40+ Life Mottos To Live By

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Sound familiar? The age-old saying telling you to make the best of a situation is perhaps the most well-known motto around.

The Importance Of A Life Motto

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Having a favorite motto to refer to can provide a sort of grounding in an otherwise frantic life. Mottos can be catchy, memoizable, and most importantly, loaded with sage advice.

Whether you need a bit of encouragement or just a gentle reminder, finding a saying that speaks to you in times of need might be beneficial.


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Be the change you wish to see in the world.


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A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.


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If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.


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Live every day like it’s your last.


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Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.


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Some of the best things in life are mistakes.


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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.


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Be who you needed when you were younger.


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A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.


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What you choose to focus on will become your reality.


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The soul knows when it’s on to something.


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We have tomorrows for a reason.


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Endings are also beginnings.


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If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.


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The grass is greener where you water it.


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Live to impress yourself, not others.


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Progress over perfection.


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Seek peace but be ready to go to war.


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Focus on the step in front of you, not the entire staircase.


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A year from now, you will wish you had started today.


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You are allowed to make a big deal about the things that are important to you.


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Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.


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Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results.


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Old ways don’t open new doors.


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Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.


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It always seems impossible until it’s done.


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You can do anything. But you can’t do everything at once.


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Stop trying to fit into places you have outgrown.


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I improve the world by enjoying it.


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Today, I planted one seed, and tomorrow, I will grow a forest.


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You miss 100 percent of the shots you do not take.


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There is always something to be grateful for.


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We are all a work in progress.


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Honesty is the best policy. 


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It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.


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The only limits are the ones you have set yourself.


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The only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday. 


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Never settle for less than you deserve.


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It’s not about having the best of everything; it’s about making the most of everything you have.


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Nothing worth having comes easy.


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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


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This too shall pass.


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Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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Key Takeaways

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While for some, a motto is a phrase uttered throughout the day, others prefer to put the reminder in a more prominent position.

Some like to write it down and stick it where they brush their teeth. Others have a note on their desk or in their wallet. On occasion, important sayings are tattooed on those they mean much to.

Key Takeaways

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However, you remember your personal motto, it’s the meaning that holds gravity. Most mottos share a general message: life is important and so are you. Value them.  

This article was produced by TPR Teaching. Source.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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