The Best Quotes of All Time

It’s been three years since we shared our original list of some of the best quotes of all time, and we felt it was a good time for an update. We’ve added another 25 quotes for you. But these aren’t just any quotes.

These are quotes designed to inspire. They’re motivational quotes that will hopefully get you thinking about your life, your work, or your dreams and how you can make these things better.

I know quotes researched online often come in slightly different variations, so if you’ve heard another version of one of these, please share it with us in the comments. Or even better, why not share some of your own favorite inspirational and motivational quotes?

Here are our 25 new additions for our list of the best quotes of all time, including some submitted by our readers in response to the original list of best quotes, which you can still find below.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Anyone can do something when they want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to do it.” – Dr. Phil

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

“All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.” – Henry David Thoreau

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” -Vince Lombardi

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self control — these three alone lead to power.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

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

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

Below you can find our original article (published on October 5, 2010) and our picks for some of the best quotes of all time in a variety of different categories.

What are the best quotes of all time for you? Have you ever heard a simple line that inspired you to make a major change in your life? Has a quote ever changed your mind on an important issue or made you think about something in a different way? Do you just enjoy reading daily quotes, seeking a smile or a bit of motivation?

Everyone’s choices for the best quotes of all time will vary based on what influences them. But we’ve looked through hundreds of quotes and picked some of the best quotes of all time across several different categories to share with you here today. Enjoy them below, and if another quote didn’t make the list but you absolutely love it, please share it with us in the comments.

Please note: Categories are listed alphabetically, and within each category individual quotes are in no particular order. Some quotes have been shared with multiple versions on the Web with slight variations in each. If we ran into these situations, we chose the variation that appeared to be most commonly presented. Also, some quotes could technically fall under multiple categories. In those cases they were placed under the one we felt was most relevant at the time.

Update: Please also check DirJournal’s list of Best Quotes About Life


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on age:

“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” – Victor Hugo

“The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.” – Ogden Nash

“You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope



Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on anger:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

– Lee Iacocca

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

– Maya Angelou

“He who angers you conquers you.”

– Elizabeth Kenny

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

– Mark Twain

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”

– William Congreve

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

– Buddha

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.”

– Aristotle

“Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.”

– Dr. Joyce Brothers


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on beauty:

“Beauty, without expression, tires.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

– Leo Tolstoy

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

– Margaret Hungerford

“I’m tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want – an adorable pancreas?”

– Jean Kerr

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

– Confucius

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”

– Martin Buxbaum

“It is not beauty that endears; it’s love that makes us see beauty.”

– Leo Tolstoy

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

– Dorothy Parker

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on business:

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

– Henry Ford

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

– Robert Frost

“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior jerk, tomorrow’s senior partner.”

– Sigourney Weaver

“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”

– Aristotle Onassis

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong either with you or with your business.”

– William J. H. Boetck

“If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.”

– Kahlil Gibran

“A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.”

– Henry Kravis

“Good products can be sold by honest advertising. If you don’t think the product is good, you have no business to be advertising it.”

– David Ogilvy

“Drive your business. Let not your business drive you.”

– Benjamin Franklin


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on change:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“The only thing constant in life is change.”

– Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”

– Harold Wilson

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

– Jacob M. Braude

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

– Confucius

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.”

– Denis Waitley


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on children:

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”

– Paula Poundstone

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

– James Baldwin

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

– Robert A. Heinlein

“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.”

– Frank A. Clark

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

– Stacia Tauscher

“We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Children are our most valuable resource.”

– Herbert Hoover

“Never underestimate a child’s ability to get into more trouble.”

– Martin Mull

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

– Phyllis Diller


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on courage:

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

– E.E. Cummings

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

– Winston Churchill

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

– John Wayne

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

– Mark Twain

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

– Bruce Lee

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

– John Wooden

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”

– Confucius


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on death:

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

– Buddha

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”

– Albert Einstein

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

– Mark Twain

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

– Will Rogers

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

– Edgar Allan Poe

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

– Mark Twain

“No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.”

– Plato

Education / Wisdom

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on education:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

– Pete Seeger

“The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”

– Socrates

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it requires brains.”

– Marry Pettibone Poole

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

– Alec Bourne

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”

– Charles J. Sykes (although often attributed to Bill Gates as a result of a viral email)

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

– Albert Einstein

“Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.”

– Wu Ting-Fang

“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”

­– Plato

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

– Malcolm Forbes


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on equality:

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

– Aristotle

“Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions. It only guarantees equality of opportunity.”

– Irving Kristol

“As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones.”

– Steven Pinker

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

– George Orwell

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

– Albert Einstein

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

– Malcolm X

“The sole equality on earth is death.”

– Philip James Bailey

“To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.”

– William Faulkner

“Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.”

– Adam Clayton Powell Jr.


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on family:

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.”

– Lee Iacocca

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.”

– Bill Cosby

“Family isn’t about whose blood you have. It’s about who you care about.”

– Trey Parker and Matt Stone

“All happy families resemble one another. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

– Leo Tolstoy

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

– Jane Howard

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

– Desmond Tutu

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

– Pope John Paul II

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

– George Bernard Shaw


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on friends:

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.”

– Albert Camus

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”

– Aristotle

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

– Dale Carnegie

“True friends stab you in the front.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

– C. S. Lewis

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

– William Butler Yeats

“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

– George Eliot


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on happiness:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”

– Mark Twain

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

– Dalai Lama

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

– Robert Frost

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

– Storm Jameson

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

– Albert Schweitzer


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on humor (or just humorous quotes we love):

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde

“There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?”

– Dick Cavett

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

– Dame Edna Everage

“That is the saving grace of humor. If you fail no one is laughing at you.”

– A. Whitney Brown

“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.”

– Christopher Morely

“Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.”

– Salma Hayek

“The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

– E.B. White

“You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.”

– Frank Howard Clark


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on love:

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

– Aristotle

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert Heinlein

“Love is friendship, set on fire.”

– Jeremy Taylor

“Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

– Elizabeth Browning

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.”

– Jean Anouilh

“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”

– Amy Bloom

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

– Mark Twain

“Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.”

– Lord Byron

“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”

– Maya Angelou

Men and Women

Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on men and women:

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

– Robert Frost

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.”

– Albert Einstein

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.”

– Margaret Fuller

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

– Plato

“For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf

“Women are made to be loved, not understood.”

– Oscar Wilde

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

– Will Rogers

“Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice.”

– Bill Cosby

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

– Timothy Leary


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on money:

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

– Mark Twain

“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

– Warren Buffet

“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.”

– Robert Frost

“Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.”

– Nelson Mandela

“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.”

– Zig Ziglar

“Time is money.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal.”

– Katherine Hepburn

“It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.”

– Logan Pearsall Smith

“The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.”

– Edith Wharton

“I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself.”

– Henry Ford


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on movies (about movies, not quotes from movies):

“This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.”

– Clint Eastwood

“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”

– Steve Martin

“A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”

– David Mamet

“Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.”

– Billy Wilder

“The best reason to make a film is that you feel passionately about it.”

– Jodie Foster

“A film has its own life and takes its own time.”

– Aaron Eckhart

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”

– Walt Disney

“The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman, and have a French boyfriend.”

– Katharine Hepburn

“In the theater, you go from point A to point Z, building your performance as the evening progresses. You have to relinquish that control on a film.”

– Gwyneth Paltrow

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

– Roger Ebert


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on music:

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”

– Ed Gardner

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

– Robert Fripp

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

– Plato

“Life is one grand, sweet song so start the music.”

– Ronald Reagan

“Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.”

– Bill Cosby

“Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.”

– Samuel Johnson

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

– Lao Tzu

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.”

– Elvis Presley

“Music is a safe kind of high.”

– Jimi Hendrix

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

– Victor Hugo


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on peace:

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

– John Lennon

“Peace begins with a smile.”

– Mother Teresa

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

– Albert Einstein

“Peace is its own reward.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”

– Moshe Dayan

“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”

– Jawaharlal Nehru

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

– George Carlin

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

– Dalai Lama

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

– Buddha

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on politics:

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

– Plato

“Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

– Charles De Gaulle

“Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.”

– Eugene McCarthy

“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

– Winston Churchill

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

– H.L. Mencken

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

– John Adams

“Politics have no relation to morals.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

– John Kenneth Galbraith

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

– Ronald Reagan


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on science:

“Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”

– Bertrand Russell

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

– Charles Darwin

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”

– Hippocrates

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

– Isaac Asimov

“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”

– Sir William Bragg

“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”

– Herbert Hoover

“However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible.”

– Lewis Mumford

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

– Marie Curie

“Science is simply common sense at its best. That is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”

– Thomas Huxley


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on sports:

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

– Heywood Broun

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.”

– George Orwell

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

– Vince Lombardi

“I went to a fight last night and a hockey game broke out.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”

– George F. Will

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

– Vince Lombardi

“Sport is imposing order on what was chaos.”

– Anthony Starr

“The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.”

– Steve Garvey

“The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.”

– Nick Seitz


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on success:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

– Bill Cosby

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

– Woody Allen

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

– David Allen

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”

– Aristotle

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

– Sven Goran Eriksson

“Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou


Here are some of our top picks for the best quotes of all time on war:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

– Albert Einstein

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

– George Patton

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

– Jeannette Rankin

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless whether the mad destruction is brought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.”

– Dwight Eisenhower

“It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it.”

– Robert E. Lee

“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”

– Thomas Mann

“Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?”

– Victor Hugo

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”

– George Washington

Other Quotes

While reviewing quotes there were some favorites that didn’t quite fit within the categories above, but they were still considered worth including as some of the best quotes of all time. Here are those quotes:

“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzche

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

– Frank Wilczek

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

– William Arthur Ward

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

– Thomas Edison

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

– Voltaire

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Do you have favorite quotes of your own that would fall within your list of the best quotes of all time? Remember, different quotes will touch and inspire different people in different ways. Your favorite quote might become a favorite of other readers as well. Please leave a comment below and share your favorite quotes with the rest of us.

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1,018 thoughts on “The Best Quotes of All Time

      1. i have the best quote of all time. No idea who said it but it was to cool to not put on hear. heaven help the roses when the bombs begin to fall

      1. I think the quote goes something like this (I didn’t look it up, so I might be wrong)

        “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” -Albus Dumbledore.

        I actually want this on my tombstone when I die, so I hope I am getting it right, lol

      1. Wakeel: You asked for quotes from two people. If you go to Google, just type one of the names in and add the word quotes. Like: Bill Gates Quotes and you should get them.

  1. my life motto:
    “In my life’s chain of events, nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need.”

    Hannah Senesh

  2. One of my favorites was the one told me by a wee elderly Kerryman at the Brandon hotel bar as he cadged drinks. ” A man convinced against his will , is of the same opinion still “.

          1. Are you serious? This means that people are too afraid to make light of god’s plan when it should just be laughed off in stead of making someone fearful. You are dumb.

          (“GUYS’ ARE NOT ”THATS”)









          1. As a writer I deal with the grammar police a lot. It always amazes me when those who criticize others struggle with the same problems. As much as I usually don’t like getting into these grammatical back-and-forths, good catch on that one Marvin.

      1. #1: You used “most stupid.” That’s not grammatically correct.
        #2: You aren’t being open minded to others opinions.
        #3: Edgar Allen Poe for example, nearly all the people he loved in his life all died from TB, but he didn’t die. He lived through all of the pain of seeing all of them pass away right before his eyes. Why did that happen to him then? If he happened to see this comment during his lifetime he probably would’ve gotten a big laugh out of it. That’s because the funniest of jokes have truth to them. I hope you think about this for a minute before you respond, if you do respond.

        1. Hey Ben,you know, even though Poe had awful luck in his personal life,he had a childlike,whimsical side.He was responsible for some of the best hoaxes and April fools pranks of his time.Shows a huge amount of resilience.

          1. That’s interesting. Do you have some specific examples of the pranks he used to pull? As a fan of Poe, I never would have guessed he was the type. Very cool. 🙂

      2. God is a big boy, if he is what he claims to be he can handle a little joke at his expense since he created humor, and if he is not what he claims to be we do not have to worry about it in the first place…

        1. Andrew: I agree with you. And I am not aware of very many people who choose to do that. If they did, they would be more comfortable with their belief in an unconditional loving God, rather than one who plays policeman with his children and throws them in a prison of eternal fire when their rap sheet gets long enough.

        1. “God is not real. Only those who believe in him are those who are scared that their excistance does not mean anything after their death, and that they, amoung all other things, do not matter.”
          Jason Cupp II

          just made this quote, so quote me on it.

    1. Oh dear me, all the quote means is that God makes things work out in a way that shows He likely have a very odd sense of humor, and people on Earth take things way too seriously, because this isn’t the part that really matters. We need to let go and go with whats thrown at us. No isults to God. Nothing bad was said. And even if it was, why are you fighting? The guy that said it is dead, people.

      1. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember… Its all small stuff.” — I enjoyed your response, Samantha… It’s always a matter of time before someone lists a quote about “God” and sets off the fireworks. I’m sure if I scroll further down, there will be a quote about politics and another 80-post long stream of back and forth arguing.

        People need to take life less seriously, and enjoy the moments they can enjoy.

        The author of The Supreme Philosophy of Man: The Laws of Life, Alfred A. Montapert said, “Expect problems, and eat them for breakfast.” The God that everyone is so afraid of introduces problems into the daily life of people who believe in Him in order to help them avoid stagnation…

        A stagnant life is one that is wasted! Accept change, flow with change. It is “God’s” idea of humor to do something you do not expect… The greatest pranks of all time are both miracles and disasters set forth by the deity of Christianity… “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are nothing like your Christ,” said Ghandi…

        Smile. Laugh. Live. Love. Die. If you can’t laugh when life throws you a curve ball… Does anyone get the quote yet…? Okay then… Hope you do…

        My favorite quotes of all time:

        “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison

        “If the elevator of success is out, use the stairs, one step at a time.” — John Reyes (2010 Philipines Presidential Candidate)

        “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” — Lao Tzu (Ancient Taoism Philosopher)

      1. “I am me”, Thats not a quote everyone knows this.
        You are you.
        We are we. 🙂
        A quote is a wise (simple) saying that makes someone think of the truth twice.
        I hate that people just say some things that make no sense at all and call it a quote because they just want to say something , then people just start thinking over nothing but a couple of empty words.

  3. In the age section, you said that Mark Twain said “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Actually Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige said that first like a decade earlier

    1. The exact version included here is attributed to Mark Twain. It appears Paige has a very similar quote however — “function” as opposed to “issue.” So we’ll just have to consider that an addition to the list here in comments, as the exact version included appears to have been cited correctly.

    2. Satchel Paige was 4 years old when Mark Twain died, so he probably didn’t say a whole lot a decade before Twain did.

    3. For someone so adamant that they got it wrong, you might want to check out your source because unless Mr Paige was coming up with quotes concerning age, before he was born, he certainly didn’t say it a decade before Mark Twain.
      Mark Twain died in 1910
      Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born in 1906

    4. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) born November 30, 1835 died April 21, 1910
      Satchel Paige born July 7, 1906 died June 8, 1982

      Not quite sure how Satchel could have said it like a decade earlier since he was born only 4 years before Mark Twain died.. Just sayin.

  4. “Having a positive attitude may not get you what you want, but it will annoy enough people to be worth the effort”

    “Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic”

    1. I don’t who said that,but,it sounds a lot like Dorothy Parker.I really like her line”If you don’t have anything nice to say about people,come sit over here by me”

        1. Dear Madam,

          Good day and how is life over there in country,my names are sammy naks and am from south Cameroon i ll love to know you better if you don’t mind so please do get back to me with asap of yours.


    2. It´s kinda funny, how many wise and true things have been said and still the world is like this.
      I don’t care who said this before me but I´ll say it again:
      We talk too much and do too little!

  5. “we as humans cannot survive in a dark world. But, we can live dreaming of a brighter tomorrow”

    (I totally just made that up) 🙂

    1. We as humans are more than we think we are, and dreaming is never the solution!
      A dream is like a vision, that just shows us how the future could be if we change our ways or start going the right way.

    1. That was awesome !!!! “if you have searched forever, you’ve already missed it” this works so true especially on realtionshiop between man and woman….

  6. “If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

    – Frank Wilczek

    So true. I think people, in general, are way too afraid to make mistakes. The fact is, you’ll probably never succeed on your first try.

    1. so true. When I think of this I think of a kid tying their shoes or working on any other of life’s skills. You wouldn’t believe how many different ways and attempts are made and even when we model the correct way they still make many mistakes for a while before it finally happens. (I also picture how adorable the kids look so concentrated thinking that wrapping one side of the lace around the other 10 times is gonna work. I’m sure every kid does this at least a couple times in life!)

    1. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Suess

      1. I’ve heard that one slightly different — “Do as I say, not as I do.” Either way, it’s a good one. I can’t count how many times I had to hear it growing up. It’s surely a favorite of parents.

    1. Most priests aren’t as pure as the words they say either… Does that detract from the value of going to church..?

      If you can hear a statement… even if its a quote from Manson… If something that someone says inspires you to a positive place… Then does the source REALLY matter at that point?

  7. I’m not able the original quote anywhere, so I used Google Translate from danish to english. I know it sucks, I really do. If anyone knows, or is able to find, the original quote, I would be ever grateful.
    It’s a quote from Jurassic Park, the novel, and it’s being said by Ian Malcolm.
    “Negative things clump together. Things are going to hell together. How is the real world”

  8. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

    – W.C.

  9. It’s amazing how influential a quote can be. Reading one of these quotes can be the inspiration needed to complete a task. I stumbled across another great list of famous quotes. Check them out and enjoy! Seize the day 🙂

  10. Some additions:

    “The creative adult is the child who survived.” –Ursula LeGuin

    “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    “If I love you, what business is it of yours?” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Great quotes you had listed above!

  11. one of my favorite quotes about fear actually comes from the last Harry Potter book, written by J.K. Rowling, and is said by the character of Albus Dumbledore-“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

  12. “if you put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee

    “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” -Bob Marley

  13. “I try not to think with my gut. If i’m serious about understanding the world, thinking with anything besides my brain, as tempting as that might be, is likely to get me into trouble.”

    Carl Sagan

  14. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.”

    “Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”

    1. Thnx Liana 🙂

      Here are some more for yall.

      “You give me presents with your presence alone” (Jack Johnson)

      “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this will always be enough.” (The Notebook)

      “The things we do in this life are insignificant, but it’s very important that we do them…..because no one else will.” (Gandhi)

      “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” (Albert Einstein)

      “Do more for others than you would do for yourself.” (Book of Eli)

      “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

      “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

      “You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” (Jack Johnson)

      “Baby don’t worry about a thing cause every little thing is gonna be alright.” (Bob Marley)

      “Go Big or Go Home. If it’s worth doing it’s worth doing right.” (?)

      Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re gonna be?
      Forrest Gump: Who I’m gonna be?
      Jenny: Yeah.
      Forrest Gump: Aren’t-aren’t I going to be me?

      1. Hey Desmond,
        I was wondering about the quote”you may say I’m a dreamer,but I’m not the only one”.I always thought that was John Lennon,Could he have taken it from Jack Johnson?

    2. It is too the end….no it’s not….. YES IT IS…no it’s not……YES IT IS!!
      Debating “the end” is pointless. So, henceforth debating the end shall be considered horrifyingly extraneous and best understood when compared to some really confusing mathematical theory or even to exponentially more mind boggling conundrums or mystical occurrences, unexplained, and best left alone for the well being of the human race. For example, we really may never know how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Roll pop….So there, that’s what I think.
      p.s. It’s not easy to explain the boundaries, but at certain times for me personally, whether perceived as unintended or not, sarcasm hits the spot for those of us who were fortunate enough to be born without an innate sense of tact.

  15. “Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it, and your enemies won’t believe it.”

    “Don’t regret anything, because at some point in time, it was exactly what you wanted.”

    “You can pretend to be serious, but you can’t pretend to be witty.”
    -Sacha Guitry

    1. Love the second quote. I told a friend once before that spent two and a half hours apologizing to me for stuff that happened… “An apology is only useful if you would have done something differently.. If not, don’t apologize, don’t regret. Learn from it and move on.”

  16. Strength means recognizing that it is impossible to be strong all the time.   – Sally Franser
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be”

  17. My fave -“Coincidence is God’s way of staying invisible”

    Also: “The key to a great relationship are the four C’s: Chemistry, Compatibility, Commitment, and Communication”.

    1. “The key to a successful relationship are the three C’s: Commitment, Compromise, and Communication” – I’ve said this for years.

      Chemistry and compatibility describe the word relationship not what keeps it great or successful.

  18. “You don’t try to build a wall, you don’t set out to build a wall, you don’t say I’m going to build the biggest wall. You don’t start there…You say I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid and you do that every single day and soon you will have a wall.”

    “Being REALISTIC is the most common road to mediocrity, why would you be realistic? What’s the point? Its just puts up a barrier.”

    “Represent the IDEA that you can really make what you want.”

    –All of these quotes are from Will Smith.

  19. need to put the quote by winston churchil, If youre not a liberal at 20 you have no heart; if youre not a conservative at 40 you have no brain

  20. Here’s one from Albert Einstein:

    “Two things are infinite in this world: The Universe, and human stupidity. And i’m not so sure about the universe.”

  21. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. -Douglas Adams

  22. “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

  23. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

    -Will Rogers

  24. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education – Mark Twain

    Music should strike fire from the hearts of men, and bring tears from the eyes of women- Ludwig Van Beetoven

  25. There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love
    -Johnny Depp

    Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

    Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
    Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

  26. “The heartbeat of a football team is the quarterback, and I think anyone who has any intellegene about the game know that you must have consistency and that position to be a championship team” -Ron Jaworski

          1. jury pogoso:: You are correct. The end of the world begins when we are able to say what Jesus said: “Behold, I have overcome the world.” It is when a person becomes self-reliant, loses his tradition-oriented and others-directed life style and becomes who he or she is created to be, a person who seeks and finds ways to progress from where someone else left off and improves life from what it was before but cannot finished it to what it could become later. Everything, through the free will of mankind may improve generationally. It is the progressive revelation of God, given to mankind who may choose to follow The Scientific Method to “seek and find” what is beyond what has already been learned to make the Universe a better place for the next generations. Meanwhile, We reap what the previous generations have sown. It is a reciprocal arrangement! And that is just awesome!

  27. Failure is not the worth thing to happen the absolute worst is to not try.

    If success builds character then Failure reviles it.

    Its not what has happened to one but how one reacts to it.

    Every man dies however not all live.

    All done said by someone

  28. My comment:- “we often say that ‘money’ is not everything but the fact is that there is nothing without ‘money’.”

    1. Money does not buy you happiness nor does it buy wisdom. The only reason that we choose to place value on money is because we have not found something more valued yet. If it wasn’t paper that grows on trees then it could have been shells on the beach; after a while even that would become rare.

  29. “To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.” — Logan Pearsall Smith

  30. Thanks for the additions to the list folks. Of the quotes left in comments so far I like the Lincoln quote Travis mentioned and the Letterman quote about luck, posted by Tsal. Thanks! It’s always interesting to see which quotes stick with people. 🙂

  31. “Identify what’s important – eliminate everything else”. Don’t know who it came from but it’s been my rule for everything in life.

  32. He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.

    -St.Francis of Assisi

  33. ‎”We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

  34. “Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” – Soren Kierkegaard

    “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

    “You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.” – Scott Adams

  35. “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

  36. “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”
    ~William Tecumseh Sherman

  37. “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” was made at the signing of the Declaration of Independence on August 2nd 1776.
    Benjamin Franklin

  38. “Anything clever you can think to say, somebody’s already said it better!”

    I think that came from Mark Twain?

    “The man who works for nothing will never be out of work”

    My dad

  39. Many young people want to take time to “find themselves.” Who you are is not something you find, it’s something you create
    — me

      1. Maybe no two men are equal, but I do believe this quote is true. If someone was capable of doing something once, I believe everybody else can, but only if they are willing to do it. We all have the ability of doing everythig we want. We set our own boundries.

        “Whether you think you can’t or can, you are right”

        “You are your biggest obstacle”

  40. I have alot of favorites

    If I stoop
    Into a dark tremendous sea of cloud,
    It is but for a time; I press God’s lamp
    Close to my breast; its splendour, soon or late,
    Will pierce the gloom: I shall emerge one day.
    You understand me? I have said enough?

    All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato

    For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. – Thomas Paine

    Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.
    -George Washington

    Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.
    -G.K. Chesterton

    He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done -Leonardo Da Vinci

    Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. -Stephen King

    There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love -Washington Irving

    I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul
    – Mohandas Ghandi

    Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength – Ralph W. Sockman

    Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far-seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.
    Joseph Wood Krutch

    I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ~George Balanchine

    Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips. ~Adabella Radici

    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author Unknown

    Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. ~William James

    You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. ~Author Unknown

    “Now this is not the end, It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”-Winston Churchill

    Joseph Conrad said, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”

    “The ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.” Erich Fromm

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    The author François de la Rochefoucauld wrote, “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”

    Gandhi said, “Better to be violent if there’s violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence.”

    Gandhi also said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent.”

    Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

    Albert Einstein said, “The question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or the others crazy?”

    “A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.”
    Robert Oxton Bolton

    Woman was created from the rib of man.
    She was not made from his head to be above him,
    nor was she made from his feet to be trampled on.
    She was created out of his side to equal him,
    under his arm to be protected by him
    and near his heart to be loved.

    The life which is unexamined is not worth living.- Socrates

    Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
    Plato (429-347 BC)

    If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
    Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault] (1844-1924)

    All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

    We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
    Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

    It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.

    The important thing is never to stop questioning.
    Albert Einstein

    Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)

    When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

    It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)

    It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” Rose Kennedy.

    Timshel – East of Eden

    Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly. -Unknown

    “There is no secret ingredient” – Kung Foo Panda

    Gott würfelt nicht (God does not play dice)

    if you’re always late, you’ve bad time management, if youre never late your not doing wnough with your life- Alexander Herpst

    1. …with respect…

      Oprah Winfrey did not creat the saying… It was quoted before she was even born.
      Please give credit where due.

      “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
      US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist (1842 – 1910)

      1. Thanks for your thoughts Dom. While very similar, the quotes aren’t exactly the same. The one included in the article was indeed from Oprah Winfrey. The version you cited was indeed from William James. There’s no doubt that Oprah’s version was influenced by James’. But as that was the version I initially came across while reviewing and gathering quotes for the article, that’s the correct citation for it. But I appreciate you including James’ version here for everyone to see. I’m sure there are many similar quotes out there to others on the list, some newer and some older. It’s always interesting to see where someone’s own thoughts might have originally stemmed from. Appreciate the contribution. 🙂

  41. To exceed less than your brothers and sisters in life, is to kill everyone of them without giving them a fighting chance.

  42. Another one that I really like that I probably should have put in that other post. “Wisdom is like a video game, you have to level up to unlock it.”

    1. That was Captain Kirk from Star Trek, in response to Spock’s frequent observations on the futiity of the missions at hand.

      1. It’s cool that so many well-known quotes come from characters rather than actual people. So many of them come from clever writers who never get much credit for them.

  43. “There is no justice in war, nor is there any right or wrong. Whoever wins the fight becomes right, and the blinded opinions of those men become justice.”-not sure by who, but i defiantly modified and added to this. Also-
    “Any and all who would fight for power are not fit for it. It is only those who have power thrust upon them unexpectedly and unwanted, and who find themselves capable of it, who are fit to wield it.”-again, just a random thing I just thought of.

  44. All generalisations are false including this one.

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

    If I cannot convince you, I will confuse you.

    1. He who looks into the eyes of a dolphin and see’s cat food will one day become rich beyond his wildest dreams of avarice.
      Yet he who looks into the eyes of a cat and see’s dolphin food won’t.

  45. Wow…Guys…I really love your quotes. I was reflecting every quote posted in this blog…Good job to J.M. Please continue to work on quotes. Can you please suggest more quotes? I was making my own generalization in everything that was written in this blog. Why don’t you make a page on facebook and twitter and send us some quotes every day? that would be great…

    I’m looking forward to reading every quotes as soon as I get back into re-surfing your site. Thank you.

  46. “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

  47. Great quotes. but i missed a few, like kahlil gibran. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were” for example

  48. “The reason most people fail instead of succeed is that they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.”

    ~ Author unknown.

    Favorite quote of all time!

  49. “Man was born free but is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves that they.” – J.J. Rousseau

    “Convictions are greater enemies of truths than lies.” – Nietzsche

    “When one man dies, it’s a tragedy. When a million die, it’s a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin

    One of my favorites: “God is dead.” – Nietzsche

    Something I wrote: “Live you want and lose like you must. In the end, none of it matters.”

  50. If you wish for something, wish to be happy, for happiness is the ultimate goal behind each and every thing we do in life, no matter how little or insignificant, whether we realize it or not.


      1. Don’t be so weak, go read more quotes and learn from them. Let your enemies devise more plans, just remember to forgive them for doing so.

      2. To Anonymous: The United States of America has always practiced just the opposite of getting your enemies before they get you again. When we have won a war,we went in and rebuilt the countries of our enemies,became friends with them. Germany and Japan are two examples. And the only thing we asked from those countries was enough land to bury our dead. We did this in France, so you see the tombstones there. In Okinawa, the tombstones there. On and On and On, America has been there, lost our boys, and went back and rebuilt their lands. This practice is our way of winning the world for Democracy, so that every adult may have an equal vote to elect his or her public officials, speak freely one’s opinions, and read from a free press.

  51. My favorite quotes from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible:

    “Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.”

    “Before the laws of God we are as swine. We cannot read His will.”

    “Life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.”

  52. The two on death by Mark Twain are great (just like every other quote on here) but a favorite of mine is:
    “Let us endeavour to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” -Mark Twain

  53. earth is stage
    life is drama
    we are actors
    god is director

    greatness can not be achieved by by doing big things…if you really want to be great then do small things in a great way…!!

  54. “today you are you. that is truer than true. there is no one alive who is youer than you ” Dr seuss

    experiences will shape you but you will always be you. it the reason why your mass never changes. it is unique anywhere you are in the universe regardless of the gravity.

    “the pen is mightier than the sword”
    brains over brute force. a design before action

    “Woman was created from the rib of man.
    She was not made from his head to be above him,
    nor was she made from his feet to be trampled on.
    She was created out of his side to equal him,
    under his arm to be protected by him
    and near his heart to be loved.”

    absolutely love this one. shows that perspective and thinking outside the box in regard to sacred texts go hand in hand.

  55. To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror. 

    – Frank Herbert

    Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery. 

    – Frank Herbert

  56. “Never under-estimate the power of denial.”
    First heard this from American Beauty and no quotation has ever been truer.

  57. “It is not always the value of the idea that is judged but how it is put to the jury”

    I made this up – it’s not great but I think some poetic quotations make people buy into the idea when they don’t actually make sense – most of them I love though 🙂

  58. “when life gives you lemons, do not make lemonade. Life did not give you any sugar. Therefor, if you want to make something of life, then you must first find a sweetness in this world that brings *You* joy” – Me; Ethan Zoeckler.
    age: 14
    called a genius: countless times.
    saved lives: 4.

    1. Haha, you’ve got the confidence bit down, but I’d give it at least another decade of experience before giving any life lessons 😉

  59. Only the dead have seen the end of war. – Plato

    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Einstein

    Love is there if you want it to be, you just have to see that it’s wrapped in beauty and hidden away between the seconds of your life. If you don’t stop for a minute, you might miss it.

    A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

    A ship is safe in harbor–but thats not what ships are for.

  60. great quotes!
    but this one is essential in the music section:

    “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
    -Bob Marley

  61. In the Death section, you forgot to post the best Death-quote by Mark Twain!

    “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

  62. If I had to ask myself…did I try my best today? I wouldn’t be truthful if I said yes, but the will is big, the desire to live I will not compromise ~ Farrah Fawcett (after being diagnosed with cancer )

  63. this is one of my favorites and i thought it would be a good addition to the age section:

    “The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young” -Oscar Wilde

  64. Simply beautiful.

    Here are some that i like to remind myself of;

    “In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”

    “We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

    “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”

    “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”

    “It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.”

    “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

    “Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”

    “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

    “A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”

    “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”

    “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”

    “He who excuses himself, accuses himself”

    “Always respect me, for I am the shameful and the magnificent one.”

    Most are from Paulo Coelho <3

    1. LOL!! “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” That was really funny and True!!

  65. “Never frown because you never know who is falling in love with your smile”

    can’t remember who said it- love it though <3

  66. A Quote that I wrote that ive always loved…

    Wings dont make you an angel, and distance dont make you a stranger, Blessings can look like curses but that depends more on your angle, Honesty can sound like hating and lies can sound like music, Everyone in this world posses love but whats love if you dont use it..”

  67. the future is something yet to come. The past is just that the past. But today is the present. Something to unwrapped and enjoyed now.

    Only once the last fish is caught and last tree but down and the last bit of water drunk will man realise you can not eat money.

    There are 2 things certain in life death and taxes.

    Humans are like monkeys. Monkey see monkey do.

    To assume anything is to make a an ass of you and me. Assume

  68. “I do not agree with violence, but I do release how such a needless thing can happen.”

    “Never let position, ignorance, and pride get in the way of logic, reason, and common sennse.”

    These are both from myself

  69. my favorite quote is sadly not on this list but these are great quotes!
    “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward”-E. E. Cummings

  70. “Is love for power or money or things real love? Or is it just an ugly lust in our minds portraying itself as love in our hearts because we do not know or understand what true love is?”

    1. Just as you are beginning to come to terms with the concept that is reality, you find a dead frog in your garden.
      Strange how things work out isn’t it?

  71. “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”

    “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

    “Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.”
    ~La Bruyere

    “It doesn’t matter how big your cage is if you’re still caged in.”
    ~Sir Real Is Him, Asheville poet

    “The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because if you can do that you can do anything.”
    ~Waking Life

    “Always hopeful of something better, hooked on change, a lot of us have never stayed in one place long enough to learn it, or have learned it only to leave it.”
    ~Wallace Stegner

    “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
    ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

  72. Two of my favorites:

    “If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.” ~Peter Ustinov

    “In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” – Orson Wells

  73. All humans will believe in God. It is just a matter of when it will happen. I choose to believe now, by faith. Atheist will believe when they are dead.

    1. I do not believe in God, that is my choice. You believe in God that is your choice.
      When i am dead i will be to busy decomposing to worry about lifes little trivialities, such as religion.
      Just as Death they say is wasted on the living, then so is religion.

    2. Everyone should believe what makes them Happy in life, no one is wrong and no one is right.

      “Science and religion are two windows that people look through,
      trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand
      why we are here. The two windows give different views, but both look
      out at the same universe. Both views are one-sided, neither is
      complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And
      both are worthy of respect.” ( Physicist Freeman Dyson)

    3. What a smug quote. Faith is a pretty word for opinion.

      Remeber this quote from above?
      “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

      – Charles Darwin

  74. My favorite quotes of all time are:
    “It been said that man is a rational animal,all my life I have vern looking for evidence which could support this.” Bertrand Russell

    “Children come through us, but they are not of us” Khalil Gibran

    And last not least, “There is no reason to have fear, if we can do something about then we will, and if we cannot, again there is no reason to fear, because there is nothing you can do.” The Dali Lama

    I know I messed the last one up but recited it from memory, the gist of the quote is the same though!

  75. “never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you” -Rick Astley

  76. He who dreams of greatness will only find greatness in his dreams. Unless of course he goes down to the bottom of his garden and lifts up a stone: For is there not a chancce he may find ants.

    1. “Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”- Vince Lombardi

      1. That’s an inspiring one rafe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I love the idea of seeking perfection, even knowing you aren’t likely to achieve it. There’s always room to do better.

  77. donno if anyone else said this one before but i made it up as i needed it at the time…
    “To hurt ones feelings, first you must reach them”

    i always make up my own quotes as i think they’re most useful to me as every word of them relates to my situation as they’re made for my situation!

  78. uh hello??? not one quote from Walt Disney???? what about “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney


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


    “There is more treasure in books that in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island” Walt Disney

    Walt D had some of the best quotes ever!!

  79. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” – St. Francis of Assisi

  80. “The quality of a persons life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence rather than their chosen field of endeavor.”
    Vincent T Lombardi

  81. “Apologizing doesn’t mean you’re right or wrong, it just means you value your relationship more than your ego”

  82. People have an obsession with solving the problems of reality, when actually most problems are rooted in perception.

    From a TEDTalk

  83. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

    “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzky

    “Every knot was once straight rope.” -Mysterious Man. “Into the Woods”

    “The knife that is sharp today may be dull by tomorrow.” -Granny, “Into the Woods”

    “Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” -Kevin Arnold

    “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.” -Eminem

    “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” -Ralph Marston

    “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” -Margaret Thatcher

    “To lead the symphony you have to turn your back on the crowd.” -Unknown

  84. “…death is not an ending, but a symbol
    of movement along the path upon which
    we are all traveling. As it may be painful
    to lose contact with the physical aspect
    of one we love, the spirit can never be
    lost. We have been and always
    will be a part of each other.”

    John Denver

  85. The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry.
    Prophet Muhammad

  86. “It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.”

    Prophet Muhammad

  87. “…Who Wrote The Book That We All Have Mistook For The Way That Our Lives Should Be Lived…”<— favorite quote..<3

  88. ‘ Life sometimes throws things at you, so you better throw the kitchen sink back at life…’

    My personal favorite one.

  89. Ok thise quote i read it in spanish so i will translate it, dont know who said it:
    If you were able to see the man god planned you to be, you will never be the same.

  90. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (who also happens to be a distant cousin of mine)

  91. Some quote that i really like, that i actually said.

    “You may not be broadcasting difference in the world, but each individual person you make an impact on is a small dot that will eventually multiply to cover a large area so that when you die and you look down upon your life, you see the color of the change you made on the world and smile.”

    “A man stricken by love is unchangeable, neither death nor distance can weaken his heart’s desires.”

    -Morgan Kaiser

  92. “Some people want it to happen… Some people wish it to happen… Then there are those who tear down the walls of resistance and make it happen.”

  93. Science told us that there are two ways of thinking;
    – Inside of the box
    – Outside of the box
    But I created the third: “There is no box”
    (John Huckelberg)

  94. “If you do something bad,you think God is not watching,then your wrong.God knows your sins,god knows everything your doing.”

    “Life is a limit but the afterlife is not.”

  95. My quotes-good addition to life quotes.
    “Life as a baby is your beggining,death is your end.But remember you have a new life again…the afterlife.”

  96. “happy are those who dream dreams; and are willing to pay the price to make them come true” – Unknown

    “to those to wait, keep waiting. to those who do continue living”
    – my own motto

    “Expecting the world to be kind to you because you are a nice person is like expecting an enraged bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”
    – my friend james

  97. “He who has no respect for life is not himself deserving of it.”

    “Money won’t buy you happiness, but it sure makes being miserable a heck of alot better”

    “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” – unknown.

    “Life’s a b!tch, and then you divorce one.”

    “When I’m Good, I’m Very Good. When I’m Bad, I’m Better!” …Mae West

    “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it …Aristotle

    “Forgive your enemies…after they are slain.” …unknown

    “I’m extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” …Margaret Thatcher

    “God put Me on earth to accomplish a certain number of tasks, at this rate I will never die.”…unknown

    “When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty”…unknown

    “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome

    “The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.”…Unknown

    “Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love”…Woody Allen

    “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”… Dr. Seuss

    “Religion is for those afraid of going to hell, Spirituality is for those who’ve been there” -Unknown

    “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”… Albert Einstein

    “I put no stock in religion. By the word ‘religion’ I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the ‘will of god’.
    I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness.”…Kingdom​ of Heaven, movie

    “Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius
    And it’s better to be Absolutely ridiculous than Absolutely boring.
    And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want.
    If they care enough to bother With what I do,
    Then I’m already better than them.” …Marilyn Monroe

    “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.” Proverbs 21

    “Christ, please save Me from your followers”

    “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” – Oscar Wilde

    “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
    – Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “You never know just how you look through other people’s eyes” The Butthole Surfers

    “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life” – Unknown

    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

    “The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.” – James Branch Cabell

    “I’ve never heard of a man being murdered by a woman when he didn’t get exactly what was comin’ for him” – Mama Morton, Chicago movie.

    “Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell.” – Aldous Huxley

    When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver

    “Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship.” – Sharon Stone

    “I miss my ex, but my aim is improving” -Unknown

    “Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

    “It’s horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save our environment” -Ansel Adams

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” – Plato

    “I think. Therefore I AM.” Descartes

    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, Even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense” – Buddha

    “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galilei

    “When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.” – Robert Pirsig

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” – Ayn Rand

    “I can’t judge any of you. I have no malice against you and no ribbons for you. But I think that it is high time that you all start looking at yourselves, and judging the lie that you live in.” — Charles Manson

    “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” — Mark Twain

    “Everyone’s dying to find out if there’s an afterlife.”

    “The police never think it’s as funny as you do”.

    “Reading is the basics for all learning” – George W. Bush

    “You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test” -George W. Bush

    “Pay no mind to those who speak behind your back, it simply means you are two steps ahead” -Unknown

    “Well behaved women seldom make history” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    “I know violence isn’t the answer, I got it wrong on purpose.” -Unknown

    “A patriot must be ready to defend his country against his government.” -Edward Abbey

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

    “Don’t analyze my beliefs and I wont pick out the flaws in yours” -Unknown

    “For every prohibition you also create, you also create an underground” -Jello Biafra

    “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich” -Napoleon

  98. One quote I liked is that from the movie American Beauty . In the end the dead protagonist says :
    it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst …

    And then I remember … to relax, and not try to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. Don’t worry … you will someday.

  99. “I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh

    I’ve always loved this quotation because I completely understand how he felt.

  100. “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now.” Unknown

  101. The real term should be, ‘Life is like your last meal; you have to savor it, enjoy it, and make it last as long as you can. It doesn’t matter what it tastes like, as long as it is delicious to you, because when it’s gone, you can never get it back’ .

  102. you guys missed possibly the greatest ever quote on death and love.
    “Don’t pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” Albus Dumbledore

  103. That we’re like animals, there’s war up there everywhere, its in the blood, its natural – peace that’s an accident, its what IS! when you’re pushed – killing is as easy as breating. You stop killing at one place its starts at another but it’s okay coz you’re killing for your country. But it ain’t your country that’s askin, its few guys on top who want it. Old men start it, young men fight it, nobody wins, everybody in the middle dies and nobody tells the truth, and God’s gonna make that all go away??!?!
    Fighting changes things not words!!! – rambo 4 deleted scene

    Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of themself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, “If I Live, I will kill you, If I Die, You are forgiven.” Such is the Rule of Honor.

    We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. – C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

    Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. – Robert E. Howard, The Tower of the Elephant

  104. If you can only feel good about yourself when you put someone else down you do not have confidence. If you can rejoice in another persons accomplishment then you have found confidence in yourself.

  105. “Give me the strength to change the things that I can. The Courage to change the things that I can not. And the wisdom to tell the difference.”

    “I hate malls, its too crowded. Its a wonder why no one ever goes there.”

  106. I just realized the first quote was said wrong

    “Give me the courage to change the things that I can, the strength to accept the things that I can not, and the wisdom to tell the difference.”

    my bad

    1. Actually it’s:
      Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference

  107. Be thyself.

    Let the child free and he will reveal himself.
    Maria Montessori
    Do not worry if you are not recognized, try to be worthy of recognition.
    Abraham Lincoln

  108. “sum people dnt appreciate wht u done 4 them”….”but they take an advantage by using u 4 their cause”

    i made after all what i”ve been through….

  109. i can not remember the first time my eyes opened and nor will i know when they’ll close for the last, so in my eyes i lived forever.

  110. “To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” Bruce McLaren

  111. I really enjoyed reading your recommended quotes. I’m also a writer… as a hobby… and write/post quotes.

    GET TO KNOW YOU. It takes a lifetime to know your partner; but it’s not needed at the cost of losing yourself. Enlighten yourself with getting to know YOU. Your relationship with your SELF is the most significant, including GOD. Partners may come and go; but YOU are the only one, who you will never lose.

    When you make someone a mark, you are actually making yourself a mark. So, when you see a sucker, try and see if you have the will power to find your morals and stay away from the sugar. Relationships aren’t all about the sugar. Taking advantage of someone is a weakness; and anyone, who has ever been taken advantage of, knows how it feels.

    “I feel so ugly.” There’s only so much we can do to change our body due to genetics; but you can still change your attitude. Nothing is wrong with your look. It’s your attitude of blaming your body to avoid what’s really bothering you. True change is internal & starts with you.

    Why is it that when some men see a woman, who works hard to maintain, assumes she’s doing it for THAT reason? The slight cues seem to key them into what they “think” they know about her. Off to assumptions & out the door they go!

    If everyone is too busy picking up the crumbs from the table for themselves, then no one will see the big picture of a flawed model that puts a “smarter” individual on top of others, who are just as smart, but unwilling to lead. Intelligence & leadership come from a method of thought you apply. If you find the method to learning, then you can learn anything.

    You’re AMAZING! Don’t allow negative ppl to shake up your self worth by listening to their misinformed myths. Don’t treat your body as an enemy. Our creation (body & spirit) is miraculous. Your measuring stick is based upon your character, not looks.

    Reclaim yourself. APPRECIATE, be ATTENTIVE, & ACCEPT. Become an advocate of not being obsessed with looks. Don’t take away from what makes you special in any shape as a woman or man.

    MAKEUP & HAIRDO’S WRAP US UP IN A FAKE IDEA OF BEAUTY. They’re confidence boosters; but shouldn’t be used to replace the image of who you are. Beauty & confidence are found in every type of shape & look, but are derived from our spirit. Nourish yourself from the inside & your appeal will shine out

  112. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” –Harry S. Truman

    “the truth will set you free, but it’s the white lies that will save your ass.” -james patterson

    Never raise your hand to your children- it leaves the crotch unprotected. – Robert Orben

    The voice of intelligence … is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance. -Karl Menninger

    There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. – Mark Twain

    Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. – Samuel Johnson

    “Crash programs fail because they are based on a theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month.”— Wernher von Braun

    A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to rouse the interest, but long enough to cover the essentials. – Ronald Knox

    “In sports, a tie is like kissing your sister.” –Duffy Daugherty

    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -Groucho Marx

    1. Yo, owner of this website. You’re using the word quote incorrectly, it’s a verb. It should say “Best Quotations of All Time.”

    2. RONALD: A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting.

  113. If time weren’t strapped upon life’s wrist would we have stopped to admire what we now miss.

    This is from a book of quotes and poems that I have written just wondered what everyone thought of it?


  114. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
    “Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.” Cale Yarborough
    “Advice is what we ask when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” Erica Jong
    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Brian Littrell
    “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not.” Kurt Cobain

  115. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. . . What is essential is invisible to the eye. — From the book The Little Prince

  116. here is a quote for anger
    “anger is born from the seed of awareness, which grows the fruit of action, and nourishes the roots of change”

  117. “Be who are you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind. and those who mind don’t matter.” ~ Dr. Suess

  118. Long quote I like…

    “You can shed tears that she is gone,
    or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her only that she is gone,
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back.
    Or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.” – David Harkins

  119. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter).

  120. it is mine quote…..” In this world people fight together at every where because no one trust the existance of GOD and his great WORD.” ——– so pls stop fighting. Revenge is for GOD,

  121. I love quotes. Words are definitely knowledge and knowledge is power! I noticed everything in the last
    batch of quotes covered almost every facet of life but history. My all time favorite quote and I apologize
    because for the life of me I am unable to remember the author, but I’ll never forget the quote which is:
    “History is about a place that doesn’t exist written by a man who wasn’t there” For some reason that
    particular quote has always stuck in my mind and in so many ways is so very true! Quotes are awesome, thank-you…

  122. “Dance your anger and dance your joys. Dance the guns to silence.”

    A beautiful quote by Ken Saro-Wiwa that fills me with determination everytime i see it. Just thought I’d share it.

  123. Joy & Happiness

    “All the things I thought I was – simple and plain and sometimes funny – are very small words. They do not begin to describe me. They do not begin to express what its inside of me. I have value, and I have worth.”

  124. ” I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I’ve been entrusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
    – Michael Jordan –

  125. I saw this on an old movie theater sign on Hollywood blvd and have never forgot it:

    Our background and circumstances may influence who we are, but we are responsible for who we become ~

    1. I heard a (not so) slightly different version:

      “Life is a waste of time,
      time is a waste of life,
      get wasted all the time
      and you’ll have the time of your life.”

  126. This i think is my favorite quote for all you sports fans out there.
    “The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one is watching” I thought of this one.

  127. HEY LISTEN! read all my quotes but these are for sports fans ONLY!
    “Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them.”
    “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong”
    “Love is playing every game as if it was your last.”
    “When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important then the name on the back.”
    “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.”
    “There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory.”
    “The love of the game is in my heart, which spreads to the blood in which I bleed. The passion of playing is in my skin, which is shed when I sweat. Playing isn’t something that you do, it’s a part of you” THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE READ THESE. IF YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE A COMMENT PLEASE MAKE IT POSITIVE. THANKS AGAIN!

    1. My daughter said it is better to be prepared and never have the opportunity than to have the opportunity and not be prepared… she pitched for the Colorado Silver Bullets…

  128. Beyond This Life:
    Beyond a smile, there is sorrow
    Beyond life’s trial, there’s tomorrow

    Beyond blue skies is dismal fall
    Beyond chilled cries is springs chaste call

    Beyond a song, are many tears
    we appear strong then fade with years

    life, just a wheel always turning
    our hearts are reel always burning

    Beyond our strife is lashing peace
    Beyond this life, life does not cease
    – Joel Gallis

  129. Think of dark problems as a gleaming challenge. Remember a diamond is just a lump of coal that made the best of a little pressure.

    Don’t know who said it but love this one.

    1. good qoute paul its one of my favourites. “A man should never be judged on his fear, but on his courage to overcome that fear”.

      “fear is good, fear is what keeps you sharp,alert and is also what drives you forward, but to overcome fear you must have courage”

  130. “Tolerance is the first step in the demise of a nation.” – Aristotle

    “Peace is when all the combatants of the world stop to reload their weapons.” – Unknown

    “Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, give up” – Winston Churchill

    “There are three things that people need to do to everyday to enjoy life. Laugh, think, and cry.” – Jim Valvano

    These are just a few of my favorite quotes that I have found over the past few years, especially the Winston Churchill and Jim Valvano quotes

  131. If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, everything else can be dealt with.
    -Michael Jackson

  132. I don’t know why you didn’t include this quote because I personally think it’s the most influential:
    “it is better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you are not.”
    -Kurt Cobain

  133. And my very own quotes:
    1. “it’s better to die a success than live as a faliure”
    2. “science is knowing, religion is thinking”
    3. “your life is a road, don’t go the wrong way”
    4. “death is merely being reborn”
    5. “death is like space, it’s vast and unknown. And we must open our arms and embrace the unknown in order to understand it”
    6. The future is more important than the past, but we must delve into the past in order to carve the future.

  134. “Music is painted on a canvas of silence. We provide the music, the audience provides the silence.”
    -Leopold (Can’t remember last name)

    “Fighting for peace, is like screwing for virginity.”

    “True power is when you have every obligation to take someones life, but you choose to let them live.”

    “Paratroopers don’t die, they go to hell to regroup.”

    1. Zeehan: I love this. When you keep going you eventually realize that you are better off now then you were before all the hell you went through. We learn by our mistakes. The creator set it up this way, i don’t believe that anyone needs to be “saved” from hell by their sins, but it is hell to go through some of our mistakes. We are often burned with the consequences, but they are temporary and most of the time, we may put them aside and begin again or build the same thing we are working on by erasing the parts where we made our mistakes.

  135. “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade, and for God’s sake, don’t squirt them in people’s eyes. Instead, think, think long and hard because if you can get a philosophical concept like life to give you real, physical lemons, then you’re one step away from uncovering the secrets of the universe!”
    I’m not sure where that’s from, I found it while surfing year ago, it might not be perfect word-for-word, but I can’t find it again due to the spam of portal 2 comments when I try looking for it on google

  136. “Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

    – Jacob M. Braude

    **see this is on the dot**

  137. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

    – James Baldwin

    ** that’s because their systems are open and not frozen ** and I’ll write a thesis on this!! : )

  138. “Sometimes you choose your friends; sometimes they choose you.”

    ~find out who said that – if you care to.
    More important, however, is to accept it!

  139. These quotes are really exellent and each i love each one them.These quotes ll be really useul to success in life. its awesome

    1. Indeed, it’s like a new portal of knowledge opens up…
      Our perceptions are shared and together we interpret life, emotions, thoughts, lessons, etc.
      It’s great to know about quotes. (Wisdom passed down from generation to generation.)
      And so, we continue…

  140. “If you don’t have a college degree they say you’re not intelligent and if your class ain’t upper class then you’re opinion is irrelevant”


  141. “I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

  142. “The world is three days, yesturfay has vanished, tommorrow is not guaranteed, so you only have one day, today, make the most of it” – abu bakr

    u guys should post quotes by prophits and their compainions

  143. “our hunger for food will eventually overcome our thirst for love”

    I came up with this a couple years ago. It sounds dark until you think about it enough…

  144. “No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather” – Michael Pritchard

    “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia” – Charles M. Schulz

  145. Some of them really touched my soul. The most is “Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

  146. “It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

    – Mahatma Gandhi

    I wish he was right, I think nowadays it is impossible!

    1. It might be tougher these days, but I’m sure it’s not impossible. It just depends on personal ethics and having the willpower to run a respectable business. We can’t let the dishonest among us lead us down paths we aren’t personally comfortable with after all. Just stay true to yourself and you can certainly do it. 🙂

  147. It is not a matter of running a respectable business or not.. Many businesses are respectable and socially responsible to their society! But then it makes you think whether they are being socially responsible for the mere fact of showing their “good side” of doing business and hence gaining more customers or because they want to help other. The latter is definitely an honest business but would you consider the former?

    1. Of course I would. Someone having a different motive for doing something doesn’t make them dishonest. It would only be dishonest if they blatantly lied about what they’re doing or why. Now you’re talking about socially responsible business decisions which is a different topic altogether. You can be a completely honest business or business owner without making decisions that others would consider socially responsible. That’s very subjective, and frankly no matter how socially responsible a company is, they could always be moreso. So I don’t think this is a case of honesty vs dishonesty so much as whether or not a company is doing enough to satisfy the desires of their own target customers.

  148. Awesome quotes I have a couple

    “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”
    -Lord Action

    “If death is so easy, why do we try so hard to outlive it?”
    – I made this up

  149. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” – Babatunde Olatunji

    1. I’ve heard something similar — if you have nothing worth dying for, you have nothing worth living for — but I’m also not sure of the exact wording or who the quote is from. Good addition though!

      EDIT: It looks like that quote might have been from Martin Luther.

  150. my favorite. “it may happen that i never see you again, it may happen that i fall in love again, but never will it happen that i fall again, the way i fall for you…”

  151. I use quotes in my artwork (… Here are some of my favorites…

    People who have great lives think and talk about what they love more than what they don’t love.

    The best way to happiness is to live in gratitude.

    Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else… you are the one getting burned.

    Friends are Gods’s way of taking care of us

    You will always have time for the things you put first.

    We need not think alike to love alike.

  152. Being a big sports fan, I think this quote is greatly forgotten in your list: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans win.” – Garry Lineker.

    I didn’t read every quote, but the one that stood from the rest for me is: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

  153. Oh, and I forgot to say thanks for the quotes!

    In case you forgot this brilliant quote:
    “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett.

    Bye 😉

  154. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what u really r & your reputation is what others think u r.

      1. hey it goes like this –
        if you speak something bad it will hurt powerfully – rather than writing on a piece of paper

  155. Therapy for an alcoholic, chocoholic, any holic:
    Look the person straight in the eye and say: (assume this alcoholic is a man)
    “Why do you want to murder my best friend, the husband of your wife, the best elder of your church, the father of your children and one of the most precious children of God? ”

    The man I told that to, quit drinking that day, eventually bought the filling station he was working at as a second job, and instructed anyone who might hear that I am coming to town, that I better stay at his house.” I was his preacher and in my first church and in my first year as a pastor.