20 Best Life Lesson Quotes

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” - Rumi
Read these life lesson quotes for those moments when you are struggling.


Life lesson quotes

Every experience that we go through in our lives is what makes us what we currently are. However, it is more accurate to say that it is not the things that happen to us, but how we react to those things and the way that we have to face whatever problems we have. The only truth is that the more things happen to us, the more experience we have and therefore the better we can manage problems.

Whenever you are struggling and don't have the strength to carry on, read these life lesson quotes that will guide you in the right direction.

1"Short cuts make long delays."

J.R.R. Tolkien

2“Help someone, you earn a friend. Help someone too much, you make an enemy.”

Erol Ozan

3"But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can't please everyone, so don't try."

Chris Colfer

4“Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys.”

Scylar Tyberius

5“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou

6“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Mark Zuckerberg

7“Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included).”

Karl Marx

8"In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness."

Toba Beta

9“If there's a thing I've learned in my life it's to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people. What we do for love: those things endure. Even if the people you do them for don't”

Cassandra Clare

10“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”

Paulo Coelho

11"Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”


12“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

Marshall McLuhan

13"I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I'm actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons."

Drew Barrymore

14“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”

Terence McKenna

15"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Alexander Pope

16“People look for greatness only in the extraordinary and completely overlook the wonder of the ordinary."

Ann Tatlock

17"I take all my life lessons, which some people might call 'mistakes', and apply them to my future so that I keep growing."

Kimberly Caldwell

18“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them―that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu

19“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

E.A. Bucchianeri

20“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Eleanor Roosevelt