Quote collection

“The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.”

“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.”

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”

“It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.”

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George B Shaw quotes

“Life is a disease; and the only difference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.”

“Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance.”

“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well s you.”

“People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them.

“My way of joking is telling the truth; that is the funniest joke in the world.”

“Remember, our conduct is influenced not by our experience but by our expectations.”

“I never though much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from the people.”

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

“Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use.”

“The secret to forgiving everything is to understand nothing.”

“Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.”

“Absolute honesty is as absurd an abstraction as an absolute temperature or an absolute value.”

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”

“Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one.”

“The man who listens reason is lost: Reason enslaves all whose mind are not strong enough to master her.”

“Nothing makes a man so selfish as work.”

“The harder I work the more I live.”

“Most people do not pray; they only beg.”

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

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My 10 favourite quotes

1.”I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
2.”Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.” -Johann W von Goethe
3.”When in doubt, don’t” -Ben Franklin
4.”The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.” -Aristotle
5.”Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu
6.”The only failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” -Buddha
7.”Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.” -Publilius Syrus
8.”Only life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -Albert Einstein
9.”Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets planning” -Thomas A edison
10.”While we are postponing life sweeps by.” -Seneca

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Quote collection #7 (50 quotes)


“Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, the repetition kills the wretch at last.”

“Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.”

“Virtue is the one and only nobility.”

“Here we all live in a state of ambitious poverty.”

“Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends.”


“The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.”

“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.”

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”

“It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.”

“Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.”

“It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.”

“Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little.”

“Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.”


“When he that speaks, and he to whom he speaks, neither of them understand what is meant, that is metaphysics.”

“Minds differ still more than faces.”

“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”

“Work is often the father of pleasure.”


“Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

“Moderation in all things.”

“For nowaday deference gets you friends, honesty gets you hated.”

“Extreme law is often extreme injustice.”

Oscar Wilde

“I don’t like principles. I prefer prejudices.”

“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.”

“When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.”

“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

Ralph W Emerson

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

“Do what you are afraid to do.”

“Enthusiasm is mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

Martin Luther

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”

“You are not only responsible of what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree.”

“Reason is the enemy of faith.”


“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”

“One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.”

“I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.”

Ben Franklin

“Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.”

“A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone.”

“Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.”

“Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

“Games lubricate the body and the mind.”

“Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect.”

“He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world.”

“Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half of the world.”

“Every situation, every moment – is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”

“He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.”

“What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.”

“Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.”


“The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations; to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.”

“Fate leads the willing and drags the unwilling.”

“I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”


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Quotes collection #6 (59 quotes)

Dalai Lama

“All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of a few.”

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”

“Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.”

“The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.”


“The averice of mankind is insatiable.”

“It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and first began to philosophize.”

“We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed are one.”

“Obstinate people can be divided into the opionated, the ignorant, and the boorish.”

“A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time consealing its art.”

“Evil draws men together.”


“Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

“They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.”

“give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.”

“Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.”

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

Quintus Ennius

“Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”

“A little moralizing is good – a little: I like a taste, but not a bath of it.”

“He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.”

“They hate whom they fear.”

“No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.”

“He hath freedom whoso beareth clean and constant heart within.”


“Go forth a conqueror and win great victories.”

“Fortune favors the bold.”

“Love conquers all.”

“Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.”

“Mind moves matter.”

“Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.”

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

“Endure the present, and watch for better things.”

“Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you.”

“Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.”

“Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.”

“Fortune sides with him who dares.”


‘’He means well’ is useless unless he does well.”

“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.”

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.”

“A mouse does not rely on just one hole.”

“Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things.”

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.”


“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

“Nothing can be created out of nothing.”

“It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.”

“Love is a product of habit.”

“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by often falling.”

“Fear was the first thing on earth to make gods.”

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.”

“What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.”

“Victory puts us on a level with heaven.”

“The sum of all sums is eternity.”


“Great is the road I climb, but the garland offered by an easier effort is not worth the gathering.”

“Give the historians something to write about.”

“In great things it is enough even to have willed.”

Herman Melville

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

“Art is the onjectification of feeling.”

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on a flea, though many there be that have tried it.”

Jim Rohn

“Income seldom exceeds personal development.”

“Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?”

“Whoever renders service for many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy.”

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Quote collection #5 (47 quotes)

Francis Bacon

“In charity there is no excess.”

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”

“I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

“It is impossible to love and be wise.”

“Knowledge itself is power.”

“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.”

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”

George Burns

“I would go out with women my age, but there are no women my age.”

“How can I die? I’m booked.”

“Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere.”

“I can’t afford to die; I’d lose too much money.”

“Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life.”

“I’d rather be a failure at something I like than a success at something I hate.”

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

Oscar Wilde

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”

“I may have said the same thing before, but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.”

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

“It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.”

“The aim of love is to love: no more, and no less.”

“One can always be nice to people one cares nothing about.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be man’s last romance.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.”

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Proclaim not all thou knowest.”

“Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”

“All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.”

“Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.”


“There is no patriotic art and no patriotic science.”

“Personality is everything in art and poetry.”

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

“Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.”


“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of the fools.”

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”


“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is an opinion.”

“The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.”

“Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.”

“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.”


“All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of a few.”

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”

“Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.”

“The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.”

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Quotes collection #4 (34)


“They should rule who are able to rule best.”

“Young people are in a condition resembling like a permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.”

“The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.”

“A man is the origin of his action.”

“Law means good order.”

Jim Rohn

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weights ounces while regret weights tons.”

“Wealth is not a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of inspiration.”

“Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially indipendent.”

“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.”

“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”

“Never begin the day until you have it finished on paper.”

“Service to many leads to greatness – great respect, great satisfaction. Success is not having to wait until someone goes to Hong Kong before you get a camera.”

George Shaw

“When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves.”

“No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.”

“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.”

“Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”


“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”

“Sometimes I’m confused by what I think is really obvious. But I think really obvious obviously isn’t obvious.”

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.”

“Knowing isn’t enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

“Information is not knowledge.”


“My own business always bores me to death, I prefer other people’s.”

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

“To open a shop is easy, to keep keep it open is an art.”

“The success combination in business is: Do what you do better… and: do more of what you do.”

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

“A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.”

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous desicion.”


“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”

“Go ahead, make my day.”

“I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.”

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