After someone passes away we often look back on their life and think of all they achieved. And even though we are sad at having lost them we can take comfort knowing that it was a life well lived.
Celebrating someone’s life is a good way to cope and deal with the pain their loss brings. Focusing on the positives and how well they lived their life can help to make their death seem less tragic.
It doesn’t stop the grief we feel but it can at least remind us of how great and valuable their life was, and the time we were blessed to have with them.
If you’re sending a sympathy card or perhaps giving a eulogy at a funeral then including a life well lived quote is a good way to keep your words and thoughts positive.
So use these quotes about a life well lived to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed.
A Life Well Lived Quotes
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Unknown
“The man is a success who has lived well, loved much, and laughed often” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing” – Seneca
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” – Mae West
“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
“Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you’ve lived well, your smile lines are in the right places” – Jennifer Garner
“At times like this there’s not a lot that words can do to help ease your pain and sense of loss. And though it may be hard to believe right now, know that the pain will ease with time and you will look back at the memories of your dear one and smile and remember a life well lived and loved” – Margaret Jones
“To do what you wanna do, to leave a mark – in a way that you think is important and lasting – that’s a life well-lived” – Laurene Powell Jobs
“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it” – William James
“A life well lived is the most exquisite work of art” – Erwin McManus
Celebrating a Life Well Lived
“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe'” – Tom Preston-Werner
“The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away” – Terry Pratchett
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” – Maya Angelou
“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved” – D.H. Lawrence
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time” – Mark Twain
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well” –
“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When I’m taking my last breath, I want to look at how I used up the best of myself. How much did I sweat, push, pull, rip, fall, hit, crash, explode? My dream is to be so well-used that in my last-half second, I just burst into dust” – Elizabeth Streb
“Without dignity our lives are only blinks of duration. But if we manage to lead a good life well, we create something more. We write a subscript to our mortality. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands” – Ronald Dworkin
Remembering a Life Well Lived
A life well lived leaves others enriched
Evidence of a life well lived is found in those who love you
We remember a life well lived and celebrate their legacy
We will remember a life that was full of love. He/she lived their life with generosity and a warmth we will miss forever
Today we look back on and remember [names] life and how well they loved it. A life that touched us all and left wonderful memories we will cherish forever
Their life was lived to the fullest and will be one we never forget.
I feel blessed to have known and be touched by [names] presence. They lived their life as an example to us all
Through the way they lived and embraced life we will always remember [name]
Let us pay tribute to and remember the incredible life of [name]. They truly lived like there was no tomorrow
Very few people achieved as much as [name] in their life. I smile when I think of and remember everything they did. It was a truly amazing life
Funeral Quotes about a Life Well Lived
“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude” – Thornton Wilder
“You’re not supposed to die with your potential. A life well lived squeezes all the potential placed within and does something with it” – Erwin McManus
“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone” – John Steinbeck
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death” – Leonardo da Vinci
“I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral” – Admiral Lord Mountbatten
“If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master” – Michelangelo
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others” – Thucydides
“Strive for a life well lived. Each one with their own aims, preferences, and meaning. Always, of course, without harming other persons or preventing others from being able to form a good life for themselves” – Jose Gonzalez
Religious Quotes about a Life Well Lived
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” – Ephesians 5:16-16, The Bible
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord” – Romans 14:8, The Bible
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live” – Lao Tzu
We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens, we will have no regrets” – The Dalai Lama
Remember the lives of those no longer with us can help to find the small positives amongst the grief is losing them.
Hopefully these life well lived quotes will have helped you to either feel better about losing someone or find the perfect words for a eulogy or memorial for them.