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"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
A famous quote by John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963).

Kennedy’s quote is one of the most famous quotes in American history.  This single quote has been used as motivation for countless good works.  Many in business and in sports have changed the words slightly to use the spirit of the quote as inspiration for everything from sports team motivation to employee motivation to improving productivity in the workplace.

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) famous quote.

King led the United States civil rights movement in the mid 1950’s.  He is most remembered for his “I have a dream” speech given in 1963, his position of non-violence in the face of adversity and for his numerous insightful sayings and quotes which have provided inspiration to millions around the globe.

“All the world’s a stage.  And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.”
Famous quote by William Shakespeare (April 1564 – April 1616)

Shakespeare, an English playwright has been referred to as the world’s greatest writer.  His plays and other scribe are an inspiration to writers and scholars in all languages.  He left behind 38 plays 154 sonnets and numerous other poems.  His quotes, such as the one above from  As You Like It, written in the early 1600’s are well known throughout the world.

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“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
Famous quote by William Shakespeare

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

William Shakespeare quote

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
William Shakespeare famous quote

“If music be the food of love, play on.”
Famous quote by William Shakespeare

“I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

Wayne Gretzky famous quote

“We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

Famous quote by Hegel

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Famous quote by Gandhi

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Famous quote by Zig Ziglar

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
Famous quote by H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

Famous quote by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."

Golda Meir (1898-1978) quote

"If a man does his best, what else is there?"

Famous quote by General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
Famous quote by Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
Quote by Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion."
Famous quote by Albert Einstein

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

Albert Einstein quote

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein quote

"In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Famous quote by Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Albert Einstein Famous Quote

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Quote by Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"If you are going through hell, keep going."

Famous quote by Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required."
Winston Churchill quote

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
Winston Churchill quote

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

Famous quote by Galileo Galilei

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
Famous quote by John F.Kennedy

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
Famous quote by Emile Zola (1840-1902)

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."

Famous quote by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."
Rene Descartes (1596-1650), quote from "Discours de la Methode"

“Do or do not, there is no try.”
Yoda quote
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Famous Quote

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."

Famous quote by Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

"Dancing is silent poetry."
Famous quote by Simonides (556-468bc)

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
Famous quote by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
Famous quote by Plato (427-347 B.C.)

"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'."
Famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'."

Famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."

Famous quote by Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

Voltaire (1694-1778) Famous Quote

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

Famous quote by George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

"How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself."
Famous quote by Anais Nin (1903-1977)

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Famous quote by Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."

Famous quote by George Eliot (1819-1880)

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
Famous quote by Walt Disney (1901-1966)

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney quote

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true."

Famous quote by James Branch Cabell

"You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it."

Famous quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."

Famous quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

"Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down."

Famous quote by Jimmy Durante

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
Famous quote by Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

Famous quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), During his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953

"Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working."
Famous quote by Albert Giacometti

"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
Famous quote by Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

Thomas Carlyle (December 1795 - February 1881) Famous Quote

“By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.”

Thomas Carlyle quote

Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope.
Thomas Carlyle quote

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Famous quote by Thomas Carlyle

Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.
Thomas Carlyle Famous Quote

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
Famous quote by Jimi Hendrix

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."

Famous quote by Richard Bach

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
Famous quote by Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

Famous quote by Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
Henry Ford Famous Quote

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
Famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

"When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

Famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head."
Famous quote by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it"
Famous quote by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
Quote by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
Quote by Martin Fraquhar Tupper

"In the end, everything is a gag."
Famous quote by Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives."
Famous quote by Abba Eban (1915-2002)

"To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me."
Famous quote by Charles William Stubbs

"Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
Famous quote by Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

Famous quote by Mark Twain

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
      Famous quote by Mark Twain

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."

Famous quote by Sun Tzu

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Famous quote by Alan Kay

"Never mistake motion for action."
Famous quote by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time."

Famous quote by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"Well done is better than well said."
Famous quote by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

Famous quote by Benjamin Franklin

"Dogma is the sacrifice of wisdom to consistency."

Famous quote by Lewis Perelman

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Famous quote by Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"I criticize by creation - not by finding fault."
Famous quote by Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

"This isn't right, this isn't even wrong."
"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."

Famous quote by General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

"The truth is more important than the facts."

Famous quote by Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

Famous quote by Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”
Famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

“The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”

Famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.”
Famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
Famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson