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95+ Best Quotes From Famous Authors

What can these quotes teach you? Wise and beautiful sayings will help you to put life in perspective with their awesomeness.

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Motivational Quotes by Famous Authors

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good. — John Steinbeck

Get busy living or get busy dying. — Stephen King

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. — J.K. Rowling

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. — Helen Keller

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ― Voltaire

amazing quotes from famous author

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. — Maya Angelou

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. — Mark Twain

Everything is hard before it is easy. — Goethe

When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. — Audre Lorde

best quotes by authors

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose. — C.S. Lewis

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. — Joshua J. Marine

Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. — Stephen Chbosky

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. — Helen Keller

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? — Sun Tzu

top quotes from authors

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. — Ray Bradbury

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. — Mark Twain

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. — Dr. Seuss

No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone. — Oscar Wilde

deep quotes by famous authors

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. — Chuck Palahniuk

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honor, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. — William Shakespeare

We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in. — Ernest Hemingway

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win. — Stephen King

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. — Lao Tzu

quotes by famous authors

It hurt because it mattered. — John Green

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. — Herman Hesse

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. — Charles Dickens

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. — Kahlil Gibran

life quotes by famous authors

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. — Oscar Wilde

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people. — Virginia Woolf

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. — Brad Meltzer

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. — Kurt Vonnegut

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. ― Anne Frank

inspiring authors quotes

I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain. — Sylvia Plath

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need. — William Faulkner

Life’s not fair; why should I be? — Margaret Atwood

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Jane Austen

famous authors quotes on love

Life is a journey, not a destination. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce

And in the end, we were all just humans… drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell

top authors quotes

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances. — Agatha Christie

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. — Henry David Thoreau

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece. — Vladimir Nabokov

Sooner or later even the fastest runners have to stand and fight. — Stephen King

inspirational quotes by famous authors

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. — John Steinbeck

We rise by lifting others. — Robert Ingersoll

He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. — Leo Tolstoy

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. — Maya Angelou

famous authors quotes on success

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. — J. D. Salinger

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. — Maya Angelou

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. — Franz Kafka

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

motivational quotes by famous authors

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. — Jack Kerouac

I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. — Audre Lorde

To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee. — Herman Melville

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. — Samuel Johnson

encouraging quotes from authors

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. — Truman Capote

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong. Does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. — J.R.R. Tolkien

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. — Toni Morrison

Challenges make life interesting, however overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. — Mark Twain

deep quotes from authors

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. — C. S. Lewis

There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. — Edgar Allen Poe

Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him. — George R. R. Martin

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. — Roald Dahl

famous authors quotes

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. — John Muir

Gods die. And when they truly die, they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end. — Neil Gaiman

There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair. — Haruki Murakami

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. — Rumi

Favorite Authors Quotes on Life, Love, Happiness and Success

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. — Oscar Wilde

The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish. — Terence McKenna

It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it. — Oscar Wilde

I refuse to write the same story twice. I keep experimenting. I keep learning how to work. I’ve been at it pretty much 50 years, and I’m now beginning to learn how to do the job well. – Harlan Ellison

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. — Harper Lee

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. — Mark Twain

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity. — James Baldwin

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. — Jack London

To thine own self be true. — William Shakespeare

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. — George Bernard Shaw

The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, you know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done. — George Carlin

Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them. — Ayn Rand

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. — Marcel Proust

It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes. – Flannery O’Connor

Straight roads do not make skillful drivers. — Paula Coelho

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. – Robert Fulghum

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. — Henry Miller

To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. — Aristotle

Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. — Anton Chekhov

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor. – Neil Simon

Dwell in possibility. — Emily Dickinson

I do novels a bit backward. I look for a situation, a milieu first, and then I wait to see who walks into it. – Tom Wolfe

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. — Salman Rushdie

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. — Lewis Carroll

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? — Arthur Conan Doyle

Trust our heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards. — E.E. Cummings

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. — George Eliot

When you can’t change the direction of the wind- adjust your sails. — H.Jackson Brown Jr.

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. — H. G. Wells

Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith. — Francine Rivers

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. — Jules Verne

Rock solid became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. — J.K Rowling

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. — Edith Wharton

Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there. — Cheryl Strayed

Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. — Norman Mailer

Of course, I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience. — Dorothy Parker

Know what? Bitches get stuff done. — Tina Fey

I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not. — John Grisham

Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself. — Chelsea Handler

Life is tough my darling, but so are you. — Stephanie Bennett Henry

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