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Throughout history, there have been great moments and inspiring people that build an awesome legacy, that can still inspire people to this day! Unfortunately we can't go back in time and live those moments...

What we can do is to go back and rewind the inspiring wise words from those individuals that put their stamp in the history of mankind.

There are lot of words of wisdom and famous sayings we can learn from, some can be considered the best ever written or ever spoken in history.

With that in mind we present you a selection of the 40 most powerful quotes and famous sayings in history in image format.

Today, your coach and motivator will be those famous people that marked their era. Read their takes on many matters: from love to life in general, success vs. failure, or simply words of strength and courage, they will make you feel inspired! Don't worry... our list got you covered, enjoy!

40 Most Powerful Quotes and Famous Sayings In History

1. "Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools." - Napoleon Bonaparte 

2. "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

3. "There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” -  Alexander the Great

4. "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare 

5. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison 

6. "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci

7. "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." - George Washington

8. "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." - Richard Nixon

9. "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall." - Che Guevara 

10. "A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines." - Benjamin Franklin 

11. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

12. "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world." -  Malala Yousafzai

13. "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." - Malcolm X

14. "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right." - Henry Ford 

15. "One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful." - Sigmund Freud

16. "I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine." - Bruce Lee

17. "I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." - Galileo Galilei 

18. "When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt." - Henry J. Kaiser

19. "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

20. "No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess." -  Isaac Newton

21. "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo

22. “I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings." - Mozart 

23. "I came, I saw, I conquered." - Julius Caesar

24. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Martin Luther King

25. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

26. "Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please." - Karl Marx 

27. "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more." - Nikola Tesla

28. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela

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

30. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

31. "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom." - Aristotle

32. "Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself." - Charlie Chaplin 

33. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston S. Churchill

34. "I think; therefore I am." - René Descartes

35. "Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." -  Sun Tzu

36. "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius

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

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

39. "One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying." - Jeanne d'Arc

40. "Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold." - Bob Marley

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Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus Click to tweet

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. Aung San Suu Kyi Click to tweet

No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free. BuddhaClick to tweet

A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire, or preserve his freedom. Malcolm X Click to tweet

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington Click to tweet

He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Click to tweet

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

You can be a scared slave or you can be a brave human being. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Click to tweet

Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing. Ayn Rand Click to tweet

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The Best Freedom Quotes

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Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost Click to tweet

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Virginia Woolf

Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it. Albert Einstein

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry

All the Men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them. Leonard Cohen

True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail. Rajneesh

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela

Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce

Here is my secret: I don’t mind what happens. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. Bob Marley Click to tweet

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. Friedrich Nietzsche Click to tweet

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan

I don’t care whether you’re a top Wall Street banker, if somebody has to tell you when to be at work, what to wear, and how to behave, you’re not a free person. Naval Ravikant

The English did not come to America from a mere love of adventure, nor to truck with or convert the savages, nor to hold offices under the crown, as the French to a great extent did, but to live in earnest and with freedom. Henry David Thoreau

The freedom from something is not true freedom. The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom I am talking about. My vision of freedom is to be yourself. Rajneesh

We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves. Errico Malatesta

Everything can be taken from a man but… the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Victor Frankl

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. Thomas Jefferson

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Jean-Paul Sartre

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? Ralph Waldo Emerson

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. Thich Nhat Hanh

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be. Thomas Jefferson

Its beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. Malcolm X

Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves. Frederick Douglass (This is one of my favorite freedom quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes. Marcus Tullius Cicero Click to tweet

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. Mortimer Adler

Freedom is always at the beginning and not at the end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. Jeffrey Borenstein

Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature. Benjamin Franklin

Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom – to walk free and own no superior. Walt Whitman

See also: What Is Freedom? by Chris Guillebeau, The Art Of Non-Confirmity

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The Most Famous Freedom Quotes (Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Obama, etc.)

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My liberty depends on you being free, too. Barack Obama Click to tweet

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free. Rosa Parks

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. Benjamin Franklin

No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent. Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. Mahatma Gandhi

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw. Nelson Mandela

A part of fate is the freedom of man. Forever wells up the impulse of choosing and acting in his soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty. Mark Twain

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker

As soon as we left the ground, I knew I had to fly. Amelia Earhart

No borders, just horizons – only freedom. Amelia Earhart Click to tweet

We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle. Che Guevara

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! Patrick Henry

You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it. John Adams (Founding Fathers)

However weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties. Alexander Hamilton (Founding Fathers)

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech. Benjamin Franklin

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Martin Luther King Jr

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Martin Luther King Jr

Every subject’s duty is the Kings, but every subject’s soul is his own. William Shakespeare

It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened. Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

Part 1. We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

Part 2. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed — only a little kind of a low chuckle. Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

Part 3. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all — that night, nor the next, nor the next. Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom! William Wallace (Braveheart)

Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people. Albert Einstein

I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought. Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia)

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. Nelson Mandela

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. Henry David Thoreau

Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech. Albert Einstein

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson Click to tweet

Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly. John Lennon

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Short Freedom Quotes

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I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet

Freedom is the power to say no. James Clear

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

Freedom begins between the ears. Edward Abbey

Only the educated are free. Epictetus

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Without freedom there can be no morality. Carl Jung

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. Voltaire

Freedom is dearer than bread or joy. Jessie E. Sampter

You can do anything you decide to do. Amelia Earhart

The lure of flying is the lure of beauty. Amelia Earhart

After you get your freedom, your enemy will respect you. Malcolm X

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. Jean-Paul Sartre

Don’t quack like a duck… soar like an eagle. Kenneth Blanchard

Freedom means choosing your burden. Hephzibah Menuhin

Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison

Power is duty; freedom is responsibility. Marie Dubsky

Freedom is the outside of the inside. Joyce Carey

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. Ralph Ellison

On the other side of fear lies freedom. Unknown

Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the one thing that will set you free. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

Freedom is not for the weak. Tony Calderone

Slavery is the next thing to hell. Harriet Tubman

You’ll be free or die! Harriet Tubman

This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought. Euripides

My vision of freedom is to be yourself. Osho

The function of freedom is to free someone else. Toni Morrison

The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race. Bob Marley Click to tweet

My feet is my only carriage. Bob Marley

It is your attachment that creates hell. Rajneesh

Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? Unknown

If you cannot be free be as free as you can. Ralph Waldo Emerson

He moves fastest who moves alone. Milton Friedman

Resist much, obey little. Walt Whitman

Without virtue there can be no liberty. Benjamin Rush

To be free is to have achieved your life. Tennessee Williams

The best freedom is being yourself. Jim Morrison

Liberty is the first condition of growth. Swami Vivekananda

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Phil Plait

Merely to breathe freely does not mean to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Freedom exists only with power. Friedrich Schiller

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. Frederick Douglass (See also: education quotes)

Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils. General John Stark

Be – don’t try to become. Osho

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When you come to the point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin. Unknown Click to tweet

Freedom is never free. It requires risk taking. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose and to commit ourselves to our goals and values. Paulo Coelho

There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. Charles Kingsley

I value freedom above anything else. Freedom to do what I want, freedom from not doing what I don’t want to do, and freedom from my own reactions and emotions… things that may disturb my peace. Naval Ravikant

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real wealth is not about money. Real wealth is: -not having to go to meetings -not having to spend time with jerks -not being locked into status games -not feeling like you have to say “yes” -not worrying about others claiming your time and energy. Real wealth is about freedom. James Clear

You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others. Henry Rollins

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. Leon Blum

I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy, built on the premise that all people are created equal, and they’re endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. Barack Obama

You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. Malcolm X

You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get it. Then you’ll get it. It’s the only way you’ll get it. Malcolm X

The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba – yes Cuba too. Malcolm X

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. Rumi

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake, of searching and experimenting, of saying no to any authority — literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political. Ignazio Silone

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. Swami Vivekananda

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. Napoleon Bonaparte

In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Bernard Baruch

The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. Baruch Spinoza

Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries? Amelia Earhart

Strong. You can do anything. You can go anywhere. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)

Part 1. Don’t think in terms of comfort; think in terms of freedom. Don’t think in terms of safety, think in terms of being more alive. And the only way to be more alive is to live dangerously, is to risk, is to go on an adventure. Rajneesh

Part 2. And the greatest adventure is not going to the moon – the greatest adventure is going to your own innermost core. Rajneesh

We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free. Henry David Thoreau

The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker. Henry David Thoreau

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. Bob Dylan

When one door is closed. Don’t you know what many more are open. Bob Marley

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Funny And Surprising Freedom Quotes

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Freedom of press is limited to those who own one. H. L. Mencken Click to tweet

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. Oscar Wilde

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. Hubert H. Humphrey

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? Walt Whitman

Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of another. Immanuel Kant

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass Click to tweet

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. H.L. Mencken

You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness. Robert Frost

Nothing matters and that’s a good thing as it sets you free. Naval Ravikant

Never trust the words of a man who is not free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Freedom is not enough. Lyndon B. Johnson

The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. Virginia Woolf

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. Toni Morrison

The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints. Samuel Hendel

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine

The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free. Henry David Thoreau

Men talk of freedom! How many are free to think? Free from fear, from perturbation, from prejudice? Nine hundred and ninety-nine in a thousand are perfect slaves. Henry David Thoreau

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven. Charles Spurgeon

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. Peter Marshall

The whole world seems to live under the banner: “Freedom is wonderful – but only for me.” Isaac Asimov

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke

The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings. Henri-Frederic Amiel

If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Click to tweet

Whatever liberates our spirit, without also giving us mastery over ourselves, is destructive. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires. Thomas Carlyle

Human history begins with man’s act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason. Erich Fromm

If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going. Harriet Tubman

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. Harriet Tubman

Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches. Will Rogers

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression. Gerard K. O’Neill

We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. Ricardo Flores Magon

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. James A. Garfield

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. Margaret Sanger

Nobody’s free until everybody’s free. Fannie Lou Hamer

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We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. Immanuel Kant Click to tweet

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose. Simone Weil

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. Albert Camus

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. Frederick Douglass

Most will give up an acre of freedom for a closet of security. Dr. Idel Dreimer

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. Epictetus

We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire. Eric Hoffer

For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect. Henry David Thoreau

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. Adlai Stevenson

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. Milton Friedman

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Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. Frederick Douglass

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. Dick Cheney

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. Soren Kierkegaard

He who is allowed to do as he likes will soon run his head into a brick wall out of sheer frustration. Robert Musil

Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality. Shannon L. Alder

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains? Francis Wright

Knowledge is an addiction, as drink; knowledge does not bring understanding. Knowledge can be taught, but not wisdom; there must be freedom from knowledge for the coming of wisdom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

To seek fulfillment is to invite frustration. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Freedom is not caprice but room to enlarge. C. A. Bartol

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Freedom Quotes About Life, Personal Freedom, Being Independent, Mental Freedom

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You can only lose what you cling to. Buddha Click to tweet

Let go of your story so the universe can write a new one for you. Marianne Williamson

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. Mortimer J. Adler

Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent. Mike Tyson

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver

One of the purposes of life is to let go of all that baggage you’re dragging around and be free again. Neil Strauss

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. Virginia Woolf

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bronte

Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns. Tara Brach

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. Thucydides

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. Walt Whitman

Being free brings a lightness, a carefree surrender to all that is happening around you, and, above all, an acceptance of reality. Deepak Chopra

Your freedom is a supreme value. Nothing is higher than that. But your freedom is possible only if you are not encaged in your habits, unconscious patterns of living. Change your gestalt from unconsciousness to consciousness. Rajneesh

Desire is our imprisonment. The man who wants nothing, who is absolutely contented as he is, is free of all bondage. He has attained to ultimate freedom, nirvana – and that is the goal of life. Rajneesh

I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you are lucky and work very hard, you may someday get to experience freedom from the known. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click to tweet

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. Lord Byron

Words like “freedom,” “options,” and “choice” evoke a power of possibility far beyond the reality of the benefits they entail. Robert Greene

Freedom from things is dependent on the outside. Freedom to do something is also dependent on the outside. Freedom to be ultimately pure has not to be dependent on anything outside you. Osho

In the end, they wanted security more than they wanted freedom. Edward Gibbon

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Harriet Tubman

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Buddha

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley

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Quotes About Freedom Of Speech, Censorship

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The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet

Every burned book enlightens the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Free people can speak freely. If you fear to speak, you aren’t free. The Stoic Emperor

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. S.G. Tallentyre

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell

Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance. Lyndon B. Johnson

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky

I did not wish to live in a country where the individual does not enjoy equality before the law and freedom to say and teach what he likes. Albert Einstein

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson

We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech – because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth. Barack Obama

I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so. Barack Obama

Some people only speak of freedom of speech while they’re out of power. Once they’re in power, they’re ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. Barack Obama

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book. Walt Whitman

It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree. Leo McKern

Freedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted do not think for themselves. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Government has no right to hurt a hair on the head of an atheist for his opinions. Let him have a care of his practices. John Adams

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi

Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost. Neil Gaiman

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. John Milton

Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable. Stefan Molyneux

It is not so much freedom of speech but the right to truth that great men protect. Criss Jami

Sometimes a people lose their right to remain silent when pressured to remain silent. Criss Jami

You can cage the singer but not the song. Harry Belafonte Click to tweet

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. Voltaire

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. Tom Smothers

Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. Potter Stewart

I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. Nancie J. Carmody

A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad. Albert Camus

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. George Bernard Shaw

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. David Ben-Gurion

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. John Aikin

Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them. Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility. Steven Spielberg

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. Voltaire

See also: Freedom Of Speech By Country (Wikipedia)

Quotes About Responsibility, Discipline, Price Of Freedom

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Through discipline comes freedom. Aristotle Click to tweet

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet. Alice Walker

As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. Malcolm X

The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Robert Greene

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. Paul Tillich

Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better. Swami Vivekananda

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. Eleanor Roosevelt

The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government. Eleanor Roosevelt

He that cannot obey, cannot command. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet

The price of freedom is loneliness. To be happy is to be tied. C.S. Lewis

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom. H. L. Mencken

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Wendell Phillips

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert

Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck

We gain freedom when we have paid the full price. Rabindranath Tagore

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle

Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild. Immanuel Kant

Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace

See also: Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual, By Jocko Willink, Ex Navy-Seal

Freedom Quotes About Love, Marriage, Happiness

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Him that I love, I wish to be free – even from me. Anne Morrow Linbergh Click to tweet

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. Simone de Beauvoir

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou

Love does not claim possession but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

That side of our existence whose direction is towards the infinite seeks not wealth, but freedom and joy. Rabindranath Tagore

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. Thich Nhat Hanh

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Think before you desire a thing. There is every possibility that it will be fulfilled, and then you will suffer. Osho

Meditation is nothing but enjoying your beautiful aloneness. Celebrating yourself; that’s what meditation is all about. Osho

When sex becomes conscious it is love, it is no longer lust. Love brings freedom, and lust simply creates prisons for you. Rajneesh

Love and freedom are such hideous words. So many cruelties have been done in their name. Joseph O’Connor

This isn’t going to be pretty. Rules will be broken. Friendships will be tested. And huge risks will be taken. But they’re small prices to pay for true love and freedom, right? Lisi Harrison

Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom and love within. Brandon Bays

If your purpose is to liberate yourself and others into love and freedom, then you should do whatever magnifies the love and freedom in your life and in the lives of whom your actions affect. David Deida

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Jim Morrison

Real love is considerate but has no concern. Osho

Quotes About Artistic freedom

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The greatest enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles Click to tweet

Art is not a democracy. People don’t get to vote on how it ends. George R. R. Martin (Game Of Thrones)

You shouldn’t be a prisoner of your own ideas. Sol LeWitt

Start with a style and you are in chains, start with an idea and you are free. Richard Avedon

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg

If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking. In the meantime, let me be that I am, and seek not toalter me. William Shakespeare

Like a hustler, you must find your freedom through the fluidity of your thoughts and your constant inventiveness. Robert Greene

You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you. Robert Greene

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle. Balthus

Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. Adyashanti

Complete freedom debilitates art but reveals much about character. Darby Bannard

You feel like a prisoner if you don’t create. You’re jailed up inside of yourself. Edie Brickell

Transfer from external validation to internal self-validation. Freedom means knowing who you are. Miles Patrick Yohnke

Free time is a necessity if you are to exist as an artist. Eleanor Blair

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. Virginia Woolf

I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it. Daniel Boulud

Freedon is a scary thing. Most people don’t want it. Laurie Anderson

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

Liberty, n. One of imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce

The work of art is a scream of freedom. Christo

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Quotes About Spiritual Freedom, Non-attachment, Religion

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A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. Ezra Pound Click to tweet

Freedom is to be free of attachments, and the main attachment is to the ‘I’-self. Mooji

It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Chuck Palahniuk

One is not wise because he talks a good deal. They are wise who are patient, and free from hate and fear. Buddha

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. Buddha

No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding. Ajahn Chah

Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached. Swami Vivekananda

If you can get rid of your attachment to a single thing, you are on the way to liberation. Swami Vivekananda

Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind. Swami Vivekananda

Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. Eckhart Tolle

Once your mind becomes absolutely still, your intelligence transcends human limitations. Jaggi Vasudev

Once there is a distance between you and your thought process, a new freedom is born. With this freedom, a new perception arises. Sadhguru

All meditations are nothing but efforts to bring you to the present. When you live in the present moment, with no past hanging around you, with no future projection, you are free from life and death, you are free from body and mind. You are free – simply free – you are freedom. Rajneesh

The most fundamental message of Gautama the Buddha is not God, is not soul… it is freedom: freedom absolute, total, unconditional. He does not want to give you an ideology, because every ideology creates its own slavery. Rajneesh

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2:16

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Corinthians 3:17

If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Swami Vivekananda

Since most of us are secretly oppressed by our lack of freedom, we are drawn to those who are more fluid and flaunt their difference. Robert Greene

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. Benjamin Franklin

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that, and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness. Lama Surya Das

Let go. Let be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home — at ease. Lama Surya Das

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X Click to tweet

To remember non-attachment is to remember what freedom is all about. If we get attached, even to a beautiful state of being, we are caught, and ultimately we will suffer. We work to observe anything that comes our way, experience it while it is here, and be able to let go of it. Sharon Salzberg

Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go. Thich Nhat Hanh

You are born as freedom. It is just that you have been conditioned to forget it. Layers upon layers of conditionings have made you a puppet. The strings are in somebody else’s hands. Osho

Part 1. Freedom is the ultimate experience of life. There is nothing higher than that. And out of freedom many flowers blossom in you. Osho

Part 2. Love is the flowering of your freedom. Compassion, another flowering of your freedom. All that is valuable in life flowers in the innocent, natural state of your being. Osho

That is the Zen Manifesto: freedom from oneself. Osho

A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done. Ram Dass

That non-attachment gives us the freedom to be exactly who we are. Tara Brach

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Quotes About Freedom, America, United States Of America (USA)

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The best road to progress is freedom’s road. John F. Kennedy Click to tweet

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. Thomas Campbell

We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. Barack Obama

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American. Barack Obama

We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals – opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope. Barack Obama

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt

America’s greatest contribution to the world is its concept of democracy, its concept of freedom, freedom of action, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought. Benazir Bhutto

I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. Kirk Cameron

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom. John Locke

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

America is said to be the arena on which the battle of freedom is to be fought; but surely it cannot be freedom in a merely political sense that is meant. Even if we grant that the American has freed himself from a political tyrant, he is still the slave of an economical and moral tyrant. Henry David Thoreau

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. Samuel Adams

Slaves, though held by the laws of men, are free by the laws of God. John Jay (Founding Fathers)

No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent. John Jay (Founding Fathers)

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington (Founding Fathers)

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. James Madison (Founding Fathers)

If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (Founding Fathers)

A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. James Madison (Founding Fathers)

A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. James Madison (Founding Fathers) Click to tweet

It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams (Founding Fathers)

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Part 4. The Shawshank Redemption Freedom Quotes

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Salvation lies within. Warden Samuel Norton Click to tweet

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

I tell you those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

Part 1. I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

Part 2. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation. As for Andy – he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to. Five hundred yards… that’s the length of five football fields, just shy of half a mile. Ellis Boy “Red” Redding

Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. Andy Dufresne

Part 5. Conclusion

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Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

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400 Deep Quotes That Will Make You Think (In New Ways)

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Greatness comes from the desire to do extraordinary things—to reach beyond the status quo and relentlessly chase your dreams. It all starts with setting and achieving goals, but when you aim higher than where you set your mark, you force yourself to get better, one victory at a time.

There is greatness inside all of us, but first we must choose to be great. With a finite amount of time to live your ideal life, the time to embrace your inner excellence is always now.

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Get started today with these 19 powerful quotes—as a dose of inspiration to spark your journey.

1. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” —Wilma Rudolph

2. “To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

3. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary

4. “Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

5. “Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

6. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” —William Faulkner

7. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” —Og Mandino

8. “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” —William Shakespeare

9. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

10. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” —Mary Kay Ash

11. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” —Theodore Roosevelt

12. “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” —Dorothy Height

13. “Big dreams create the magic that stir men’s souls to greatness.” —Bill McCartney

14. “If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?” —Lee Strasberg

15. “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” —Zig Ziglar

16. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” —Napoleon Hill

17. “When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity.” —Maximillian Degenerez

18. “The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” —Charles R. Swindoll

19. “No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.” —William Hazlitt

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Be inspired by these inspirational quotes to positively influence your day and your life. Inspiring Warren Philip Gates, Success and the Powerful Introvert.

29 Of The Most Powerful Quotes Of All Time

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Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe Click to tweet

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Kahlil Gibran Click to tweet

I rebel; therefore I exist. Albert Camus Click to tweet

If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself. Rumi Click to tweet

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The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. William Arthur Ward Click to tweet

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Oliver Click to tweet

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert A. Heinlein Click to tweet

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert Click to tweet

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The Best Deep Quotes

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Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. Bertrand Russell

He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others. Albert Einstein

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time”, is like saying, “I don’t want to”. Lao Tzu

It is not I who am strong, it is reason, it is truth. Émile Zola

If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. Oscar Wilde

Never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word. It means they learned it by reading. Unknown

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther

As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning. Criss Jami Click to tweet

What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he or she is afraid of losing. Nicholas Nassim Taleb Click to tweet

Sometimes you have to shut your eyes, so you can see the real beauty. Kilian Jornet

To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others. Criss Jami

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire

Take time like the river that never grows stale. Keep going and steady. No hurry, no rush. Rumi

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. Rumi

Do not be lured by the need to be liked: better to be respected, even feared. Robert Greene

There’s always some truth behind “just kidding”, knowledge behind every “I don’t know”, emotions behind “I don’t care” and pain behind “it’s okay”. Unknown

We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves. Bruce Lee

I don’t care that they stole my idea. I care that they don’t have any of their own. Nikola Tesla

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it. Victor Hugo

The wind howls, but the mountain remains still. Japanese proverb Click to tweet

What makes night within us may leave stars. Victor Hugo

Nothing is forever. Everything goes to 0 eventually. Naval Ravikant

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. Lao Tzu

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. Soren Kierkegaard

Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions. Gustave Flaubert Click to tweet

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely. William Faulkner

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. Arthur Rimbaud

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus

A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. Mark Twain

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one. Voltaire (This is one of my favorite deep quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

Part 2. Deep Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Deep Quotes And Thoughts (Lao Tzu, Rumi, Shakespeare, etc.)

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Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Voltaire

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. Rumi

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. Robert Louis Stevenson

Do or do not, there is no try. Yoda

Cleverness is not wisdom. Euripides

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. Alexandre Dumas

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. Gustave Flaubert

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard

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

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides Click to tweet

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. William Faulkner

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

I can resist anything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). Mark Twain

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. Seneca

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Don’t settle, and don’t struggle. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

Conscience doth make cowards of us all. William Shakespeare

People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo

What labels me, negates me. Soren Kierkegaard

Rest in reason; move in passion. Kahlil Gibran

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Carl Jung

To do two things at once is to do neither. Publilius Syrus

Hurt me with the truth. But never comfort me with a lie. Unknown

The prettiest eyes have cried the most. Unknown

The kindest hearts have felt the most pains. Unknown

Success is an iceberg. Unknown

Just do your best and to hell the rest. Unknown

Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God. Victor Hugo

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. Victor Hugo

The merit of all things lies in their difficulty. Alexandre Dumas Click to tweet

Passion is born deaf and dumb. Honoré de Balzac

“I” is another. Arthur Rimbaud

The deeper thought is, the taller it becomes. Dejan Stojanovic

Close both eyes to see with the other eye. Rumi

Of all lies, art is the least untrue. Gustave Flaubert

Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. Bertrand Russell Click to tweet

Life is a constant process of dying. Arthur Schopenhauer

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Beauty will save the world. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

Sin is geographical. Bertrand Russell

What worries you, masters you. John Locke

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. William Faulkner

Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing. William Faulkner

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde

The best fighter is never angry. Lao Tzu

Be – don’t try to become. Osho

Life begins where fear ends. Osho

Whatever you feel, you become. It is your responsibility. Osho

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Inspirational Deep Quotes And Thoughts (Emotional, Profound, Meaningful)

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Are you afraid of the good you might do? Victor Hugo Click to tweet

The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. Nikola Tesla

Full well do I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person should do the thinking and commanding. Albert Einstein

Learn to judge your moves by their long-term effects on people. Robert Greene

Look for the thing you notice but no one else notices. Rick Rubin

I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad. Elon Musk

The fears we don’t face become our limits. Jim Kwik

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. Bertrand Russell

You can tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back. Beverly Rubik

First, see clearly. Next, act correctly. Finally, endure and accept the world as it is. Ryan Holiday

A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains. Criss Jami

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal. Criss Jami

You are judges in this world by how well you bring things to an end. A messy or incomplete conclusion can reverberate for years to come. Robert Greene

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. Victor Hugo

It was scary at first, but every great thing starts out a little scary, doesn’t it?” Unknown

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Henrik Ibsen

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe

The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power. Nikola Tesla

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Arm yourself, my heart: the thing that you must do is fearful, yet inevitable. Euripides

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde

If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. Soren Kierkegaard

He who despairs is wrong. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more. Charlie Munger

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good. William Faulkner

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Muhammad Ali

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. Gustave Flaubert

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. Gustave Flaubert

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. Honoré de Balzac

If you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart. Rumi

Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. Rumi

Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart! Rumi

To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Nikola Tesla

Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. Nikola Tesla

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth. Albert Camus

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet

Your very silence shows you agree. Euripides

All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw

Some people are more certain of everything than I am of nothing. Robert Rubin

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. Albert Einstein

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe Click to tweet

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat. Edgar Allan Poe

I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men. Nikola Tesla

The last 29 days of the month are the toughest! Nikola Tesla

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. Bertrand Russell

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station… William Faulkner

Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again? Winnie The Pooh Click to tweet

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. Winnie The Pooh

They’re funny things, accidents. You never have them till you’re having them. Winnie The Pooh

We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all. Andrew, The Breakfast Club

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde

When reason fails, the devil helps! Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. Mark Twain

Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain

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Very Deep Quotes (That Can Be Dark, Philosophical, Cryptic)

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No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. Carl Jung Click to tweet

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. Neils Bohr

God knows, I prefer people with anxieties, whose tomorrow is threatened by uncertainty. Albert Einstein

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace. Leo Tolstoy

The passion for destruction is also a creative passion. Mikhail Bakunin

One day we will be dead. But today I’ll give it my best not to blame, complain, drain. Today I’ll give my best not to regret or forget. James Altucher

The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer. Terence McKenna

If it is not necessary to decide, it is necessary not to decide. Lord Acton

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. Edgar Allan Poe

There is no truth. There is only perception. Gustave Flaubert

All the problems of older times were scarcity… now they’re all abundance based. Naval Ravikant

Battle not with monsters, lest you become one and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Friederich Nietsche

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. Clarke

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. Kahlil Gibran

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. Arthur Schopenhauer

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat. Victor Hugo

To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I am not deep, but I am very wide. Honoré de Balzac

What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? Soren Kierkegaard

I stick my finger into existence and it smells of nothing. Soren Kierkegaard

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. Euripides

Understand that half the game is keeping quiet, and carefully watching those around you. Robert Greene

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is. Albert Camus

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself. Albert Camus

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim. Bertrand Russell

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

Wise Deep Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. Edward Abbey Click to tweet

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. Victor Hugo

Every strength is also a weakness. The opposite is true as well. Neil Strauss

It’s not how well you play the game, it’s deciding what game you want to play. Kwame Appiah

Where there is no sense of ownership, there is respect. Where there is no hope, there is Truth. Where there is no attachment, there is love. Kapil Gupta

Believe in the you who believes in yourself. Unknown

You don’t deserve what you don’t respect. Unknown

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once. Robert A. Heinlein

Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. Margaret Atwood

All that you are seeking is also seeking you. Franz Kafka

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. Soren Kierkegaard

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. Nilola Tesla

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. Nikola Tesla

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert

The public wants work which flatters its illusions. Gustave Flaubert

Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation. Gustave Flaubert

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers. Victor Hugo

Do not grow to fond of your ideas or too certain of their truth. Robert Greene Click to tweet

Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. Victor Hugo

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better. Victor Hugo

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner

There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion. Edgar Allan Poe

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. John Locke

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke

The only reason we get lost in thought, is because it is unfamiliar territory. Ashton Leinen

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart. Rumi

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids. John Steinbeck

The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said. Edgar Allan Poe

A ‘no’ does not hide anything, but a ‘yes’ very easily becomes a deception. Soren Kierkegaard

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell

There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. William Shakespeare

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Deep Quotes And Proverbs About Love, Romance, Beauty, Kindness

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You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. Oscar Wilde

The very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

When you’re in love, truly in love, you never have to question it. Michael Faudet

When love itself comes to kiss you, don’t hold back. Rumi

Love doesn’t die; the men and women do. William Faulkner

The more one judges, the less one loves. Honoré de Balzac

Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute. Edgar Allan Poe

The sun loved the moon so much, he died every night just to let her breath. Unknown

That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. Jim Morrison

Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. Victor Hugo

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. Kahlil Gibran

When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. Ethiopian proverb

If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy. Cameroon proverb

Love is the poetry of the senses. Honoré de Balzac Click to tweet

Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river. Liberian proverb

If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars? Tunisian proverb

You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you. Nigerian proverb

Where there is love, there is no darkness. Burundi proverb

If you marry a monkey for its wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains. Egyptian proverb

Don’t be so in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining. Madagascar proverb

He who loves, love you with your dirt. Ugandan proverb

A letter from the heart can be read on the face. Kenyan proverb

Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands. Nigerian proverb

Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls. South African proverb

One who loves the vase, loves also what is inside. Kenyan proverb

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Martin Luther King Jr

Hate is easy. Love takes courage. Unknown

It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you. Bertrand Russell

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest. William Shakespeare

How do you spell ‘love’? You don’t spell it, you feel it. Winnie The Pooh

When love prevails, fear departs. Rumi

Deep Quotes About Life

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The soul lives there in the silent breath. Rumi

To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live. Victor Hugo

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver

If you haven’t found something strange during the day it hasn’t been much of a day. John Wheeler

What do you despise? By this are you truly known. Frank Herbert

Modern people sit comfortably in air conditioned rooms and derange themselves with misinformation and hyperbole. “The world is going insane!” they shout at an unhearing screen. The world? Or you? The Stoic Emperor

That little spark you feel as you heal. That’s what life’s about. Unknown

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive. Unknown

Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others. Not realizing that everyone has a different question paper. Unknown

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? Rumi

The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Nikola Tesla

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions. Victor Hugo

The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor. Victor Hugo

I belong to the opposition party, which is called life. Honoré de Balzac

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest. William Faulkner

It’s not when you realise that nothing can help you – religion, pride, anything – it’s when you realise that you don’t need any aid. William Faulkner

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Bertrand Russell Click to tweet

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde

One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels. Gustave Flaubert

We must laugh and cry, enjoy and suffer, in a word, vibrate to our full capacity… I think that’s what being really human means. Gustave Flaubert

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. Soren Kierkegaard

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Oscar Wilde

But how could you live and have no story to tell? Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees. Erwin Schrödinger

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus

Let there be spaces in your togetherness. Kahlil Gibran

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. Seneca

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. Voltaire

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

Deep And Meaningful Quotes About Happiness

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The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Victor Hugo

The happiest people have endured the most pain. Unknown

Being happy for someone else’s success makes you happier. Russ Diemon

A happy person doesn’t have to convince other people they are happy. Either you are or you’re not. And if you are, you’re not taking selfies to show people. Shane Parrish

You are searching the world for treasure, but the real treasure is yourself. Rumi

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Winnie The Pooh

The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience. Mark Manson

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s. Bertrand Russell

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Winnie The Pooh

No one can be sad when they have a balloon. Winnie The Pooh Click to tweet

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? Adam Smith

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. Alexandre Dumas

I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride. Alexandre Dumas

Maybe happiness too is a metaphor invented on a day of boredom. Gustave Flaubert

All the mistakes I ever made in my life were when I wanted to say No, and said Yes. Moss Hart

Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it. Soren Kierkegaard

Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair. Soren Kierkegaard

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of ignorance. Honoré de Balzac

I don’t believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is. Gustave Flaubert

Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory. Gustave Flaubert

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Deep And Meaningful Quotes About Sadness, Depression, Pain, Anger

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The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi

Whatever purifies you is the right path. Rumi

If you trip while running down a hallway, you’ll get a nosebleed. If you trip in life, you cry. Minori

Worrying about rejection may be the same as rejecting yourself. Kaga Kouko

Real depression is when you stop loving the things you love. Unknown

It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you. Leon Brown

Yes, I’m smiling, but deep down I’m crying. Unknown

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. Rumi

Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. Victor Hugo

The most common form of despair is not being who you are. Soren Kierkegaard

The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have. Soren Kierkegaard

If you dig a pit for others to fall into, you will fall into it yourself. Rumi

When you’re happy you enjoy the music, when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. Unknown

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair. Charles Dickens Click to tweet

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Edgar Allan Poe

I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind. Edgar Allan Poe

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. Arthur Schopenhauer

Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy. Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honoré de Balzac

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo

Not being heard is no reason for silence. Victor Hugo

Those who do not weep, do not see. Victor Hugo

A writer is a world trapped in a person. Victor Hugo

Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other. Victor Hugo

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering… Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself. Soren Kierkegaard

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Kahlil Gibran

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. Euripides

Boredom: the desire for desires. Leo Tolstoy

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Deep Quotes And Thoughts About Death

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Death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day. Napoleon Bonaparte

To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths! Edgar Allan Poe

Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die. Edgar Allan Poe

Everybody’s going to die, and nobody’s going to remember you, so fuck it. Billie Eilish

Don’t be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the un-lived life. Angus Tuck, Tuck Everlasting

This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death. Seneca

The risks you keep taking, the challenges you keep overcoming, are like symbolic deaths that sharpen your appreciation for life. Robert Greene

This could be your last throw of the dice: make it count. Robert Greene

To avoid pain, they avoid pleasure. To avoid death, they avoid life. Osho Click to tweet

It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde

The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. Osho

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. Marcus Aurelius

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. J.K. Rowling

Death ends a life, not a relationship. Mitch Albom

I don’t want to die without any scars. Chuck Palahniuk

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Deep Quotes And Thoughts About Friends And Family

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A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle

I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde

I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Oscar Wilde

On the path of love, friend and stranger are one and the same. Rumi

A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside. Winnie The Pooh

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time. Winnie The Pooh

You will encounter thousands of various individuals in your life, and the ability to see them as they are will prove invaluable. Robert Greene

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. Muhammad Ali

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed. Carl Jung

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honoré de Balzac

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet

You don’t meet people by accident. There’s always a reason. A lesson or a blessing. Unknown

Sometimes home isn’t four walls, it’s two eyes and a heartbeat. Unknown

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. Alexandre Dumas

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias. Criss Jami

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anaïs Nin

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. Mark Twain

The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for. Mark Twain

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Deep Quotes About Trust, Faith, Doubt, Confidence

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Never lose hope, my heart. Miracles dwell in the invisible. Rumi

The need for certainty is the greatest disease the mind faces. Robert Greene

We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone. Martin Luther

No prayer is complete without presence. Rumi

Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. Edgar Allan Poe

Trust yourself more and others less. Robert Greene Click to tweet

The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head. Terry Pratchett

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Feynman

You are awareness. You are mind. You are not from this world. I mean, think about it, could you really be from here? Frederick Lenz

You call it hope — that fire of fire! It is but agony of desire. Edgar Allan Poe

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists. Nikola Tesla

All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle. Nikola Tesla

You are braver than you believe. Strong than you seem. And smarter than you think. Winnie The Pooh

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself. Gloria Steinem

Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. Oz, The Wizard of Oz

Power is not miraculous, but intrinsically human and accessible to us all. Robert Greene

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. Rumi Click to tweet

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. Victor Hugo

Doubt is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness. Gustave Flaubert

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. Soren Kierkegaard

It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. Soren Kierkegaard

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. Bertrand Russell

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato

To be radical is to grasp things by the root. Karl Marx

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People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

You can find him on twitter, linkedin, quora, strava, sportstats, pinterest, youtube, instagram or facebook.

Feel free to contact him at any time for questions or help at [email protected]


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