A Collection of Quotes

Below I've compiled some of my favorite quotes. I've grouped them by an overarching theme. 

What's your favorite quote? Email me at hello@erikcianci.com.


Table of Contents:

  • How to Have a Good Day: Quotes about seizing every day and making the most of life.
  • One Love, One Heart: Quotes about kindness, generosity, unity, and togetherness.
  • Fight in the Dark: Quotes about hardship, loss, overcoming obstacles, and finding silver linings.
  • Live in the Moment: Quotes about cultivating presence, flow, inner peace, and gratitude.
  • The Road of Success: Quotes on defining success, getting started, and the hard work it takes to get to where you want to be. 
  • No Man is an IslandQuotes about love, friendship, and connecting with another person.
  • Becoming Yourself: Quotes on being yourself and growing and becoming the person you want to be. 
  • Lifelong Learning: Quotes on reading, thinking, and knowledge.
  • Currently Unsorted: Quotes that I don't feel neatly fit into any of the above categories. Subject to frequent updates. 


How to Have a Good Day

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"Make each day your masterpiece.”
John Wooden

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
Albert Einstein

 "All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."
- John Gunther

‘There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way."
Thich Nhat Hanh

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Nicolas Chamfort

“Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.”
Charlie Munger


One Love, One Heart

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"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Aesop

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
- Muhammad Ali

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
- Mother Teresa

“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” 
Noam Chomsky

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too."
Anne Frank

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton


Fight in the Dark

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"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
Aristotle

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Dr. Robert Schuller

“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
Robert Frost

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
George Addair

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
- Howard Ruff


Live in the Moment

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"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
- Marcus Aurelius

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
Buddha

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
Confucius

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
- Mahatma Gandhi


The Road of Success

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"I never trust anyone who's more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at."
- Randall Munroe

"The acquisition of riches has been for many men, not an end, but a change, of troubles."
- Epicurus

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
- Will Rogers

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
- Napoleon Hill

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Sills

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
- Lao Tzu

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
Napoleon Hill


No Man is an Island

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“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
- Jim Morrison

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."
- Thomas Aquinas

"Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness."
- Euripides

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give."
Bertrand Russell

"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you."
Loretta Young

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


Becoming Yourself

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“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
- Kurt Cobain

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
Aldous Huxley

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw

"Anyone who isn't embarrassed by who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.”
Alain de Botton

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
Virginia Satir


Lifelong Learning

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“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

"When the facts change, I change my mind."
- John Maynard Keynes

"I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
- Alan Greenspan

"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one."
Voltaire

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Richard Feynman

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
Socrates

“Don’t believe everything you think.”
- BJ Miller

“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”
Charlie Munger

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.”
Charlie Munger


Currently Unsorted

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“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
- G.K. Chesterton

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” 
André Gide

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
Benjamin Franklin

"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get."
- Confucius

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
Sun Tzu

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
Cyril Connolly

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Gandhi

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
John Muir

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Rob Siltanen

"I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Pablo Picasso

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."
- JFK

"It takes two to speak truth - one to speak, another to hear."
- Henry David Thoreau

"The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
- Winston Churchill

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