Abraham Lincoln – an extraordinary man, had some interesting things to say –

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today!

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.

Just do it!

These quotes inspire me. When I get bogged down and my writing stalls, they get me going again.

To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.   Seren Kierkegard, philosopher

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.   Amelia Earhart, aviator

There is no reason not to follow your heart.   Steve Jobs, entrepreneur

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.   Will Smith, actor

Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.    Dennis Waitley, writer

When faced with a tough job

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. – Mark Twain

Quotes for Life

When asked his secret to success, this screen deity replied – You’ve got to be honest. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – George Burns

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso

Quotes for Business

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. – Kevin Kruse

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretsky

Always drink upstream from the herd. – Will Rogers

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long. – Boris Yeltsin

Favorite Funny Quotes

Here are a few quotes that just made me laugh. I hope you enjoy them as well. Laughing is one of the benefits of being a writer, otherwise you are taking yourself much too seriously. 🙂

 His ignorance is encyclopedic. – Unknown

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. – Will Rogers

I can’t understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it. – George Burns

Coffee isn’t my cup of tea. – Samuel Goldwyn

I do benefits for all religions. I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. – Bob Hope

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

(And my favourite …..) Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Be Yourself.
Here are a few quotes about being yourself. Sometimes as a writer, you can get so caught up in all the persuasive information on how to write – a quick opening that grabs the reader, a hook at the end of every scene/ chapter, powerful characters – when what you really want to write may be something else entirely. Never lose sight of who you are, then reflect it in your writing. Of course, Shakespeare said it best.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” –Cyril Connolly

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin

“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.” –Anaïs Nin

“We must be our own before we can be another’s.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” –Virginia Satir

“Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.” –Steve Maraboli

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” –Kurt Cobain

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.” –Dodinsky

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” –William Shakespeare

Leadership quotes to make you laugh (try to keep your boss in perspective 🙂 )

“The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like asking, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.” – Henry Ford

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton

“First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.” – A Bug’s Life (my favourite)

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight Eisenhower

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt


Albert Einstein had not only a brilliant mind but a biting wit.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity. (the perfect explanation of the Theory of Relativity.)

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

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

The world is a dangerous place to live: not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.



Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.” attributed to Ignatius

(Isn’t this a great one? )


Oscar Wilde was a very clever man and no one can match him for sarcasm and wit. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from him –

Work is the curse of the drinking class.

True friends stab you in the front. (this one made me laugh out loud)

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.


I love Mark Twain. He entertained me as a child, and quite differently as an adult. Here are some great quotes from him –

It usually takes me three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

8 Responses to Quotes

  1. My favourite is the one by Wilde about forgiving your enemies – it’s made it easier to forgive, once or twice. How lovely to have a compendium. These are good, to live by or to laugh by. Thanks, Sylvie.

  2. Anna Markland says:

    Great quotes. I like the image Ghandi’s observation conjures.

  3. Pat Amsden says:

    There are so many great quotes there it’s impossible to choose a favorite. I do remember using a similar Albert Einstein quote for an editorial on peace. Half the class used the same one. Creativity may not have been our strong suite.

  4. Carolynn Padgett says:

    Writers put into words what a lot of us feel but don’t have the words to say–even writers are sometimes stumped for the “just right expression” for the situation, and it’s nice to have a compendium of handy, dandy quotes to draw on. I love to write, have a huge vocabulary, but I almost never think of just the right thing to say, unless I can quote what someone else has said before me.

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