125+ Best Quotes Of All Time To Help You Live Your Best Life

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The best quotes of all time have the power to motivate, inspire, and uplift us. These are the quotes that we tape on mirrors, pin on our Pinterest boards, share on our Instagram stories, and even recite in the mirror to ourselves. These are the famous quotes that instantly gave us that moment of “aha” when we first heard them. Whether they were famous quotes about life or famous sports quotes, or even famous funny quotes, those wise words resonated with us and provided meaningful insight into our lives. That is the magic of words. The best quotes of all time can offer us so many nuggets of knowledge and truth — whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up after a breakup, need a pep talk when it comes to your career, or just need something to give a little extra pep in your step to start the day.

There are so many different famous quotes out there, from book quotes to famous quotes in history to famous quotes about success. Which is why we rounded up this collection of the best quotes of all time. No matter what you might need right now when it comes to your relationship, job, family, or your friendships, we’ve got you covered. Whether you recognize these quotes or not, we’re sure you’re bound to recite any (if not all) of them when the right moment strikes.

Famous Quotes About Life

  1. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela
  2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  3. “When you know better, you do better.” — Maya Angelou
  4. “Every object, every being, is a jar of delight. Be a connoisseur.” — Rumi
  5. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
  6. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” — John Wooden
  7. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon
  8. “Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” — Alice Munro
  9. “If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” — Steve Jobs
  11. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” — Dalai Lama
  12. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Stephen King
  13. “Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.” — Grace Hansen

Famous Sports Quotes

  1. “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting once it starts hurting.” — Muhammad Ali
  2. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
  3. “The only way to prove you are a good sport is to lose.” — Ernie Banks
  4. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” — Derek Jeter
  5. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” — Mark Spitz
  6. “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” — Mary Lou Retton
  7. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi
  8. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
  9. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” — Babe Ruth
  10. “It ain’t over ’till it’s over.” — Yogi Berra

Best Quotes of All Time About Love

  1. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” — Mother Teresa
  2. “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” — Oscar Wilde
  3. “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” — Katharine Hepburn
  4. “Where there is love, there is life.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” — Agatha Christie
  6. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo
  7. “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” — Rita Rudner
  8. “There is always madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  9. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” — Zora Neale Hurston
  10. “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” — Zelda Fitzgerald
  11. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” — Rumi
  12. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  13. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” — Joan Crawford
  14. “I love her, and it is the beginning of everything.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” — Maya Angelou

Best Book and Movie Quotes of All Time

  1. “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
  2. “Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss
  3. “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  4. “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather Part II
  5. “May the Force be with you.” — Star Wars
  6. “There’s no place like home.” — The Wizard of Oz
  7. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  8. “I’m the king of the world!” — Titanic
  9. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” — Dead Poets Society
  10. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  11. “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump
  12. “I’ll be back.” — The Terminator
  13. “Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” — Aslan, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  14. “There’s no crying in baseball!” — A League of Their Own
  15. “Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” — Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter
  16. “The more you give away, the more happy you become. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss
  17. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” — Jaws
  18. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca
  19. “My precious.” — The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
  20. “I am your father.” — Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  21. “Just keep swimming.” — Finding Nemo
  22. “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” — Goldfinger
  23. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — When Harry Met Sally
  24. “E.T. phone home.” — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  25. “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men

Best Quotes of All Time By Authors

  1. “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.” — S.E. Hinton
  2. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S. Eliot
  3. “Never regret anything that made you smile.” — Mark Twain
  4. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” — Anne Frank
  6. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “In love, there are two things: Bodies and words.” — Joyce Carol Oates
  8. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou
  9. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” — Mark Twain
  10. “And still, I rise.” — Maya Angelou
  11. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Always keep a positive mindset; it will improve your outlook on the world.” — Roald Dahl
  14. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison
  15. “One day, I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac

Best Quotes By Famous People

  1. “Change the world by being yourself.” — Amy Poehler
  2. “One day, the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you.” — Johnny Depp
  3. “If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.” — Kendrick Lamar
  4. “Hate comes from intimidation. Love comes from appreciation.” — Tyga
  5. “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
  6. “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” — Jim Carrey
  7. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” — James Cameron
  8. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” — James Dean
  9. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin
  10. “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” — Emma Watson
  11. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa
  12. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
  13. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy

Famous Quotes in History

  1. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  2. “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” — Margaret Mead
  3. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso
  5. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  6. “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
  7. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
  8. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle
  9. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius
  10. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens.” — Helen Keller
  11. “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  12. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” — Albert Einstein
  13. “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13, 1995
  14. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
  15. “The time is always right to do what is right.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  16. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  17. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” — Buddha
  18. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” — Plato
  19. “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
  20. “Keep calm and carry on.” — Winston Churchill

Funniest Famous Quotes Of All Time

  1. “Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.” — Jerry Seinfeld
  2. “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. Then, by all means, follow that path.” — Ellen DeGeneres
  3. “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” — Cary Grant
  4. “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” — James A. Garfield
  5. “I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.” — Rodney Dangerfield
  6. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” — George Burns
  7. “Someone asked me if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring: ‘How to Build a Boat.’” — Steven Wright
  8. “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” — George Carlin
  9. “I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later.” — Mitch Hedberg
  10. “I never forget a face. But in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.” — Groucho Marx
  11. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” — Phyllis Diller
  12. “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.” — Will Ferrell
  13. “Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?” — Robin Williams
  14. “Woke up today. It was terrible.” — Grumpy Cat
  15. “We’ve added years to life, not life to years.” — George Carlin

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