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100 Short Positive Life Quotes to Live By

Life can throw us some crazy curves but there is usually something positive we can use to help us stay sane. These positive life quotes will restore your faith in yourself and motivate you to do better. Our list includes short positive quotes about life and and positive life sayings.

These positive quotes will help you stay positive and motivated if you’re facing difficult times. 

Our Favorite Short Positive Life Quotes

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” ― Matt Cameron

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” ― Joyce Meyer

“Surround yourself with positive people.” ― Rod Rohrich

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

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” ― Michael Jordan

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” ― George Allen, Sr.

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ― Zig Ziglar

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

Yellow field with short positive life quotes by Sarah Louise

“I surround myself with positive, productive people of good will and decency.” ― Ted Nugent

“Satisfaction consists in freedom from pain, which is the positive element of life.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ― Willie Nelson

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ― Colin Powell

“Life is too short and happiness is too rare.” ― A.R.Lucas

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it.” ― Orhan Pamuk

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” ― Grandma Moses

“Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day.” ― Melody Beattie

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” ― Joel Osteen

“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” ― Paulo Coelho

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.” ― Pat Riley

“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” — Deep Roy

Person on swing with positve quotes about life by Roy

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ― Ralph Marston

“When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.” ― Harvey Mackay

“Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.” ― Willard Scott

“This has been my life; I found it worth living.” ― Bertrand Russell

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

“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” ― Oprah Winfrey

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

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” ― William James

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain.” ― Robert A. Cook

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” ― John Wooden

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” ― Robert H. Schuller

“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” ― Richard M. DeVos

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

“Turn every life situation into a positive one.” ― Rhonda Byrne

Desert cliffs with positve inspirational life quotes by Byrne

“We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it.” ― Lauryn Hill

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” — Buddha

“I believe that nothing in life is unimportant every moment can be a beginning.” — John McLeod

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

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” — Marilyn Monroe

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” ― Drew Barrymore

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” ― Deepak Chopra

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” ― Demi Lovato

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.” ― Brian Tracy

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” ― Albert Einstein

“Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.” ― Pablo Picasso

“If you want to be happy, be.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“I believe in karma, and I believe if you put out positive vibes to everybody, that’s all you’re going to get back.” ― Kesha

Trees above the clouds with positive quotes about life by KEsha

“Growth is the only evidence of life.” ― John Henry Newman

“I believe you make your day. You make your life.” ― Brad Pitt

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” ― Rose Kennedy

“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” ― Seneca

“The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“There are a thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them is sufficient.” ― Marilynne Robinson

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Inspirational Life Quotes, Happy Life Quotes, Live Your Best Life Quotes, Enjoy Life Quotes, Enjoy the Moment Quotes, Short Life Quotes and Inspirational Letter Board Quotes.

Positive Quotes to Live By

“Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive.” — Jim Thompson

“Don’t let people disrespect you. My mom says don’t open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people.” ― Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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

“You do not find the happy life. You make it.” — Thomas S. Monson

“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Sunrise over the ocean wtih positve quotes on life by Bennett

“Life is short. Be silly. Have fun. Regret nothing.” ― Karen Salmansohn

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

“The joy of life is becoming a person you are proud of.” — Bill Orender

“Living an experience, a particular fate, is accepting it fully.” — Albert Camus

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.” — Jack Kerouac

“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” ― Frank Sinatra

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.” ― Mother Teresa

“It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.” ― Daniel Kahneman

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

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

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump

“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

“Be happy. It really annoys negative people.” ― Ricky Gervais

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

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

“Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.” — S. C. Lourie

Sunset on beach with funny positive quotes by Lourie

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

“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

“When life gives you lemons, chunk it right back.” ― Bill Watterson

“Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.” ― Chili Davis

“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” ― Cathy Guisewite

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” ― Allen Saunders

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

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

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

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

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” — Kate Winslet

“Love who you want to love. Life is short. Nobody’s going to hate you for it.” ― Shane Dawson

“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” ― Sophocles

“A life lived in love will never be dull.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” ― Victor Hugo

“You carry so much love in your heart. Give some to yourself.” – R.Z.

Hazy mountain with positive short self love quotes by R.Z.

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.” ― Marge Piercy

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

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“I believe there are some things in life you can’t deny or rationalize, and [love] is one of them.” ― Cate Blanchett

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ― George Sand

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.”  ― Johnny Cash

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” ― Victor Hugo

“The greatest pleasure of life is love.” — Euripides

Positive Quotes About Life Challenges

“The point of creativity is to express and challenge yourself, to make meaning, to embrace your life.” ― Peggy Orenstein

“Celebrate life in all its glory – challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.” ― Maximillian Degenerez

“I think in life, if you continue to challenge yourself, you can pride yourself in what you continuously accomplish.” ― J.R. Martinez

“Set goals, challenge yourself, and achieve them. Live a healthy life… and make every moment count. Rise above the obstacles, and focus on the positive.” ― Robert H Goddard

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ― Joshua J. Marine

Hiker and mountains with positive quotes to challenge yourself in life by Marine

“Life is much more fun when you think of your efforts and how it can change the world! Challenge yourself!” ― Michael Teoh

“The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” ― Bette Davis

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.” ― Gail Sheehy

“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” ― Nate Berkus

“When life gets harder, challenge yourself to be stronger.” — Proverbs

“Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.” ― Karolina Kurkova

“Take a step back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life.” ― Teri Garr

“I enjoy life, and I think that’s important. Life is so fragile and so fleeting, and it’s over in a minute, and you’ve just got to grab it and do everything and not worry about it.” ― Jerry Hall

“I just want to live each moment to the fullest. And enjoy life.” ― Kadeena Cox

“Do what you need to do and enjoy life as it happens.” ― John Scalzi

“I really try to enjoy life and have joy with what I do.” ― Tim Tebow

“Enjoy life… that’s what we’re here for.” ― David Faustino

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Hiker looking at mountains with positive quotes about enjoying life by Hinckley

“I want to love. I want to enjoy life.” ― David Cassidy

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“If you can stay alive and enjoy life, that’s the whole heart and soul of life.” ― Bruce Grobbelaar

“If you have fun, if you enjoy life, I think that’s the most important thing.” ― Simona Halep

“I think people should have fun. And don’t get so down on yourself. Enjoy life and be the best person you can be.” ― Keke Palmer

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” ― Kenneth Branagh

“Why be negative when you can enjoy life and be positive? That’s something I learned over the years.” ― Virgil van Dijk

“To fully enjoy life, all of us must find our own breathing space and peace of mind.” ― James E. Faust

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

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

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ― Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” —Leonardo DiCaprio

Hiker by ocean with positive be happy quotes by Dicaprio

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ― Louisa May Alcott

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” ― William E. Gladstone

“Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.” ― Ariana Grande

“I have realized it is more important to be happy and enjoying the life you are living – win or lose.” ― Kiki Bertens

“Life is short, and if we enjoy every moment of every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way.” ― Gretchen Bleiler

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ― Golda Meir

“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.” ― J. Donald Walters

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” ― Jane Fonda

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Positive Life Sayings

“If you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win.”

“Stay positive. Better days are on their way.”

“Train your mind to see the good in every situation.”

Trees and ocean shore with positve life sayings

“Staying positive does not mean everything will turn out okay. Rather, it means you will be okay no matter how things turn out.”

“Whatever is worrying you right now—forget about it. Take a deep breath, stay positive and know things will get better.”

“One day or day one. It’s your choice.”

“Sometimes, when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.”

“The purpose of everyone’s life is to live it. Try something new.”

And there you have it! We hope we were able to help you find the best positive quote you were looking for.

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