Life’s Too Short Quotes

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In an intellectual sense, we all know that life is short. But how many of us actually live our day to day lives like we’re really going to die one day?

Many of us live lives filled with tedium, responsibilities, and unpleasant chores. We spend so much of our mental energy just getting through each day that it’s easy to forget that our time on earth is finite, that each moment we fritter away is a moment we will never get back.

What would you do differently if you could really appreciate the imminence of death? Do you need to have a near-death experience to truly feel the fragility of life?

We need to be reminded that life’s too short to spend everyday doing work you hate. Life’s too short to hold grudges against people we love. Life’s too short not to see the wonders of the world. Life’s too short to not live life to the fullest.

That’s not to say that you can completely eliminate tedium from your daily life. Even if you win the lottery, or sell your business and retire, you will still have responsibilities and obligations that you don’t want to do. But we shouldn’t use our obligations as an excuse not to chase the freedom to pursue the things that really matter to us.

Here are some quotes about just how short life is to remind us that we need to stop wasting our days, because one day, we’ll have no more days left to waste.

Life Is Too Short – Quotes

Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.

Phillips Brooks

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

Sarah Louise Delany

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

Stephen Vincent Benét

Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.

Harry Morant

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.

Charles Richards

If there’s even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy, risk it. Life’s too short and happiness is too rare.

A.R. Lucas

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

Wayne Dyer

As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.

Zachary Scott

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.

Christian Gellert

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.


We only have one life and one body to care of, and we better do it right. You never know what tomorrow may bring and so we better live this life the best we can and be grateful for everything we have.

Novak Djokovic

Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.

Marie Ray

Expect an early death – it will keep you busier.

Martin H. Fischer

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Larry McMurtry

Life is too short to work so hard.

Vivien Leigh

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

Eric Davis

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.

Benjamin Disraeli

Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember ‘Life is too short to be little’

Dale Carnegie

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

John Burroughs

There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all life is too short to be anything but happy.

Karl Marx

Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.

Zig Ziglar

Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential.

B. Alan Wallace

Life is short, don’t waste time worrying about what people think of you Hold on to the ones that care, in the end they will be the only ones there.


Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.

Michael Leboeuf

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.

George M. Adams

Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should and let go of what you can.


I don’t have a bad relationship. I’m 48 years old. I think life is too short for that. To me, life is… you open the shutters, you see the dogs outside, you look left, you look right, in, what, a second and a half? And that’s a life.

Jean Claude Van Damme

Remember that life is short. Now, stop reading life’s too short quotes online, and go live it to the fullest.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.

5 thoughts on “Life’s Too Short Quotes”

  1. “Remember that life is short. Now, stop reading life’s too short quotes online, and go live it to the fullest” – Nailed it!

  2. Great message. wasting my time i just lost a part of my living moment in nowadays…but for wasting money is just a thing for needs and wants…thanks


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