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30 Quotes By Famous People That Might Inspire You To Change The Way You Think

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Have you ever noticed that when someone quotes famous people in a conversation, they instantly gain more credibility and his or her words just seem so much more on point and serious? Also, if you are a famous person, do your publicly spoken words automatically gain a status of wisdom, or do those words make the person even more famous for being wise words? Well, we are not sure about the second question, but memorizing a famous quote or two is a sure shot to appearing smarter and well-educated and also might save you some serious life lessons. Now, you could browse the Internet all day until you find the citation of your liking, or you could just check this list by Bored Panda full of famous quotes from beloved entrepreneurs, actors, artists and historical figures.

We made sure to add citations that are not only sharp but also quotes you could actually live by – such as choosing to be extraordinary instead of being a cog in the machine or setting your own path in life rather than following someone else’s dreams and aspirations. Memorizing these inspiring quotes might not only make you look smart in a conversation but also change your own views on this thing called life. So, scroll down below for some verified wisdom and don’t forget to vote for truly eye-opening quotes about life!

#1

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

A good motivational quote can lift your spirits and turn your day around – but how does the right crafting of words hold so much power? The answer is in psychology. Although motivational psychology doesn’t work on everyone, Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City, says there is a certain segment of the population that is drawn to motivational quotes. These messages when said from the right source can strengthen the incentive power, “There’s a little bit of implicit coaching that’s happening when you’re reading it. It’s building that self-efficacy in that kind of dialogue that you’re having with yourself,” Fader says. 

#2

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

#3

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Quotes become famous not on the message alone but through the power of each word. Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric explains that people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise”: ”Students of Latin see examples of aphorisms from 2,000 years ago, such as ubi concordia, ibi victoria, ‘where there is unity, there is victory.’ Usually, these sayings involve some keen insight put into memorable wording. They are little triumphs of rhetoric, in the old and positive sense of the word.”

#4

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

#5

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

The right combination or phrasing of words are what dictate how effective the message is, whether it is good or bad. a 2000 study by cognitive scientists at Lafayette College found that when people were shown two versions of the same saying, participants were more likely to point to the rhyming aphorism as true: “Our results suggest that rhyme, like repetition, affords statements an enhancement in processing fluency that can be misattributed to heightened conviction about their truthfulness.”

#6

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

#7

Lev Tolstoy

Lev Tolstoy

As it turns out our brains are less concerned with the details of the words than they are with pleasing wording. An example of an attractive word arrangement is ‘parallel construction,’ where two halves of a claim are balanced. “An example is the use of parallel construction, so that the two halves of a claim are attractively balanced, such as ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure.’ The reversal of structure, or ‘chiasmus,’ is also attractive—‘ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,’” explained Farnsworth. 

#8

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

#9

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

When most of us look for quotes to inspire often we look towards ones with famous names attached – which media psychology expert and communications consultant Scott Sobel, founder of Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. in Washington, D.C. says is because of biology. ““Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask,” he says. “Leaders and their words–inspirational quotes–affect us on a primal level.”

#10

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

#11

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

#12

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

#13

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

#14

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

#15

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

#16

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

#17

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

#18

Farrah Gray

Farrah Gray

#19

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot

#20

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

#21

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

#22

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

#23

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

#24

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

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#25

John Lennon

John Lennon

#26

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

#27

Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder

#28

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

#29

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

#30

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

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