It’s a tall order to come up with the best quotes of all time.
It’s kind of like asking someone for their favorite movies or books. Just as with those media, certain quotations might have more meaning for us at various times in our lives.
And, yet, we feel very strongly about our 27 favorite quotes from notables like Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, and Leonardo da Vinci. These inspirational and motivational quotes stand the test of time.
Sure, some of these may resonate with you differently based on your current circumstances, but still, we think you’ll appreciate the brilliance of these thought-provoking sayings. Enjoy!
1.) Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
2.) Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
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3.) As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Leonardo da Vinci
4.) The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
5.) A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw
6.) The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
7.) I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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8.) Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
9.) Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
10.) Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride!
Hunter S. Thompson
11.) You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
12.) In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.
13.) If then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
14.) Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
15.) Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
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16.) Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
17.) What You Can Do, or Dream You Can, Begin It; Boldness Has Genius, Power, and Magic in It.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
18.) A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
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19.) True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
The Little Prince
20.) There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts.
21.) It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
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22.) Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
23.) Love the life you live. Live the life you love.
24.) It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
25.) Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.
26.) Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
27.) Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston S. Churchill
Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
John F. Kennedy
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.
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In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.
There are two days in the year that we can not do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
You’re not defined by your past; you’re prepared by it. You’re stronger, and more experienced, and you have greater confidence.
If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.
That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
This above all: to thine own self be true.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
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Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
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In order to write about life, first, you must live it.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Life is short, and it is here to be lived.
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
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Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
A great man is always willing to be little.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.
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The big lesson in life, baby, is never to be scared of anyone or anything.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
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My mama always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
I’m an early bird, and I’m a night owl, so I’m wise, and I have worms.
I’m not good at advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
A man who correctly guesses a woman’s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright.
Lucille, I Love Lucy
Put These Quotes To Use
We hope you enjoyed these inspirational quotes – the 27 best of all time. There are lots of ways you can use a good quote. For instance, share one of your favorites on social media – post it on your Facebook home page or your LinkedIn page.
Or, incorporate a motivational quote into your email sign-off. Use these fun quotes in conversation and letter writing. The options are endless, so please be creative.
— Clair Adams and Mike O’Halloran
Clair writes about family, pop culture, and books. Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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