Great Minds Sayings and Quotes

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


Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.      

Washington Irving

A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.      

Jean Rostand

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Great minds always tend to see virtue in misfortune.      

Honoré de Balzac

Failures and mistakes are definitely the greatest teachers to all great minds.     

Edmond Mbiaka

Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.      

Friedrich Schiller

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.     

Aristotle

Great minds think alike, but lovers think as one.     

Pyreglide

High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.      

Tryon Edwards

Great minds that are healthy are never considered geniuses, while this sublime qualification is lavished on brains that are often inferior but are slightly touched by madness.     

Guy de Mauppasant

Oblivion is a second death, which great minds dread more than the first.     

Jean de Boufflers

Great minds find beauties and appreciate it. Average minds find commonalities and compare. Small minds find the problems and criticize.     

Debasish Mridha

While small minds were bragging about their material possessions, great minds were busy expanding their assets.     

Edmond Mbiaka

Great minds with great ideas usually share in the midst of their persecution     

Jeremy Aldana

A great mind is not sharpened by consorting with lesser minds.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Great minds tend toward banality. It is the noblest effort of individualism. But it implies a sort of modesty, which is so rare that it is scarcely found except in the greatest, or in beggars.      

Andre Gide

Great advantages are often attended with great inconveniences, and great minds called to severe trials.      

Mercy Otis Warren

Great errors seldom originate but with men of great minds.      

Petrarch

The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.     

Anna Letitia Barbauld

Small mind competes, big mind collaborates and great mind encompasses.      

Amit Ray

Little minds try to solve the matters through violence and darkness; great minds try to solve the matters through love and light!      

Mehmet Murat ildan

Silence is sometimes more significant and sublime than the most noble and most expressive eloquence, and is on many occasions the indication of a great mind.      

Joseph Addison

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.      

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.      

Blaise Pascal

To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.      

John Buchan

Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Only great minds can afford a simple style.      

Stendhal

A great mind becomes a great fortune.      

Seneca The Younger

The great mind knows the power of gentleness.     

Robert Browning

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.      

Eleanor Roosevelt