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140 Quotes by Famous People About Life, Love and Success

Feel like the superstar you are with these famous quotes from your favorite icons and celebrities.

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Want to find your inner superstar? Allow these quotes by famous people to ignite your fire within!

If you need some inspiration to help you shoot for the stars, this terrific collection of quotes from famous people are exactly what you need to read right now. After reading these quotes by famous people, it’ll reinvigorate your drive to pursue your passions and chase your dreams.

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We promise, we don’t do celebrity gossip over here. We prefer to focus on the positive, in all things, always!

But do love to feature the nuggets of wisdom that some of our favorite celebs and public figures drop.

Which famous actor or actress, business magnate, or political icon do you look up to?

What are some qualities of famous people you respect?

What are some traits and mindsets you have incorporated into your own life from people you admire?

We all need a boost from time to time – even famous people! Sometimes, we find it in the most unlikely places.

But it helps to have a few words of wisdom from famous figures to know that even the most successful names out there have had some rough days, too.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from famous people that have helped me stay on track through life’s adventures!

Quotes by famous people that will inspire you

1.) “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

Quotes by Famous People about success

2.) “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a one size fits all standard for happiness.” Kanye West

Quotes by Famous People about happiness

3.) “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”  – Tony Robbins

Quotes by Famous People about progress

4.) “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Aristotle

Quotes by Famous People about criticism

5.) “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu

Quotes by Famous People on becoming what you want

6.) “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

Quotes by Famous People on doing it yourself

7.) “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” –  Sheryl Sandberg

Quotes by Famous People on getting on

8.) “You get what you settle for.” – Thelma and Louise

Quotes by Famous People on getting forward

9.) “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T. S. Eliot

Quotes by Famous People on taking risks

10.) “Only those who play to win. Only those who risk to win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.” – Iveta Cherneva

Quotes by Famous People on playing to win

Sayings and quotes by famous people on life and success

11.) “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this, and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

Quotes by Famous People on breakthroughs

12.) “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani

Quotes by Famous People on dreams

13.) “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes by Famous People on taking action

14.) “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”Anais Nin

Quotes by Famous People on pain

15.) “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Quotes by Famous People to make you wiser

16.) “Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.” – Karl Wallenda

Quotes by Famous People to inspire you

17.) “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”Chinese proverb

Quotes by Famous People to motivate you

18.) “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

Quotes by Famous People to help you succeed

19.) “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

Quotes by Famous People to spark your inner fire

20.) “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”Ayn Rand

Quotes by Famous People to keep you going

Quotes by famous people about life

21.) “You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught

Quotes by Famous People to keep you focused

22.) “Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” – Deepak Chopra

Quotes by Famous People about passions

23.) “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act.” – André Malraux

Quotes by Famous People on abilities

24.) “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

Quotes by Famous People on taking control

25.) “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”Steve Jobs

Quotes by Famous People on looking forward

26.) “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” –  Denis Waitley

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27.) “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

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28.) “Leap and the net will appear.”Zen Proverb

famous quotes about life

29.) “Saying it is impossible to live without failing at something is impossible. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” J.K. Rowling

famous quotes about success

30.) “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – Braveheart

Quotes from famous people on life and love

31.) “I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous.” –  Sidney Crosby

32.) “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

33.) “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – Jimmy Carter

34.) “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

35.) “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Jack Canfield

36.) “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.” – Deepak Chopra

37.) “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life is too short to think small.”Tim Ferriss

38.) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” Mark Twain

39.) “Do one thing every day that scares you.”Eleanor Roosevelt

40.) I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan


Famous sayings and quotes by famous people

41.) “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

42.) “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

43.) “Your dreams are ballbusters; they’re not the yellow brick road.” – Kelly Cutrone

44.) “Screw it, let’s do it!” Richard Branson

45.) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

46.) “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

47.) “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” – Marissa Mayer


48.) “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

49.) “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Annie Dillard

50.) “Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder

Thoughtful quotes by famous people

51.) “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

52.) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

53.) “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

54.) “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

55.) “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –  Winston Churchill

56.) “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”- Bill Gates

57.) “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

58.) “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” ― Oprah Winfrey

59.) “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

60.) “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” – Donald Trump

Inspirational quotes by famous people

61.) “The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.” – Elvis Presley

62.) “The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.” – Beyonce

63.) “You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.” – William J. Clinton

64.) “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy

65.) “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

67.) “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

68.) “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” — Mother Teresa

69.) “Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

70.) “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates

71.) “Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you’re not cool enough to look down on anyone…ever.” – Paul Walker

72.) “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

73.) “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” – Abraham Lincoln

Quotes by famous people to inspire you to live your best life

74.) “Life is short, and it is here to be lived.” — Kate Winslet

75.) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

76.) “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King

77.) “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

78.) “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy

79.) “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” – Mark Zuckerberg

80.) “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk

81.) “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

Quotes by famous people to help you find the answers you’re looking for

82.) “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

83.) “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

84.) “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K.Rowling

85.) “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” –  Vince Lombardi

86.) “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington

87.) “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” Napoleon Hill

88.) “Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

89.) “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington

90.) “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu

91.) “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is youer than you!” –Dr. Seuss

Quotes by famous people to inspire and teach

92.) “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou

93.) “Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” – Golda Meir

94.) “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” – Albert Einstein

95.) “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

96.) “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

97.) “You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

98.) “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” – Margaret Thatcher

99.) “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

100.) “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie

More inspirational quotes by famous people

101.) “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

102.) “Love is a serious mental disease.” – Plato

103) “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

104.) “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

105.) “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” – Napoleon Hill

106.) “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

107.) “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.” – Jason Mraz

108.) “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

109.) “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
Frank Sinatra

110.) “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost

Quotes by famous people about success and greatness

111.) “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” —Wilma Rudolph

112.) “To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

113.) “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary

114.) “Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

115.) “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” —Og Mandino

116.) “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

117.) “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” —William Faulkner

118.) “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” —William Shakespeare

119.) “Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

120.) “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Quotes by famous people to inspire and encourage you

121.) “You only have one life, and if it is not going in the direction you want it to, now is the time to make changes.” – Joyce Meyer

122.) “Success isn’t easy, and that’s a good thing – at least in business. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it and your competition would be outrageous!” – David Fairweather

123.) “Never let your past decisions determine your future outcome.” – Mark Dudley

124.) “If you want something out of life you have to go out there and get it, because it is not just going to be given to you.” – Kelvin Waites

125.) “No one can give you your goals. No one can dig for you. This is your journey.” – Warren Philip Gates

126.) “Having a specific meaning and purpose in your life helps to encourage you towards living a fulfilling and inspired life.” – Vic Johnson

127.) “Inspiration is a message from your unconscious wisdom telling you to go out there and be the fullest, most positive expression of you who you REALLY are.” – Paul Dalton

128.) “Determine what motivates you and you can find your path to love, happiness and influence and that which you seek to make your life complete.” – Louis Howard

129.) “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F Drucker

130.) “Life without purpose is meaningless.” – Amy Torres

Famous quotes that are filled with life lessons

131.) “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”― Joseph Campbell

132.) “In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness.” – Toba Beta

133.) “Short cuts make long delays.”― J.R.R. Tolkien

134.) “No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.”― John Green

135.) “If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.”― Claire Cook

136.) “The world is what YOU think of it, so think of it DIFFERENTLY and your life will change.”― Paul Arden

137.) “Never Say Never if you know you can do what you love don’t give up.”― Justin Bieber

138.) “What gets measured gets improved.”― Robin S. Sharma

139.) “But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can’t please everyone, so don’t try.”― Chris Colfer

140.) “Where there is life, there is hope.”― Alyson Noel

What other famous quotes by famous people would you add to the list?

We can all learn a little something from the greats. From celebrities, scientists, innovators, and even politicians, these people have made important contributions to both the world and society as a whole.

Thanks to their hard work, diligence, and brilliance, we can say that our world has been made better for future generations.

Sometimes, you just need to pause for a moment and remind yourself that your struggles will eventually pass. Never hesitate to turn to this list of quotes by famous people whenever you feel you need to feel inspired.

For in your journey towards success, it pays to carry something precious on hand.

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    October 22, 2019 at 11:52 am

    great people quotesreally inspire me a lot👍

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    May 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    “If we were made the same way there would either be an destroyed earth or an untouched earth. There wouldn’t be both.” -Callie Paulk

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    John D.

    May 25, 2019 at 3:11 am

    “It’s not what you have on the outside that glitters in light, it’s what you have on the inside that shines in the dark.” -Anthony Liccione

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    Daniel Bith Dhieu

    May 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    If you can not do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill.
    “All trees possess leaves but not trees bear fruits” Daniel Bith Dhieu’s fresh quote.

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    April 22, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    these quotes are very uplifting

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    March 16, 2019 at 7:01 am

    True happiness is giving with all your heart and expecting absolutely nothing in return.

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    March 13, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I have a proverb too.

    If you are alone
    Look for the light.
    If you are many
    Look for the success.

    -by myself

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    Lil_ redhead

    March 9, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    “Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving”-Albert Einstein

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    joy-anne charlery

    December 20, 2018 at 8:48 am

    find out who you are and do it on purpose -Dolly Parton

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    Underrated Quotes Blog

    July 29, 2018 at 11:10 am

    “Don’t worry about failures, worry about is the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” This one is my favorite from the list as in spite of looking at failure we have to think about opportunities!!! I love other quotes too which are still underrated.

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