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Short takes about love, life, friendship and inspiration

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    Short quotes, well said

    The poet Kahlil Gibran once said, “The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.” In that spirit, we present these short quotes from famous authors, artists, politicians, philosophers, and celebrities.

    Love and romance quotes short

    Short quotes: love image

    Don’t let words fail the true expression of your heart. These short quotes about love, relationships, and romance can be used in Valentine’s messages, wedding anniversaries, birthdays and love notes. Add a special touch to your message of love!

    Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.
    Nicholas Sparks

    It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
    Mother Teresa

    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
    Charles M. Schulz

    Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
    Mother Teresa

    Short quotes: Flower love quote

    If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.
    Alfred Tennyson

    A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.
    Marilyn Monroe

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    Sayings about love

    Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
    John Ruskin

    An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    All you need is love.
    John Lennon

    Yet it is only love which sets us free.
    Maya Angelou

    It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.
    Marilyn Monroe

    We love the things we love for what they are.
    Robert Frost

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    Death ends a life, not a relationship.
    Mitch Albom

    A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

    Where there is love there is life.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
    Zelda Fitzgerald

    Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
    A.A. Milne

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    Short quotes about living

    These statements about everyday life speak to the common experiences we all share. Good for a smile or a knowing nod.

    Short quotes: Live life quote

    It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
    J.K. Rowling

    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
    Dr. Seuss

    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
    Oscar Wilde

    Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
    Allen Saunders

    The art of achievement is the art of making life—your life—a masterpiece.
    Wilferd Peterson

    We read to know we’re not alone.
    William Nicholson

    It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.
    J.K. Rowling

    Living an experience, a particular fate, is accepting it fully.
    Albert Camus

    A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    Nicolas Chamfort

    You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore.
    Elvis Presley

    Short quotes: Life bicycle quote

    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
    Albert Einstein

    Speak the truth, do not become angered, and give when asked, even be it a little.

    Sayings and thoughts about living

    Reality continues to ruin my life. Bill Watterson

    To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
    J.K. Rowling

    Without music, life would be a mistake.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Life is not a football game to be watched.
    W. Clement Stone

    The ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable skill you can learn.
    Napoleon Hill

    A room without books is like a body without a soul.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.
    Mark Twain

    The best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds.
    Edgar A. Guest

    Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Experience has been a stern but excellent teacher.
    Og Mandino

    I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
    Douglas Adams

    As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
    Andrew Carnegie

    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    Jorge Luis Borges

    Great takes on a life

    Fill up your life with a few good laughs every day.
    M. K. Soni

    Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
    Albert Camus

    Short quotes: Creating yourself quote

    Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
    George Bernard Shaw

    All kids develop at different rates and at different stages.
    Jacquie McTaggart

    To die will be an awfully big adventure.
    J.M. Barrie

    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
    Albert Einstein

    It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
    Lewis Carroll

    Books are an uniquely portable magic.
    Stephen King

    Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
    Mark Twain

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    If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there.
    George Harrison

    A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
    Albert Einstein

    May you live every day of your life.
    Jonathan Swift

    When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.
    Maya Angelou

    Cute short quotes

    Sometimes a quote is best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously. This collection of quips stays light on its feet and packs a gentle punch!

    Short quotes: Yoda quote

    Truly how wonderful the mind of a child is.

    So many books, so little time.
    Frank Zappa

    You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
    Mae West

    If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
    Gordon A. Eadie

    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
    Oscar Wilde

    Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
    C.S. Lewis

    A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
    Les Brown

    Short quotes: Up to no good quote

    I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
    J.K. Rowling

    Tears are the body’s raindrops of emotion.
    Robert M. Hensel

    My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.
    John Green

    If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.
    Albert Einstein

    Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
    Dr. Seuss

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    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
    C.S. Lewis

    If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.
    Marilyn Monroe

    I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Never memorize something that you can look up.
    Albert Einstein

    All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.
    J.M. Barrie

    Funny quotes and humorous takes

    In a twist of the famous adage, Mark Twain said: “Humor is the good-natured side of a truth.” These truthful statements are good for a chuckle or two.

    Short quotes: Yourself quote

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
    Oscar Wilde

    I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
    W.C. Fields

    The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
    Mark Twain

    Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
    Oscar Wilde

    Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
    Benjamin Franklin Wade

    The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits.
    Alexandre Dumas-fils

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
    Mark Twain

    Never rest on your laurels. Nothing wilts faster than a laurel sat upon.
    Mary Kay

    If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.
    Marilyn Monroe

    Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
    Charles Bukowski

    Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
    W. Somerset Maugham

    The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
    George Carlin

    I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!
    Charles M. Schulz

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    ′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.
    Mark Twain

    Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
    C.E.M. Joad

    Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    Heaven quote

    I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
    Oscar Wilde

    There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.
    Mae West

    I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!
    William Shakespeare

    Deep and meaningful short quotes

    These short statements dive deep and leave us pondering. What is the meaning of life? Who will I become? Why do we exist? Find the answers below!

    Imagination quote

    Everything you can imagine is real.
    Pablo Picasso

    The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
    William Shakespeare

    That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Not all those who wander are lost.
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
    Thomas Edison

    There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
    Maya Angelou

    In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
    Lucille Ball

    We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
    Anaïs Nin

    I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Knowledge is only potential power.
    Napoleon Hill

    Thoughtful sayings

    Buddha life quote

    Be where you are; otherwise, you will miss your life.

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
    Ernest Hemingway

    Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
    W. Somerset Maugham

    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
    E.E. Cummings

    We design our lives through the power of choices.
    Richard Bach

    But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.
    Khaled Hosseini

    Our minds are the steering mechanisms of our lives.
    Earl Nightingale

    We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    Be flexible so you can change with change.
    Bruce Lee

    When you are through changing, you are through.
    Bruce Barton

    The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
    Oscar Wilde

    We tend to get what we expect.
    Norman Vincent Peale

    Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

    Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
    Ernest Hemingway

    Self-reflection quotations

    Socrates wisdom

    The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

    I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
    Edgar Allan Poe

    Ability is of little account without opportunity.
    Lucille Ball

    All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
    Edgar Allan Poe

    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
    Aldous Huxley

    A man is but what he knows.
    Francis Bacon

    In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
    Albert Camus

    We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
    Anais Nin

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    Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult.
    Winston Churchill

    Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
    Albert Einstein

    Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
    Albert Camus

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
    William Shakespeare

    Positive sayings to lift your spirits

    At times, we just need a pat on the back and the thought that it all will be alright in the end. These short sayings will put a positive spin on your outlook on life.

    Success quote

    The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.
    Ray Kroc

    If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

    I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
    Thomas A. Edison

    It is never too late to be what you might have been.
    George Eliot

    A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world.
    Kahlil Gibran

    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
    Marthe Troly-Curtin

    Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want.
    Jim Rohn

    For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    If Home is where the heart is then may your Home be blessed…
    John McLeod

    The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
    Oprah Winfrey

    I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Optimistic sayings

    Einstein imagination quote

    Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
    Albert Einstein

    As my knowledge of things grew I felt more and more the delight of the world I was in.
    Helen Keller

    No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
    Charles Dickens

    It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
    Brian Tracy

    There is no friend as loyal as a book.
    Ernest Hemingway

    Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.
    Norman Vincent Peale

    Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
    Helen Keller

    Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
    Thomas Edison

    Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.
    George Bernard Shaw

    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
    Albert Einstein

    All human beings react positively to praise.
    Jacquie McTaggart

    Take calculated risks. Act boldly and thoughtfully. Be an agile company.
    Ray Kroc

    Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.
    Henry Ford

    You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
    Oscar Wilde

    Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
    Og Mandino

    I believe that nothing in life is unimportant every moment can be a beginning.
    John McLeod

    I enjoy every day because I choose to.
    Tony Clark

    Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.
    J.K. Rowling

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    Pessimism never won any battle.
    Dwight Eisenhower

    Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
    John Ruskin

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    In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
    Anne Frank

    Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
    Dalai Lama XIV

    Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
    Andrew Carnegie

    The key to success is to develop a winning edge.
    Brian Tracy

    Peace begins with a smile.
    Mother Teresa

    Cheer up, keep your spirits high, things are bound to get better!
    Anne Frank

    You’ll never achieve real success unless you like what you’re doing.
    Dale Carnegie

    Whatever you are, be a good one.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

    Inspirational statements

    Find motivation in these words; empower yourself to succeed. These short quotes will inspire you to greatness!

    Inspirational quote

    Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
    Les Brown

    Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
    Henry Ford

    As you know, life is an echo; we get what we give.
    David DeNotaris

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
    Winston S. Churchill

    No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.
    Charles Kettering

    Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Well done, is better than well said.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Best Short Quotes

    The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
    Anthony Robbins

    One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
    Bob Marley

    Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.
    Jimmy Carter

    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
    Theodore Roosevelt

    Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
    Vince Lombardi

    Motivational quotations

    Never too late quote

    It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
    George Eliot

    Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
    Albert Einstein

    The time is always right to do what is right.
    Martin Luther King Jr

    Do one thing every day that scares you.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    God put you on this earth because He loves you and He has a plan for you.
    Nick Vujicic

    Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
    Roald Dahl

    If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
    Franklin Roosevelt

    Find people who will make you better.
    Michelle Obama

    Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
    Josh Billings

    Well-behaved women seldom make history.
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    I think there is something, more important than believing: Action!
    W. Clement Stone

    Peace begins with a smile.
    Mother Teresa

    Motivational short quotes

    Now I look beyond what I can’t do and focus on what I CAN.
    Robert M. Hensel

    It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
    Mother Teresa

    Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
    Audrey Hepburn

    Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    The noblest question in the world is What good may I do in it?
    Benjamin Franklin

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Inspiring sayings

    Do the impossible quote

    It’s fun to do the impossible.
    Walt Disney

    Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
    Leo Tolstoy

    To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.
    Franklin Roosevelt

    Every man is potentially great, the difference lies in exploiting one’s inner potential.
    M. K. Soni

    It always seems impossible until it’s done.
    Nelson Mandela

    We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
    J.K. Rowling

    Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.
    Anthony Robbins

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    Friendship short quotes

    They say that friends are the family you choose. These short quotes describe the friends and friendships we hold so dear to our hearts.

    Friendship quotation

    A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
    Elbert Hubbard

    Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
    Mark Twain

    You’ll be richer in the end than a prince if you’re a friend.
    Edgar A. Guest

    Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.
    Stephen Chbosky

    Friends should be like books, easy to find when you need them, but seldom used.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

    I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.
    Helen Keller

    It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
    Marlene Dietrich

    Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
    John Lennon


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