20 Quotes to Live By

I’m a sucker for a good quote. Whether funny, serious, motivating or funny, I’m always jotting in my little green journal I carry at my side. Everyone has their favorites; here are some of mine:

This above all: To your own self, be true.
William Shakespeare

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Mohandas Gandhi

Whatever you are be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln

Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll need them on your way down.
Wilson Mizner

Do something that the world would care about for years after you have passed on.
Lorrin L. Lee

The only man [woman] who never makes a mistake is the man [woman] who never does anything.
Theodore Roosevelt

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
Earl Nightingale

The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit to value.
Cat Stevens

Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

Find a meaningful need and fill it better than anyone else.

The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
Dale Carnegie

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
Vincent T. Lombardi

Success is a journey, not a destination.
Ben Sweetland

Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.
George Allen

As you climb the ladder of success, check occasionally to make sure it is leaning against the right wall.

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect it’s successful outcome.
William James

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Mohandas Gandhi


Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently joined SPARK Advertising in Neenah, Wis. as a public relations specialist. Find Cassie on TwitterBrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.

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One Response to “20 Quotes to Live By”

  1. I’m a sucker for a good quote too. A few of my favorites are in your post – particularly the first quote by Gandhi and the Vince Lombardi quote. Here are some of my other favorites:

    Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. (Unknown)

    Happiness comes when you least expect it, and rarely when you try to make it happen. (Unknown)

    Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. (Coach John Wooden)

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