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Quotations - My Personal Favorites

Updated on November 19, 2014

Why I Love Quotations...

I've always been inspired or amused or enlightened by quotations...sometimes all three at once!

But that's not the only reason I like quotations. Quotations are like poetry, if you think about it. Spontaneous poetry. Some funny; some serious; some inspiring. But all are glimmers of truth.

This page will highlight some of my favorite quotations. I hope they'll touch you the same way they touch me.



Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much

to win the respect

of intelligent people

and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation

of honest critics and endure

the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others;

to leave the world

a bit better, whether

by a healthy child,

a garden patch

or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life

has breathed easier

because you have lived.

That is to have succeeded.

"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues." Duke Ellington

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." John W. Gardner

"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." John F. Kennedy

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt

"I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble . . . I will get up. It's OK to fail . . . I will rise again. Today I will make a difference." Max Lucado

"The cautious seldom err." Confucious

"I -think-I-can, I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can..." The Little Engine That Could

This ancient proverb is simple but profound.

"Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.

After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water."

"Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is celebration." Shri Shri Ravishankar Jee

Erma Bombeck was a funny, wise and beloved writer. This is one of her gems.

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're still there.

These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or how bad am I?' That's where courage comes in." Erma Bombeck

On Risk and Failure

So very true...

"Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking." ~Tim McMahon

On Relaxation

There is an art to relaxation and it's been sorely neglected in most of our lives...

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. " Satchel Paige (1906 - 1982)

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles." Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." H. Jackson Brown

(As a fairly opinionated person (at times) it's important for me to remember this...)

"Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

"May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it." An Old Irish Blessing

I tend to agree more with Dave Barry who says,

"Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting."

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

stood puzzling and puzzling,

how could it be so?

It came without ribbons.

It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled

'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

"What if Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

Dr. Seuss

Holiday Quotes and More - A gift for you or someone you love...

This funny little book will brighten anyone's day...from Dave Barry's All I Want For Christmas contribution to The Secret to Foolproof Resolutions there's some little gem for every Holiday occasion.

Humor for the Holidays: Stories, Quips, and Quotes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years
Humor for the Holidays: Stories, Quips, and Quotes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

From the Product Description:

Holidays can be both fun and frustrating, can't they? All the chaos that goes with the holidays can make you grin or groan. What you need for happy holidays is to have your stocking stuffed with tasty bits of humor.

Imagine reaching into your stocking and finding a hilarious story by Patsy Clairmont, pulling out funny-bone ticklers by Martha Bolton, Jack Hayford, and Tim Wildmon, and discovering goodies to make you giggle by many other gifted writers.

So grab a cup of wassail, curl up in your favorite chair, and indulge yourself with this heart-lifting book of holiday cheer -- it's stuffed full of special surprises to raise your spirits and add joy to your world!


"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." Lin Yutang

"Keep me from the wisdom that does not weep, and the philosophy that does not laugh, and the pride that does not bow its head before a child." Kahlil Gibran

"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known." A. A. Milne, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

"Once we give up searching for approval, we often find it easier to earn respect." Gloria Steinem

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself." Montaigne

And here are a couple of good Dave Barry quotes about the great outdoors:

"Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business."

(My sentiments, exactly)

"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent."

"The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition."

(Boy, isn't THAT the truth??)

Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."

On Goals

Reaching for a goal is as important as achieving it....That's my own personal thought...

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." H. Jackson Brown

And my favorite (because it's fun) is:

"Even Noah got no salary for the first six months partly on account of the weather and partly because he was learning navigation." Mark Twain

"The person who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the person who can't read them." Mark Twain

I'd love it if you would share your favorite quotes, too.

I don't know who first said this but I'll end with another of my very favorite quotes...

"A smile is a silent hello".

Thanks for stopping by... - Please leave a message to let me know you visited.

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    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      @BarbaraCasey: Thanks, Barbara!

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      7 years ago

      Some great zingers on this page, thanks.

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: So glad you enjoyed it...thank you for visiting.

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      7 years ago

      Very inspirational lens, thanks!

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      @Gloriousconfusion: Well, thank you so much for the Angel blessing! I will stop by your quotation quiz lenses to see if I can score a passing grade. :-)

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      @AuthorNormaBudden: Thanks for the very kind words, Norma! Erma Bombeck was a remarkable person who was as wise as she was witty. And Max Lucado is positively inspiring!

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      i Love this lens and the quotations you have chosen - here are some Angel Blessings, and I am lensrolling to my lenses "Quiz: Famous Quotes" and "Quiz: Quotes by Famous People"

    • AuthorNormaBudden profile image


      7 years ago

      I definitely enjoyed my visit to your lens. Some of these quotes are quite breath-taking. I, especially, loved Max Lucado and Erma Bombeck's quotes. They are both so very true.

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      @poutine: Thanks, Maria!

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      8 years ago

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      @poutine: Thank you! I love your page on quotes, too, and have lensrolled it to this one.

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      8 years ago

      I never had goals until about 5 years ago, I am a much better person, I react to bad situations much better...

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      8 years ago

      Beautifully done lens.

      Love quotes also.

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      @reflectionhaiku: Thank you! I've just updated this with another great quote by Duke's in the Success category.

    • reflectionhaiku profile image


      8 years ago

      Fabulous lens. Thumbs up and thanks so much for sharing-

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: Hi glad you got a chuckle out of good old Dave Barry. He's one of a kind, that's for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: That's a GREAT quote! Thanks for sharing it. And thank you for the kind words.

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      8 years ago

      I just laughed when I saw the Kabetogama Walleye, home! What a way to make someone feel welcome! That Dave Barry isn't much of an outdoorsmand is he? What a wonderful selection of quotes by a huge variety of folks and beautifully displayed.

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      9 years ago

      What a nice lens! I love quotes too. One of my favorites: "don't pray when it's raining if you didn't pray when the sun was shining." Thanks for coming to visit.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Love these quotes. Very uplifting! Thanks! :)

    • religions7 profile image


      9 years ago

      :) thanks for the lensroll btw.

    • CherylK profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      [in reply to Susan52] Susan, I do love the "plow a field" quote that you mention. Do you know the source of that?

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      [in reply to spirituality] Thank you. Your blessing means a lot to me.

    • religions7 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      9 years ago

      Love this resource, Cheryl! Very nicely done.

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      9 years ago

      Lovely lens! I love the art along with the quotes! Great job!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a beautiful lens, both in presentation and in content. I love your choices of both quotes and art. The quote that is typed out and taped to my monitor, always in front of me, is this one: “A man cannot plow a field by turning it over in his mind.” Another of my favorites, a related one, is this: “Just do it.” Profound in just three words, don’t you think?

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens.We really liked it . Well done 5*

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] lol But we do know what that does make in the sands of time! lol

      I love quotes also, I did a whole lens on Einstein's quotes, but like to include some in my lenses when I can. You have a great choice with beautiful graphics. ***** to you!

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      Moe Wood 

      10 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      One of my favorite quote: "They say that time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself." ~Andy Warhol

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      10 years ago

      I LOVE quotations -- My favorite:

      "I would rather be ashes than dust!

      I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant flame

      than it should be stifled by dry rot.

      I would rather be a superb meteor,

      every atom of me in magnificent glow

      than a sleepy and permanent planet.

      The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.

      I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.

      I shall use my time."

      --Jack London

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      Johann The Dog 

      10 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      What a great lens! This is my Mum's favorite quote..."My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am." Woofs, Johann

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh, I love this lens. Beautiful. I am always looking for special quotes for one thing or another. Thank you.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Here's a new favorite of mine.

      Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

      Beautiful lens!

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      Deb Bryan 

      10 years ago from Chico California

      My favorite quote is "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."~The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

      Great Lens!:D

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      10 years ago

      "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."

      Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)

      How apt at this moment in time - some great quotes 5*

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      Spook LM 

      10 years ago

      Fabulous lens; my favourite would be the Emmerson quote and I thought your taste in pictures was grand. Well done.

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      10 years ago from Texas

      Love the ones on risk and relaxation. McMahon and Chaplin's thoughts are quite timely right now. Nice job. (And like the pictures!! ;-)

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      The Eclectic Muse 

      10 years ago

      Very nice! The old Irish Blessing--I have the book--about the fish is one of my favorites too. I faved and bookmarked this one. You have a few prints I might like to buy for Christmas. Thanks!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      A very nice collection, inspirational.


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