60 Selected Best Famous Quotes II

It has been over a year since I published my collection of 60 very best quotes, and it still remains one of the most popular pages on this website. I thought it was time for a sequel, including great quotes that were left out of the first collection or have been recently discovered. Enjoy!

Wisdom and Inspirational Quotes

1. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

—Albert Einstein

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2. Eighty percent of success is showing up.

—Woody Allen

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3. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

—Wilson Mizner

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4. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.

—Daniel J. Boorstin

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5. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

—William Arthur Ward

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6. If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

—Frank Wilczek

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7. You can never get enough of what you don’t really need.

—Eric Hoffer

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8. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

—Albert Einstein

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9. Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.

—Alfred A. Montapert

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10. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

—Bill Cosby

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11. Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

—Spanish Proverb

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12. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

—Oscar Wilde

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13. There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

—Harold Stephens

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14. It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

—Alfred Adler

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15. I hear: I forget / I see: I remember / I do: I understand

—Chinese Proverb

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16. Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.

—Unknown Author

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17. The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

—Wallace Wattles

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18. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

—Barry LePatner

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19. When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

—Abraham Lincoln

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20. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

—Winston Churchill

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Humor Quotes

21. If it weren’t for my lawyer, I’d still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging.

—Joe Martin

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22. Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

—Ambrose Bierce

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23. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

—Noel Coward

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24. The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.

—Will Rogers

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25. You know you’re getting old when you stop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.

—George Burns

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26. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

—Groucho Marx

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27. Those are my principles. If you don’t like them I have others.

—Groucho Marx

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28. Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.

—Sam Levenson

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29. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur. (Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.)

—Unknown Author

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30. The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

—Calvin Trillin

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31. The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.

—David Richerby

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32. My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.

—Garry Shandling

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33. I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.

—Jack Benny

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34. I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

—Lily Tomlin

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35. If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.

—Mel Brooks

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36. If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.

—Ted Turner

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37. When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

—Henny Youngman

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38. The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

—Groucho Marx

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39. Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

—Douglas Hofstadter

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40. Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

—Franklin P. Jones

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Otherwise Interesting Quotes

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

—Albert Einstein

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42. Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

—Susan Erz

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43. Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

—Pablo Picasso

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44. A genius! For 37 years I’ve practised fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!

—Pablo Sarasate

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45. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

—Don Herold

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46. The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

—Michael Althsuler

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47. The little I know I owe to my ignorance.

—Orville Mars

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48. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

—George Bernard Shaw

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49. In God we trust; all others bring data.

—Dr. W. Edwards Deming

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50. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

—Mark Twain

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51. Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

—Mark Twain

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

—Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

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53. Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.

—Dee Hock

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54. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

—Albert Einstein

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55. In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

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56. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

—Niels Bohr

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57. Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.

—Unknown Author

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58. Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

—Arthur Schopenhauer

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59. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

—Harry Truman

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60. A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.

—Martin H. Fischer

 
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life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, but rather a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.

to hit the jackpot in the future you have to bet on where you are in the present.

I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

Effective action: Advice from Machiavelli

Effective action: Advice from Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat and writer. He lived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, a time when Italy consisted of a large number of independent cities, all in a virtually perpetual state of war. As Machiavelli navigated through this complex and dangerous environment, he learned the skills needed to survive and thrive. Among his writing, the most famous and important work is The Prince, in which he outlines the mental attitudes and strategies necessary for achieving security and being successful in a hostile environment.

Today, we tend to associate Machiavelli with being self-serving – the mercenary and those who seek to achieve power at any cost. In a sense, we (meaning those of us living in the ‘first world’) do live in a more civilized kind of society, where competition is not so obvious or so brutal. And yet, under the surface, there can still be a strong current of rivalry. As the world becomes more connected, competition is becoming more obvious and we need to be skillful in navigating through the many dangers we might encounter.

Machiavelli has a lot to teach us about being effective in our modern, interconnected world.

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

There is a widespread myth that the Chinese character for ‘crisis’ is composed of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ This is completely wrong, but the sentiment is sound – as the old saying goes, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ We cannot avoid trouble and misfortune, but effective people can turn any setback into something good. If you can always do this, how can any harm come to you?

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

Things are always changing. Those with power and influence will naturally seek to maintain their position and privileges, and they others with fewer resources – and less to loose – will try to rise and displace the leaders. This is true in nature and it is true in all organisations, despite any amount of talk about collegiality and inclusively.

Effective people are aware of this and, if not actively seeking to change things, are sensitive and able to respond well to the natural and inevitable change taking place around them.

Never was anything great achieved without danger.

People are often afraid to take risks. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread – awareness and preparation are important, but action is necessary, and there is always risk. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an essential part of growth, and this always feels difficult and dangerous. But we are always moving – and if not forward, then back. Danger and insecurity are the only option for effective people.

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

So many people let their life slip away. They can see it happening, and this gives them a mild feeling of anxiety. But it is all too easy to divert ourselves from this feeling with the many little pleasures in life, and we can play all kinds of mind games to convince ourselves that everything is OK. In reality, we have little time left. Remembering our own mortality can bring great focus – life is fragile and precious, and there is no time to waste.

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

It is sensible to plan well, but if something needs to be done, it should be done as quickly as possible. People are often afraid of tasking decisive action, through fear of confrontation or what others might think of them, but as everyone knows, the only way to tear off a sticking plaster is to do it quickly. Dragging things out can only make matters worse.

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

History is full of people overcoming adversity. George Washington Carver overcame the enormous difficulties of being born a slave – he ended up attending university and becoming an influential figure in botany, agriculture and education. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. To achieve great things, the effective person will find a way around any problem.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

Everything changes and that includes ourselves. We are not what we were five years ago. We have learned; we have changed; we have grown. Many people are not very deliberate about this, and drift along allowing themselves to be influenced by circumstances. Effective people respond to change in a more proactive way, consciously molding themselves with self-reflection and education. Times are changing faster than ever, and if we are to survive and thrive, we need to keep up. We all know what happened to the dinosaurs.

Machiavelli tends to get a bad press these days – his advice is associated with getting what we want by deceit and treachery. But effective people are not partial to where they find insight – precious stones are often found in the mud.

Written on 1/10/2011 by Mark Harrison. Mark Harrison writes about personal growth, communication, and increasing personal wealth. Check out his new book, Thirty Days to Change Your Life.