be yourself everyone else is already taken

  hey guys, just thought i’d whip together a list of some of my favourite authors most motivational   quotes. i especially love using these in bullet journal spreads. hope everyone is having a wonderful new year!            


          oscar wilde 

  “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” 

  “always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” 

  “with freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?” 

  “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” 

  “be yourself; everyone else is already taken” 

  “to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all” 

  “it is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it" 

  "you can never be overdressed or overeducated” 

  “yes: i am a dreamer. for a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”


          fyodor dostoyevsky

   "there is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it" 

  “power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare” 

  “happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it” 

  “the cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month”

  “to live without hope is to cease to live” 


         james joyce 

  “i am tomorrow, or some future day, what i establish today. i am today what i established yesterday or some previous day” 

  “a man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors… are the portals of discovery” 

  “he found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible” 

  “life is the great teacher” 


         charles dickens 

  “the sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on” 

  “there are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast”“a loving heart is the truest wisdom” 

  “i ask only to be free. the butterflies are free” 

  “we forge the chains we wear in life” 

  “an idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself” 

  “no one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else” 


         franz kafka 

  “start with what is right, rather than with what is acceptable” 

  “anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old” 

  “logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live” 

  “a book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us” 

  “believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made” 

  “my ‘fear’ is my substance, and probably the best part of me” 


         ivan turgenev 

  “we sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars” 

  “if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin” 

  “time sometimes flies like a bird, and sometimes crawls like a worm, but people may be unusually happy when they do not even notice if time has gone quickly or slowly” 

  “don’t be ruled by others; to belong to oneself- the whole savour of life lies in that” 

  “we’re young, we’re not monsters, no fools: we’ll conquer happiness for ourselves” 


         george orwell 

  “happiness can exist only in finding acceptance" 

  "the essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection” 

  “freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” 


         victor hugo 

  “laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face” 

  “music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” 

  “curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery” 

  “to learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark” 

  “to love beauty is to see light” 

  “adversity makes men” 

  “our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds” 

  “there is nothing like a dream to create the future” 

  “all the forces in the world are not as powerful as an idea whose time has come”

  “perseverance, secret of all triumphs”

Signs as Empowering Quotes
  • Aries: "Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." - J.K. Rowling
  • Taurus: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building on the new." -Socrates
  • Gemini: "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." - Bruce Lee
  • Cancer: "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." -Nora Ephron
  • Leo: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
  • Virgo: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
  • Libra: "You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw
  • Scorpio: "Whatever you are. Be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln
  • Sagittarius: "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X
  • Capricorn: "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford
  • Aquarius: "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
  • Pisces: "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." - The Dalai Lama
Quotes for the signs said by artists with the same zodiac sign

Aries:  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost)

Taurus:  “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
(Allen Saunders)

Gemini:  “Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.” (Rick Riordan)

Cancer:  “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” (Robert A. Heinlein)

Leo:  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” (Mae West)

Virgo:  “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (John Green

Libra:  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

Scorpio:  “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (Neil Gaiman)

Sagittarius:  “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” (Mark Twain)

Capricorn:  “We read to know we’re not alone.” (William Nicholson)

Aquarius:  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”(Thomas A. Edison)

Pisces:  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” (Douglas Adams)

“who said it?” pt. 1

if you aren’t quite sure who said that popular quote, hopefully this list will solve the “who said it” questions you’ve always had. (mp insp by @zulesstudies

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
    • Dr. Suess
  • “if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
    • Marilyn Monroe
  • “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
    • Marilyn Monroe
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    • Oscar Wilde
  • “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” 
    • William W. Purkey
  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    • Mahatma Gandi
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    • Mahatma Gandi
  • “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
    • Robert Frost
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    • Eleanor Roosevelt 
  • “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    • Elbert Hubbard
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    • Maya Angelou
  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.”
    • Bob Marley 
  • “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
    • Allen Saunders
  • “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
    • Bil Keane
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
    • Oscar Wilde
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    • Thomas Edison
  • “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
    • Douglas Adams
Sun x Moon Quotes, submitted by some followers

Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon: “We’ll be remembered more for what we destroy than what we create.”
Taurus Sun, Aquarius Moon: “Let the loneliness sustain you till love finds a way to”
Gemini Sun, Virgo Moon: “I’m scared to get close and I hate being alone”
Cancer Sun, Aries Moon: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Leo Sun, Libra Moon: “Dress every day like you’re going to get murdered in those clothes”
Virgo Sun, Cancer Moon: “Always put your family before anything.“
Libra Sun, Leo Moon: “Act like you belong and no one will dare question you”
Scorpio Sun, Aquarius Moon: “It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply”
Sagittarius Sun, Aries Moon: "Everyone are going to leave me behind no matter what I do, so why bother trying to connect with people emotionally. After all, it’s better to push them away than let them in and have them leave.“
Capricorn Sun, Virgo Moon: “Maybe it’s all a test, because I feel like I’m the worst, so I always act like I’m the best”
Aquarius Sun, Pisces Moon: "I, myself, am only flaws stitched together with good intentions” 
Pisces Sun, Leo Moon: "She smiles and puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style.”

signs as oscar wilde quotes
  • Aries: "Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more"
  • Taurus: "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them as much"
  • Gemini: "The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last"
  • Cancer: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead"
  • Leo: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
  • Virgo: "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best"
  • Libra: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken"
  • Scorpio: "Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary"
  • Sagittarius: "Never love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear"
  • Capricorn: "The world is a stage and the play is badly cast"
  • Aquarius: "I am so clever sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying"
  • Pisces: "With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?"