Have you ever noticed that when someone quotes famous people in a conversation, they instantly gain more credibility and his or her words just seem so much more on point and serious? Also, if you are a famous person, do your publicly spoken words automatically gain a status of wisdom, or do those words make the person even more famous for being wise words? Well, we are not sure about the second question, but memorizing a famous quote or two is a sure shot to appearing smarter and well-educated and also might save you some serious life lessons. Now, you could browse the Internet all day until you find the citation of your liking, or you could just check this list by Bored Panda full of famous quotes from beloved entrepreneurs, actors, artists and historical figures.

We made sure to add citations that are not only sharp but also quotes you could actually live by - such as choosing to be extraordinary instead of being a cog in the machine or setting your own path in life rather than following someone else's dreams and aspirations. Memorizing these inspiring quotes might not only make you look smart in a conversation but also change your own views on this thing called life. So, scroll down below for some verified wisdom and don't forget to vote for truly eye-opening quotes about life!

#1 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Michael Ochs Archives Report

Alison Bounds 3 weeks ago

This is my mom and me when I'm upset with my sister. What'd she say? I don't remember but it made me mad

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#2 Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Jerome De Perlinghi Report

Zayne Azam 3 weeks ago

RIP😩

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#3 Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Micheline Pelletier/Sygma Report

Alib 3 weeks ago

This is everything! I hope schools teach the story of Nelson Mandela for years to come. Such an inspiration.

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#4 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Hulton Archive Report

HANS 3 weeks ago

Mae West must have been inspired by this quote when she said, "It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men."

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#5 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Bloomberg Report

He is love 3 weeks ago

Hmm.. I quite like this one actually. It's so true.

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#6 Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Fine Art Report

Kjorn 3 weeks ago

each Morning i heard a voice: you can't stay in bed, you have to go to work...

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#7 Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Donaldson Collection Report

Jeanne Wessinger 3 weeks ago

I think this is extremely inspirational. It’s truetoo

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#8 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Library of Congress Report

karen snyder 3 weeks ago

As a survivor of sexual assault, this one bothers me. I understand it in context, but as a sound bite, it's pretty hurtful. The year I was raped, my high School English teacher had it on the wall in huge print. I had to read it every morning.

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#9 Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

David Silverman Report

Foxxy 3 weeks ago

I’m 32 and still trying to figure out what that is.

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#10 J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Karwai Tang Report

Alib 3 weeks ago

So true. I would add that our choices are also more revealing than our words, as well as our abilities.

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#11 Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

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Jeanne Wessinger 3 weeks ago

This is very powerful

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#12 Lev Tolstoy

Lev Tolstoy

Bettmann Report

karen snyder 3 weeks ago

Some of the best dating advice I ever got; "Everyone is looking for the right person but hardly anyone is trying to be the right person."

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#13 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

MPI / Stringer Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

"It's all success if it's what you need. Do what you like, and do it honestly." - Some Guy

#14 Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Bettmann Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

I was born to remind everyone that Samuel Clemens didn't like being referred to as Mark Twain when addressed, or spoken about.

#15 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Bryan Bedder / Stringer Report

Alib 3 weeks ago

This quote has inspired me for years! Appreciate what you have; don't complain about what you don't have. xo

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#16 Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Bloomberg Report

nothanks 3 weeks ago

Yesss elonnnn <3

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#17 The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

Niall Carson - PA Images Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

Such as the action of eating a big bar of chocolate.

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#18 Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

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C 2 weeks ago

I totally agree with you, Ryo. Not abusing women would be a good start.

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#19 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Pictures Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

Kinda weird getting downvoted for wondering what happened to Amelia Earhart. Y'all okay with not knowing the answer to one of life's most famous mysteries? Because I'm curious enough to want to know where she is/was.

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#20 Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot

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Foxxy 3 weeks ago

This can be a positive thing and a negative. You can strangle someone til they’re asleep or go to far and you kill them.

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#21 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

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Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

Sweet. I'm already halfway to the end of the universe. See you all later!

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#22 Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

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#23 Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Evening Standard Report

He is love 3 weeks ago

Am I shallow? All I see is Steve Martin!

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#24 Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection Report

dag 6 days ago

Sorry, but that's a load of garbage. Plenty of people's dreams don't come true despite working their asses off.

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#25 Helen Keller

Helen Keller

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He is love 3 weeks ago

I'm not gonna say it, but you're all thinking it too...

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#26 Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

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#27 John Lennon

John Lennon

Robert Whitaker Report

karen snyder 3 weeks ago

Not to take the King's crown, but John Lennon "borrowed" that lyric from famous journalist Allen Saunders. This is well known.

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#28 Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Bettmann Report

Iris 2 weeks ago

Revenge is not a success.....unless for a mafia- member, maybe.

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#29 Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder

Ron Galella/WireImage Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

Say it again, and say it Lauder!

#30 Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

The Print Collector Report

karen snyder 3 weeks ago

Anyone else find this ironic?

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#31 Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins

Benjamin Lowy/Contour Report

karen snyder 3 weeks ago

Where I'm from we say, "you plant potatoes, you get potatoes."

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#32 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Hulton Archive Report

elfin 3 weeks ago

She was amazing. And she was not a nurse. She was a kick-ass administrator who bossed around the British army.

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#35 William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Hulton Archive Report

Kateri 3 weeks ago

Ok, is he wearing an earring and I've just never noticed?

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#36 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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dag 6 days ago

Easy to say when you're a multimillionaire.

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#37 Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

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karen snyder 3 weeks ago

The answer to this question is, History. Her ideas and objectivist philosophy have been challenged and disregarded as fantasy by academia since she became an author. The darling of neo-conservatives and psychopaths alike; The Virtue of Selfishness has become the book most people hope no one ever tries to bring up in civil discourse. She was a meth-head and a horribly volatile narcissist. nuff said

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#39 Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

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Max L. 3 weeks ago

Ill add something I found true for my own. Thinking everything will be going fine automatically, puts you in the best conditions to achieve it. You have to work of course, and work hard. Nothing comes free, but thinking it will be going bad doesn't help.

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#40 Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

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Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

What you did was wrong.

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#41 Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Bettmann Report

Ryo Bakura 3 weeks ago

If we could do the impossible, it wouldn't be impossible.

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#43 Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Gary Miller Report

Sarada Boii 2 weeks ago

I like this too much to explain

#44 Norman Vaughan

Norman Vaughan

Gordon Wiltsie Report

#46 Kanye West

Kanye West

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karen snyder 3 weeks ago

As the man who claimed that "400 years of slavery... Sounds like a choice," I think we can safely say that he refuses to accept other people's ideas... At All.

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#48 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

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Symtpom 2 weeks ago

but i need the window seat or else i get sick

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#49 Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Michael Reaves Report

Daria B 3 weeks ago

Depends. Dream needs to be combined with action. Too much dreaming leads to a passive waste of life.

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#50 Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

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He is love 3 weeks ago

Wouldn't that be a funny quote to put on the Lombardi trophy?