Rock Sayings and Quotes

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

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.     

Thomas Jefferson

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.     

Lee Iacocca

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.     

Sigmund Freud

Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.      

Yugoslav Proverb

Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.     

Mark Twain

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.     

J.K. Rowling

A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.      

George Herbert

The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks.      

English Proverb

Resolve will melt no rocks. But it can scale them.     

George Eliot

A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.     

Dalai Lama

All history shows that the hand that cradles the rock has ruled the world, not the hand that rocks the cradle!      

Clare Boothe Luce

Don't look for an unshakable rock to stand on; there ain't any! Rather, learn how to stand still on a shaking rock!      

Mehmet Murat ildan

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.     


Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.     

Ruth Westheimer

No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.     

Alfred Tennyson

Be like a headland of rock on which the waves break incessantly; but it stands fast and around it the seething of the waters sink to rest.     

Marcus Aurelius

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Stand through life firm as a rock in the sea, undisturbed and unmoved by its ever-rising waves.     

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Love is not enough. But, it is the rock on which all else stands.     

Nora Roberts

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

Shooting stars are not stars at all. They re just rocks that enter the atmosphere and catch fire under friction. What we wish on when we see one is only a trail of debris.     

Jodi Picoult

If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.     

Mary Mcleod Bethune

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.      

Francesco Petrarch

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.      

Vladimir Nabokov

Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck.      

John Dryden

Just because the boat rocks doesn't mean it's time to jump overboard.     

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Look! Don't be deceived by appearances - men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea!     

William Booth

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Rock is a great master of life. It teaches us this simple philosophy: Stay firm!     

Mehmet Murat ildan