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In the spirit of self motivation, here are 30 of the best inspirational quotes, sayings , and proverbs in German (with translations) to motivate you.

Here are enough proverbs to last for a month. To test your vocabulary or stretch your interpretation skills, try translating them and coming up with an English equivalent, although be warned that there isn't always a direct English counterpart. Very loose translations or English equivalent proverbs are in parentheses.

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

Translation: Flies don't enter a closed mouth. (You won't make a mistake if you don't talk.)

31 Spanish Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

  1. El hábito no hace al monje.
    The habit doesn't make the monk. (Clothes do not make the man.)
  2. A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar.
    Here's to drinking and swallowing, for the world is going to end. (Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.)
  3. Algo es algo; menos es nada.
    Something is something; less is nothing. (It's better than nothing. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. No hay que ahogarse en un vaso de agua.
    It isn't necessary to drown oneself in a glass of water. (Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.)
  5. Borra con el codo lo que escribe con la mano.
    He/she erases with the elbow what his/her hand is writing. (Whatever good actions or decisions he makes, he invalidates by other actions)
  6. Dame pan y dime tonto.
    Give me bread and call me a fool. (Think of me what you will. As long as I get what I want, it doesn't matter what you think.)
  7. La cabra siempre tira al monte.
    The goat always heads toward the mountain. (The leopard doesn't change its spots. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.)
  1. El amor todo lo puede.
    Love can do it all. (Love will find a way.)
  2. A los tontos no les dura el dinero.
    Money does not last for fools. (A fool and his money are soon parted.)
  3. De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco.
    We all have a little bit of musician, poet and crazy person in ourselves. (We're all a little bit crazy.)
  4. Al mejor escribano se le va un borrón.
    To the best scribe comes a smudge. (Even the best of us make mistakes. Nobody's perfect.)
  5. Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
    The shrimp that falls asleep is carried by the current. (Don't let the world pass you by. Stay alert and be proactive. Don't fall asleep at the wheel.)
  6. A lo hecho, pecho.
    To what is done, the chest. (Face up to what is. What is done is done.)
  7. Nunca es tarde para aprender.
    It never is late for learning. (It is never too late to learn.)
  8. A otro perro con ese hueso.
    To another dog with that bone. (Tell that to someone who will believe you.)
  9. Desgracia compartida, menos sentida.
    Shared misfortune, less sorrow. (Misery loves company.)
  1. Donde hay humo, hay fuego.
    Where there's smoke, there's fire.
  2. No hay peor sordo que el que no quiere oír.
    There is not a worse deaf person than the one who doesn't want to hear. (There is none so blind as he who will not see.)
  3. No vendas la piel del oso antes de cazarlo.
    Don't sell the bear's hide before you hunt it. (Don't count your chickens before they hatch.)
  4. Qué bonito es ver la lluvia y no mojarse.
    How nice it is to see the rain and not get wet. (Don't criticize others for the way they do something unless you've done it yourself.)
  5. Nadie da palos de balde.
    Nobody gives sticks for free. (You can't get something for nothing. There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
  6. Los árboles no están dejando ver el bosque.
    The trees aren't allowing one to see the forest. (You can't see the forest for the trees.)
  7. El mundo es un pañuelo.
    The world is a handkerchief. (It's a small world.)
  8. A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín.
    Every pig gets its San Martín. (What goes around comes around. You deserve what you get. San Martín refers to a traditional celebration in which a pig is sacrificed.)
  1. Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído.
    Advice not asked for, advice poorly heard. (Someone who doesn't ask for advice doesn't want to hear it. Don't give advice unless you're asked.)
  2. Obras son amores y no buenas razones.
    Acts are love and good reasons aren't. (Actions speak louder than words.)
  3. Gobernar es prever.
    To govern is to foresee. (It is better to prevent problems than to fix them. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
  4. No dejes camino viejo por sendero nuevo.
    Don't leave the old road for a new trail. (It's better to stick with what works. A shortcut isn't always quicker.)
  5. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.
    Don't leave for tomorrow that which you can do today.
  6. Donde no hay harina, todo es mohina.
    Where there's no flour, everything is an annoyance. (Poverty breeds discontent. If your needs aren't met, you won't be happy.)
  7. Todos los caminos llevan a Roma.
    All roads lead to Rome. (There's more than one way to reach a goal. All actions have the same result.)

And a Bonus Handful

  1. La lengua no tiene hueso, pero corta lo más grueso.
    The tongue doesn't have a bone, but it cuts the thickest thing. (Words are more powerful than weapons.)
  2. La raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero.
    The root of all evils is love toward money. (Love of money is the root of all evil.)
  3. A falta de pan, tortillas.
    Lack of bread, tortillas. (Make do with what you have. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. El amor es como el agua que no se seca.
    Love is like water that never evaporates. (True love lasts forever.)

The most time-honored and popular Chinese sayings present wisdom or a concept in short pithy idiom. . Or:"Where ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise." 20.

Wise Quotes and Sayings To Ponder

wise wisdom quotes sayings




Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893


Why be anything other than good? Why do anything other than love? ~Johnathan Dahl


To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. ~Mary Oliver


Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (b.1976, U.S. geologist), "Tuition," 1999


I don't want to talk about [our Lord's] divinity. I'd rather talk about his humanity... how he lived his life here on earth — his kindness, his tolerance. Listen, here's what I think. We can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include. ~Robert Nelson Jacobs, Chocolat, 2000, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, 1999[Spoken by the character Père Henri. –tg]


What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day. ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956


Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau


Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns! ~Allison Gappa Bottke


Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. ~Jim Rohn


In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority. ~Liz Armbruster, on rbrault.blogspot.com


See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~Pope John XXIII


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, November 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


If you surrender to the wind you can ride it. ~Toni Morrison, quoted in Laura B. Randolph, "The Magic of Toni Morrison," Ebony, July 1988


Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown


Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. ~Brecht


Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning? ~Coleman Cox


Laziness will cause you pain. ~Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense


[O]wning your burdens is half the battle. ~From the television show Scrubs


Think not because the chrysalis struggles that it is in need of you. Oh! I pray you, stay your eager hands, lest you despoil its silver wings. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. ~William James


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. ~Leo Aikman


In understanding freedom one understands also what discipline is.... Freedom and discipline go together, they are not two separate things.... Discipline does not mean suppression and control, nor is it adjustment to a pattern or an ideology; it means a mind that sees 'what is' and learns from 'what is'. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti, "Freedom," The Impossible Question, 1970 July 19th


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. ~Frank Herbert (1920–1986), Dune Chronicles


The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. ~Plato


Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~Jonathan Kozel


Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. ~Frances Willard


One neglect makes ten regrets. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


A refusal to face reality allows it to stab you in the back. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com


Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr


A day is Eternity's seed, and we are its Gardeners. ~Erika Harris, empathicwriter.com


People cannot go wrong, if you don't let them. They cannot go right, unless you let them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" — a reason to devote an occasional day to breaking everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938


The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Last Tournament," Idylls of the King


The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive. ~Jeanne LaMont, MD


I saw that he was dying. All the strength had left him. And I said Moe, "What will I do without you?" And he gathered up all the energy he could and he said, "Take the love you have for me and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found." ~Shirley L. Hyman, Ph.D. (1913–2016), from 2014 video produced by Brandon Stanton for Humans of New York, www.humansofnewyork.com


I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. ~Sara Teasdale, "The Philosopher"


Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. ~Isocrates


If I had my life to live over, I'd have fewer meetings and more rendezvous. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it — torn up to irrecoverable tatters. ~Samuel Butler


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back. ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982


Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. ~Elbert Hubbard


On the bathing-tub of King T'ang the following words were engraved: "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation." ~Confucian Analects


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~Jimmy Johnson


Every man ought to be above his position in the sense of being more than his position. To be king and nothing more, judge and nothing more, tallowe-handler and nothing more, is to allow the accident to swallow up the essence, and prove a miserable failure when measured by the true standard of human worth. A wise man would scorn to be like the tower of Pisa, leaning everlastingly one way; and as each special occupation has its own tendencies to narrowness, exclusiveness, and misconception, one continuous object of education should be to give scope and elbow-room in other directions. When governments, or societies, with imperial rescripts, acts of parliament, or conventionalities, hedge men round with directions and prohibitions, we rejoice in the brave spirits who manfully do what they are told not to do; and part of everybody's education should be a training to resist the slavery by which custom is always trying to enthral the world. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Philosophy of Progress in Human Affairs, "Chapter XIII: Education," 1860


1. Don't be afraid to say No.
2. Don't be afraid to say Yes.
~Dr. SunWolf, 2017 January 8th tweet, professorsunwolf.com


What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have known. ~Samuel Johnson


To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning. ~John W. Gardner


Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean—
so get yourself a little loving
in between.
~Langston Hughes (1902–1967)


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. ~Tennessee Williams


Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised. ~William Hale White


Young men, be masters of yourselves. The world needs you. ~James E. Shepard (1875–1947), quoted in Mitchell Davis, One Hundred Choice Quotations by Prominent Men and Women of the Negro Race, 1917


Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter


If you don't understand the cause of the problem — your solution will become part of it. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com


Begin, not from an imaginary past, to which you can never go back; not from an imaginary future which you have not reached. Begin from the present, with all its treasury of good—ay, and with all its treasury of evil. And, keeping the pathway unbroken from the past to the future, lead on to life, to larger life... upward, upward. ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899


All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment;
action for the common good in the present moment;
and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.
~Marcus Aurelius (121–180 A.D.), Meditations, IX:6, a new translation by Stephen Hanselman, in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, 2016


Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb


One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet. ~Odell Shepard


Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. ~Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar


All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
Hiddenly
To each other are linkèd are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star...
~Francis Thompson (1859–1907), "The Mistress of Vision," c.1897


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. ~Charles Du Bos, Approximations, 1922, translated from French (Thanks, Lorianne!)


The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it. ~Andrew Matthews


Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment...
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all — to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet [I, 3, Polonius]  [Love this about Polonius, by Francesco Lo Piccolo: "While he is a blowhard, and he does spout aphorisms that were, even in the sixteenth century, clichés, his clichés constitute sound advice and his observations prove themselves prophetic." He is also described as self-assured, cynical, self-centered, a flatterer, long-winded, sly, devious, false, shrewd, immoral, a sermoniser, meddling, political, arrogant, despicable, vain, hypocritical, manipulative, verbose, insincere, self-absorbed, a windbag, and a rambler of wisdom. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter. ~Edward Abbey


Smart people do stupid things, but they don't do them again to make sure. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The incurable ills are the imaginary ills. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882 February 1st


Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. ~Alexander Woollcott


If you keep rephrasing the question, it gradually becomes the answer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


[T]ime you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well


Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe. ~Author Unknown


Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. ~Charles Dickens


Ever ask yourself what you would do if you had tomorrow to live over again? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. ~Dag Hammarskjold


History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today. ~Harold MacMillan


We have a choice every day — to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regrets. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


When you start treating people like people, they become people. ~Paul Vitale


Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless


I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it's something you have to choose to do. ~From the television show Scrubs


Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. ~Bernard Baruch, 1946


The only way you may correct the bad things in your past is to add better things to your future. ~Shiloh Morrison


So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count Time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
~Philip James Bailey (1816–1902)


Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. ~Barbara Johnson


You do not have the right to quit trying. (The universe wobbles when you do.) You have the right to quit Toxic People. (They're contagious.) ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Dare to be imperfect and one day there will tug at your sleeve a soulmate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ~Henry Miller, The Books in My Life


Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway. ~Elbert Hubbard, A Thousand and One Epigrams, 1911


Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. ~Dandemis


The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is noninterference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. ~William James


Whatever you are, try to be a good one. ~William Makepeace Thackeray


It's better to fight for something than against something. ~Author Unknown


The day will happen whether or not you get up. ~John Ciardi


Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature. ~Morihei Ueshiba


Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. ~George R. Kirkpatrick


One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. ~Oscar Wilde


Strength will grow from the heart, blossom as results, and wither in others' hearts as seeds. ~Mikhael Dominico, September 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep. ~Chinese Proverb


Facts and figures are not the whole story. ~Terri Guillemets, "Âme et les yeux," 1998


When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to. ~N. Smith


Do not fall before you are pushed. ~English Proverb


Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ~Pema Chödrön


Life isn't fair, at least on the micro level. Deal with it. But don't deal with it by making it more unfair to others. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


If you must choose between a falsehood and a rudeness, choose the rudeness; if the choice lies between a falsehood and cruelty, choose the falsehood. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Ruts are not made by the wheels of Destiny, but by the cart of Care... ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "The One-Way Mind," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1931 June 1st


If I make of myself nothing, I shall expect not more than nothing's proper place and portion. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


When "Why not do it?" barely outweighs "Why do it?" — don't do it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


An important corollary to the Golden Rule is to leave others be as you would have them leave you be. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


No useful man has time to go back and rub out his unfortunate foot prints. ~Author unknown, from Dallas-Galveston News, c.1894


You live and let live. And eventually, that becomes enough. ~Author Unknown


Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


When you invite trouble, it's usually quick to accept. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


It's illegal to bore people. ~Mo Siegel  [I saw this quote in 2003 on a sign at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, Colorado. Siegel is one of the company's founders. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


A man must have something to cling to. Without that he is as a pea vine sprawling in search of a trellis.... I was all asprawl, clinging to Beauty, which is a very restless trellis. ~E.B. White (1899–1985)


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author Unknown


There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author Unknown


Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~Author Unknown


All philosophy in two words, — sustain and abstain. ~Epictetus


Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake. ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne


Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. ~Janis Joplin


Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants. ~Edward Steichen


Beware of letting your comforts become means of pain; nor make yourself miserable for the sake of being happy. ~William Benton Clulow, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833, and Aphorisms and Reflections, 1843


Life is like riding a bicycle; we can keep from falling if we keep moving. Only a few trick-riders can stand still and not tumble. ~Author Unknown, c.1922


Wake up, do your best, sleep, repeat. ~Thingsweforget.blogspot.com, #660


Work hard, enrobe yourself in velvet hope, and rule your world! ~Terri Guillemets


The biggest problem in the world
Could have been solved when it was small.
~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu


In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Don't look for your dreams to come true; look to become true to your dreams. ~Michael Beckwith


Strength will carry you through no matter how deep the valley... surrender to your strength. ~Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. ~Bill Murray


The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obedience to the heart. ~William Butler Yeats


Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones


In spite of everything, keep sparkling. ~Dr. SunWolf, 2017 January 18th tweet, professorsunwolf.com


Light tomorrow with today. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. ~Ramakrishna


Let go or be dragged. ~Author Unknown


[I]t takes something more than preponderance of numbers to win a battle... ~Burton E. Stevenson, A Guide to Biography for Young Readers: American — Men of Action, "Chapter VII: Great Soldiers," 1909


Never force talent; let talent force you. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert


Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. ~Tom Stoppard


I may be justifying my pockets of chaos, but I will always choose people over perfection and the heart over task and tidy. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)


Never confuse thoughtlessness with malice. ~Robert Charles Whitehead


Do you want to be handsome? I'll tell you how. First, look well to your health. Eat regularly and simply, and take proper rest. Go to bed early. Be sure to go to bed with clean teeth. Breathe fresh air. Take regular baths. More than all else, in order to look well you must wake up the mind and soul. Think pleasant and noble thoughts. Talk with people who know something. Be often in the company of those who know more than you do. Arouse your spiritual nature; sometimes a plain face is really glorified with the love of God and of man which shines through it. Lastly, keep a strong and vigorous body by taking plenty of wholesome outdoor exercise, and do all the good you can. Why not begin to grow handsome today? ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "How to Be Handsome," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [Paraphrased. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Yet some things you miss and some things you lose by keeping your arm outstretched. ~Author Unknown


Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. ~Robert Frost


Do not repair another man's fence until you have seen to your own. ~Masai proverb, quoted in A.C. Hollis, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, 1905


The most valuable lesson man has learned from his dog is to kick a few blades of grass over it and move on. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You want to run out in front, prepare to be tripped from behind. ~S.A. Sachs


Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. ~Oscar Wilde


It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. ~Howard Ruff, How to Prosper in the Coming Bad Years, 1979


Stay quiet; refuse nothing; flowers grow only because they tranquilly allow the sun's rays to reach them. You must do the same. ~Barbara Juliane, baroness von Krüdener (1764–1824) to Germaine de Staël, quoted in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël, 1958


We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ~Ray Bradbury


The opposite of education is not ignorance but indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. ~Elie Wiesel, 1986


The hardest thing to remember, looking back, is what you were waiting for. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


You have to give people something to dream on. ~Jimi Hendrix


I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.... In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau


Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand. ~Bruce Lee


Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~Sarah Bernhardt


A philosopher runs on ahead of his troubles, while a foolish man lags behind in the shadow of his difficulties. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Every day is conquerable by its hours, and every hour by its minutes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


For you have to work out your own problems,
And have to work hard every day;
You have got to hold on to the real thing;
Believe me, there's no other way!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "An Old Man's Advice to a Boy" (1940s)


To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ~Mary Oliver


While seeking revenge, dig two graves — one for yourself. ~Doug Horton


Use your energy for good and it will be replenished with more good energy, use you energy for bad and your energy will be drained. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. ~Hippocrates


It is wisest, at times, to do nothing and explain it by saying nothing. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha


A bunny who waits for endless time and perfect conditions may never begin to hop.  ღ  One conscious hop colors and moves the entire universe.  ღ  Relax and hop your path as gracefully as you can.  ღ  The tastiest part of the carrot grows in darkness underground.  ღ  Let us give something, however small, for a small carrot is not small to the bunny who has none. ~Krista Lester, tweets from @BunnyBuddhism, www.bunnybuddhism.com


Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers


Walk lightly through life. ~Guy Finley


[W]hatever you do, do it well, and then it will not be trumpery. ~George Mogridge (1787–1854), "On the Trumpery Bag," Old Humphrey's Observations, 1841


Why chase a hopeless dream? I dunno, maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Things sweet the taste prove in digestion sour. ~William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second, 1595


Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln


Be true to your word and your work and your friend... ~John Boyle O'Reilly, from the poem "Rules of the Road"


Lend, by your imperfections, self-esteem to others, and you will be invited everywhere. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Prize your health; prize your word; prize your reason! ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~J.R.R. Tolkien, "Three Is Company," The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954


There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber


If one reads the ancients only, one is sure of always remaining modern. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 16 November 1857


But work a year and sleep an hour,
     and sleep a night and sing a day,
And take a little wine and love,
     and when you feel religious—pray.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899


Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. ~Patch Adams


Focus on the good within your reach. ~Terri Guillemets


Don't get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny. ~Kathryn Carpenter


Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. ~G.C. Lichtenberg


Being loved by all is little fun
Unless you're also loved by one.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river. ~Lao Tzu


We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others. ~Frederick W. Faber


Do not sacrifice a large good for a little evil. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Mind your own business. But love your neighbor as yourself. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it. ~Stanislaw Lec


Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin


In the end the reason for anything is inseparable from the reason for everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Author Unknown


Occasionally it's good to devote a day to something in your life that's perfect but needs a little attention to stay that way. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


No armies are needed, no weapons are needed, no nations are needed, no religions are needed. All that is needed is a little meditativeness, a little silence, a little love, a little more humanity... just a little more, and existence will become fragrant with something so totally unique and new that you will have to find a new category for it. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Is bread the better for kneading? so is the heart. Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~Author unknown, variant of "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented" by Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963, and "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" by Alan Kay, 1982 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~Irish Proverb


Beware of a man of one book. ~English Proverb


You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. ~Israel Zangwill, The Principle of Nationalities, 1917


Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it — memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~Tad Williams


Usually, when you can't overcome the obstacles in your path, it's not your path. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish


It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed. ~Horace


Do it or don't. It's amazing how many things in life are that easy. ~Henry Rollins


Do not be someone looking for [insert]. Be [insert] looking for someone.
Suggestions for [insert]:
—love
—friendship
—understanding
—appreciation
—tolerance
—a helping hand
—a leg up
—an answer
~Robert Brault, "You Be The Aphorist," rbrault.blogspot.com


Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. ~Henry David Thoreau


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~Swedish Proverb


Better to be furious at one thing, become radiant with purpose. Better to love links and rhythms than all-embracing answers. ~Stephen Dunn


The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. ~Thomas Edison


I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous. ~Bill Veeck


You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


You cannot corner the devil by argument; he will jump over your head or between your feet. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back. ~Mick Jagger


Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell. ~Samuel DuBois Cook, advice to all black youth, c.1967  [But true for everyone! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Be deeply satisfied and ready for more. ~Abraham–Hicks


When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ~Author Unknown


There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire. ~John C. Collins


Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ~Frank Tyger


Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear. ~Terri Guillemets


Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb


Wish for nothing so much that you forget to make it come true. ~Jeb Dickerson, jebdickerson.com


Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly. ~Benjamin Franklin


Anything can happen; this is the very rule of this universe! The best defence against this rule is this: Don't panic! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


Be kind to everyone on the way up; you'll meet the same people on the way down. ~Wilson Mizner


When you throw dirt, you lose ground. ~Texan Proverb


The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. ~Albert Schweitzer


Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it. ~Brigham Young


Sometimes the only way you can take a really good look at yourself is through somebody else's eyes. ~From the television show Scrubs


Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go. ~Author Unknown


It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time. ~Author Unknown


The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. ~Author Unknown


For visions come not to polluted eyes. ~Mary Howitt


If a job's worth doing, it's worth getting someone better qualified to do it. ~Joseph D'Lacey


The best things in life are not only free, they require less assembly. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Remedy it or welcome it: a wise man's only two choices. ~Terri Guillemets


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~Chinese Proverb


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you're the easiest person to fool. ~Richard Feynman


Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. ~Joaquin de Setanti


God is good, but never dance in a small boat. ~Irish Saying


It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up. ~Joseph Joubert


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise. ~Mary Kay Ash


Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~Malcolm S. Forbes


I used to believe that anything was better than nothing. Now I know that sometimes nothing is better. ~Glenda Jackson
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Wisdom Quotes

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They say that wisdom comes with age, and these wise sayings will give you better judgement and a sense of purpose in life.

What is wisdom exactly? Wisdom is defined as, “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement.”

If we’re lucky enough to have parents, mentors and advisors, then we have heard plenty of wise sayings about life.

We also know that you can’t just hear it once.

Life’s wisdom can often miss us because life moves so fast, that we have to practice standing still.

In many cultures and religions across the world, gaining wisdom is the ultimate goal.

Wisdom is seen as the highest form of understanding, which can lead you towards enlightenment.

Something I’ve learned in life is that my favorite quotes and sayings can often become principles to live by.

I hope these wise sayings about life can serve as guidelines for greater happiness, fulfillment, connection, and meaning.

Inspiring and wise sayings about life

Wise Sayings

1.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”― Gautama Buddha

Before you pour your love into someone else, fill yourself up first.

2.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

Start with you. Start where you are. Changing the world is an exciting idea. Changing yourself makes it possible.

3.) “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Everything you do and have done has gotten you closer to who you really are and who you aspire to be. So in essence, even if you disagree with what you have done, it was never time wasted.

4.) “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” 
― Gautama Buddha

Words only go so far, we must live our message. Our true wisdom is displayed through our actions.

5.) “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.” ― Bob Dylan

Being wrong is just as powerful as being right. Sometimes, it’s even more powerful.

6.) “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ― Alan Wilson Watts

Let’s be mindful of what we identify with and hold on to. Many times we think, “That’s just who I am, that just what I think…” But the truth is, many things we think and desire are not our own. Since our childhood, we’ve been looking for attention and acceptance and most of the time that came from ‘following directions’. Take some time to think about how you think.

7.) “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” ― Gautama Buddha

Once you’re angry, the harm is already done.

8.) “If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.” ― Miguel Ruiz

 The only thing worse than making assumptions is to believe them.

9.) “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. ”  ― Anthony Robbins

Don’t let your pain stay as pain. Get something from it. Let your pain push you towards growth.

10.) “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom doesn’t have to be bleak. Let your understanding help you recognize the unexplainable.

11.) “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”  ― Gautama Buddha

Growing isn’t something that happens once. It happens again and again, and again!

12.) “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”― Dalai Lama XIV

Life = Love

13.) “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

14.) “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley

15.) “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.” – Al Franken

16.) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

17.) “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

18.) “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

19.) “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Wise sayings about life and living it to your best

20.)  “You can never plan the future by the past.” — Edmund Burke

21.) “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

22.) “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

23.) “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

24.) “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

25.) “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

26.) “Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.” – Rebecca West

27.) “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

28.) “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

29.) “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

30.)  “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

Wise sayings about life lessons

31.) “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

32.) “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”―Paulo Coelho

33.) “I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.” – Drew Barrymore

34.) “You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” – The Notebook

35.) “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” ―Rumi

36.) “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ―Irving Berlin

37.) “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” ― Haruki Murakami

38.) “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato

39.) “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

40.) “A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” – Latin Proverb

Wise sayings to help us learn

41.) “On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows. In every rill a sweet instruction flows.” – Edward Young

42.) “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s how you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis

43.) “The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.” – William Hazlitt

44.) “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” – Harper Lee

45.) “To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.” – Unknown

46.) “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

47.) “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

48.) “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

49.) “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

50.) “Wise men make more opportunities than they find.” – Francis Bacon

More wise sayings to enlighten you

​51.) “In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

52.) “Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

53.) “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

54.) “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

55.) “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​56.) “No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

57.) “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

​58.) “An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

59.) “Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​60.) “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

61.) “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

62.) “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

63.) “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

64.) “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

75.) “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

Did you learn from these wise sayings?

Words of wisdom from individuals of all different backgrounds can teach us important life lessons. Through the years, great men and women have imprinted their wisdom on us by way of their wise words. And because of them, their contributions have made this world a better place to live in.

Hopefully, these wise sayings will guide you towards greater happiness, fulfillment, connection, and meaning.

Did you enjoy these wise sayings? What other wise sayings about life would you like to share with us? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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Wise Quotes

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Enjoy this list of short inspirational quotes. Discover simple thoughts, one liners and wise sayings to start your day.

You can totally do this. Click to tweet

Impossible is for the unwilling. John Keats Click to tweet

No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle Click to tweet

Stay foolish to stay sane. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

When nothing goes right, go left. Click to tweet


Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett Click to tweet

Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results. Click to tweet

I can and I will. Click to tweet

Take the risk or lose the chance. Click to tweet

Prove them wrong. Click to tweet

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No guts, no story. Chris Brady

My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi

Screw it, let’s do it. Richard Branson

Boldness be my friend. William Shakespeare

Keep going. Be all in. Bryan Hutchinson

My life is my argument. Albert Schweitzer

Dream big. Pray bigger.

Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

Fight till the last gasp. William Shakespeare

Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve JobsClick to tweet

Broken crayons still color. Click to tweet

And so the adventure begins.

If you want it, work for it.

You can if you think you can. George Reeves

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

Grow through what you go through.

Do it with passion or not at all.

She believed she could, so she did.

The past does not equal the future. Tony Robbins

Good things happen to those who hustle. Anaïs Nin

At the end of hardship comes happiness.

Don’t dream your life, live your dream.

If it matters to you, you’ll find a way. Charlie Gilkey

Forget about style; worry about results. Bobby Orr

Whatever you do, do with all your might. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Dream without fear. Love without limits.

Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

You can do anything you set your mind to.

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. George Santanaya

Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move. Anthony Bourdain

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. André Gide

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. Paramahansa Yogananda

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. Tony Robbins

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides

The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking. Augustine of Hippo

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb. Roman proverb

Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and they day you find out why. Mark Twain

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb (This is one of my favorite short quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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You matter. Click to tweet

You are loved.

Actually, you can.

Yes! Yes! You can do it!

Focus on the good.

You are doing great.

We rise by lifting others.

Be happy. Be bright. Be you.

Every day is a second chance.

You are amazing. Remember that.

Darling, you are a work of art.

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius

Happiness looks gorgeous on you.

You are capable of amazing things.

You are somebody’s reason to smile.

Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Think like a proton, always positive.

You are stronger than you think you are.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Greg Anderson

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.

Breathe. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. W. C. Fields

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington

It’s okay to not be okay as long as you are not giving up.

If you feel like giving up, look back at how far you’ve come.

Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.

Don’t go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington

You are amazing. As you are. Stronger than you know. More beautiful than you think. Tia Sparkles

Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it’s not the okay, it’s not the end.

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Very Short Quotes, Tatoo Quotes, Words, Mantras

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Love.

Begin.

Let go.

Breathe.

Slow down.

Let it be.

Go for it.

I love you.

Keep going.

Choose joy.

Enjoy today.

C’est la vie.

Choose happy.

Keep it cool.

Take it easy.

Be in the now.

Live the moment.

Choose to shine.

No pain, no gain.

Do it. With love.

It is what it is.

Love conquers all.

Keep your chin up.

Follow your heart.

Don’t rush things.

You only live once.

Never stop dreaming.

Now is all you have.

Keep moving forward.

This too shall pass.

Every moment matters.

Love more. Worry less.

Dust settles. I don’t.

Nothing lasts forever.

Work hard. Stay humble.

Enjoy the little things.

The best is yet to come.

Better things are coming.

Collect moments – not things.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

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Funny Short Quotes

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Life is too short to learn German. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

Why do they put pizza in a square box?

Do crabs think we walk sideways? Bill Murray

Don’t be humble, you’re not that great. Indira Gandhi

I intend to live forever. So far, so good. Steven Wright

My life feels like a test I didn’t study for.

Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? George Carlin

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. Steven Wright

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. Friedrich Nietzsche

The last woman I was in was the Statue of Liberty. Woddy Allen

Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story. Daphne du Maurier

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. Mark Twain

Whoever named it necking is a poor judge of anatomy. Groucho Marx

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher

I bet giraffes don’t even know what farts smell like. Bill Murray

Every novel is a mystery novel if you never finish it.

Why is the slowest traffic of the day called ‘rush hour’?

It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times. Mark Twain

The risk I took was calculated, but man, I am bad at math.

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder. Steven Wright

Do not read the next sentence. You little rebel, I like you.

Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. George Carlin

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library? Lily Tomlin

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams

I never feel more alone than when I’m trying to put sunscreen on my back. Jimmy Kimmel

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. Groucho Marx

The key to eating healthy is not eating any food that has a TV commercial. Mike Birbiglia

I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t. Steve Martin

There are three types of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can’t.

The closest a person ever comes to perfection is when he fills out a job application form.

Cute Short Sayings

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No rain. No flowers. Click to tweet

Shine like the stars.

You make my heart smile.

You will forever be my always.

Your voice is my favorite sound.

Throw kindness around like confetti.

My favorite place is inside your hug. Click to tweet

I still fall in love with you every day.

You smile, I smile. That’s how it works.

She was a rainbow, but he was color blind.

We were born to be real, not to be perfect. Liggy Webb

When I count my blessings, I count you twice.

By the way, I’m wearing the smile you gave me.

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

When it rains look for rainbows. When it’s dark look for stars.

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world. Bill Wilson

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. Ray Croft

Short Deep Quotes And Metaphors

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Be a voice. Not an echo. Click to tweet

Seek the seeker. Ramana Maharshi

Every wall is a door. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only truth is music. Jack Kerouac

Silence is an answer too.

If youth knew; if age could. Sigmund Freud

Time is the soul of this world. Pythagoras

Stars can’t shine without darkness.

He not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan

It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

Be who you needed when you were young.

Innocence is courage and clarity both. Osho

Find what you love and let it kill you. Charles Bukowski

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down. Vanessa Paradis

The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. Tom Peters

You’ve gotta know what death is to know life. Jack Kevorkian

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Will Rogers

Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past.

Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill

Character like a photograph, develops in darkness.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller Click to tweet

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. Augustine of Hippo

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso

Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.

Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages.

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran

Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.

The knowledge of happiness brings the knowledge of unhappiness. Swami Vivekananda

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Khalil Gibran

Life is the car, your heart is the key and God is the chauffeur. Sri Sathya Sai Baba

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi

Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you’re happy you enjoy the music, when you’re sad you understand the lyrics.

When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there. George Harrison

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Wise Short Sayings (Words Of Wisdom)

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You have to be odd to be number one. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet

Please all, and you will please none. Aesop

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. Martin Luther King Jr

Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford

Some people are so poor, all they have is money. Jack Kerouac

All generalizations are false, including this one. Mark Twain

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. Augustine of Hippo Click to tweet

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

It’s so strange that autumn is so beautiful; yet everything is dying.

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. James Crook

What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count. Albert Einstein

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. Ray Knight

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

Part 3. Short Quotes For More Happiness…

Short Quotes On Life

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So it goes. Kurt Vonnegut Click to tweet

Live the life you’ve dreamed. Henry David Thoreau

Life is not fair; get used to it. Bill Gates

Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie

Life is a lively process of becoming. Douglas MacArthur

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Life is largely a matter of expectation. Homer

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly. Mae West

Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

Love the life you live. Lead the life you love. Bob Marley

Life is accepting what is and working from that. Gloria Naylor

We are all, right now, living the life we choose. Peter McWilliams

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

Life got to be about more than just solving problems. Elon Musk

Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. Kevin Kruse

The quality of life is more important than life itself. Alexis Carrel

You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Bukowski

What’s coming will come and we’ll meet it when it does. Hagrid

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anaïs Nin

Life is defined more by its risks than by its samenesses. Mary Anne Radmacher

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West

Sometimes life has its way with you when you least expect it. Jon Hamm

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. Kevin Kruse

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard

Life is amazing. Life is fucking messy. Life is what you make of it. Dwayne Johnson

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

Only one life that soon is past, only what’s done with love will last.

Don’t be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin. Grace Hansen

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research. Carl Gustav Jung

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. William Skakespeare

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations. Alan Dundes

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. Albert Schweitzer

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Maya Angelou

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. Maya Angelou

I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation. Mike Todd

Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

I think people spend too much time staring into screens and not enough time drinking wine, tongue kissing, and dancing under the moon. Rachel Wolchin

Small Quotes On Love

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To love is to act. Victor Hugo Click to tweet

All you need is love. John Lennon

Do all things with love. Og Mandino

Every lover is a soldier. Ovid

Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde

Speak low, if you speak love. William Shakespeare

Love is the absence of judgment. Dalai Lama

If you wished to be loved, love. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love the sinner and hate the sin. Augustine of Hippo

If a thing loves, it is infinite. William Blake

In true love, you attain freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh

Economized love is never real love. Honore De Balzac

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more you judge, the less you love. Honore de Balzac

Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love. Terence

Life is a game and true love is a trophy. Rufus Wainwright Click to tweet

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. Karen Sunde

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. John Lennon

If love appears, boundaries will disappear. Osho

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

They do not love that do not show their love. William Shakespeare

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. Benjamin Franklin

The more you love, the more you become lovable. Osho

You cannot save people, you can just love them. Anaïs Nin

Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears. Ovid

It is love alone that gives worth to all things. Teresa of Avila

Life in abundance comes only through great love. Elbert Hubbard

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde

You give me the kind of feeling people write novels about.

Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow. John Gay

Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. Nicholas Sparks

Stay away from people who make you feel like you’re hard to love.

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. George Orwell

Never let an opportunity to tell someone how much they mean to you.

The quickest way to get someone’s attention is to no longer want it.

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Henry David Thoreau

Love needs great courage. It needs great courage because it needs the sacrifice of the ego. Osho

I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me. I’m too busy loving people who love me.

Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. Anaïs Nin

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. Sigmund Freud

Small Quotes On Loving Yourself

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You are enough. Click to tweet

Nobody is perfect.

Make yourself a priority.

This is who the fuck I am. Lady Gaga

Find yourself, and be that.

Different doesn’t mean wrong.

Where’s your will to be weird? Jim Morrison Click to tweet

And now I’ll do what’s best for me.

Above all things, reverence yourself. Pythagoras

Self-respect knows no considerations. Mohandas Gandhi

No one is laughable who laughs at himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

Personal love is concentrated universal love. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

You are not designed for everyone to like you.

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. Ellen DeGeneres

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. Coco Chanel

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde

Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.

If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. Mark Twain

I’m currently under construction. Thank you for your patience.

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. Rita Mae Brown

Be yourself. People don’t have to like you, and you don’t have to care.

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. André Gide

I found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to know how to love yourself. Louise Hay

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Small Quotes On Happiness

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Smile, it’s free therapy.

Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost

A happy wife is a happy life. Gavin Rossdale

Happiness lies in perspective.

Boredom: the desire for desires. Leo Tolstoy

Do more of what makes you happy.

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

The less I needed, the better I felt. Charles Bukowski

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Mother Teresa

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. George Orwell

Man is the artificer of his own happiness. Henry David Thoreau

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Marcus Aurelius

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness. Bertrand Russell

A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world. Atticus

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh

Never expect anything. You’ll never be disappointed.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. BuddhaClick to tweet

Happiness is the absence of the pursuit of happiness.

Stay true to you and you will end up incredibly happy.

Happiness is needing less. Unhappiness is wanting more.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. Richard Bach

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. Carlos Santana

Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. Victor Hugo

Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want. Alan Cohen

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. Alan Cohen

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Ovid

Whatever it is, find something to be excited about for tomorrow.

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger

The key to happiness is doing something you like every single day. Victor Pride

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. William James

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self. Joseph Addison

Base your happiness on taking action toward those goals, not on attaining them. Laura J. Tong

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. George Bernard Shaw

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler

Happiness cannot be accumulated. What is accumulated is always destructed by time. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus

Short Sayings On Friendship

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A friend is a second self. Aristotle

Choose people who lift you up. Michelle Obama

Find your tribe. Love them hard.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. Friedrich Nietzsche

Any day spent with you is my favorite day.

The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. Mencius

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. Jean de La Fontaine

The good man is the friend of all living things. Mahatma Gandhi

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. Euripides

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. Anthony J. D’Angelo Click to tweet

Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures. Seneca

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau

Friends? You don’t need more than your few close ones. Alden Tan

Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world. Henry Drummond

It’s a beautiful thing to love others just as they are.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. Thomas Fuller

The real business of life is trying to understand each other. Gilbert Parker

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. Joseph F. Newton

 

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. Euripides

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson

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‘Enough’ is a feast. Buddhist proverb

Count your blessings. Og Mandino

Be obsessively grateful.

Gratitude changes everything.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop

Start each day with a grateful heart.

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. Karl Barth

Expect nothing and appreciate everything.

A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. Doris Day

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. Gertrude Stein

Don’t forget who was with you from the start.

When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful. Roy T. Bennett

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski Click to tweet

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. Henry Ward Beecher

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

Pull over to the side of your journey and look how far you’ve come.

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Winnie the Pooh

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Short Sayings On Kindness

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Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey

Kindness is contagious.

Fair and softly goes far. Miguel de Cervantes

Kindness is always beautiful.

Real kindness seeks no return.

Be gentle first with yourself. Lama Yeshe

Do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

You will never regret being kind.

In the end, only kindness matters.

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank

Kind people are the best kind of people.

Kindness is not an act, it’s a lifestyle.

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. Malcolm S. Forbes

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle Ian Maclaren

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. Isaac Bashevis

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead. Roy T. Bennett

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop Click to tweet

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. Publilius Syrus

The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. Anita Roddick

Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers. Khalil Gibran

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at the time.

I don’t worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness. Jason Bateman

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Short Sayings On The ‘Self’

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Do less. Be more. Neil Strauss

You are your choices. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Be true to who you are.

My forte is awkwardness. Zach Galifianakis

We are what we believe we are. C.S. Lewis

Do as you wish. Be as you are.

It’s ok to put yourself first.

Know who you are and know it’s enough.

The ultimate mystery is one’s own self. Sammy Davis Jr.

Character is simply habit long continued. Plutarch

This above all: to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. George Eliot

You are who you are when nobody’s watching. Stephen Fry

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Albert Camus

The things that we love tell us what we are. Thomas Aquinas

When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside. Rumi

I may be no better, but at least I am different. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no competition because nobody can be me.

I am not the perishable body, but the eternal Self. Ramana Maharshi

What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me. Helen Keller

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud

Sometimes it’s only madness that makes us what we are.

As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve. Suzanne Collins

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. Nathaniel Branden

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. Lao Tzu

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within. Mohandas Gandhi Click to tweet

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. Tom Hopkins

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Never be an imitator, be always original. Don’t become a carbon copy. Osho

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mohandas Gandhi

Life is really a dance if you are original, and you are meant to be original. Osho

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Lao Tzu

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau

Short Sayings On Dreams

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Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

Don’t dream your life, live your dream.

Nothing happens unless first we dream. Carl Sandburg

The dreamers are the saviors of the world. James Allen Click to tweet

If you give up on your dreams, what’s left? Jim Carrey

It may be that those who do most, dream most. Stephen Butler Leacock

Make your dreams happen. Die with memories, not dreams.

If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. Khalil Gibran

I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do. Haruki Murakami

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. Sigmund Freud

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. Michael Phelps

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Short Sayings On Beauty

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You are beautiful.

Be beautiful your own way.

There is beauty in simplicity.

To love beauty is to see light. Victor Hugo

Beauty awakens the soul to act. Dante Alighieri

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius.

Beauty is the promise of happiness. Stendhal

A beautiful thing is never perfect. Egyptian proverb

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. Albert Schweitzer Click to tweet

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything. Simone Weil

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread. D. H. Lawrence

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. Coco Chanel

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads. Anatole France

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Khalil Gibran

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank

Sometimes you need to close your eyes to see the real beauty.

For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu

I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. Amy Bloom

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Short Sayings On Time

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Time is money. Benjamin Franklin

Time is all we have.

Good things take time.

Time eases all things. Sophocles

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

Time brings all things to pass. Aeschylus

Time is the wisest counsellor of all. Pericles

Time is but the stream I go fishing in. Henry David Thoreau

The trouble is, you think you have time. Jack Kornfield

Nothing is so dear and precious as time. French proverb

Time you enjoy wasting isn’t wasted time.

Time is a game played beautifully by children. Heraclitus

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Mark Twain

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. William Penn

It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy Click to tweet

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. William Blake

Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time. Haruki Murakami

Being rich is having money, being wealthy is having time. Stephen Swid

Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you. Ovid

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Steve Jobs

If you love life, don’t waste time for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee

Short Sayings On Minimalism

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Own less. Do more.

Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau

Order brings peace. St-Augustine

More life, less rush.

Buy less, choose well. Vivienne Westwood

Do more of what matters. Anthony Ongaro

Fewer things. More peace.

Brevity is the soul of wit. William Shakespeare

Stop the glorification of busy.

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency. Austin Freeman

Once you need less, you will have more.

I make myself rich by making my wants few. Henry David Thoreau

Owning less is better than organizing more. Joshua Becker

He is richest who is content with the least. Socrates

Learn to say no without explaining yourself.

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. Benjamin Franklin

Owning less is great, wanting less is better. Joshua Becker Click to tweet

Someone else is happy with less than you have.

You don’t need more space. You need less stuff.

Minimalism is not deprivation, it’s liberation.

The most important things in life aren’t things. Anthony J. D’Angelo

A place for everything, everything in its place. Benjamin Franklin

There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Gandhi

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The need for less often result in a life of more. Brian Gardner

Love people, use things. The opposite never works. The Minimalists

The verbal expression of simplicity is ‘no thanks’.

Remember, you probably already have more than you need.

Owning things has a cost, and money is the least of it. David Cain

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

I was living the American dream and I realized it wasn’t my dream. Joshua Fields Millburn

Stop pressing rewind on things that should be deleted in your life.

The more possessions you have, the less time you have to enjoy them.

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. Francine Jay

Being a minimalist means you value yourself more than material things.

Getting all of that stuff out of your life (and your mind) is addictive. Tynan

Instead of working so hard to make ends meet, work on having fewer ends. Courtney Carver

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. Bruce Lee

Minimalism is not about having less, it’s about making room for more of what matters.

Don’t buy shit you don’t need, with money you don’t have, to impress people you don’t like. Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things. Philip Slater

You don’t need to remove clutter if you don’t let it enter your home or office in the first place. Jeri Dansky

Stop trying to impress others with the things that you own. Begin inspiring them by the way you live.

What is minimalism then? It’s living lightly and gracefully on the earth. It’s uncovering who you are. Francine Jay

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Short Zen Quotes And Proverbs

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No ego, no pain. Chien-ju

What we think, we become. Buddha

I don’t mind what happens. Jiddu Krishnamurti

He who is contented is rich. Lao Tzu

Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh

Even monkeys fall from trees. Japanese proverb

Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius

Enough is abundance to the wise. Euripides

Inhale the future. Exhale the past.

He who knows he has enough is rich. Lao Tzu

Wherever you are, be totally there. Eckart Tolle

Water which is too pure has no fish. Ts’ai Ken T’an

The essence of the Way is detachment. Bodhidharma

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Swami Sivananda

If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.

Be like a tree. Let the dead leaves drop. Rumi Click to tweet

The greatest achievement is selflessness.

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Rumi

There are no problems without consciousness. Carl Gustav Jung

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Baba Ram Dass

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.

When the disciple is ready, the master appears. Osho

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

The greatest effort is not concerned with results.

Give this moment your attention – and affection. Alex Blackwell

Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens. Carl Gustav Jung

There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path. Buddha

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. Lao Tzu

Awareness is freedom, it brings freedom, it yields freedom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The only way you can endure your pain is to let it be painful. Shunryu Suzuki

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese proverb

Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants. Epictetus

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Lao Tzu

Do not listen with the intent to reply. But with the intent to understand.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. Chinese proverb

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. Vernon Howard

Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Eckhart Tolle

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. Lao Tzu

Short Sayings On Peace

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Peace is every step. Thich Nhat Hahn

My aim in life is not to judge. Jeanne Moreau

A smile is the beginning of peace. Mother Teresa

Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong. Mohandas Gandhi

Peace is the only battle worth waging. Albert Camus

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace. Lao Tsu

It is possible to choose peace over worry.

There is no way to peace, peace is the way. A.J. Muste

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. African proverb

Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err. Euripides

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha

Let nothing and no one disturb your inner peace. Luminita Saviuc

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others. Gerald Jampolsky

Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. Do your best and let it rest.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Let loose of what you can’t control. Serenity will be yours.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Paul Boese

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Jr Click to tweet

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Albert Einstein

Short Sayings On Truth

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Time discovers truth. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Truth is a pathless land. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Seek truth and you will find a path. Frank Slaughter

Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. George Eliot

Truth is on the side of the oppressed. Malcolm X

The object of the superior man is truth. Confucius

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

Be truthful, nature only sides with truth. Adolf Loos

There is no truth. There is only perception. Gustave Flaubert

We have art in order not to die of the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is. Albert Camus

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau

We search something permanent, something that will last. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Horace Mann Click to tweet

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. Mohandas Gandhi

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Ayn Rand

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. James A. Garfield

Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now. Swami Sivananda

Truth is always new. Truth is seeing a smile, a person, life, like if it was the first time. Jiddu Krishnamurti

A man who is protecting himself constantly through knowledge is obviously not a truth-seeker. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Bernard M. Baruch

Short Quotes On Wisdom

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Know thyself. Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates

If you judge, investigate. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Doubt grows with knowledge. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

What you seek is seeking you. Rumi

Observe all men, thyself most. Benjamin Franklin

Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo

Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

Listen to many, speak to a few. William Shakespeare

A closed mouth catches no flies. Miguel de Cervantes

Never confuse motion with action. Benjamin Franklin

I’m wise because I’ve been foolish.

Do what is right, not what is easy.

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. Euripides

Wisdom comes only through suffering. Aeschylus

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

An overflow of good converts to bad. William Shakespeare

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

My life is perfect even when it’s not. Ellen DeGeneres

In teaching others we teach ourselves.

Maturity comes with experience, not age.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami

It is better to travel well than to arrive. Buddha

What’s meant to be will always find a way.

Love is too young to know what conscience is. William Shakespeare

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

With wisdom, comes the desire for simplicity.

Wise is he who collects the wisdom of others. Juan Guerra Caceras

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

He who would travel happily must travel light. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When knowledge becomes rigid, it stops living. Anselm Kiefer

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Henry David Thoreau

Memory is the old, and it is afraid of the new. Osho

Nothing external to you has any power over you. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. Michel de Montaigne

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. Michel de Montaigne

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Gustav Jung

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Augustine of Hippo

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you think you know the answer, you’re far from wise. Trent Hamm

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire

We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. Carl Gustav Jung

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Lao Tzu

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. Lao Tzu

The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so. Nicolas Baileau

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. Albert Einstein

To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life. Oscar Wilde

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

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Part 4. Short Quotes For More Success…

Short Quotes On Strength

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Courage, dear heart. C.S. Lewis

He who is brave is free. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

From caring comes courage. Lao Tzu

Don’t stop until you’re proud.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Mary Anne Radmacher

What keeps me going is goals. Muhammad Ali

Life is tough but so you are.

Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid

I’m strong because I’ve been weak.

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson

I’m fearless because I’ve been afraid.

The pain you feel now, will be a strength after some time.

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Benjamin Disraeli

Because of a great love, one is courageous. Lao Tzu

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. Herodotus

He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin

Rock bottom has built more heroes than privilege.

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use. Ruth Gordon

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