79 Short & Deep Meaningful Quotes on Everything (2024)

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These short meaningful quotes on life, love, friendship, happiness and the world in general will help give you deep appreciation for the person you are, the life you live and the relationships you have. The perfect way to bring gratitude into your day.

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“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” – Veronica Roth

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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

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“The Law of Win/Win says, ‘Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way’.” – Greg Anderson

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“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Kierkegaard

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“When you’re feeling lost, take heart. It’s just your brain gathering the information it needs to make good decisions.” – Josh Kaufman

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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

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“Not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do is the secret of happiness.” – J.M. Barrie

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“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert Schuller

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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“The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

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“Don’t say you can’t until you prove you can’t.” – Les Paul

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“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King

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“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” – Elbert Hubbard

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

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“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

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“Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.” – Sophia Loren

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“Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

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“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” – Kahlil Gibran

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“The most decisive actions of our life… are most often unconsidered actions.” – André Gide

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“Life’s burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

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“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

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“You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else will follow.” – Charles de Lint

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“When you are actually powerful, you don’t need to be petty.” – Jon Stewart

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“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

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“We choose to go to the moon and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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“Getting lost is just another way of saying ‘going exploring.” – Justina Chen Headley

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“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

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“It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.” – Criss Jami

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“It’s not necessary to take a person’s advice to make him feel good—all you have to do is ask it.” – Richard Armour

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“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

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“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

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“You just decide what your values are in life and what you are going to do, and then you feel like you count, and that makes life worth living. It makes my life meaningful.” – Annie Lennox

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“The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.” – Michel de Montaigne

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“One good way to test your memory is to try to remember the things that worried you yesterday.” – Toronto Star

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“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” – LL Cool J

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“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H Schuller

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“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley

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“You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” – Jim Morrison

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“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine

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“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

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“Life is just a chance to grow a soul.” – A. Powell Davies

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“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” – Masaru Emoto

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“Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.” – Voltaire

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“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

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“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” – Charles Xavier

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“Basically, I was so worried about what everyone else was thinking, I forgot about what I was thinking.” – Lisa M. Cronkhite

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“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

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“You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one.” – Bob Parsons

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“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

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“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make profit is without value.” – Arthur Miller

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“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” – Alan Alda

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“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.” – Mandy Hale

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“No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart.” – Joyce Rupp

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

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“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing.” – Katherine Mansfield

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“Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.” – Alice Walker

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“I just want people to take a step back, take a deep breath and actually look at something with a different perspective. But most people will never do that.” – Brian McKnight

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“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles

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“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

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“To be lost is as legitimate a part of your process as being found.” – Alex Ebert

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“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” – Thomas Szasz

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

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“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli

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“When all else is lost, the future still remains.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

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“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

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“Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.” – Roy T. Bennett

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