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Bucket List Quotes (100 Inspirational quotes)

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The bucket list quotes in this post will inspire you to thing about all the things you want to do and see in your life.

Lots of us have ideas of things that we would want to accomplish during our lifetime.

Sometimes these can be mundane (going backpacking in Europe), but more often than not they are adventurous (climb Mount Everest).

In order for us to make sure that we don’t have any regrets later in life, it’s important for us to live every day as if it were our last. This way, by doing so, there will be no regrets at all!

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The idea of a bucket list is to have a list of things that you would like to do before you die. It might be travel, career or simply things you would like to do such as reading 100 books in a year or running a marathon.

Lots of famous people have said some really inspirational things about making the most of your life and choosing what to put on your bucket list which I’ve compiled into this list of 100 bucket list quotes.

Some are about travel while others are more philosophical about life.

Below I have included a lot of these options plus some Instaquotes about bucket lists that you can use on social media.

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100 Best Bucket List Quotes

1. “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” – Clint Eastwood

2. “One of the most challenging things is to learn how to live a life that fully utilizes all that we are.” – Malala Yousafzai

3. “It’s never too late to get what you want.” – Condoleeza Rice

4. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

5. “I’ve had successes, and I’ve had setbacks which aren’t really setbacks because they have helped me find new ways of doing things, but I don’t have any regrets at all because I’m always doing my best to respect what people need and find a new way of meeting it.” – Meryl Streep

6. “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Cheryl Strayed

7. “I tell my children, if you have a choice between acting a fool and being one, take the latter every time.”- Katharine Hepburn

8. “This is the right day to travel, and the next right day; this self-same road will still be here.” – Robert Frost

9. “You don’t have to have an incredible dream to make a long journey. You just have to take a step in what feels like the right direction at any point.” – Shirley MacLaine

10. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Stephen King

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11. “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out and make it happen.” – Norman Vincent Peale

12.  “Taking the initiative does not require advanced degrees, or a high IQ, but merely the ability to act responsibly under any circumstances.” – Brock Chisholm

13. “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” – Lou Holtz

14. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne

15. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

16. “Never allow a problem to diminish your dreams.” – Zig Ziglar

17. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Duke Ellington

18. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickinson

19. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

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20. “If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready.” – Muhammad Ali

21. “Don’t dream it. Be it!” – Paul Haggis

22. “I proclaim myself simply to be a seeker, and as a seeker I am eager to learn from the wisdom of all teachers.” -Nisargadatta Maharaj

23. “Begin at the beginning.” -Lewis Carroll

24. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

25. “Life is ten percent what happens to you, and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

26. “If you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

27. “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


28. “You can’t live your life for other people” – Princess Diana

29. You have to grab the bull by the horns at some point in your life and say ‘this is what I want’.  I don’t know when that moment is, but when you do it, you’ll know.  Don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid to fail at things.” — James Durbin

30. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

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31. “The only thing we have to fear, is the lack of courage to risk losing it all in order to gain our dreams” – Robert Kiyosaki

32. “No one can guarantee that they will succeed in life; however one can guarantee that they won’t if they never try” – Kevin Leman

33.”Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  ~ Gandhiji

34.“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

35.“Embrace the detours.” —Kevin Charbonneau

36.“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” —Yogi Berra

37.“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” —Susan Sontag

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38.Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”Oliver Wendell Holmes

39. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

40.”Life is to be enjoyed-not just endured. We are all given time, and if we have enough of it we must do things that matter.” ― John Wooden

41.”Living is the thing people do between their ‘births’ and their ‘deaths.'” – George Carlin

42. “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” –  Voltaire

43. “I’m all right Jack, keep your hands off I tell you. Life is nothing but a game of cards.” – Thomas Paine

44. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth

45. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

46. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

47 “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ― Walt Disney

48.“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”Paulo Coelho

49.“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” —Helen Keller

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50.”We have two lives: the one we learn with and the one we live after that.” — Bernard Malamud

51.“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” – Diane Ackerman

52.Fill your life with tiny and large adventurous moments.” – Sark

53.“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

54. “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” —Lewis Carroll

55.”Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

56. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”  – Saint Augustine

57.“A journey is measured in friends rather than miles.” —Tim Cahill

58.The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”-  Eleanor Roosevelt
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59 “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

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60.”Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown
61.“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” – Walter Cronkite
62.“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
63.“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” – Richard Branson
64.“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” – Roman Payne
65.“Be careful who you make your memories with. Those things can last a lifetime.” —Ugo Ez
66. “Fill your bucket list with memories for the nursing home” – Epic Bucket Lists
67. “Feel the fear and do it anyway ” – Susan Jeffers
68. “A Bucket list is never finished. It’s always a work in progress” – Epic Bucket Lists
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69. “Travel is the best way to learn about yourself” – Epic Bucket Lists
70.“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane Von Fustenberg
71. “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” -Harun
72. “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” – Roman Payne
73.  “Live your life by a compass, not a clock” -Erica Jong
74. ‘It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”—Game of Thrones

75. “The Best Way To Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

76.“Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing.” –  Helen Keller

77.“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” – C.S. Lewis

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78. “Make a list of everything you want to do this year, this month, this week. Then crush those goals” – Epic Bucket Lists

79.”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

80.“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly” – Colin Wright

81.“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” -Oprah Winfrey

82.“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

83.“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

84.“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

85. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” —Bill Bryson

86.“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” –  Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls

87.“There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” — Bill Bryson, Neither Here Not There

88.“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” —Anita Septimus

89. “Make life the vacation you crave ” – Epic Bucket Lists

90.“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

91. “There are no regrets in life, just lessons” – Jennifer Aniston

92. “Some people live more in twenty years than others do in forty. It’s not the time, it’s the person.” —Doctor Who

93.“Travel is intensified living and one of the last great sources of legal adventure.” – Rick Steves

94.” God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

95.“It isn’t freedom from. It’s freedom to.” – Jean Paul Sartre

96.“If you ask people what they’ve always wanted to do, most people haven’t done it. That breaks my heart.” – Angelina Jolie

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97.“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” —Mae West

98.“Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.”- Angelina Jolie

99 “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. ” – Maya Angelou

100.”Find your humanity! Haven’t any of you ever had a dream?” – Rapunzel.

I hope these quotes from people who have inspired others with their words will inspire you to seize the day!

Bucket List Quotes – Final Thoughts

These quotes about bucket lists are a great way to remind yourself of the things you want to do before time runs out.

Why not get started on your own list today?

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