Short, Wise Quotes About Life

Short & Sweet Inspiration and Truth

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Wisdom need not always be verbose. In fact, some of the wisest, most memorable quotes by famous people are pretty darn short, yet they pack a lot of meaning in their punch. Keeping it short works well probably because of K.I.S.S.: "Keep it simple, stupid."

George Bernard Shaw

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"You must do the things you think you cannot do."

Frank Lloyd Wright

"The truth is more important than the facts.​"​

Mother Teresa

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Lucille Ball

"Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place."

Stephen Colbert

"Dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."

Oprah Winfrey

"Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness."

Stephen Hawking

"Be curious."

Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

William Shakespeare

"Love all, trust a few."​

Michelle Obama

"Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."

Wayne Gretzky

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

Gabrielle Giffords​

"Be bold, be courageous, be your best."

Madeleine Albright 

"Real leadership...comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing."

Babe Ruth

"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."

Seneca

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

Anna Quindlen

"Don’t ever confuse the two: your life and your work. The second is only part of the first."

Thomas Jefferson

"He who knows best knows how little he knows."

Dolly Parton

"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Francis David

"We need not think alike to love alike."​

John Quincy Adams

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

Maya Angelou

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

Malcolm X

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Hillary Clinton

"Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward."

Thomas A. Edison

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Katie Couric

"You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you."

Jon Bon Jovi

"Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."​

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do one thing every day that scares you." 

Tina Fey

"There are no mistakes, only opportunities."

Francis Bacon

"A prudent question is one half of wisdom."​

Sheryl Sandberg

"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Florence Nightingale

"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."

Edwin Land

"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."

Maya Angelou

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Mahatma Gandhi

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."

Rosa Parks​

"When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."

Henry Ford

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Gloria Steinem

"Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.​​"​

Christopher Reeve

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

Kate Winslet

"Life is short, and it is here to be lived."

Mahatma Gandhi

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 

Alice Walker

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."

Amelia Earhart

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity."

Ellen DeGeneres

"Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." 

Walt Disney

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."