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.

Dennis Waitley

Change the game, don’t let the game change you.


Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

Winnie the Pooh | Short quote by Winnie the Pooh

Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness is a state of activity.


Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

Robert H. Schiuller

Oh, the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.

Dr. Seuss | Dr. Seuss short quote

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Steve Martin

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi | Gandhi short quotes

Change the world by being yourself.

Amy Poehler

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Maya Angelou | short quotes by Maya Angelou

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Short Happiness Quote

Happiness depends upon ourselves.


I will remember and recover, not forgive and forget.


I have nothing to lose but something to gain.


There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas Edison

One day the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you.

Johnny Depp

Die with memories, not dreams.


Determine your priorities and focus on them.

Eileen McDargh

And still, I rise.

Maya Angelou

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

Rumi | short quote by Rumi

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

Oprah Winfrey

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Nelson Mandela

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.

Ken Hudgins

Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.

Vincent van Gogh

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.


It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.


Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Marthe Troly-Curtin

Short Joy Quote

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

Albert Schweitzer

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Oprah Winfrey | Short quote by Oprah Winfrey

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln | Short quote by Abraham Lincoln

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.

Jean Vanier

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.

Robert Morley

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Dalai Lama

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

Bruce Lee

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The giving of love is an education in itself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.

Benjamin Franklin

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.


The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.


Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.


Short Love Quote

The more one judges, the less one loves.

Honore de Balzac

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

James Baldwin

Love is a friendship set to music.

Joseph Campbell

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.

Blaise Pascal

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

Morrie Schwartz

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.

Roy Croft

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

Leo Buscaglia

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’

Erich Fromm

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Pablo Picasso

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

Richard Branson | Short quote by Richard Branson

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.

Albert Einstein

Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.

Katrina Mayer

The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.

Robert Hand

More Short Quotes

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert A. Heinlein

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.

Lord Byron

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

Khalil Gibran

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.

Dr. Robert Anthony

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.

Helen Keller

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.

Maxwell Maltz

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John R. Wooden

Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.

Ernest Hemingway

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.

L.M. Montgomery

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?

Brigham Young

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Benjamin Spock

Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.

Ram Dass | Ram Dass short quotes

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.

Robert Kiyosaki

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.

Honore de Balzac

Short Success Quotes

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.

Florence Nightingale

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.

Harry F. Banks

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.

Robert Collier

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

Benjamin Disraeli

The road to success is always under construction.

Lily Tomlin

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.


Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.

Andre Breton

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.


To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

Mark Twain

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain

People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.

Wayne Dyer

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anaïs Nin

The best proof of love is trust.

Joyce Brothers

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Motivational Short Quotes

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.

Maya Angelou

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm S. Forbes

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.

Charles Bukowski

It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.

W.C. Fields

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

Erich Fromm

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

Herman Hesse

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.

Alfred Tennyson

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.


Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Stephen King

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.

Deborah Day

Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.

Coco Chanel

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

André Gide

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