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 2 months 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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A good motivational quote can lift your spirits and turn your day around - but how does the right crafting of words hold so much power? The answer is in psychology. Although motivational psychology doesn't work on everyone, Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City, says there is a certain segment of the population that is drawn to motivational quotes. These messages when said from the right source can strengthen the incentive power, “There’s a little bit of implicit coaching that’s happening when you’re reading it. It’s building that self-efficacy in that kind of dialogue that you’re having with yourself,” Fader says. 

#2

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Jerome De Perlinghi Report

me 2 months ago

RIP Paul Walker

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#3

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Micheline Pelletier/Sygma Report

Alib 2 months ago

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

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Quotes become famous not on the message alone but through the power of each word. Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric explains that people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise": ”Students of Latin see examples of aphorisms from 2,000 years ago, such as ubi concordia, ibi victoria, ‘where there is unity, there is victory.’ Usually, these sayings involve some keen insight put into memorable wording. They are little triumphs of rhetoric, in the old and positive sense of the word.”

#4

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Flip Schulke Archives Report

Jeanne Wessinger 2 months ago

This is very powerful

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#5

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Hulton Archive Report

HANS 2 months 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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The right combination or phrasing of words are what dictate how effective the message is, whether it is good or bad. a 2000 study by cognitive scientists at Lafayette College found that when people were shown two versions of the same saying, participants were more likely to point to the rhyming aphorism as true: "Our results suggest that rhyme, like repetition, affords statements an enhancement in processing fluency that can be misattributed to heightened conviction about their truthfulness."

#6

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Fine Art Report

Kjorn 2 months ago

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

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#7

Lev Tolstoy

Lev Tolstoy

Bettmann Report

karen snyder 2 months 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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As it turns out our brains are less concerned with the details of the words than they are with pleasing wording. An example of an attractive word arrangement is 'parallel construction,' where two halves of a claim are balanced. “An example is the use of parallel construction, so that the two halves of a claim are attractively balanced, such as ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure.’ The reversal of structure, or ‘chiasmus,’ is also attractive—‘ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,’” explained Farnsworth. 

#8

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

MPI / Stringer Report

Bluebell Rizzi 1 month ago

And that you were, Albert.

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#9

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Donaldson Collection Report

Jeanne Wessinger 2 months ago

I think this is extremely inspirational. It’s truetoo

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When most of us look for quotes to inspire often we look towards ones with famous names attached - which media psychology expert and communications consultant Scott Sobel, founder of Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. in Washington, D.C. says is because of biology. "“Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask,” he says. “Leaders and their words–inspirational quotes–affect us on a primal level.”

#10

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Bloomberg Report

He is love 2 months ago

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

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#11

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Bettmann Report

Ryo Bakura 2 months ago

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

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#12

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Library of Congress Report

karen snyder 2 months 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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#13

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

David Silverman Report

Foxxy 2 months ago

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

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#14

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

Niall Carson - PA Images Report

Ryo Bakura 2 months ago

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

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#15

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Bryan Bedder / Stringer Report

Alib 2 months 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

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Hulton Archive Report

He is love 2 months ago

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

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#17

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Evening Standard Report

He is love 2 months ago

Am I shallow? All I see is Steve Martin!

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#18

Farrah Gray

Farrah Gray

Bryan Steffy/BET Report

Natasha Forchione 1 month ago

ooh...this one is good

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#19

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Bettmann Report

Foxxy 2 months 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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#20

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

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Ryo Bakura 2 months ago

Not abusing women would be a good start.

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#21

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Bettmann Report

the Lemon Queen 1 month ago

duly noted, Frank. Duly noted.

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#22

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Pictures Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection Report

Ryo Bakura 2 months 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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#23

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Karwai Tang Report

Alib 2 months 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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#24

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Hulton Archive Report

Jennifer C. 1 month ago

Another one of my fave quotes of his: Whether you think you can or you think you can't - you're right.

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#25

John Lennon

John Lennon

Robert Whitaker Report

karen snyder 2 months 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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#26

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

Vivien Killilea Report

#27

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder

Ron Galella/WireImage Report

Ryo Bakura 2 months ago

Say it again, and say it Lauder!

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#28

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection Report

the Lemon Queen 1 month ago

yaas walt! This quote helps me get out of bed in the morning :)

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#29

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Bloomberg Report

Lou Wow 1 month ago

"You know it's real because it looks so fake." - Elon Musk

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#30

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Hulton Archive Report

grace koncsicsv 1 month ago

this lady was awesome

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