25 Brilliant Quotes You’ll Want To Hear From the World’s Top Minds

The world is full of some truly brilliant people. They have gathered knowledge over difficult and often long lives, bolstered by their experiences, their successes, and their failures. In this list, we dig up some of the most brilliant quotes from the world’s top minds of today and yesterday.

Some of the people on this list may be controversial. For example, Adolf Hitler is on here; while he did horrific things to the world and its people, he was nonetheless a sharp and clever man who understood the human thought process and was able to control and harness it for his own evil desires. Others are less controversial, such as Edward L. Bernays – Sigmund Freud’s nephew and one of the early pioneers of public relations and propaganda – who talks about the basic elements needed for a democratic society. (They are not what you might think, according to him.)

Many of the quotes are relevant to events happening every day in our lives, from work to wealth to politics. Feel free to share with your friends, family, and social networks any of these quotes which inspire you or make you stop and think. Let’s get started with this list of 25 Brilliant Quotes You’ll Want To Hear From the World’s Top Minds.


“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates


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“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


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“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs


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“Information flow is what the Internet is about. Information sharing is power. If you don’t share your ideas, smart people can’t do anything about them, and you’ll remain anonymous and powerless.” – Vint Cerf

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“A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” – Roy H. Williams

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“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.” – Abraham/Esther Hicks


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“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?” – C.S. Lewis

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“An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.” – Vera Nazarian

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“The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.” – Stephen Hawking


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“So far, the reality is that the whole of religion has only been death-oriented rather than life-oriented. What has been important about religions is what comes after death, not what is before death. Up to now, the viewpoints of religions has been to revere death, not life. Nowhere is the reverence of the flowers of life to be found; everywhere there are only eulogies and reverence for dead flowers, withered flowers, flowers that have gone to their graves.” – Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)


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“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” – John F. Kennedy


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“I’ve seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them ‘mavericks with mentors.’ Richard Branson, for instance, is a total maverick, but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.” – Brendon Burchard

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“It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don’t care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.” – Robert South


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“It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.” – Herbert M. Shelton

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“Every opportunity that comes your way, you can’t take lightly. You have to take it very, very seriously because the opportunities are limited. If you want to keep working, you can’t be such an elitist, to say no, that’s not good enough, not big enough, not smart enough, whatever.” – Chris Klein


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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain


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“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” – Alice Walker

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“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” – Bernard Meltzer


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“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” – J.K. Galbraith


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“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” – Bertrand Russell


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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” – Albert Einstein


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“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” – Adolf Hitler

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“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


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“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward L. Bernays


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“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” – Steve Jobs

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