Englische Zitate und Sinnsprüche

Zusammengestellt von Sabine Thoma, Freie Waldorfschule Filstal (Göppingen)


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead


Are we not all links in the great chain of society,
some more, some less important,
but each upheld by others,
throughout the confederated whole?

Hannah Webster Foster


The real art of conversation is not only
to say the right thing in the right place
but to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting Moment.

Dorothy Nevill


We spend most of our lives
conjugating three verbs:
to want, to have and to do.
But none of these verbs
has any ultimate significance
until it is transcended by
and included in the fundamental verb - to be.

Evelyn Underhill


We are always more anxious to be distinguished
for a talent we do not possess,
than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.

Mark Twain


And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Steve Jobs


They took away what should have been my eyes,
(But I remembered Milton’s Paradise)
They took away what should have been my ears,
(Beethoven came and wiped away my tears)
They took away what should have been my tongue,
(But I had talked with God when I was young)
He would not let them take away my soul,
Possessing that, I still possess the whole.

Helen Keller


If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou


Yesterday is but a dream,
Tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this Day.

Sanskrit Proverb


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of
the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver


When you get into a tight place and
everything goes against you,
till it seems you could not hold a minute longer,
never give up then,
for that is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe


Every day brings a ship,
Every ship brings a word;
Well for those who have no fear,
Looking seaward, well assured
That the word the vessel brings
Is the word they wish to hear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Far better is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs even though,
chequered by failure,
than to rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer much
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt


One thing life taught me:
if you are interested,
you never have to look for new interests.
They come to you.
When you are genuinely interested in one thing,
it will always lead to something else.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality
and eats away its vital unity.
Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity.
It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly
and the ugly as beautiful
and to confuse the true with the false
and the false with the true.

M. L. King Jr.


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.



Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller


In the attitude of silence the soul finds a path in a clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive
resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth.

Mahatma Gandhi


Destiny is no matter of chance.
It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for,
It is a thing to be achieved.

John Quincy Adams


Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

John Quincy Adams


There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot,
but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence,
transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso


In whatever situation we are placed,
our greater or less degree of happiness
must be derived from ourselves.
Happiness is in a great measure
the result of our own dispositions and actions.

Hannah Webster Foster


Before you act, listen. Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.

Ernest Hemingway


Many of life’s failure are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

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