That’s Intriguing #26: The Top 10 Intriguing Quotes of All Time

“The secret to creativity is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.” – Richard Harding Davis

I guess you can tell I love quotes . . .

Fresh quotes are a quick way to get our message’s foot in our readers’ and listeners’ mental door.


When we introduce something people haven’t heard before; they want to know more.

Here, as promised, are my 10 favorite quotes of the more than 2000 featured in my books POP! Tongue Fu!®, ConZentrate, Take the Bully by the Horns, What’s Holding you Back? and the upcoming SerenDestiny.

Hope you enjoy them and can use them to spice up your articles, blogs and presentations so people are motivated to pay attention to what you have to say.

1. “If there were a rehab for curiosity; I’d be in it.” – CBS news anchor Diane Sawyer

2. “I think we need a 12-step group for non-stop talkers. We’re going to call it On and On Anon.” – comedian Paula Poundstone

3. “When I die, I want to come back as . . . me.” – NBA team owner Mark Cuban

4. “I am in love with hope.’ – Tuesdays with Morrie Author Mitch Albom

5. “There’s no such thing as a wrong note as long as you’re singing.” – singer Pete Seeger

6. “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” – columnist Maureen Dowd

7. “There is moment in every child’s life where a door opens and lets the future in.” – author Graham Greene

8. “What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – singer Colette

9. “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I am with you, kid. Let’s go.'” – author Maya Angelou

10. Before there were drawing boards, what did we go back to?” – comedian George Carlin

Oh what the heck – I’m on a roll and can’t stop.

Here are some more quotes that get people’s eyebrows up (a sure sign of intrigue).

I use them in my programs to keep people on the edge of their mental seats – and you can too.

11. “Guard your good mood.” – Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep

12. “To do what you love and feel that it matters; how could anything be more fun?” – Katherine Graham of the Washington Post

13. “People treat you the way you teach them to treat you.” – author Jack Canfield

14. “Teachers affect eternity. Who knows where their influence will end?’ – Henry Brooks Adams

15. “I have the world’s best job. I get paid to hang out in my imagination all day.” – author Stephen King

16. “Let us then, be up and doing.” – author Longfellow

17. “I have found if you love life, life will love you back.” – composer/painist Arthur Rubenstein

18. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself.” – author Leo Tolstoy

19. “If you wait to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” – self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter

20. “It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. Intuition tells the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk

21. “”The world was shocked to learn I wrote a bestseller at 66. No matter how long you live, you have stories to tell. What else is there to do but head off on the Conestoga wagon of the soul?” – Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes)

22. “Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one’s finger and say, “It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident?’ – Agatha Christie

23. “The purpose of life is to . . . matter; to feel it has made some difference that we have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

24. “When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.” – inventor George Washington Carver

25. “Creativity is based on the belief that there’s no particular virtue in doing things they way they’ve always been done.” – Rudolph Flesch

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  1. A few more favorites to add since I posted this.

    “The secret is to enjoy being you.” – Diane von Furstenberg

    “If you don’t have an idea that materializes and changes a person’s life, then what have you got? You have talk, you have research, you have telephone calls, you have meetings, but you don’t have a change in the community.” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics

    “Other people have analysis. I have Utah.” – Robert Redford

    In a Washington Post interview, Michael Phelps, who had decided to re-dedicate himself to swimming after 4 months of partying following the Olympics, said, “I discovered that having nothing but fun is not all that fun.”

    “Now thyself is more important than “Know thyself.” – Mel Brooks

    One of the very first things I figured out about life…is that it’s better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you’re hopeful, you have more fun.
    —Barbara Kingsolver

    “Action is the antidote to despair.” – Joan Baez

    “Where do you go to replenish yourself? This is not a luxury, it’s a necessity if we don’t want our energy to run dry. Each of needs a free place, a little psychic territory Do you have yours?” Gloria Steinem

    “I wish there were en of me and we could each be doing what we wanted.” Filmmaker George Lucas

  2. Thanks to all of you who keep sending me YOUR favorite quotes. Here’s a few more.

    “I discovered having nothing but fun is not all that fun.” – Michael Phelps (after re-dedicating himself to swimming after partying non-stop following the Olympics)

    Fashion tip from Jeff Foxworthy, “Never wear an ‘I’m with Stupid’ t-shirt when you’re by yourself.”

    “Bad habits fill needs so find good alternatives for them.” – Martha Beck

    “You can make more money and more friends, but you can’t make more time. That’s why it’s the greatest gift you can give someone.” – Captain James Key

    “Of ten we don’t listen to who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas.” – Oprah

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  3. Ready for some fresh current quotes?

    “If there were a rehab for curiosity; I’d be in it.” – Diane Sawyer

    “If you stick to what you know; you sell yourself short.” – Carrie Underwood

    “If you remain shy; you miss your destiny.” – American Idol

    “Piracy is not the problem, obscurity is.” – Seth Godin

    “People don’t want information; they want epiphanies.” – Sam Horn

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  4. Please forward more quotes, they’re awesome!! Thanks.

  5. what a wonderful quotes!!!!!!!!!!

  6. it makes someones mind really refreshing..,,

  7. Here’s some interesting ones:

    “My father confused me. From the ages of one to seven I thought my name was Jesus Christ!”
    -Bill Cosby

    “There is no cure for birth and death, save enjoy the interval”
    -George Santayana

    “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
    -Barbara Bush

    “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
    -Helen Keller

    “Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.”
    – Sara Paddison

    “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.”
    -Ruth Gordon

    “Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.”
    -Grace Hansen

    “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
    -Groucho Marx

    “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “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

    “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. Myth is more potent than history. Dreams are more powerful than facts. Hope always triumphs over experience. Laughter is the cure for grief. Love is stronger than death.”
    -Robert Fulghum

    “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”
    -Anaias Nin

    “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
    -Katharine Hepburn

    “It’s never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise.”
    -Nancy Thayer

    “Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”
    -Blaise Pascal

    “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.”
    -Ralph Marston

    “What if fine isn’t good enough? What if I want extroadinary?”
    -Will Smith (Hitch)

    “It is very easy to defeat someone, but very hard to win someone”.
    -John Keats

    “Last time I was this hot I had a kid.”
    – Dean Martin

    “When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.”
    – Michel de Montaigne

    “It is delightful to transport one’s self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what glorious height we have at last reached.”
    – Johann Wolfg