Best Quotes of All Time

Best Quotes of All Time

by Terra on March 27, 2011 · 23 comments

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Ambition

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Rogers

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

-Zig Ziglar

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.
-Bryant H. McGill

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
-Mark Twain

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.
Les Brown

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

Beauty

A soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
-Johann von Goethe

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

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament.   Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty.
-Tolstoy

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
-Kahlil Gibran

Change

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

-Gandhi

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

-Basho

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

-Marcel Proust

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
- Maya Angelou

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
- Benjamin Franklin

Children

Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they’re already asleep.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
-Charles R. Swindoll

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
-Abigail Van Buren

Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
-Abraham Lincoln

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Courage

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

-Ambrose Redmoon

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
-Winston Churchill

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
-Mark Twain

Courage is a kind of salvation.
-Plato

Family

There’s no vocabulary For love within a family, love that’s lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent.
-T.S. EliotThe family is one of nature’s masterpieces.-George Santayana

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

-John Wilmot

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

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
-John Bowring

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
-Alex Haley

Fear

Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.

-Virgil Garnett Thomson

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say it is brave.”

-Mark Twain

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
-Bill Cosby

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.

-W. Clement Stone

Friendship

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting in the best property of all–friends?
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
-Francis Bacon

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
-George Eliot

It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Happiness

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- E E. Cummings

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
- James Barrie

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.  It is not that we seize them, but they seize us.
- Ashley Montagu

Enjoy your life without comparing it to others.
- Condobcet

Home

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.
-George Moore

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
-Maya Angelou

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
-Benjamin Franklin

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
-Chinese Proverb

Humor

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

-Oscar Levant

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

-Oscar Wilde

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

-Norm Crosby

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

-Kurt Vonnegut

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.

-Clarence Darrow

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

-Cyril Connolly

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

-Edith Sitwell

Life

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

-Lao-Tze

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

-John Ruskin

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

-Albert Einstein

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
-Jacques Deval

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
-Voltaire

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
-Harold Whitman

Love

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Sam Keen, from To Love and Be Loved

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course. ~
-Kahlil Gibran

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
-Helen Keller

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
-Ivan Panin

Love has the power of making you believe what you would normally treat with the deepest suspicion.
-Mirabeau

Peace

A smile is the beginning of peace.
- Mother Teresa

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends.  You talk to your enemies.
-Moshe Dayan

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Success

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

-Wayne Gretzky

It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
-Peter Marshall

The most important single ingredient in the formula for success is knowing how to get along with people.
-Theodore Roosevelt

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

-Aristotle

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
-Oscar Wilde

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
-Albert Einstein

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
-Thomas Jefferson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
- Adlai Stevenson

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
-Edgar J. Mohn

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.
-Emily Dickinson

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Wisdom

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

—A. A. Milne

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

—Baltasar Gracian

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

—Aristotle

“The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.”
-Mark Twain

Other

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.

—Abraham Maslow

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

—Erica Jong

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
-Albert Einstein

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
-Abraham Lincoln

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

james October 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

beauty is in the eye of the beholder, faith in the soul of the believer, hatred in the minds of the weak and love in the hearts of those willing to fight for it.

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Craig November 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

The world is like a giant play directed by god, everyone has a part to play. Even you!

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Skyrone October 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

There are many Hell’s to pass on your way to Heaven, here’s just hoping you can recognize which is which.
As I quote the Hon. Robert Nestor Marley: Think you’re in Heaven but you are living in Hell!

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Jamie September 2, 2011 at 4:35 am

“Courage is not the absents of fear, but rather the presents of fear and the will to continue onward.”

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Tommy July 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
Best quote ever.

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Mariam July 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I second that!

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melanie harper March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

tommy and mariam should get married
oooooh

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melanie harper March 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

thats sh*t

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Adrian Connelly July 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

I live by the motto, “If I am skating on thin ice, I may as well tap dance”

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Jarrad Kirk July 12, 2011 at 12:44 am

My friend told me to put this online “while I’ve never experienced cannabis I do know that It increases your thinking capacity somehow, allowing complex things to become more clear and yet simple things become complex. while having that on your mind think about this, why is alcohol and smoking more accepted than weed. What harm does it bring? Do people die from it…often, No. (people die in many weird ways unless its a large amount it doesnt count.) But smoking kills even affects other people even ones yet to come into the world. alcohol in large consumption can deplete the mind. see a pattern here? Weed increases while the other rids. one is legal the other isnt. keep the population stupid and things are easy to control without being questioned. And its not just this it is in all things. Media, Religion, Traditions, Culture, Society as a whole is an illusion. The world is no more different than it was back then. Tribes, kings, queens, so called “Holy” wars, barbaric behavior. propaganda. Nothing has changed. only the technology. We hide our behind our flags thinking we are better simply because a flag and an imaginary border. We are all human we are all the same. We came from nonliving material of the world, and so we shall return to it. In my mind we never die actually, we once again become part of the world. and that is another problem. We see ourselves apart from the world.”-Jarrad Glynn Kirk

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Matthew J Wallis December 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

very perceptive, but to think that there was never an ‘ism’ because of mans need to ideologically possess a label, whatever it is; christian, moslem, democratic, social lib, all these wonderful terms only to box label us into a some mould of sorts. Diversity and the crossing of ideas is all up to individuals and hence individualism, another ‘ism’. So you just can’t win…..with powermongers, wealthy sycophants and us folk in the middle who have to listen to propoganda from all these other ‘isms’, makes one want to just be free regardless of all the boxed up holier/better politicians and religionists. So long as we keeping seeing life in a judgmental and self-righteous manner, then we deserve the unnecessary, uncompromising needs of the powers that be, and there is no end of our suffering or doubt. If we just become more conscious, then weed or constructive analysis of a situation can be taken more seriously and not guarded jealously ‘cos of power and money mongering(charity, starts at home). Also I’m noticing a more mature outlook to the weed/hemp and hence hopefully it will be decriminalized, ‘cos the government and specially health services could help with health costs and probably makes billions out of it, but money is only useful when you can make money and more money and that’s a decision which no-one takes cos it is decision-based, and we all know that the west likes to think of ganja users as fiends/devils, so I don’t know it is all organized and controlled by decision-makers who have based their prejudice over hemp in favour of other fibres, products, etc…..

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Sotera June 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Sit still and LISTEN to God.

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Sotera June 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

The best sermon is lived, not preached.

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Sotera June 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

“People need to let go of the illusion of control for if we do, there will be less fear and less pain. Fear is our way of controlling our situations and pain usually results from the attempt.

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Lara-Lie May 2, 2011 at 2:17 am

Unfortunately my dear, you cannot sleep with a whole audience without being accused of immorality on rather a grand scale.
Daniel Massey as Noel Coward, ‘Star!’

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RICK April 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

your the master of your words…until they leave your mouth ….

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nichole April 7, 2011 at 1:51 am

‘you want to follow your dreams don’t you? but you won’t… so stop looking for inspirational quotes.’ — bertrand russell

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nichole April 7, 2011 at 1:49 am
Brittany April 6, 2011 at 2:35 am

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
– Gerry Spence

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Paige April 5, 2011 at 1:58 am

Give as much as you think you can give, and then, give a little more.

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Me March 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Every one of these is great! Best quote page that I have found!

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michael wallen March 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

life is what happens while your making plans- John Lennon

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Pamela Jones March 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

The most disabling birth injury is to be born unwanted.

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