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50 Encouraging Good Life Quotes That Remind You to Live

These good life quotes will inspire you to live a life that fills you with a sense of purpose.

What does living your best life look like? The answer to that question is different for all of us, but I think we are each out there trying to live a good life. Is a good life one filled with purpose and meaning? I think so. A good life is one that is also full of happiness. 

Now, no one is happy all the time, because things come along and shake us. Are you happy with what you do every day? Are you surrounding yourself with people who are happy for you when you succeed? Do you do things to make the people you love happy?

If you can answer yes, then you are on your way to having a good life. These good life quotes remind us that life is made up of thousands of moments. Many also answer the question of “how to have a good life.”

Some of these quotes will help us understand why our challenges and struggles can make our life even better in the long run. Happiness, love, and meaning may not be the secret to life, but they are the foundation for building a life that is good.

Good life quotes about moments that make up a beautiful life

1. “Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning, there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” ― Nicholas Sparks

2. “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” ― Emily Dickinson

3. “A good life is a collection of happy moments.” ― Denis Waitley

4. “When you make good choices, you create a beautiful life.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

5. “The good life is that which succeeds in existing for the moment, without reference to past or future, without condemnation or selection, in a state of absolute lightness, and in the finished conviction that there is no difference therefore between the instant and eternity.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

6. “It’s time to have and enjoy magical moments in life, reposition yourself so magic happens.” ― Kayisha Thomas

7. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ― Omar Khayyam

8. “Live for each second without hesitation.” — Elton John

9. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin

Good life quotes about things that contribute to a life of your dreams

10. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

11. “Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

12. “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” ― Rick Riordan

13. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ― Roy T. Bennett

14. “Feeling lost, crazy, and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.” ― Alain de Botton

15. “Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” ― Germany Kent

16. “Find your focus by seeking all that is good in your life.” ― Lorii Myers

17. “Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.” ― G.G. Renee Hill

18. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” — Mark Twain

19. “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” — Lillian Dickson

‘How to have a good life’ quotes

20. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

21. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King
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22. “Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.” ― Colleen Hoover

23. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

24. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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25. “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” — Frank Sinatra

26. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

27. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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28. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” ― Natalie Babbitt

29. “The best proof that a person lived a good life is his peaceful face in his old age!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

30. “May you live every day of your life.” ― Jonathan Swift

31. “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare

32. “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

Good life quotes about hardships and courage

33. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anais Nin

34. “The good life is not built on a foundation of ease…it’s the hard times that give us a rock-solid foundation.” ― Richie Norton

35. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

36. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” — Stephen Hawking
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37. “Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

38. “The truth is, you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” — Eminem

39. “Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” — Celine Dion

40. “I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” — Joan Rivers

41. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

42. “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ― Margaret Mitchell

Good life quotes about happiness and love

43. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn
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44. “Life’s good when it’s lived for oneself; it’s great when lived for others. The true means of happiness is to lose your mind by thinking for others!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

45. “Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling. May each of yours be that – having each of you as a child of mine has certainly been one of the good things in my life. Know that I’ve always loved each of you with an eternal, bottomless love. A love that has nothing to do with each other, for I feel my love for each of you is total and all-encompassing. Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.” ― Jim Henson

46. “Happiness is the good life that is marked by flourishing well-being, joy, prosperity, peace, satisfaction, and pleasure.” ― Ogwo David Emenike

47. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” — Emily Dickinson

48. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” — Dalai Lama

49. “The healthiest response to life is joy.” — Deepak Chopra

50. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

Which of these good life quotes resonated with you best?

A good life is ultimately one that provides you with a sense of freedom. That could be the freedom to love who you want, work for yourself, or do what makes you happy. A good life is one that fills you with a sense of purpose. 

Our choices should leave us happy and fulfilled. If something in your life doesn’t add to your happiness, sense of meaning, or security and safety, then it may be time to ask yourself if you are on the right path.

Like John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

Are you so focused on a specific goal that you are doing something that is draining your happiness? Pay attention to your feelings and your body, and learn when it is trying to steer you in a different direction.

Your best life is out there waiting for you! Be courageous enough to seek it out. Do you have any other favorite good life quotes and sayings to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

Stephanie Kirby
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