Quote-aholic’s Favorite Quotes!

I started loving quotes as soon as people started repeating them to me. “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” – Cinderella.   Or more currently, “The right shoe can change your life.” – Cinderella again.   Ladies-Shoes-Ladies-Shoes-With-Red-Soles-3-185x185She may not have said it, but that shoe thing sure seemed to work for her.

Quotes inspire me and make me think. They help me try a little harder, last a little longer. My father shared a quote with me that had a huge impact on me and it still resonates. I used it in a speech this Spring I gave to some awesome teachers and they all wanted to know the origin of it. It’s a great one for writers and for most of us, I think:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
— Calvin Coolidge

little-girl-playing-pianoWhen I told my piano teacher, I intended to practice, but didn’t get around to it, she said to me: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

This applies in so many situations: “You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2

I never felt like a genius, so I especially liked this one: “Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts.” — Elbert Hubbard

Mae West had a ton of great quotes. One of my faves is “When choosing between two evils, I like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”

Two writerly quotes that work for me are:

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”-Stephen Wright

And because I have such a hard time getting started….

“I get a fine warm feeling when I’m doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let’s face it, writing is hell.” – William Styron

I like funny quotes too.

005“How to Handle Stress Like a Dog: If you can’t eat it or play with it, then pee on it and walk away.”

“An apple a days keeps anyone away… if thrown hard enough.”

My current favorite quote. So powerful and so true for what I do everyday.

“If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.” — Hsun Tzu

Do you have a favorite quote? Since I’m a quote-aholic, I would love to hear it! Please share!:)



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48 Responses to Quote-aholic’s Favorite Quotes!

  1. Marta says:

    My current most favorite quote is: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln
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  2. Terry Odell says:

    “Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.” Jim Fiebig

    Terry’s Place

  3. ~One of my fave quotes: “Our fingerprints don’t ever fade from the lives that we touch.” Author Unknown.
    ~Here’s another: “Adversity causes some people to break, but causes others to break records.” William Arthur Ward
    ~”My life, my rules” Kate Douglas
    ~”Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
    Earl Nightingale
    1921-1989, Author and Radio Announcer
    ~‎”It’s often only after great despair and sacrifice that one finds what one really needs.” Colleen Gleason
    ~”We could spend our whole lives insulating ourselves from hurt…but what good is that if you aren’t actually living in the process?” Joanne Rock
    ~”I wrote because in fiction, I could eviscerate all the evil in my world. I couldn’t fight the real bullies and villains in my life, but I could slay them on paper.” Sherrilyn Kenyon

    I actually have a book of quotes I’ve compiled over the years from books I’ve read. I’m a bit of a quote-aholic too, Leanne.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

    • leannebanks says:

      Paula, these are FABULOUS! Aren’t they wonderful?:) So glad to meet another quote-aholic. I especially enjoy the Nightingale and Douglas quotes. THANKS! xo, Leanne

  4. cindygerard says:

    Wonderful post Leanne. I needed some of those quotes to day as I hammer doggedly away toward deadline. This one really struck home:
    “If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.” — Hsun Tzu

    I’m at the dull but determined effort stage and REALLY hoping for, if not a brilliant achievement, at least an acceptable one :o)
    thanks for that.
    And as for my fav quote:
    “Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.” Have no idea who to credit but I agree with them 100%

    • leannebanks says:

      Cindy, I love that Hsun Tzu quote too. I found it, lost it, found it again then had to search all over the internet to find it because I hadn’t quite memorized it. After that, I wrote it down in SEVERAL places so I wouldn’t lose it again!:)

      Maybe we shouldn’t grow up… at least not all the way.:)

      Good luck with your book! I know you’ll do a great job!


  5. Kylie Brant says:

    Great quotes, Leanne! My favorite is “Be the change you wish to see in the world–Mahatma Ghandi. And because I’m a sucker for funny quotes, LOL: Hard work pays off in the long run. Procrastination pays off now!

  6. michelehauf says:

    Hmm, I have this one painted on my bedroom wall: God is in the details (Not sure about attribution). Love that one. And to quote my hubby: “Get ‘Er Done”


    • leannebanks says:

      MIchele, I can see that quote in YOU with how much you pay attention to detail. How cool! And your hubby is SO right!:) THANKS! xo, Leanne

  7. leannebanks says:

    Kylie, that one from Ghandi is great. Helps to eliminate the “whiner” in me.:) Oh, the procrastination one is too close to my mantra! THANKS!:) xo, Leanne

  8. Pam says:

    To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

    • leannebanks says:

      Pam, this one gave me chills. Thank you for sharing! xo, Leanne

      • Pam says:

        Meant it to be something to think about, not give you chills. It was passed on to me by another Wise Woman (WW are those that throughout their lives know that they have girlfriends they can always count on).

      • leannebanks says:

        I meant chills in a good way! Goose bumps!:)

  9. Robin says:

    One of my favorites is from Harry Potter, although I’m not sure which book it was in. It came from Albus Dumbledore and he said “my brother was once prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat!”

  10. Kristine says:

    I have way too many well-known quotes I love and like applying to life, but the funny ones are the ones I refer to most often. Actually, lets just call them sayings… so I don’t have to track who “originally” used them. LOL!

    Our house favorites are:
    “That’s why I failed recess, ‘cuz I don’t play.”
    “That’s how I roll.”
    “Go big or go home.”
    “Oh, no you didn’t. You better ask somebody.”

    I laugh just typing them. We are a pretty fiesty crew 🙂

    • leannebanks says:

      These are great! And yes, I can see that you guys are feisty!:) I love Go big or go home. Just learning “That’s how I roll”. (Because sometimes I roll a little slow.) Thanks Kristine!:) xo, Leanne

  11. Kathleen O says:

    A good friend just sent something to me and it has some great quotes
    “It’s not about the waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to Dance in the rain”
    It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
    “Life is too short to wake up with regrets.”
    “Love the people who treat you right and get even with the ones who don’t”

    Not sure who quoted these, but they are certainly words to live by….

    • leannebanks says:

      IKathleen, these are wonderful. I love the scatter one. So very true. I want to scatter good things! Thank you! xoxo, Leanne

      • Kathleen O says:

        Leanne here is another one a good friend just sent me:
        The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it…..Ralph Waldo Emerson

  12. Right now I’m kinda leaning toward “Karma can be a real b*tch.” 😉

    • leannebanks says:

      Marilyn, the karma thing makes me think twice about taking a lot of actions. It’s an excellent pause button, isn’t it? Love ya!<3

  13. I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~~~Mother Teresa

    When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.~~~Ronald Reagan

    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~~~Frederick Douglas

    If you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow. ~~~John Wayne

    • leannebanks says:

      Grace, these are great! The one from Mother Teresa is funny! And I really do love the one by Reagan. Douglas and Wayne were telling the truth! THANK YOU for sharing!:) xo, Leanne

  14. Pam says:

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter Thompson

  15. loisgreiman says:

    “Don’t make me release the flying monkeys.” 🙂

    Thanks for the smile, Leanne. I had the Calvin Coolidge quote up for YEARS above my workplace when I was first writing.

    • leannebanks says:

      Lois, hahaha…. if you were a witch, would you be a good witch or a bad witch? Have you seen Wicked? Gives a whole different perspective on both of them! Thank YOU for the smile!:) xo, Leanne

  16. C-Jay M says:

    I, too, have a collection of them.
    This is my email signature line:
    “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” I kept trying to drill that into my kids when they were younger and it’s paid off well.
    Another of my mom-isms:
    “I am not a nag. I’m a motivational speaker.” (Even with my babies at 22 and 20-1/2, I still find myself using it.)

    My daughter also has many, but a few of her favorites are:
    “Love life while laughing hard!”
    “If you wait too long for the perfect moment, the perfect moment will pass you by” ~ from a fortune cookie 🙂
    “Life is like photography; you need the negatives to develop.” [I like this, too.]
    “I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death.”
    “You’re my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye.”

    Some of them sound very familiar, but I don’t know who to credit them to.

    • leannebanks says:

      C-Jay, love both of YOURS. Will use the motivational speaker line with my 25 & 28 year old. Okay?:) And your mother sounds like a chip off the block. I like the fortune cookie saying and the last two. Favorite hello and hardest goodbye is so romantic!<3 THANKS! xo, Leanne

  17. PatriciaW says:

    I keep a Word file of quotes, many of them collected from author blogs but also general inspiratonal quotes. I page through them when I need encouragment–or a blog topic–and something will pop off the page for me. The one currently at the top of the document is “Your dreams come true when you act to turn them into realities.” ~ Anonymous

    • leannebanks says:

      Patricia, I keep a word file of quotes too! I also have collected a TON of books with quotes. I truly am a quote-aholic.:) And your current fave is SO true! THANK YOU for sharing! xo, Leanne

  18. Laura Kelley says:

    Here are mine. These are 2 that I really love and the 2nd one is very fitting for my life right now..

    “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

    “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    • leannebanks says:

      Oh, Laura, I love that one by Audrey Hepburn. She seemed like such a beautiful person when she was alive. I’m actually basing a character off of her right now. Makes you want to be that kind of person!

      So true what Eleanor said. So true!
      Thanks for sharing! xo, Leanne

  19. Great topic, Leanne! Have you seen the movie “Casino Jack”? Apparently Abramoff loves to quote movies, and Kevin Spacey is great for impersonating. It’s a good movie, and we thought that part was funny because we love to toss lines from movies back and forth in our house, too.

    Some of my favorite quotations come from Shakespeare. I taught those plays so many times I could quote them all day long. Here’s a useful one: “I dote on his very absence.” (The Merchant of Venice)

    Quotations are so much fun to quote.

    • leannebanks says:

      haha love that Kathleen. I dote on his very absence. That applies to a few people in my life!lol xo, Leanne

  20. Helen Brenna says:

    Love all these quotes, Leanne! Here’s a couple by John Lennon that have always resonated with me.

    “Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s nothing but fear and insecurity.”
    “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
    “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

    • leannebanks says:

      Helen, all of those are wonderful!!! Especially feel the second two. Thanks for sharing dahlink!:) xo, Leanne

  21. A friend just posted this one on their FB and I am sharing because it made me spit tea onto my desk!!!

    Sex is much like that ol’ game of bridge … if you don’t have a good partner – YOU’D BETTER have a great hand! (Barry Weiss – A&E – Storage Wars)

  22. forestjane says:

    As a librarian, this one’s my latest favorite:

    ‎”The problem with quotes found on the internet is you have no way of confirming their authenticity.” – Abraham Lincoln

  23. Three of my favorites, in reverse order of greatness:
    “Sufficient unto each day the evil thereof.” – my grandmother, probably from the Bible
    “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” – my father, origin unknown
    “Living well is the best revenge” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, I think.
    Thanks for the great post, Leanne

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