100+ Cliche Quotes That Are Actually Really Great

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Although you may have heard some of these overused quotes dozens of times in your life and seen them printed in yearbooks and graduation cards everywhere, there is actually a lot of wisdom in popular cliches. Here are 100+ cliche quotes that are actually really great.

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100+ Cliche Quotes That Are Actually Really Great | Cliche Sayings

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Cliche Quotes | "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
Cliche Quotes | “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

2. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

3. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

4. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey

5. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

6. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

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7. “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

8. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bil Keane

9. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

10. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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12. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss

13. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

14. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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

16. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” – Mahatma Gandhi

17. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

18. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

19. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

20. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

21. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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

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23. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.” – Sam Levenson

25. “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami

26. “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

27. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

28. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

29. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

31. “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

32. “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

33. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

34. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

35. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

36. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

37. “Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” – St. Augustine

38. “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

39. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

40. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

41. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

42. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

43. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

44. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

45. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

46. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K Rowling

47. “If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

48. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

49. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

50. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

51. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

More Short Cliche Sayings

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

“Carpe diem.”

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

“Every day is a new opportunity.”

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

“Don’t count the memories, make the memories count.”

“Life is like a book, some chapters are sad, some are happy, and some are exciting.”

“Life is short, make the most of it.”

“Life is a canvas, paint it the way you want.”

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”

“Life is a rollercoaster, hold on tight.”

“Life is a precious gift, cherish it.”

“Life is what you make it.”

“Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.”

“Life is an adventure, embrace it.”

“The greatest journey in life is the journey within.”

“Life is a beautiful thing, embrace it with open arms.”

“Life is too short to waste time on things that don’t matter.”

“Life is like a puzzle, put the pieces together.”

“Life is a garden, grow your own way.”

“Life is a song, sing it loud.”

“Life is a dance, enjoy every step.”

“Life is a journey, enjoy the scenery.”

“Life is a stage, act accordingly.”

“Life is a story, make it a good one.”

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“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

“Take the road less traveled.”

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

“You are the master of your own destiny.”

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

“Life is only defined a fraction by what happens to us and mostly how we respond to it.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“You can’t control the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

“What we think, we become.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“Seize the day!”

“Hakuna Matata.”

“Life is short, make the most of it.”

“If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

“Do not wait for opportunities, create them.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts.”

“Today is a new day, a new beginning.”

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