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Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Although fundamental, it’s something most people forget — persistance and unrelenting hard work pays off. In today’s “shortcut, fast-track” world, it’s important to always remember to be determined.

These minimalist quotation posters by Ryan, a graphic designer from Canada, are certainly something to behold. The messages are simple, yet inspiring quotations from famous inventors, writers, and poets. For $20, Ryan will print any design onto a 13″ x 17″ sheet of 240gsm Archival matte paper, which just so happens to fit perfectly in IKEA’s RIBBA picture frame. Visit his store DesignDifferent to see more of his work.

Your Story

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

minimalist quote posters


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

minimalist quote posters


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde

minimalist quote posters


“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
– Oscar Wilde

minimalist quotations

Half Full

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
– Oscar Wilde

minimalist quotations


“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison

minimalist quotations


“The beautiful attracts the beautiful.”
– Leigh Hunt

minimalist quotation print


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
– Leo Tolstoy

minimalist quotation print

Good One

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
– Abraham Lincoln

minimalist quotation print


“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

minimalist quotation posters

  1. Trevor
    July 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Excellent article. Good find!

  2. gerald kieffer
    July 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    my updated quotation should be included... It completes the old beauty is in the eyes of the beholder one...

    Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder AND Those Who Have The Insight To See How Beautiful You Really Are

    TRICK = First part matches back part & then this will match for almost every occasion & this word "AND" seperates the 2 parts.

  3. Justin K
    July 2, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Thanks Jackson

  4. Christine S
    July 1, 2013 at 4:08 am

    i happened along some of those quotes and posters the other day and thought they were quite beautiful

  5. elisabetta
    June 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Very interesting, useful and different than other,

  6. Gr8Print
    June 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    You are unique .... just like everyone else!

  7. Anandu B Ajith
    June 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Some Minimalistic Wallpapers Please

  8. Eric Hendrikx
    June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Nice posters! I want one!!!!

  9. slywlf
    June 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I like these very much, though I agree with those who dislike Edison. A lot of his sweat was raised digging for ways to steal other people's inspiration - especially Tesla's.

    • dragonmouth
      June 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Since Tesla worked for him, Edison did not have "steal" his ideas. That is not to say that Edison was not a crotchety man.

      • Lee
        July 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

        (Sorry, just couldn't let this one go)

        Offering someone a large bonus for employment and then, when it's time to pay up, saying something like, "You have a lot to learn about American humor" is stealing. Also, when your workers create the ideas and you personally take the credit, that's stealing.

        • dragonmouth
          July 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

          My comment was somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

          However, when was the last time you looked at your employment contract? Most contracts stipulate that any inventions, discoveries or ideas while under employment, belong to the employER, not to the employEE.

          While Tesla is credited with discovering/inventing AC currrent, George Westinghouse is credited with popularizing it.

  10. Adly Asraf
    June 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Do want

  11. SD456
    June 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    May I ask, where can I get these in A3 paper, or in poster size ? :)

    • SD456
      June 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I have just found the link.

  12. Amrish Jhaveri
    June 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    nice thoughts with images describing it, another website to check is

  13. Ankit Maini
    June 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Great job!

  14. aksgraphix
    June 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

    thanks for bringing them all at one place.... nice collection :)

  15. Tika Maya Thapa
    June 29, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Love the presentation of quotations . What the words are saying can be presented in the pictures also !

  16. Robert Gorman
    June 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm


  17. Marti
    June 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    A truer Edison quote would be "it's easier to steal the ideas of others"

  18. Marti
    June 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    A truer Edison quote would be "it's quicker and easier to steal the ideas of others."

    • Matthew S
      July 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Poor, poor Tesla...

  19. Mila K
    June 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm


  20. Daniel Tanner
    June 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    It's ironic that you stole Edison's quote for this article.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Did I?

      • OUSSAMA
        June 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        it doesn't matter as much as how positive thoughts you made on this site visitors....good work Mr. Jackson :)

        • Jackson Chung
          June 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

          Thank you!

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm


  22. Indronil Mondal
    June 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm


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