156+ Best Key Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Key is a piece of metal that has been cut into a special shape and is used for opening or closing a lock, starting a car engine, etc. Profoundly inspirational key quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Key Quotes

Exposing Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam’s wicked radicalization of black American males must become a key component of our national education. — Jesse Lee Peterson

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser’s gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys. — Honore de Balzac

It doesn’t matter what you look like. Experience is the key. — Sonny Bill Williams

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. — Stephen Covey

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead. — Bette Davis

The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms. — Neal Boortz

Simplicity is a key to avoiding complication. Part of the definition of simplicity is ‘not complex or complicated; sincere.’ — Joyce Meyer

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. — John Milton

While I fundamentally reject the notion that anyone who owned other human beings was either good, moral, or decent, Francis Scott Key left absolutely no doubt that he was a stone-cold bigot. He came from generations of plantation-owning bigots. They got wealthy off of it. — Shaun King

Giving responsibility is the key to success with boys, especially with the rowdiest and most difficult boys. — Robert Baden-Powell

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment. — Barbara Jordan

Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society? — Honore de Balzac

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. — Corrie Ten Boom

Places I’ve lived since then had to have some kind of uniqueness and character about them. And logically Key West, and then Down Island. So, all of that stuff sort of had it’s roots in New Orleans and went crazy. — Jimmy Buffett

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. — Casey Stengel

The key to winning is choosing to do God’s will and loving others with all you’ve got. — Lou Holtz

I see the Mac being a key part of Apple for the long term, and I see growth in the Mac for the long term. — Tim Cook

People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made. — Joan Rivers

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. — Ray Bradbury

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. — Johann Sebastian Bach

Goal setting is the most important aspect of all improvement and personal development plans. It is the key to all fulfillment and achievement. — Paul J. Meyer

Money will not give you happiness; it’s part of the key. — Logic

Don’t automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn’t considered key aspects of the issue. — Donald Rumsfeld

Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning ‘bit’ always switched on. — Satya Nadella

Peter Parker’s storyline hits every key point of growing up. — Tom Holland

The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master. — Richard Branson

If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear? — Stevie Nicks

We must develop knowledge optimization initiatives to leverage our key learnings. — Scott Adams

Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess that we’ve made. That’s the key thing now. Never mind how we got to be who we are. — Jane Goodall

The key to staying together is making sure you guys like each other and need each other. — Chris Rock

This is the key to time management – to see the value of every moment. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson

As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside. — David Suzuki

Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Venture for America operates in communities that could generally use more innovation: Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, and other U.S. cities. So I’m obviously a big believer in innovation and progress as key drivers of economic growth and prosperity. — Andrew Yang

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction. — Jimi Hendrix

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. — Henri Frederic Amiel

At Microsoft, we’re aspiring to have a living, learning culture with a growth mindset that allows us to learn from ourselves and our customers. These are the key attributes of the new culture at Microsoft, and I feel great about how it seems to be resonating and how it’s seen as empowering. — Satya Nadella

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. — George Herbert

Action is the foundational key to all success. — Pablo Picasso

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. — Bill Gates

Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man. — Joyce Meyer

I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell. — Audre Lorde

Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway. — Stephen Hawking

The owner or president is the person who controls the club. The coach’s job is to keep him happy. But the key to success, as a manager, is your relationship with the players. Important clubs and important players succeed when the environment is correct. The players must enjoy their work and feel free to express their talents. — Carlo Ancelotti

There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see. — Omar Khayyam

In many instances, mate choice is a compensatory process. In other words, both men and women choose prospective mates by combining their scores on several key attributes. — Gad Saad

The man who holds the key to a woman’s heart should make certain the old ones are destroyed. — Minna Antrim

Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering us to control our weight. — Thich Nhat Hanh

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart. — Anthony J. D’Angelo

The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. — Bobby Knight

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. — George Eastman

It is an honor for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times. — Virgil Abloh

I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well. — Tim Cook

The key thing about a book is that you lose yourself in the author’s world. — Jeff Bezos

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation. — George Eliot

It’s obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life – for 8 billion or more people – without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt. — E. O. Wilson

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation. — James Allen

For us tall people, the whole key is that your hips and your knees should form a right angle when you sit down. That’s where backs and hips get to be problems for big guys. — Phil Jackson

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

But the question is a matter of the survival and the teaching. That’s what our work comes down to. No matter where we key into it, it’s the same work, just different pieces of ourselves doing it. — Audre Lorde

To the organizer, compromise is a key and beautiful word. It is always present in the pragmatics of operation… If you start with nothing, demand 100 percent, then compromise for 30 percent, you’re 30 percent ahead. — Saul Alinsky

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. — Joe Paterno

Moderation is the key so I work certain amount of time and then I take a certain amount of time off. — Jimmy Buffett

I believe that one key to success is to accept truth, no matter how it’s spoken. — Robert Kiyosaki

Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches. — Dolly Parton

I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The key to sitcom success is miserable people. If you see a happy couple, it’s just gone, like when Sam and Diane got together on Cheers. — Matthew Perry

If I could come back as anything – I’d be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice. — Nikki Giovanni

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. — George Washington Carver

I’ve worked all my life on the subject of awareness, whether it’s awareness of the body, awareness of the mind, awareness of your emotions, awareness of your relationships, or awareness of your environment. I think the key to transforming your life is to be aware of who you are. — Deepak Chopra

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. — Epictetus

Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you. — Deepak Chopra

Teaching kids to respect rules is key. — Katie Hopkins

High expectations are the key to everything. — Sam Walton

I think the key to being a journalist is getting your subject to feel comfortable enough to talk about stuff they want to talk about and the stuff they like and don’t like, and still feel comfortable about it. — Glenn Danzig

The key to education is the experience of beauty. — Friedrich Schiller

Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night. — Thomas Fuller

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. — John Dewey

For me, the key to longevity – and immortality, in a sense – has to do with transformation. — Marilyn Manson

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There’s tons of dudes – like David O’Doherty, Tim Key, and Alex Horne – I made a lot of friends with people who are really incredible comics. — Bo Burnham

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. — Arthur Ashe

Wonder knows that while you cannot look at the light, you cannot look at anything else without it. It is not exhausted by childhood, but finds its key there. It is a journey like a walk through the woods over the usual obstacles and around the common distractions while the voice of direction leads, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.’ — Ravi Zacharias

Producing isn’t just making beats on a beat machine. It’s bringing together these string players with this flute player and this singer, and telling them to all work in the key of C major… You bring these people together and let them all cook. — Logic

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. — Bruce Lee

I have a lot of people in my life, and I think there’s something key: the thing that leads to intimacy and relationship and connection is tenderness. — Greg Boyle

Fear of failure is caused by lack of self-esteem and confidence. Dealing with fear is the key to super success. — Dan Pena

If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. — Elton John

That’s the key to defending any quarterback: to make them throw before they want to throw. — Tony Dungy

There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself – whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else. — Audre Lorde

For me, being green means cleaning up the water. Water is the key. Start with water. You can’t ignore the fact that that nearly 80% of US waterways are potentially poisoned – benzene, solvents, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals. — Erin Brockovich

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. — Donald Trump

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. — Brian Tracy

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. — Lao Tzu

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose. — Richard M. Nixon

Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. — Albert Schweitzer

Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future. — Dalai Lama

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism. — Eminem

The key is to cut out the middleman and empower both doctor and patient with information about what things cost. — Ben Carson

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can. — Prince

The kind of vocal exaggeration that I developed was based on what key songs were in. — Robert Plant

Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory. — Jocko Willink

Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit. — Hedy Lamarr

We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way. — Les Brown

If selfishness is the key to being miserable, then selflessness must be the key to being happy! — Joyce Meyer

Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and, especially, in investing. — Robert Kiyosaki

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. — Alexander Graham Bell

Whether it’s an $11 flip-flop or a $2 key ring or a $2,000 dress, they’re all done with integrity. They’re all done with a design sense. As long as the creativity exists, then I don’t think it’s a sellout. A sellout is putting your name on any piece of crap and then expecting people to buy it because it’s got your name on it. — Marc Jacobs

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others. — James Baldwin

There are many lessons people can learn about the left. One of the key lessons is they never give anything up. Once they begin a quest, they don’t stop until they’ve got it. The other thing that you need to learn is, they’re never happy even after they succeed. They are never happy because there can never be enough to satisfy them. — Rush Limbaugh

Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own. — Harmon Killebrew

The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key… and bolt the door at once. — Andrew Jackson

One thing I’ve learned over my career is that simplicity is the key: on the field, off as well. — Sonny Bill Williams

Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it. — Marianne Williamson

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. — E. O. Wilson

Color is key to making your makeup pop and have your unique look stand out amongst the rest. — Jeffree Star

The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. — Sam Walton

The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale. — Elon Musk

We are moving towards a world that is reordering itself and that may appear more ordered at some periods of time, but I see no sign that we are moving towards a world order in my definition of it – namely, a system which is accepted, which is internalized by the majority of the key participants. — Henry Kissinger

Real estate is the key cost of physical retailers. That’s why there’s the old saw: location, location, location. — Jeff Bezos

The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things. — Stephen Covey

If you don’t wake up and have your own thing, whether it’s writing or reading or traveling or acting or dancing or singing or being a mother or a father, something that drives you, then it’s all worth nothing. One of the key elements in happiness is purpose. — Logic

Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success. — Paul J. Meyer

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it. — George Burns

When Apple looks at what categories to enter, we ask these kinds of questions: What are the primary technologies behind this? What do we bring? Can we make a significant contribution to society with this? If we can’t, and if we can’t own the key technologies, we don’t do it. — Tim Cook

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I didn’t understand key signatures or anything, you know. I’d say silly things at the top of a trumpet part like, ‘Note, when you play B naturals, make the B naturals a half step lower because they sound funny if they’re B naturals.’ And some guy said: ‘Idiot, just put a flat on the third line and it’s a key signature, you know?’ — Quincy Jones

The key is that your children are aware that you love them a lot, and that you are there when they really, really need you. If a kid was ill, I would simply leave a meeting and go home. — Marian Wright Edelman

The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts. — Marianne Williamson

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. — Mahatma Gandhi

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life. — Angelina Jolie

Many a treasure besides Ali Baba’s is unlocked with a verbal key. — Henry Van Dyke

If adolescent pregnancy prevention is to become a priority, then our strategy, as advocates, must contain two key elements: civic engagement and education. — Jane Fonda

I have often called attention to the fact that walking through the streets in the Middle Ages was a different experience from nowadays. Right and left, there were house facades that were built out of what the soul felt and thought. Every key, every lock, carried the imprint of the person who had made it. — Rudolf Steiner

I suppose your security is your success and your key to success is your fine palate. — Gordon Ramsay

Current psychological priesthoods ignore the fact that the profession of psychology was originated by Gustav Theodor Fechner, a physicist who recognized that the key to understanding human nature was the relationship between external stimuli and the brain. — Timothy Leary

One of the key qualities a leader must possess is the ability to detach from the chaos, mayhem, and emotions in a situation and make good, clear decisions based on what is actually happening. — Jocko Willink

Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society. — Maria Montessori

Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity. — Marianne Williamson

I think scent is sensual. I guess evoking a mood or a spirit is key, and I think with the women’s fragrances we have evoked different types, moods or sensibilities of a woman – whether it’s Daisy with the sweetness and the innocence or Lola which is more provocative, sexy and sultry. — Marc Jacobs

I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key. — Gustave Flaubert

Contrary to popular wisdom, the mark of a great meeting is not how short it is or whether it ends on time. The key is whether it ends with clarity and commitment from participants. — Patrick Lencioni

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. — Arnold H. Glasow

The key to victory lies more in manipulation and cooperation than in exceptional personal skills. — Yuval Noah Harari

Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key – probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US. — Jim Henson

Japan is a model already to the lie that economic growth is the key to our future. If they can really show an alternative to nukes and fossil fuels, then they will be the poster boy for the renewable energy for the future. — David Suzuki

We know we’ve got a problem attracting to certain areas because of the cost of living, so we’re thinking about things from how do we ensure key workers have accessible and affordable housing; also, how do we attract people into teaching as well. — Jacinda Ardern

A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It’s a very moody key, and also ‘A’ is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes. — Alicia Keys

The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home. — David Suzuki

The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing. — Deepak Chopra