"A word after a word after a word is power." - Margaret Atwood 

Choosing the right words for our engravers to inscribe on the gift you have chosen can feel daunting. Sometimes the perfect phrase or sentiment just materialises, but from time to time we all need a little inspiration.

Many customers who have bought a beautiful gift from our collections have chosen to engrave famous quotes from inspiring and wise figures throughout history. We have selected a small sample of these well-known words to give you food for thought.

With all of our gifts, how you choose to personalise it is entirely up to you.
This is the beauty of the Thomas Slim Collection.

If the perfect thing to say escapes you, take some time with these wonderful wordsmiths who seemed to always put all the right words together in the right order.

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
– ‘Hamlet’

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?”
– ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”
– ‘Twelfth Night’

“If music be the food of love, play on.”
– ‘Twelfth Night’

Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people.”
– ‘Henry VIII’

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.”

“Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.”

“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.
– ‘Kim’

“If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same...Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.”
– ‘If’

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”

“I can resist anything except temptation.
– ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

“Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won't be invited to cocktail parties.”

“Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light.”

Churchill (1874 – 1965)

"To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often."

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."

And a few more we like …

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“The time is always right to do what is right.” - Dr Martin Luther King Jr

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” - Amelia Earhart

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” - Lucille Ball

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” - Audrey Hepburn

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams