World Famous Quotations
Benjamin Franklin Quotes
- He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.
- Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
- No nation was ever ruined by trade.
- Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
- If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
- He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
- Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
- So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
- Dost thou love life Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
- I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
- Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Albert Einstein Quotes
- The conscientious objector is a revoultionary. On deciding to disobey the law he sacrifices his personal interests to the most important cause of working for the betterment of society.
- The difference between what the most and the least learned peopleknow is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
- There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
- What is the meaning of human life, or of organiclifealtogether To answer this question at all implies areligion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of hisfellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.
- The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.
- The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the samelevel of thinking with which we created them.
- Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
- It is characteristic of the militarymentality that nonhuman factors (atom bombs, strategic bases, weapons of all sorts, the possession of raw materials, etc) are held essential, while the human being, his desires, and thoughts – in short, the psychological factors – are considered as unimportant and secondary…The individual is degraded…to “human materiel”.
- The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germanywillclaim me as a German and Francewill declare that I am a citizen of the world.
- It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
- Children are never too tender to be whipped. Like tough beefsteaks, the more you beat them, the more tender they become.
- It may well be doubted whether humaningenuity can construct an enigma… which humaningenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
- Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
- I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity
- There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.
- Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
- Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.
- Sleep, those little slices of death, how I loathe them.
- Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.
- All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.
- Take this kiss upon the brow And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow–You are not wrong who deemThat my dayshave been a dreamYet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the less goneAll that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream.
Mahatma Gandhi Quotes
- N.B. This quote refers to the British disarmament of the Indian Army. Gandhi never advocated the individualright to bear arms.
- I want freedom for the full expression on my personality.
- In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
- We must become the change we want to see.
- Live simply that others may simply live.
- Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
- What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy
- You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
- Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
- There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics withoutprinciple.
- There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
Mark Twain Quotes
- I can live two months on a good compliment.
- Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
- Just the omission of Jane Austen’s books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it.
- When in doubt, tell the truth.
- Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
- [Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it.
- Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the otherperson.
- I have spent most of my time worrying about thigs that have never happened.
- If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be a christian.
- Youth, large, lusty, loving- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination
- How come we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
Emily Dickinson Quotes
- Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those we havepersonality and emotionknow what it means towant to escape from these things.
- Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul. And sings the tune Without the words, and never stopsat all.
- Hope is a thing with feathers That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words
And never stops at all.
- …the fog is rising.
- I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
- Success is counted sweetest by those who ne’er succeed.
- A littleMadness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.
- There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons-- That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes–
- I dwell in possibility…
- Anger as soon as fed is dead- ‘Tis starving makes it fat.
- Because I could not stop for Death — He kindly stopped for me — The carriage held but just ourselvesAndimmortality.
Winston Churchill Quotes
inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the
inherent virtue of socialism is the equalsharing of miseries.
- Never, never, never believe any war
will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange
voyagecan measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The
statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is
given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of
unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
- I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for thepoor browns.
- In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.
- Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?
- You will make all kinds of mistakes but
as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the
world, or even seriously distress her.
- A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
- I cannot forecast to you the action of
Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma but
perhapsthere is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
- When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.
- Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia
and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A
sincerelove of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of
humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning
assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on.
- This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.
- It is easy to fly into a
passion–anybody can do that–but to be angry with the right person and at
the right timeand with the right object and in the right way–that is
not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.
- All men by nature desire knowledge.
- It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
- I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.»
- The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
- To love someone is to identify with them.
- Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
- There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
- To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.»
George Washington Quotes
- Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary.
- To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
- The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.
- I hold before you my hand with
each finger standing erect and alone, and as long as they are held thus,
not one of the tasks that the hand may preform can be accomplished. I
cannot lift. I cannot grasp. I cannot hold. I cannot even make an
intelligible sign until my fingers organize and work together. In this
we should also learn alesson.
- One of the things that has helped me
as much as any other, is not how long I am going to live, but how much I
can do while living.
- Be courteous to all, but intimate with
few, and let those few be well tried before you give them
your confidence.True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must
undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to
- Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
- True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to theappellation.
- Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearfulmaster.
- Money, we know, will fetch anything and command the service of any man.
- Be courteous to all, but intimate with
few, and let those few be well tried before you give them
your confidence.True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must
undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to
Helen Keller Quotes
long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and
joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
- Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
- Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Have you ever been at sea in a dense
fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and
thegreat ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore
with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for
something to happen I was like that ship before my education began, only
I was withoutcompass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near
the harbor was. ‘Light Give me light’ was the wordless cry of my soul,
and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
- I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family fued.
- College isn’t the place to go for ideas.
- Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all–the apathyof human beings.
- There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.
- The highest result of education is tolerance.
- One’s life story cannot be told with
complete veracity. A true autobiography would have to be written in
states of mind, emotions, heartbeats, smiles and tears not in months and
years, or physical events. Life is marked off on the soul by feelings,
not by dates.
- Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
- What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
- It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
- The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
- It is only the benevolent man who is capable of liking or disliking other men.
- To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
- When we see men of worth, we
should think of equaling them when we see men of a contrary character,
we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
- A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
- When a man’s knowledge is sufficient to
attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold,
whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.
- Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
- Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
- I have not seen a person who loved
virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue
wouldesteem nothing above it.
Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
- There are two levers for moving men interest and fear.
- If you wish to be a sucess in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
- It requires morecourage to suffer than to die.
- Religion is excellent stuff for keepingcommonpeoplequiet.
- Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
- Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or evenmake believe.
- The wordimpossible is not in my dictionary.
- The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.
- In politicsstupidity is not a handicap.
- History is a set of lies agreed upon.
- [Medicine is] a collection of uncertain
prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal
than useful to mankind.
Marilyn Monroe Quotes
- Ever notice that what the hell is always the right decision?
- I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.
- Ever notice that ‘what the hell’ is always the right decision
- “I knew I belonged to the public and to
the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I
had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”
- The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream
- I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.
- Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
- Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
- If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.
- I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.
- I knew I belonged to the public and to
the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I
had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
Galileo Galilei Quotes
- You cannot teach a man anything. you can only help him to find it for himself.
- I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.
- Long experience has taught me this
about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought:
the less people know and understand about them, the more positively
they attempt to argue concerning them, whileon the other hand to know
and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing
judgement upon anything new.
- Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
- It has always seemed to me extreme
presumptuousness on the part of those who want to make human ability
themeasure of what nature can and knows how to do, since, when one
comes down to it, there is not one effect in nature, no matter how
small, that eve
- You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
- All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered the point is to discover them.
- All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
- I do not feel obliged to believe that
the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has
intended us to forgo their use.
Sigmund Freud Quotes
as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one
concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all
our happiness from one quarter alone.
- One is very crazy when in love.
- I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience most of them are trash.
- Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
- We are certainly getting ahead if I am
Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the
promised landof psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from
- Religion is an attempt to get control
over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the
wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological
and psychological necessites.
- I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience most of them, on the whole, are trash.
- What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of theaverage adult.
- When making a decision of minor
importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros
and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a
profession, the decision should come from the unconscious,
from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal
life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of
- The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
- Religion is an illusion, and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.
William Shakespeare Quotes
- If rough be love with you, be rough with love.
- It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
- We burn daylight.
- Beware the ides of March.
- The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just and charitable war.
- This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
- Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
- Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
- And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.
- I shall despair. There is no creature loves me; And if I die no soul will pity me:
And wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself?
- I wish you well and so I take my leave, I Pray you know me when we meet again.
Vincent Van Gogh Quotes
is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one
should listen to. . . . The feeling for thethings themselves, for
reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
- What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything
- For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
- Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
- A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
- Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
- There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only awisp of smoke.
- Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
- If one is master of one thing and
understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into
andunderstanding of many things.
- Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
- When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
- Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
- You are providing for your disciples a
show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means
muchinformation unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much
knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing
at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having
become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.
- Of all possessions wisdom alone is immortal.
- Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
- True knowledge exists in knowing that
you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you
the smartest of all.
- He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
- To find yourself, think for yourself.
- Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
- I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or
inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all
their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
- He is richest who is content with the least.
- Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
- There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
- Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.
- “Opposites are cures for opposites.
- Walking is man’s best medicine.
- Things that are holy are revealed only to men who are holy.
- To really know is science; to merely believe you know is ignorance.
- Idleness and lack of occupation tend – nay are dragged – towards evil.
- To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
- There are in fact two things, science and opinion the former-begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
- A wise man should consider that health
is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to
derive benefit from his illnesses.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social
transition was not the stridentclamor of the bad people, but the
appalling silence of the good people.
- True compassion is more than flinging a
coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see
that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.
- Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
- The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he
stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstakingexcellence.
- Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
- Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- If you will protest courageously, and
yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written
infuture generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There
lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity
into the veins of civilization.
- Nonviolence is the answer to the
crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind
to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and
violence. Mankind must evolve for allhuman conflict a method which
rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a
- A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes
want to emphasize in the great concentration which we now place upon
scientists and engineers how much westill need the men and women
educated in the liberal tradition, willing to take the long look,
undisturbed by prejudices and slogans of the moment, who attempt to make
an honest judgment on difficult events.
- The courage of life is often a less
dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment but it is no less
than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- All this will not be finished in the
first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days,
nor in thelife of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime
on this planet. But let us begin.
- The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
- The credit belongs to the man who is
actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends
himself in a worthy cause who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of
high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so
that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know
neither victory nor defeat.
- Let us resolve to be masters, not the
victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way
toblind suspicions and emotions.
- The freedom of the city is not
negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, What’s mine is mine
and what’s yours is negotiable.
- Let the word go forth from this time
and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a
newgeneration of Americans born in this century, tempered by war,
disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
- If anyone is crazy enough to want to
kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be
prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.
- A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes
- The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
- My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
- Discourage litigation. Persuade your
neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyerhas
superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business
- He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
- If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
- It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
- If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one
- Let me not be understood as saying that
there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the
redressof which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no
such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist,
should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in
force, for the sake ofexample they should be religiously observed.
- The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
- I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Golda Meir Quotes
- You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- As President Nixon says, presidents can
do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things thatnobody
would have thought of doing.
- I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
- To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.
- To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
- Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided-not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing.
- We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom inIsrael.
- We only want that which is given
naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate,
not of others, and in cooperation and friendship with others.
- The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the
Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and
before we did that we might as well fight.
- Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.
- What do you gain, Soviet Union, from this miserable policy Where is your decency Would it be a disgrace for you to give up this battle (On suppression of freedom for Jews in the USSR)