A Few Good Quotes on Noble Living for Philosophical Dads and Other Philosophers

Over the last 10 years, I’ve collected over 300 pages of quotations.

In honor of this rainy Sunday in the Midwest, here are some quotes on noble living from some great minds throughout history.

“Life ought to be a struggle of desire towards adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.” Rebecca West

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens

“Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” Robert Fulghum

“We’re face-to-face with our destiny. And we must meet it with a high and resolute courage, for ours is the life of action, of strenuous performance, of duty. Let us live in the harness of striving mightily. Let us run the risk of wearing out rather than rusting out.” Teddy Roosevelt

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg

“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” Phillip James Bailey

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.” Henry van Dyke

What are your favorite quotes about living the good life?

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