Morally Affluential Quotes


Greetings everyone, Luen here. I can’t think of any other way of educating yourself with fresh perspectives than by feeding the brain with some quality quotes from other people. Quotes aren’t just words that are merely constructed to appear intelligent or neat on paper. Instead, I view each quote having its own ingenuity and outlook on life; each quote, being carefully laced together, was and is from the thoughts of well renown people to commoners like me. When reading quotes, it allows our brain to divert away from the pair of glasses we typically observe life through with a new pair of completely different lenses.

As you continue, I hope that at least one quote will cause the wheels to turn around in your head. Let me know which quotes are your favorite[s]!

Credits*** I got these thought inducing quotes from the book The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Times, edited by John M. Shanahan.


He who is most creative conceals his sources the best.
– Anonymous

It is a golden rule not to judge men by their opinions, but rather by what their opinions make of them.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
– Henry Louis Mencken

Remember that in giving any reason at all for refusing, you lay some foundation for a future request.
– Sir Arthur Helps

Many know how to please, but know not when they have ceased to give pleasure.

– Sir Arthur Helps

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
– Anonymous

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.
– Benjamin Franklin

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.
– Luigi Pirandello

By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.
– Miguel de Cervantes

Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.
– Dr. Samuel Johnson

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
– Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
– Elbert Hubbard

People count up the faults of those who are keeping them waiting.
– French proverb

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
– Thomas a Kempis

There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
– Oscar Wilde

People hate those who make them feel their own inferiority.
– Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
– Soren Kierkegaard

The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known. For a man by noting is so well betrayed, as by his manners.
– Edmund Spenser

Sports do not build character, they reveal it.
– Heywood Broun

Habits form a second nature.
– Jean Baptiste Lamarck

It is the property of fools, to be always judging.
– Thomas Fuller

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
– Benjamin Franklin

We will either find a way, or make one.
– Hannibal

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
– Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
– Charles Caleb Colton

A secret may be sometimes best kept by keeping the secret of it being a secret.
– Sir Henry Taylor

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
– Henry Brooks Adams

Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
– Voltaire

You lose it if you talk about it. [Pertaining to secrets, facts]
– Earnest Hemingway 

Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.
– Broadhurst

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
– Napoleon I

If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
– Edgar Watson Howe

A man with God is always in the majority.
– John Knox

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
– Samuel Butler

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
– Hemp.d Smith Patton

Death is a distant rumor to the young.
– Andrew A. Rooney

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
– Mark Twain

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
– Francois

A man’s character is his fate.
– Heraclitus


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