30 Quotes from the Past that Still Inspire People


There have been quite a lot of wise people in the history. Many of them left a great legacy including numerous witty, deep, truthful and sometimes ironic quotes. Here are some of these great people’s words that are still timely today.


  1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain
  1. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  1. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
  2. A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits. – Richard Nixon
  1. Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. — Lao-Tze

  1. No man is rich enough to buy back his past. – Oscar Wilde
  1. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  2. If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. – Confucius
  1. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.
  1. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  1. Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge. – Marcus Tulius Cicero
  2. No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank
  1. Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe. – Albert Einstein
  1. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. – William Shakespeare
  1. The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. – Emile Zola
  1. My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates
  1. Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe
  1. There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford
  1. An eye for an eye makes the world blind – Ghandi
  1. Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…’ – C.S. Lewis
  1. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy
  1. Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. – George Orwell
  1. Men are moved by only two things: fear and self-interest. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  1. As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit. – Seneca
  1. I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. – Socrates
  1. A woman’s beauty is not a gift to man – only a bribe. – Maya Angelou
  1. Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. – Niccolo Machiavelli
  1. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1. Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ – Erich Fromm
  1. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

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