Quotations From Famous People
Quotations from famous people are sometimes witty, informative, daring or sometimes plain nonsense. Yet, these famous quotations are continually uttered, repeated, and re-quoted. These acclaimed quotable quotes provoke thought, inspire laughter and spring from inspiration, experience and learning.
- “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” Jesus Christ spoke these words in Mark 8: 36 admonishing the importance of the eternal worth of salvation compared to perishable and temporal earthly possessions.
- “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Jesus Christ uttered this saying in Luke 6: 45 making a link between fruits of the heart and the fruit of the mouth. He emphasizes the life-giving power of words and their meaning which gives an index to inner thoughts and character. Good men and evil men are identified by what they say.
- "Let the wind blow through your hair while you have some." Dave Weinbaum's witty and wise quote declares that while in the age of youth, enjoying a full head of hair, take full advantage being out in nature or live life to the fullest while the opportunity is available and your body is able and strong to make such endeavors.
- "Being truthful, when you know it will cost you, is the true test of honesty." This statement was uttered by Dave Weinbaum in which he stresses the significance of speaking truth regardless of personal sacrifices which must be paid for saying it. Asserting truth to one's own disadvantage is the true test of honesty because the stakes are higher.
- "You never truly understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother." Albert Einstein intelligently deciphered that the test of fully comprehending a subject is being to break it down and put it over to someone else who is not able to grasp it quickly. Teaching is a method of learning for it helps reinforce concepts, therefore, teaching less informed minds to understand difficult themes decides genius.
- "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart." Helen Keller was a renowned blind, deaf and mute lady who transcended her disabilities and paved the way for the disabled to be educated in America. She appreciated life and although deprived of many of her senses, she could still "see" what beauty there lies in life.
- "We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same." Anne Frank was a World War II victim who died at the age of 16, while imprisoned for being Jewish. Yet, Frank published a prolific diary which told of a maturity and wisdom which exceeded her years. She had many contradictions struggling with identity issues, she enjoyed life as it came.
- "Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible." This Maya Angelou quotation underlines the prejudicial effects of bias and discrimination against individuals. It resembles a terrible weight that blocks the opportunity for future redemption and makes past actions so indelible that no possible counteraction can atone for any wrong. As a result of this mindset, current prejudiced attitudes would hamper the mind from opening
- "No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck." This famous quote by Frederick Douglass, a former slave and a liberator in his own right, stirs the soul with the importance of freedom from bondage. To the perpetrators of imprisonment whether physical, emotional or spiritual, he rightly concludes that an abusive injustice to one results in violence against oneself.
- "To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker." Frederick Douglass affirms the importance of freedom of speech because of the injustice against both speakers and listeners. Restrictions limit and infringe on the basic human right to provide and access information.