Quotes of All Kinds

Quotes touch our lives every day. From the silly to the thoughtful, we use quotes to convey emotion, give insight, and help to make difficult ideas, moments and experiences, easier to understand and relate to. The following is a collection of quotes for everyday life and can be used in a variety of different situations.

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Quotes of All Kinds

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught. – J. C. Watts

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? -Abraham Lincoln

My captor walked up to me and with his sandal drew a cross in the dirt. Both prisoner and guard stood wordlessly there for a minute or two, venerating the cross, until the guard rubbed it out and walked away. This is my faith. The faith that unites and never divides, the faith that bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity. That is my religious faith, and it is the faith I want my party to serve and the faith I hold in my country. – Senator John McCain

Two men please God–who serves Him with all his heart because he knows Him; who seeks Him with all his heart because he knows Him not. – Nikita Ivanovich Panin

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. – Reinhold Niebuhr

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. – Thomas a Kempis

When the passions become masters, they are vices. – Blaise Pascal

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Satchel Paige

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right. – William Safire

In the struggle against evil, there is no shame in defeat — only in not fighting. – Steven Hart

There is no dichotomy between man and God’s image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being, abuses God’s image. – Oscar Romero

Anything that is given can be at once taken away. We have to learn never to expect anything, and when it comes it’s no more than a gift on loan. – John McGahern

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. – Saint Augustine

Quotes of All Kinds

He who angers you conquers you. – Elizabeth Kenny

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. – Benjamin Franklin

It is the property of fools, to be always judging. – Thomas Fuller

We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is. – Saint Augustine

To choose rationally, one must choose morally. – David Gauthier

Patience is the companion of wisdom. – Saint Augustine

Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy. – Thomas Aquinas

Do what you can – with what you have – where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

There is something that is much more scare, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. – Robert Half

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. – Mahatma Gandhi

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. – Alden Nowlan

At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence? – Jules Feiffer

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

CALAMITY, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others. – Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

Risk — If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn’t know how wide it is, he’ll jump and six times out of ten he’ll make it. – Proverb

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself. – George Bernard Shaw.

I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood—sex and the dead. – William Butler Yeats

Everything is drive-through. In California, they even have a burial service called Jump-In-The-Box. – Wil Shriner

Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. – Alexander Hamilton

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle. – Albert Einstein

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson. – Vernon Law

Fortune is a prize to be won. Adventure is the road to it. Chance is what may lurk in the shadows at the roadside. – O. Henry

No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. – Alan Watts

We believe that the possibility of the future far exceeds the accomplishment of the past. We review the past with the common sense, but we anticipate the future with transcendental senses. In our sanest moments we find ourselves naturally expecting or prepared for far greater changes than any which we have experienced within the period of distinct memory, only to be paralleled by experiences which are forgotten. – Henry David Thoreau

The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him and which worthily used will be a gift also to his race. – John Ruskin

Quotes of All Kinds

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement. – George Bancroft

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. – Marcel Proust

He not busy being born is busy dying. – Bob Dylan

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Guatama Buddha

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. – Martha Washington

Hate and mistrust are the children of blindness. – Sir William Watson

Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. – Richard Nixon

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but we must sail and not drift, nor lie at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. – Salvador Dali

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. – Oscar Wilde

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left. – Jerry M. Wright

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. – John Locke

Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today, and is coming back tomorrow. – Theodore Epp

Doing good to others is not a duty—it is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness. – Avesta

Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss. – Black Elk

People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening; when in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening. – David Brinkley

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. – George Burns

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can’t wait to finish your breakfast. You can’t wait to do your exercises. You can’t wait to put on your clothes. You can’t wait to get out. And you can’t wait to come home, because the soup is hot. – George Burns

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which has the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia

Men willingly believe what they wish to be true. – Julius Caesar

It requires a long time to know anyone. – Miguel De Cervantes

You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch is in his throne. – Miguel De Cervantes

The most wasted of all days is one where you did not once laugh. – Nicolas Chamfort

Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he’s too busy to enjoy. – Frank A. Clark

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. – Calvin Coolidge

Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing. – Confucius

I used to listen to what others said, and expect them to act accordingly. But nowadays, I listen to what they say, and then observe what they do. – Confucius

Tzu Hsia said to Confucius, What do you think of Yen Hui?”
Confucius said, Yen Hui has compassion—more than I do.”
And Tzu Kung?”
Tzu Kung is a better speaker than I am.”
And Tzu Lu?”
Tzu Lu is incredibly brave—much more than I am.”
And Tzu Chang?”
Tzu Chang he can keep dignity better than I can.”
Tzu Hsia then remarked, So how come all four of them study under you?”
Confucius said, Sit down and let me tell you. Yen Hui is compassionate, but is also inflexible about it. Tzu Kung is a great speaker, but he does not know when to stop talking. Tzu Lu is very brave, but he lacks prudence. Tzu Chang is very dignified, but unpleasant in social interaction. – Confucius

Even if I could, I would not exchange their virtues for my own. And that is why they are intent on learning from me. – Confucius

You often get a better hold upon a problem by going away from it for a time and dismissing it from your mind altogether. – Frank H. Crane

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. – Thomas Alva Edison

Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein

We should not blindly regard all we has heard as true, reject what others say merely because they disagree, or be stubborn and refuse to admit mistakes. – Kaibara Ekken

Quotes of All Kinds

Humankind cannot stand very much reality. – T. S. Eliot

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and wood, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man is free who is not master of himself. – Epictetus

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for. – Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

The same man cannot be well skilled in everything. Each has his own special excellence. – Euripides

Don’t count on others to hand your life to you. – Sonya Friedman

No matter what you do in life, someone important to you isn’t going to like it. – Sonya Friedman

Some people are not capable of giving you what you’re trying to get from them. – Sonya Friedman

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don’t want to buy things they don’t need to impress people they dislike. – Emile Henry Gauvreau

If you want to get pleasure out of life, you must attach value to the world. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wants. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in with all my heart. – Vincent Van Gogh

…Keep your eye fixed not so much on what they [people] ought in reason to do, as on what they are likely to do based on their disposition and habits. – Francesco Guicciardini

Even though many people prove to be ungrateful, do not let that stop you from benefiting others—for not only is beneficence in itself a noble and almost divine quality, it may also happen that while you practice it, you will encounter someone so grateful that he will make up for all the others’ ingratitude. – Francesco Guicciardini

He who trusts others can be manipulated by others. – Han Fei Tzu

By looking at a person’s features, clothing, and speech, even Confucius would not be able to say what sort of a person he is. But by testing him in a position and seeing what he he does, even someone with so-so judgment would be able to know if he is wise or not. – Han Fei Tzu

We will either find a way, or make one. – Hannibal

Many things which nature makes difficult become easy to the man who uses his brains. – Hannibal

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. – Lorraine Hansberry

It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false. – Napoleon Hill

… And in a place where there are no men, strive to be a man. – Hillel

The starting point of wisdom must be to consider the desires necessary, but to guide them. …. – Hsun Tzu

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them. – Kin Hubbard

Rob the average man of his life-illusion and you rob him also of his happiness. – Henrik Ibsen

The greatest and supreme science among sciences is the study that frees man from all kinds of miseries. – Isibhasiya

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. – William James

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. – William James

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can. – William James

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the as if” technique. – William James

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Jesus

So let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven. – Jesus

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Jesus

We have less reason to be surprised or offended when we find others differ from us in opinion, because we very often differ from ourselves. – Samuel Johnson

Science Quotes

Every man has something to do which he neglects; every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat. – Samuel Johnson

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men. – Samuel Johnson

I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. – Chief Joseph

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and [just] because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. – Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

People who have a stake in their society protect that society—but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested. – Tom Kite

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all. – La Fontaine

We rarely ever perceive others as sensible, except for those who agree with us. – Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

A man often believes himself leader when he is led; as his mind endeavors to reach one goal, his heart insensibly drags him towards another. – Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control. – Tom Landry

Take [preventive] action before things happen. Establish order before disorder has begun. – Lao Tzu

The tree that fills the arms grows from a small sprout. The tower of nine levels starts with a heap of dirt. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

The average person is full of artificial desires, desires that have been suggested by what other people possess or require. – Christian D. Larson

He who has not forgiven an enemy has not yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life. – Johann Kaspar Lavater

The trouble with us is that we expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. – Orison Swett Marden

Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world. – Orison Swett Marden

If we get the good that belongs to us here and now, we must extract the sweetness of each passing minute while it is ours. That is the real art of living in the today. – Orison Swett Marden

Play is as necessary to the perfect development of a child as sunshine is to the perfect development of a plant. – Orison Swett Marden

You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do. – Olin Miller

In every real man, there is a child that wants to play. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. – Blaise Pascal

It is the heart that experiences God, and not the reason. – Blaise Pascal

We are all something, but none of us are everything. – Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much; yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal

At every moment, man stands at the crossroads of good and evil. – Perfect Liberty Kyodan Precepts

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee…and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun. – John D. Rockefeller

The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look at a loaf of bread. – Rumi

Your mission isn’t to look for love, but simply to search and locate the barriers within you that have formed against it. – Rumi

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. – John Ruskin

Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are. – John Ruskin

Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream. – Emmitt Smith

Mohandas Gandhi Quotes

If you’re gonna be a failure, at least be one at something you enjoy. – Sylvester Stallone

We are interested in others when they are interested in us. – Publilius Syrus

The most universal quality is diversity. – Michel de Montaigne

‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

It is possible for someone to be changed so much by love that he will hardly be recognized as being the same person. – Terence

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted. – Mother Teresa

To the sick the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery. – Henry David Thoreau

Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality. – Paul Tournier

One should acquire valuable knowledge, and avoid what is worthless. – Uttaradhyayana Sutra

Victory over one’s self is greater than conquering thousands and thousands of enemies on the battlefield. A true conqueror is he who conquers his own self. – Uttaradhyayana Sutra

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do. – Voltaire

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race. – Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. – Voltaire

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. – William Arthur Ward

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

If you live in the past and allow the past to define who you are, then you never grow. – Oprah Winfrey

What I have learned in my life and work is that the more I am able to be myself, the more it enables other people to be themselves. – Oprah Winfrey

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts. – John Wooden

Whenever a man says he is great, he is thinking of the past, and this is not good. A man should continue to express himself. The true Self exists moment by moment, and the challenge of PL is ever leading us forward to a more artistic life. – Toshio Yasaka

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