Quotes from Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On Book

Keep Calm and Carry On Book: Ebury Press

My love of quotes is a well-known hobby, so I often receive wonderful quotation books such as “Keep Calm and Carry On”, a saying which was made famous originally from the World War 2 posters. I am not sure if these little booklets are hints from my children about keeping calm. I think I am a wonderfully calm mother but perhaps they have another perception and they do not wish to shatter my illusion that I am indeed wonderfully calm, loving and accepting – Well I certainly try to be!

The Little Book of Keep Calm and Carry On Quotes opens with a wonderful and adequate quotation from Benjamin Franklin:

“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”

This quote certainly made me laugh because it rings true in so many respects. I claim neither to be wise nor a fool. So for those of us who are somewhere in the middle, share the following quotes in their categories, firstly from the “keep calm” section, followed by “carry on”.


Crisis – “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s quite possible haven’t grasped the situation.” – Jean Kerr

The Economy – “It’s a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.” Harry S. Truman

Economists – “An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” – Lawrence J. Peter

Speculation – “The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” – Frank Hubbard

Business – “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” – Karl Marx

Banking – “A Banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.” – Mark Twain

Money – “Credit is a system whereby a person who cannot pay gets another person who cannot pay to guarantee that he can pay.” – Charles Dickens

Debt – “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

Greed – “The darkest hour in any man’s life is when he sits down to get money without earning it.” – Horace Greeley

Work – “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates


Mistakes and Failure – “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.” – Elbert Hubbard

The Good Life – “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness.” – William Wordsworth

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness – “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

A Good Walk – “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” – Anne Frank

Friendship – “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

Thrift – “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t Worry – “I am an optimist. It doesn’t seem too much use being anything else.” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M Schulz

Coping – “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” – Lord Byron

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” – William Shakespeare

Consolidation – “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” – Michel de Montaigne

Change – “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change, If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” – John  A Simone Sr

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point being a damn fool about it.” – W C Fields

I hope these quotes bring you motivation and inspiration sprinkled with laughter !

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