Quotes To Live By


“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” —Les Brown

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ―George Orwell

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” —Stephen Hawking

“What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am.” —Eckhart Tolle

“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life & never seen.” —John Steinbeck

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” —Victor Hugo

“A house without books is like a room without windows.” —Horace Mann

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” —Socrates


“True love is no game of the faint-hearted and the weak. It is born of strength and understanding.” —Meher Baba

“There are quite enough unpleasant things in life without the need to manufacture more.” —Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” —Anthony Burgess

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” —Marie Curie

“It is better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” —George Washington

“It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.” —Mary Ellen Chase


“Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.” —Heinrich Heine

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn”

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.” —W.E.B. Du Bois


“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” —Carl Gustav Jung

“There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen” —Seán Ó Faoláin

“If you aren’t big enough to stand criticism, you’re too small to be praised.” —Earl Deason


“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” —W. H. Auden

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” —Erma Bombeck

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” —Anaïs Nin


“Courage is grace under pressure.” —Ernest Hemingway

“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” —Sidney Poitier


“Surrounding ourselves with people we can trust emotionally is so important.”

“Springtime is a season we tend to forget as we grow older, and yet far back in our memories, like the landscape of a country visited long ago, it’s always there.” —Kay Boyle

“I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.” —Amy Tan


“No one is more powerful than Self. Why give your power to others when it’s for you to keep & thrive?” —Roxana M Jones

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me & eaten alive.” —Audre Lorde

“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” —Toni Morrison

“It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” —Abraham Lincoln


“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” —Mark Twain

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” —Anaïs Nin

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” —Chaim Potok


“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” —Eckhart Tolle

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” —Sam Levenson


“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” —Susan B. Anthony

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” —Galileo


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” —Frederick Douglass


“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” —C.S. Lewis

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller


“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” —Pablo Picasso

“A person’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” —Charles Darwin


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

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” —Maria Montessori


“That spark has to be kept alive.” —Stella Adler

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it. ” —Boris Pasternak


“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.” ― Aristotle

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” —Alice Walker


“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.” —Henry Ward Beecher


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” —Charles Dickens

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” —Carlos Castaneda


“Love the life you live, live the life you love.” —Bob Marley

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” —Johann von Goethe

“Being a mother is discovering strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.” —Sherene Simon

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” —Jim Rohn


“I believe that the imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world. I believe the imagination is another phrase for what is most uniquely us.” —John Guare

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” —Katharine Hepburn

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” —Helen Keller


“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never have tried to succeed.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” —Warren Buffett

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” —Rosa Parks


“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It was there all the time.” —Anna Freud

“In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.” —Gertrude Stein

“The greatest revenge is massive success.” —Les Brown

“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” —Levi Strauss

“It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them.” —J. Petit Senn


“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.” —James Joyce

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” ―Ovid

“…And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should…it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” —Max Ehrmann
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” ―Woodrow Wilson


“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” —Margaret Mead

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” —Thomas Merton