24 wise quotes by famous people you’ll just love

quotes-by-famous-peopleIf you feel the need to be inspired then look no further. Here are 24 quotes by famous people that will have you reflecting on life, the universe and everything.

Maybe you’ll find something here that’ll leave you feeling truly inspired.

Most of all, if you love a good quote then there are some truly great ones here.

Probably some of the best you’ll read anywhere, in my personal opinion.

There may be quotes as good as these but it’s unlikely they’ll be bettered in my opinion.

Why not take a look through them all now?

They’re all still relevant today and as a result one of them might just fire the spark that will propel you down the road to success.

I think these quotes are definitely worth a little piece of your time. So, check them out now.

Quotes by famous people:

  1. Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
  2. The future depends on what we do in the present. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. ~Steve Jobs
  4. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean
  5. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. ~Jack Welch
  6. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~Albert Einstein
  7. Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
  8. Don’t chase people. Be yourself; do your own thing; and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. And stay. ~Will Smith
  9. All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  10. Animals don’t hate and we’re supposed to be better than them. ~Elvis Presley
  11. Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love. ~Emma Watson
  12. Nowadays people know the price of everything but the value of nothing. ~Oscar Wilde
  13. The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. ~Anne Frank
  14. Don’t waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear. ~Paulo Coelho
  15. If you were born poor, it’s not your mistake. But if you die poor it is your mistake. ~Bill Gates
  16. You cannot avoid peace by avoiding life. ~Virginia Woolf
  17. You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. ~Robin Williams
  18. Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. ~Salvador Dali
  19. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. ~Vince Lombardi
  20. Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. ~Hillary Clinton
  21. I always wanted to be somebody but now I realize I should’ve been more specific. ~Lily Tomlin
  22. Never argue with a fool. Onlookers might not be able to tell the difference. ~Mark Twain
  23. I am not afraid. I was born to do this. ~Joan of Arc
  24. Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. ~Michelle Obama

Further Reading:

Maybe you should consider buying a book of quotes by famous people as a reference text for your desk because it’s always useful to have such a text readily to hand. When you want to emphasise a point, a suitable quote can be very powerful. Furthermore, it can be memorable too.

Having your own reference text will give you something to thumb through in your quieter moments when you can highlight some of your favourites for future use. Highlight anything especially relevant to your role or your business and you’ll be glad you did.

While there are plenty of good books of quotes around, one I can recommend is:-

Quotes on life, goal and Success from famous people around the world: Greatest and most powerful quotes ever used by leaders around the world:

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15 Quotes by Lao Tzu to inspire you today

15 Quotes by Lao TzuLao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, or at least we believe he was.

Apparently born in 604 BC it’s hard to be sure whether he ever even existed at all, as that was clearly a long time before records began.

Nevertheless, the philosophy for which he is credited is wise indeed and provides us with great insight into the meaning of life.

So today I offer you 15 quotes by Lao Tzu which should provide you with greater insight into the human condition. I hope so anyway.

Consider these quotes carefully and think about their meaning.

As a result, you might just improve your understanding of people and why we do the things we do.

Furthermore one of these quotes might just provide you with the spark that will propel you down the road to success. If that’s the result then it will have been well worth a few minutes of your time, surely?

So here is the wisdom of Lao Tzu in 15 quotes.

Quotes by Lao Tzu:

  1. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ~Lao Tzu
  2. He who knows himself is enlightened. ~Lao Tzu
  3. At the centre of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu
  4. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~Lao Tzu
  5. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~Lao Tzu
  6. Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. ~Lao Tzu
  7. The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ~Lao Tzu
  8. If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. ~Lao Tzu
  9. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~Lao Tzu
  10. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  11. The wise man looks into space and he knows there are no limited dimensions. ~Lao Tzu
  12. Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~Lao Tzu
  13. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao Tzu
  14. He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. ~Lao Tzu
  15. Violence, even well-intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. ~Lao Tzu

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15 Quotes by Muhammad Ali to reflect on

15 Quotes by Muhammad AliMany people imagine they’re famous but few experience genuine fame and the universal recognition that it brings with it.

One such person is the legendary, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali.

Born Cassius Clay, he rose above his humble beginnings to become one of the most recognizable and respected faces on the planet. He was also an inspiration to us all.

As well as being a respected sportsman he was also a respected thinker.

Consequently, the many memorable and thought-provoking quotes he left us, continue to offer an insight into the personal philosophy that drove Muhammad Ali to become such a great champion.

I believe the 15 quotes by Muhammad Ali included here today prove my point. He was driven to become a champion and if his philosophy worked for him, then it can work for you too.

So here are 15 of the very best quotes by Muhammad Ali.

Quotes by Muhammad Ali:

  1. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was. ~Muhammad Ali
  2. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. ~Muhammad Ali
  3. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
  4. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ~Muhammad Ali
  5. Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. ~Muhammad Ali
  6. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. ~Muhammad Ali
  7. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. ~Muhammad Ali
  8. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~Muhammad Ali
  9. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far. ~Muhammad Ali
  10. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Muhammad Ali
  11. Don’t count the days; make the days count. ~Muhammad Ali
  12. It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am. ~Muhammad Ali
  13. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. ~Muhammad Ali
  14. Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say. ~Muhammad Ali
  15. It’s not bragging if you can back it up. ~Muhammad Ali

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15 Quotes by Marilyn Monroe to inspire you

Quotes by Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe was a big star in her day, and much has been said and written about her since her death. Some of it was true but mostly it was just a myth.

However, despite her untimely death, the legend that is Marilyn Monroe lives on to this day. She died tragically young and in rather sad circumstances.

Nevertheless, she was much smarter than she appeared to be and many of her observations are actually quite sharp and funny.

The 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe included here I think will prove this point.

The quotes attributed to Marilyn Monroe illustrate her grasp of what it was to be a woman in what was then very much a man’s world. In many ways for women, the life experience has changed very little, so her observations should serve as a source of inspiration for women everywhere, even now.

Here are the 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe. I’d welcome your comments on them but not before you’ve taken a couple of minutes to enjoy them.

Quotes by Marilyn Monroe:

  1. A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear. ~Marilyn Monroe
  2. A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her. ~Marilyn Monroe
  3. Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? ~Marilyn Monroe
  4. I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it. ~Marilyn Monroe
  5. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Marilyn Monroe
  6. I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times tough to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe
  7. Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and remind them who they’re dealing with. ~Marilyn Monroe
  8. I am good but not an angel. I do sin but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world, trying to find someone to love. ~Marilyn Monroe
  9. Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered, to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture. ~Marilyn Monroe
  10. No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t. ~Marilyn Monroe
  11. When it comes down to it, let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyway. ~Marilyn Monroe
  12. You better believe when the conversation is getting shorter with you, it’s getting longer with someone else. ~Marilyn Monroe
  13. A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left. ~Marilyn Monroe
  14. Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that? ~Marilyn Monroe
  15. Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character. ~Marilyn Monroe

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21 quotes by women that will make you think

21 Quotes by WomenThe late, former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher once said, If you want something said, ask a man but if you want something done, ask a woman.”

Certainly, if you want anything done then it’s probably better if you ask a woman. In my experience, they’ll do a good job for you and they’ll do it when they say they’ll do it.

However, women are perfectly capable of saying something profound too.

To prove the point, here are 21 quotes by women.

Quotes by Women:

  1. I was smart enough to go through any door that opened. ~Joan Rivers
  2. You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else. ~Chris Evert
  3. I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life ~Louise Hay
  4. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. ~Coco Chanel
  5. One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism. ~Eva Perón
  6. Done is better than perfect. ~Sheryl Sandberg
  7. If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. ~Erica Jong
  8. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O’Mara
  9. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. ~Dolly Parton
  10. Knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks
  11. Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. ~Beyoncé
  12. A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~Sonia Sotomayor
  13. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart
  14. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you. ~Katie Couric
  15. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~Golda Meir
  16. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~Diane von Furstenberg
  17. The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves. ~Barbara Corcoran
  18. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. ~Lucille Ball
  19. If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities. ~Ann Richards
  20. One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning. ~Ruth Reichl
  21. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. ~Oprah Winfrey

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15 sharp and sometimes witty quotes by Mark Twain

Quotes by Mark TwainSamuel Langhorne Clemens is better known to us all by his pen name, Mark Twain.

In my opinion, he was one of the greatest American writer’s, as well as being a humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.

In short, he was a major talent and much of what he had to say is worthy of our attention.

So here are 15 quotes by Mark Twain to emphasise my point.

Quotes by Mark Twain:

  1. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
  2. Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. ~Mark Twain
  3. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Mark Twain
  4. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. ~Mark Twain
  5. A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. ~Mark Twain
  6. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
  7. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
  8. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. ~Mark Twain
  9. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. ~Mark Twain
  10. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain
  11. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark Twain
  12. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  13. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain
  14. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~Mark Twain
  15. I never let schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain

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Could these be 30 of the best quotes ever?

Best quotes everLooking for the best quotes ever dear reader? Well you’ve come to the right place. Today I have for you some of my favourite quotes and the ones I love best.

So here are 30 quotes you’ll just love.

If you need a good quote for a presentation or just for a Tweet then these are for you. I am confident that will will like them all.

Best quotes ever:

  1. When nothing’s going right, go left. ~Anonymous
  2. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~CS Lewis
  3. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~Og Mandino
  4. Just because people are doing better than you doesn’t mean they are better than you. You’re as good as anyone. ~Roy Sutton
  5. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~Epictetus
  6. If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney
  7. I believe the way we dress on a daily basis is our message we put out to the world. ~Brad Goreski
  8. Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  9. Not everyone finds school to be beneficial. Not everyone thrives in that environment. Doesn’t mean you’re stupid. Doesn’t mean you cannot be successful. Plenty of school dropouts went on to achieve fame and fortune. ~Roy Sutton
  10. The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. ~John C. Maxwell
  11. When a door closes another door should open, but if it doesn’t then go in through the window. ~Anonymous
  12. The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~William Morris
  13. Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you’re done. ~Anonymous
  14. A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful. ~Theodore Zeldin
  15. You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ~Walter Hagen
  16. Walk on stage as if you belong there. ~Anonymous
  17. Success is not achieved by contented people. ~Anonymous
  18. What you achieve will dictate how you’re remembered. ~Roy Sutton
  19. Focus on strength; manage weakness. ~Anonymous
  20. Give people a reason to remember you. ~Roy Sutton
  21. Be contrary; be known ~Arab Proverb
  22. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~George Edward Woodberry
  23. There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~Christopher Morley
  24. Know what it is you want to do and why. ~Anonymous
  25. Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value. ~Albert Einstein
  26. Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. ~Anonymous
  27. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill
  28. Try and fail, but never fail to try. ~Jared Leto
  29. Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
  30. Every man dies. Not every man lives. ~ William Wallace

Further reading:

People love quotes. Certainly I do and everyone I know does too.

Inspirational quotes from great people are a powerful way of reinforcing points being made in any presentation.

A memorable quote at the end of a presentation can have a real impact.

Now you can always use Google to find a good quote of course but there’s nothing quite like having your own source of quotes readily at hand to ‘thumb through’ whenever you have to prepare for a presentation.

I always have a couple of books of quotes on my desk for personal reference and to thumb through, so I’m never lost for a quote.

There are plenty of such books available but one I’m using at present is The Big Book of Quotes: Funny, Inspirational and Motivational Quotes on Life, Love and Much Else by M. Prefontaine. Well worth looking at and you can check it out if you CLICK HERE

Even if you decide not to buy, it’s worth a look. So go on check it out now.

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5 secret steps to tackling life and achieving success

Achieving SuccessIf you’re looking for a formula for achieving success, dear reader, then you’ll find this blog post useful.

Many desire success but few really achieve it. So it’s useful to study successful people, identify their approach and use them as role models. If their approach worked for them then it might just work for you.

In the embedded video, Hollywood legend, movie star, two-term Governor of California and former Mr Universe, Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his five secret steps to tackling life and achieving success.

Essentially these are his five rules to excel at whatever you choose to do.

He has an interesting story to tell and his story proves that no obstacle is too big to overcome and no vision, too big to achieve, if you’re determined enough and you’re prepared to work hard.

Change the world:

To summarise Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rules, they are:-

  1. Find your vision and follow it;
  2. Never, ever think small;
  3. Ignore the Naysayers;
  4. Work your ass off; and
  5. Don’t just take, give something back.

However, if you listen to Arnold’s story, his burning desire was to move to the United States and become a big star. This was his reason why.

Initially, he had no idea how to achieve that goal but a little piece of good fortune came his way.

Arnold happened to read an article in a magazine about a man just like him who achieved just what he wanted to achieve. The article explained how the man did it and Arnold used that success template as the basis for pursuing his own goal.

Achieving SuccessIdentify successful people and do what they did:

Once he knew his ‘why‘, Arnold Schwarzenegger just needed to work out a way to get there. Knowing your ‘why‘ will always, eventually, lead you to your how.

Once Arnold knew his purpose and his passion, he was always going to find a way to achieve success. His determination and his willingness to do whatever was necessary saw to that.

Had he not been lucky enough to identify a role model through a magazine article, something else would have guided him because that’s the nature of life. When you’re searching for something you’ll tune in to all the little clues you need.

Once you know your why, you develop a keen sense of that subject and everyone else involved.

Trust yourself:

If you know your why then you’ll have the drive and determination to pursue your goal.

Nothing happens by accident of course. You must make it happen.

So figure out for yourself what it is you really, really want. What would make you happy? What would you regard as a real achievement?

Then find a role model.

Someone who’s done what you want to do. Identify how they did it and copy what they’ve done. If their approach worked for them, it can work for you.

Avoid distractions:

If you want to be successful then don’t allow ‘time sucks’ to throw you off course.

Television and social media are the biggest time wasters of all. So avoid them.

Time is a precious resource and successful people don’t waste it. So if you want to be successful, don’t waste your time either. Put every minute to good use.

Know your ‘Why?’

The key message today, both from this article and the embedded video, is that you must know your why.

That’s the starting point for success.

So if you’ve yet to do that then I suggest that’s where you start, if you want to be successful.

And remember this; if not you, who? If not now, when?

Achieving success is possible and people do it all the time. So can you, if you’re determined and prepared to work hard enough to get it.

Good luck.

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