300 Of The Best Quotes Of All Time (Use Them In Your Life)

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Please enjoy 300 of the best quotes of all time. These are my favorite ones in all wisdomquotes.com’s collection. You’ll find topics like life, happiness, success, love, and lots more. Hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

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Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire. Catherine of Siena

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Take up the battle, take it up. It’s yours. This is your life, this is your world. Maya Angelou

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Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself. Naval Ravikant

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You will not get what you want, you will get what you need. Maxime Lagacé

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The future belongs to people who can think, hustle, and create. Ed Latimore

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The best fighter is never angry. Lao Tzu

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We have somehow conned ourselves into the notion that this moment is ordinary. Alan Watts

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Only that you do the right thing, nothing else matters. Marcus Aurelius

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All of us are alive because someone took care of us when we were small. Aaron Thier

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Life could be limitless joy, if we would only take it for what it is, in the way it is given to us. Leo Tolstoy

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Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. Alice Walker (Revolutionary Petunias)

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The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. Fred Rogers

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Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process. Robert Greene (Mastery)

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The closer you are to the truth, the more silent you become inside. Naval Ravikant

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Understand: the future belongs to groups that are fluid, fast, and nonlinear. Robert Greene

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The Best Quotes Of All Time

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The inspired minority triumphs over the inert masses. Napoleon Bonaparte

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou

What you are being challenged by may be the very thing you’ve been waiting for. Iyanla Vanzant

Extreme people get extreme results. Sam Altman

Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art. Susan Sontag

Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. Naval Ravikant

One of the main reasons people fall short of their potential is they care more about looking good than getting better. Excellence is the product of high aspirations and low ego. Adam Grant

Our ambition should not be to win but to play with our full effort. Our intention is not to be thanked or recognized, but to help and to do what we think is right. Our focus is not on what happens to us but on how we respond. In this, we will find contentment and resilience. Ryan Holiday (Daily Stoic)

The only Zen you’ll find on mountain tops is the Zen you bring up there with you. Alan Watts

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell

The day a man becomes superior to pleasure, he will also be superior to pain. Seneca

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. Marcus Aurelius

A man when he has done a good act, does not call out for others to come and see, but he goes on to another act, as a vine goes on to produce again the grapes in season. Marcus Aurelius

It just seems clear to me that as long as we are all here, it’s pretty clear that the struggle is to share the planet, rather than divide it. Alice Walker

In the age of instant gratification, those who can endure discomfort are the most free. Alex Sauer

The mediocre man consumes. The ordinary man seeks. The great man creates. The superior man does the right thing. Maxime Lagacé

As soon as we free ourselves from the mirage of hurrying time, we are alive again, as in childhood, to the ecstasies of ordinary life. Alan Watts

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear merely what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it. Friedrich Nietzsche

He is the man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head. G.K. Chesterton (Tremendous Trifles)

Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors. Fred Rogers

Our society is much more interested in information than wonder, in noise rather than silence… And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives. Fred Rogers

First stop lying, then start speaking the truth. Jordan Peterson

I only ask to be free, the butterflies are free. Charles Dickens

To be calm is the highest achievement of the self. Zen proverb (See also: zen quotes)

Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular. Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)

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The Most Famous Best Quotes (Nietzsche, Emerson, Keller, etc.)

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Love the sinner and hate the sin. Augustine of Hippo

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King Jr

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs

Only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important. Steve Jobs

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law. Immanuel Kant

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. Helen Keller

What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me. Helen Keller

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. Buddha

Gossip dies when it reaches the ears of a wise and secure person. Wesley Snipes

You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak. George Clooney

You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic. Alice in Wonderland

There is no hurry, and in a way there is no future. It is all here – so take it easy, take your time, and get acquainted with it. Alan Watts

The salvation of mankind depends upon independent thinkers directing their thoughts rightly. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere. Marilyn Monroe

You’re only given a little spark of madness; you mustn’t lose it. Robin Williams

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Be uncommon. Michael Medici

Everything is my fault. Tom Bilyeu

A true man hates no one. Napoleon Bonaparte

Above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Stay humble or be humbled. Unknown

It’s weird not to be weird. John Lennon

Beauty will save the world. Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Idiot)

Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost

Whatever you feel you become. Osho

Existence wants you to be you. Osho

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus

Only the autodidacts are free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What worries you, masters you. John Locke

Great intellects are skeptical. Friedrich Nietzsche

I am responsible for what I see. Gabby Bernstein

Don’t settle, and don’t struggle. Naval Ravikant

Solitude is the school of genius. Edward Gibbon

The right time is always right now. Casey Neistat

Inner peace is the ultimate luxury. Carlos Del Valle

To understand is to know what to do. Ludwig Wittgenstein

The soul is awakened through service. Erica Jong

The things you own end up owning you. Chuck Palahniuk

Only the present moment contains life. Thich Nhat Hanh

Love is the goal, life is the journey. Osho

Patience is the greatest of all virtues. Cato the Elder

Things worth having are worth waiting for. Paulo Coelho

The world just wants your authentic truth. Gabby Bernstein

The shadows are as important as the light. Charlotte Brontë

Live the life you want other people to live. Naval Ravikant

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. Neale Donald Walsch

Conquer yourself and the world lies at your feet. Augustine of Hippo

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Getting over yourself offers exponential returns. Shane Parrish (See also: fs.blog if you want to become wiser)

Defensiveness is weakness. Vulnerability is strength. Justin Kan

I’m proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too. Fred Rogers

Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more. Seneca

Never lose hope, my heart. Miracles dwell in the invisible. Rumi

As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom. Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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The Best And Most Inspirational Quotes

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To shut your eyes is to travel. Emily Dickinson

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy)

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver

There is no strength without adversity and no change without courage. Maya Angelou

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream. Maya Angelou

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou

Your greatest struggles become your greatest victories. Joe De Sana

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. Neil Gaiman

Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things – the people on the edge see them first. Kurt Vonnegut

What if people thought about their life not in terms of what they’ve accomplished or accumulated or experienced, but in terms of the effects they’ve had on others. Neil Strauss

Shoot for the top, always. You know you’ll never make it, but what’s the fun if you don’t shoot for the top? Ursula K. Le Guin

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. Alice Walker

Get a move on…Don’t worry whether anyone will give you credit for it…Be satisfied with even the smallest progress, and treat the outcome of it all as unimportant. Marcus Aurelius

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have – something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression. Fred Rogers

From the time you were very little, you’ve had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. Let’s take some time to think of those extra special people. Fred Rogers

If you have the courage to put your intellectual integrity before your reputation, nothing can break you. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A man who really wants to be free has to accept immense responsibilities. He cannot dump his responsibilities on anybody else. Osho

You create yourself moment to moment. You are not born as a fixed entity, but only as a infinite potentiality. Osho

You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Stephen Hawking

What if everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for. Justin Perry

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The Best And Funniest Quotes

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If someone says you’re weird, say “thank you”. Ellen DeGeneres

Rich people plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night. Gloria Steinem

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill

The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around. That’s all you need to know. Marcus Aurelius

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde

Virtue is what you do when nobody is looking. The rest is marketing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe (Marginalia)

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Best Deep Quotes (Some Will Make You Think Hard)

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To see a candle’s light one must take it into a dark place. Ursula K. Le Guin

The fools in life want things fast and easy – money, success, attention. Robert Greene

If you are living for the weekend you are already dead. Bill Masur

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down. Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon)

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain)

Anything of quality has gone through a distillation process. @AmuseChimp

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. Friedrich Nietzsche

Cling to certainty, if it makes you feel better. Just be aware that what you’re clinging to is the opposite of life. Neil Strauss

The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame. Mark Manson (See also: pain quotes)

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. Michel de Montaigne

The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable. Plato

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T. Washington

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass. Bruce Lee (See also this article for source)

People are living just to impress. They must be really very poor inside, because only people suffering from inferiority complex want to impress others. A really superior person never compares himself with anybody else. Osho

Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting? Marcus Aurelius

We spend far more time doing what’s easy than doing what’s right. Shane Parrish

Failure hurts but passes quickly. Regret hurts forever. Shane Parrish

If you are easily provoked you are easily controlled. The Stoic Emperor

Finding information is easier than ever. Filtering information is harder than ever. We are bombarded with irrelevant data and unsolicited stimulation. Choosing what to ignore is as important as choosing what to pay attention to. The Stoic Emperor

We are slaves to distraction, incessantly active, and are ever striving to become. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When the self is not occupied with its own becoming there is an unpremeditated clarity, a deep ecstasy. Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. Bertrand Russell

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. Charles Kingsley

Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for. Marian Wright Edelman

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. Erica Jong

The things that we understand, create silence. The things that we do not, create emotion. Kapil Gupta

There is no security for those who seek it outside of themselves. Byron Katie

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The Best And Wisest Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert Heinlein

Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between. Maya Angelou

I want to age like sea glass. Smoothed by tides but not broken. I want my hard edges to soften. I want to ride the waves and go with the flow. I want to catch a wave and let it carry me to where I belong. I want to be picked up and held gently by those who delight in my well earned patina and appreciate the changes I went through to achieve that beauty. I want to enjoy the journey and always remember that if you give the ocean something breakable it will turn it into something beautiful. I want to age like sea glass. Unknown

One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The most expensive way to pay for anything is with time. Brian Norgard

The person asking the questions is sometimes more valuable than the person providing the answers. Shane Parrish

You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short term to look like a genius in the long term. Shane Parrish

The stupider you are, the smarter you think you are, and vice versa. Richard Feynman

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The modern mind is overstimulated and the modern body is understimulated and overfed. Meditation, exercise, and fasting restore an ancient balance. Naval Ravikant

The amateur avoids boredom, pain, discomfort, loneliness, fear. The wise keep going no matter what. Maxime Lagacé

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Augustine of Hippo

When you go through life with preferences but don’t let your happiness depend on any one of them, then you’re awake. Anthony de Mello

If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him; nothing can hurt him. John Boyd

If you live according to nature, you will never be poor. If you live according to opinion, you will never be rich. Epicurus

What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness. Ryan Holiday

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter F. Drucker

For water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow. Plutarch

He who subdues his temper vanquishes his greatest enemy. Publilius Syrus

Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise. Lin Yutang

He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far. Lao Tzu

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The Best Quotes About Life

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Life isn’t supposed to be fair, much less bend to your every whim. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Wherever the past is dropped away and safety abandoned, life is renewed. Alan Watts

The whole point of life is to be fully aware of it as it happens. Alan Watts

The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in 10 minutes after the big picture has started, and no one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues. Terry Pratchett

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. T.S. Eliot

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short. Paul Graham (See also: focus quotes)

Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes you to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting. Derek Sivers

If you increase your desire for happiness, you’ll likely lessen your tolerance for sadness and pain – and become less happy. But if you expand your capacity to tolerate sadness and pain, you’ll expand your capacity to enjoy life. Neil Strauss

When building habits, choose consistency over content. The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free. Naval Ravikant

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it. Jon Gordon

The fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them. Cleanthes

The secret to life is to go deep, not wide. Go all in. Maxime Lagacé

Everything happens when it needs to happen; everyone is always where they need to be. Iyanla Vanzant

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is all about ‘not knowing’ and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. All of it. Mark Manson

Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest. Herman Hesse

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. William Hazlitt

99% of information is noise. 99% of interactions are fake. 99% of opportunities are traps. Life is a search for the 1%. Johnny Uzan

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The Best Quotes About Happiness And Sadness

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Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuang Zhou

Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward. Pema Chödrön

To journey happily may well be better than to arrive successfully. Jordan Peterson

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. Robert J. Sawyer

Enjoy the process along with the proceeds, because the process is where you live. Charlie Munger

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk

If you make where you are going more important than where you are, there may be no point in going. Alan Watts

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it. George Santayana

Happiness is the absence of desire. It’s what you feel when you no longer want to change your state. James Clear

It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own. Marcus Aurelius

No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. Epicurus

You don’t need to be gifted. You just need to have enough commitment to accept being bad at something for as long as it takes to get good at it. Neil Strauss

Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. William Faulkner

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. Lin Yutang

There is so much to love and to admire in this life that it is an act of ingratitude not to be happy and content in this existence. Lin Yutang (Pleasures of a Nonconformist)

Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. Alan Watts

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. 14th Dalai Lama

Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”. Eckhart Tolle

Everyone is not your assignment. That’s why you’re drained. Wesley Snipes

The faster you accept reality, the faster you find peace of mind. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness is the process of becoming your ideal self. Mark Manson

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See also: The Key to Finding Happiness: Stop Trying to Be Happy (markmanson.net)

The Best Quotes About Success

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The superior man follows nobody else’s path. Napoleon Bonaparte

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A. Clark

Competency will make you a living. Creativity will make you rich. Brian Norgard

Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true. Naval Ravikant

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Naval Ravikant

Don’t strive to be the best. It creates an illusion of an endpoint – and a delusion that the goal is to be superior to others. Strive to be better. The person you’re competing with is your past self, and the bar you’re setting is for your future self. Adam Grant

Most successful people are people you’ve never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs. Ryan Holiday

Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. That’s what it means to be true to yourself. Michelle Obama

I used to think success meant having no problems. Now I know that it means being capable of handling any. This is a subtle but key difference. The former is a wish for ease. The latter is a privilege of strength. Ed Latimore

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. Warren Buffett

If people around you don’t think what you’re doing is a bit strange, maybe it’s not strange enough. Patrick Collison

We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. Archilochus

Do the best one can. Do it over again. Then still improve, even if ever so slightly, those retouches. Marguerite Yourcenar

In adversity, remember to keep an even mind. Horace

For if it is not right to do it, avoid doing the thing; but if it is right, why are you afraid of those who shall find fault wrongly? Epictetus (Enchiridion)

There are three ingredients for success – aggressiveness, timing and skill. If you show enough aggressiveness at the right time, you don’t need that much skill. Howard Marks

Deep down, we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too. Fred Rogers

Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing. Lao Tzu

If you aren’t scared of spending time alone, you’re already halfway to success. @orangebook_

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self. Albert Einstein

Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible. Shane Parrish

If you want exponential returns, replace the need to be proven right with the need to achieve the best outcome possible. Shane Parrish

Amateurs focus on the short term. Professionals focus on the long term. Shane Parrish

Amateurs want to arrive. Pros want to get better. Jeff Goins

Amateurs want to be noticed. Pros want to be remembered. Jeff Goins

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The Best Quotes About Leadership And Work

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We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves. John C. Maxwell

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. Robert Greene

Use courage and wisdom, not labor, to make money. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author’s own life into them. Samuel Butler

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Jack Welch

Study as if you know nothing. Work as if you can solve anything. James Clear

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? John Wooden

It’s not what the world holds for you. It is what you bring to it. Lucy Maud Montgomery

There’s no tips and tricks […] it’s just a lot of focused work. Lilly Singh

Most of the hard work happens in the shadows. Sahil Lavingia

Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens. Jordan Peterson

This is the real secret to life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Watts

After all work is still the best way of escaping from life. Gustave Flaubert

Be slow in enjoyment, quick at work, for men see work ended with pleasure, pleasure ended with regret. Baltasar Gracián

A country’s assets reside in the tinkerers, the hobbyists, and the risk-takers. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The Best Quotes About Motivation And Change

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No one will outwork me, no one. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart. Paulo Coelho

The best things are the most difficult. Plutarch

True change is within; leave the outside as it is. 14th Dalai Lama

Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that. Jordan Peterson

If you dare to do the most difficult thing you can conceptualize, your life will work out better than if you do anything else. Jordan Peterson

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men. Friedrich Nietzsche

Today’s hot pain is tomorrow’s cold wisdom. The Stoic Emperor

The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open. C. JoyBell C.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Theodore Roosevelt

The best thing to get addicted to is progress. Physical, mental, whatever. Once you get hooked on the feeling of winning, your life will make a dramatic change. Ed Latimore

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. Roger Bannister (First sub-4-minute mile)

Death may be close at hand; death may be far off. Transcend death with no-thought, no-idea. Do what you need to do, with no regret. Awa Kenzô

Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant. Viktor Frankl

It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. Lin Yutang

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves. Charlotte Brontë

No matter who you are, who your parents are or were, where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you have, you’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re fucking nuts. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care — with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world. David Foster Wallace (The Pale King)

To be, in a word, unborable… It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish. David Foster Wallace (The Pale King)

You can win a lot in life just by being the last one to give up. James Clear

Pleasure consumes us, work strengthens us. Let us choose. Charles Baudelaire

See also: failure quotes, freedom quotes

See also: Motivation: The Scientific Guide on How to Get and Stay Motivated (jamesclear.com) or The Ultimate Guide to Motivation – How to Achieve Any Goal (zenhabits.net)

The Best Quotes About Love

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Better to be without logic than without feeling. Charlotte Brontë

Never chase love. If it isn’t given freely, it is worthless. Paulo Coelho

When there is love you have nothing more to do. Then where you are, you have heaven; then all seeking comes to an end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Love makes you rebellious, revolutionary. Love gives you wings to soar high. Osho

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Osho

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. Henry van Dyke

The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention. Richard Warren

The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure. Tibetan proverb

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath. Emily Dickinson

Love is like breathing, you take it in and let it out. Wally Lamb

From understanding comes love. Rumi

See also: spiritual quotes, trust quotes

The Best Quotes About Relationships And Friendship

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The moment you think of others, your mind widens. 14th Dalai Lama

The connections we make in the course of a life – maybe that’s what heaven is. Fred Rogers

Look after each other. Life is short – the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good. Marcus Aurelius

I have no hopes of meeting a sage. I would be content if I met someone who is a gentlemen. Confucius

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable, wise from experience, calm in action, showing the while much courtesy and consideration in intercourse with others. Seneca

When then a man irritates you, you must know that it is your own opinion which has irritated you. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another… if we care, we can listen. Fred Rogers

When you judge others, you do not define them; you define yourself. Earl Nightingale

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. David Foster Wallace (This Is Water)

No country or people is separate from another; we are all interrelated. We are one. Jiddu Krishnamurti

A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind? Jack Kornfield

More friendship quotes, kindness quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud

My religion is to live and die without regret. Milarepa

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

October 1, 2019

Last Update

September 1, 2020


  1. Thanks for the bio, it helps to understand the collection of quotes. (I suppose that really means contextualise) Alan.

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