160 Best Quotes Of All Time

With so many quotes everywhere, what do you think makes these ones the best quotes ever, it’s not because of the length nor the person that said them, rather, it is the message that is embedded in the quote. Good quotes don’t die; they are new and sound fresh each time you hear them. Here are a few examples of the best quotes of all time.

The Best Quotes of All Time

1. The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

2. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – E. E. Cummings

3. Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

4. Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people. ~ Carl Jung

5. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

6. The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.

7. I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. – Rudyard Kipling

8. The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.

9. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

10. Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated. – Lou Holtz

11. A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

12. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

13. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~ Mark Twain

14. It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. – W. Somerset Maugham

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

16. Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.

17. Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theatre, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it. – Al Lopez

18. The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway

19. We are at our very best, and we are happiest when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. – Earl Nightingale

20. The best road to progress is freedom’s road. – John F. Kennedy

21. I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.- Marilyn Monroe

22. To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine

23. I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. – Walt Whitman

Best Life Quotes

24. “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ― Woody Allen

25. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

26. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

27. “Reality continues to ruin my life.” ― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

28. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

29.“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

30. “Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King, Different Seasons

31. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

32. “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

33. “The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

34. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein

35. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” ― George Harrison

36. “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Narcotics Anonymous

37. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” ― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

38. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

39. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ― Allen Saunders

40. “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ― Gustave Flaubert

41. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

42. “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ― Virginia Woolf

43. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

44. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska

45. “When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

46. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

47. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” ― Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

48. “But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” ― Khaled Hosseini

49. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

50. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

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51. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

52. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain

53. “We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

54. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
― Isaac Asimov

55. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

56. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

57. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

58. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

59. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss

60. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

61. “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

62. “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

63. “This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.” ― George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle

64. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank

65. “Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

66. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can

67. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain

68. “Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

69. “May you live every day of your life.” ― Jonathan Swift

70. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

71. “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” ― Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

72. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

73. “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

74. “It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

75. “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

76. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

77. “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” ― William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays

78. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ― Stephen King

79. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”― Maya Angelou

80. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ― Albert Camus

Best Love Quotes Of All Time

81. “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” — T. Tolis

82. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey

83. “In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.” — Theodor Reik

84. “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.” — Woody Allen

85. “Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.” — Hemingway

86. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles Schulz

87. “Where there is love there is life.” — Mahatma Gandhi

88. “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.” — Paul McCartney

89. “You know when you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss

90. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo

91. “All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy

92. “Once you truly believe you’re worthy of love, you will never settle for anyone’s second best treatment.” — Charles J. Orlando

93. “When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” — Albert Einstein

94. “Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” — H. L. Mencken

95. “Every person has to love at least one bad partner in their lives to be truly thankful for the right one.” — Unknown

96. “We are shaped and fashioned by those we love.” — Geothe

97. “When love is not madness it is not love.” ― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

98. “With love one can live even without happiness.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

99. “It’s an unexplainable feeling, an expression. It’s a touch, it’s a feel. Once you feel it, it’s like no other thing in the world.” — Snoop Dogg on love

100. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

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101. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” — John Lennon

102. “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” ― Pablo Neruda

103. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ― Sophocles

104. “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” — Julia Roberts

105. “The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.” — Jennifer Aniston

106. “There’s no substitute for a great love who says, ‘No matter what’s wrong with you, you’re welcome at this table.'” — Tom Hanks

107. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A. A. Milne

108. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

109. “I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Lord of The Rings

110. “If I know what love is, it is because of you.” — Herman Hesse

111. “When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other, they look in the same direction.” — Ginger Rogers

112. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return.” — “Unforgettable with Love” by Natalie Cole

113. “I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

114. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” — Oscar Wilde

115. “Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” — Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant)

116. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

117. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — When Harry Met Sally

118. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

119. “We are most alive when we’re in love.” — John Updike

120. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Ali MacGraw in Love Story

121. “People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. ” — Nelson Mandela

122. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” — Bette Davis

123. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu

124. “Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” ― Paulo Coelho

125. “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” — Ingrid Bergman

126. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook

127. “And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.” — Les Miserables

128. “If a thing loves, it is infinite.” — William Blake

Best Movie Quotes

129. “Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not ‘every man for himself.’ And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked ’em up.” – WANDA (Jamie Lee Curtis) in A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

130. “Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader’s his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that’s what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.”  – DANTE (Brian O’Halloran) in Clerks (1994)

131. “My daughter is in pain…Give my daughter the shot!”  – AURORA GREENWAY (Shirley MacLaine) in Terms of Endearment (1983)

132. “Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL.”  – DAVE BOWMAN (Keir Dullea) in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

133.”Take your stinkin’ paws off me, you damn dirty ape.”  – TAYLOR (Charlton Heston) in Planet of the Apes (1968)

134. “Because when you’re a call girl, you control it, that’s why. Because someone wants you…and for an hour…I’m the best actress in the world.”  – BREE DANIEL (Jane Fonda) in Klute (1971)

135. “Jerry, d’you know the human head weighs eight pounds?” – RAY (Jonathan Lipnicki) in Jerry Maguire (1996)

136. “I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek.” – SAMANTHA (Molly Ringwald) in Sixteen Candles (1984)

137. “Have fun storming the castle!”  – MIRACLE MAX (Billy Crystal) in The Princess Bride (1987)

138. “As you wish.”  – THE GRANDFATHER/NARRATOR (Peter Falk) in The Princess Bride (1987)

139. “Game over, man! It’s Game over!” – HUDSON (Bill Paxton) in Aliens (1986)

140. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – JOHNNY CASTLE (Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing (1987)

141. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  – INIGO MONTOYA (Mandy Patinkin) in The Princess Bride (1987)

142. – “Inconceivable!”- “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – INIGO MONTOYA (Mandy Patinkin) in The Princess Bride (1987)

143. “He didn’t get out of the cock-a-doodie car!” – ANNIE WILKES (Kathy Bates) in Misery (1990)

144. “Get outta here! And don’t come back for five to seven days!” – VADA SULTENFUSS (Anna Chlumsky) in My Girl (1991)

145. “Oh, and Senator, just one more thing. Love your suit.” – HANNIBAL LECTER (Anthony Hopkins) in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

146. “There are two types of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t.” – BOB WILEY (Bill Murray) in What About Bob? (1991)

147. “Well, bring the dog, I love animals. I’m a great cook. Come on.” – ALEX FORREST (Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987)

148. “And one day, not long from now, my looks will go. They will discover I can’t act, and I will become some sad middle-aged woman who looks a bit like someone who was famous for a while.” – ANNA SCOTT (Julia Roberts) in Notting Hill (1999)

149. “Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring; besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. It’s more democratic.” – CRASH DAVIS (Kevin Costner) in Bull Durham (1988)

150. “We all go a little mad sometimes.” – NORMAN BATES (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho (1960)

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151. “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?” – BEN BRADDOCK (Dustin Hoffman) in The Graduate (1967)

152. “Hey, don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love.” – ALVY SINGER (Woody Allen) in Annie Hall (1977)

153. “She’s my daughter!…She’s my sister! She’s my daughter! My sister, my daughter…She’s my sister and my daughter.” – EVELYN CROSS MULWRAY (Faye Dunaway) in Chinatown (1974)

154. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning…Smells like victory.” – KILGORE (Robert Duvall) in Apocalypse Now (1979)

155. “You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.” – MATTY WALKER (Kathleen Turner) in Body Heat (1981)

156. “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” – INDIANA JONES (Harrison Ford) in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

157. “These go to 11.” – NIGEL TUFNEL (Christopher Guest) in This is Spinal Tap (1984)

158. “Why does it cry, Sméagol?” – GOLLUM (Andy Serkis) in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

159. “Personally, Veda’s convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.”  – IDA CORWIN (Eve Arden) in Mildred Pierce (1945)

160. “If I’d been a ranch, they would’ve named me the Bar Nothin’.”  – GILDA (Rita Hayworth) in Gilda (1946)

161. “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.” – LLOYD DOBLER (John Cusack) in Say Anything… (1989)

162. “But I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?” – TOMMY DeVito (Joe Pesci) in GoodFellas (1990)

163. – “It might be a tumor. It’s not a tumor!” (pronounced tumah) – JOHN KIMBLE (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Kindergarten Cop (1990)

164. “You can’t handle the truth!” – COLONEL JESSUP (Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men (1992)

165. “When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke.” – CAROL CONNELLY (Helen Hunt) in As Good As It Gets (1997)

166. “When it comes down to makin’ out, whenever possible, put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin IV.” – MIKE DAMONE (Robert Romanus) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

167. “I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia. I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture, and kill them.” – PRIVATE JOKER (Matthew Modine) in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

168. “Look at that! Look how she moves! That’s just like Jell-O on springs.” – JERRY (Jack Lemmon) in Some Like It Hot (1959)

169. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” – MAXWELL SCOTT (Carleton Young) in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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