Classic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old classic quotes, classic sayings, and classic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Television is what made It's a Wonderful Life the classic it is today.     

Leonard Maltin

A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.     

Ezra Pound

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.     

W. E. B. Du Bois

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.     

Italo Calvino

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.     

Mark Twain

Classic literature is still something that hangs in the air like a song.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Classic is our daring, classic our cowardice. Classic is our cruelty, classic our charity.     

Robert Ardrey

There is but one way left to save a classic; to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.     

José Ortega y Gasset

It is the nature of those books we call classics to wait patiently on the shelf for us to grow into them.     

Erica Jong

There are a thousand ways of playing a good classic. If it were effective, I would play Hamlet on a trapeze.     

Orson Welles

I just want to make a classic. Classic is the standard. I'm just trying to make music that will last a lifetime.     

Yelawolf

Classics are constantly being re-imagined and transformed, and the originals are none the worse for it; they endure.     

Robert Gottlieb

A classic is a book that survives the circumstances that made it possible yet alone keeps those circumstances alive.     

Alfred Kazin

A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.     

Italo Calvino

A classic is a classic for a reason. Let's try to create new classics. The idea of repeating ourselves drives me a little crazy.     

Gina Prince-Bythewood

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.     

Stephen Leacock

You look up after many years and you find that a film has become a classic because it's meaningful to people and alive, decade after decade.     

Woody Allen

A classic is like a hidden treasure. Its core is buried under so many layers of varnish that it can be reached only by patience and infiltration.     

Jean-Louis Barrault

All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.     

Helena Bonham Carter

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.     

Clifton Fadiman

The classic literature is always modern.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

To be a classic, a novel should be original.     

Ruth Rendell

A great song will be great forever – it’s timeless and classic in that way.     

Kacey Musgraves

Classics stay alive because a great actor or a great director wants to do them.     

Scott Rudin

Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.     

Greenhaven Press

Classics can be phenomenal when done right. A simple roast chicken dish could be the best thing you ever eat.     

Joe Bastianich

The classics tell us that, in relationships, the one between teacher and student comes second only to the one between parent and child.     

Lisa See

Classic means standard as opposed to Romantic: form before meaning as opposed to meaning before form. It grows from inside out, while Romantic grows from outside in.     

Ned Rorem