60 Helpful Quotes about Life Lessons

Nobody really enjoys learning life lessons, but we all seem to agree that they are necessary and useful. The tough times we go through inevitably teach us something valuable. Sometimes what we learn is that everybody needs a smile sometimes. Other times we learn that everyone needs a little help now and then. Often we learn we are not alone in this world, and we need others as much as they need us.

Some other life lessons that most of us learn are accepting defeat with grace and facing our fears with courage. We learn to love, even though it hurts sometimes. And we learn to keep trying, even in the face of repeated mistakes. Because there are so many lessons, we have compiled a list of life lesson quotes from the best minds of the past and present. This list of 60 helpful life lessons can guide and encourage us as we experience life’s ups and downs.

Life Lessons Quotes

  1. “The only mistake in life is the lesson not learned.” Albert Einstein
  2. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou
  3. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” Roy T. Bennett
  4. “Pause and remember – Every single event in your life, especially the difficult lessons, have made you smarter, stronger, and wiser than you were yesterday. Be thankful!” Jennifer Young
  5. “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” –Mary Oliver
  6. “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” Bhagavad Gita
  7. “Don’t waste another moment crying over what went wrong! If it wasn’t a blessing – it was a lesson.” Paula White
  8. “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” Mandy Hale
  9. “If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Maya Angelou
  10. “Courage is feeling fear, not getting rid of fear, and taking action in the face of fear.” Roy T. Bennett
  11. “Four Lessons on Life 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Don’t complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder; they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.” Warren W. Wiersbe
  12. “I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”Joe Abercrombie
  13. “Guard well your thoughts when alone and your words when accompanied.” Roy T. Bennett
  14. “A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.” Dan Rather
  15. “Just a reminder, what other people think of you is none of your business.” Ze Frank
  16. “How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.” June Ahern
  17. “I’m grateful for every scar, some pages turned, some bridges burned, but there were lessons learned” Carrie Underwood
  18. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
  19. “If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.” C.S. Lewis
  20. “The meaning and the purpose behind some events are unknowable. This is the ultimate test of our faith. We must trust that everyone in life is here to learn different lessons at different times, that good and bad experiences are only the perceptions of man. After all, some of your worst experiences have truly been your best. They’ve sculpted you, trained you, developed within you a sensitivity and set you in a direction that reaches out to impact your ultimate destiny.” Tony Robbins
  21. “There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.” Denis Waitley
  22. “The most valuable lessons in life cannot be taught, they must be experienced.”Liam Payne
  23. “There is no wealth but life.” John Ruskin
  24. “Always be fearless. Walk like lions, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an infant child.” Santosh Kalwar
  25. “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” Robin Williams
  26. “Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” Bohdi Sanders
  27. “Most of us must learn to love people and use things rather than loving things and using people.” Roy T. Bennett
  28. “One of my biggest lessons in life is, we heal at the speed of our forgiveness.” Romany Malco
  29. “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin
  30. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” James M. Barrie
  31. “To love someone whom you like is insignificant. To love someone because they love you is of no consequence. To love someone whom you do not like means you have learned a lesson in life. To love someone who blames you for no reason shows that you have learned the art of living.” –Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  32. “There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” Judith McNaught
  33. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs
  34. “That’s the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don’t expect them or want them.” Cecelia Ahern
  35. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” Helen Keller
  36. “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” Rumi
  37. “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” Shaun Hick
  38. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
  39. “I’ve learned… . That being kind is more important than being right.” H. Jackson Brown
  40. “There is a lesson we learn early and harmlessly, or late and traumatically – that there are things we can break that our parents can’t fix.” Robert Breault
  41. “He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.” John Dryden
  42. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” Erol Ozan
  43. “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
  44. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden
  45. “I like to think that life lessons are learned and re-learned every day and take on importance at different times in life.” Julianne Malveaux
  46. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling
  47. “The splendid thing about falling apart silently… is that you can start over as many times as you like.” Sanober Khan
  48. “We are supposed to enjoy the good stuff now, while we can, with the people we love. Life has a funny way of teaching us that lesson over and over again.” Sheena Easton
  49. “Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.” Aesop
  50. “The universe does not judge us; it only provides consequences and lessons and opportunities to balance and learn through the law of cause and effect. Compassion is the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities.” Dan Millman
  51. “It took a long time, but I have learned that you just can’t take anything you want out of life without putting something back in exchange.” Piper Laurie
  52. “Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” Brian Rathbone
  53. “My new one (tattoo) says ‘Never a failure, always a lesson’ and is kind of my mantra to life, just a reminder. My life is just a crazy rollercoaster every day and whenever I read that it just reassures me.” Rihanna
  54. “The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.” Soren Kierkegaard
  55. “First find out what you are capable of, then decide who you are.” Tara Westover
  56. “Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein
  57. “Success is a poor teacher. We learn the most about ourselves when we fail, so don’t be afraid of failing. Failing is part of the process of success. You cannot have success without failure.” Robert Kiyosaki
  58. “Don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from. But when you run, run back to yourself.” Lena Dunham
  59. “In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you’ll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself.” Kelly Cutrone
  60. “We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.” Henry Rollins
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As we can see from these quotes, even the experiences we see as disasters are valuable. In fact, they are the lessons that teach us courage, compassion, resilience, strength, and determination. Without the painful times, we cannot grow and change.

We hope this list has given you an overview of life’s most important lessons. We also hope you are encouraged by knowing that we all make mistakes and we all learn the same lessons in much the same way.


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