112 Most famous quotes that carry more than their meaning.

The best quotes by famous people, and the famous quotes whose sources you never knew.

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The best quotes of all time that earned their fame.

There are famous quotes we all know, and there are equally famous people who said them. History’s thinkers, leaders, and personalities left us with these famous quotes to teach and inspire.

The most famous quotes carry more than meaning; they carry the context of everywhere they’ve been used. These quotes are painted by our associations and read in the voice of the people who first said them.

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Quotes by famous people.

The most famous quotes are occasionally more famous than the people who said them. This first list of quotes are ones you’ve seen before. Did you know their sources? When you learn who said a famous quote, does that change its meaning for you?

These quotes can be seen everywhere — including cards, posters, promotional flyers, and social media graphics. The quotes aren’t always coupled with the people behind them, though, and that takes away the context of who said them, where, and when.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.”
Henry Ford
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

Wayne Gretzky

A motivational quote like this one is perfect forbanners at sporting events. Not many people know it was the Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky who said it, though.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Confucius
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Vincent Van Gogh
There is no substitute for hard work.”
Thomas Edison
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln
You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”
Maya Angelou
Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

John Wooden

John Wooden was a celebrated basketball player and coach. This quote’s meaning shifts a little when you learn that the person who said it made such a great living for more than 50 years. Even in the face of his success, he still prioritized his personal and family life over his career.

Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
Bob Marley
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
Babe Ruth
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Aristotle
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Considering how many times Nelson Mandela was pushed down, this quote is more impactful with his legacy in mind.

Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.”
Charles Dickens , Great Expectations
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
Margaret Mead
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Aesop
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Vidal Sassoon
Where there is love there is life.”
Mahatma Gandhi
There is nothing permanent except change.”

Heraclitus

This quote is regularly used on posters and social media banners as a reminder of the unavoidability of change. Did you know it was by Heraclitus, a 5th century Greek philosopher?

Dance like nobody's watching.”

Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh ,

“Come from the Heart”

Independence is happiness.”
Susan B. Anthony
Being happy never goes out of style.”
Lilly Pulitzer
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Mark Twain
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Socrates
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”

John Lennon, “Imagine”

Famous song lyrics like these are incredibly memorable because people can recall the melody that accompanies them.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Lao Tzu
Well done is better than well said.”
Benjamin Franklin
Not all those who wander are lost.”
J. R. R. Tolkien , The Fellowship of the Ring
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Best quotes of all time.

Though the famous quotes above are the “most famous,” there are other famous quotes that are real showstoppers. These are the best quotes for making an impression because they aren’t recited as often as the ones we all have memorized.

These quotes make points that stick. They leave us breathless with epiphanies and they strum our heart chords. Choose from these best quotes of all time and you’ll have an ace up your sleeve to use in memorable cards, posters, and more.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Henry Ford
Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
George Addair
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

This famous quote is catchy, and imagining Mae West saying it is part of its charm.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.”
Beverly Sills
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Maya Angelou
I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
Benjamin Franklin
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
Charles Swindoll
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.”

Robert Frost

Use this quote on a poster or banner. It’s a bitesize lesson in mindset that we know but tend to forget, so keeping it in sight can help us recall it when the going gets rough.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
Thomas Jefferson
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston S. Churchill

Famous quotes by Winston Churchill tend to put a funny spin on things, and this is no exception. Use this quote in cards, letters, and social media banners with the intention to motivate.

We tend to get what we expect.”
Norman Vincent Peale
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Edith Wharton
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

This Benjamin Franklin quote is a simple but powerful explanation of how we learn best. It’s perfect for a poster in an educational facility of any level.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Confucius
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

Audrey Hepburn

Some famous quotes are remembered for how they make us feel, like this one. This quote is perfect for the inside of a card.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
Aristotle Onassis
The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Famous quotes about life.

The most famous quotes about life gained fame because they inspire us. Choose the quotes that mean the most to you or those that came from the people you admire most, then use them as a kaleidoscope of new perspectives for your own life.

These quotes are perfect for posters, banners, and flyers. Famous inspirational quotes are meant to be shared, and with Adobe Express, you can do that in any format, no experience required.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”
Mother Teresa
You become what you believe.”
Oprah Winfrey
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

Famous quotes like this one from the diary of Anne Frank are extraordinary when you consider her age when she was writing, and the circumstances that surrounded her.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
Will Rogers
An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Les Brown
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Gloria Steinem

Put this famous quote to work in a vision board where you turn dreams or goals into something you can see and touch.

If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
Dr. Seuss
If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

We hear some quotes and sayings so often that we become immune to their meaning. This famous quote is a fresh look at the “glass half full” metaphor, which helps us re-absorb its message.

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”
Oscar Wilde
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
Indira Gandhi
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Albert Einstein
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”

D. H. Lawrence

Would you use this quote in a card? Or would it be better on a poster or flyer? Ask yourself who in your life could do to see this message to decide how to send it.

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”
Marilyn Monroe
Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.”

Amy Poehler

This is a great quote to send in a card or letter. Ask yourself who in your life inspires or challenges you most.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
Sigmund Freud
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
Walt Disney
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
Jane Austen
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”
Helen Keller
Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
John Wooden
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”
Charles Dickens
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor E. Frankl
You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.”
Dolly Parton
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”

Mark Twain

With a touch of Twain-y humor, this famous quote is excellent for posters, flyers, and cards.

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Road to success quotes.

Famous quotes about success are extra impressive when they come from history’s most famous successful people. These thinkers, leaders, and personalities worked hard for what they achieved, and they did it in the limelight. As we look back on their legacies, these memorable quotes capture a pinhole picture into how they did what they did.

Choose your favorite road to success quotes and use them where plenty of people will see. These are mindset quotes that motivate and inspire everyone they reach.

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don't quit.”
Conrad Hilton
Believe you can and you're halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt
If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”

J.M. Power

This famous quote moves us from dream to action. “Waking up” is a metaphor to start moving toward goals after we’ve had our fill of fantasizing about them.

Learning never exhausts the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.”
Vince Lombardi
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
Colin Powell
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Amelia Earhart

The torque to start requires more energy than holding momentum once you’re rolling. Imagine how memorable this quote could be in a poster or flyer.

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn
Dream big and dare to fail.”
Norman Vaughan
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

William Arthur Ward

This easy-to-visualize metaphor sells the benefits of realism. What could this look like on a poster?

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
Florence Nightingale
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Thomas Edison
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney
If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.”

Dolly Parton

Life doesn’t always lead us down the path we wanted. Use this empowering quote in a card and it could make a difference for someone who’s struggling.

The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”
John D. Rockefeller
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill
Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”

Zig Ziglar

A whole letter could be crafted around this quote. If you know someone facing lots of criticism, this famous Zig Ziglar quote could give that criticism purpose.

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
Estée Lauder
No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”
Charles Kettering
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Henry David Thoreau
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.”
James Cameron
I failed my way to success.”
Thomas Edison
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
William Faulkner
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”
Milton Berle
Life is trying things to see if they work.”

Ray Bradbury

Not everything we try in life works. In fact, most things we try don’t. It’s hard to remember that every time we fail at something, but this quote can help us snap back.

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Nido Qubein
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Most famous quotes are famous for a reason.

Famous quotes appear in ground-shaking speeches and revealing autobiographies. They ring out above crowds and they pierce the airwaves during incredible interviews. Learn the source of your favorite famous quotes because the context makes them more powerful.

For example, Nelson Mandela wrote, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” in his 1995 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. The book was published a year after he was elected president of South Africa, five years after he was released from his 27-year incarceration. What does that quote mean in the context of Mandela’s personal reflections after he’d been through so much?

Exercise: Where could you use your favorite famous quotes?

Once you choose your favorite famous quotes, you want to share them. The question is: which quotes are best used where?

That depends on your target audience. For example:

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Adobe Express has templates and customization tools to put your favorite famous quotes to work. If you want to use famous quotes in cards, letters, posters, banners, collages, flyers, or other creative projects, Adobe Express makes it as simple as picking a template and personalizing it, or making your own idea with easy-to-use tools. Whatever message you want to transmit, Adobe Express brings it to life, no experience required.