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100 Best Meaningful Quotes

Meaningful quotes can inspire us to be better humans and these meaningful quotes provide plenty of food for thought. We’ve scoured the internet for the best quotes with meaning including short meaningful quotes, meaningful life quotes, meaningful deep quotes, inspirational meaningful quotes, meaningful quotes on life lessons, meaningful quotes about friends, meaningful good morning quotes, meaningful love quotes, meaningful family quotes, and short meaningful life quotes.

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Meaningful Quotes

See how these meaningful quotes resonate with you.

“Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in. When you are in your rocking chair talking to your grandchildren many years from now, be sure you have a good story to tell.” — Amal Clooney

“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on.” — Lady Gaga

“Don’t wait, the time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln

“I just want you to know that if you are out there and you are being really hard on yourself right now for something that has happened … it’s normal. That is what is going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We are all going to have a few scratches on us. Please be kind to yourselves and stand up for yourself, please.” — Taylor Swift

“You can if you think you can.” — George Reeves

“When in doubt, throw doubt out and have a little faith….” — E.A. Bucchianeri

Person walking on beach with meaningful quotes by Bucchianeri

“At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you’re living your life doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re comfortable with it.” — Dr. Phil

“The moral of my story is the sun always comes out after the storm. Being optimistic and surrounding yourself with positive loving people is for me, living life on the sunny side of the street.” — Janice Dean

“There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” — Augustine of Hippo

“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” — Albert Camus

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

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Dreams don’t have to just be dreams. You can make it a reality; if you just keep pushing and keep trying, then eventually you’ll reach your goal. And if that takes a few years, then that’s great, but if it takes 10 or 20, then that’s part of the process.” — Naomi Osaka

“You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.” — Kesha

Short Meaningful Quotes

These short meaningful quotes will help you get through the day. Scroll through to see which of these short quotes with deep meaning you like most. You might also like our list of Best Short Quotes.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” — Audrey Hepburn

“Have faith in yourself and in the future.” — Ted Kennedy

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of others.” — Charles Dickens

“All limitations are self-imposed.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“No great thing is created suddenly.” — Epictetus

Hiker by ocean with short meaningful quotes by Epictetus

“The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” — E.E. Cummings

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.” — Kesha

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” — Ella Fitzgerald

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

“Determine your priorities and focus on them.” — Eileen McDargh

“Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.” — John Heywood

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” — Helen Keller

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi

Meaningful Life Quotes

Here are some meaningful life quotes to ponder. Check out these meaningful quotes about life now. And if you like life quotes, check out our lists of Inspirational Quotes About Life, Enjoy Your Life Quotes, Live Your Best Life Quotes, Life Changing Quotes, Life’s Good Quotes and Funny Quotes About Life.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

“Life is a first impression. You get one shot at it. Make it everlasting.” — J.R. Rim

“The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.” — Rick Warren

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

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

Hiker looking at trees and ocean with meaningful life quotes by Dickson

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Shawshank Redemption

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.” — Eric Davis

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash

 “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” — Lao-Tze

Meaningful Deep Quotes

Take a look at these thought—provoking, meaningful deep quotes. Then check out our list of Short Deep Quotes.

“We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve gotta listen more and talk less. We’ve gotta know that this is everybody’s responsibility.” — Meghan Rapinoe

“Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more.” — Aretha Franklin

“Keep going. Is not as difficult as you feel it is. Don’t give up.” — Brandon Sanderson

“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” — Steven Wright

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

Lake waves with short deep quotes by William G.T. Shedd

“Our lives are stories in which we write, direct and star in the leading role. Some chapters are happy while others bring lessons to learn, but we always have the power to be the heroes of our own adventures.” — Joelle Speranza

“When you make a choice, you change the future.” — Deepak Chopra

“When we let fear be our master, we cannot be happy and free as a butterfly. But when we choose to trust the journey and embrace love and joy, we are free to fly.” — Annicken R. Day

“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” — Mark Twain

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” — John C. Maxwell

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men do less than they ought unless they do all they can.” — Thomas Carlyle

Inspirational Meaningful Quotes

We hope you enjoy these inspirational meaningful quotes. You might also like our lists of Short Inspirational Quotes, Funny Inspirational Quotes, and Inspirational Quotes for Today.

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” — Michelle Obama

“Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing?” —  Kendrick Lamar

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle

“Don’t worry about the challenges. Get excited about the rewards of crushing them.” —  Hiral Nagda

“All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.” — Michael John Bobak

“I’m going to be gone one day, and I have to accept that tomorrow isn’t promised. Am I OK with how I’m living today? It’s the only thing I can help. If I didn’t have another one, what have I done with all my todays? Am I doing a good job?” — Hayley Williams

“You never fail until you stop trying.” — Albert Einstein

Sunrise with short inspirational quotes by Albert Einstein

“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” — Hafez

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” — Ernie Harwell

“If it matters to you, you’ll find a way.” — Charlie Gilkey

“Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett

“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” — Nikos Kazantzakis

“Whatever you do, do with all your might.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” — Edmund Hillary

“There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus

“Change before you have to.” — Jack Welch

Meaningful Quotes on Life Lessons

You’ll love these meaningful quotes on life lessons.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami

“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

“Your past does not equal your future.” — Anthony Robbins

“You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” — Drew Gerald

“Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” — Og Mandino

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” — Les Brown

Person looking at mountains wtih meaningful quotes on life lessons by Brown

“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” ― Nicholas Sparks

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ― Deborah Reber

“Letting go isn’t a one-time thing, it’s something you have to do every day, over and over again.” — Dawson’s Creek

“My greatest life lessons have not come from any achievements I have attained but rather from the failures, heartaches, and setbacks that I have experienced.” — Dr. Marshall Hennington

“Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has already let go of you.” — Steve Maraboli

Meaningful Quotes About Friends

Check out these meaningful quotes about friends that have stood the test of time. You might also want to check out our lists of Short Friendship Quotes, True Friendship Quotes and Best Friend Quotes.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” — Thomas J. Watson

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.” — Helen Keller

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” — Woodrow T. Wilson

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” — Khalil Gibran

“It is during the most trying times in life that we get to see who our real friends are.” – Germany Kent

Ocean waves and meaninful quotes about friends by Kent

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” — Arnold H. Glasgow

“Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.” ― William Shakespeare

“A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have.” — Sarah Valdez

“There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.” — Dodinsky

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” — Eugene Kennedy

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” — Winnie the Pooh

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali

Meaningful Good Morning Quotes

Start your day off right with these meaningful good morning quotes. You might also like our Good Morning Quotes, Inspirational Morning Quotes, and Funny Morning Quotes.

“I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over, so I refuse to have a bad day.” — Paul Henderson

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” — J. B. Priestley

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

“The silence in the morning holds lots of expectations and is more hopeful than the silence at night.” — Victoria Durnak

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” — E. B. White

“Every morning is a revolution against the darkness.” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.” Sapna Reddy

Temples at sunrise with meaningful sunrise quotes by Sapna Reddy

“Every morning, I wake up saying, ‘I’m still alive, a miracle.’ And so I keep on pushing.” — Jim Carrey

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside—remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”  — Charles Bukowski

“Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” — Rumi

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” — Paulo Coelho

“Let me wake up next to you, have coffee in the morning and wander through the city with your hand in mine, and I’ll be happy for the rest of my little life.” — Charlotte Eriksson

“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.” — Elon Musk

Meaningful Love Quotes

Here are some meaningful love quotes that may help you express your feelings. Then check out our lists of Short Love Quotes, Romantic Quotes and True Love Quotes.

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” — James Baldwin

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

“Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones

“Love is not love until love’s vulnerable.” — Theodore Roethke

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” — Vincent van Gogh

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” — William W. Purkey

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” — Aristotle

“In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing.” – Jack Kornfield

Roses and deep short meaningful love quotes by Jack Kornfield

“Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.” — Tom Wolfe

“Love is friendship on fire.” — Susan Sontag

“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” — Andre Breton

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” — Max Muller

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.” — Felix Adler

“Love is more than a noun – it is a verb; it is more than a feeling – it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” — William Arthur Ward

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” — Pablo Neruda

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

Meaningful Family Quotes

In this category, you’ll find some meaningful family quotes. You might also like our lists of Inspirational Family Quotes and Short Family Quotes.

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family.” ― Jim Butcher

“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of just cause, the triumph of truth.” ― Menacheim Begin

“Time together as a family is a gift.” ― Joanna Gaines

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” ― Michael J. Fox

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” – George A. Moore

Family walking with short meaningful family quotes

“Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” ― Marvin J. Ashton

“Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ― Jane Howard

“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” ― Guy Lafleur

“My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.” ― Michael Imperioli

Desert dunes with meaningful family quotes by Inperioli

“The world, we’d discovered, doesn’t love you like your family loves you.” ― Louis Zamperini

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” ― Frederick Buechner

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.” ― Marge Kennedy

Short Meaningful Life Quotes

Below are some of our favorite short meaningful life quotes. Also check out our list of Short Quotes About Life.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” — Maya Angelou

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

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” — Dolly Parton

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho

“You can’t live an exceptional life by being “normal.”” — Nick Maley

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Person by lake with short meaningful quotes about life by Soren Kierkegaard

“Every moment of life is precious and can never happen again.” — Zelig Pliskin

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” — Arthur Rubinstein

“Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks.” — Anmol Andore

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

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”— Confucius

“Life is short it is up to you to make it sweet.” — Sarah Louise

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” — Bruce Lee

“After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.” — Karl Marx

“Make your life matter and have fun doing it.” — Aaron Hurst

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

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” — Bruce Lee

“Challenges are what make life interesting.” — Joshua Marine

“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.” — C. S. Lewis

“Life is in ourselves and not in the external.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

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