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Moving Words
We've been asking people from around the world to nominate their favourite quotations - from speeches to books, poetry and plays....
The winning Moving Words are...
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Lao Tzu
The words of Lao Tzu have been voted the world's favourite quotation! More

Our language expert, Professor David Crystal, explains
why he thinks these words have been so popular...

The runners up...
2
21.9%
Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi:
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind" More
3
12%
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela:
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
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4
10%
Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine:
"Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." More
5
7%
The Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama:
"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist."
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6
6.9%
The Bible
Gospel of Luke, 6.31:
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." More
7
5.6%
The Statue of Liberty
US Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." More
8
5.4%
Woody Allen
Woody Allen:
"To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition."
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9
5.2%
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare - As You Like It:
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts ..." More
10
4%
Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton:
"If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants..." More

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