By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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What do they have in common?
They are the most quoted people in the world.
I’ve read more than 150 000 quotes since 2004.
I’ve spent 1000+ hours curating the best ones.
And I’ve seen those names.
Over and over again.
Do you want to discover their most famous lines?
Do you want inspiration from wise and famous people?
Here are the 100 most famous quotes of all time.
I hope you’ll enjoy them!
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F. Kennedy
A great man is always willing to be little. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The root of suffering is attachment. Buddha
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare
Keep calm and carry on. Winston Churchill
To be, or not to be, that is the question. William Shakespeare
That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
Family is the most important thing in the world. Diana (Princess of Wales)
All I was doing was trying to get home from work. Rosa Parks
I came, I saw, I conquered. Julius Caesar
I think, therefore I am. René Descartes
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Wayne Gretzky
Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa
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Good artists copy, great artists steal. Pablo Picasso
Big Brother is watching you. George Orwell
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. Albert Einstein
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford
Better to die standing than to live on your knees. Ernesto “Che” Guevara
It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela (wikipedia.org)
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey
I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Bruce Lee
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Malcolm X
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare (wikipedia.org)
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
Little by little, one travels far. J.R.R. Tolkien
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 14th Dalai Lama
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls. Martin Luther King Jr
God helps those that help themselves. Benjamin Franklin
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin
No. Rosa Parks
Fear is stupid. So are regrets. Marilyn Monroe
Do something worth remembering. Elvis Presley
Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln
Better to build a bridge than a wall. Elton John
Be proud of who you are. Eminem
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo
Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. Muhammad Ali
I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact. Elon Musk
Winners never quit, and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci
Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Mahatma Gandhi
It’s fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali
We need fantasy to survive reality. Lady Gaga
The future starts today, not tomorrow. Pope John Paul II
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln
If not us, who? If not now, when? John F. Kennedy
Stumbling is not falling. Malcolm X
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle. Marilyn Monroe
Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it. James Baldwin
We don’t want to tell our dreams. We want to show them. Cristiano Ronaldo
Power is not given to you. You have to take it. Beyoncé
You laugh at me because I’m different I laugh at you because you’re all the same. Lady Gaga
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. Rosa Parks
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness. Ayn Rand
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down. Charlie Chaplin
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That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato
Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. George R.R. Martin
If you can’t convince them, confuse them. Harry S. Truman
I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own. Nikola Tesla
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. John F. Kennedy
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F. Kennedy
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama (Feb. 5 Speech, nytimes.com)
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