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The Best Quotes of All Time

by J.M. on March 25, 2013 · 1,008 comments

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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

Age

 

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

 

Anger

 

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

 

Beauty

 

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

 

Business

 

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. Boetcker

 

“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

 

Change

 

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


Children

 

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

 

Courage

 

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

 

Death

 

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

 

Equality

 

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.

 

Family

 

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

 

Friendship

 

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

 

Happiness

 

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

 

Humor

 

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

 

Love

 

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

 

Money

 

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

 

Movies

 

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

 

Music

 

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

 

Peace

 

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

 

Politics

 

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

 

Science

 

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

 

Sports

 

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

 

Success

 

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

 

War

 

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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Gus V February 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Be good, get good, or give up…

Dr. House MD

This one got me thinking about what was i doing with my life for a long time, therefore being one of my favorite quotes of all times =)

P.S. I’m sorry for any mistakes, I learnt English by myself so I could have written some, xD

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dan tendo February 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

wisdom and courage

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olivia February 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Technology is the greatest sorrow to have ever being invented!

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marvin purser February 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Technology is an extension of the progressive revelation of God, given to man as much as he is willing and able to receive it. Without it, The Model A Ford would not have developed into the Apollo and other spaceships today. When this earth becomes too crowded, we are forced to move off the planet. Without the tech, we would be left here to crush to death. Now that is sorrow! The Malthusian theory of migration basically says that when resources become scarce, the people there on that land find ways to move to other lands. We have done that on this earth and now have no where else to move if we take the Copernican limited view that we are at the center of the universe and waiting for God to rescue us to the top of a three-storied universe. “Universe” comes from two words: “Uni” which means “One” and “Verse” which means “Logos” or “Word”. It has no beginning and no end. And it is a gift to mankind to develop forever. As Jesus said: “Seek and ye shall find….all these things will be yours as well.”

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John C March 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

My favorite quote as of now is…
“YO, ADRIAN!!” -Rocky Balboa

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Nsikak-Abasi Israel March 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

we own nothing on earth; what ever you can control, share!

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brohuijben March 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

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

“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change. It’s the realization that we can.”

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

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.”

“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

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

“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.”

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising”

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning”

“You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone”

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else”

“rules are for fools and fools are for rules!” -Sarah Blackwood

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brohuijben March 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

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

“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change. It’s the realization that we can.”

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

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.”

“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

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

“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.”

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising”

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning”

“You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone”

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else”

“rules are for fools and fools are for rules!” -Sarah Blackwood

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” – Albert Einstein

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

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

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” – Sun-Tzu

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

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

“If there’s only one answer, then this must not be a very interesting topic.” -Ron Jeffries.

“I pick my favorite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.” –Robert Burns.

You can do anything, not everything. -David Allen
When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean. —Lin-Chi

The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking. —Albert Einstein

I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer. —Aryeh Frimer

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away – shing xiong
“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” – Victor Hugo

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

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

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? -Forest Gump

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.’ -Jimi Hendrix

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

”The important thing is never to stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein

”God does not play dice” -Albert Einstein

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Jeremy Marchant January 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Einstein did not say “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts”, as a quick check on Wikiquote would have told you. The remark is rather silly so it is unfair to ascribe it to Einstein whom I doubt believed it

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Jeremy Marchant January 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Nor did Einstein say “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Another rather silly remark which flies in the face of Einstein’s beliefs and theories. One thing he did say was “Many things which go under my name are badly translated from the German or are invented by other people”.

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Humanities/2007_September_29

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Jeremy Marchant January 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

George Eliot didn’t write “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

There’s a long article explaining how this misattribution came about here: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/11/24/never-too-late/

I must say it would have been nice if brohuijben had had sufficient respect for his/her readers (and for the supposed authors of the quotations) that he/she had bothered to check the accuracy of these attributions. It takes about 30 seconds each.

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adeniyi adelaja April 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

I would rather say that If u can’t beat them,don’t join them, just avoid them

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marvin purser April 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

“Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”
― Robert Browning
‘Put it back and the stone rolls away from the door.”
– Marvin Purser

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Cee January 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

Magnificently said!

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Cristina April 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Dear Music
Thank you for being there when nobody else was.

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marvin purser April 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

When the English teacher was interviewed by the Principal for a job. he asked her: “Do you know how to teach English?”
She said: “I never made but one mistake in English in my life. And as I seed it, I done it!”

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Danny April 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I have made some cool infographics of some of the quotes that should definitely be posted on this page! Let me know if you would like them.

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marvin purser April 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

My Correction on my last quote: My apologies!

When the English teacher was interviewed by the Principal for a job. he asked her:

“Do you know how to teach English?”

She said:

“I never made but one mistake in English in my life. And as soon as I done it, I seed it!”

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pravin April 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

I loved it, cover all areas.
Thanks a lot.

God Blessed you!

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John May 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

My fave ^_^

“War, War never changes.” – Fallout series

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zartashia Anum May 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

Trust is like a eraser it get smaller and smaller after every mistake …………………………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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zartashia Anum May 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

In this world men are just born to live ………..
Not for prepare the Life ………………

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zartashia Anum May 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

when …………..
you say ……….
” I Love you”
you are making a promise with someone else’s heart …….
Soooooooooooooo,
Try to honor it …..!!!!!!!!!!

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zartashia Anum May 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

Love ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
is the most beautiful thing to have ,,,,
Hardest think to earn ,,,,,,,,
And ,,,,,,,,,,
most painful thing to lose…………………………….!!!!!!!!!!!

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Boima K. Kiazolu May 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

1.The best, forceful and fearless dictator of all time is death

I highly appreciate your gave to expand scholar horizon

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Kolaiyah May 22, 2013 at 1:08 am

Thanks! I will put some of these on Facebook! <3 lol

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Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what i do that defines me”

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LIve life sayings June 6, 2013 at 4:07 am

Amazing quotes i love it :)

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simphiwe June 13, 2013 at 5:46 am

battle between good and bad is not knowing how to define them

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quotes June 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

beautiful quotes..

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Swagg June 22, 2013 at 4:15 am

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but the men it honors, the men it remembers.” – John F Kennedy

Just ask yourself one question, how do you want to be remembered.

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OMB June 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

“Life’s not about playing by the rules as much as coming up with a better game.”

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Bob July 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Knowledge is knowing a Tomato is a fruit, Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

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james July 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

“why so serious” -the joker

this one may be from a movie for fun, but if you think about it, it actually makes sence…

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hello, I am new July 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Here is some quotes I know:
1. Genius is one percent, being persistance and with courage is ninetynine percent.
2. People who does the same thing over and over again becomes a professor, people who does the same thing over and over again out by heart becomes a winner.
3. There is always a hope out of the choise you made, and fear nomore and it doesn’t matter if you made the wrong choice, it matters how you make your way out of the choice which was wrong.
Enjoy! (:D)

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Electric Traveller July 31, 2013 at 2:47 am

Wisdom is knowing that the quotes you just read are only the beginning of knowledge. There’s a more excellent way…

And. If the early bird gets the worm, then what about the early worm!?

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huzaifa noorain July 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

best proverbs and quotations i have ever read very very very beautiful and sweet

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TDK August 5, 2013 at 5:08 am

“The world does not revolve around you, but a handful of other ones do.”
-TDK

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mudre izreke August 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

Here is some quotes I know:
1. Genius is one percent, being persistance and with courage is ninetynine percent.
2. People who does the same thing over and over again becomes a professor, people who does the same thing over and over again out by heart becomes a winner.
3. There is always a hope out of the choise you made, and fear nomore and it doesn’t matter if you made the wrong choice, it matters how you make your way out of the choice which was wrong.
Enjoy! (:D)

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dana August 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

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Jedu Ranta September 10, 2013 at 3:16 am

” I’ve made lots of mistake’s ,but these mistakes made me ”

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phitter67 October 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

If there is no wind, row

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Jeremy Marchant November 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

“One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
Howard W Hunter (1907-1995), American lawyer and Latter-day Saint

“Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.”
Germaine Greer (1939- ), Australian writer and academic

“Heidegger surf-boards along on the electronic wave as triumphantly as Descartes rode the mechanical wave.”
Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian philosopher of communication theory, The Gutenberg galaxy (1962)

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1896-1957), The leopard, translated Archibald Colquhoun

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
Archilochus (c680-c645 BC), Greek poet and mercenary

“I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow.”
Iain Banks (1954-2013), Scottish author [on proposing to his partner having learnt that he had terminal cancer]

“When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.”
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French philosopher and inventor of the essay form

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested. I got on the bus to go home.”
Rosa Parks (1913-2005), African American civil rights activist and seamstress

“Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant.”
Jesus (7-2 BC to 30-36 AD), Jewish carpenter, teacher and spiritual leader, Mark 10:43

A lot more on my website, http://www.emotionalintelligenceatwork.com

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Carlos Fernandez February 12, 2014 at 1:25 am

Under peace, there should definitely be the one by Mexican president Benito Juarez

“Entre los individuos como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.”

“Among individuals, as among nations, peace is the respect of others’ rights.

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ziad abdelnour February 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

nice collection,
“As you grow older, you realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.

People nowadays don’t know the true meaning of friendship and loyalty.

People always suddenly miss you more once they see how much happier you are without them.

Learn the real from the fake….and don’t worry about the mistakes you make.

There are no mistakes in life, just lessons.

The only people worthy to be in your life are the ones that help you through the hard times and laugh with you after the hard times pass.”

Thank you

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daily inspirational quotes March 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

The most terrible fear that anybody should have is not war, is not a disease, not cancer or heart problems or food poisoning – it’s a man or a woman without a sense of humor.
Jonathan Winters

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
George Gobel

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.
George Gobel

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Well, my whole thing with gossip is I couldn’t care less if it’s true.
Kathy Griffin

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I went to Ethiopia, and it dawned on me that you can tell a starving, malnourished person because they’ve got a bloated belly and a bald head. And I realized that if you come through any American airport and see businessmen running through with bloated bellies and bald heads, that’s malnutrition, too.
Dick Gregory

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marvin purser March 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier… I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
Steven Wright

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Geoff Martin March 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm

One i like is:

“You Are The Key To Your Success”

- Henry Reith

It’s mainloy business focused but i think it is so true in all area’s of life.

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marvin purser March 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Fifty Years and Still Fighting
One morning, my wife and I, with loving arms around each other, were walking toward the front of a large discount store. On the way, I remarked,
“See, Connie, when we’ve been married for over fifty years, a heated argument in the morning doesn’t stop us from hugging each other by noon.”
“Yes, Dear”, she replied. “Sometimes Alzheimer’s can be a wonderful thing!”

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