100 Best Bucket List Quotes (from the Movie & More) (2023)

From going on a safari in Africa to starting your first business to skydiving, bucket list goals can sometimes be a little scary! Stepping out of your comfort zone is always a little uncomfortable and that’s why you may need a little bit of inspiration for that extra nudge. That’s where this collection of bucket list quotes enters the picture.

Some of them are from The Bucket List movie, some are from my book, Bucket List Adventures, and the others are a random collection from encouraging folks around the world.

Don’t have a bucket list yet? Then read this asap: How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One and then you can use one of our printable bucket list templates to record yours!

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The Best Bucket List Quotes (from the Movie & More)

“A bucket list is an invitation to dream bigger” — Annette White

“A life lived in fear…. is a life half-lived.” — Baz Luhrmann

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

“According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — John F. Kennedy

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.” — Unknown

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

“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be realistic, cross that person off your invitation list.” — John Eliot

“Be the Boss of your own bucket list” — Annette White

“Be the person who decide to try” — Annette White

“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

“Been there. Done that. I have bucket list” — Annette White

“Believe that you can and you will” — Annette White

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” — Mark Victore Hansen

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” — John Wayne

“Creating a bucket list is only one small piece of the passionate life puzzle—actually living the bucket list lifestyle is the whole shebang.” — Annette White

“Dare to dream, then decide to do.” — Annette White

“Design a life that you are inspired to live” — Annette White

“Die with memories, not with dreams.” — Unknown

“Don’t let fear make your decisions for you” — Annette White

“Don’t do what they expect, do what you dream.” — Annette White

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“Don’t just chase your dreams, catch them.” — Annette White

“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

“Dream it. Eat it. See it. Do it.” — Annette White

“Dreaming is the beginning of getting everything you want” — Annette White

“Each time you try something for the first time you grow- a little piece of fear is replaced with empowerment” — Annette White

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” — Irving Wallace

“Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not things to show” — Unknown

“Find solutions instead of making excuses” — Annette White

“Find your passion, then take one step everyday towards living it.” — Annette White

“Follow your dreams, they know the way.” — Kobe Yamada

“For too many people it takes a terrifying illness, hitting retirement age, or some other life altering event to honestly begin thinking about the things they want to experience in their lifetime. In many of these cases, it will then be too late to turn these dreams into a reality.” — Annette White

“Get lost outside of your comfort zone.” — Annette White

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” — Unknown

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” — Winston Churchill

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” — Venus Wiliams

“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

“I have lots of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“I won’t make a bucket list because I’m so afraid that I’ll die and then people will find my bucket list and be, like, ‘Oh, she didn’t get to do that.” — Emma Stone

“I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my bucket list, definitely.” — Morena Baccarin

“I’ve kind of achieved everything I thought that I never would, so I haven’t really got a bucket list. But I really wanna go to loads of different places.” — Gabrielle Aplin

“If I had a bucket list, I’d say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be No. 1.” — Matt Damon

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“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” — John Lewis

“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

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

“If you never dream, you’ll never know the endless possibilities of what you can become.” — Annette White

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” — Richard Branson

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

“Instead of listing thousands of reasons that you can’t do something. Find the one reason why you can.” — Annette White

“It is never too early to begin a bucket list, don’t wait for that someday that may never come.” — Annette White

“Just because you can’t see the end, doesn’t mean you should never begin.” — Annette White

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” — Stephen R. Covey

“Make a bucket list and fill it with dreams that have no boundaries.” — Annette White

“Many of life’s failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison

“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

“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” — Louis D. Brandeis

“Most people’s goal is to find a job that allows them the time & money to do what they love to do. But, imagine a job doing that thing you love. Make it happen.” — Annette White

“My bucket list is pretty much checked off. But oh, we should play in space! Let’s do that. We’ll play in space, up on a satellite somewhere.” — Patrick Stump

“My way of discovering of what I like was to create a restaurant list and eat my way through it, and I call it my ‘inner fat girl bucket list.’” — Jack Kerouac

“Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” — Unknown

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” — Unknown

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – Unknown

“Say F#@% You to your comfort zone” — Annette White

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“See what other people don’t. Say what other people won’t. Do what other people say you can’t” — Annette White

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” — Doug Larson

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan

“Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it.” — Annette White

“Stop making excuses for why you can’t do epic shit and start making plans for how you can.” — Annette White

“Take the first step. Even if it’s only a tiptoe, it’s still progress.” — Annette White

“The Bucket List is a movie about two old codgers who are nothing like people, both suffering from cancer that is nothing like cancer, and setting off on adventures that are nothing like possible. I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.” — Roger Ebert

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.” — Michelangelo

“The only dreams that come true are the ones you chase, if you do nothing, you get nothing.” — Joseph Atser

“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

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

“The words “bucket list” can stir up some pretty heavy-duty fears. It is a reminder of our own mortality. But, the reminder that our time is limited is actually one of the best gifts we can be given. It pushes us to catch our dreams before it is too late.” — Annette White

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho

“Things don’t happen for a reason. you make them happen.” — Annette White

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Unknown

“Tiptoe forward or leap. Just do something.” — Annette White

“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

“We all have two choices; we can make a living or we can design a life.” — Jim Rohn

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and each one should be really excellent. Because these are our lives.” — Steve Jobs

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” — Sheryl Sandberg

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Zig Ziglar

“When life gives you the opportunity to check off a thing on the bucket list, you have to check them.” — Ryan Tedder

“When people criticize me for having a bucket list, I say to them, “sorry, no time to talk. I’m on my way to the airport to go to Africa for a safari. What are you doing today?”” — Annette White

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“Whenever I feel like giving up, I remind myself that I have a lot of people to prove wrong today” — Annette White

“Without a goal, you can’t score.” — Unknown

“You can either spend your time stepping towards the life you want or standing still in a life you don’t. It’s your choice.” — Annette White

“Your choices create your reality. Choose wisely” — Annette White


“As something of an expert in diseases, I believe more people die from visitors than diseases.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Even now I cannot understand the measure of a life, but I can tell you this. I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open. And I’m pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.” — Carter Chambers from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Forty-five years goes by pretty fast.” — Carter Chambers from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Humor is always a good sign.” — Dr. Hollins from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“I build a billion dollar business up from NOTHING. Presidents have asked my advice, I have dined with royalty, and I’m supposed to make out like what? This trip was supposed to MEAN something to me? Like it was gonna change ME? How did you see it playing out Carter, I knock on the door, she answers, she’s surprised and angry, but I tell her how much I love her and miss her, and OH, by the way, I’m gonna be dead soon so I’m reaching out to you because I don’t wanna die alone?” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“I envy people who have faith, I just can’t get my head around it.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“If life has taught me anything, it’s that 95 percent of the people are always wrong.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Just because I told you my story, does not invite you to be a part of it!” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Somewhere, some lucky guy’s having a heart attack” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“The simplest thing is… I loved him. And I miss him. Carter and I saw the world together. Which is amazing… when you think that only three months ago, we were complete strangers! I hope that it doesn’t sound selfish of me but… the last months of his life were the best months of mine. He saved my life… and he knew it before I did.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“Three things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“What are you so afraid of?” — Carter Chambers from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Leave the perfect trail of slime?” — Edward Cole from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

“You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.” — Carter Chambers from the movie ‘The Bucket List’

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