Favourite Quotes

Good quotes make us pause, reflect and think. They nourish a thinking mind. The most beautiful quotes carry such deep wisdom that we marvel at both the author’s clarity of thought and use of words. Here are some of my favourites.

  • Every child comes with a message that God is not yet discouraged of man.Rabindra Nath Tagore
  • An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.Niels Bohr
  • Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.John F. Kennedy
  • I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.Rumi
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.Confucius
  • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds, all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have. Edward Everett Hale
  • A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.Hugh Downs
  • The world is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.Horace Walpole
  • Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by those you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover.Mark Twain
  • Idealism is what precedes experience, Cynicism is what follows.David Wolf
  • While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is.Angela Schwindt
  • Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.Will Rogers
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.Mahatma Gandhi
  • Steve (Steve Jobs) was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. – President Barack Obama (U.S)
  • Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. Mitch Albom
  • Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.Mitch Albom
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. – Norman Cousins
  • Nothing begins, and nothing ends, that is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain and perish in our own.Francis Thompson
  • I am a deeply religious non-believer. This is a somewhat new kind of religion. – Albert Einstein
  • Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then why does evil exist.Epicureans
  • Whenever I climb, I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Theologian to Philosopher, “Philosopher is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which is not there”. Philosopher then retorted, “That may be, but the theologian would have still found the cat.”Anonymous
  • Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add. But when there is nothing left to take away.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Money can buy a house but not a home.It can buy a clock but not time, It can buy you a position but not respect, It can buy you a bed but not sleep, It can buy you a book but not knowledge, It can buy you medicine but not health, It can buy you a heart transplant but not true love, It can buy you blood but not life.Anonymous
  • A lie gets half-way around the world before truth has a chance to get its pants on.Winston Churchill
  • Jodi tor daak sune koi naa aashe, tobe ekla chalo re (“If no one is willing to walk with you, walk alone”)Rabindra Nath Tagore
  • Thoughts should be the aid of observation, not its substitute.Bacon
  • True happiness comes from gaining insight and growing into your best possible self. Otherwise all you’re having is immediate gratification pleasure, which is fleeting and doesn’t grow you as a person.Aristotle
  • Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.Winston Churchill
  • The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.Michelangelo
  • One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.E. M. Forster
  • I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.Einstein
  • It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.Winston Churchill
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.Henry Ford
  • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Albert Einstein
  • Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.Voltaire
  • The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.Bruce Feirstein
  • In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed – they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? – the cuckoo clock.Orson Wells
  • Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.Nietzsche
  • It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Mark Twain
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’Muhammad Ali
  • Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till your good is better, and your better is best. – St. Jerome (ancient Christian priest; best known for translating Bible into Latin)
  • Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt (generally regarded as one of the Top 4 American Presidents ever; Nobel Laureate)
  • You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore (Indian poet and Nobel laureate)
  • The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. – Epictetus (Greek philosopher; said philosophy is just a way of life)
  • Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu (ancient Chinese philosopher; founder of Taoism; author of Tao Te Ching that asks us to return to the natural Tao way)
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand (Russian-American philosopher; author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead; founder of Objectivism)
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn (American motivational speaker; mentor to Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Jack Canefield etc)
  • Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia (Professor in popularly called Dr. Love, for the course, Love 1A, he ran in University of South California. He was moved by a student’s suicide and started to contemplate human disconnectedness and the meaning of life)
  • The only journey is the one within. – Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian poet, known for the intensity of his lyrics and deep mysticism)
  • Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. – Satchel Paige (often called the best pitcher in baseball history)
  • Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato (Greek philosopher, started the first university in western world)
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams (Former American President and statesman, generally portrayed as a moral leader in an era of modernisation)
  • When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl (Author of Man’s Search for Meaning)
  • The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates (Greek philosopher)
  • A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. – Ingrid Bergman (Swedish actress, remembered for her role in Casablanca, won a dozen awards)
  • The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward (one of America’s most quoted writers)
  • In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on… – Robert Frost (American Poet; won 4 Pulitzer Prizes; known for Stopping by Woods)
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke (Irish conservative statesman)
  • Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard (American writer and philosopher; died aboard a torpedoed ship)
  • There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. – William Barclay (Scottish theologian)
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain (actual name Samuel Clemens; American writer; best known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
  • The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso (one of the world’s greatest artists of the 20th century)
  • God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire (French philosopher, known for his wit and attacks on organised religion)
  • Life is a dream for the wise, A game for the fool, A comedy for the rich, A tragedy for the poor. – Sholom Aleichem (Jewish author, Fiddler on the Roof was based on his stories)
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford (One of America’s greatest entrepreneurs ever; started Ford Motor company; sponsored assembly line mass production and middle class cars)
  • In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett (American voice actor)
  • Life took over 4 billion years to evolve into you, and you’ve about 70 more years to enjoy it. Don’t just pursue happiness, catch it. – Eric Idle (part of English surreal comedy group Monty Python)
  • If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. – Bruce Lee (one of the best known Chinese martial artists; actor)
  • Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa (Nobel laureate; spent her life caring for leprosy patients in India; Started Missionaries of Charity)
  • Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. – Satchel Paige (often called the best pitcher in baseball history)
  • If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. – Richard Bach (Author of the best seller Jonathan Livingstone Seagull)
  • To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. – Reba McEntire (one of the best selling musicians of all time)
  • 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. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs (Apple CEO and Co-founder; part of commencement address in 2005 at Wharton)
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar (American author, salesman and speaker)
  • “Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on.” – Amar Dave (not sure who he is)
  • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan (one of the greatest defensive players in basketball; 3rd richest African-American in US)
  • Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. – E. M. Forster (American novelist; wrote A Passage to India; nominated for Nobel Prize for literature 16 times)
  • Dream is not what you see in sleep. Dream is which does not let you sleep. – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam (Former President of India; Rocket Scientist; Humanitarian and legend in his own lifetime)
  • It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. – George Washington (1st American President; generally regarded as the father of the country for USA)
  • It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. – Apache (Native American people) Proverb
  • Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but not solved one yet. – Maya Angelou (American poet and civil rights activist; famous for I know why the caged bird sings)
  • I see people everywhere disagreeing, who actually agree with each-other, but cannot see that they agree. – Bryant McGill (Writer and Thinker)
  • Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent! – generally attributed to Mao Tse Tung (Chairman Mao was a revolutionary Marxist leader and the founding father of People’s Republic of China, which he governed for 27 years till his death)
  • To say that you can love one person all your life is just like saying that one candle will continue burning as long as you live. – Leo Tolstoy (Russian writer regarded as one of the world’s greatest writers of all time; best known for War and Peace)
  • Religion is a ‘holy cow’ mainly for politicians and priests, for it’s they who perpetually milk it. – Unknown
  • Humility is either the hypocrisy of a schemer or the timidity of a slave. – Spinoza (the great Dutch ‘prince of philosophers’; author of Ethics;
    rationalist to the core)
  • Thought should not lack the heat of desire, nor desire the light of thought. – Spinoza (paraphrased by Will Durant in Story of Philosophy)