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We see them in greeting cards, on decorative placards, and in the pages of books and anthologies. Quotes touch our lives every day. From the silly to the thoughtful, we use quotes to convey emotion, give insight, and help to make difficult ideas, moments and experiences, easier to understand and relate to. The following is a collection of quotes for everyday life and can be used in a variety of different situations.

“Do what you can – with what you have – where you are.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“There is something that is much more scare, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.”

-Robert Half

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”

-Alden Nowlan

“At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence?”

-Jules Feiffer

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

-Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“CALAMITY, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”

-Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

“Risk — If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn’t know how wide it is, he’ll jump and six times out of ten he’ll make it.”


“One hundred years from now It will not matter What kind of car I drove, What kind of house I lived in, How much money I had in my bank account, Nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better Because I was important in the life of a child.”


“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.”

-George Bernard Shaw.

“I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood—sex and the dead.”

-William Butler Yeats

“Everything is drive-through. In California, they even have a burial service called Jump-In-The-Box.”

-Wil Shriner

“Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”

-Alexander Hamilton

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.”

-Albert Einstein

“Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.”

-Vernon Law

“Fortune is a prize to be won. Adventure is the road to it. Chance is what may lurk in the shadows at the roadside.”

-O. Henry

“No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

-Alan Watts

“We believe that the possibility of the future far exceeds the accomplishment of the past. We review the past with the common sense, but we anticipate the future with transcendental senses. In our sanest moments we find ourselves naturally expecting or prepared for far greater changes than any which we have experienced within the period of distinct memory, only to be paralleled by experiences which are forgotten.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him and which worthily used will be a gift also to his race.”

-John Ruskin

“Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.”

-George Bancroft

“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”

-Marcel Proust

“He not busy being born is busy dying.”

-Bob Dylan

“Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

-Guatama Buddha

“I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.”

-Martha Washington

“Hate and mistrust are the children of blindness.”

-Sir William Watson

“Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

-Richard  Nixon

“To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but we must sail and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”

-Salvador Dali

“An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.”


“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

-Oscar Wilde

“The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.”

-Jerry M. Wright

“Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.”

-John Locke

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