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99 Good Quotes on Wisdom, Good Deeds, Courage, Character and Strength

Let these exceptional quotes motivate and inspire. From Sam's humongous collection of quotations, topics like wisdom, good deeds, courage, character, and strength are here for you to use and savor. Take their advice to heart, and live a richer, fuller life with their guidance. The quotes share the wisdom of of writers, politicians, philosophers, comics and more, a collection of unforgettable and timeless good quotations for your enjoyment.


  1. The wicked are always surprised to find that the good can be clever. ~ Unknown

  2. The greatest pleasure I have known is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. ~ Charles Lamb.

  3. He who is most creative conceals his sources the best. ~ Anonymous

  4. Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

  5. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

  6. Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker. ~ Spanish proverb

  7. As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms that I was formerly. ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

  8. You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes. ~ George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950

  9. It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops. ~ George Eliot

  10. The graveyards are full of indispensable men. ~ Charles deGaulle, 1890-1970

  11. To think is to say NO. ~ Emile August Chartier, 1868-1951

  12. When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. ~ Unknown

  13. If you don't bring Paris with you, you won't find it there. ~ Unknown

  14. Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't. ~ Anonymous

  15. The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. ~ Fran Lebowitz

  16. Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet. ~ Frank Hubbard, 1868-1930

  17. It is a golden rule not to judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them. ~ George Lichtenbers, 1742-1799

  18. Have a care, therefore, where there is more sail than ballast. ~ William Penn, 1644-1718

  19. Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them. ~ Suzanne Necker, 1739-1794

  20. It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. ~ 15 H.L. Menchen, 1880-1956

  21. Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. ~ Eric Hoffer

  22. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. ~ H.L. Mencken

  23. Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen. ~ Unknown

  24. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton, 1862-1937

  25. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~ Oscar Wilde

  26. Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. ~ Henry Thoreau

  27. A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say. ~ Michael Winner

  28. Moderation is the last refuge for the unimaginative. ~ Oscar Wilde

  29. Reality is the other person's idea of how things should be. ~ Unknown

  30. One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. ~ Oscar Wilde

  31. Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend. ~ Unknown

  32. How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right? ~ Unknown

  33. The best you get is an even break. ~ Franklin P. Adams

  34. It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbreakable to be indebted to a scoundrel. ~ Rochefoucauld

  35. To the man who is afraid everything rustles. ~ Sophocles C.496-406 B.C.

  36. Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. ~ Ralph Waldo Emergon, 1803-1882

  37. The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. ~ Sophocles C496-406B.C.

  38. A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror. ~ Unknown



  39. Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquantance and without any visible reason. ~ Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773

  40. Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen. ~ Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883-1972

  41. No human thing is of serious importance. ~ Plato C428-348B.C.

  42. It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. ~ Edmund Burke, 1729-1797

  43. To others we are not ourselves, but a performer in their lives cast for a part we do not even know that we are playing. ~ Unknown

  44. Adversity introduces a person to himself or herself. ~ Anonymous

  45. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

  46. A cathedral, a wave of a stormy sea, a dancer's leaf, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped. ~ Marcel Proust, 1871-1922

  47. When the well's dry, we know the worth of water. ~ Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

  48. Our years, our debts and our enemies are always more numerous than we imagine. ~ Charles Nodier 1780-1844

  49. Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. ~ Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963

  50. You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. ~ Eric Hoffer

  51. Only dead fish swim with the stream. ~ Anonymous

  52. Whatever you condemn, you have done yourself. ~ Anonymous

  53. When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something. ~ Robert Browning, 1812-1889

  54. When people do not respect us, we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his heart no man much respects himself. ~ Mark Twain, 1835-1910

  55. With someone who holds nothing but trumps, it is impossible to play cards. ~ Christian Freidrich Hebbel, 1813-1863

  56. It's always been and always will be the same in the world: The horse does the work and the coachman is tipped. ~ Anonymous

  57. Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

  58. Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900

  59. By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece. ~ Migues de Cervantes, 1547-1616

  60. Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt. ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

  61. The dearer a thing is, the cheaper as a general rule we sell it. ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902

  62. Beggars should be abolished. It annoys one to give to them, and it annoys one not to give to them. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900

  63. No man does anything from a single motive. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834.

  64. To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. ~ Samuel Butler, 1835-1902

  65. It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. ~ Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

  66. If you can't bite, don't show your teeth. ~ Yiddish proverb

  67. To measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capacities. ~ Johann Goethe, 1749-1834

  68. Scoundrels are always sociable. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860

  69. He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. ~ George Eliot 1819-1880

  70. Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~ Abraham Heschel, 1907-1972

  71. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~ Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915

  72. The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them. ~ Benjamin Jowett, 1817-1893

  73. Be not angy that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~ Thomas A Kempis, 1380-1471

  74. Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855

  75. A favor well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it. ~ Sir Richard Steele, 1672-1729

  76. No one who deserves confidence ever solciits it. ~ John Collins, 1848-1908

  77. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. ~ Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

  78. The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known. For a man by nothing is so well betrayed, as by his manners. ~ Edmund Spenser 1552-1599

  79. Man, being responsible, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication ~ Lord Byron 1788-1824

  80. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. ~ Howard Ruff

  81. Chaos often breeeds life, when order breeds habit. ~ Henry Adams, 1838-1918

  82. When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money. ~ Frank Hubbard, 1868-1930

  83. There is no need to show your ability before everyone. ~ Anonymous

  84. I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep. ~ Talleyrand 1754-1838

  85. Living well is the best revenge. ~ George Herbert 1592-1633

  86. Absence is to love what wind is to fire. It extinguishes the small, it inflames the great. ~ Unknown

  87. Well begun is half done. ~ Aristotle 384-322 B.C.

  88. Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~ Mark Twain.

  89. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

  90. A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman's birthday, but never remembers her age. ~ Robert Frost, 1874-1963

  91. Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. ~ Euripedes, 485-406 B.C.

  92. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santanyana, 1863-1952

  93. Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900-1944

  94. Definition of an Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. ~ Ambrose Bierce 1842-c. 1914

  95. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do...Build, therefore, your own world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

  96. Jesters do oft prove prophets. ~ William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

  97. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962

  98. Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down. ~ Anonymous

  99. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

  100. The deed is everything, the glory nothing, ~ Goethe, 1749-1834

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