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Examples of Life Phrases

Throughout history, phrases that have crossed eras have been captured, of course they are phrases that continue to be repeated because they are so unique and original, which motivate us to move on in life.

We have made a compilation of those iconic phrases by authors, thinkers, writers, among others, which will make you reflect, think and of course inspire you to give life a much more interesting touch.

100 examples of phrases from life

  1. In life sometimes you win, other times you learn. (John Maxwell)
  2. Imagination is the key to discovery. (Anonymous)
  3. Poverty does not come from the diminution of wealth, but from the multiplication of desires. (Plato)
  4. Too bad that when one begins to learn the trade of living, one must already die. (Ernesto Sábato)
  5. Do not indulge in anger too long, prolonged anger breeds hatred. (Ovid)
  6. To be original is in a way, to be showing the mediocrity of others. (Ernesto Sábato)
  7. Education is the development in man of all the perfection of which his nature is capable. (Kant)
  8. Consistent effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. (Winston Churchill)
  9. The important thing is not the events, but how we link our emotions to them. (Jonathan García-Allen)
  10. The problem with words is that, once thrown out, they cannot return to their owner on their own. So sometimes they return them to you on the point of a steel. (Arturo Pérez-Reverte)
  11. Sometimes we feel that what we do is just a drop in the sea, but the sea would be much less if it were missing a drop. (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
  12. Do not measure your wealth by the money you have, measure it by those things you have that you would not exchange for money. (Paulo Coelho)
  13. The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist hopes it will change, the realist adjusts the sails. (William George Ward)
  14. Asking for forgiveness is smart, forgiving is noble and forgiving is wise. (Anonymous)
  15. Do not find the fault, find the remedy. (Henry Ford)
  16. An intelligent man would never be irritated if he always had a mirror in front of him and saw himself when he was arguing. (Anonymous)
  17. The smile costs less than electricity and gives more light. (Scottish proverb)
  18. He who seeks a friend without defects is left without friends. (Turkish proverb)
  19. If you want something you never had, you must do something you never did. (Anonymous)
  20. It is better to be examined than ignored. (Mae West)
  21. If we do good out of interest, we will be cunning, but never good. (Cicero)
  22. The man who has lost the ability to erase his hatred is old, irretrievably. (José Ingenieros)
  23. Pride is not greatness but swelling, and what is swollen seems great but is not healthy. (San Agustin)
  24. He who is elected a prince with popular favor must keep the people as a friend. (Machiavelli)
  25. It is better to be a king of your silence than a slave of your words. (William Shakespeare)
  26. In principle, the investigation needs more heads than means. (Severo Ochoa)
  27. Beauty is power, a smile is a sword. (Charles Reade)
  28. The reason is also a passion. (Eugeni d’Ors)
  29. Adulthood is when you have met so many people that each new person reminds you of another. (Ogden Nash)
  30. Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. (Buddha)
  31. When a fool takes a path, the path ends and the fool continues. (Anonymous)
  32. A friend is a person with whom you can think out loud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  33. Reflection is the way to immortality, lack of reflection, the way to death. (Buddha)
  34. When the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger. (Anonymous)
  35. The occasion must be created, not wait for it to arrive. (Francis Bacon)
  36. If you do not remember the slightest madness into which love made you fall, you have not loved. (William Shakespeare)
  37. The wise are those who seek wisdom, fools think they have found it. (Napoleon)
  38. A man who does not feed on his dreams grows old soon. (William Shakespeare)
  39. He who has little is not poor, but he who desires much. (Seneca)
  40. Nothing is stronger than extreme necessity. (Euripides)
  41. The best part of beauty is that which no image can express. (Francis Bacon)
  42. If you can’t be a poet, be the poem. (David Carradine)
  43. Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. (Edmund Burke)
  44. No one can hurt me without my permission. (Gandhi)
  45. Nothing is so incredible that public speaking cannot make it acceptable. (Cicero)
  46. Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)
  47. A small spark can ignite a flame. (Dante)
  48. The environment shapes the actions of the individual. (BF Skinner)
  49. Leadership does not depend on being right (Iván Illich)
  50. What we know is a drop of water, what we ignore is the ocean. (Isaac Newton)
  51. You can kill the dreamer but not the dream. (David Abernathy)
  52. If you want to be wise, learn to question reasonably, to listen carefully, to respond calmly, and to be silent when you have nothing to say. (Johann Kaspar Labanter)
  53. Whoever has patience will get what he wants. (Benjamin Franklin)
  54. A man is willing to believe what he would like to be true. (Francis Bacon)
  55. Educate the children and it will not be necessary to punish the men. (Pythagoras)
  56. Only he who builds the future has the right to judge the past. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  57. People offend those they love before those they fear. (Machiavelli)
  58. Friendship doubles joys and divides anguish in half. (Francis Bacon)
  59. Creativity requires courage to be detached from certainties. (Erich Fromm)
  60. The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. (Carl Gustav Jung)
  61. Nothing reinforces authority as much as silence. (Leonardo da Vinci)
  62. No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. (George Jean Nathan)
  63. The risk of a bad decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. (Maimonides)
  64. A man who is a master of patience is a master of everything else. (George Savile)
  65. Education is the movement from darkness to light. (Allan Bloom)
  66. Someone who does not believe in miracles is not realistic. (David Ben-Gurion)
  67. Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad dinner. (Francis Bacon)
  68. There is no sadder vision than that of a pessimistic young man. (Mark Twain)
  69. The wise man should not refrain from participating in the government of the State, since it is a crime to renounce being useful to the needy and a cowardice to give way to the unworthy. (Epictetus of Phrygia)
  70. The ignorant says, the wise doubts and reflects. (Aristotle)
  71. Taking advantage of good advice requires more wisdom than giving it. (John Churton Collins)
  72. I committed the worst sin one can commit. I have not been happy. (Jorge Luis Borges)
  73. In the end, they will not ask us what we have known, but what we have done. (Jean de Gerson)
  74. Freedom is in owning our own life. (Plato)
  75. Knowing that it is not known, that is humility. To think that one knows what one does not know, that is disease. (Lao Tse)
  76. I’d give everything I know, for half of what I don’t know. (Rene Descartes)
  77. The reward for a good deed is in having done it. (Seneca).
  78. Know and demonstrate is worth twice. (Baltasar Gracián)
  79. There are no dangerous thoughts, thinking is, in itself, something dangerous. (Hannah Arendt)
  80. Health is not valued until illness strikes. (Thomas Fuller)
  81. Extremists believe that “communication” means agreeing with them. (Leo Rosten)
  82. Metaphors have a way of containing the truth in the smallest space. (Orson Scott Card)
  83. Let’s be realistic and do the impossible. (Ernesto Che Guevara)
  84. Loneliness is independence. (Hermann Hesse)
  85. I am not able to conceive of infinity, but I do not accept the finite. (Simone de Beauvoir)
  86. Reserve the right to think, as thinking badly is better than not thinking at all. (Hypatia)
  87. Time takes everything and gives everything. (Girodano Bruno)
  88. The ideas of men are the most direct emanations of their material state. (Karl Marx)
  89. Man is the only creature who does fool himself to be who he is. (Albert Camus)
  90. Life is very simple, but we insist on making it complicated. (Confucius)
  91. You always admire what you don’t really understand. (Blaise Pascal)
  92. In the end, it is not the years in our life that count, but the life in our years. (Abraham Lincoln)
  93. Life is a tragedy when seen in the foreground, but overall it becomes a comedy. (Charlie Chaplin)
  94. Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. (Soren Kierkegaard)
  95. The things we love tell us who we are. (Thomas Aquinas)
  96. Chaos is rejecting everything you have learned. Chaos is being yourself. (Emil Cioran)
  97. We are what we repeatedly do. (Aristotle)
  98. Each man is a creature of the time in which he lives. (Voltaire)
  99. All knowledge is hurtful. (Cassandra Clare)
  100. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. (Thomas Jefferson).

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