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Interesting Quotations

Interesting Quotations


 Pinned Quotes:


"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

Ernest Hemingway Novelist 1899 - 1961


“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.”

Margaret Mitchell Author 1900-1949


"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible"

St Francis of Assisi 1182 - 1286


"People take different roads seeking fulfilment. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

H Jackson Brown American Author 1940 -


"the eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend"

Robertson Davies - Journalist, novelist,  playwright 1913 - 1995


"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power not truth"

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844  - 1900


"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion"

Grantland Rice 1880 - 1954 American Journalist


"People may not always tell you how they feel about you, but they will always show you. Pay attention."

Keri Hilson   Singer/Song writer  1984 - 


"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but the taking part. The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."

Pierre de Coubertin founder of the Olympic Games 1896


"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

John Stuart Mill    Philosopher 1806- 1873


"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile"


"I don't want anyone to hold back who they are. It's not's not a good thing"

Connor Franta    Entrepreneur 1994 -


"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference."

Hilary Hinton "Zig Ziglar" 1926-2012 Author, Salesman, motivational speaker.


"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Norman Vincent Peale 1898-1993 American Minister & Author




 Other Quotes:


"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

Coretta Scott King 1927-2006 Author, Activist, Civil Rights Leader


"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."

Ernest Hemingway 1899 - 1961 Novelist


"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them"

Phyllis Bottome British Novelist 1884-1963 


"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."

THICH NHAT HANH  Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, peace activist


"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain."

Vivian Greene - Worlds foremost Dolls House Expert 1904-2003


"Most People are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation"

Oscar Wilde - Irish Poet 1854-1900


"It is your attitude, not your apptitude, that determines your altitude"

Hilary Hinton "Zig Ziglar" 1926-2012 Author, Salesman, motivational speaker.


"Accepting change is the healthiest mindset you can have"

Monty Don Radio Times10-16June 2017


"Unlike some people I don't aspire to fame, riches, rank and power. No, I aspire far beyond that. I aspire a home"

Noel Terry 1889-1980 (Terrys Chocolates, York).


"They filter out the positive and focus on the negative. They make assumptions about what somebody else is thinking and believe only in the worst possible outcome. They are listening to a sinister tune, is this you, if so change the music and focus on the positive."

From the book The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

"Human beings by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives."

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

"There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self."

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

William James 1842 – 1910 American Philosopher and Psychologist


"Girls can be athletic. Guys can have feelings. Girls can be smart. Guys can be creative. And vice versa. Gender is specific only to your reproductive organs (and sometimes not even those), not your interest, likes, dislikes, goals, and ambitions."


 "Who are you? Answer; you are who you are in this given moment. Label-less. Limitless. Remember that from this day forward."

Connor Franta    Entrepreneur 1994 -


"Never dull your shine for somebody else"

Tyra Banks - American Model/TV personality


"You are what you think, you are what you go for. You are what you do!"

Bob Richards


"Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today"


Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) Minister Activist 1925 - 1965 Assassinated


"change the way you look at things and the things you look at change"

Wayne W Dyer Philosopher 1940 - 2015



"Humans see what they want to see"

Rick Riordan - Author


"Human beings are tribal. Despite our supposed superiority to other animals, we are remarkably herd like. As children, we are more willing to discover our own character, plough our own furrow, but as society impacts – in other words , the knowledge that the opinion of others has influence – we retreat to a position of safety. We hit puberty and suddenly we need to fit in, we require safety in numbers. Some people grow out of this fear of being different, this reluctance to swim against the tide. Others do not."



"Whatever the world throws at you, you must be your own person, responsible for your own decisions and your own destiny."

From the book My Animals and Other Family - Claire Balding


"Don't let the world tell you who you are. You tell the world who you are. The world doesn't know what it needs. You do."

Be Brave Campaign via Twitter 13-11-15 @UnlockTheManBox


"I've reached a point in my life where I find it's no longer necessary to impress anyone. If they like me the way I am that's good. If they don't, it's their loss"


"If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

Mary Engelbreit. Childrens book author.


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"

Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014

"life would be really boring if you didn't get thrown a curveball now and again"

Radio Times 29th August 2015


"I don't want a tolerant society any more, I want a society of respect because tolerance just sounds as if you are prepared to put up with people who disagree with you. Respect is when you genuinely admire others for their difference"

Chris Bryant MP 11th June 2015 BBC Questiontime.


"sometimes it's the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine"

From the film Imitation Game


"Why does the King want me to dress like this. It is not so that they will respect me. It is so I would despise them. I in my refinery, they in their rags. Can treat them like rats, hang them, flog them and not give a damn."

From Bannished Ep 7. 1788 Historical drama BBC2 16th April 2015.


"The biggest threat to civilisation is human stupidity"

Professor Brian Cox Radio Times 7th October 2014 for the BBC2 series Human Universe


"It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects."

Nikola Tesla 1856 - 1943 Inventor


"It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things."

Lawrence G Lovasik 1913 - 1986 American Clergyman.


"Let's not be narrow, nasty and negative"

T.S. Eliot.

"...the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started..."

T.S. Eliot. Poem "the Waste Land".


Never sacrifice who you are just because someone has a problem with it.

Quote Magazne on Pinterest. July 2014.

It's your life, don't let others tell you how to live it.

Quote Magazine on Pinterest July 2014.


Throughout your life you will find people who are selfish, narcissistic and inconsiderate. You can't change people but you can change how much they are part of your life.

Internet. Found July 2014.


"Wise men ought circumspectly to see what they do, to examine before they speake, to prove before they take in hand, to beware whose company they use and, above all things, to whom they trust."

Charles Bailly, 10th April 1571. Held within the Tower of London.


"Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone." 

Edith Cavell,Executed by the German Army 12th October, 1915, Belgium, for helping Allied soldiers escape from German occupied Belgium in the First World War.


"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." - Wayne Dyer


"Remember tonight... for it's the beginning of forever"

From the book Inferno by Dan Brown. The closing sentences of chapter 103.


"The worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood. It can make people lose their grasp on reality."

From the book Inferno by Dan Brown. The closing sentences of chapter 101.


" the global warming dispute, as with many issues of our time... do we make a big moral decision when the facts are in dispute... do we decide what's right in a world where so many of us are scientifically illiterate and philosophically ignorant..."

Michael Burke Radio 4 Today programme 19th February 2014 7.29am trailer for the Moral Maze debate later that day entitled Science and Morality.


"Obviously I'm not wishing war on anyone, but it might have been better for all of us if we'd been obliged to do something rather than choosing ourselves. It's difficult to comprehend today a society where people were expected to do things other than gratify themselves."

Jeremy Paxman Radio Times 25th/31st January 2014 - Concluding his interview by Andrew Duncan on his series Britain's Great War.


"We have remained the same; the world has turned to meet us"

Julie Hesmondhalgh "Hayley Cropper of Coronation Street" in the Radio Times 18th-24th January 2014. She remarked on her screen husbands (Roy Cropper) observation at their second legally recognised wedding - Julie's character was a female transsexual.


"I'm sorry for being me, but I cannot be anybody else"

Spike Milligan



"What is before you is a fight with the world; and the sooner you begin it the better"

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) from David Copperfield.




"Never be afraid to try. Remember...

Amateurs built the Ark

and professionals built the Titanic."


"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationships we were to scared to have and the decisions we took too long to make. There comes a time in your life when you realise who matters, who doesn't, who never did and who always will. So don't worry about the people from your past, there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future."

 The above two quotes came from a wall of a restaurant. The owner did not know the authors.



Why Worry?


There are only two things to worry about. Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you are sick, there are two things to worry about.

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well there is nothing to worry about. If you die there are only two things to worry about.

Either you will go to Heaven or Hell.

If you go to Heaven there is nothing to worry about.

But if you go to Hell, you'll be so damn busy shaking hands with friends,

You won't have time to worry.

 From a Tea Towel - Why Worry, Ulster Weavers 6745.



"If I had remained invisible, the truth would have remained hidden"


"There is a natural order to this world and those who try to upend do not fair well. This movement will never survive. If you join them you and your entire family will be shunned at best you will exist as pariah to be spat on and beaten, at worst, lynched or crucified and for what. No matter what, no matter what you do, it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in an unlimitless ocean... ...but what is an ocean but a multitude of drops."

 The above two quotes are from the film Cloud Atlas 2012.



"...people that normally gloat, they're, really not feeling very confident with themselves and in order to feel more confident they need to pull someone else down..."

 Maria McErlane on the Graham Norton Show, BBC Radio 2 7th December 2013



What Makes You Perfect - Link

Just three of the many replies posted.


"I wouldn't change a thing about myself, or my past, because everything that has happened in the past has only made me stronger. The fact that I'm living, and understand the way life works to make us stronger in the end (although it's not always clear at the time) makes me perfect to me, and being perfect to me and only me is all that matters! No one runs my life, I run my own, so why does it matter to me what others think?

Kassy, (14), Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada 13th September 2011."


"I think that what makes me perfect is being myself no matter what anybody says about you or too you if you are happy the way you are then there is no need to change perfect is being someone that is nice and caring and helps people get through problems someone that does not make fun of people by the way they are dressed or by how they talk it should be based on the person on the inside

Sarah 4th January 2012."


"I think I am perfect because I am here. I am human and alive. I have a working and functioning body. I love and hate. I cry and laugh. I think

And because I may not always be right, and may not be liked by some people, that doesn't mean I'm not perfect. That means I'm human. And being that is what I consider to be perfect.

Society and high standards makes us believe we aren't good enough or we'll never be anything. But they are all wrong because I refuse to believe them. I love who I am.

I am perfect.

Miranda (17). Louisiana 14th September 2011"


From a blog I stumbled upon in August 2013


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