Master Sayings and Quotes

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


The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.     

Richard Bach

You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.      

Conrad Hall

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.      

Ernest Hemingway

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.      

Leonardo da Vinci

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.      

Dalai Lama

No man is free who is not master of himself.      

Epictetus

He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.      

Plato

The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.      

Benjamin Franklin

One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.      

Gustave Flaubert

No man is good enough to be another's master.      

William Morris

Money is the excellent slave and a horrible master.      

P. T. Barnum

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.      

Epictetus

Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.     

William Arthur Ward

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.      

Audre Lorde

You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.     

Roy T. Bennett

The master is not the one who teaches; it's the one who suddenly learns.     

Joao Guimaraes Rosa

You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.     

Napoleon Hill

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.     

Winston Churchill

You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.     

Agatha Christie

The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren't the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss, you get unintended consequences.     

Jeanne Duprau

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.     

Helen Keller

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.     

Henry Miller

Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.     

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.     

Vera Nazarian

Man is the master of the unspoken word, which spoken, is master of him.     

Mark Twain

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.     

Charles De Gaulle

One heart cannot serve two masters.     

Robin LaFevers

Emotions will either serve or master, depending on who is in charge.     

Jim Rohn

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.      

Oscar Wilde

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.     

Henri Frederic Amiel