Putting Quotes In The Context They Were Meant

We love quotes. You Love quotes. We all love quotes. They’re efficient, thought-provoking, and, sometimes, awfully complicated. So complicated in fact that, without context, even the brightest pupils seem to have trouble with their meaning.

Conversely, several non-pupils seem to have no problem proliferating and spreading quotes that they know to be incorrect, misinterpreted or maliciously out of context. Unfortunately, most quote sites only show the quote with little work to validate whether or not the quote was actually presented in context, used accurately or even fabricated entirely. Thus Quotes Explained was born. We’re not perfect, that’s for sure, but we will make every attempt to come up with ways to verify whether the quotes were said by the people they are claimed to be and, if they were indeed uttered by those that were claimed to have uttered those words, we’ll try to put those in the proper context (both in time and location) so that they can be understood as the author meant. 

The following quotes have been confirmed to have been said by the person in question. Their date and source have been verified and we have done work to describe where and when they happened and hat is they meant.

Below is full list of all quotes we’ve written about on QuotesExplained.com. If you can’t find a quote or think of a better way to categorize the existing quotes, please let us know using the appropriate contact form.


philosopher thinking

He Who Has A Why To Live Can Bear Almost Any How

Who said he who has a why to live can bear almost any how? And what did they mean? It may (or may not) surprise you to learn that this quote was uttered by one of the world’s most famous philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche. Let’s get to what he was talking about.

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Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World Ghandi

In the realm of inspiring quotes, few have left as profound an impact as Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This powerful message, though simple in its essence, carries deep implications for personal growth, societal transformation, and global progress. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the meaning and relevance of this quote, and how we can live up to its ideal in our everyday lives.

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Fear is the Mind-Killer Dune Quote Explained

Who said “Fear is the mind-killer?” The short answer is that it’s a quote from Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune”. The phrase is part of a litany against fear, which the protagonist, Paul Atreides, learns from his mother, Lady Jessica, who is a member of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. Read the full litany below.

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Speak to Your Children as If They Are the Wisest Quote

Parenting is a challenging and rewarding journey that shapes the lives of both parents and children. One powerful quote by writer and blogger Brooke Hampton reminds us of the incredible impact our words and actions can have on our children’s development: “Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” Brook’s quote (spoiler) highlights the importance of fostering a positive and supportive environment for children, allowing them to grow into confident and compassionate individuals.

In this article, we will delve into the background of Brooke Hampton, the meaning behind her inspiring quote, and its significance in parenting and child development. We will also discuss practical parenting techniques and tips, share real-life examples, and explore related resources to help you nurture your child’s self-esteem and potential. By understanding and embracing the essence of this powerful message, you can positively impact your child’s life and help them believe in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world.

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I’m Not Telling You It’s Going to Be Easy, I’m Telling You It’s Going to Be Worth it – Art Williams

In an era characterized by instant gratification and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we often find ourselves at a crossroads, teetering between giving up and pressing on. It is precisely in these moments that the wisdom of Art Williams, a man who propelled himself to great heights through sheer determination and grit, emerges as a beacon of hope. Williams once famously said, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” These simple yet profound words encapsulate a hidden truth: the notion that the most challenging and arduous paths often lead to the most rewarding outcomes.

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Always Remember You Are Braver Than You Believe, Stronger Than You Seem, Smarter Than You Think, and Loved More Than You Know

In this article, we explore the powerful and uplifting quote, “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.” Often attributed to A.A. Milne, the beloved author of the Winnie-the-Pooh series, this quote captures the essence of self-belief, resilience, and the importance of recognizing our own worth. While the exact origin of the quote is not directly found in Milne’s works, it embodies the spirit of his characters and stories, resonating with readers across generations. In the following sections, we will delve into the origins, context, and meaning of this quote, along with related quotes, inspiring stories, and practical tips for applying its wisdom to our everyday lives.

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Who Said Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless quote, “Not all those who wander are lost,” has resonated with generations of readers, travelers, and adventurers since it was first penned in his seminal work, “The Lord of the Rings.” This seemingly simple line captures a profound truth about the human spirit and our innate desire to explore, learn, and grow. In this blog post, we will delve into the origins of this iconic quote, its context within the story, and its broader implications, to uncover the layers of meaning that have made it an enduring and inspiring mantra for wanderers everywhere.

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We Shall Fight On The Beaches Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill’s famous “We Shall Fight On The Beaches” quote is perhaps the most famous line from his most famous quote. However, few seem to understand what Churchill meant in terms of context at the time the words were uttered. Let’s breakdown all of the context, and words, surrounding Winston’s famous 1940 line.

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Best Winston Churchill Quotes

A page dedicated to the former Prime Minister Winston Churchill whose leadership during WWII turned the course of the war. Throughout his life, Churchill was a quote machine with great quotes coming in every book or speech he gave. This page, a type of historical dedication to the man, will document some of the great quotes and where they appeared in his life.

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Never Trust A Computer You Can’t Throw Out A Window Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak made himself a legend when he, among other things, uttered the quote “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out the window.” A feat that, prior to the advent of the personal computer, was nearly impossible. What’s all this talk about throwing a computer out the window? Did Wozniak even say this quote? We’ll talk about the veracity of the quote, Steve Wozniak and the personal computer.

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Best Motivational Quotes for Women

On this page we’re going to look at some of the most inspiring motivational quotes for women. Breaking from standard practice, we’re going to give a somewhat long form review of our favorite motivational quotes by and for other women. We hope that you find these quotes as motivational and inspiring as we do. While the quotes on this page may not all come for queens in the royal sense, they are all queens to us.

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Knees Weak Arms Are Heavy Eminem

The famous Eminem lyric that lives rent free in the head of all those who still use Facebook, the phrase “knees weak arms are heavy” is one of the most iconic lines to come from the most successful rapper of all time. From which song does the lyric come from? What was he talking about? And, if you don’t remember where you were on 9/11, who is Eminem? We’ll answer all of those questions and more on this breakdown of the iconic lyric.

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Good Morning Starshine, The Earth Says Hello

In 2005, the franchise known as Willy Wonka received a brand new line from the eminently quotable Willy Wonka when he uttered “Good morning star shine, the earth says hello.” If the quote caused you to do a double look at the screen you’re not alone. The quote is not one of Willy Wonka’s many sayings from the past 50 years and its origin may (or may not) surprise you.

Hint: it does not come from a piece of media made for children.

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A Coward Dies A Thousand Deaths, Julius Caesar

One of the most impactful and memorable lines from the entire catalogue of William Shakespeare’s plays comes in Julius Caesar when the title character says “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.” What was Julius Caesar talking about? To whom was he talking to? We’ll address all of that and a little bit more but first, see below for the full quote with attribution.

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author of the line cowards die many times before their deaths

Though She Be But Little She Is Fierce Meaning

Whether you’ve been on social media before or in the home of someone with a daughter, you’ve probably seen the quote “Though she may be but little she is fierce.” While the quote as almost certainly been more widely seen outside of its original source, you may be surprised to learn that the quote actually comes from Shakespeare’s character Helena. We’ll get to that and more below.

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Every Man Dies But Not Every Man Really Lives Braveheart

Mel Gibson’s famous line “every man dies but not every man lives”, as he attempted to rally his countrymen over the British, has had a sustained and long lasting impact on society and culture. We’ll give some historical facts about the character portrayed and speculate about why the quote has been so impactful in society. What does it mean to die? What does it mean to really live? Such sentiments may be outside the scope of this particular page but important questions for all of us to consider.

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If He Dies, He Dies Rocky IV

There is perhaps no memorable line from all five of the Rocky series than when Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) says “If he dies, he dies”, as Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) lay dying in the boxing match. Though many Rocky fans and younger Americans may think of the line as cheesy or preposterous in the present day, the temperament and undertone of the line are emblematic of how many Americans at the time viewed Russia, then the Soviet Union.

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Rivers Do Not Drink Their Own Water Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ supposedly famous quote which begins “Rivers do not drink their own water”, is one of the more famous lines in recent history to come from a pope (or anyone). However, as we’ll discuss, the pope does not appear to have ever said such a thing and, if he did, it was before he was elected as prime minister.

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Of All Men’s Miseries, The Bitterest Is This Herodotus

The Greek writer Herodotus, who wrote extensively about war and geography, may be most known to for his line “Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.” We’ll get into who Herodotus was, what he said, and just what he ancient Greek historian was talking about in what is perhaps his most famous quote. The simple explanation of the words can be understood as Herodotus saying that humans are really smart, but we can’t control everything. This can be frustrating because we can understand what’s happening, but we can’t always do anything about it.

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statue of Julius Caesar

The Fault, Dear Brutus, Is Not In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is perhaps most associated with John Green’s breakout best-selling book but the inspiration for the quote actually comes from the one and only William Shakespeare. The quote, which was first spoken in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” We’ll explain the quote and from where it is derived.

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Objective Uncertainty That Is Held Fast Soren Kierkegaard

Among the many jaw dropping lines spoken by Soren Kierkegaard, he has perhaps most known for his philosophical contributions to debates around religion and god. We’re going to break down one of his most profound, if not impenetrable, lines he ever wrote or spoke which was: objective uncertainty that is held fast in an appropriation process that is of the most passionate inwardness.

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The Opposite of Love is Not Hate, It’s Indifference Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel’s, perhaps most famous, quote is often truncated to simply the “opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” However, the full quote, and particularly the context of the quote is much deeper and darker than many who use the quote in contemporary life. Do note, that after Elie Wiesel’s full quote is given we’ll be discussing issues concerning the Holocaust and death. Readers be warned as things may get graphic.

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King Lear Speaking

Nothing Will Come of Nothing King Lear Explained

“Nothing will come of nothing” is one of the more succinct and scathing lines of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. While Shakespeare cannot claim he came up with this thought in the first place, his play does call the concept into question in a way its original authors did not.

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To The Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought Sonnet 30 Explained

“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought..” as Shakespeare puts it at the beginning of his Sonnet 30. Whether he lost you at the turn or at those first few words, we’re here to help. We’re going to try to explain what Shakespeare was talking about and the literary techniques he employs to make his point.

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