100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (4th Edition)

1) “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” — Henry David Thoreau

2) “There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.” — William F. Halsey

3) “Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.” — Arthur Freed

4) “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” — James A. Baldwin

5) “All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.” — John Ruskin

6) “Do nothing that is of no use.” — Miyamoto Musashi

7) “The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.” — Plutarch

8) “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9) “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” — Peter Marshall

10) “You can teach a bear to tango on a barrel but his enthusiasm and performance are limited and brief.” — Lionel Tiger

11) “Do not think of your faults, still less of other’s faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.” — John Ruskin

12) “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

13) “Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.” — Andrew Jackson

14) “Do not lose hold of your dreams or asprirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau

15) “A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.” — Bryant H. McGill

16) “Playing safe is probably the most unsafe thing in the world. You cannot stand still. You must go forward.” — Robert Collier

17) “Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” — W. Clement Stone

18) “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

19) “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” — Confucius

20) “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin

21) “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” — Henry David Thoreau

22) “By the mere fact that we do not go forward, we go backward.” — Fulton Sheen

23) “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

24) “The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

25) “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.” — Saint Augustine

26) “Better to fight for something than live for nothing.” — George S. Patton

27) “It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.” — George Eliot

28) “Breaking with old friends is one of the most painful of the changes in all that piling up of a multitude of small distasteful changes that constitutes growing older.” — John Dos Passos

29) “For it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep; the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe — should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.” — William Stafford

30) “Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

31) “No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.” — Max Beerbohm

32) “Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

33) “God says, ‘Choose what you will and pay for it” — Spanish Proverb

34) “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” — W. C. Fields

35) “Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;
Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.” — George Peele

36) “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” — Victor Hugo

37) “If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.” — Epictetus

38) “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” — Voltaire

39) “Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.” — Francesco Guicciardini

40) “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles

41) “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” — Lance Armstrong

42) “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” — Abraham Maslow

43) “It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.” — Virgil

44) “Everyone is willing to do a favor for someone who doesn’t need one.” — 50 Cent

45) “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” — St. Jerome

46) “Your time is up, my time is now, you cant see me, my time is now, its the franchise, boy I’m shinin’ now, you cant see me, my time is now.” — John Cena

47) “Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill.” — Leo Durocher

48) “There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” — Erma Bombeck

49) “The life we end up with is simply an accumulation of the choices we make.” — Darren Hardy

50) “If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” — W. Somerset Maugham

51) “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

52) “When you decide to attack, keep calm and dash in quickly, forestalling the enemy…attack with a feeling of constantly crushing the enemy, from first to last.” — Miyamoto Musashi.

53) “The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” — Oprah Winfrey

54) “It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.” — Heraclitus

55) “This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” — Bette Davis

56) “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo

57) “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” — Vince Lombardi

58) “It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.” — Aeschylus

59) “I have only one counsel for you – be master.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

60) “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18

61) “Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” — George Santayana

62) “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” — Tony Robbins

63) “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James M. Barrie

64) “Power is dangerous unless you have humility.” — Richard J. Daley

65) “No man has come to true greatness who has not felt that his life belongs to his race, and that which God gives to him, He gives him for mankind.” — Phillips Brook

66) “It is much easier to show compassions to animals. They are never wicked.” — Haile Selassie

67) “Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious, it is often even more human.” — Edward Bond

68) “Evil is not likely to result where people firmly believe that ends do not justify the means.” — Roy Baumeister

69) “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu

70) “To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.” — Lao Tzu

71) “A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.” — Lord Chesterfield

72) “What begins in arrogance often ends in shame.” – Walter Russell Mead

73) “Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.” — Sam Rayburn

74) “It’s not better to give than to receive. It’s insane to try to give and not receive.” — Bob Burg / John David Mann

75) “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” — Steve Jobs

76) “Never, “for the sake of peace and quiet,” deny your own experience or convictions.” — Dag Hammarskjold

77) “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” — Mohandas Gandhi

78) “The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.” — Lord Chesterfield

79) “Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line.” — Ric Flair

80) “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” — Buddha

81) “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

82) “Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.” — Jim McMahon

83) “We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.” — Robert E. Lee

84) “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

85) “Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?” — Jean-Baptiste Say

86) “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm– but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T. S. Eliot

87) “God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” — J.G. Holland

88) “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” — James Anthony Froude

89) “It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.” — Chow Ching

90) “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” — Vince Lombardi

91) “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.” — Dale Carnegie

92) “Don’t fight the problem, decide it.” — George C. Marshall

93) “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.” — Samuel Ullman

94) “If one devalues rationality, the world tends to fall apart.” — Lars von Trier

95) “It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.” – Charles de Montesquieu

96) “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” — Muhammad Ali

97) “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

98) “An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.” — Eric Hoffer

99) “I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” — Henry Ford

100) “The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Also see,

100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (3rd Edition)
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living
100 Great Quotes About Life And Living (2nd Edition)

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