My Favourite Quotes – 25 of the Best Life Lessons Quotes

I love reading quotes. If things are going a bit pear-shaped, reading what other people think about how to fix a certain problem always helps me get back on the right path. Here are some of the best life lessons quotes.

1. Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

Maya Angelou

2. Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

3. Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”


4. Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.

Paulo Coelho

5. Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.

Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird
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Don’t Be Intimidated

6. Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.

Paulo Coelho, Aleph

7. Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.

Chico Xavier

8. If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.

Lev Grossman, The Magicians

9. We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.

Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

10. People tend to complicate their own lives as if living weren’t already complicated enough.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
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11. Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.

Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Instructions for Life

12. Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

Mary Oliver

13. It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.

Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

14. You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.

John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

15. Friends are the family you choose.

Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

16. I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.

Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

17. You don’t have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is.

Red Haircrow

Don’t Live a Life of Lies

18. How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.

June Ahern

19. I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.

Rudyard Kipling

20. I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.

Robin Williams
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21. That’s the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don’t expect them or want them.

Cecelia Ahern, If You Could See Me Now

Give What You Want

22. Give out what you most want to come back.

Robin S. Sharma, The Greatness Guide: Powerful Secrets for Getting to World Class

23. Curiosity is the lust of the mind.

Thomas Hobbes

24. Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.

Turcois Ominek

25. I’ve learned… . That being kind is more important than being right.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I hope you enjoyed these best life lessons quotes. I found them all on Good Reads. You can find more here.

If you enjoyed the above, leave a comment. And if you think I’ve left anything out, please feel free to add that below too. Thanks and speak again soon.

Giles Ensor

Ex-soldier, ex-teacher, present-day stay-at-home dad. Recently retired from the real-world education business, now working in the online e-learning industry,

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