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Antonio PorchiaMan goes nowhere. Everything comes to man, like tomorrow.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Vladimir LeninYou must have your heart on fire and your brain on ice.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

NapoleonIn politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Michel de MontaigneNothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Abraham LincolnAll through life, be sure and put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Benjamin FranklinIt is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Oscar WildeConsistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eric HofferThe uncompromising attitude is more indicative of an inner uncertainty than of deep conviction. The implacable stand is directed more against the doubt within than the assailant without.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Winston ChurchillYou have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Ralph Waldo EmersonBe good to your work, your word, and your friend.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Thomas PaineModeration in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

Jim RohnMaturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Theodore RooseveltKeep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Walt WhitmanLet your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Thomas JeffersonOn matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Harry TrumanI shall continue to do what I think is right, whether anybody likes it or not.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Winston ChurchillWe shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall f

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Personal Stories

TalleyrandRegimes may fall and fail, but I do not.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Quotes in Verse

Bob DylanShe never stumbles,
she's got no place to fall.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]


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