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Famous Quotations


A collection of famous motivational quotes organized by subject. Mainly positive, inspiring and humorous quotes suitable to use for speeches, web sites, cards, and celebrations.

Inspiration

Inspirational
   
Motivational
   
Success
   
Life
   
Good
   
Positive
   
Happy
   
Good Advice
   
Dealing with Problems
   

Education

Book
   
Library
   
Graduation
   
College
   
Reading
   

Animals and Nature

Roses
   
Dog
   
Astronomy

Miscellaneous

Money
   
Trains / Railroads

Love and Relationship

Love
   
Wedding
   
Anniversary
   
Romantic
   
Marriage
   
Engaged Couples
   
Flower
   
Love (Religious)
   
Birthday
   
Growing Older

Funny

Cute
   
Funny
   
Witty
   

Fitness

Food, Diet and Nutrition
   
Health
   
Exercise


I have only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.
- Michel de Montaigne

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On the importance of quotes....

In reading authors, when you find
Bright passages that strike your mind,
And which perhaps you may have reason
To think on at another season;
Be not contented with the sight,
But jot them down in black and white;
Such respect is wisely shown
As makes another's thought your own.
- Lord Byron


Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay an author.
- Samuel Johnson

Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit places in conversation, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I said that I loved the wise proverb,
Brief, simple, and deep;
For it I'd exchange the great poem
That sends us to sleep.
- Bryan Waller Procter

Laying aside all serious labours, and indulging in a more dainty kind of study, I strolled through the gardens provided by various authors, culling as I went the adages most remarkable for their antiquity and excellence, like so many flowers of various sorts, of which I have made a nosegay.
- Erasmus

The art requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotaiion than an extract. - Isaac Disraeli

An apt quotation is as good as an original remark.
- Proverb

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
- W. R. Alger

I quote others only better express myself.
- Michel de Montaigne

Proverbs are the wisdom of the street.
- English Proverb

The multiplicity of facts and writings is become so great that everything must now be reduced to extracts.
- Voltaire

I have somewhere seen it observed that we should make the same use of a book that the bee does of a flower; she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Our best thoughts come from others.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that recalls the attention of mankind to any part of learning which time has left behind it, may be truely said to advance the literature of his own age. - Samuel Johnson

Proverbs may be said to be the abridgment of wisdom.
- Joseph Joubert

Quotation, sir, is a good thing; there is a community of mind in it; classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
- Samuel Johnson

There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book than in being the first author of the thought.
- Pierre Bayle

 

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Related Links:

Witty Quotes - a pretty funny collection. A few of these made me laugh out loud.

Inspiring Quotes by Women - interesting collection by Feminist.com. One of my favorites from this site, "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller


 

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