The 100 Most Famous Quotes of All Time

The 100 Most Famous Quotes of All Time

Neelapriyadharshini Perumal | 5 Min Read

Life is a beautiful journey where thoughts and ideas reflect on decisions. As human beings, we are sailing through surprises, disappointments, ups, and downs all through the life. I believe that quotes trigger something when I read them, helps me when I am stuck in life.

Like a beautiful bouquet, I have bundled all-time favorite quotes to walk through different phases of your life. Will you allow the following quotes to reflect on your decisions because they are good to keep in mind which will deliver you a clear, concise and compelling message.

“Keep them bookmarked! So that you will not need an energy drink/a pie of advice to stay motivated”


  • Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.
  • Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. - Douglas MacArthur
  • If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. – Tom Stoppard
  • The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime. – Pink Floyd
  • Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. – Pepe John


  • The strong man is strongest when alone. - Friedrich Schiller.
  • Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. – Paul Tillich
  • It is well to be alone. It fertilizes the creative impulse. - Max Nordau.


  • A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. - David Mitchell:
  • I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy. - Frank Zappa
  • One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. - Cassandra Clare



  • Believe things, rather than man. - Benjamin Whichcote
  • Those who stand for nothing fall for anything - Alexander Hamilton
  • Doubt everything. Find your own light - Gautama Buddha


  • Moral courage is higher and a rarer virtue than physical courage - William Slim
  • Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen - Winston Churchill


  • In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay - Charles Edwin Carruthers
  • Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters - Joseph Conrad
  • It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.
  • A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic - James Russell Lowell
  • Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. - Samuel Johnson
  • Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally - Hillary Clinton



  • Dying is a wild night and a new road - Emily Dickinson
  • There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. - Nelson Mandela
  • Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. - Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible - Ashley Montagu
  • Inactivity is death. - Benito Mussolini


  • Desire, not a small desire – but a burning desire, is what makes the difference. – Jeff Hutchens
  • The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing, desire. - Willa Cather
  • Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire. - Bobby Unser
  • Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it. - Wayne Dyer
  • There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it. – George Bernard Shaw.


  • The power of determination will make you unstoppable – Jean Charest
  • Take passion and determination anywhere you go and we promise you, you’ll go far. - Dorothea Jackson
  • If we attack our problems with determination we shall succeed – Franklin D. Roosevelt


  • There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. – Douglas H. Everett.
  • Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. – Paulo Coelho
  • If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. - Les Brown
  • I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams. - Jonas Salk
  • Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
  • Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. - John Updike
  • A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. - John Barrymore
  • Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. - Mark Gorman


  • Control your emotion, or it will control you - Lea Kliem
  • If you can learn to see your emotions as tools of your deepest awareness, you’ll be able to move forward as a whole and functional person. - Karla McLaren
  • However, emotions can lie, because they are not products of reality, but of our interpretation of reality. - Les Parrott Love’s.
  • Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts – Victoria Klein
  • There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. – Buddha
  • The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray. - Oscar Wilde


  • Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom. – Albert Einstein
  • Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward – Oscar Wilde
  • Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. - Rita Mae Brown
  • Learn from every mistake, because every experience particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are. - Oprah Winfrey
  • Experience is a good school. But the fees are high. - Heinrich Heine
  • By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. – Roger Ascham
  • “Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience. – Blaise Pascal


  • It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations. – Danny Boyle
  • If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. – Sylvia Plath
  • We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. – Voltaire
  • Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack. – Brandon Sanderson
  • My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. - Michael J. Fox
  • “Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event. - Brian Tracy
  • We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation. - Ivan Illich


  • Failure doesn’t kill you… it increases your desire to make something happen. ― Kevin Costner
  • There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ― Paulo Coelho
  • You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. ― Maya Angelou
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ― Robert F. Kennedy
  • Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward. ― Roy T. Bennett
  • “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. ― C.S. Lewis
  • The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls. ― Randy Pausch
  • Giving up is the only sure way to fail. - Gena Showalter
  • There are two benefits of failures, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work, and second the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. - Destiny Madu
  • Opportunities and success are not something you go after necessarily but something you attract by becoming an attractive person. - Jim Rohn



  • Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. - Jane Howard
  • A man should never neglect his family for business. - Walt Disney
  • You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. - Desmond Tutu
  • Having a place to go is a home. Having someone to love is a family. Having both is a blessing. – Donna Hedges
  • The family is the nucleus of civilization. – Will Durant
  • Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. – Lisa Weed
  • Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home. - Anthony Liccione
  • At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. - Barbara Bus


  • The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. - Elisabeth Foley
  • Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. - Tennessee Williams
  • Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them. - Anna TaylorSometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. - Octavia Butler
  • The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • You must predict the future and you must learn to act deliberately to control your destiny. - Toni Lynn Chinoy
  • Champions don’t think twice about their future. They know it’s going to come anyhow, and so they prepare for it. - Alpha A. Timbo
  • What you do today will determine your future. – Catherine Pulsifer


  • Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey
  • Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. - Alice Walker
  • Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. - Karl Barth
  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie


  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein
  • The present moment is filled with Joy and Happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Happiness is a warm puppy. -  Charles M. Schulz
  • There is no path to happiness – happiness is the path. - Gautama Buddha


  • The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. - William Penn
  • Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that. - Oliver Stone
  • Jealousy… is a mental cancer. - B. C. Forbes
  • You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars. - Gary Allan


  • Every moment of your life, you perform action – physically, mentally, emotionally, and energy-wise. Each action creates a certain memory. That is karma. – Sadhguru
  • When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. – Keanu Reeves
  • There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone. – Sylvester Stallone
  • Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. –Edwin Hubbel Chapin


  • As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. - Charles Morgan
  • Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. - George Bernard Shaw
  • Knowledge is life with wings. - William Blake
  • That knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true knowledge, all else is only a negation of knowledge. - Ramakrishna
  • Knowledge is love and light and vision. - Helen Keller
  • No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience. - John Locke


  • It’s all about the quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. – Philip Green
  • Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait. - Maya Angelou
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. - Albert Einstein


  • Love is not a relationship. Love is a certain sweetness of emotions. – Sadhguru
  • Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own - Robert A. Heinlein
  • Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house, you can never tell. - Joan Crawford
  • The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. - Morrie Schwartz
  • The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. — Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom. - Jodi Picoult
  • And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make. - Paul McCartney


  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams
  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren Bennis
  • Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. - Margaret Thatcher
  • A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. - M.D. Arnold
  • Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. - Tony Blair


  • Luck is believing you’re lucky. - Tennessee Williams
  • I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work. - Maria Sharapova
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck. - Benjamin Franklin
  • People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have. - Anne Tyler


  • Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each. - Christopher Rice
  • It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for. – Robert Kiyosaki
  • Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle. – Ken Hakuta
  • People say ‘I want to be rich.’ The question is, ‘Are you willing to do what it takes? – Robert Kiyosaki
  • Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end. – Bob Marley


  • A person is what he or she thinks about all day long. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. – Benjamin Disraeli
  • Your mind is a powerful magnet that will attract to you the things you identify yourself with. If you have sad thoughts, you will attract tragedies. If you are a good man, you will attract the company of good people. – Alfredo Karras
  • We receive exactly what we expect to receive. – John Holland
  • What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
  • You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts. – Brian Tracy
  • Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny. – David McKay
  • Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. – Earl Nightingale
  • Everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success. – Genevieve Behrend
  • Know your magic, trust your magic, use your magic and know that you are a manifestation of life’s magic. – Rasheed Ogunlaru


  • Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. - H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter. – Bono
  • What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity. - J. Sidlow Baxter
  • If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a bigger door. - Milton Berle
  • Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. - Ann Landers


  • With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. - Michelle Obama
  • The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you! – Louise Hart
  • If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in. - Dr. Louise Hart


  • I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein
  • Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. - Oprah Winfrey
  • A passion for one’s work makes life happier and work no longer work - Catherine Pulsifer


  • As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do. - **Georgette Heyer **
  • A graceful refusal is better than a lengthy promise. - Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S
  • Some things you don’t have to promise. You just do. - Rick Yancey
  • I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world, you will eventually become it. - Tyler Kent White


  • Prayer changes us in ways that we never thought would be possible. When we are unhappy, prayer can lift our hearts and fill it with unspeakable joy. - Julia Bristol
  • Our prayers are sometimes answered without us realizing or, in ways that we did not ask for but always remember God’s plan is better than ours. - Catherine Pulsifer
  • When we pray, we relax, reflect, and renew our commitments to God. The peace that comes from consulting with God and receiving his divine wisdom is a powerful hug. - David DeNotaris
  • Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. - Bunyan


  • A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin
  • Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Richard Steele
  • The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. — Rene Descartes
  • Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. - Ben Okri
  • An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise. – Thomas Wharton



  • Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head. - A. R. Rahman
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. - Vidal Sassoon


  • He who does not trust enough will not be trusted. - Lao Tzu
  • Men trust their ears less than their eyes. – Herodotus
  • Trust dies but mistrust blossoms. – Sophocles
  • For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first. - Suzanne Collins
  • Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. - Albert Einstein


  • Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems. - Sun1
  • Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting – Napoleon Hill
  • The will to conquer is the first condition of victory - Ferdinand Foch.


  • Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it - Albert Einstein


  • Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down. - Jigar Gor
  • Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul. - Amit Ray
  • Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head. - Swami Satchidananda
  • Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being. - Joel Krame
  • Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. - The Bhagavad Gita
  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. - Etty Hillesum
  • Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees. - B.K.S. Iyengar


  • Youth has no age - Pablo Picasso
  • Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done.  – G. M. Trevelyan.
  • The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people. – Kailash Satyarthi
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Neelapriyadharshini Perumal
Neelapriyadharshini Perumal

Before I started to write blogs, I got a graduate degree in engineering. After that, just to shake things up, I went to pursue a master degree in Business Administration. There is where I started to invest time in writing blogs and eventually it is opening many new pages in my life.

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