20 truth-filled quotes that will give you chills


A good quote can do a lot: give you an inspirational boost, soothe your soul, or provide some much-needed perspective. But the best quotes? They give you chills.

Now, we know the Internet has its fair share of over-posted quotes, which often become so over-used that they begin to lose their meaning. This is unfortunate, but luckily there are plenty more words of wisdom out there just waiting to become classics. That’s why we’ve selected 20 of our favorite goosebump-giving gems, that cover a wide range of the human experience and just might change your view on life.

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.”

 C.S. Lewis

“What terrifies religious extremists like the Taliban are not American tanks or bombs or bullets, it’s a girl with a book.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.”

John Greenleaf Whittier

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

Charles Bukowski


“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Albert Einstein

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”

Benjamin Franklin

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

Admiral Grace Hopper

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.”


“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”

Margaret Atwood

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

Bill Nye

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

Gloria Steinem

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

H.P. Lovecraft


“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

Virginia Woolf

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie

“Give a man a mask, and he will show you his true face.”

Oscar Wilde

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye hard.”

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

These sure gave us those reassess-your-life-chills, but what you? Let us know, along with any other words of wisdom which did the same, in the comments below.

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35 replies

  1. Albert Einstein, was the man that talked the President into making the Bomb, so he knew all about “stick and stones”…

    “You will always find what you are looking for…So first find out what you are really looking for, because you will find it in the end…” – Trond.

    “If you come upon, or hear something that you havent heard before, then question it and wait for the answer. Then that answer will lead you to a better question, until the a series of questions will hone you in on the right answer, and will reveal what you have infront of you. Then judge if it’s good or bad.” – Trond

    • It’s rather narsisaific to insert your OWN quotes on here, i would say. The beauty and importance of all these amazingly insightful quotes are seen by the fact that OTHERS recognized their wisdom, and not because we were told they were so by the authors….

      • well. it’s hard to make a good point with a misspelled word in it….lol. Autocorrect, remaining me to keep humble at all times.

  2. “Law is nothing but the codification by a few of unwritten and well established prejudices of the rich and powerful to further disenfranchise those who are already poor and powerless.”

    “If you ever see in some small town rag the pictures, names and addresses of women accused of prostitution send the editor a letter thanking him/her for the courage of biblical proportions it must have taken to publish that information about some modern day Mary Magdalenes. Thank the editor as well for the uncommon valor it must have take to keep safely protected from the public eye the pictures, names and addresses of the women’s accusers the forever pure with hipocrisy the modern day Pharisees.”
    …from the “Sayings of Jesus” which can only be heard by the human heart

  3. That Margaret Atwood quote is so similar to the quote that “Wise men are full of doubt about what they know while fools are so confident”!!

  4. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

    Arthur C. Clarke

    Made me ponder on Arthur C. Clarke’s words for more than an hour. It is like thinking a world where we are no more from tomorrow.

  5. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” — Arthur C. Clarke

    This resonated with me tonight, only a few days after a science mag article affirmed there absolutely is alien life, and not just primordial, but civilizations.

  6. We love the minimalist quote by Marie Curie “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

    Thank you for sharing this. We added it to our StumbleUpon quotes list.

  7. “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.
    -Albus Dumbledore”

  8. Thanks for this quote list. I’ve always lived by the idea that everyone I meet is a potential teacher. The first quote at the very top summed that up perfectly 🙂

  9. “Give a man a mask, and he will show you his true face.” Oscar Wilde. Reminds me of all the people who sit behind a keyboard and ruthlessly tear down others with a difference of opinion.

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