famous quotes

some of my favorite and thought provoking quotes

Ernest Hemingway

"Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey."

Ben Huh

"Human nature has a tendency to admire complexity, but reward simplicity."

Bertrand Russell

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."


"Common sense is not so common."

Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

"Thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity."

C.S. Lewis

"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame."


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once."

Emily Dickinson

"Because I could not stop for Death -- He kindly stopped for me -- The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality."

Dante Alighieri

"Avarice, envy, pride, Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all On Fire."

e e cummings

"Be of love (a little) more careful than of anything"

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Benjamin Franklin

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of."

William Shakespeare

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."

Ronald Reagan

"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15."

Abraham Lincoln

"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."

Ronald Reagan

"Isn’t it strange that … people build walls to keep an enemy out, and there’s only one part of the world and one philosophy where they have to build walls to keep their people in?"

William Shakespeare

"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies."

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."


"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something."

King George III of England on July 4, 1776

"Nothing of importance happened today."

Harry S. Truman

"Its amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

Thomas Edison

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Mark Twain

"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."

A. Whitney Brown

"There's a lot we should be able to learn from history. And yet history proves that we never do. In fact, the main lesson of history is that we never learn the lessons of history."

Albert Einstein

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

George Carlin

"What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?"

Hector Berlioz

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

Australian Aboriginal Proverb

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home."