About the Quotes

There's a small quote rotator on the bottom of this and every page on the Codex, which I every so often add a contribution to. I started, simply enough, looking up quotes from some of my favorite leaders and thinkers in history, beginning of course with Marcus Aurelius, but soon found a serious number of quotes to be misattributed.

I came across a website of someone calling themselves the Quote Investigator, and being fascinated with research myself, I dug around for a while. I've learned to doubt all quotes. It's pretty clear that there are lots of misquotes, but just about everything appears to be suspect.

QuoteInvestigator.com website screenshot.

Making my quote collection has become much harder. I can't just attribute to Churchill something that was cobbled together from older quotes in disparate places. Further, it's notable how many seemingly common folk actually wrote things that are attributed to celebrities and "thinkers."

Below are the quotes that I've collected thus far. I'm always up for suggestions for new ones.

Quote List

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius Meditations 2nd Century
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius Meditations 2nd Century
A man should be upright, not kept upright. Marcus Aurelius Meditations 2nd Century
Occasionally he stumbled over the truth but he always picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill Reader's Digest 1942
. . . I always remember the observation of a very successful soldier who said, “Peace-time plans are of no particular value, but peace-time planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower Letter to a U.S. Diplomat 1950
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it.... Bessie A. Stanley Essay in the Emporia Gazette of Emporia, Kansas 1905
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein Article in LIFE Magazine 1955
The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without. Elbert Hubbard The Philistine: A Periodical of Protest 1907