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The following epitaph is inscribed on the tombstone of Ernest Hemingway: ''Best of all he loved the fall the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods, leaves floating on.

Author David Pratt has collected some of their quotes into a new book, The 1,000 Wisest Things Ever Said.

Here is a selection of memorable words

Achievement

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Winston Churchill – Literature, 1953

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Theodore Roosevelt – Peace, 1906

“Saints, it has been said, are sinners who go on trying. So free men and women are the oppressed who go on trying and who in the process make themselves fit to bear the responsibilities and uphold the disciplines which will maintain a free society.”

Aung San Suu Kyi – Peace, 1991

Beliefs

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck – Literature, 1962

“I am astonished at the ease with which uninformed persons come to a settled, a passionate opinion when they have so little grounds for judgment.”

William Golding – Literature, 1983

“I believe in God – in spite of God! I believe in mankind – in spite of mankind! I believe in the future – in spite of the past!”

Elie Wiesel – Peace, 1986

“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.”

Albert Einstein – Physics, 1921

Wisdom

“Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people.”

William Butler Yeats – Literature, 1923

Time, Life and Death

“Life is perhaps best regarded as a bad dream between two awakenings.”

Eugene O’Neill – Literature, 1936

“When I cease to be indignant I will have begun my old age.”

André Gide – Literature, 1947

“I think we may take it, gentlemen, that the evening light is much the same for all men. When the shadows lengthen one contrasts what one had intended to do in the beginning with what one has accomplished.”

Rudyard Kipling – Literature, 1907

“I used to think getting old was about vanity – but it’s actually about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.”

Eugene O’Neill – Literature, 1936

“The newspapers at one time said that I was dead but after carefully examining the evidence I came to the conclusion that this statement was false.”

Bertrand Russell – Literature, 1950

Human Qualities

“The coward makes himself cowardly. The hero makes himself heroic.”

Jean-Paul Sartre – Literature, 1964

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King – Peace, 1964

“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of he always declares that it is his duty.”

George Bernard Shaw – Literature, 1925

“A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.”

Albert Schweitzer – Peace, 1952

“The main advantage of being famous is that when you bore people at dinner parties they think it is their fault.”

Henry Kissinger – Peace, 1973

“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Mandela – Peace, 1993

“Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.”

William Faulkner – Literature, 1949

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Desmond Tutu – Peace, 1984

Emotions

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

Ernest Hemingway – Literature, 1954

Men and Women

“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternising with the enemy.”

Henry Kissinger – Peace, 1973

“Hell is other people.”

Jean-Paul Sartre – Literature, 1964

Politics

“Governments never learn. Only people learn.”

Milton Friedman – Economics, 1976

“Ninety per cent of politicians give the other 10 per cent a bad name.”

Henry Kissinger – Peace, 1973

“What is a rebel? A man who says no.”

Albert Camus – Literature, 1957

“You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

George Bernard Shaw – Literature, 1925

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion.”

Nelson Mandela – Peace, 1993

“Building democracy as an imposition from abroad is a form of imperialism.”

Lech Walesa – Peace, 1983

Medicine and Health

“A good gulp of hot whisky at bedtime – it’s not very scientific but it helps.”

Alexander Fleming – Medicine, 1945 (on the treatment of the common cold)

“When I was younger I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. Now my rule is never to do so before breakfast.”

Winston Churchill – Literature, 1953

War

“If the dead could speak there would be no more war.”

Heinrich Böll – Literature, 1972

“When the rich make war it is the poor who die.”

Jean-Paul Sartre – Literature,1964

“We must learn to live together as brothers or we shall perish together as fools.”

Martin Luther King – Peace, 1964

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the faces of the children whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself. Never.”

Elie Wiesel – Peace, 1986

On Winning A Nobel Prize

“Oh, no, I was afraid of that! I’d better go and hide.”

Torsten Wiesel – Medicine, 1981

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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

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

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

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

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

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

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

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

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

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

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

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

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

​“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

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

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”– Abraham Lincoln

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

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

​“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

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

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

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

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

​“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“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

​“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

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

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

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

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

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

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

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

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

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

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

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

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

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

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Value Quotes, Sayings & Proverbs

These are 47 of my favorite value investing quotes, sayings, and money proverbs from the wisest men. Not one word is mine; every word is a famous quote, saying, or proverb composed into a unique sequence. I hope you will find these insightful, useful, fun and entertaining.

I’m posting two versions. The first version, for easy reading; and the second version with the quotes, sayings, proverbs, and author of each quote.

These quotes, sayings, and proverbs are from the wisest value investors. Together they offer a mountain of wisdom hard to duplicate in any one place.

The Wisest Words Ever Written on Value Investing

The herd instinct is the strongest emotion; especially dangerous in investing. The intelligent investor is likely to need considerable will power to keep from following the crowd. We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.

Great investors are not unemotional, but are inversely emotional – they get worried when the market is up and feel good when everyone is worried. The safe time to invest is when there is blood in the streets. The only ones to get hurt on a roller coaster are the jumpers.

When making investment decisions your emotions are often a reverse indicator of what you ought to be doing. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. When everybody likes a stock, it must go down; when nobody likes a stock, it may go up.

Successful investing is anticipating the anticipation of others. There are two times when people forget their principles: at the top of the market and at the bottom. When everyone rushes to one side of the boat, head to the other side to avoid getting soaked.

Fear is a stronger emotion than hope, which is why bear markets are always swifter than bull markets. The secret of making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them. Never bet on the end of the world, It only happens once.

Fallible, emotional people determine price; cold, hard cash determines value. Individuals who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process.

The secret to investing is to figure out the value of something – and then pay a lot less. All intelligent investing is value investing – acquiring more than you are paying for.

The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.

Being a value investor means you look at the downside before looking at the upside. Face up to two unpleasant facts: the future is never clear and you pay a very high price in the stock market for a cherry consensus. Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long-term values.

To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are euphorically buying takes the greatest courage, but provides the greatest profit. If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently than the crowd.

Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results. The first word in analyst is anal. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

The four most dangerous words in investing are “This time it’s different”. The prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. There are two hedges I know of; one is cash and the other is knowledge. Superior investors make more money in good times than they give back in bad times.

The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long term orientation. Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company? Value investing at its core is the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator. Confronted with a challenge to distill the secret of sound investment into three words, we venture the motto, MARGIN OF SAFETY.

Even with a margin [of safety] in the investor’s favor, an individual security may work out badly. For the margin guarantees only that he has a better chance for profit than for loss – not that loss is impossible. But as the number of such commitments is increased the more certain does it become that the aggregate of the profits will exceed the aggregate of the losses.

If you are shopping for common stocks, choose them the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume. It’s one of the most important things at the end of the day; being able to say no to an investment.

The cost of performing well in bad times can be relative underperformance in good times. A portfolio that goes down 50 percent and comes back 50 percent is still down 25 percent.

It’s time, not timing, that makes money in the market. We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest. Rule # 1: Never Lose Money; Rule # 2 Never forget Rule #1.

Value Investing Quotes, Sayings, & Proverbs (with Authors):

The herd instinct is the strongest emotion; especially dangerous in investing. Unknown

The intelligent investor is likely to need considerable will power to keep from following the crowd. Benjamin Graham

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful. Warren Buffett

Great investors are not unemotional, but are inversely emotional – they get worried when the market is up and feel good when everyone is worried. Bill Miller

The safe time to invest is when there is blood in the streets. Mark Mobius

The only ones to get hurt on a roller coaster are the jumpers. Paul Harvey

When making investment decisions your emotions are often a reverse indicator of what you ought to be doing.

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The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. John Templeton

When everybody likes a stock, it must go down; when nobody likes a stock, it may go up. Unknown

Successful investing is anticipating the anticipation of others. John Maynard Keynes

There are two times when people forget their principles: at the top of the market and at the bottom. Phillip A. Lowe

When everyone rushes to one side of the boat, head to the other side to avoid getting soaked. Unknown

Fear is a stronger emotion that hope, which is why bear markets are always swifter than bull markets. Elliott Wave International

The secret of making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them. Peter Lynch

Never bet on the end of the world, It only happens once. Art Cashin

Fallible, emotional people determine price; cold, hard cash determines value. Christopher C. Davis

Individuals who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process.  Benjamin Graham

The secret to investing is to figure out the value of something – and then pay a lot less. Joel Greenblatt

All intelligent investing is value investing – acquiring more than you are paying for.  Charlie Munger

The stock market is filled with individual who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Phillip Fisher

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Proverbs 28:26

The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable. Warren Buffett

Being a value investor means you look at the downside before looking at the upside.  Li Lu

Face up to two unpleasant facts: the future is never clear and you pay a very high price in the stock market for a cherry consensus. Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long-term values. Warren Buffett

To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are euphorically buying takes the greatest courage, but provides the greatest profit. John Templeton

If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently than the crowd. John Templeton

Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results. Warren Buffett

The first word in analyst is anal. Unknown

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett

The four most dangerous words in investing are “This time it’s different”.  John Templeton

The prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. Proverbs 22:3

There are two hedges I know of; one is cash and the other is knowledge. Bruce Berkowitz

Superior investors make more money in good times than they give back in bad times.  Howard Marks

The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long term orientation. Seth Klarman

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. James Bryant Conant

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company? Rene Rivken

Value investing at its core is the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator. Seth Klarman

Confronted with a challenge to distill the secret of sound investment into three words, we venture the motto, MARGIN OF SAFETY.  Benjamin Graham

Even with a margin [of safety] in the investor’s favor, an individual security may work out badly. For the margin guarantees only that he has a better chance for profit than for loss – not that loss is impossible. But as the number of such commitments is increased the more certain does it become that the aggregate of the profits will exceed the aggregate of the losses.  Benjamin Graham

If you are shopping for common stocks, choose them the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume. Benjamin Graham

It’s one of the most important things at the end of the day; being able to say no to an investment. Henry Kravis

The cost of performing well in bad times can be relative underperformance in good times. Seth Klarman

A portfolio that goes down 50 percent and comes back 50 percent is still down 25 percent.  Unknown

It’s time, not timing, that makes money in the market. Unknown

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined that the rest. Warren Buffett

Rule # 1: Never Lose Money; Rule # 2 Never forget Rule #1.  Warren Buffett

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The 30 wisest quotes by Ernest Hemingway which will enrich your life

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Let me guess…

You often drag yourself to work and feel like everyday is the same.

Perhaps it feels like your life is on autopilot.

At moments you might even feel like your life is not very meaningful and you miss a clear sense of purpose.

Am I right?

Well, sometimes all you need are a few inspiring wise words that will give you a new perspective on life.

There are a lot of words of wisdom out there and many of them are good, but not life changing.

These 29 carefully selected words of wisdom truly are some of the most powerful and wisest quotes ever written.

Here they are…

1. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”– Albert Einstein

2. Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Sigmund Freud

3. “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.” – Unknown

4. “Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.” – Stephen Covey

5. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

6. “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne

7. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”  – Winston Churchill

8. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

9. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

10.“Challenges is what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

11. “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time – help someone else.” – Chinese proverb

12. “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor Frankl

13. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

14. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

15. “Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take actions that could make their dream a reality” – Anthony Robins

16. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” – Paul Sweeney

17. “The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” – C. Joybell

18. “If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

19. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernhard Shaw

20. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry van Dyke

21. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

22. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

23. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey

24. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Theresa

25. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bil Keane

26. “Falling in love is not a choice.  To stay in love is.” – Unknown

27. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

28. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein

29. “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau

It’s up to you now

Do you feel inspired and a little bit wiser?

That’s great!

It’s all too easy though to read these inspiring words and then forget all about them.

So, I challenge you to read them again and then ask yourself what you can do differently in your life from now on to experience more happiness, success and fulfillment.

It might take a little bit of effort from your side, but you’ll reap the rewards for sure.

You can compare it to reading a book about losing weight. Just reading the book won’t make you loose weight. You actually have to get up and do something!

Are you ready to accept the challenge?

About the author:Bas Blikman is the writer and founder of Upfrontblogger.com; A website that gives honest and simple advice for starting a blog that will actually make you money His advice is also great if you want to start your own self improvement blog. You can follow him on Pinterest or visit his website for more information

 


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