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Quotes by famous people about life, love and success

Quotes by famous people about life, love and success

Looking for inspirational quotes from famous people about mindset, success, and life?

We don’t do celebrity gossip over here!

But do love to feature the nuggets of wisdom that some of our favorite celebs and public figures drop.

Which famous actor or actress, business magnate, or political icon do you look up to?

What are some qualities of famous people you respect?

What are some traits and mindsets you have incorporated into your life from people you admire?

We all need a boost from time to time – even famous people! Sometimes, we find it in the most unlikely places.

But it helps to have a few words of wisdom from famous figures to know that even the most successful names out there have had some rough days, too.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from famous people that have helped me stay on track through life’s adventures!


Quotes by famous people that will inspire you

1.) “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


2.) “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a one size fits all standard for happiness.” Kanye West

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


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

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


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

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


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

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


6.) “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


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

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


8.) “You get what you settle for.” – Thelma and Louise

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


9.) “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T. S. Eliot

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


10.) “Only those who play to win. Only those who risk to win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.” – Iveta Cherneva

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you


Sayings and quotes by famous people on life and success

11.) “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this, and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


12.) “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


13.) “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


14.) “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”Anais Nin

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


15.) “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


16.) “Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.” – Karl Wallenda

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


17.) “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”Chinese proverb

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


18.) “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


19.) “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


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

Famous quotes and sayings on life and success


Quotes by famous people about life

21.) “You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught

Quotes by famous people about life


22.) “Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” – Deepak Chopra

Quotes by famous people about life


23.) “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act.” – Andre Malraux

Quotes by famous people about life


24.) “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

Quotes by famous people about life


25.) “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”Steve Jobs

Quotes by famous people about life


26.) “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – Braveheart


27.) “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey


28.) “Leap and the net will appear.” – Zen Proverb


29.) “Saying it is impossible to live without failing at something is impossible. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” J.K. Rowling


30.) “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” –  Denis Waitley



Quotes from Famous People On Life and Love

31.) “I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous.” –  Sidney Crosby


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


33.) “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – Jimmy Carter


34.) “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd


35.) “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Jack Canfield


36.) “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.” – Deepak Chopra


37.) “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life is too short to think small.”Tim Ferriss


38.) “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


39.) “Do one thing every day that scares you.”Eleanor Roosevelt


40.) I’ve missed more than 9000 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

Famous sayings and quotes by famous people


41.) “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair


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


43.) “Your dreams are ballbusters; they’re not the yellow brick road.” – Kelly Cutrone


44.) “Screw it, let’s do it!” Richard Branson


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


46.) “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres


47.) “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” – Marissa Mayer

48.) “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn


49.) “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Annie Dillard


50.) “Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder


Thoughtful quotes by famous people


51.) “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein


52.) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi


53.) “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln


54.) “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela


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


56.) “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”- Bill Gates


57.) “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford


58.) “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”― Oprah Winfrey


59.) “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley


60.) “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” – Donald Trump


Inspirational quotes by famous people


61.) “The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.” – Elvis Presley


62.) “The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.” – Beyonce


63.) “You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.” – William J. Clinton


64.) “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy


65.) “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps


67.) “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey


68.) “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” — Mother Teresa


69.) “Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso


70.) “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates


71.) “Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you’re not cool enough to look down on anyone…ever.” – Paul Walker


72.) “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 which has been opened for us.”-Helen Keller


73.) “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
Abraham Lincoln


Quotes by famous people to inspire you to live your best life


74.) “Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” — Kate Winslet


75.) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas A. Edison


76.) “Get busy living or get busy dying.”-Stephen King


77.) “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”-Eleanor Roosevelt


78.) “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”-John F. Kennedy


79.) “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” – Mark Zuckerberg


80.) “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk


81.) “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney


Quotes by famous people to help you find the answers you’re looking for


82.) “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”-Leonardo Da Vinci


83.) “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”-Voltaire


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


85.) “It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” –  Vince Lombardi


86.) “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” –George Washington


87.) “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” Napoleon Hill


88.) “Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.”- Friedrich Nietzsche


89.) “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”– Booker T. Washington


90.) “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu


91.) “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” –Dr. Seuss


Other inspirational quotes by famous people


92.) “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou


93.) “Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”- Golda Meir


94.) “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” – Albert Einstein


95.) “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”- Oscar Wilde


96.) “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”- Samuel Johnson


97.) “You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”- Yogi Berra


98.) “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”– Margaret Thatcher


99.) “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”– John Wooden


100.) “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”– Dale Carnegie


What other famous quotes by famous people would you add to the list?

We can all learn a little something from the greats. From celebrities, scientists, innovators, and even politicians, these people have made important contributions to the world and to society.

Thanks to their hard work, diligence, and brilliance, we can say that our world has been made better for future generations.

Sometimes, you just need to pause a bit and remind yourself that all struggles pass. Never hesitate to turn to this list of quotes by famous people whenever you feel you need to feel inspired.

For in your journey towards success, it pays to carry something precious on hand.

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  1. Underrated Quotes Blog

    July 29, 2018 at 11:10 am

    “Don’t worry about failures, worry about is the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” This one is my favorite from the list as in spite of looking at failure we have to think about opportunities!!! I love other quotes too which are still underrated.

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