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Top Quotes

Updated on December 27, 2012
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Ever heard something and wondered who first spouted such intellect? It is the frequency of such an occurrence in my life that has led me to make a compilation of some of my favourite quotes from across the globe and through the ages. Witty, exceptionally timed, impregnated with wisdom and often downright brilliant, these lines never fail to inspire me, even in the direst of circumstances.

Oscar Wilde, one of the most quotable men of the 19th century.
Oscar Wilde, one of the most quotable men of the 19th century. | Source


  • "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one" ~ Thomas Paine.


  • "At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst" ~ Aristotle.


  • "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best" ~ Oscar Wilde.


  • We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate ~ Kin Hubbard.


  • And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays ~ Shakespeare.


  • "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't" ~ Mark Twain.

Mark Twain in 1907, yet another master of sayings.
Mark Twain in 1907, yet another master of sayings. | Source


  • "A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen" ~ Winston Churchill.


  • "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former" ~ Albert Einstein.


  • "Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies" ~ Emily Brontë.


  • "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand" ~ Mark Twain.


  • "I can resist everything but temptation" ~ Oscar Wilde.


  • "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today" ~ James Dean.

We still quote Shakespeare all the time
We still quote Shakespeare all the time | Source


  • "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall" ~ Shakespeare.


  • "We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to" ~ W. Somerset Maugham.


  • "Men of sense often learn from their enemies … It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war" ~ Aristophanes.


  • "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" ~ Abraham Lincoln.


  • "I always knew I was a star, and now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me" ~ Freddie Mercury.


  • "Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put" ~ Winston Churchill.

Bust of Euripides, the famous Greek tragedian
Bust of Euripides, the famous Greek tragedian | Source


  • "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" ~ Albert Einstein.


  • "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted" ~ John Lennon.


  • "Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan" ~ John F Kennedy.


  • "Oh, what an evil power love has in people's lives!" ~ Euripides.


  • "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" ~ Shakespeare.


  • "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much" ~ Oscar Wilde.

Winston Churchill is famous for his biting wit
Winston Churchill is famous for his biting wit | Source


  • "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried" ~ Winston Churchill.


  • "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train" ~ Oscar Wilde.


  • "It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered" ~ Aeschylus.


  • "Thou hast not half that power to do me harm as I have to be hurt" ~ Shakespeare.


  • "The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury" ~ Marcus Aurelius.


  • "To him who is in fear everything rustles" ~ Sophocles.


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