Famous Quotes - Use Them Every Day!

Posted April 16, 2012 by Denise Gangnes
Famous Quotes - "The nicest thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." This upbeat saying reminds us that it's really easy to sound smart by stealing famous quotes from the internet. A quick search of Great-Quotes website bears this out. Perhaps the oversaturation by the public in trying to capture even the most remotely intelligent 'sound bite' has made it easy to snatch a truly insightful comment the minute it appears on a blog or Facebook page.

These days, anyone with an opinion out there is able to post their most random thoughts on the internet at the speed of light. Thankfully, there's still a huge contingent of the population who appreciates an inspirational quote by a reputable source. Take Winston Churchill's, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Despite the challenges involved in saying this five times fast (don't even try!) this is an excellent example of why Churchill's quotes have been broadly respected for many decades. His popularity in England during his tenure as Prime Minister of England was quickly embraced in America, earning him the status, "Honorary Citizen of the United States". Perhaps this was partially due to our appreciation of his observation, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Pretty prophetic for a guy who was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Less well known but perhaps just as witty is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Herb Caen, who deserves mention for his contribution, "A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew." It's important not to take this literally, of course. If we all grew a wisdom tooth every time we took on a task that was beyond our reach we would begin to be very shark-like in appearance, and we should leave that resemblance to the lawyers.

Speaking of mouthfuls, the Syrian-born slave Publilius Syrus earned his freedom by devising memorable maxims such as, "Each day should be passed as though it were our last." In those days, the tyranny of rulers and the outbreak of a million different diseases made this a reality. You may be surprised to know that his famous quote dates back to just before the birth of Christ, making Syrus a bit "long in the tooth".

Leaving the dental references behind, let's take a 180-degree turn on historical figures and look to a wise quote by modern publisher Katharine Graham. Perhaps it was her exposure of the Watergate scandal that led to the observation, "A mistake is simply another way of doing things." I wish the IRS would adopt this maxim; it would have come in handy when doing my taxes last week.

Having written the IRS a hefty check, I need a motivational quote, perhaps along the lines of Ralph Waldo Emerson's, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us". It would provide a helpful reminder that no matter how bad your day is going, you have the fortitude to get through it ... for as we all know, "Tomorrow is another day." Thanks, Scarlett.

And finally, a little brain teaser. What do T. S. EliotRobert Frost, and Gertrude Stein have in common? They were all lucky enough to have George Santayana as their professor at Harvard. A wealth of famous quotes came from this respected expert in Western Philosophy, including, "Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it." Considering the plethora of mediocrity on the internet, there's a wise quote you can definitely use every day!


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