How much did I like to read it? 7/10

A wide variety of authors and subjects. About 1 quote out of 5 is worth it.
Some are very famous, others I like are not in this book. Some appears two or three time.
I wish I take the time to write my own "quotes" book, with my own favorites.
Was a pleasure to read. Most important is to note your insights when reading some. This is the real value you can get from such books.


Quotes are valuable. they are knowledge, and wisdom and insight.
they offer us the opportunity to learn through others.
they are great tools to reinforce and reaffirm what we already understand.
sometimes hearing the words of a famous or successful person is enough to help us accept an idea and put it into action.

writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

-- George Orwell

Albert Einstein

The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Try not to become just a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

It ́s not that I ́m so smart; it ́s just that I stay with problems longer.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.

Never lose a holy curiosity.

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.

Abraham Lincoln

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

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

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.

It's my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.

That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Abdul Kalam

Dream, Dream, Dream, Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action.

Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when you don't sleep before fulfilling them.

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

Adolf Hitler

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

By the skilful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.

If you want to shine like sun first you have to burn like it.

Think Thousand times before taking a decision But - After taking decison never turn back even if you get Thousand difficulties!!

Anyone can deal with victory. Only the mighty can bear defeat.

Bhagwad Gita

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.

Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.

The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar - this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one's own mind.

"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita… in comparison with which… our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial."

-- Henry David Thoreau


You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering - an image of death.

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Benjamin Franklin

I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.

It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.

Bill Gates

I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.

I studied every thing but never topped…. But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees.

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.

The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Bill Cosby

A word to the wise ain’t necessary, It’s the stupid ones who need advice.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time.


A room without books is like a body without a soul.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life

-― Mark Twain

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

-- Marcus Tullius

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

-― Virginia Woolf

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

-― J.K. Rowling

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

-― Franz Kafka

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

-― Italo Calvino

Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?

-― David Baldacci

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

-- Anonymous

A house without books is like a room without windows.

-― Horace Mann

Books are the compass and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.

-― Jesse Lee Bennett

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

-― Harold Bloom


The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.

-― Henry Ford

The secret to success in business, and in life, is to serve others. Put others first in all you do.

-― Kevin Stirtz

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not a single act, but a habit

-― Aristotle

Drive your business. Let not your business drive you.

-― Benjamin Franklin

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.

-― Aristotle

The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.

-― Orison Swett Marden

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.

-― Richard Branson


By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

He who keeps danger in mind will rest safely in his seat.


Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

Time perfects men as well as destroys them.

Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Charles Dickens

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

Charlie Chaplin

You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down.

We think too much and feel too little.

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.

What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning.


A dream is a wish your heart makes.

The center of every man's existence is a dream.

-- G.K. Chesterton

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

-― C.S. Lewis

I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.

-― Steven Spielberg

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-― Eleanor Roosevelt

The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.

-― Swami Vivekanada

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

-― Eugene Ionesco

Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.

-― Joy Page

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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-― Mark Twain

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

-― Napolean Hill

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

-― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

-― Abdul Kalam

Champions aren ́t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them –a desire, a dream and a vision.

-― Muhammad Ali

A dream is not something that you wake up from, but something that wakes you up.

-― Charlie Hedges

Hernest Himingway

Courage is grace under pressure.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

In order to write about life first you must live it.

Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.

Ernesto Che Guevara

It is better to die standing than to live on your knees.

We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Be the sun and all will see you.

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill, every bee knows the formula of its beehive. They know it in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula.

Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.


I was asked to name all the presidents. I thought they already had names.

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

-— John Wilmot

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

-― Hedy Lamarr

Don't be so humble - you are not that great.

-― Golda Meir

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety- seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.

-― Ellen DeGeneres

Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.

-― Joey Adams

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

-― Oscar Wilde

Georges Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

George Orwell

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.

Groucho Marx

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Humor is reason gone mad.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.

Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, and I'm going to be happy in it.

If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.

Henry Ford

Competition is the lifeblood of industry.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Money is like an arm or leg- use it or lose it.


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

-― Mother Teresa


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

-― John Quincy Adams

You just can ́t beat the person who never gives up.

-― Babe Ruth

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

-― Winston Churchill

To be a champion, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.

-― Sugar Ray Robinson

Don't limit your challenges; challenge your limits.

-― Anononymous

He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty.

-― Lao Tzu

Think BIG! You are going to be thinking anyway, so think BIG!

-― Donald Trump

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

-― Wayne Gretzky

Do not settle for less than an extraordinary life.

-― Anonymous

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.

-― George Horace Lorimer

Every man is an impossibility until he is born.

-― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in achieving it.

-― Moliere

eople are not lazy; they just have impotent goals, that is, goals that do not inspire them.

-― Anthony Robbins

Joseph Stalin

One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.

Karl Marx

Question everything

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.

The task is not just to understand the world but to change it.

Leo Tolstoy

When joy disappears, look for your mistage.

I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.

What a joy it is to do a good deed! And this joy is strongest if no one knows that you have done it.

Mysterious language is not a sign of wisdom. The wiser a person is, the simpler the language he uses to express his thoughts.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Mohandas Gandhi

My life is my message.

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mother Teresa

Work without love is slavery.

If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Peace begins with a smile.

God doesn't require you to succeed, he only requires that you try.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.

There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

When you have nothing left but God,you have more than enough to start over again.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Joy is strength.

Mark Twain

We are all stupid, just on different subjects.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

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

Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

The two most important days in your life are, the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Plan for the future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life.

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

Marilyn Monroe

if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.


If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.

-― Woody Allen


Where words fail, music speaks.

Music's a good thing, it calms the beast in the man.

-- Joseph Stalin

Without music, life would be a mistake.

-― Friedrich Nietzsche

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

-― Victor Hugo

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

-― Plato

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.

-― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

-― Lao Tzu

Oscar Wilde

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

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

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.


Zen is an effort to become alert and awake.

Happiness happens when you fit with your life, when you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is your joy.

Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you. You are the traveler and you are the destination. In experiencing the ecstasy of your own being, you have achieved the final goal.

To be alone is the only real revolution. To accept that you are alone is the greatest transformation that can happen to you.

Meaning is man-created. And because you constantly look for meaning, you start to feel meaninglessness.

Always remember to judge everything by your inner feeling of bliss.

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You can not be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.

In the space of no-mind, truth descends like light.

Rabindranath Tagore

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears.

The fish in the water is silent, the animals on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing. But man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air.

My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach, listening to the dance-music of the tide in the evening.

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.


An honest man is always a child.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.

Swami Vivekananda

The only test of good things is that they make us strong.

Experience is the only teacher we have.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

They alone live, who live for others.