50+ 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 50+ cliche quotes that are actually really great.

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Cliche Quotes | Quotes That Are Cliche

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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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Cliche Quotes | Quotes That Are Cliche

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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

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