Background Sayings and Quotes

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


The discipline of desire is the background of character.     

John Locke

No matter where you are from, no matter what your background is, no matter what your socioeconomic status is, every person can achieve his or her dreams.     

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Your background and environment is with you for life. No question about that.     

Sean Connery

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.     

Tom Wolfe

A weak background is a deadly thing.     

Robert Henri

A stage setting is not a background; it is an environment.     

Robert Edmond Jones

Your life can become the background for the art you create.     

Alicia Keys

Your background has a lot to do with your approach to movement.     

Cholly Atkins

A man can overcome his background, even as he can overcome a skilled opponent.     

David Gemmell

Don't worry about your background, whether it's odd or ordinary, use it, build on it.     

Gloria Steinem

Culture is taking the background you come from and either running with it or running from it.     

Imani Nettles

The background - your own history - is way more important than what you can achieve as a professional.     

Javier Bardem

Having a mixed background and feeling a little bit like a fish out of water in most places can be a benefit.     

Viggo Mortensen

Your background or colour has nothing to do with your progress, but your endowments are the determining factors.     

Michael Bassey

Much of life becomes background, but it is the province of art to throw buckets of light into the shadows and make life a new again.     

Diane Ackerman

My background is deep and set in deep time, and in a narrow space, oral traditions going back a long, long time, which I inherited by osmosis.     

Alan Garner

It's really amazing that two people from such different backgrounds and geographical origins ever got together. That was perhaps part of the attraction.     

Desi Arnaz

We should not and cannot change all our differences. Each of us brings from our own background things which we should share. There is good in diversity.     

Georgie Anne Geyer

Man's unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.     

Ayn Rand

The backgrounds by design are a very key part of the conversation, because I want a kind of fight or pressure to exist between the figure and the background.     

Kehinde Wiley

The background reveals the true being and state of being of the man or thing. If I do not possess the background, I make the man transparent, the thing transparent.     

Juan Ramon Jimenez

Anything is possible. My background is a bad background, but a lot of people said I couldn't do it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.     

Michael Oher

Medicine is probably one of the best backgrounds for a writer to find stories. I always think cops and docs have the best background because we see so much of human behavior, such a range of human emotions.     

Tess Gerritsen

No matter our background, we all have crazy families.     

Kevin Kwan

Every experience in life enriches one's background and should teach valuable lessons.     

Mary Barnett Gilson

You don't need a religious background to strive for something good, for genuine compassion and love for others.     

Miriam Toews