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If you do not use quotations, you should. Inserting quotations by famous people into your work is a great way to support your arguments, to add depth to your work, or to make your writing more entertaining.

Incorporating the wisdom of renowned individuals is a smart trick for making text more credible as it draws on the recognized authority of the quotations' authors. Similarly, clever or witty quotations will inject humour into a piece, engaging your readers and lightening the tone, while still supporting your ideas.

A List of the "Top Ten" Quotations by Author

Here is a list of 90 famous people whose quotations are likely to be useful in providing evidence for your arguments, illustrating your points, or simply entertaining your audience. (These are ordered by surname.)

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top 10 quotations by Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams

"You severely underestimate my apathy."

top 10 quotations by Aristotle

Aristotle

"The more you know, the more you realize you don't know."

top 10 quotations by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."

top 10 quotations by Jane Austen

Jane Austen

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." (from "Emma")

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top 10 quotations by Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra

"It's deja vu all over again."

top 10 quotations by Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

"There are better starters than me but I'm a strong finisher."

top 10 quotations by Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

"A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon."

top 10 quotations by Buddha

Buddha

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

top 10 quotations by Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."

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top 10 quotations by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

"A day without laughter is a day wasted."

top 10 quotations by Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

top 10 quotations by Confucius

Confucius

"Respect yourself and others will respect you."

top 10 quotations by Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."

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top 10 quotations by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

top 10 quotations by Walt Disney

Walt Disney

"First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare."

top 10 quotations by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."

top 10 quotations by Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."

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top 10 quotations by Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

top 10 quotations by Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

"The only source of knowledge is experience."

top 10 quotations by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life is a journey, not a destination."

top 10 quotations by Eminem

Eminem

"Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They're only powerful when you got your back turned."

top 10 quotations by Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

"Life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good."

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top 10 quotations by Henry Ford

Henry Ford

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

top 10 quotations by Anne Frank

Anne Frank

"I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."

top 10 quotations by Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

"Well done is better than well said."

top 10 quotations by Robert Frost

Robert Frost

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

top 10 quotations by Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

"Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."

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top 10 quotations by Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."

top 10 quotations by Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

top 10 quotations by Bill Gates

Bill Gates

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

top 10 quotations by Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."

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top 10 quotations by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

"The first draft of anything is sh*t."

top 10 quotations by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

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top 10 quotations by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

top 10 quotations by Jesus

Jesus

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

top 10 quotations by Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping

"To forge iron, one must be strong."

top 10 quotations by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

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top 10 quotations by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

"In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world."

top 10 quotations by John Keats

John Keats

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."

top 10 quotations by Helen Keller

Helen Keller

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows."

top 10 quotations by Zakir Khan

Zakir Khan

"Middle class parents give 'values', not 'money'."

top 10 quotations by Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

top 10 quotations by Krishna

Krishna

"The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it."

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top 10 quotations by Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."

top 10 quotations by Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

"I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times."

top 10 quotations by John Lennon

John Lennon

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

top 10 quotations by Xie Lian

Xie Lian

"To me, the past can be washed away, but a person's trust cannot be regained once lost."

top 10 quotations by Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

top 10 quotations by Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing."

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top 10 quotations by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

top 10 quotations by Bob Marley

Bob Marley

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."

top 10 quotations by Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

top 10 quotations by Karl Marx

Karl Marx

"Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains."

top 10 quotations by Elon Musk

Elon Musk

"I think it's possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."

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top 10 quotations by Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

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top 10 quotations by J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

top 10 quotations by George Orwell

George Orwell

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

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top 10 quotations by Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."

top 10 quotations by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."

top 10 quotations by Pele

Pele

"When you control the ball, you control the score."

top 10 quotations by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

"Art is the elimination of the unnecessary."

top 10 quotations by Plato

Plato

"The measure of a man is what he does with power."

top 10 quotations by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."

top 10 quotations by Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

"When things go wrong, don't go with them."

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top 10 quotations by Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

"Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable."

top 10 quotations by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

top 10 quotations by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."

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top 10 quotations by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."

top 10 quotations by Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

"Don't believe everything you hear. Real eyes, Realize, Real lies"

top 10 quotations by George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

top 10 quotations by Socrates

Socrates

"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

top 10 quotations by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

"I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are."

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top 10 quotations by Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

"The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."

top 10 quotations by Thanos

Thanos

"I am inevitable."

top 10 quotations by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to be happy, be."

top 10 quotations by Mark Twain

Mark Twain

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

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top 10 quotations by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

top 10 quotations by Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

"In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart."

top 10 quotations by Voltaire

Voltaire

"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him."

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top 10 quotations by George Washington

George Washington

"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one."

top 10 quotations by Walter White

Walter White

"I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger."

top 10 quotations by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

top 10 quotations by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Windsor)

"Grief is the price we pay for love."

top 10 quotations by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."

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top 10 quotations by Xerxes I

Xerxes I

"The sun will not be able to pass through, so dense will be the darts and arrows flying."

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top 10 quotations by W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."

top 10 quotations by Yoda

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?"

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top 10 quotations by Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

top 10 quotations by Roronoa Zoro

Roronoa Zoro

"If I die trying, at least I tried."

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