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Here is a list of useful quotes for UPSC Mains General Studies Paper I, II, III, and IV as well as Essay Paper, which aspirants can go through and include these in their relevant essay topics/Quotes for essay writing UPSC/Quotes for UPSC aspirants/Quotes for essay in UPSC/Quotes for essays UPSC/famous quotes for essay writing/best quotes for UPSC

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With the introduction of Essay Paper in the year 1992 in the UPSC Civil Services Exam by the commission, it is now a known thing to every aspirant that how important is essay paper in assessing one’s skills and abilities and the marks scored by a candidate in essay paper is also considered for the final round (interview) in UPSC Exam.

Understanding the importance of Essay Paper in UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam, here we bring a list of quotes quoted by famous personalities, which candidates can go through and include relevant quotes in their essay topic in the UPSC Mains Exam.

Here is a list of famous quotes for UPSC essay paper/Essay quotes for UPSC:


  1. “All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.”
  2. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
  3. “No great mind ever existed without a touch of madness.”
  4. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
  5. “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
  6. “The whole is greater than sum of its parts.”
  7. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

  1. “Compassion is the basis of morality.”
  2. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
  3. “One should use common words to say uncommon things.”
  4. “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”


  1. “Rarest of all human quality is consistency.”

Bertrand Russell

  1. “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
  2. “If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”
  3. “Longing for love, search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of the mankind.”
  4. “Not to be absolutely certain, is one of the essential things in rationality.”
  5. “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in modern world the stupids are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
  6. “The hardest thing in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
  7. “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”

B R Ambedkar

  1. “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”
  2. “Life should be great rather than long.”

Benjamin Franklin

  1. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
  2. “Either write worth reading or do something worth writing.”
  3. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
  4. “He that can have patience can have what he will.”
  5. “If everyone is thinking alike then no one is thinking.”
  6. “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”
  7. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
  8. “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
  9. “Lost time is never found again.”
  10. “You may delay but time will not.”

Charles Dickens

  1. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”


  1. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
  2. “Consideration for others is the basis of a good life and good society.”
  3. “Don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
  4. “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
  5. “Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”
  6. “If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.”
  7. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
  8. “It’s a universal law — intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
  9. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  10. “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”


  1. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  2. “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
  3. “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
  4. “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
  5. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
  6. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
  7. “Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
  8. “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.”
  9. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  10. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
  11. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
  12. “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
  13. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
  14. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
  15. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
  16. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  17. “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
  18. “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”
  19. “If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”
  20. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
  21. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
  22. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
  23. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
  24. “Never memorize something that you can look up.”
  25. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
  26. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
  27. “There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  28. “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
  29. “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”
  30. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
  31. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
  32. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  33. “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
  34. “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
  35. “We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.”
  36. “What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”
  37. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”
  38. “You never fail until you stop trying.”

Franklin Roosevelt

  1. “The only thing we have to fear is the fear itself.”
  2. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”

Gautam Buddha

  1. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
  2. “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
  3. “Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
  4. “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
  5. “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

George Washington

  1. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”
  2. “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
  3. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
  4. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  5. “Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
  6. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

Henry David Thoreau

  1. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
  2. “Dreams are touchstones of our characters.”
  3. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
  4. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
  5. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
  6. “Things do not change, we change.”
  7. “This world is but a convas for our imagination.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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