Quotes

What’s the point of quotes anyway?

Here are at least three ways to use the thousands of pithy sayings in our archives.

1. To make your speech or presentation more memorable and effective.

2. To emphasize your point and keep your listener(s) thinking long after you’ve stopped talking.

3. To help you reflect on art, happiness, relationships, nature, history, and more.

 

For myself, I enjoy reading other people’s perceptions about life and their journey. A well-turned phrase connects me with other people on a very profound level. I often put a quote at the end of a letter to someone who may be having a difficult time just to let them know that I sympathize with their situation...and so does Mark Twain! or Anton Chekhov or .... What about you? What fascinates you about quotes?

Click any topic below to read a collection of our quotes.

The Quotes...

45 rules for life

“Approach love and cooking with reckless...

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clapboard

One of the first actors is believed to be an...

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“Problems are only opportunities in work...

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These are “quotes” from the wonderful world of...

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“A country that is big enough to give you...

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Old man

“In this life the old believe everything, the...

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Bald Eagle

“In this life the old believe everything, the...

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Angel Gabriel by Gaudenzio Ferrari

Only occasionally are angels given names in...

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“Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the...

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flower in frame
Art

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,...

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Autumn trees

“Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring,...

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Baseball on the diamond

By the late 19th century, baseball was widely...

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Chick hatching

A Japanese proverb says: “Beginning is easy —...

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baby footprints

“There is always one moment in childhood when...

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Sitting Cat

The cat...so many YouTube videos! So many...

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“Reputation is what men and women think of us...

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children building sand castle

“Having children makes you no more a parent...

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Chocolate cupcake

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The...

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Common sense is only a modification of talent...

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“If there is anything the nonconformist hates...

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“California is a great place to live, if you...

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“Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish...

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Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with...

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“Living is death; dying is life. We are not...

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“The face of tyranny is always mild at first...

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“Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying...

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ahhh

Ever consider what dogs must think of us? I...

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“Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass...

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pelican fishing

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate...

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apple for the teacher and pencil

“Education is what you get from reading the...

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“Blessed are our enemies, for they tell us the...

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“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is...

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“A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable...

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man out cold

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again...

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Family Portrait

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy...

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Man giving a speech

H.G. Wells last words were: “Go away. I'm all...

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father with kids and dog

“To be a successful father...there’s one...

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Family hour

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so...

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“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom...

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Purple flower

“Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever...

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plate of spaghetti

“Today I will live in the moment unless it’s...

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Shaking Hands

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds...

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Old Glory

Freedom does not mean that right to do...

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Cat and dog friends

“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand...

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In the future, everyone will be famous for...

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“Everybody is born with genius, but most...

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George Carlin

Some of the best quotes from George Carlin (...

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three gifts

“He was one of those men who possess almost...

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Aesop says: “Gratitude is the sign of noble...

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“Happiness is beneficial for the body but it...

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Ovid says “Nothing is more powerful than habit...

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Happy kids

“When one door of happiness closes, another...

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“Heaven will be inherited by every man who has...

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medal

Often the test of courage is not to die but to...

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“Perhaps nobody has changed the course of...

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our home

“A house is no home unless it contain food and...

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“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public...

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“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches...

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“What is there more kindly than the feelings...

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Vitruvian Man

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps...

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bandaged guy on crutches

“There are maladies we must not seek to cure...

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Inspector Clouseau

Quotes from Inspector Clouseau, a bumbling...

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Irish blessing used to wish good will to...

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A list of various “laws” reflecting the...

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Graduate

All the many things I’ve learned along my way...

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Jewish Prayer for Passover

newspaper

“Journalists write because they have nothing...

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Quotes from kids about falling — and staying...

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“There is no better exercise for your heart...

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Woman in the mirror

“It is as hard to see one’s self as to look...

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Glasses, nose and mustache

When you say “laugh it off,” you are quoting...

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Judge with gavel

“There is no better way of exercising the...

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Lying snake

“A liar begins with making falsehood appear...

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“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise...

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King of the jungle

“The lion and the calf will lay down together...

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Castaway...man on desert island

“Language has created the word loneliness to...

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red heart

“Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke...

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praising God

Quotes about loving God, such as “It is always...

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Shamrock

“Luck is not something you can mention in the...

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Around the Christmas tree

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas...

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Man and woman sitting

“Marriage is one long conversation checkered...

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Caduceus

“Nearly all men die of their medicines, and...

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The mind

“The spark of reason cannot be extinguished so...

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“For those who believe in God no explanation...

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“It is easier to do a job right than to...

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Baby orangutan

“Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a...

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Most common marriage refusal line: “I think...

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Mother Teresa

Quotes from Mother Teresa (1892–1997), a...

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Luv U Mom

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me...

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Mount Everest

“But now that I was finally here, standing on...

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Movie memorabilia

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all...

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Howlin' guitarist

“Music is the only language in which you...

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music student

These are actual answers from students on...

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oak tree

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the...

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Wacky neighbors

“No one may forsake his neighbor when he is in...

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“By the time a man is wise enough to watch his...

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A good life stretches the wrinkles. [Buena...

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How to say something simple with lots more...

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Oscar Levant

Quotes from Oscar Levant (1906–72), U.S....

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doing the laundry

“To be a successful father, there’s one...

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Patriot

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the...

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peace symbol

“All men desire peace, but very few desire...

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Dog, Cat, Bird

“You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the...

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Philanthropy

“Honesty is incompatible with amassing a large...

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Capital F

25 common phrases that use “F”...

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father and son hiking

“They always give you a personal trainer at...

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William Shakespeare

“If language had been the creation, not of...

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Democrat and Republican

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics...

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Benjamin Franklin

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your...

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Word balloon

“Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that...

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U.S. Presidential Seal
Presidential Character

“Character is the only secure foundation of...

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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s...

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Proverbs...every country and culture has ’em...

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“The public has more interest in the...

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“And for the tourist who really wants to get...

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Rain over mountains

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,...

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dog and cat relaxing

“Most of us spend a lifetime going to sleep...

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“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of...

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Robert Morley

Quotes from Robert Morley (1908–1992), writer...

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Roses, roses, roses

“A life with love will have some thorns, but a...

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Hour glass

Old age is when you're sitting at home on...

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Road signs

The first outdoor advertising sign was “Chew...

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Quotes about silence, like: “Loose lips sink...

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“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and...

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“One’s sister is a part of one’s essential...

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“You can discover more about a person in an...

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Spring trees and flowers

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very...

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Who said “Nothing succeeds like success”?...

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happy sun

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to...

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Tax Man

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking...

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“Everybody is a potential murderer. I’ve never...

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“Everybody is a potential murderer. I’ve never...

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Benjamin Franklin

From the noted 18th Century “Poor Richard’s...

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“It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence...

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“It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence...

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Three rules to live by that are concise and...

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Clock at midnight

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it...

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Sunday drive

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an...

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“If fortune turns against you, even jelly...

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Oomph...weight lifting mouse

“For us there is only the trying. The rest is...

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the last frontier

“Only two things are infinite, the universe...

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Eyeball

“The most pathetic person in the world is...

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“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of...

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Pine trees and mountains

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned...

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“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps...

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Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

Quotes from Winnie the Pooh by A.A....

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Will Rogers

“Eventually you will reach a point when you...

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Miscellaneous profound sayings, some giving...

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“The more we elaborate our means of...

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