50 Famous Quotes: Wisdom to Help You Live, Love, and Laugh

A compilation of fifty quotes by famous people, from Einstein to Mae West, and Picasso to Mark Twain.

Over the years, I've compiled an assortment of my favourite quotes garnered from vast reading. It's an accumulation of the little tidbits I find thought-provoking, wise, funny, useful, and generally applicable to simply being human.  For me, it is not as important that these quotes were made by famous people (although, knowing something of the source can add to the impact or amusement of the quote)...it's more about how applicable they are to the complexities of my life at the moment that lends it credence.  (Also, quips made by everyday folk aren't too often written about, quoted, and readily at hand to refer to.)  So, I figured that others might also find some use or interest in having a collection of just this sort.  Here are fifty of my favourites (so far); some wit and wisdom to help you live, love and laugh along the way.  Enjoy!

Oscar Wilde:

1.  Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

2.  Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

3.  Hatred is blind, as well as love.

Shakespeare:

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

Robert Frost:

5.  A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone

6.  Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

7.  I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.

8.  Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Sir Winston Churchill: 

9.   By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

10.  Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

11.  A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

12.  He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

13.  Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

Albert Einstein:

14.  Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

15.  Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

16.  Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

17.  He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

18.  I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

19.  Information is not knowledge.Photo Source

Auguste Rodin:

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

21.  I invent nothing. I rediscover.

Pablo Picasso:

22.  I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

23.  Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.

24.  Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

25.  For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

26.  What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

27.  Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.

28. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin:

29.  Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

30.  Well done, is better than well said.

31.  Nothing preaches better than the act.

Mark Twain:

32.  If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

33.  To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.

34.  It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

35.  The way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

36.  When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.

Will Rogers:

37.  So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

Dolly Parton:

38.  The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

39.  You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!

Woody Allen:

40.  If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.

41.  You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.

Martin Luther King Jr.:

42.  The time is always right to do what is right.

Groucho Marx:

43.  I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.

Napoleon Hill:

44.  A goal is a dream with a deadline.

45.  Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

Henry Ford:

46.  Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!

Mae West:

47.  Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.

48.  I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

John Lennon:

49. Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Miss Piggy:

50.  Never eat more than you can lift.

Sources and Post Script:  As many of these quotes have been included in numerous books, magazines, biographies, on television, etc., (and I didn't record all my initial sources when I began compiling this years ago), it's not possible to mention all possible sources where these quotes could exist.  I do give credit to the Reader's Digest over the years, for it was this magazine which first intrigued me with their small editorial, "Quotable Quotes" when I was a young girl, and where some of these have been printed.  In some cases, I have encountered variations of these quotes, in which case I have gone to the Internet to try to establish accuracy.  I feel I have done my due diligence; if there are errors still to be found, please inform me and I will happily make corrections.  Sunset photo is my own.

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