We’ve collected the best Who Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Johnny Carson, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Cynthia Bailey, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln. Use them as an inspiration.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
Be loyal to those who are loyal to you. And respect everyone, even your enemies and competition.
I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
I’m lucky to be part of a team who help to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground.
Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.
I don’t give a damn what people say about me. I like me the way I am, and who cares what other people say?
When authority is total, so too is the madness of the man who declares it, and the potential for abuse of power.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.
The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.
Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
It’s time for political leaders across the ideological spectrum to realize that, while partisanship is understandable, hyper-partisanship is destructive to our country. We need more visionary leaders who will earnestly strive for bipartisanship and finding policy solutions that can move America forward.
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
He who angers you conquers you.
It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
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.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
Child abuse and neglect offend the basic values of our state. We have a responsibility to provide safe settings for at-risk children and facilitate permanent placement for children who cannot return home.
If you’re talking to a man who wouldn’t fight with you under any circumstances whatsoever, then you’re talking to someone for whom you have absolutely no respect.
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
I know who I am. I am not perfect. I’m not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I’m one of them.
Good things happen to those who hustle.
This is who I am. I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect.
Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.
If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.
Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Who seeks shall find.
Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
My parents are very hard working people who did everything they could for their children. I have two brothers and they worked dog hard to give us an education and provide us with the most comfortable life possible. My dad provided for his family daily. So, yes, that is definitely in my DNA.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
As somebody who happens to be gay, I particularly resent that minorities are being encouraged to be fragile and bitter.
A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
We have to stand up for what we believe in, even when we might not be popular for it. Honesty starts with being ourselves, authentic and true to who we are and what we believe in, and that may not always be popular, but it will always let you follow your dreams and your heart.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.
Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.
Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.
Don’t compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.
They can conquer who believe they can.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
God always strives together with those who strive.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.
The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.
There’s got to be a voice deep within you that is untouched by definitions. And it is there that you become divinely who you are.
The most beautiful people are those who are truly themselves, and that’s what I want to show my fans.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
Thankfully I have an ecosystem of in-laws, parents and husband, who are my rocks.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.
He who keeps his cool best wins.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
It’s always great to engage with people. You never know who you can make an effect on. And I love interacting with the fans, hearing what they have to say and joking around with them. Anytime I can reach out online and give encouragement, motivate people, be a better citizen, that’s what it’s all about, man.
Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
There are people who have money and people who are rich.
Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in this world.
He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.
In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven‘t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
A hero is a man who does what he can.
In the land of the skunks, he who has half a nose is king.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
I do believe in the old saying, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger.’ Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
If you feel good about who you are inside, it will radiate.
There’s a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.
Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
Surround yourself with good people; surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better.
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.
The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
He who is contented is rich.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
I’m just someone who grew up in a small village.
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.
Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
Love yourself for who you are, and trust me, if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person, and your smile is your best asset.
Truth is, I love everyone that is a good person regardless of what they look like, walk like, or who they love.
Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Being natural is incredibly empowering for women because it’s just who you are. You’re embracing all the beautiful things about you from your head to your toes. Because when you mask so much of your natural beauty, people don’t get to see that.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
I am not a politician. I am just a simple person who has come to break down this system.
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.
A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.
I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
As long as you as an individual… can convince yourself that in order to move forward as best you can you have to be optimistic, you can be described as ‘one of the faithful,’ one of those people who can say, ‘Well, look, something’s going to happen! Let’s just keep trying. Let’s not give up.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men… We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying; not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotions, for these also will vanish with death.
We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
No matter how much good you do, there will always be a few per cent of people who don’t support you.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
He conquers who endures.
For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honor their service.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
The greatest want of the world is the want of men – men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.
He who defends everything defends nothing.
When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
When you see a person, do you just concentrate on their looks? It’s just a first impression. Then there’s someone who doesn’t catch your eye immediately, but you talk to them and they become the most beautiful thing in the world. The greatest actors aren’t what you would call beautiful sex symbols.
The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
I’m proud of my hard work. Working hard won’t always lead to the exact things we desire. There are many things I’ve wanted that I haven’t always gotten. But, I have a great satisfaction in the blessings from my mother and father, who instilled a great work ethic in me both personally and professionally.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
Surround yourself with good people who encourage and love you. There are always ups and downs, no matter how successful you are.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.
Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.
The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.
The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.
I think it’s important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.
Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
Women deeply want men who are competent and powerful. And I don’t mean power in that they can exert tyrannical control over others. That’s not power. That’s just corruption.
There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of decision, sat down to wait, and waiting died.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.
Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
I am among those who think that science has great beauty.
I’m not exactly a guy who makes new friends easily.
The definition of a beautiful woman is one who loves me.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
You can have all the gun control laws in the country, but if you don’t enforce them, people are going to find a way to protect themselves. We need to recognize that bad people are doing bad things with these weapons. It’s not the law-abiding citizens, it’s not the person who uses it as a hobby.
An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Who, being loved, is poor?
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
We shall never change our political leaders until we change the people who elect them.
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.
Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.
The people who are bullying you, they’re insecure about who they are, and that’s why they’re bullying you. It never has to do with the person they’re bullying. They desperately want to be loved and be accepted, and they go out of their way to make people feel unaccepted so that they’re not alone.
For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels.
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
He who lives by the crystal ball will eat shattered glass.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
Be who you are and be that well.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.
Those who own much have much to fear.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.
Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
It needs to be said and heard: it’s OK to be who you are.
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.
When you’re true to who you are, amazing things happen.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.
A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.
However good a Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad. However bad a Constitution may be, if those implementing it are good, it will prove to be good.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.
You don’t get what you want in life. You get who you are!
Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.
Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
He has the most who is most content with the least.
Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.
The best advice comes from people who don’t give advice.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.
To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.
My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
The rich are those who play to win. The middle class plays not to lose.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
I’m very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That’s my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it’s not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.