Famous Quotations by Famous Men

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Famous quotations are popular because they usually contain many great sayings left behind by famous people. Here's a collection of famous quotes collected from great teachers and famous men from different time periods.

Usually, quotes by famous people can be influential because of the amount of attention given to them. But it's also because many of these quotes merit the attention they're receiving, and therefore they continue to be used and quoted by various sources throughout the years.

I hope that you'll be inspired by this collection that highlights quotes from famous men.




A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
-- Oscar Wilde

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
-- Lao-tzu

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.
-- Jimmy Durante

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
-- Theodore Roosevelt

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
-- H. Jackson Brown

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-- Will Rogers

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
-- Alfred North Whitehead

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
-- Sir Winston Churchill

I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
-- Thomas Edison

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
-- Kahlil Gibran

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Imagination is more important than knowledge...
-- Albert Einstein

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
-- George Bernard Shaw

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
-- W. Somerset Maugham

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
-- Walt Disney

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

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
-- Sophocles

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
-- Confucius

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
-- Aristotle

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
-- Oscar Wilde

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
-- Albert Einstein

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
-- Albert Einstein

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

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russell

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
-- Seneca

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