We spend so much time trying to find the true meaning of life. The greatest philosophers have tried to understand life in all its aspects only to reach a simple conclusion – life is complicated and unpredictable.

So instead of contemplating on something that has already been answered, why don’t we look for ways of enjoying and embracing life just as it is, with all its ups and downs.

Life is a bumpy ride for all of us. There will always be challenges to overcome, excruciating experiences that overwhelm us, but there will also be moments that will make us want to scream with joy. Seize those moments and let them bring a smile on your face whenever the going gets tough.

Teach yourself to cherish every good thing that happens to you and you’ll find that life is a beautiful gift. Chase your dreams, start your day with a smile even when it’s cloudy and remember that better days are yet to come.

You’re the designer of your own life and even if you can’t control everything that happens, at least you get to have the final word on how it all affects you.

Here are 30 life quotes that will put you on the right track:

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

MAE WEST

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. 

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

VIVIAN GREENE

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.

HENRY FORD (more Henry Ford quotes)

Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.

ASHTON KUTCHER

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.  

ROBERT FROST

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

STEVE JOBS (more Steve Jobs quotes)

Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths. 

DREW BARRYMORE

Make each day your masterpiece.

JOHN WOODEN

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption (more Shawshank Redemption quotes)

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

HELEN KELLER

My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

FORREST GUMP (more Forrest Gump quotes)

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

CHARLES SWINDOLL

I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it’s up to me. 

BRAD PITT

There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.

RICK WARREN

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

VICTOR HUGO (more Victor Hugo quotes)

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.

MARILYN MONROE

Life is short, and it is here to be lived.

KATE WINSLET

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. 

OMAR KHAYYAM

We should remember that just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness.

HILLARY CLINTON

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

OPRAH WINFREY

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. 

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

WILL SMITH

Life is about making an impact, not making an income.

KEVIN KRUSE

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. 

SHOLOM ALEICHEM

There are no regrets in life, just lessons.

JENNIFER ANISTON

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. 

BRUCE LEE

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

MAYA ANGELOU

You choose the life you live. If you don’t like it, it’s on you to change it because no one else is going to do it for you.

KIM KIYOSAKI

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all in which case you fail by default.

J.K. ROWLING (more J.K. Rowling quotes)