As Abraham Lincoln once said, “It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion.” We couldn’t agree more with the former president, which is why we’ve decided to put together this list of the top 500 greatest quotes of all time.
This list is filled with words of wisdom and entertaining quips, all of which are easily digested and recalled. Some of them have historical significance, while others are noted for their familiarity, wit, or capacity to intrigue one’s mind.
From Jay-Z to Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Abraham Lincoln; everyone was eligible for our list of famous quotes. And since everyone could use a shot of inspiration, a good laugh, and a lot of love, all topics are represented.
There are, however, a few requirements necessary for the enjoyment of this list: an open mind, a sense of humor, and the knowledge that “Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.” – George Santayana. Also keep in mind that many variations of quotes exist, and each variation is often attributed to a different author.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE
It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.
For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did–in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
KENT M. KEITH
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire.
FRANÇOIS (VI) (DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD)
The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.
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