Ordinary Sayings and Quotes

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


The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.     

Robert Bresson

Ordinary imperfect people, always choose similarly imperfect people as friends.     

Haruki Murakami

To be ordinary is a choice, for everyone has it in them to become extraordinary.     

Lauren Lola

By doing ordinary actions efficiently you will become the best among ordinary, but you will not be an extraordinary.     

Amit Kalantri

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.     

Jim Rohn

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.     

Thomas More

The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind not the fiend or the sadist.     

Erich Fromm

Most brilliance arises from ordinary people working together in extraordinary ways.     

Roger Von Oech

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.     

E. F. Schumacher

Even the most ordinary life is a mystery if you look close enough.     

Ingrid Bengis

The mind of an ordinary man is truly near the heart.     

Sri Aurobindo

Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things, and that's what it's all about. They must count.     

Studs Terkel

Sometimes the most ordinary things are the ones we learn to miss the most.     

Jennifer Chiaverini

As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic.     

Richard Linklater

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.     

Ben Stein

You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.     

Mitch Albom

The ordinary manner of spending their time, is the only way of judging of people's inclination and genius.     

Ellin Devis

You are an ordinary person till the day you realise that you have the power to change the world!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus.     

Jon Gordon

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.     

Augustine BIRRELL

Ordinary thinking and ordinary effort are almost never enough to generate leadership.     

Seth Godin

On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation.     

Charles Darwin

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.     

George Orwell

Within everyday ordinary people, if you look closely, you can find some extraordinary things.     

Joseph Badaracco

The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification.     

William Ames

It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.     

Gerald R. Ford

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.     

Aleister Crowley

Ordinary men earns responsibility towards their family, extraordinary men earns duty towards their nation.     

Amit Kalantri

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.     

Gerard Way