Curated Quote Lists

Explore curated lists of quotes on various subjects, annotated by Bonmots editors.


Napalm in the Morning and 11 Other War Movie Quotes

Dan on Jun 26th 2023

Below are 12 quotes from war films. War is about life and death but it's also about many other things. And I think the intensity of the experience of those other things is heightened by the life-and-death nature of war. Next to each quote heading I've included a word or phrase that I think captures the element of war that the quote exemplifies.


Monday Motivation, Pre-Internet Style

A Selection of 10 Old, Inspiring, Quotes
Dan on May 29th 2023

One of the the best illustrations of the power of words is the fact that a single quote can actually cause you to take action: to get up out of your chair, to run farther, to do an extra rep, to burn the midnight oil, all in service of a goal. And clearly there is an appetite for motivational quotes: as of the writing of this post, there are 32,088,830 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #MondayMotivation.

Give Me Liberty! 20 Quotes About Freedom

From Moses to MLK
Dan on May 28th 2023

Freedom is one of the core values of Western, and increasingly, global, society.  Ideas about freedom and liberation have upended societies around the world, from the Israelites in ancient Egypt to the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.  But the concept of freedom is slippery, and is in tension with other values that we also prize.

Here, in roughly chronological order, is a sample of 20 quotes that explore this concept from different perspectives.