Rounding Up the Greatest Thoughts of All Time

I’m on a hunt for the greatest thoughts of all time, expressed as quotes.   I’m a big believer that our language shapes the quality of our lives and that we can shape the landscape of our minds with timeless wisdom and inspirational quotes.

I especially enjoy little pithy prose, those gems of insight, that remind us of how to live better and operate at a higher level.  I’m a fan of the quotes that really bring out our inner-awesome in work and life.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes of all time, which reflect some of the greatest thoughts of all time:

  1. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  2. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss
  4. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away.” – Anonymous
  6. “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” — Henry David Thoreau
  7. “Life beats down and imprisons the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” — Stella Adler
  8. “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” — Amy Tan
  9. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  10. “The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable.” – Plato

If you have a favorite quote or thought of all time, feel free to share it with me.   I’m working on my timeless wisdom collection in the background, and I want to make it easy to scan the greatest thoughts of all time.

It will be a collection of evergreen wisdom at your fingertips.

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Comments (3)

  1. Ronald Pihlgren says:

    For me, the most inspirational quote I know (kind of longer than just a quote but anyway) is Kipling's poem, If (

  2. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Ronald — Powerful stuff.  

    I especially like this:

    "If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you"

  3. Jeff Dalton says:

    Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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