Famous English Quotations


A “After all is said and done, more is said than done.” Aesop
  “Persuasion is often more effectual than force.” Aesop
  “United we stand, divided we fall.” Aesop
  “When I was born, I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.” Gracie Allen
  “Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” Woody Allen
  “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” Woody Allen
  “I’m not afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen
  “Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.” Woody Allen
  “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.” Woody Allen
  “The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.” Anonymous
  “Love is not about who you live with. It’s about who you can’t live without.” Anonymous
  “A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out” Anonymous
  “Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” Anonymous
  “Good supervision is the art of getting average people to do superior work.” Anonymous
  “Wit is educated insolence.” Aristotle
  “Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.” Aristotle
  “One swallow does not make the spring.” Aristotle
  “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Aristotle
  “We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle
  “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” Aristotle
  “There is safety in numbers.” Anonymous
B “The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” Sir Francis Bacon
  “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” Sir Francis Bacon
  “Knowledge is power.” Sir Francis Bacon
  “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” Sir Francis Bacon
  “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” Honore de Balzac
  “It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” Honore de Balzac
“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” Orlando A. Battisa
  “A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.” Charles Baudelaire
  “There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.” Charles Baudelaire
  “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future. Act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir 
  “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
  “Happiness lies in good health and a bad memory.” Ingrid Bergman
  “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Otto von Bismarck
  “Ability is nothing without opportunity.” Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever.” Napoleon Bonaparte
  “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to ear
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel
  “There are people who have money and people who are rich.” Coco Chanel
  “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” Coco Chanel
  “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” G.K. Chesterton
  “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.” G.K. Chesterton
  “I married an archaeologist because the older I grow the more he appreciates me.” Agatha Christie
  “Very few of us are what we seem.” Agatha Christie
  “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words : freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill 
  “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill
  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
  “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill
  “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill
  “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill
  “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill
  “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” Winston Churchill 
  “You have enemies? Good. 
 That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Winston Churchill
  “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
  “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero
  “Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.” E.M. Cioran
  “Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious” Jean Cocteau
  “I believe in luck; how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?” Jean Cocteau
  “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” l Jean Cocteau
  “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
  “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius
  “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius
  “Men’s natures are alike. It’s their habits that carry them far apart.” Confucius
  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
  “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” Confucius
  The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.” Confucius
  “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” Confucius
  “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” Marie Curie
  “Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. “ Marie Curie
  “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” Marie Curie
  “One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” Marie Curie 
D “The only difference between me and  a madman is that I’m not mad.” Salvador Dali
  “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
  “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin
  “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” Marlene Dietrich
  “Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “Little things affect little minds.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” Benjamin Disraeli
  “Success is the child of audacity.” Benjamin Disraeli 
  “Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together; at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit. Alexandre Dumas
  “All for one and one for all.” Alexandre Dumas0


Five percent of people think; ten percent of people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Edison
  “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison
  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Thomas Edison
  “I never did a day’s work  in my life. It was all fun.” Thomas Edison
  “If there’s a way to do it better … find it.” Thomas Edison
  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certaiin way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison
  “There is no substitute for hard work.” Thomas Edison
  “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison
  “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.” Albert Einstein
  “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
  “Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.” Albert Einstein
  “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein
  “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
  “Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein
  “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein
  “I never think of the future.  It comes soon enough.” Albert Einstein
  “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
  “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein
  “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein
  “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein
  “Only two things are infinite – the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein
  “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein
  “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein
  “When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” Albert Einstein
  “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein
  “You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”  Albert Einstein 
  “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” Albert Einstein  
  “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  “In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you’ve heard the other side.” Euripedes
  “Man’s best possession is a sympathetic wife.” Euripedes
F “A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth, and that is why we call what he writes fiction.” William Faulkner
  “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.” Henry Ford
  “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford
  “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford
  “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Henry Ford
  “The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.” Malcolm Forbes
  “It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.” Anatole France
  “Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France
  “The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.” Anatole France
  “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe.” Anatole France
  “What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.” Anatole France
  “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.” Benjamin Franklin 
  “In order for three people to keep a secret, two must be dead.” Benjamin Franklin  
  “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin
  “Most fools think they are only ignorant.” Benjamin Franklin
  “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Benjamin Franklin
  “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” Anna Freud
  “Men are more moral than they think, and far more immoral that they can imagine.” Sigmund Freud




We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

Galileo Gallilei

  “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” Mahatma Gandhi
  “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” Mahatma Gandhi
  “There is enough on earth for everybody’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi
  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
  “Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” Bill Gates 
  “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.” Charles de Gaulle
  “Graveyards are full of indispensable men.” Charles de Gaulle
  “Formula for success : rise early, work hard, strike oil.” J. Paul Getty
  “Money isn’t everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children” J. Paul Getty
  “If you can actually count your money then you are not a rich man.” J. Paul Getty
  “All the world over I will back the masses against the classes.” William Gladstone
  “Enjoy when you can and endure when you must.” J.W. van Goethe
  “Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  
 Willing is not enough; we must do.”
J.W. van Goethe 
  “Whatever you can do or dream, begin it.” J.W. van Goethe
  “A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.” J.W. van Goethe
  “Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.” J.W. van Goethe
H “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking
  “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Stephen Hawking
  “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” Stephen Hawking
  “Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.” Stephen Hawking
  “Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.” Ernest Hemmingway 
  “Never confuse movement with action.” Ernest Hemmingway
  “There is no better friend than a book.” Ernest Hemmingway
  “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” Alfred Hitchcock
  “Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.” Horace
  “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” Victor Hugo
  “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
  “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo
  “Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.” Victor Hugo
  “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” Aldous Huxley 
  “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” Aldous Huxley
J “In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson
  “Build a life you don’t want a holiday from.” Steve Jobs 
  “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs
  “In school you are given the lesson then the test. In life you are given the test then the lesson.” Steve Jobs 
  “When a child learns to walk and falls 50 times, do you think they say “maybe this isn’t for me”?  Steve Jobs 
  “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs
  “Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” Samuel Johnson
  “Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” Samuel Johnson
  “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
  “Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.” Samuel Johnson
  “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson
  “When making your choices in life, do not forget to live.” Samuel Johnson
  “I am tomorrow when I establish today. I am today when I established yesterday.” James Joyce 
Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life.”

Immanuel Kant

  “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy


  “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy
  “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy
  “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” John F. Kennedy
  “Liberty without learning is always in peril;  learning without liberty is always in vain.” John F. Kennedy
  “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Robert Kennedy
  “More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.” Rose Kennedy
  “Education : the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent. John Maynard Keynes
  “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King
  “The time is always right to do what is right.”  Martin Luther King 
  “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King
  “Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.” Rudyard Kipling
  “A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” Rudyard Kipling
  “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” Rudyard Kipling
  “He travels the fastest who travels alone.” Rudyard Kipling
  “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvellously.” Henry Kissinger
  “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it’s their fault.” Henry Kissinger
L “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.” Dalai Lama
  “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon
  “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
  “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln
  “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln
  “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln
M “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.” Niccolo Machiavelli
  “People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.” Somerset Maugham
  “It is cruel to discover one’s mediocrity only when it is too late.” Somerset Maugham
  “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” Moliere
  “To the soul there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.” Thomas Moore


Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”

Isaac Newton

  “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  “When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” Anais Nin
  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin
O “Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.” Ovid
P “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” Blaise Pascal
  “In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
  “Avoid popularity; it has many snares and no real benefit.” William Penn
  “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn
  “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso 
  “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.” Pablo Picasso
  “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch
  “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Alexander Pope
  “The voyage to discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
R “If you wish to avoid seeing a fool, you must break your mirror.” Francois Rabelais
  “A statesman is a successful politician who is dead.” Thomas BrackettReed
  “The customer is never wrong.” Cesar Ritz
  “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.” F.W. Robertson
  “Many people despise wealth but few know how to give it away.” F. de la Rochefoucauld
  “Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.” F. de la Rochefoucauld
  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt 
  “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  “Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are.” Franklin D. Roosevelt 
  “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt  
  “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt
  “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” Theodore Roosevelt
  “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
  “If it can’t be cured it must be endured.” Salman Rushdie
  “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” John Ruskin

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