One Hit Wonder Quotes

Not every wise man or woman used a thousand letters just to make a point. Some of the smartest people proved that one great quote can be enough to earn a place in history.

Here are all the so-called one hit wonders of The Cite Site.

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”


“Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration.”


“I praise loudly. I blame softly.”

Catherine the Great

“Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.”

Guru Nanak

“When children play, they exercise their senses, their intellect, their emotions, their imagination—keenly and energetically… To play is to explore, to discover and to experiment. Playing helps children develop ideas and gain experience. It gives them a wealth of knowledge and information about the world in which they live—and about themselves. So to play is also to learn. Play is fun for children. But it’s much more than that—it’s good for them, and it’s necessary… Play gives children the opportunity to develop and use the many talents they were born with.”


“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”

Louis XIV

“He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.”


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”

Miss Piggy

“Just do it!”

Nike, Inc.

“Everything not saved will be lost.”


“He conquers who endures.”


“Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm.”

Pope Paul VI

“Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.”


“Man is the measure of all things.”


“Every man is the architect of his own future.”


“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.”


“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”


“He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.”


“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”


“Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.”


“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

Dean Acheson

“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

“All television is children's television.”

Richard P. Adler

“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.”

George Aiken

“Like a lump of clay in the hands of the creator, we are forever being molded by life’s experiences.”

Feyisara Aladese

“My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing.”

Jessica Alba

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”

Herm Albright

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”

F. Matthias Alexander

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”

Shana Alexander

“It is sad to be an exception. But it's even sadder to be none.”

Peter Altenberg

“A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.”

Jeffery Amherst

“Death has this much to be said for it:
You don’t have to get out of bed for it.
Wherever you happen to be
They bring it to you—free.”

Kingsley Amis

“Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.”

Wally Amos

“No matter how slow you run, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.”

Davey Anderson

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

Greg Anderson

“Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”

Jean Anouilh

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

Lance Armstrong

“Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.”

Matthew Arnold

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”

W. H. Auden

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Berthold Auerbach

“Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.”

Alfred Austin

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

Roger Babson

“The greatest justice in life is that your vision and looks tend to go simultaneously.”

Kevin Bacon

“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

Robert Baden-Powell

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

Lucille Ball

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

Hosea Ballou

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”

Jim Barksdale

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”

Matsuo Bashō

“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.”

Martha Beck

“Learn the rules, break the rules, make up new rules, break the new rules.”

Marvin Bell

“Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.”

Stella Benson

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”

Edgar Bergen

“To be is to be perceived.”

George Berkeley

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”

Hector Berlioz

“Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.”

Dorothy Bernard

“It is not moral to lie, but you don’t always have to tell the truth.”

Ignaz Bernstein

“I'm fairly certain that YOLO is just Carpe Diem for stupid people.”

Jack Black

“I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure.”

Lawana Blackwell

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”

David Bly

“While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.”

Giovanni Boccaccio

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Paul Boese

“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.”

Jon Bon Jovi

“Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“In the Garden of Eden Eve showed more courage than Adam. When the serpent offered the forbidden fruit. She knew that there was something better than paradise.”

Cesare Borgia

“Time isn’t a commodity, something you pass around like a cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they’re really asking for a chunk of your life.”

Antoinette Bosco

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.”

Phyllis Bottome

“Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.”

Karl Bowman

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Hal Boyle

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet

“Let me not seem to have lived in vain. ”

Tycho Brahe

“In every man, there is a sleeping giant. When the giant awakes, miracles happen.”

Max Brand

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Dorothea Brande

“Someday is not a day of the week.”

Denise Brennan-Nelson

“If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you tried.”

David Brent

“Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.”

David Brinkley

“I look like the kind of guy who has a bottle of beer in my hand.”

Charles Bronson

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”

Charlotte Brontë

“Sometimes you just need to run away just to see who will come after you.”

Lisa Brooks

“Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.”

Hobart Brown

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”

Rita Mae Brown

“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”

Giordano Bruno

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved”

William Jennings Bryan

“True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.”

Edna Buchanan

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.”

Leo J. Burke

“Opposites attract. If two people just alike get married, one of you is unnecessary.”

Larry Burkett

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”

Daniel H. Burnham

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on”

William S. Burroughs

“Sex is like air, it’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.”

John Callahan

“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.”

Al Capone

“I think the problem is that geography, like far too many things, is presented as dry and dull and boring by people who must have personally found it that way. I don't think it has to be... We don't use the word 'educational' anywhere on any of our products. The term translates into 'boring' in kidspeak. I prefer 'explorational'.”

Doug Carlston

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Amy Carmichael

“To progress again, man must remake himself. And he cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor. In order to uncover his true visage he must shatter his own substance with heavy blows of his hammer.”

Alexis Carrel

“It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Lewis Carroll

“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in you will interest other people.”

Rachel Carson

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”

Paul Cézanne

“The value of Dhamma isn’t to be found in books. Those are just the external appearances of Dhamma; they’re not the realization of Dhamma as a personal experience. If you realize the Dhamma, you realize your own mind. You see the truth there. When the truth becomes apparent it cuts off the stream of delusion.”

Ajahn Chah

“The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.”

Oswald Chambers

“The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.”

Nicolas Chamfort

“It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.”

William Kingdon Clifford

“I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?”

Jean Cocteau

“There aren't reasons why you like this song or this piece of music, or don't like it. It's just, it's either right or wrong, you know?”

Ethan Coen

“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.”

Eddie Colla

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”

Marva Collins

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

James Bryant Conant

“Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”

James R. Cook

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

Elvis Costello

“When you're skating on thin ice you may as well tap dance.”

Bryce Courtenay

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

Norman Cousins

“The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.”

Robert R. Coveyou

“Tips are for waiters.”

Jim Cramer

“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.”

Norm Crosby

“You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else's point of view.”

Penélope Cruz

“Fake it 'til you become it.”

Amy Cuddy

“Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.”

Elizabeth David

“Your grades in school, your scores on the SAT, mean less for life success than your capacity to co-operate, your ability to regulate your emotions, your capacity to delay your gratification, and your capacity to focus your attention.”

Richard Davidson

“The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.”

Doris Day

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”

Simone de Beauvoir

“Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”

Jules de Gaultier

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”

Delphine de Girardin

“The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy.”

Catherine Charlotte de Gramont

“There is in gardens a plant which one ought to leave dry, although most people water it. It is the weed called envy.”

Cosimo de' Medici

“Put up with it and you will get more of it.”

Lynne Deal

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life”

Charles Dederich

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”

Eugène Delacroix

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.”

Charles DeLint

“Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.”

Jimmy Demaret

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

William Dement

“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

Cecil B. DeMille

“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

Edsger W. Dijkstra

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Phyllis Diller

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Roy O. Disney

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

Jack Dixon

“A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.”

Fats Domino

“If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.”

Norman Douglas

“It’s okay to look back at the past. Just don’t stare.”

Benjamin Dover

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

Margaret Drabble

“None are so busy as the fool and knave.”

John Dryden

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

Charles Du Bos

“Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.”

Daphne du Maurier

“The artist performs only one part of the creative process. The onlooker completes it, and it is the onlooker who has the last word.”

Marcel Duchamp

“The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.”

Finley Peter Dunne

“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.”

Gordon A. Eadie

“Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.”

Tryon Edwards

“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”

Rita Emmett

“Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.”

Joseph Epstein

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.”

Ludwig Erhard

“It's not a nice thing to send a penis to a woman. It's disrespectful.”

Janet Evanovich

“The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.”

Frederick William Faber

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”

Georg Fabricius

“We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years.”

Nick Faldo

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner

“Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?”

Jules Feiffer

“Until you know that life is interesting - and find it so - you haven't found your soul.”

Geoffrey Fisher

“Whenever I hear, 'It can't be done,' I know I'm close to success.”

Michael Flatley

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.”

Jodie Foster

“It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.”

Betty Friedan

“The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is lunch.”

Michael Friedman

“The human body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.”

Rich Froning

“The television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.”

David Frost

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

James A. Froude

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”

Robert Fulghum

“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.”

Millard Fuller

“What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?”

France Gall

“Where facts are few, experts are many.”

Donald R. Gannon

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

Judy Garland

“I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.”

Frank Gehry

“There is no greater mistake than to try to leap an abyss in two jumps.”

David Lloyd George

“A doctor saves lives — It's up to people to create lives that are worth saving.”

Phil Gold

“When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.”

Whoopi Goldberg

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”

Arthur Golden

“Genius is creative, but not predictive.”

Tom Goldenberg

“The impossible is often the untried.”

Jim Goodwin

“It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.”

Annie Gottlier

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”

Billy Graham

“Perfectionism is often an excuse for procrastination.”

Paul Graham

“Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.”

Robert Graves

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

Farrah Gray

“I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.”

Richard Greenberg

“Time is the currency of everyone’s life.”

Joel Greenblatt

“Astrology's roots lie in an ancient world-view which perceived the universe as a single living organism, animated by divine order and intelligence.”

Liz Greene

“You can do as much as you think you can,
But you’ll never accomplish more;
If you’re afraid of yourself, young man,
There’s little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It’s there if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you’re going to do it.”

Edgar A. Guest

“Meditation is not about anybody telling you what you should believe or experience. Meditation is the process of looking within yourself, of strengthening the connection to your deepest sense of self, of finding the essence of yourself within yourself and realizing that essence as the essence of the greater self that pervades all people and all things, the universal self.”

Dada Gunamuktananda

“Finding and living our Soul Purpose is the process of looking beyond our desires to see what people around us want and then providing it for them in such a way that it also provides us with the highest levels of joy and fulfillment.”

Garrett Gunderson

“Any woman who thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is aiming about 10 inches too high.”

Adrienne E. Gusof

“Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.”

Thomas Guthrie

“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.”

Violet Haberdasher

“You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.”

Barbara Hall

“We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.”

Lynn Hall

“Everyone has complicated lives, but the more you can simplify it and make it work for you, the better it is going to be.”

Lewis Hamilton

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

Scott Hamilton

“You create your opportunities by asking for them.”

Patti Hansen

“And you ask “what if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”

Erin Hanson

“What people think of you is none of your business.”

Amy Hatvany

“By perceiving ourselves as part of the river, we take responsibility for the river as a whole.”

Václav Havel

“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.”

Bob Hawke

“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”

Timber Hawkeye

“You can't please all of the people all of the time, and last night all of those people came to my show.”

Mitch Hedberg

“No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.”

Jascha Heifetz

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

Nelson Henderson

“21st century kids are being taught by 20th century adults using 19th century curriculum and techniques on an 18th century calendar!”

Tom Hierck

“Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”

Mary Hirsch

“The work that you do when procrastinating is probably the work that you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Jessica Hische

“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.”

Richard Hooker

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.”

Bob Hope

“Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.”

Fred Hoyle

“Get pleasure out of life... as much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure.”

Sol Hurok

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

John Irving

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

Andrew Jackson

“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”

Jesse Jackson

“People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it.”

Arne Jacobsen

“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”

Tove Jansson

“When you work for other people you'll find... that they do know what's best for them, and for the company. And you should listen to them and be respectful, but they don't know what's best for you.”

Mike Judge

“When you stop complaining, you start looking for solutions.”

Noah Kagan

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”

Frida Kahlo

“The whole point of being an artist is to have no agenda. To say, you know, I don't know what I am going to do tomorrow, I don't know what it's going to look like, and I'm going to have a go at it.”

Anish Kapoor

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.”

Danny Kaye

“Remove every barrier you can to fandom. A fan will be an evangelist for your work.”

Dave Kellett

“Fail faster. Succeed sooner.”

David M. Kelley

“Every burden is a blessing.”

Walt Kelly

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“Don't sacrifice your political convictions for the convenience of the hour.”

Ted Kennedy

“It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”

Elizabeth Kenny

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”

Nikita Khrushchev

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”

Victor Kiam

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

B.B. King

“Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

Greg King

“We're headed toward a two-tiered society -- a society that's destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the rich.”

David Koch

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Friedrich Koenig

“I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.”

Käthe Kollwitz

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.”

Vivian Komori

“When life hands us a beautiful bouquet of flowers we stare at it in cautious expectation of a bee.”

Dean Koontz

“Behavioral economics tells us that people often focus too much on the wrong things, and tend to focus on aspects of the job that are salient. So, for example, the pay is salient, especially the starting pay.”

Alan Krueger

“In most pursuits, one's self is one of the biggest hurdles to get over. You can't pursue something and be committed to it if you're apologizing for it at every party.”

Lisa Kudrow

“A good beginning makes a good end.”

Louis L'Amour

“Intuition isn't the enemy, but the ally, of reason.”

John Kord Lagemann

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

Lucy Larcom

“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”

Doug Larson

“A creator is a scientist, an artist, and a businessperson in one.”

Sahil Lavingia

“I cannot trust a man to control others if he cannot control himself.”

Robert. E. Lee

“We live in the best of all possible worlds.”

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.”

Jack Lemmon

“A successful business is either loved or needed.”

Ted Leonsis

“A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.”

Kurt Lewin

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

William Mather Lewis

“Organized perception is what art is all about.”

Roy Lichtenstein

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”

Walter Lippmann

“He who does not desire or fear the uncertain day or capricious fate, is equal to the gods above and loftier than mortals.”

Justus Lipsius

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”

Blake Lively

“Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black, and the aesthete unoffended.”

Raymond Loewy

“Running away will never make you free.”

Kenny Loggins

“Just because there is a problem doesn't mean that we have to solve it, if the cure is going to be more expensive than the original ailment.”

Bjorn Lomborg

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Jack London

“When things are bad, it's the best time to reinvent yourself.”

George Lopez

“Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don't pick your nose.”

Jeff Mallett

“The crux of the matter, is that people don't understand the true nature of money. It is meant to circulate, not be wrapped up in a stocking.”

Guglielmo Marconi

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Joshua J. Marine

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.”

Ralph Marston

“Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.”

Elsa Maxwell

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”

William Gibbs McAdoo

“I firmly believe that one of the hallmarks of a champion – any champion – is the ability to absorb losses and regain confidence immediately.”

John McEnroe

“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead.”

Bill McGlashen

“Test your assumptions ruthlessly. The repercussions of doing what you want are vastly overrated.”

Jonathan Mead

“Just because we've been dealt a certain hand, it doesn't mean that we can't choose to rise above – to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted. To try to retain whatever essential humanity we can.”

Stephenie Meyer

“A man who thinks he has a higher purpose can do terrible things, even to those he professes to love.”

Denise Mina

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

Piet Mondriaan

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.”

Henry Moore

“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.”

Julianne Moore

“Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

Mary Tyler Moore

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.”

Thomas More

“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”

John Viscount Morley

“Like Liberty, gold never stays where it is undervalued.”

John Morrill

“When we can sustain the land, it can sustain us.”

Rosemary Morrow

“A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.”

Walter Mosley

“To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer.”

Herbert J. Muller

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”

Lewis Mumford

“My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”

Vladimir Nabokov

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.”

Goi Nasu

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

Martina Navratilova

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

Patricia Neal

“Of those who say nothing, few are silent.”

Thomas Neill

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Willie Nelson

“Find the song that only you can sing.”

Lisa Nichols

“Don't listen to her, listen through her.”

Stevie Nicks

“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right!”

Larry Niven

“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”

Richard Nixon

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.”

Bill Nye

“Not sharing an opportunity to learn is a cardinal sin.”

Paul H. O’Neill

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”

Anthony G. Oettinger

“The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct.”

William of Ockham

“Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.”

Lane Olinghouse

“If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

Aristotle Onassis

“The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato – the best part under ground.”

Thomas Overbury

“To want to be what one can be is purpose in life.”

Cynthia Ozick

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”

Marcel Pagnol

“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”

Arnold Palmer

“Begin with the end in mind.”

Jay Papasan

“If you don't make a mistake, you're not trying hard enough.”

Charlie Parker

“Procrastination is like credit card, it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.”

Christopher Parker

“Winners lose more than losers. They win and lose more than losers, because they stay in the game.”

Terry Paulson

“To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.”

Anna Pavlova

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Joseph Chilton Pearce

“I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.”

Steven Pearl

“Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.”

Evita Perón

“I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.”

Fritz Perls

“You have a choice. It may not be a choice you like, but it is still a choice.”

Michelle Pfeiffer

“Let some holy ambition invade our souls, so that, dissatisfied with mediocrity, we shall eagerly desire the highest things and shall toil with all our strength to obtain them, since we may if we wish.”

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a religion.”

Robert M. Pirsig

“The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh.”

Amy Poehler

“There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.”

Lester J. Pourciau

“When deeds speak, words are nothing.”

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“The future is much like the present, only longer.”

Dan Quisenberry

“I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”

Gilda Radner

“The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.”

Walter Raleigh

“A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.”

Amit Ray

“Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

Charles Reade

“Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.”

Condoleezza Rice

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.”

Jerry Rice

“Risk is what’s left when you think you’ve thought of everything.”

Carl Richards

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

Jacob Riis

“I have no methods; all I do is accept people as they are.”

Joan Rivers

“Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.”

Tom Robbins

“f you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Nora Roberts

“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”

David Rockefeller

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”

Auguste Rodin

“There's no such thing as a self-made man. I've had much help and have found that if you're willing to work, many people are willing to help you.”

O. Wayne Rollins

“There are no statues built to those who lived lives of mediocrity, and on the tomb of no heroes will you find the words, he played it safe.”

John Romaniello

“The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.”

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary.”

Julius Rosenwald

“Every successful person I know has humility at their core. When you become more secure in yourself and who you are, you become more humble.”

David Rubenstein

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein

“In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.”

Rita Rudner

“The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

Yves Saint-Laurent

“Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.”

William Saroyan

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

Allen Saunders

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

Diana Scharf Hunt

“One can remain eternally young if, each day, one grows rich by marvellous moments.”

Romy Schneider

“For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.”

J. William Schopf

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”

Ernst F. Schumacher

“If you would not step into the harlot's house, do not go by the harlot's door.”

Thomas Secker

“The truth is that the only education is self-education. Teachers can impart information and make suggestions, but they are like sign-posts—they can only by example and precept point out the way. A sign-post is of no earthly use unless the person who consults it wants to go somewhere.”

Robert Shafer

“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.”

John A. Shedd

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”

William H. Sheldon

“As Terence McKenna observed, “Modern science is based on the principle: ‘Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.’ The one free miracle is the appearance of all the mass and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it in a single instant from nothing.”4”

Rupert Sheldrake

“Pay no attention to what critics say. A statue has never been erected to a critic.”

Jean Sibelius

“In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.”

Jose Simon

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

“What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did.”

Peter Singer

“Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.”

Swami Sivananda

“The knowledge of Natural-History, being Observation of Matters of Fact, is more certain than most others, and in my slender Opinion, less subject to Mistakes than Reasonings, Hypotheses, and Deductions are; ... These are things we are sure of, so far as our Senses are not fallible; and which, in probability, have been ever since the Creation, and will remain to the End of the World, in the same Condition we now find them.”

Hans Sloane

“You’re supposed to expand your mind to fit the art, you’re not supposed to chop the art down to fit your mind.”

Steven Soderbergh

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”

Mark Spitz

“In reality, there is no such thing as an inflation of prices, relative to gold. There is such a thing as a depreciated paper currency.”

Lysander Spooner

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

Roger Staubach

“Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”

Rex Stout

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.”

Meryl Streep

“A good rule of thumb for many things in life holds that things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.”

Larry Summers

“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”

Maurice Switzer

“Great products sell themselves.”

Kevin Systrom

“Freedom is not an essential and basic condition for the growth of science; the care and diligence of government authorities are the most important conditions for this development.”

Vasily Tatishchev

“A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.”

Bert Leston Taylor

“A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.”

Leon Tec

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom

“Let your mind alone, and see what happens.”

Virgil Thomson

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.”

Paul Tillich

“Never tell a man you can read him through and through; most people prefer to be thought enigmas.”

George Townshend

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

Calvin Trillin

“People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.”

Peter Ustinov

“You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.”

Iyanla Vanzant

“The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.”

Eddie Vedder

“You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong.”

Alessandro Volta

“I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things. ”

Lech Wałęsa

“By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Charles Wadsworth

“Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.”

Stanley Walker

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

Russell Warren

“Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.”

A. H. Weiler

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

Morris West

“Less is often more.”

Christoph Martin Wieland

“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”

Billy Wilder

“Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.”

William Winans

“If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had.”

Amy Winehouse

“If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!”

Jonathan Winters

“You suffer a lot more hiding something than if you face up to it.”

Alexander Woo

“You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself.”

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

“Love the giver more than the gift.”

Brigham Young

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Edward Young

“Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”

Zhuang Zhou

“I used to be upset by reviews, until I saw who wrote them.”

Rob Zombie

“Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there.”

David Zucker