Why are we on this planet?’or ‘What’s the purpose of my existence?’ are the two most frequent questions when it comes to discussing life. Are you often asking yourself the same questions?

According to the greatest people who existed/still exist on this planet – life has no purpose but waits for us to give it a purpose. You exist to be happy and live your life instead of surviving. Learn how to do that following the tips summarized in these 30 most powerful life quotes from the greatest minds.

1. ‘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 Benet 

2. ‘In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.’ – Abraham Lincoln

3. ‘You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.’ – Buddha

4. ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ – Martin Luther King Jr.

5. ‘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

6. ‘If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.’ – Marilyn Monroe

7. ‘To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.’ – George Bernard Shaw

8. ‘When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. ‘Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.’ – Mother Teresa

10. ‘Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.’ – Natalie Babbitt

11. ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’ – Oscar Wilde

12. ‘Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.’ – Helen Keller

13. ‘When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.’ – John Lennon

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

15. ‘If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.’ – Jim Rohn

16. ‘Beware the barrenness of a busy life.’ – Socrates

17. ‘Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be a reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.’ – Lao Tzu

18. ‘What happens after you die? Lot’s of things happen after you die – they just don’t involve you.’ – Louis CK

19. ‘The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.’ – Bertrand Russell

20. ‘Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.’ – Mark Twain

21. ‘A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.’ – George Bernard Shaw

22. ‘Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.’ – Charlie Chaplin

23. ‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ – George Eliot

24. ‘You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.’ – Albert Camus

25. ‘No man is a failure who is enjoying life.’ – William Feather

26. ‘The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.’ – Henry David Thoreau

27. ‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’ – Steve Jobs

28. ‘Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you’re a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you’re a vegetarian.’ – Dennis Wholey

29. ‘I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again’ – Achilles

30. ‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.’ – Mae West