The 96 Most Famous Quotes Of All Time

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Quotes have a unique way of striking a chord with us. They can inspire, challenge, and comfort you, echoing through time from the minds of some of history’s most influential figures. This article brings together 96 of the most famous quotes of all time, offering a glimpse into the wisdom that has shaped thoughts and actions across generations

  1. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” – William Shakespeare
  2. “I think, therefore I am.” – René Descartes
  3. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong
  5. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  6. “All men are created equal.” – Thomas Jefferson
  7. “Give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
  8. “I have a dream.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K. Rowling
  13. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
  14. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
  15. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  16. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
  17. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  18. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
  19. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling
  20. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
  21. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha
  22. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
  23. “An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
  24. “All that glitters is not gold.” – William Shakespeare
  25. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
  26. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  27. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
  29. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy
  30. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  31. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  32. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  33. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
  34. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  35. “What does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  36. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  37. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  38. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
  39. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  40. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  41. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” – Plato
  42. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
  43. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
  44. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  45. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown
  46. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
  47. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
  48. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  50. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
  51. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  52. “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  53. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  54. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  55. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
  56. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  57. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  58. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” – Julius Caesar
  59. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  60. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Plutarch
  61. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  62. “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X
  63. “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley
  64. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
  65. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  66. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  67. “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius
  68. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” – George Orwell
  69. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  70. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
  71. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
  72. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
  73. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
  74. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  75. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
  76. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  77. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James
  78. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
  79. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges
  80. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
  81. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  82. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  83. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
  84. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
  85. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  86. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde
  87. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  88. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
  89. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide
  90. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  91. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  92. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  93. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  94. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  95. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  96. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

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