How that motivational quote happened to be printed on a shopping bag was beyond me, but it was striking enough to get me thinking of my.
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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Wise Quotes and Sayings: Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your I moaned because I had no shoes, until I met a man.
I was at the shopping mall one day running errands and during my shopping I came across this quote on a shopping bag:
How that motivational quote happened to be printed on a shopping bag was beyond me, but it was striking enough to get me thinking of my own life. Looking back, I realized how fortunate I truly was—I have a great family, was able to attend Boston University and received a good education, and I now run a my own financial investments firm. One would imagine me being married to my job and not having a life outside of my career, but on the contrary, I made an effort to find the time to enjoy some of life’s simplest pleasures: traveling and sharing special moments with my loved ones, playing golf with friends, reading a good book, exercising, and participating in charity events. I then realized that I was able to do all these things, and more, because I did what Mr. Churchill said… stop dreaming and start acting.
It does not end there, life always goes up and down, but if we learn from our mistakes the “ups” should climb higher each time and the “downs” not as low as the previous one. Critical improvement of oneself is very important and pride is a waste of time because it prevents you from learning. Like many other children, I’ve always been a dreamer, but somewhere along the way I’ve stopped wishing and started working hard towards my dream. One of my co-workers happened to bump into me during coffee break and asked me for advice on success. I told him one way to achieve it was to follow the words and wisdom from the people who’ve already obtained greatness in one form or another. Read about them and stick with their basic ingredients and add a little something special of your own.
There are guards and janitors, and there are presidents of multi-national companies. There are students from public schools, and there are students from Ivy-league schools. There are bankers, financial managers, and politicians, and there are social workers, doctors, and athletes. No matter what you are, and where you are in life, whatever you are tasked to do, do it with excellence. Your work is your signature, and you will be remembered not by what you do but how well you actually do it. Trust me, it is better to be remembered for the great products and service you deliver to your clients, than the positions and offices you hold.
Failure is as inevitable as the rising and setting of the sun. Every well-known person who has achieved great heights in their career had, at some point in their lives, failed miserably. J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers. Walt Disney was told that he had no imagination. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. What made these people succeed is their tenacity to keep trying and moving forward towards their purpose and their goal despite the set-backs. Decide now whether your goal is worth every failure, heartbreak, and backbreaking work that it’s going to take. Remember that the road to success is constantly under construction, as are you. You are a work in progress, and you learn as you live.
On that note, allow me to end with a famous Japanese proverb, and congratulate you in advance for staying on the right path, not allowing disappointment to sway you and continually refining your skills and intellect. Remember…always be sharpening your mind.
Jeffrey Arsenault is the Founder and Principal Partner of a New York-based financial investments management firm, Old Greenwich Capital Partners. When he is not running the company with his best of breed fund managers, he is enjoying life’s simplest pleasures by cherishing his wife and guiding his family of 5, playing golf, traveling, and reading.
Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.
The Danish Economic Council (Det Økonomiske Råd – also known as the ‘economic wise men') released its take on the national economy on Wednesday. The wise men predicted that Denmark's gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by 1.6 percent this year and by 2.1 percent increase in 2016. The projections are down slightly from the spring forecast, with the wise men saying that the downgrades are a result of a weakening of the global economy over the summer.
“We expect that the growth will be strong enough to result in an increase in employment of around 100,000 jobs between the years 2015 and 2017. Looking ahead to 2025, we expect an employment growth of 250,000,” council member Hans Jørgen Whitta-Jacobsen told broadcaster DR.
The forecast called for employment figures to grow by 26,000 this year and 33,000 in 2016.
Although the wise men's report slightly lowered the GDP outlook, they had a markedly more optimistic take on the economy than the Finance Ministry.
The ministry said in August that Denmark's structural balance showed a 2015 deficit of 0.7 percent of the nation's GDP, higher than the 0.5 percent mark allowed under the budget. The ministry said that in order to bring the deficit down to the acceptable level, it would have to implement significant budget cuts.
But the wise men's report said that Denmark's structural balance shows a 0.3 percent surplus for 2015 and a surplus of around 0.5 percent each year through to 2020.
The wise men also predicted that private consumption will increase significantly, going from just 0.5 percent growth last year to 1.9 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2016. Along with the increased spending, the council predicted that consumer prices would increase by 1.0 percent this year and 1.6 percent next year.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who.
The Wise Men travel far to meet Jesus Christ and present Him with gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. After their visit, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt to protect Christ from the wicked King Herod, who wants to have Him killed.
Matthew 2:1-2, 11-15
1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
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