Matters Quotes


Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Albert Einstein
Truth, Small, Cannot
The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy
– it’s all that matters.
Audrey Hepburn
Life, Happy, Important
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As
with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any
great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
Steve Jobs
Great, Heart, Better
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and
the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And
the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it
yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know
when you find it.
Steve Jobs
Life, Work, Love
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.
Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what
matters to me.
Steve Jobs
Saying, Done, Night
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny
matters compared to what lives within us.
Henry David Thoreau
Lives, Lies, Within
If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever
else you do matters very much.
Jackie Kennedy
Children, Else, Whatever
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference
between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people
are all the same.
Albert Einstein
Truth, Justice, Small
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot
be trusted with important matters.
Albert Einstein
Truth, Important, Small
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of
principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson
Rock, Stand, Style
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every
moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your
future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its
pattern by your past.
Sai Baba
Future, Live, Past
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations
are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are
and that is all that matters.
John Wooden
Great, Winning, Eyes
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes
mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats
are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the
beginning of peace.
George Bernard Shaw
Peace, Happiness, Pain
It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on
sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without
making decisions.
Jim Rohn
Without, Cannot, Sometimes
For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to
day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life
in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given
Viktor E. Frankl
Life, Person, Moment
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that
Happens, React
You know, all that really matters is that the people you
love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.
Paul Walker
Love, Happy, Everything
We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth
matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…
and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
Michelle Obama
Truth, Success, Integrity
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human
being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he
thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Human, Anything, Him
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the
established authorities are wrong.
Wrong, Dangerous
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else
under heaven really matters?
James A. Baldwin
Love, Anything, Him
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
Living, Rightly
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you
develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a
prevailing attitude.
Colin Powell
Attitude, Big, Achieve
If you’re happy, if you’re feeling good, then nothing else
Robin Wright Penn
Good, Happy, Feeling
Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent
together that matters, not how we left it.
Trey Parker
Time, Saying, Mean
Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence
of the acting that matters.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Life, Play, Acting
Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that
their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth,
their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any
Barbara Boxer
Country, Voting, Vote
I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions
bother me. I know that if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me.
Demi Lovato
Happy, Anyone, Emotions
To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to
limit the human spirit.
Stephen Hawking
Human, Attention, Spir

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good
it is, is what matters.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Life, Good, Long
So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical
beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the
mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
Florence Nightingale
Small, Wonderful, Lose
Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves
and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Power, Able, Themselves
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the
mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they
commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman
Men, Government, Mind
Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day,
my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire
to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep
it fun.
Tiger Woods
Dad, Sports, Fun
Achievements on the golf course are not what matters,
decency and honesty are what matter.
Tiger Woods
Honesty, Matter, Golf
To some degree it matters who’s in office, but it matters
more how much pressure they’re under from the public.
Noam Chomsky
Public, Office, Pressure
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our
adversaries are insane.
Mark Twain
Perfect, Opinion, Insane
It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while
others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is
necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants.
That is what I shall do.
Benito Mussolini
Great, History, Battle
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Rather, Quality, Quantity
The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an
ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re
Ray Manzarek
God, Good, Small
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no
Mahatma Gandhi
Law, Place, Conscience
If you mess up your children, nothing else you do really
Jackie Kennedy
Children, Nothing, Else
So during those first moments of the day, which are yours
and yours alone, you can circumvent these boundaries and concentrate fully on
spiritual matters. And this gives you the opportunity to plan the time
management of the entire day.
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Time, Alone, Spiritual
If you tell God no because He won’t explain the reason He
wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when
you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward
your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is
teaching us in our spirit.
Charles Stanley
God, Blessings, Him
Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and
very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for
that is common – but being missed when you leave.
Baltasar Gracian
Often, Leave, Common
But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters.
If it be truth, for truth’s sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time
when we awaken.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Truth, Time, Friends
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love
with heart. ‘Cause that’s all that matters in the end.
Kris Kristofferson
Work, Truth, Love
Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more
intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those
given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those
relating to secret operations.
Sun Tzu
Secret, Liberal, Army
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of
religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe,
becomes a person who has no faith at all.
Alan Watts
Faith, God, Nature
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally
become incapable of greatness.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Small, Become, Minds
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you
remember and how you remember it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Life, Remember, Happens
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the
world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who
are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring
more of it than they already have.
Rene Descartes
Sense, Common, Thinks
Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters
but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through
very slight forces.
Julius Caesar
Great, Power, War
It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that
matters is where you are going.
Brian Tracy
Matter, Coming
Even if we give parents all the information they need and we
improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of
that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can’t make a healthy
Michelle Obama
School, Parents, Need
The most common error made in matters of appearance is the
belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one’s
soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a
possibility, you are not attractive – you are leaking.
Charles Lamb
Beauty, True, Through
I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is
a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I’ve done
wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What
greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier?
Douglas MacArthur
Life, Time, Done
Its the name on the front of the jersey that matters most,
not the one on the back.
Joe Paterno
Back, Name, Front
All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and
I’m trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that’s the most important
thing of all.
Tiger Woods

Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there
are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.
Harry Callahan
Best, Experience, Teacher
This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then,
must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it
must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.
Carter G. Woodson
Life, Leadership, Education
He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only
become confused in matters of religion, but will fall into complete infidelity.
Religion, Infidelity, Confused
The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in
matters that are intimate and within one’s own family.
Tiger Woods
Family, Must, Within
Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is
not what is witty but what is true.
Albert Schweitzer
Truth, True, Simple
If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and
courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that
matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual
confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Life, Courage, Mind
The production of children, the nurture of those born, and
the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.
Guru Nanak
Life, Men, Children
It doesn’t matter how much you want. What really matters is
how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter
was much as does the willingness to solve it.
Ralph Marston
Problem, Matter, Solve
Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. We realize
that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.
Serena Williams
Family, Love, Game
Smart people are a dime a dozen. What matters is the ability
to think different… to think out of the box.
Walter Isaacson
Smart, Different, Ability
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
Oscar Wilde
Opinion, Insane
The USDA is not our ally here. We have to take matters into
our own hands, not only by advocating for a better diet for everyone – and
that’s the hard part – but by improving our own. And that happens to be quite
easy. Less meat, less junk, more plants.
Mark Bittman
Diet, Better, Hard
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
H. G. Wells
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else
worthwhile… a stain upon the silence.
Samuel Beckett
Nothing, Writing, Silence
The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their
indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
Blaise Pascal
Great, Men, Small
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly
become incapable of great ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Great, Become, Themselves
It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but
it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
Willa Cather
Great, Live, Dream
There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the
express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we
have of moral justice.
Thomas Paine
God, Justice, Humanity
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with
punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my
William Ernest Henley
Soul, Fate, Master
It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in
matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about
exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual
David Bailey
Nature, Over, Body
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I
remember he was.
Anne Sexton
Father, Remember, Matter
I don’t imagine Heads of Government would ever be able to
say I’m not an economist therefore I can’t take decisions on matters of the
economy; I’m not a soldier I can’t take decisions on matters of defence; I’m
not an educationist so I can’t take decisions about education.
Thabo Mbeki
Education, Government, Ever
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit,
and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of
matters of universal interest.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Knowledge, Need, Shoes
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the
journey that matters in the end.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Good, End, Journey
It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters
is that you are here.
Oprah Winfrey
Here, Matter, Came
As soon as I step on that stage, nothing matters. I don’t
think of it as work. It’s just so much fun.
Miley Cyrus
Work, Fun, Nothing
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of
dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
Samuel Johnson
Time, Short, Lives
We cannot both preach and administer financial matters.
Saint Stephen
Cannot, Both, Financial
What you believe, what you value, how you live, matters.
Mitt Romney
Believe, Live, Value
Culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live
matters. Now, as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of
democratic debates from time to time, so it is today with the enduring
institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.
Mitt Romney
What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the
world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope… It is
not a reflection of all religious people.
Lady Gaga
Gay, Matter, Reflection
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t
have integrity, nothing else matters.
Alan K. Simpson
Nothing, Integrity, Else
At the end of the day, whether or not those people are
comfortable with how you’re living your life doesn’t matter. What matters is
whether you’re comfortable with it.
Phil McGraw
Life, End, Living
What matters most is a good and ready will to obey God.
Johannes Tauler
God, Good, Ready
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
Amos Bronson Alcott
Home, Mother
In matters of truth the fact that you don’t want to publish
something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Truth, Fact, Times
I have followed holiness, I have taught truth, and I have
been most in the main things; not that I thought the things concerning our
times little, but that I thought none could do anything to purpose in God’s
great and public matters, till they were right in their conditions.
Donald Cargill
God, Truth, Great
What matters to me is that I do what I think is right and I
see, I’m a numbers guy, that’s my attitude. I know we have a debt tsunami
coming, we are bankrupting this country and I’m in a position where I can
actually advance ideas to prevent that from happening. That’s exactly what I
should be doing.
Paul Ryan
Attitude, Country, Debt
It’s not the destination that matters. It’s the change of
Brian Eno
Change, Scene
When all else fails, complicate matters.
Aaron Allston
Else, Fails, Complicate
On one of the most personal matters of our lives, our health
care, President Obama would turn decision making over to government
bureaucrats. He forced through Obama-care and I will repeal it.
Mitt Romney
Health, Government, Care
There’s such cultural rot taking place, such a
disintegration throughout our culture. Values, morality, you name it. Standards
have been relaxed, and people are not being held to them. People’s intentions,
if they’re said to be good and honorable, that’s all that matters.
Rush Limbaugh
Good, Place, Said
My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to
Christina Aguilera
Happy, Son, Healthy
I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won’t deceive you
except in matters of this sort.
Spiro T. Agnew
Won, Promise, Except
We conceal it from ourselves in vain – we must always love
something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is
secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.
Blaise Pascal
Love, Live, Must
Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the
Philip K. Dick
Night, Try, Serious
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from
one moment to the next.
Mignon McLaughlin
Courage, Kind, Moment
A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not
merely that we see things but how we see them.
Michel de Montaigne
Water, Looks, Straight
I feel that there has been progress made since I was a boy
on matters of race, but we have a long way to go.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Long, Made, Progress
When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy.
The only question that matters is this – when you die, will you be happy when
everybody else is crying?
Tony Campolo
Happy, Die, Else
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Rush Limbaugh
Leadership, Character, Descends
The most savage controversies are about matters as to which
there is no good evidence either way.
Bertrand Russell
Good, Either, Evidence
We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in
matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can
feel reassured.
Blaise Pascal
Faith, Moral, Security
We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you
work matters more than how much you make… that helping others means more than
just getting ahead yourself.
Michelle Obama
Work, Yourself, Hard
Our faith is faith in someone else’s faith, and in the
greatest matters this is most the case.
William James
Faith, Greatest, Someone
We’re musicians. We make music for a living. It’s that
simple. Nothing else matters.
Eddie Van Halen
Music, Simple, Nothing
It is only those who believe in their ability who shine when
it matters.
Maurice Greene
Believe, Ability, Shine
I don’t know if it matters what country you’re from, size of
the city you’re from, urban or rural, there are people that are hurting each
other everywhere.
Judd Nelson
Country, Hurting, City
There’s so much importance in honoring your everyday hero.
It doesn’t take money. It doesn’t take connections. What matters is that people
get involved. Whether your passion is gun control or food or whatever it may
be, everybody needs to stop being so self-absorbed.
Debi Mazar
Money, Food, Passion
Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that
Jesse Jackson