50 Life-Changing Quotations From The Greatest People Who Ever Lived

How did the great men and women throughout the course of history see life? What attitudes, beliefs, and values did they hold essential to the core of their very being? What were the ideas that allowed them to achieve great things and end up in the history books – while the rest of us only look up?

Luckily, all great men and women left behind a roadmap for greatness, breadcrumbs that even the most ordinary and average person could follow, too. While it may not land them in the history books, it will move them further along their journey towards reaching their goals, achieving happiness, and fulfilling their legacy.

The map left behind by great people is not hard to read, and you don't even need a key or a legend because it comes in the form of the simple words they left us. From Presidents to world leaders, great sports figures to civil rights leaders, and quite a few inventors and cultural icons, anyone can stand on the shoulder of giants.

Read these great quotes by great men or women. Reread them, reflect upon them, and think about how you can integrate the same ideas or values into your life. Then, take action! You’ll be amazed at the positive changes you see in a very short time.

  1. "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." —Mark Twain
  2. "I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine." —Neil Armstrong
  3. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." —Steve Jobs
  4. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." —Mahatma Gandhi
  5. "Don't count the days, make the days count." —Muhammad Ali
  6. "The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." —Frank Lloyd Wright
  7. "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." —Oprah Winfrey
  8. "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." —Andrew Carnegie
  9. "The purpose of our lives is to be happy." —Dalai Lama
  10. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there." —Theodore Roosevelt
  11. "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
  12. "Courage is grace under pressure." —Ernest Hemingway
  13. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." —Napoleon Hill
  14. "It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong." —Abraham Lincoln
  15. "If you are going through hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill
  16. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein
  17. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." —Henry Ford
  18. "You must do the things you think you cannot do." —Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." —Wayne Gretzky
  20. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." —Michael Jordan
  21. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk ... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." —Mark Zuckerberg
  22. "The best way of learning about anything is by doing." —Richard Branson
  23. "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." —Elon Musk
  24. "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." —Colin Powell
  25. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." —Robert Frost (from his poem "The Road Not Taken")
  26. "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." —Frederick Douglass
  27. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin
  28. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." —John D. Rockefeller
  29. "In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." —Deepak Chopra
  30. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." —Bill Gates
  31. "In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." —Albert Einstein
  32. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart." —Helen Keller
  33. "Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives." —Michelle Obama
  34. "It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." —Confucius
  35. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." —Thomas A. Edison
  36. "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." —Warren Buffett
  37. "Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." —Winston Churchill
  38. "One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody." —Mother Teresa
  39. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." —Maya Angelou
  40. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." -John Wooden
  41. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." -Jim Rohn
  42. "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -Warren Buffett
  43. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." -Albert Einstein
  44. "There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires." - Nelson Mandela
  45. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." -Charles Darwin
  46. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt
  47. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe
  48. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." -Bruce Lee
  49. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." -Stephen Covey
  50. “Motivation doesn't last, but neither does showering. That's why both are recommended daily.” –Zig Zigler

Did you enjoy these quotes? Which ones are your favorite?

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