Quote Book

I thoroughly enjoy reading the sage wisdom given to us by great minds of the past. This means that I will regularly scroll through BrainyQuote the way people scroll through Instagram. As a result of this wasted time, I’ve put together a collection of some of my personal favorite quotes.

Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.”

“The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”

“What you don’t do can be a destructive force.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Sophia Loren

“The facts of life are that a child who has seen war cannot be compared with a child who doesn’t know what war is except from television.”

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”

“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.”

“Sex is like washing your face – just something you do because you have to. Sex without love is absolutely ridiculous. Sex follows love, it never precedes it.”

“Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“I’m a working-class person, working with class.”

“There will be gay couples; it will exist. It is not very nice that people who are married – who divorce in three seconds – don’t want protection for the others. The legal system should protect everyone, not just the few people who think they are above everybody else because they are married.”

“Don’t overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work.”

“The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder.”

“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.”

“When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said – and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded – ‘It’s like hair color. It’s nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It’s not a subject.’ This was a very healthy attitude.”

“Work is making a living out of being bored.”

“I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time.”

“Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.”

Marilyn Monroe

“It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.”

“Confidentially, the type of male I find most enjoyable for a friend is one who has enough fire and assurance to speak up for his convictions.”

“I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

“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.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

“By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”

“Lost time is never found again.”

“One today is worth two tomorrows.”

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”

Albert Einstein

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

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

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”


“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Donatella Versace

“Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Action expresses priorities.”

Salman Rushdie

“Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.”

Federico Fellini

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”


“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
“Only the educated are free.”
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”
“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.”
“No great thing is created suddenly.”
“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

Manuela Hoelterhoff

“Vandals, Goths, Huns. Plagues, sacks, fires. Predatory popes and violent princes. Centuries of darkness and technological breakdown. But also glorious times when cupolas soared heavenward and the human spirit lit up the night. What’s so astonishing is how much of Rome survived the centuries, be it through sensible reinvention (a temple into a church) or plain accident.”

William Faulkner

“The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critic. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews. The ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.”

Deborah Day

“A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.”

Margaret Thatcher

“If you want someone to make a speech, ask a man; if you want to get something done, ask a woman.”

Helen Keller

“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing.”

To be continued…


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