Some of the Greatest Quotes Ever

small_4692181913Words are an incredibly powerful, moving force. The right set of words can inspire, motivate, divide and conquer. They can impart wisdom and understanding, they can communicate emotions anywhere from malice to love. Words have changed the course of human history.

In Proverbs, Solomon says, “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4, NIV) and “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NIV).  These are some pretty striking ideas on how powerful words can be.

Consider this as an example: people use many different words to describe our profession. They might call us financial advisors, financial planners, wealth managers, or wealth advisors – among other things. They might describe what we do as financial planning or wealth management (just so you know if you don’t, how we describe what we do is that we strive to coordinate the financial affairs for the families we work with).  As you can see from those lists of words, some of them carry different connotations than others.

Taking this example a step further, when we are interacting with our clients to provide that financial advice and counsel, the words we choose to use to communicate that advice can have dramatically different effects on what a person actually hears and does with what we say.

My point is simply this and one I think we can all agree on: words are powerful.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite quotes which we think communicate some extremely important and profound ideas:

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown

“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” -Albert Camus

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” – Jesus

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Teddy Roosevelt

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” -Robert Frost

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.” – Sir Claus Moser

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius

“Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and
methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” – Aristotle

“Genius is eternal patience.” – Michaelangelo

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thorough

“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” – Mark Twain

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

“I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” – Latin Proverb

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.” – Anatole France

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling

“It requires a very unusual mind to make an analysis of the obvious.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” – John Wooden

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.” – George Washington

“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” – Mae Jemison

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

“Life is a long lesson is humility.” – James M. Barrie

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti

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

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama

“Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.” – Will Rogers

“Speak little, do much.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

“Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.” – Mike Ditka

“Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress.” – Maimonides

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself-the invisible battles inside all of us-that’s where it’s at.” – Jesse Owens

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

“The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful.” – Amelia Barr

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

“The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.” – Bill Cosby

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese Proverb

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” -Roger Staubach

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” –
Erma Bombeck

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

“You become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” – Unknown

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” – Erica Jong

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

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About David W. Shepherd, Jr., CFP®

David is the Chief Investment Officer for Shepherd Wealth & Retirement and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. Have a financial question? Click Here to contact David W. Shepherd, Jr.

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