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The that the right words have a way of finding you when you need to hear them.

Here is a collection of 100 + 10 Bonus  amazing quotes that I revisit when i need some inspiration or just have to deal with a situation and don’t know what to do. Enjoy and feel free to post your own favorites in the comments.

1. Most popular Quotes

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

„You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“So many books, so little time.” ― Frank Zappa

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend” ― Albert Camus

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ― Oscar Wilde

2. Quotes about stories / story telling

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. – Delicious Ambiguity.”― Gilda Radner

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”― Terry Pratchett

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”― Philip Pullman

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”― Virginia Woolf

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

“It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”― Ben Okri

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”― Tim O’Brien

3. Quotes about truth

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”― George Carlin

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”― Mark Twain

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”― Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”― Mahatma Gandhi

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”― George Orwell, 1984

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4. Quotes about writing

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”― Ernest Hemingway

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”― Toni Morrison

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”― Stephen King

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”― Mark Twain

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”― Anaïs Nin

5. Quotes about life

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”― George Bernard Shaw

“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”― Woody Allen

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”― Dr. Seuss

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”― Mae West

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”― Robert Frost

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

“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

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”― Allen Saunders

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”― Mark Twain

6. Quotes about love

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”― Vincent van Gogh

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”― Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”― Marilyn Monroe

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”― Dr. Seuss

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”― Elbert Hubbard

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

7. Quotes about poetry

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”― Leonardo da Vinci

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”― Pablo Picasso

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”― Victor Hugo

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“We love the things we love for what they are.”― Robert Frost

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”― Plato

“To test someones limit is a way of testing someones patient without knowing we are testing our own ability to test someone” ― Subingsubing Dondy

8. Quotes about chaos

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”― Bob Dylan

“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.”― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.”― Neil Gaiman

“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. what we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables.”― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

“It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else.”― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“It’s a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.”― Hiromu Arakawa

“Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.”― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Demon in My View

“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.”― Terence McKenna

9. Quotes about inspiration

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”― Leonardo da Vinci

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”― Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”― Vincent van Gogh

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”― Oscar Wilde

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”― Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha

10. Quotes about Photographie

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”― Karl Lagerfeld

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”― Ansel Adams

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”― Abraham Lincoln

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”― Ted Grant

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”― Susan Sontag

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”― Marc Riboud

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”― Ansel Adams

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”― Dorothea Lange

“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down….”― Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”― Henri Cartier-Bresson

 Bonus: 10 quotes about beauty

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”― Albert Einstein, The World As I See It

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”― Robert A. Heinlein

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”― Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”― John Green, Paper Towns

“All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”― Marilyn Monroe

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”― Anne Frank

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”― Coco Chanel

“Do you think I’m pretty? I think you’re beautiful Beautiful? You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.”― Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”― Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

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