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30 Famous Quotes That Will Make You Think


Language is at the heart of every culture. It is our main source of communication. Words, in particular, help us to articulate ourselves. With words, we share emotions, understanding, and so much more. Through oral and written traditions, wisdom has been passed down through generations. And famous quotes are a fantastic representation of how powerful words can be. They have been for thousands of years! Think of one of your favorite quotes. There’s a chance it is by a philosopher, poet, or artist who lived a long time ago.

Isn’t it incredible how words have the power to withstand that much time?

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Evolutions in publishing and filmmaking have helped influential quotes to last forever. These innovations are why there are such famous quotes today. We no longer rely on word of mouth traditions to discover fascinating quotes. Today, we can record or print these words, allowing almost anybody to discover a line or two of knowledge.

The famous quotes we know do not come from just anyone. Famous quotes are typically from bold and innovative individuals. People who challenged norms and honed their unique perspectives. This resonates in their words, making their quotes strong and long-lasting. The best part is these quotes are like free pieces of advice. Famous quotes may often be short, but, their power could span a lifetime.

From books to movies, here are 30 famous quotes you may or may not know, yet!

In History…

  1. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius
  2. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” ― Muhammad Ali
  3. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  4. “Keep calm and carry on.” ― Winston Churchill
  5. “I think therefore I am” — René Descartes 
  6. ”The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates
  7. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” ― Wayne Gretzky
  8. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” ― Buddha 
  9. ”One cannot step twice in the same river.” — Heraclitus
  10. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question, ‘What are you doing for others?'” ― Martin Luther King Jr

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In Books…

  1. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. “Not all those who wander are lost.” ——The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  4. “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” —The Outsiders
  5. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  6. “We accept the love we think we deserve” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
  8. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Victor Hugo from Les Misérables
  9. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
  10. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” — The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

In the Movies…

  1. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather Part II
  2. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” — Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption.
  3. “Do, or do not. There is no “try”. ― Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
  4. “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” The Social Network, 2010
  5. You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” ― Good Will Hunting
  6. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” — Gone with the Wind
  7. “Just keep swimming.” — Finding Nemo
  8. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” —Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  9. “There’s no place like home.” ― The Wizard of Oz
  10. “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” ― Forrest Gump

How many famous quotes did you already know from this list? We bet there were quite a few. We’ve all shared or seen at least one of these quotes before. But, just because they’re famous, doesn’t mean they are any less powerful!

We would love to know your favorite famous quote in the comments below!

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