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50 Quotes About the World

August 15th, 2008

quotation-marks.jpgworld-quotes.jpgThese world quotes from people ranging from philosophers to business leaders provide an overview of different perspectives on the human condition and our overall environment. Since my last collection on 100 Quotes About Power has been somewhat of a disappointment so far in terms of popularity, I have shortened the list to 50 this time in the hopes that people will be more likely to read through the list and possibly add their own relevant sayings in the comment section.

  • The world of poetry, mythology, and religion represents the world as a man would like to have it, while science represents the world as he gradually comes to discover it. — Joseph Krutch
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. — author unknown
  • Einstein said that if quantum mechanics is right, then the world is crazy. Well Einstein was right. The world is crazy. — Daniel Greenberger
  • Since periods of great change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world. — Dalai Lama
  • The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape. — Paul David Hewson
  • I just started to see the world as it really is and it completely shocked me and changed my opinion on everything… on life and my values and certainly my own sense of self. — Angelina Jolie
  • The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. — Karl Marx
  • The world has entered a new era, evolving from an industrial into a knowledge-based society, and into a society that wants to live in harmony with nature. — Minoru Mori
  • Man’s destiny was to conquer and rule the world, and this is what he’s done - almost. He hasn’t quite made it, and it looks as though this may be his undoing. The problem is that man’s conquest of the world has itself devastated the world. And in spite of all the mastery we’ve attained, we don’t have enough mastery to stop devastating the world, or to repair the devastation we’ve already wrought. — Daniel Quinn
  • Philanthropy is all about making a positive difference in the world by devoting your resources and your time to causes you believe in. In my case, I like to support causes where “a lot of good comes from a little bit of good,” or, in other words, where the positive social returns vastly exceed the amount of time and money invested. — Jeff Skoll

  • Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it. — Anthony de Mello
  • The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color. — Hans Hofmann
  • How could one be in this world without feeling dismayed by it? Even if one paints flowers and gingerbread. — Gerhard Richter
  • The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. — Oscar Wilde
  • Don’t ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Harold Thurman Whitman
  • The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. — Ernest Hemmingway
  • The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled the more I gain. — Susan B. Anthony
  • The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. — Marc Chagall
  • To have a world where peace and harmony reign supreme , we must journey to the self and discover that part of our inner being which invokes divine energy and honours the beauty and dignity of all living things. — Michael Teal
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.In fact it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
  • The world is truly beautiful solely in the eyes of a true philosopher. — Kedar Joshi
  • The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. — Martin Luther King
  • If you share your light with the world, truth and goodness will be your constant companions. — Michael Teal
  • The problem with the world is that everyone seems to be two drinks behind. — Humphrey Bogart
  • When the world seems large and complex, we need to remember that great world ideals all begin in some home neighborhood. — Konrad Adenauer
  • Science is the most reliable guide for civilization, for life, for success in the world. Searching a guide other than the science is meaning carelessness, ignorance and heresy. — Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  • I think that all money can do is to get your message out. Unfortunately, we live in a world where you have to use mass media to communicate with the people, and it just costs an awful lot of money. — Michael Bloomberg
  • There is a spiritual side to our connection with the planet. And in this material world, that’s anathema. It is somewhat worrying. What I say… it makes life. It gives us fulfillment. It makes us whole human beings. And without it, we make mistakes. And boy, are the leaders of the world making mistakes at the moment. — Bob Brown
  • What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? — Winston Churchill
  • I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. — Princess Diana
  • Everyone and everything that shows up in the world of form in this universe originates not from a particle, as quantum physics teaches us, but from an energy field. — Wayne Dyer
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • The more we learn to operate in the world based on trust in our intuition, the stronger our channel will be and the more money we will have. — Shakti Gawain
  • If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry. — Andrew Grove
  • Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I’ve found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you’ll be a winner. — Steve Irwin
  • Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world? — Steve Jobs
  • Your ultimate success or failure will depend on your ability to ignore the worries of the world long enough to allow your investments to succeed. — Peter Lynch
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela
  • The rest of the world is growing so quickly, they’ll be looking for anything to buy. — Michael Milken
  • All that passes under our eyes proves that we do not live in a peaceful and harmonious world. — Francois Mitterrand
  • We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served, as shareholders and in all other ways, by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains. This is an important aspect of our culture and is broadly shared within the company. — Larry Page
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • The world has not just “turned upside down”. It is turning in every which way at an accelerating pace. — Tom Peters
  • I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. — John Rockefeller
  • We are living in a dynamic age with multiple ideas and beliefs of correctness; this world is not deterministic and not still. — Li Ka Shing
  • The proprietor of stock is necessarily a citizen of the world, and is not necessarily attached to any particular country. — Adam Smith
  • To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you’re truly wireless. — Ted Turner
  • We live in a big world, and it is important for us to be aware of culture other than our own. Learn something new, whether you think you’re interested in it or not. That’s the opposite of having a closed mind or a closed door. — Donald Trump
  • Our world is very dishonest, and our leaders encourage dishonesty by setting bad examples - by lying, being corrupt, and using political sleight of hand to sustain power. — Stuart Wilde
  • Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. — Charles Schulz

2 Responses to “50 Quotes About the World”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ireland5

    Just a few more…

    “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” -Winston Churchill

    ” No man ever steps in the same river twice, for he is not the same man and it is not the same river.” Heraclitus, circa 540 BC

    Next - do one on famous quotes by the early leaders of the U.S. - some really great quotes were made back then that have relevance today.

  2. comment number 2 by: Zaida

    I think some of these quotes are good.

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