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The Top 100 Quotes Of All Time

A collection of top quotes by great minds from time immemorial. These quotes contain the distilled wisdom that has been passed down through the ages and are full of wit, erudition and words that inspire.

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

Marilyn Monroe

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

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

Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .

C. S. Lewis

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead Walk beside me… just be my friend

Albert Camus

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

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.

Maya Angelou

Without music, life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.

Bil Keane

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Steve Martin

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.

Garrison Keillor

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert A. Heinlein

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges

You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.

Suzanne Collins

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.

Woody Allen

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.

Nicholas Sparks

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

Shel Silverstein

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.

A. A. Milne

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Charles Bukowski

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.

George Carlin

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.

W. C. Fields

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.

John Lennon

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E. E. Cummings

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.

Jimi Hendrix

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

Khaled Hosseini

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

Harper Lee

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

Pablo Neruda

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they're ok, then it's you.

Rita Mae Brown

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.

Joseph Conrad

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

Edgar Allan Poe

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

Roald Dahl

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there

George Harrison

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent

Victor Hugo

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

Audrey Hepburn

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Isaac Asimov

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

Gustave Flaubert

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

George Orwell

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

Oscar Levant

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

Thomas Szasz

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

Frederick Douglass

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

Billy Sunday

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.


Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.

Lady Gaga

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.

Francis Bacon

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.

Phyllis Diller

May you live every day of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.

Bette Midler

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

May Sarton

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.

Brigham Young

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

Jerome K. Jerome

You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.

Pat Conroy

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.


When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

Henry Ford

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson

Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.

Milan Kundera

Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.

E. B. White

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Henry Ward Beecher