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

Daria B
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2 years ago

So true.

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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

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, I'm tall, so..... Guess I'm cool. ♥

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#3

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Micheline Pelletier/Sygma Report

Hannah Urbeck
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2 years ago

So true

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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
Community Member
2 years ago

This is very powerful

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#5

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Hulton Archive Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Honestly, I find this one very discouraging.....

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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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#9

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Donaldson Collection Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

But the sun will blind you...

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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

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Find out who you aaaaare, befoooore you regreaaaaaat it, 'cause life is so-oh short - there's no TIME to waste iiiiit RUN, MY BABY, RUN MY BAAAABY RUN. GO-OH! ♬♪

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#11

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Bettmann Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years 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

Dee Hunter
Community Member
2 years ago

Or to put it with the words of actor Klaus Kinski: "I decide who insults me."

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#13

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

David Silverman Report

Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#14

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Bryan Bedder / Stringer Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

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How about you give me $1bn, and we'll call it somewhere in the middle of both?

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#15

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#16

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Hulton Archive Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

She was a champion for the rights of others and fricking brilliant to boot.

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#17

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Evening Standard Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, but they're designed to overcome that obstacle.

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#18

Farrah Gray

Farrah Gray

Bryan Steffy/BET Report

Patrick Shore
Community Member
1 year ago

good money, builders

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#19

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Bettmann Report

Foxxy
Community Member
2 years 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

George Stroud / Stringer Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

Not abusing women would be a good start.

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#21

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Bettmann Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

"Revenge is the delight of a mean spirit." - Take a guess

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#22

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Pictures Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

Where are you?

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#23

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Karwai Tang Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

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What does that mean? If I chose to be an astronaut, I'd have to have the abilities to successfully become one. I can't just say "I choose to be an astronaut", and leave it at that, because I wouldn't really be an astronaut. And how far does this extend? If it's every choice we make, does that include choosing what to have for dinner? Whether or not I have a lie-in on my day off? What about if I chose not to cut my hair, but get it dyed, instead? Where does this end?

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#24

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Hulton Archive Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#25

John Lennon

John Lennon

Robert Whitaker Report

karen snyder
Community Member
2 years 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

brenden jones
Community Member
3 months ago

dad

#27

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder

Ron Galella/WireImage Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

Say it again, and say it Lauder!

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#28

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

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Ryo Bakura
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2 years ago

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If it's all the same to you, I'd rather not pursue being on board a crashing plane.

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#29

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Bloomberg Report

karen snyder
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess that must be why he's under criminal investigation by the DOJ, and has been served SEC indictments for a number of fraud charges; He chose to be EXTRAordinary. I admit, he's been successful, but at what cost to his character? He was not born into anything 'ordinary.' He went to all private schools in apartheid South Africa, wealthy father, Mom is a supermodel, dodged military service by moving to Canada... typical rich kid set up to become another generation of greedy adult. He chose to follow the path that was laid out in front of him.

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#30

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Hulton Archive Report

Patrick Shore
Community Member
2 years ago

iron pans

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