100 Famous Quotes By Great Leaders And Thinkers

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Here are the Top 100 famous quotes of all time by some of the greatest leaders and thinkers of our time, engaging the mind and soul with classic quotations featuring authors from the ages, with wit, wisdom, and words that inspire. Having said that, quotes are only useful if it is understood with an open mind, rather than sharing it blindly on Facebook, make a checklist of quotes you want to follow through and come back in a year’s time to the list, for those that you missed, double the effort in achieving it.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. - Oscar Wilde
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. – Oscar Wilde

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. - Aristotle
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. - Joseph Campbell
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. – Joseph Campbell

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! - Audrey Hepburn
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! – Audrey Hepburn

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. - Buddha
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where there is love there is life. - Mahatma Gandhi
Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. - Aristotle
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Do all things with love. - Og Mandino
Do all things with love. – Og Mandino

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus

Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you. - Loretta Young
Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. – Loretta Young

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. - Robert Frost
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! - Dr. Seuss
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr. Seuss

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. - Democritus
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. – Democritus

Believe you can and you're halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King, Jr
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. Kennedy
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. - A. A. Milne
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. – A. A. Milne

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For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. - Judy Garland
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. – Judy Garland

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. - Ingrid Bergman
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. – Ingrid Bergman

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. - Soren Kierkegaard
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. - Desmond Tutu
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. - Euripides
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. – Euripides

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. - Leo Buscaglia
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. – Leo Buscaglia

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. - William Shakespeare
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. – William Shakespeare

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. - Friedrich Nietzsche
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. - Mother Teresa
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. - Plutarch
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. – Plutarch

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. - Robert H. Schuller
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor E. Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. - Plato
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. - Margaret Mead
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. - George Sand
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. - John C. Maxwell
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. - Thomas Aquinas
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. – Thomas Aquinas

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas A. Edison
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. - Anne Frank
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. – Anne Frank

Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien
Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. - Simone de Beauvoir
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. – Simone de Beauvoir

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. - Voltaire
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. - Jesus Christ
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – Jesus Christ

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. - Aldous Huxley
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley

You can't blame gravity for falling in love. - Albert Einstein
You can’t blame gravity for falling in love. – Albert Einstein

Love has no age, no limit; and no death. - John Galsworthy
Love has no age, no limit; and no death. – John Galsworthy

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. - George Orwell
Happiness can exist only in acceptance. – George Orwell

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. – Sigmund Freud

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu

Independence is happiness. - Susan B. Anthony
Independence is happiness. – Susan B. Anthony

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. - Thomas Carlyle
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. – Thomas Carlyle

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. - Napoleon Hill
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. - George Washington
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. – George Washington

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. - Satchel Paige
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. – Satchel Paige

Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. - Karl A. Menninger
Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. – Karl A. Menninger

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. - Khalil Gibran
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. – Khalil Gibran

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. - William Blake
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. – William Blake

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. - Will Rogers
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

The only journey is the one within. - Rainer Maria Rilke
The only journey is the one within. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. - Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. – Francis of Assisi

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - Edgar Allan Poe
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. - Jane Austen
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. – Jane Austen

Learning never exhausts the mind. - Leonardo da Vinci
Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. - Henry James
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. – Henry James

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. - Niccolo Machiavelli
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. – Niccolo Machiavelli

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. – Indira Gandhi

There is nothing permanent except change. - Heraclitus
There is nothing permanent except change. – Heraclitus

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. - Ernest Hemingway
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. – Ernest Hemingway

I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else. - John Keats
I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else. – John Keats

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