The Most Famous Quotes of All Time Share PINTEREST Email Print Thang Tat Nguyen / Getty Images By Simran Khurana Simran Khurana Education Expert MBA in Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S. in Commerce, Accounting, and Finance, University of Mumbai Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 01/14/20 Reading quotes from famous people can entertain or amuse us, it can inspire us to emulate them, or it can enliven our curiosity about these folks and encourage us to dig deeper into their histories, uncovering untold riches. The most famous quotes are powerful, but they also are simple and direct, and that directness is part of their enduring fascination. The following quotes—from poems, essays, plays, and speeches—have survived for years, and in some cases for centuries, because they have struck a chord in many people. 01 of 10 William Wordsworth Culture Club / Getty Images English Romantic poet (1770-1850) from his poem "The Excursion": "The good die first,And they whose hearts are dry as summer dustBurn to the socket." 02 of 10 Ralph Waldo Emerson Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images American essayist and poet (1803-1882) from his essay "Society and Solitude": "Hitch your wagon to a star." 03 of 10 John Keats Wikimedia Commons English Romantic poet (1795-1821) from his poem "Endymion": "A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness." 04 of 10 Alexander Pope Wikimedia Commons English poet (1688-1744) from his poem "An Essay on Criticism": "Good nature and good sense must ever join;To err is human; to forgive, divine." 05 of 10 Socrates Rex_Wholster / Getty Images Greek philosopher (470 B.C.-399 B.C.) from a speech: "The unexamined life is not worth living." 06 of 10 Benjamin Franklin WaffOzzy/Getty Images American statesman and author (1706-1790) from his "Poor Richard's Almanack": "God helps those that help themselves." 07 of 10 Robert Frost Hulton Archive / Getty Images American poet (1874-1963) from his poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening": "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference." 08 of 10 Rudyard Kipling Evening Standard / Stringer English poet and writer (1865-1936) from his poem "The Ballad of East and West": "Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat." 09 of 10 Abraham Lincoln Hulton Archive / Getty Images American president (1809-1865) from a speech (time and place debated): "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." 10 of 10 William Shakespeare jessekarjalainen / Getty Images English playwright (1564-1616) from Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet": "What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet."