It’s near impossible to encapsulate life’s innate beauty and wonder through a language of letters and symbols.
However, there are a few impressive individuals out there who’ve tried their darn hardest to capture the essence of our existence in just a few words — and luckily for us, they succeeded.
Quotes have a purpose: to deliver a succinct piece of wisdom in a short burst. Put them to work and use them whenever you’re feeling rough, or simply want to be reminded of the wonderful world we live in. (P.S be sure to stick around until the end for a bonus!)
“Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?” ―Henry David Thoreau
“Astonishment is the proper response to reality.” —Terence McKenna
“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.” —Jack Kerouac
“He who does not answer the questions has passed the test.” —Franz Kafka
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
“The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea.” ―Andrew Weil
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” —Jackie Robinson
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ―Carl Jung
“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.” —Unknown
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ―Joseph Campbell
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” —Lao Tzu
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ―Thích Nhất Hạnh
“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.” ―Yasutani Roshi
“I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads” ―Federico Garcia Lorca
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” —Stephen Hawking
“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.” ―Aldous Huxley
“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final” —Rainer Maria Rilke
“The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything.” ―Isabel Allende
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” —Carl Sagan
“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” ―Zen Proverb
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche
“Memory creates the future as well as the past, you wouldn’t know that you were going to have anything happen tomorrow if you didn’t have something yesterday.” —Alan Watts
“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” —Jose Ortega y Gasset
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” —Carl Jung
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ―Søren Kierkegaard
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” —Mae West
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Joseph is a freelance writer, and the co-creator of Project Monkey Mind—a new blog for entrepreneurs and young professionals who want to tame the monkey mind and lead a productive and fulfilling life.