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Quotes for Bloggers

Posted By Darren Rowse 31st of October 2005 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

The other day when I was looking for quotes to finish up my Making Money From Blogging Takes Time post I came across a heap of great sayings from famous people that seemed appropriate for bloggers.

So I thought it’d be fun to start a little meme here to see what quotes you’d use to inspire, motivate, inform or educate successful ProBloggers.

So hit your favorite quote sites and nominate your favorite quote from a famous person (your definition of fame) and leave it in comments below and/or post it on your blog.

Here’s a few to get you going:

  • “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” – Demosthenes
  • “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Alva Edison
  • “Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.” – Colleen C. Barrett
  • “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall
  • “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results.” – Edward de Bono
  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  • “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  • “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Seek to understand then be understood.” – Stephen R. Covey

Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. “If you only do what everyone else does, you will only get what everyone else gets.”

  2. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” – Walt Disney

    “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ” – Walt Disney

    “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

  3. These were always my favorites … although I doubt they would educate bloggers (but #2 comes close)

    1) When I die .. I want to die peacefully in my sleep .. Just Like Grandpa …
    Not screaming in agony – like the passengers in his car!

    (I don’t know where I got this quote from)

    2) Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.
    (Homer Simpson)

  4. “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly…at first.” – NLP Comprehensive (or that’s where I first heard it)

  5. “When You Earnestly Believe You Can Compensate For A Lack Of Skill By Doubling Your Efforts, There’s No End To What You Can’t Do.” – Taken from the Despair Demotivators.

  6. “Whatever we put our attention on will grow stronger in our life.”
    -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
    -Yogi Berra

    “I love Pic-nic baskets.”
    -Yogi Bear

  7. “Imitation is the palest form of flattery.” (this one’s dedicated to the site I discovered this morning who swipes my posts word-for-bloody-word).

  8. “Why make the same mistake twice when there are so many new ones?” – Mason Stone

    Hart – the bus driver quote about the grandfather is a Jack Handey quote from SNL.

  9. “I apologize for such a long letter. I didn’t have time to write a short one.”
    – Mark Twain

  10. “If you work really hard and you’re not getting ahead, then you’re probably somebody else’s leverage” Rich Dad

  11. “Ask not what your country can blog for your, but ask what you can blog for your country.” ~ some famous guy

    “The only thing we have to blog is blog itself!” ~ another famous guy

    “Speak softly and carry a big blog” ~ have no idea

    “An adsense profit saved is an adsense profit earned.” ~me

    “My other blog is a Ferarri” ~ don’t know

    “When all else fails… blog” ~ some guy who wishes he was famous

  12. “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”
    – Fortune Cookie

  13. “Happiness only comes when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.” (Leo Rosten)

    And for when I’m feeling really frustrated:

    “Life is easy; it’s the people who make it difficult.” (Abraham Lincoln)

  14. “All your base are belong to us.” – Cats

    “Awww… fluffy sheepie!” – Jeff Minter

    And now, more seriously, one of my favorites:

    “There’s no such thing as talent, cap’n. Only inspiration and ambition. And mine burn white hot.” – Scrooge McDuck (“The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”, by Don Rosa)

  15. “I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
    Oscar Wilde

  16. Hey Darren, I tagged you on Gizoogle. If you’ve ever wanted to know what your site would be like if it was written in ebonics, click your link from my blog post.

    It’s pretty funny, Fo Schnizzle.

  17. These are direct links to images in my personal blog (which is in Portuguese, but the scans are in English):



    Can’t get more inspiring than this, IMO. :)

  18. Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
    ~ Freeman Teague Jr.

    Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
    ~ Malcolm Forbes (1919 – 1990)

    Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
    ~ Rudyard Kipling

    Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
    ~ Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)

    Wishing everyone on my blogroll a boo-tiful day! LOL!

    Happy Halloween!

  19. “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – no idea.

    It’s funny, but true :)

  20. WOW. JAY – That’s T-Shirt Logo if I ever saw one .. nice!
    My other blog is a Ferarri

    Blaine- thanks for Jack Handey info

  21. One of my favorites that should encourage blogging:
    If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. – Jeff Bezos

    Some other great quotes (check out the random quotes on ReciprocityBlog)

    Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

    In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people.. they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. – Ken Blanchard

  22. […] Darren Rowse began a discussion about quotes that inspire us. […]

  23. It’s on my blogsite as a tagline.

    When a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried. -Thomas Jefferson

  24. Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.

    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

    -Vince Lombardi

  25. There is no substitute for Hard Work.

  26. Actually, the attribution of your last quote to Steven Covey is incorrect. That beautiful quote is by the Sofi poet, Rumi. I know because I refer to it when I conduct conflict mangement workshops.

    It’s a great quote and guide, if only more people followed its advice.

  27. We can’t start perfectly and beautifully. Start as a fool. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Truth prevails where opinions are free. Thomas Paine

    A country without a memory is a country of madmen. George Santayana

    I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard

  28. Jon,

    I believe “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things” is a quote from George Carlin.

  29. […] Darren Rowae, besser bekannt als ProBlogger, hat bereits Ende Oktober einige tolle Zitate gesammelt. Bei den meisten geht es um Arbeit und Erfolg. Mein Favorit kommt von Albert Schweitzer: Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. […]

  30. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. “

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