20 People Share Their Favorite, Oft-Used Quote

We all have quotes that we love to pull out when the situation warrants. Depending on who you are they might be from a movie, a book, from history or a beloved relative – but wherever it comes from, it has stuck with us and we think it bears repeating.

Here are 20 quotes that people absolutely never miss an opportunity to share.

20. Get out of your own way.

“De mens lijdt het meest van het lijden dat hij vreest” ~ my grandfather

Or in English: “people suffer most from the suffering they fear”

19. Parents everywhere love this one.

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

“your scientists are so preoccupied with whether they could they [Jeff golbloom noise] never stopped to wonder whether or not they should’

18. Stay grounded when you can.

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

17. There’s always one.

“I fear that one day people will start putting my name on quotes i’ve never said just to sound clever” -Albert Einstein

16. Sing it, Mark.

“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” – Mark Twain

Twain’s got some good ones. My personal favorite….

“Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

15.  Know better, do better.

Do the best you know how, until you learn better. Then do better. -Maya Angelou

14. Everyone’s a dog lover.

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go” – will Rogers

13. Learn this one as young as possible.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

The grass is not always greener.

12. And oh so true.

My favorite, “A person is smart, but people are dumb”. Men in Black K to J.

11. That’s deep.

Better to be 20 minutes late in this world than 20 years early in the next (slogan for a UK road safety campaign from about 40 years ago).

10. The first time.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Don’t make excuses for other people’s bad behavior, or think that they’ll eventually change. Just believe that is how they really are, & walk away.

9. You can’t sit on a fence forever.

“Be decisive. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision”.

8. Jokes are always a little bit true.

“Many a true word is spoken in jest.” Whenever someone says “oh I’m just joking” after saying something hurtful to another.

7. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

“You can do absolutely everything right and still fail.”

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose”

-Picard to Data after Data loses in a game of space chess.

6. Those two guys. *chuffs*

“There are approximately 1,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly express how much I want to hit you with a chair.”

Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson

5. It’s definitely descriptive.

I don’t use it often but one time at an airport I heard a British guy on the phone and he said “I don’t need to catch him with his d%ck in a box of Ritz to know he’s f*cking crackers…”

It ranks up there as one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard.

4. Take care.

“We are who we pretend to be, so we need to be careful who we pretend to be.”

“Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.”

3. So much good.

“If you keep walking in the same direction, you risk ending up where you are heading.” -Lao Tzu

“A ship is safest in the harbour, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

“Knowledge is power, France is bacon” – /u/Lard_Baron

2. Always true.

“All things in moderation, including moderation” – Oscar Wilde

1. The second one is much harder.

“Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.”

I always think of this quote when someone annoys me.

Too many of these to count for me, especially if we’re counting ones from Seinfeld.

What’s your favorite quote? Share it with us in the comments!