Wise Quotes and Sayings: Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car. I moaned because I had no.
“You're going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It's not your job to change these people, but it's your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can't. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.”
― C. JoyBell C.
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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.
I moaned because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
Keep smiling… It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. :)
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr
Never argue with an idiot they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you through experience
Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong???
Opportunities slide away like clouds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))
Revenge is a Poison meant for others, which we end up swallowing ourselves.
Vengence is a Dark Light that blinds all who seek it.
Don’t argue with Idiots.. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up!!
If you argue with an idiot, after a while it is hard to tell who the real idiot is.
Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways.
Victory is gained by resolution and determination. (Prophet Mohammad (s))
Empty cans make the most noise.
The wisest of people in this world are those that admit when they are wrong.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I learn from all these things to make me a better person.
Those who fail to prepare, are preparing to fail.
When you point a finger at someone you also have 3 fingers pointing at yourself, that means you must have a look at yourself at least 3 times before judging someone else.
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today, and HOPE for tomorrow.
He who indulges in a task without proper knowledge will deteriorate rather than improve the case. (Prophet Mohammad (s))
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
– Lao Tzu
Never hate people who are jealous of you, but respect their jealousy because they’re the ones who think you’re better than them.
There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))
Never expect anything.
This way, you’ll never be disappointed.
Never challenge an old man, because if you lose, you’ve lost to an old man, and if you win, so what?
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it.
If you can’t cook don’t tell someone their food needs salt.
Never wrestle with a pig- you both get dirty but the pig likes it.
Better slow going somewhere than fast going nowhere.
Without learning from other people’s mistakes or taking wise advice along the way, we’d likely fumble through adulthood with little success. I’ve done plenty of both, and a bit of fumbling; but the wise quotes I’ve lived by and built my business on weren’t given as explicit advice.
Instead, these little gems were takeaways from conversations with people whose opinions and life choices I respected. While their stories inspired my own interpretations and conclusions, I’ll always remember the origins of these lessons.
I have an ex-boyfriend’s father to thank for this one. Growing up in an immigrant household that hailed from a communist nation, I entered adulthood with a less-than-minimal understanding of personal economics and finance.
As the result, I entangled myself in unfavorable situations – which were supposedly avoidable, like student loans taken out at the highest interest rates. I had no knowledge of investing, insurance, mortgages or any other financial “adulting” realities.
My ex’s dad was always happy to give actual advice and explain, for example, the math behind why buying a home was better than renting. But hearing these wise sayings from a successful, older, trusted person about how his own initial financial illiteracy stunted his success was the real eye-opener.
It forced me to accept that I knew unacceptably little about managing money. If my long-term goal was to minimize financial hardship in my life, I had to start learning.
In time, this made it easier to adapt to running a business. And, although this journey began some 15 years ago, I still make it a point to continue learning. Financial literacy makes me not just a better entrepreneur, but a better-informed human: more competent at understanding and interpreting everything from current events to news to global trends.
This phrase was dropped by my older brother when I was going through a personal crisis, as he related how he’d dealt with some difficult moments in his past. Now, it’s what I mumble to myself most frequently at the desk.
I don’t think my brother envisioned his wise quotes applied to crashing software, unrealistic revision requests, or an overwhelming amount of work to finish in a week, but they are perfectly suited to professional difficulties – simple to recall and hard to argue.
Bad days end. Problems get contained, minimized, and eventually solved. There are definitely life situations where this may not hold, like serious illness, or loss of a loved one. Barring that, all will be resolved, and much faster if I’m able to keep a calm, open mind towards the problem.
This is one of the wise quotes I took away from my full-time employers well before I even dreamt of running my own business.
While they were happy about the growth of the company, the partners lamented the early days, before massive rent, numerous payrolls and the constant stress that expansion often brings. “I miss when it was just two of us, in the basement,” was a line dropped occasionally after a couple of drinks at happy hour.
I recalled their regrets on my every entrepreneurial step. It didn’t hold me back in fear, but it made me seriously question every decision I made with respect to greater responsibility and risk.
I made sure that I truly needed every big expense, every person I hired, and every financial commitment I considered. In good times, this kept the company efficient and lucrative. And even in bad times, we were still profitable because we were used to running so lean.
Better yet, I maintained control over my personal life by not chasing after quick, big growth. I’m able to take plenty of time off and pursue my other interests while making a good living doing what I love.
There’s a popular tendency in modern entrepreneurship to shoot for the moon. This may be imperative for those who can’t help but dream big, or whose idea of success tends to run large. But I believe that, for most people, success in business isn’t measured simply by how big you’ve grown your company.
It’s about freedom, lifestyle, opportunity – all the “quality of life” rewards that running your own business can bring, provided that you let it by setting the right goals.
People’s stories contain much more than facts, dates, and names. They’re full of concrete examples of what went wrong and what went right, and reasons behind the results. A piece of personal experience can easily apply to your professional dilemma.
Hence, my explicit advice is LISTEN, then ask questions and reflect to find and keep the wisdom that puts you on the right track.
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wisdom quotes, wisdom sayings, and wisdom proverbs, collected over the years from.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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