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Some Favorite Quotes

Updated on August 8, 2015
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I collect quotes. I like them because they plug you into another person’s mind. They show a glimpse of how they thought. They show that some things are timeless. These are some of my favorites.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

- Thomas Paine

First we make our habits and then our habits make us.

- John Dryden

Character is a victory not a gift.

- Ivor Griffith

Habits change into character.

- Ovid

Some of the most wonderful people are the ones that don’t fit into boxes.

- Tori Amos

Fortune favors the bold.

- Vigil

Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very silent

If no birds sang except those that sang best.

- Henry Van Dyke

Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

- Liz Smith

Progress is not created by contented people.

- Frank Tyger

The purpose of an education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

- Malcolm Forbes

You cannot tell a man anything; you can only help him find it for himself.

- Galileo Galilei

Do not feel certain of anything.

- Bertrand Russell

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority; it is time to reform.

- Mark Twain

If you have to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not

achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”.

- Dave Berry

Never confuse movement with action.

- Ernest Hemingway

Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds;

cannot change anything.

- George Bernard Shaw

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

- Erica Jong

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

- Thomas Edison

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

- Eric Hoffer

You no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

- Jeannette Rankin

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

- Eric Hoffer

In times of rapid change, experience can be your worst enemy.

- J Paul Getty

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.

- Henry Ford

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

- Aristotle

That’s enough for now. Which one did you like best?


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    • donna bamford profile image

      donna bamford 

      9 years ago from Canada

      The Bertrand Russell one is my favourite but in a way I agree with all of them.Good choices.

    • Beata Stasak profile image

      Beata Stasak 

      9 years ago from Western Australia

      I believe in the last one with Aristotle. Thank you for answering my question on the hub. By the way, taking away writing and poetry, I am big fan of kayaking too.

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      9 years ago

      John Dryden's is my favorite among these.


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