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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

RIP Paul Walker

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#3

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Micheline Pelletier/Sygma Report

Alib
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

This is very powerful

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#5

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Hulton Archive Report

HANS
Community Member
2 years 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
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

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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

Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
2 years ago

And that you were, Albert.

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#9

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Donaldson Collection Report

Jeanne Wessinger
Community Member
2 years 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

Moran Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

Steve Jobs didn't say this. It's a quote from a piece of writing from a Spanish author I think. Anyway, this has been shared around the internet so much that everyone believes it. Nice quote, just not from Steve Jobs.

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#11

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

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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

karen snyder
Community Member
2 years 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

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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

Alib
Community Member
2 years 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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#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
2 years 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

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh. Didn’t know that. Awesome quote! Maybe my fave.

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#18

Farrah Gray

Farrah Gray

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Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

ooh...this one is good

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#19

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot

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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

the Lemon Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

duly noted, Frank. Duly noted.

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#22

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Pictures Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection Report

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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.
Community Member
2 years 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
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
4 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

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection Report

the Lemon Queen
Community Member
2 years 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

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.

Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Your comment shows your ignorance. He’s literally one of the smartest people in human history. His brain isn’t like yours or mine and it has nothing to do with his upbringing. He was born different and thank God he was.

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yoyo3841
Community Member
2 years ago

Easy for a martian stuck with human technology to say

Jennifer C.
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, Elon... you were never 'ordinary'...

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

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

athornedrose
Community Member
2 years ago

yes, but whether or not that gets you awards or in trouble depends on if that ordinary person has money and/or socially acceptable habits, appearence, etc

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe you could choose to find a way to stop your cars exploding.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 years ago

Explosions are extraordinary.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

Worlds most punchable face. Quite extraordinary.

nothanks
Community Member
2 years ago

Yesss elonnnn <3

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Never heard this one. I think it's the best one on this list so far.

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#30

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

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grace koncsicsv
Community Member
2 years ago

this lady was awesome

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