Ernie J. Zelinski
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My Favorite Quotes,

Sayings, and Proverbs

Ernie Zelinski - The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Money

I have always loved quotations. In fact, I put together a quote book on money called The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Money and ended up selling the Japanese rights for an advance of $8,000 within three hours of accidentally sending it to the wrong Japanese literary agent.


My latest website is Sensational Quotes for Smart People.


I believe that the best inspirational quotes are easy to remember, easy to share, proactively remind you of your existence, inspire you to greater heights, and lighten your day.


These are my favorite quotations by famous and not-so-famous people.

To know and not to do is not yet to know.
— Buddhist saying


Great spirits have always experienced violent opposition from mediocre minds.
— Albert Einstein


If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from men who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.
— Joseph Marshall Wade


Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one. The truth is still the truth.
— Mohandas Gandhi


It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.
— John Crowe

Seek above all for a game worth playing. Such is the oracle to modern man. Having found the game, play it with intensity; play as if your life and sanity depend on it. (They do depend on it).
— D. S. Ropp

When both a speaker and an audience are confused, the speech is profound.
— Oscar Wilde

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
— Richard Bach

Note: Also see my favorite quotations about writing and self-publishing

The blind quest for cash is a fool's errand.
— Timothy Ferris

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
— Norman Vincent Peale

You are never given a wish without the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
— Richard Bach

When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
— Dalai Lama

If you follow the crowd, you will likely get no further than the crowd. If you walk alone, you're likely to end up in places no one has ever been before. Being an achiever is not without its difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. The unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they'll simply say it was obvious to everyone all along. You have two choices in life. You can dissolve into the main stream, or you can choose to become an achiever and be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no else but you can be.
— Alan Ashley-Pitt

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great creative individual . . . is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
— John Stuart Mill

If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it. 
— S. I. Hayakawa

When starting out, don't worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
— Aristotle (384BC-322BC)

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
— Jim Rohn

People who don't respect money don't have any.
— J. Paul Getty, Billionaire Oil Tycoon

Money will appear when you are doing the right thing in your life.
— Michael Phillips

It's lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for "realistic" goals, paradoxically making them the most time-consuming and energy consuming. It is easier to raise $10,000,000 than it is $1,000,000. It is easier to pick up the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s.
— Timothy Ferriss

To be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else — is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— e. e. cummings

If you believe it can't be done, at least don't get in the way of the person who is doing it.
— Unknown wise person
Every prosperous person who does not work has a creative scheme that does.
— John Otway

Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.
— Richard Bach

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would have been enough."
— Albert Einstein

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
— Mark Twain

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
 Dr, Adrian Rogers, 1931

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas
twenty years later.
— Louis Aragon

The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things.
— Thomas Troward

Being busy is a form of laziness — lazy thinking and indiscriminate actions.
— Timothy Ferris

You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.
— Bob Black

A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.
— Joe Vitale


If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.
— Unknown wise person


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Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.
— Fred Wilson


Don't flaunt your success, but don't apologize for it either.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
— Michael Pritchard


I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure — which is: Try to please everybody.
— Herbert B. Swope


Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
— Sylvia Plath


I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts.
— Martin Ritt


If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
— Rainer Maria Rilke


My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
— Jane Austin

The greater the fool the better the dancer.
— Theodore Hook

Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth.
— Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

When a true genius appears in the world, you will know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
— Jonathan Swift

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
— Oscar Wilde


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Love is a state of temporary psychosis.
— Freud


The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.
— Timothy Ferriss


The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
— Michelangelo

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
— Marcus Aurelius

Wise men learn more from fools than fools learn from wise men.
— Cato


If fifty million people say [or do] a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
— Anotole France


In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
— Mark Twain


Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
— John Wooden


Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
— American proverb


The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
— Mark Twain


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Money will buy you a bed but not a good night’s sleep, a house but not a home, a companion but not a friend.
— Zig Ziglar


If an idea does not appear bizarre, there is no hope for it.
— Niels Bohr


Most people can tire of a lecture in ten minutes; clever people can do it in five. Sensible people never go to lectures at all.
— Stephen Leacock


He charged nothing for his preaching and it was worth it too.
— Mark Twain


I often quote myself. This adds spice to my conversations.
— George Bernard Shaw 


Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
— Erica Jong



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