Famous life quotes can be used as motivation, inspiration and express what the average man can’t put into words.

Quotes Every Man Should Know, is a collection of famous life quotes from some of the most brilliant minds in history, jammed into a handy pocket-sized pack of inspiration. The collection is perfect for those moments when a man just needs a little encouragement, a quick ego boost or just a reaffirmation in this trip called life.

Some of the life quotes, however, are just too good to be contained in a book. These famous quotes must be written on the wall in permanent ink.

Here are fourteen of our favorite quotes from the book. Grab a Sharpie, a blank wall, and start writing.

  • 'Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men'

    – Gen. George S. Patton
  • ‘He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery’

    – Harold Wilson, former prime minister of the United Kingdom
  • 'I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my like. And that is why I succeed'

    - Michael Jordan
  • ‘If your enemy is laughing, how can he bludgeon you to death?’

    – Mel Brooks
  • ‘Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run him over’

    – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 'Everyone is more or less mad on one point'

    – Rudyard Kipling, writer
  • 'To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all'

    – Oscar Wilde, writer
  • ‘Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up’

    – Thomas Edison
  • ‘God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately, not enough blood supply to run both at the same time’

    – Robin Williams
  • ‘If they give you ruled paper, write the other way’

    – Juan Ramon Jimenez, Spanish poet
  • ‘Follow seven beers with a couple scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it’s funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own’

    – David Sedaris, writer
  • ‘It is easy to be brave from a distance’

    – Aesop
  • ‘If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything’

    – Marilyn Monroe
  • ‘Platitudes are safe, because they are easy to wink at, but truth is something else again’