Cool Quotes to Use as Email Signatures

A Collection of Wise and Witty Signoffs

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Your email signature—an optional footer you can add to every message you send out—is an ideal place to put your name and contact information. If you're using personal email, it's also a field where you might add a quote, a few short words that are wise, inspiring, or humorous. The remarks of famous writers, politicians, activists, and entertainers can serve as personal statements in the digital age. Find a quote that speaks to you and use it as a signoff at the end of your emails. Doing so adds a personal touch to an otherwise impersonal form of communication.

Inspiring and Motivational Email Signatures

One of the most popular ways to end an email signature is with an inspiring quote. Email, after all, can be pretty uninspiring, so what better place to share a motivational message? Close your email with a few thoughtful words from a writer like Mark Twain or a philosopher like Confucius.

Gary Player

"The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Jim Rohn

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

Walter Bagehot

"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

Josh Billings

"To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while."

"Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it."

Simone de Beauvoir

"Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."

Rabindranath Tagore

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

Mark Twain

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."

"The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large."

William Hazlitt

"The more we do, the more we can do."

Wise Email Signatures

An email signature can be a place to share a nugget of wisdom, something that expresses your personal values or outlook on life. If you work in education, you might choose a quote about teaching or learning. If you're a writer or a painter, you might choose a quote about the power of art.

Thomas La Mance

"Life is what happens to us while we are making plans."

Jawaharlal Nehru

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will."

William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

George S. Patton

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."


"There are limits to self-indulgence, none to self-restraint."

Josiah Royce

"Thinking is like loving and dying—each of us must do it for himself."

Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."

Bertrand Russell

"No one gossips about other people's secret virtues."

Robert S. Surtees

"It is better to be killed than frightened to death."

Bill Clinton

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

William Shakespeare

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

Khalil Gibran

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."

Omar Khayyam

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

Oscar Wilde

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."

Pablo Picasso

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."

George Sand

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."


"Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness."


"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

Funny Email Signatures

Email signatures don't have to be serious. If you're known for being light-hearted and making people laugh, you might be happier using a funny email signature, such as a quote from a comedian. A snappy one-liner or a clever zinger can leave the person on the other end with a smile.

Albert Einstein

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

Fred Allen

"I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin."

Mae West

"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."

Red Buttons

"Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

George Bernard Shaw

"Youth is wasted on the young."

George Carlin

"The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life."

Louis Hector Berlioz

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all its pupils."

Woody Allen

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."

Charles M. Schulz

"I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong."

Benjamin Franklin

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterward."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out."

Steven Wright

"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you."

Mark Twain

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."

Fran Lebowitz

"You're only as good as your last haircut."

Carrie Fisher

"Instant gratification takes too long."

P.J. O'Rourke

"Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely."

Paul Ehrlich

"To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer."

Lily Tomlin

"Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."