65 Best May Quotes On Success In Life

These May quotes will inspire you.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging May quotes, May sayings, and May proverbs.

Inspirational May Quotes

  1. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
  2. “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” ~ Mark Twain
  3. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  4. “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~ Albert Camus
  5. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” ~ Maya Angelou

  6. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~ Maya Angelou
  7. “The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” ~ Edwin Way Teale , May quotes on spring
  8. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ~ Maya Angelou
  9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. “Each generation has to stand up for democracy. It can’t take anything for granted and may have to fight fundamental battles anew.” ~ Margaret Thatcher
  11. “Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us
    The very clouds move on.” ~ Heinrich Heine
  12. “May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.” ~ P.B. Kerr

  13. “When April steps aside for May, Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten; Fresh violets open every day:
    To some new bird each hour we listen.” ~ Lucy Larcom
  14. “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” ~ Alfred Adler
  15. “May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over; it’s time for work to begin.” ~ H. Peter Loewer , May quotes on work
  16. “May, queen of blossoms, And fulfilling flowers, With what pretty music shall we charm the hours? Wilt thou have pipe and reed, Blown in the open mead? Or to the lute give heed the green bowers.” ~ Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow
  17. “But winter lingering chills the lap of May.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith

  18. “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” ~ Winston Churchill
  19. “The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you’re two months back in the middle of March.” ~ Robert Frost
  20. “May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you and heaven accept you” ~ Drake

  21. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” ~ T. E. Lawrence
  22. “I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers: Of April, May, or June, and July flowers.I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes, Of bridegrooms, brides, and of the bridal cakes.” ~ Robert Herrick
  23. “May you live all the days of your life.” ~ Jonathan Swift

  24. “Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” ~ Winston Churchill
  25. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~ Louisa May Alcott , Beautiful May quotes
  26. “In the under-wood and the over-wood there is murmur and trill this day, For every bird is in lyric mood, And the wind will have its way.” ~ Clinton Scollard
  27. “What potent blood hath modest May.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  28. “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” ~ Winston Churchill
  29. “Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.” ~ Dorothy Parker
  30. “Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, And golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing, and half tender, to repeat Her song of May.” ~ Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
  31. “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be.” ~ Martha Washington

  32. “Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.” ~ Rollo May
  33. “It may sound surprising when I say, on the basis of my own clinical practice as well as that of my psychological and psychiatric colleagues, that the chief problem of people in the middle decade of the twentieth century is emptiness.” ~ Rollo May
  34. “However it may be confounded or covered up or counterfeited, this elemental capacity to fight against injustice remains the distinguishing characteristic of human beings.” ~ Rollo May
  35. “I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?” ~ Edward Giobbi
  36. “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” ~ William Shakespeare

  37. “No doubt they rose up early to observe the rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Came here in grace of our solemnity.” ~ William Shakespeare
  38. “There’s her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.” ~ William Shakespeare
  39. “O May, sweet-voice one, going thus before, Forever June may pour her warm red wine Of life and passions,–sweeter days are thine!” ~ Helen Hunt Jackson
  40. “Creative people… are distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety, even though a high price may be paid in terms of insecurity, sensitivity, and defenselessness for the gift of ‘divine madness,’ to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks.” ~ Rollo May
  41. “For it one sits not unto fresh May Forto be coupled to cold January.” ~ John Lydgate

  42. “Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, comes dancing from the east.” ~ John Milton
  43. “Oh! that we two were MayingDown the stream of the soft spring breeze; Like children with violets playing,
    In the shade of the whispering trees.” ~ Charles Kingsley
  44. “The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May.” ~ Thomas Malory
  45. “All things seem possible in May.” ~ Edwin Way Teale

  46. “Hebe’s here, May is here!The air is fresh and sunny;And the miser-bees are busyHoarding golden honey.” ~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  47. “As it fell upon a dayIn the merry month of May,Sitting in a pleasant shadeWhich a grove of myrtles made.” ~ Richard Barnfield
  48. “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” ~ Winston Churchill
  49. “You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

  50. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” ~ William Shakespeare
  51. “Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; To sleep, perchance to dream—For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause, there’s the respect, That makes calamity of so long life” ~ William Shakespeare
  52. “Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! – but there is no peace.” ~ Patrick Henry
  53. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.” ~ William Shakespeare

  54. “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” ~ Phillips Brooks
  55. “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” ~ Patrick Henry
  56. “In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” ~ Aldo Leopold
  57. “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” ~ Thomas Tusser

  58. “To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come.” ~ William Shakespeare
  59. “May is a pious fraud of the almanac.” ~ James Russell Lowell
  60. “Believe that you may understand.” ~ Saint Augustine
  61. “The month of May came, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit.” ~ Thomas Malory

  62. “Creativity is the result of a struggle between vitality and form. As anyone who has tried to write a sonnet or scan poetry, is aware, the form ideally do not take away from the creativity but may add to it.” ~ Rollo May
  63. “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.” ~ Jane Austen
  64. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ~ Confucius

Summary: May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days.

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