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Learn from the experience of others in this collection of life lesson quotes. From John D. Rockefeller to Oprah Winfrey, gain valuable insights.

Here, we bring you wise sayings from Chartcons, an extensive collection of inspirational, motivational and funny quotations by famous authors, celebrities and scholars

Wisdom is profitable to the wise and in all you get, you must try and get wisdom. In life, we are faced with different choices to make at different times, sometimes it is confusing to determine which choice to make, but a man of wisdom always makes good choices and seldom makes mistakes. Here are some good wise sayings for you.

A Collection of Old and New Wise Sayings

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

2. “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

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

4. “What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” Wayne Dyer

5. Adolescence: When youth assumes the responsibility for answering the phone.

6. Adult education often begins with a teenage marriage.

7. Alimony is sometimes known as bounty on the mutiny.

8. Alimony is the high cost of leaving.

9. All children, even those who don’t deserve it, need love.

10. All people are equal but it’s what they’re equal to that counts.10.

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

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

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

14. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

15. “There are three constants in life…change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey

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

17. “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James

18. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Scott Hamilton

19. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King, Jr.

20. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them–that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu

21. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

22. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein

23. “When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

27. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

28. “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” John F. Kennedy

See Also: Common Sayings Everyone Should Know

29. “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

30. “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy

31. “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

32. “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” Tony Robbins

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

34. “There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

35. “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

36. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

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

38. “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” C. S. Lewis

39. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

40. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison

41. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart

42. A person with a green thumb seldom paints a town red.

43. A gossip is one who keeps a swivel tongue in her head.

44. A kiss is a contraction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart.

45. A lawyer is one who is summoned when a felon needs a friend.

46. A lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.

47. One person cannot hold another person down without stooping.

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

49. “Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho

50. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson

More Inspiring Wise Sayings

51. “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

52. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” Les Brown

53. “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller

54. “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” Aristotle

56. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” Elbert Hubbard

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

58. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks

59. A fool empties his head every time he opens his mouth.

60. A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same.

61. A friend who is not in need could be a friend indeed.

62. A girl who is free for the evening could be very expensive.

63. All the world loves a lover–unless waiting for the phone he’s using.

64. All too often a clear conscience is merely the result of a bad memory.

See Also: Family Saying – Things To Say About Family

65. “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose–somehow we win out.” Ronald Reagan

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

67. A diplomat is one who can bring home the bacon without spilling the beans.

68. A dog has many friends because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

69. A dogmatic person always has concrete opinions thoroughly mixed and permanently set.

70. A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.

71. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

72. A first grade teacher is one who knows how to make little things count.

73. A folk singer is a person who gets rich singing about how wonderful it is to be poor.

74. All too often you read the directions only to find out what you did wrong.

75. Almost invariably a successful man appears simple but is very wise.

76. A good example of give and take is to take pains to give happiness.

77. A good father, finding his son on the wrong track, will provide switching facilities.

78. A good idea that is shared with others will live forever.

79. A good listener is not only popular, but he learns while he listens.

80. A good reputation is precious, but a good character is priceless.

81. A good salesman is one who convinces his wife she looks fat in a fur coat.

82. A gossip is one who has a sense of rumor.

83. A mere suggestion, when made by the boss, often assumes the importance of a command.

84. A mysterious envelope will be mailed to you with a little window in it. Pay it.

85. A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house.

86. A person who shows promise has learned how to keep them.

87. A person is not rewarded for having brains, but only for using them.

88. You soon learn how little you know when a child begins to ask questions.

89. A man too often shows his worst side to his better half.

90. A person who cannot lead and will not follow invariable obstructs.

91. If you are contented with what you have done, you will never reach your potential.

92. If you are in love with yourself, you will never have many rivals.

93. A person who is wrong but won’t admit it often gets angry.

94. Your character is measured by what you would do if you knew you wouldn’t be found out.

95. A philosopher is a man who knows exactly what to do until it happens to him.

96. A practical nurse is one who marries a wealthy patient.

97. A rabbit’s foot is a poor substitute for horse sense.

98. A raving beauty is a girl who finished second in a beauty contest.

99. A shady business never results in a sunny life.

100. A sick man who takes a turn for the nurse is getting better.

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Some of the most important life lesson quotes are learned the hard way. It is best to learn from the experiences of others instead of going through things yourself. Wherever you are in life, it pays to learn from those who have the experience to teach. The more you learn, the better person you become. You’ll avoid mistakes and focus more of your energy on succeeding in life.

We’ve collected some of most intriguing and captivating lessons learned in life from great men and women. Read them, reflect and learn from them.

Quotes about Life Lessons

Short cuts make long delays.
J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s how you carry it.
C.S. Lewis

A comfort zone is a wonderful place, but nothing ever grows there.
Unknown

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope

Knowledge is King

Living your life is a task so difficult, it has never been attempted before.
Unknown

So far, you’ve survived 100% of your bad days. This too, shall pass.
Unknown

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Failure is a lesson learned. Success is a lesson applied.
Unknown

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise.
Zig Ziglar

You only lose what you cling to.
Buddha

Seek to be worth knowing rather than well known.
Unknown

Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Unknown

To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.
Aristotle Onassis

But one of the big lessons I have learned from my journey is you can’t please everyone, so don’t try.
Chris Colfer

You gotta stop watering dead plants.
Unknown

Valuable Learnings

What to do with a mistake – recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Dean Smith – More Dean Smith Quotations

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou

Be like a tree, let the dead leaves drop.
Rumi

It’s the will not the skill.
Unknown

Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
Thich Nhat Hanh

I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.
Drew Barrymore

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 may like our Commitment Quotations.

Life Lesson Quotes

Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.
Roy T. Bennett

Some of life’s best lessons are learned at the worst times.
Ani DiFranco

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

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.
Peter F. Drucker

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

Experience – A Hard Teacher

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

Some people come in your life as blessings, others come in your life as lessons.
Mother Teresa – More Mother Teresa Sayings and Prayers

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.
Thomas L. Holdcroft

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Vernon Saunders Law

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

“You’re going to be happy,” said Life, “But, first I’ll make you strong.”
Unknown

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Steve Jobs – More of The Best of Steve Jobs

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
Zig Ziglar

Hard Work

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.
Estee Lauder

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln – Great Lincoln Quotes

If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.
Lev Grossman

If there are things you don’t like in the world you grew up in, make your own life different.
Dave Thomas

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

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey

The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.
Peter Shaffer

Good times become good memories and bad times become good lessons.
Unknown

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
Irving Berlin

Teachable Moments

Singleness of purpose is essential for success in life.
John D. Rockefeller – The Richest Person to Ever Live

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
Oprah Winfrey

Be like a tree; let the dead leaves drop.
Rumi

When someone shows you who they are; believe them the first time.
Mary Angelou

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!
Unknown

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.
Henry L. Stimson

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

Grow through what you go through.
Unknown

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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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120 Inspirational Quotes About Wisdom


120

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine


119

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


118

“Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” – Dale Turner


117

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James


116

“Cleverness is not wisdom.” – Euripides


115

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


114

“The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.” – Ivan Panin


113

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


112

“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.” – Cat Cora


111

“True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.” – Kiana Tom


110

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.” – Sophocles


109

“Wisdom begins at the end.” – Daniel Webster


108

“He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.” – Mary Wilson Little


107

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.” – Alexandre Dumas


106

“The difference between a wise and foolish man is this–the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.” – William Scott Downey


105

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” – Thomas J. Watson


104

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.” – Eckhart Tolle


103

“Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.” – Plato


102

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


101

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” – Elbert Hubbard


100

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” – Theodore Roosevelt


99

“In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.” – Lucille Ball


98

“Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.” – M. Scott Peck


97

“When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more.” – Mayim Bialik


96

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


95

“Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.” – Herman Hesse


94

“It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” – Henry David Thoreau


93

“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” – William Wordsworth


92

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” – Ansel Adams


91

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon


90

“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius


89

“Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.” – Orison Swett Marden


88

“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” – Aeschylus


87

“Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.” – William Temple


86

“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.” – Paul Engle


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“The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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“Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.” – Sophocles


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“Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.” – Franz Grillparzer


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“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.” – Sophocles


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“There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived.” – Amy Grant


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“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant


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“We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.” – Robert E. Lee


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“Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values.” – Sidney Hook


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“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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“Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.” – Euripides


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“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary.” – Octavio Paz


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“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.” – Epictetus


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“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” – Charles Stanley


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“Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.” – Walter Benjamin


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“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.” – Zhuangzi


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“I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom.” – Nina Totenberg


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“With age comes common sense and wisdom.” – Nas


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“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey


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“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.” – Joseph Smith, Jr.


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“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates


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“Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.” – Aesop


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“Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.” – Samuel Smiles


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“If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.” – William Butler Yeats


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“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.” – Plutarch


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“Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.” – Peter Conrad


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


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“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” – Francis Bacon


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


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“Remembering is painful, it’s difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom.” – Paul Greengrass


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“Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.” – Sophocles


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“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins


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“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.” – Moliere


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“To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.” – Wilson Mizner


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“I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange.” – Cherie Lunghi


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“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates


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“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


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“Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions.” – Yoko Ono


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“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” – Benjamin Franklin


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“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” – Charles Dickens


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“Wisdom sails with wind and time.” – John Florio


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“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” – Brian O’Driscoll


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“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” – Khalil Gibran


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“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix


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“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


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“Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability.” – Plautus


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“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey


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“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw


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“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” – Marilyn vos Savant


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“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu


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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates


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“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” – Bo Bennett


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“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.” – Reinhold Niebuhr


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“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” – Aeschylus


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“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha


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“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” – William Blake


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“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus


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“Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.” – Saadi


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“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius


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“Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.” – Liu Xiaobo


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“Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.” – Plato


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“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


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“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.” – Euripides


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“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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“The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities.” – Louise L. Hay


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“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.” – Publilius Syrus


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“Who is wise in love, love most, say least.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


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“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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“To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.” – Samuel Johnson


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“We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.” – Marcia Fudge


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“Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn’t all have to be by tomorrow!” – William Eardley IV


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“Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” – Aeschylus


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“No man was ever wise by chance.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


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“Wisdom is found only in truth.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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“You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom.” – Herbie Hancock


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“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” – Isaac D’Israeli


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“If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.” – Leo Buscaglia


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“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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“Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles


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“Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.” – William J. Clinton


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“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” – Thomas Jefferson


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“Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.” – Laurence Sterne


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“We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.” – Arthur Helps

What are proverbs? Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs".

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