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Welcome to our curated collection of great quotes about "people" -- with free shareable picture quotes -- for you to ponder and be inspired by.

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.

--Hugh Mackay

Curious people are interesting people; I wonder why that is.

--Bill Maher

People are incorrigibly themselves.

--John Updike

The great people I've met always have time for the niceties.

--Mercedes McCambridge

Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth.

--Natalie Goldberg

People first, then money, then things.

--Suze Orman

People are incredible creatures of habit.

--Sam Altman

A people must have dignity and identity.

--Andrew Goodman

People love stories. They need stories.

--Caroline Leavitt

People who know, know. The others, it really doesn't matter.

--David McCallum

Give light and people will find the way.

--Ella Baker

People are beautiful wrecks.

--Emilio Estevez

Good people can disagree.

--Gavin Newsom

People learn more if they're learning in directly engaging ways.

--Jake Barton

People change, they grow.

--Jacob Young

Not enough people in this world are happy.

--Karen Carpenter

People know when you're frontin'.

--Method Man

Different people work different ways.

--Tony Gilroy

Mean people are no fun.

--Thom Filicia

I like real people. I don't like fakes.

--Gennady Golovkin

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.

--Oscar Wilde

Longer Version:

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.

I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.


We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.

--Errico Malatesta

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

--Gautama Buddha

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

--Victor Hugo

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

--William Penn

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.

--Wayne Huizenga

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.

--Wayne W. Dyer

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

--Walter Bagehot

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

--Unknown Author

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

--Terry Pratchett

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.


I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible.

--Tim Ferriss

I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.

--Tim Ferriss

People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.

--Samuel Richardson

If you have a secret, people will sit a little bit closer.

--Rob Corddry

I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.

--Rodney Dangerfield

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

--Robert Frost

Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.

--Ray Charles

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

--Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

--Oscar Wilde

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

--Oprah Winfrey

Wasting time is something that people do or feel all over the world, not just in Italy.

--Paolo Sorrentino

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

--Noam Chomsky

What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me.

--Nadia Comaneci

My approach is that you have to earn the respect of people you work with.

--Mark Pincus

It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.

--Matt Haig

Astronauts are like these mythic legends, but really, they are just regular people, people who wear chinos.

--Mary Roach

Choose people who lift you up.

--Michelle Obama

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

--Maya Angelou

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good Morning' at total strangers.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

--Mahatma Gandhi

People will clap to be nice. They will not laugh to be nice.

--Kenny Rogers

All I can do is try to create my own brand and have people appreciate me for that.

--Kevin Hart

It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.

--Lillian Hellman

Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.

--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.

--Lawrence Welk

You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.

--Jeannette Rankin

If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.

--John W. Gardner

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

--John Adams

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

--James Baldwin

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.

--Isaac Newton

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

--Isaac Asimov

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

--Hermann Hesse

Longer Version:

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. It was a scandal that a breed of fearless and sinister people ran around freely, so they attached a nickname and a myth to these people to get even with them, to make up for the many times they had felt afraid.

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

--Henry Kissinger

All creative people want to do the unexpected.

--Hedy Lamarr

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.

--Greg LeMond

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

--Gore Vidal

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.

--G. K. Chesterton

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

--George Washington Carver

Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

--George Carlin

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld

We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld

The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.

--François de La Rochefoucauld

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.

--Elizabeth Gaskell

I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process.

--Edward James Olmos

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

--Emily Dickinson

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.

--Emily Bronte

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.

--Edmund Hillary

People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.

--Earl Nightingale

Longer Version:

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that.

The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.

--E.M. Forster

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

--Dick Cavett

There are many people making a difference. I mean, Dr. King never held an office. Gandhi never held an office. There are people who are archetypes in our society who have never held office and made a difference.

--Dennis Kucinich

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams

Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.

--Donatella Versace

Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.

--Dianne Feinstein

People want security in this insecure world.

--David Bailey

You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.

--Dave Chappelle

Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.

--Brian Chesky
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