Rough Sayings and Quotes

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

There's a divinity which shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will.     

William Shakespeare

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.     

George Eliot

The rough must always accompany the smooth. Without one or the other one learns nothing about oneself.     

Solange nicole

If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.     

William Shakespeare

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.     

George Orwell

A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.     

Simone Weil

Life is rough. If it were smooth, we'd slide right through it without noticing. A bumpy ride teaches us gratitude and perspective.     

Terri Guillemets

As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Ever notice the word 'rough' in through? There is truth to that, though the way may be rough, we are still able to get through it.     

Anthony Liccione

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond; and must be polished, or the lustre of it will never appear.     

Daniel Defoe

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.     

Mary Mcleod Bethune

Rough spots sharpen our performance. And more often than not, obstacles can be turned into advantages. You just can't let your disappointment get in the way.     

Harvey Mackay

Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.     

Michel de Montaigne

Life is a rough biography. Memories smooth out the edges.     

Terri Guillemets

God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.     


The scenes of our life are like pictures done in rough mosaic. Looked at close, they produce no effect. There is nothing beautiful to be found in them, unless you stand some distance off.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Get used to a rough life, for luxury does not last forever.     


Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.     

Thomas Browne

Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough.      

Larry David

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.      


It's rough to go through life with your contents looking as if they settled during shipping.      

Milton Berle

Many a man gets weary of clamping down on his rough impulses, which if given occasional release would encourage the living of life with salt in it, in place of dust.      

Henry S. Haskins

Human nature is pretty well balanced; for every lacking virtue there is a rough substitute that will serve at a pinch--as cunning is the wisdom of the unwise, and ferocity the courage of the coward.     

Ambrose Bierce

Singing is a rough business. Every vocal performance involves hundreds of thousands of micro-collisions in the throat.     

Usama Rasheed