"With great power comes great ____."
"With great power comes great responsibility." - Voltaire
Voltaire (1694-1778) was a French philosopher who played a critical role in the enlightenment movement in France during the 18th century. He is well-known for his eloquent defense of tolerance and freedom of speech.
"This is one small step for a man, one ____."
"Give me liberty, or ____!"
"Give me liberty, or give me death!" - Patrick Henry
A Founding Father and eventual Governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry was a farmer, attorney, and politican who came to be known as a great orator because of famous words such as these spoken in 1775 in favor of the fight for American independence.
"The pen is mightier than the ____."
"The pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
This famous adage argues that words, communication, and the advocacy of ideas can ultimately be more powerful than violence and war -- both immediately and over the course of history.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you ____."
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy
American President Kennedy spoke these words during his inaugural address in January 1961.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and ____."
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - A. Einstein
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity. With this phrase, he reminds us that one must try new approaches to ultimately achieve the best results.
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. In these few words, he reinforces the importance of not giving up, especially when something is difficult.
"...the only thing we have to fear is ____."
"...the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself" - Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered these famous words during his inaugural address on March 4, 1933. He was discussing how being paralyzed can prevent us from moving forward during challenging times.
"I think, therefore ____."
"I think, therefore I am." - René Descartes
This is perhaps the most famous statement from the man often called the 'father of modern philosophy'. He originally wrote this in French in 1637 as Je pense, donc je suis, but later included the better known Latin translation Cogito ergo sum.
"Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right."
Henry Ford (1863-1947) was an American industrialist who manufactured the first automobile that the American middle-class could afford. With these few words, he is promoting the idea that we are the product of our thoughts.
"I came, I saw, I ____." - Julius Caesar
"I came, I saw, I conquered." - Julius Caesar
This phrase was made famous originally in the Latin as veni, vidi, vici -- reportedly in a letter from Caesar to the Roman Senate reporting on his quick success in a war in Turkey.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough".
Mae West (1893-1980) was an American actress considered to be one of the greatest female stars of her generation, if not all time. In this quotation, she pushes us to seize the day!
"All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was a British poet, regarded by many as perhaps the greatest writer in the English language. With these few words, Shakespeare explains two main things. Firstly, we are all someone in this world. Secondly, he implies that each of us plays various roles throughout our lives much like "players" on "a stage".
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where ____."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a key leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. These famous words are taken from his iconic 1963 speech "I Have a Dream."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"
Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece (350 BC). He is considered one of the fathers of Western philosophy. This quote reflects his belief in the relationship between shared wisdom and goodwill.
"History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
Mark Twain (1835-1910), an American author and humorist, is considered one of the greatest novelists of his time. This quote reminds us that even if the exact moments of history will never be repeated, that mistakes of the past are too often repeated today when there is a lack of consciousness or awareness of history.
"The way to get started is to ____."
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was an American entrepreneur and a film producer, now regarded as a cultural icon throughout the world. He was very successful, and perhaps his action-oriented mindset had something to do with it!
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was an American politician, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 (wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt). Among her many achievements, she is well known for her work in human rights.
"The unexamined life is not ____"
"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
Socrates was a Classical greek philosopher known for being one of the founders of Western philosophy. His work has survived to many thanks to the writings of Plato, who was his student. In this quote, he explains that life is worthwhile only if we possess the curiousity to reflect, learn and increase our awareness.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was an American entrepreneur and Co-founder / CEO of Apple Inc. His career and work truly transformed fields such as personal computing and consumer electronics.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter who spent most of his adult life in France. He is known for co-founding the Cubist movement. He became one of the most important figures in 20th-century art.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."
Wayne Gretsky is considered by most as the greatest hockey player of all time. He speaks to the need for us all to take risks to achieve our goals.
"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."
Aristotle was a Classical Greek philosopher and scientist. He joined Plato's Academy in Athens when he was eighteen, and eventually went on to tutor Alexander the Great. Labelled with titles such as "the first true scientist" and the "First Teacher", Aristotle's collective work and influence place him among the most important personalities of all time.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Anne Frank (1929-1945) was a diarist and writer. Among the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she is known for her wartime diary "The Diary of Young Girl". She was killed when only fifteen.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American poet and author. She was active in the Civil Rights movement and worked with both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. She is best known for her series of autobiographies, which chronicled childhood and young adult experiences.
"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a Polish and naturalized-french physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize--and the first person to win twice.
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
Confucius (551-479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period in Chinese history. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, justice and sincerity.
"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it."
André Gide (1869-1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. His work aimed to understand human problems through psychological insights. His few words above reinforce his belief that those who pretend to already have the full truth should be viewed cautiously, whereas those who forever pursue truth are on the right path.
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Aristotle was a Classical Greek philosopher and scientist. He joined Plato's Academy in Athens when he was eighteen, and eventualky went on to tutor Alexander the Great. Labelled with titles such as 'the first true scientist' and the "First Teacher", Aristotle's collective work and influence place him among the most important personalities of all time.
"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it."
Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was a British poet. With these famous words, she noted that ignorance is really only a large problem when it is either accepted or has even become a source of pride.