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The 70 Most Famous Quotes of All Time

Madhur Gupta
Published: December 10, 2022

In the history of the world, some stand out as being more influential than others. Some of them have been so influential that their words have changed the course of history. They’ve inspired whole movements, and they’ve even been used to help change laws. But which quote is the most famous? Which one changed the world? And which one made people take a stand against something?

That’s what we’re here to find out today! Check out the below 70 Most Famous Quotes of all time:

Most Famous Quotes of All Time


Quotes from Famous People 

1. “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” – Kurt Vonnegut 

2. “Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished.”- Leslie Nielsen

3. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost 

4. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

5. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

6. “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.” — Malcolm Forbes

7. “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” — Jean Sibelius

8. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” — Jonathan Winters

9. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol

10. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Greatest Quotes of All Time

11. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela Quotes

12. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” — Babe Ruth

14. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

15. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu

16. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

17. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” — Plato

18. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

19. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain

Mark Twain Quotes

20. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis

Quotes from the Most Influential People in History

21. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel

22. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn

23. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” — Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

24. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

25. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” — Albert Einstein

26. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” — Nelson Mandela

27. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley

28. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” — Henry Ford

29. “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” — Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos Quotes

30. “To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” — Richard Branson

Movie Quotes That Could Change Your Life

31. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you-you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you-you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” — Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness)

32. “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” Mario Puzo (The Godfather)

33. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

34. “Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them” — Spirited Away (2001)

35. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it.”— Rafiki, from The Lion King

36. “Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away!” — My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

37. “Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.” — The Cat Returns (2002)

38. “In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody, except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.” — Fortune (Rudy)

39. “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” — Professor X

40. “Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” — Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa Quotes

Life Changing Marcus Aurelius Quotes

41. “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

42. “The needs of a happy life are very few.”

43. “You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you.”

44. “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

45. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

46. “Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter.”

47. “Understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.”

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

48. “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

49. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

50. “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

Inspirational Quotes About Life

51. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Stephen King

52. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” — Trivia Cunningham

53. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas A. Edison

54. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius

55. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

56. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

57. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali

58. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” — Robert Frost

59. “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

60. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer

Life-Changing Quotes on Life

61. “At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.” — Christine Mason Miller

62. “Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.” — Roy T. Bennett

63. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe

64. “Play to your strengths. If you aren’t great at something, do more of what you’re great at.” — Jason Lemkin

65. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

Road to Success Quotes

66. “One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile.” — Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill Quotes

67. “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” — Marlon Wayans

68. “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” — Jim Lovell

69. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” — Napoleon Hill

70. “Success is a process… During that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you, and you convert them into milestones.” — Sachin Tendulkar

Wrapping Up

All in all, we must remember the things we are learning in this lifetime. We should always use those things to make ourselves better people and live better life. Whether these quotes are funny, motivational, or bitter, they have one quality – they all inspire. Whether you’re a student, professional, or a dreamer, you’ll be inspired by these quotes which will boost up your attitude toward life and everything. As there’s a saying, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”, you should learn from the historical G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) individuals and learn from their past experiences to enrich your life.