Famous Quotes and the Zodiac

I think it would be meaningful for the start of the new decade to view the signs of the zodiac from the perspective of quotes by famous people.

Each of us is born with a unique combination of energies, represented by the luminaries (planets) (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) – and we mature with the use of these energies throughout our lives.

Each of our luminaries (planets) have characteristics represented by the signs of the zodiac (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces).

In this blog, I selected famous quotes which I feel are excellent and positive representations for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.


If you are not familiar with your birth chart, you can go directly to the sign of the zodiac associated with your sun sign. If you are familiar with your birth chart, you can also view the signs of the zodiac section below which are associated with your moon sign, ascendent (rising sign) as well as the signs of the zodiac in which you have several luminaries (planets). Of course you can also look at all the quotes to see what is in them for you.

I invite you to ponder and enjoy these quotes.

Aries.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.

Eleanor Furneaux Smith

Writer

1902 – 1945

 

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

Mark Twain

Writer, humorist

1835 – 1910

 

No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime “let out all the length of all the reins.”

Mary Cholmondeley

Writer

1859 – 1925

 

Success is not gained by perfecting the known, but by imperfectly seizing the unknown.

Kevin W. Kelly

Creator of Wired Magazine

 

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Samuel Johnson

Lexicographer, critic

1709 – 1784

 

If you travel the earth, you will find it is largely divided into two classes of people — people who say “I wonder why such and such is not done” and people who say “Now who is going to prevent me from doing that thing?”

Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

1874 – 1965

 

Racing is a process of learning where the edge lies.

Steve Podborski

World Cup Champion

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Taurus
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Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.

Joanna Field

Artist

 

Live simple, love well, and take time to smell the flowers along the way.

Mark Twain

Writer, humorist

1835 – 1910

 

If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.

Michelangelo

Sculptor, painter, poet

1475 – 1564

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

U. S. President

1858 – 1919

 

When you understand all about the atmosphere and all about the rotation of the earth, you may still miss the radiance of the sunset.

Alfred North Whitehead

Mathematician

1861 – 1947

 

Sow an act and you reap a habit.  Sow a habit and you reap a character.  Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Charles Reade

Novelist, playwright

1814 – 1884

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Gemini

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There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Critic, novelist, poet

1874-1936

 

To the person who says, “I know what I like,” I can only reply, “You like what you know.”

Edgar Dale

Educator

 

The less of routine, the more of life.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Educator, mystic, writer

1799 – 1888

 

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Bernard Berenson

Art historian, connoisseur

1865 – 1959

 

Never let schooling interfere with your education.

Mark Twain

Author, humorist

1835 – 1910

 

I am going to give a long speech today.  I haven’t had time to prepare a short one.

Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

1874 – 1965

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Cancer
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Love…force it and it disappears.  You can not will love, nor even control it.  You can only guide its expression.  It comes or it goes according to those qualities in life that invite it or deny its presence.

David Seabury

Psychologist, writer

 

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.

Walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Existentialist writer

1913 – 1960

 

What you are speaks so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essayist, Poet, Speaker

1803 – 1882

 

When I was young, I admired clever people.  Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Educator, writer

1907 – 1972

 

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.

Francois Rabelais

Satirist, physician, humanist

1494 – 1553

 

What happens to a person is less significant than what happens within him.

Louis L. Mann

Actor

1865 – 1931

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Leo
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If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing.

Zimbabwean Proverb

 

Let your enthusiasm radiate in your voice, your actions, your facial expressions, your personality, the words you use, and the thoughts you think!  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essayist, Poet, Speaker

1803 – 1882

 

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts

Mystic, writer, lecturer

1915-1973

 

Problems are simply opportunities to be creative.

Chapman Kelley

Artist

1932 –

 

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.

May Sarton

Poet, writer

1912 – 1995

 

Leadership is the ability to put the right people in the right jobs and then stand on the sidelines and be a rousing good cheerleader.

Unknown

 

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.  We’d never have a friendship.  We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical.  Well, that’s nonsense.  You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

Science fiction writer

1920 –

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Virgo
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Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.

Arab Proverb

 

Perfection, fortunately, is not the only alternative to mediocrity.  A more sensible alternative is excellence.  Striving for excellence is stimulating and rewarding; striving for perfection – in practically anything – is both neurotic and futile.

Edwin C. Bliss

Writer, productivity expert

 

I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

Thomas A. Edison

Inventor

1847 – 1931

 

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty.  I think only how to solve the problem.  But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Buckminster Fuller

Inventor, designer, futurist

1895 – 1983

 

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

Physicist

1879-1955

 

Man needs challenges: they are necessary for health.

Carl Jung

Psychiatrist

1875 – 1961

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Libra
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We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.

William Arthur Ward

1921 – 1994

Spiritual writer

 

Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.

Annie Gottlieb

1946 –

Psychologist, writer

 

Persuasion is the art of letting someone else have your way.

Danielle Vare

Diplomat, Author

1880 – 1956

 

People don’t resist change as much as the way they are changed.

Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

1874 – 1965

 

When two people meet, they ought to be like two water lilies opening side by side, each showing its golden heart, not closed up tight, and reflecting the pond, the trees, and the sky.  And there is too much of the closed heart.  When I come to you, we talk for hours.  If I’m going to take hours of your time, I ought to unfold for you, and to be sure that it is myself that I give.

Mary Haskell

Letter to Kahlil Gibran

1873 – 1964

 

Love doesn’t make the world go around.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Franklin P. Jones

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Scorpio
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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

Pablo Picasso

Artist

1881 – 1973

 

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of a problem to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau

Author

1817 – 1862

 

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.

Anais Nin

Writer, bigamist, diarist

1903-1977

 

Power can be seen as power with rather than power over, and it can be used for competence and cooperation, rather than dominance and control.

Anne L. Barstow

Shaman, writer

 

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.

Susan Sontag

Critic, writer

1933 –

 

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

Poet, critic, playwright

1888 – 1965

 

Everyone has talent.  What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

Writer, poet

1942 –

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Sagittarius
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Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

Benjamin Disraeli

British Prime Minister

1804 – 1881

 

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

U.S. President

1743 – 1826

 

It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, a symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.

Irwin Edman

Philosopher

1896 – 1954

 

Dream what you dare to dream.

Go where you want to go.

Be what you want be.

Live!

Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

1936 –

 

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

Writer, poet

1817 – 1862

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Capricorn
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If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.

George S. Patton

WW II General

1885 – 1945

 

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.

The good leader is he who the people revere.

The great leader is he who the people say, “We did it ourselves!”

Lao-Tzu

Founder of Taoism

604 BC – 531 BC

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

AA Serenity Prayer

 

Success doesn’t mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives.  It means winning the war, not every battle.

Edwin C. Bliss

Writer, productivity expert

 

Millions are idle – even if they have jobs.  Some carve great careers while other simply chisel.

Lawrence J. Peter

Author – Peter Principle

1925 – 1990

 

Strong people make as many ghastly mistakes as weak people.  The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them, and learn from them.  That is how they become strong.

Joseph Needham

Historian of science

1900 – 1995

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Aquarius
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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

Playwright, essayist

1856 – 1950

 

You do not merely want to be considered the best of the best, you want to be considered the only one who does what you do.

Jerry Garcia

Grateful Dead

1942 – 1995

 

The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn’t do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn’t prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do; and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot.

Mark Twain

Writer, humorist

1835 – 1910

 

If an idea does not appear bizarre, there is no hope for it.

Niels Bohr

Physicist

1885 – 1962

 

Without changing our patterns of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems we created with our current patterns of thought.

Albert Einstein

Physicist

1879-1955

 

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

Writer, poet

1817 – 1862

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Pisces
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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,

That myth is more potent than history.

I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts,

That hope always triumphs over experience.

That laughter is the only cure for grief,

And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Robert Fulghum

Unitarian clergyman, writer

1937 –

 

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Physicist

1879-1955

 

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.

Chinese proverb

 

My heart wants roots.

My mind wants wings.

I can not bear

Their bickerings.

E. Y. Harburg

Librettist, lyricist

1898 – 1981

 

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong.  Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

Robert Goddard

Rocket and space pioneer

1882 – 1945

 

You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

Author, humorist

1835 – 1910

 

Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment.  But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.

Buddha

Founder of Buddhism

563 BC – 483 BC

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