Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Collection
W elcome to my collection of inspirational and motivational quotations. Reading and collecting books of quotations is one of my hobbies. Whenever I’m feeling down or have a looming personal problem, I turn to my books for some inspiration and words of wisdom.
The quotes in each of the categories listed below are some of my personal favorites that I’ve collected over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Teachers – books, reading, education, history, writers and writing.
Library – quotes and proverbs about libraries, librarians, and book collections
Cooking, diet, food, and weight loss.
On the subject of quotes and proverbs.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Amos Bronson Alcott
To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones. Nicholas Charles Trublet
I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is my own.
Michel de Montaigne
Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
Stealing someone else’s words frequently spares the embarrassment of eating your own.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book.
A collection of rare thoughts is nothing less than a cabinet of intellectual gems.
William B. Sprague
Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Good sayings are like pearls strung together.
A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.
Better one line that will survive the author than a hundred books outlived.
Proverbs are the cream of a nation’s thought.
There is not less wit, not less invention, in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that book.
A good maxim is never out of season.
A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Good maxims are the germs of all excellence; when firmly fixed on the memory, they nourish the will.
Why aren’t more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books aren’t within everybody’s reach.
Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
It is delightful to transport one’s self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what glorious height we have at last reached.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Know the great men of your age.
A thing is never too often repeated which is never sufficiently learned.
Time is of of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their authors’ minds ages ago.
The diamond may adorn royalty, regardless of personal worth; but jewels of thought render even poverty illustrious and sublime.
There is only one categorical imperative: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become universal law.
A proverb is much light condensed in one flash.
Human success is a quotation from overhead.
Charles H. Parkhurst
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
Marquis de Lac de Clapiers Vauvenargue
A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time.
Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle
Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.
A proverb is a wise saying, old yet radiant with novelty.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind, than in the one where they sprung up.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Always have a book at hand, in the parlor, on the table, for the family; a book of condensed thought and striking anecdote, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms. It will impress on your own mind a thousand valuable suggestions, and teach your children a thousand lessons of truth and duty. Such a book is a casket of jewels for your housebold.