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Words of Wisdom /
Thoughts to Live By

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
Plutarch

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
William James

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Wisdom is better than gold or silver.
German Proverb

Years teach us more than books.
Berthold Auerbach

It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.
Latin Proverb

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends and family, in one's backyard. - Abraham Maslow 


The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.
William Penn

The middle course is the best.
Cleobulus

The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.
Pythagoras

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
Thomas Huxley

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Measure a thousand times and cut once.
Turkish Proverb

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang

No man was ever wise by chance.
Seneca

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
Matsuo Basho

Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.
A. Maude Royden

Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.
John Milton

By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
Menander

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.
William Hazlitt

Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
John Tillotson

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shore line of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
Alexander Chase

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
Homer

The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.
Confucius

Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul. - German Proverb

 


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71 Inspirational Quotes

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    There are so many great inspirational quotes it is difficult to pick out the best quotes. However, here are some that we consider to be top notch. We hope they inspire you to be the best that you can be!

  1. You only have one life, and if it is not going in the direction you want it to, now is the time to make changes. Joyce Meyer, Seize the Day
    Wise words! Let these words inspire you to make changes if you are not moving in the direction you want to go!




  2. Success isn't easy, and that's a good thing - at least in business. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it and your competition would be outrageous! David Fairweather, Winning Mindset
    While these inspiring words may make you smile, be thankful that success is not easy. Next time you feel face difficulties - remember this inspirational quote!



  3. Never let your past decisions determine your future outcome. Mark Dudley, Morning Inspirations I




  4. Our character is not defined in the good times, but in the hard times. Paul Brodie
    Adversity, challenges, life issues that is where our character is built!



  5. Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams. Brad Sugars
    Motivational words and thoughts can be inspiring, but until you take the first step, you must motivate yourself, otherwise, your dream will just remain a dream.




  6. If you want something out of life you have to go out there and get it, because it is not just going to be given to you. Kelvin Waites, Hit'em Before They Hit You
    No one is going to climb the stairs for you, you must start one stair at a time. None of us are entitled, we all must work for what we want in life.



  7. No one can give you your goals. No one can dig for you. This is your journey. Warren Philip Gates, Success and the Powerful Introvert




  8. Having a specific meaning and purpose in your life helps to encourage you towards living a fulfilling and inspired life. Vic Johnson, Goal Setting
    If life has no meaning then what is the purpose?



  9. Hold the words and intentions gently with you as you go about your day, take action as it's called for and as it feels right for you and then simply watch as life unfolds and opens up for you. Cat O'Connor, 30 Days Of Inspiration




  10. I'll never forget the advice my father gave me as I prepared to go outside and play one day: "There are good and bad kids in this place, so make sure you pick the right ones." Sonny West, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business


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  12. Inspiration is a message from your unconscious wisdom telling you to go out there and be the fullest, most positive expression of you who you REALLY are. Paul Dalton
    Being inspired allows you to do things that perhaps you once thought were not possible. Be yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and when faced with setbacks don't give up find a way, look for the positive solution - it is there! Your attitude plays such an important part in your life, always keep it positive.



  13. Success is inevitable if you keep moving. The only thing that matters is that you keep going. The only way to truly fail at a marathon is to stop taking the next step. Tim Grahl, Running Down a Dream
    The key phrase in this quote is "keep moving." Far to often people stop when faced with obstacles or failure. Sometimes we have to take a step back to be able to step forward and succeed.




  14. Determine what motivates you and you can find your path to love, happiness and influence and that which you seek to make your life complete. Louis Howard, Inside The Minds of Champions
    To find success, you need to find what motivates you, what you have a passion for.



  15. Quitters never win. Winners never quit! Dr. Irene C. Kassorla
    It goes without saying that you will never win if you give up. Have a winning attitude, be determined.



  16. Everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life. The difference lies in how we look at things. Vishal Pandey, Positive Thinking
    Are you living to your full potential? Keep your attitude positive and find solutions that are stopping you from finding success.




  17. There's no such thing as lack of time, only lack of focus. We can all do the things we really want to do. Robyn Pearce, Getting a Grip on Time Management
    Why do some people seem to accomplish more than others? The difference is there ability to stay focused. Each of us has the same hours in a day, but the biggest difference is how we use each hour - do we sleep in or are we inspired and get up an hour early?




  18. "In the business world, you might remember leaders who inspired you to develop your own skills and possibly to take chances." Michael A. Pitcher, Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader




  19. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter F Drucker
    Peter Drucker has been providing inspiration through education and business advice for years. Starting a business is a risk and it takes courage but this is rarely thought about when the business is successful. May this quote be a reminder that life will bring you rewards if you have courage in making your decisions.




  20. Life without purpose is meaningless. Amy Torres, Sweet Dreams of Awakening
    Imagine getting up in the morning and having no purpose, having nothing to do. Imagine how boring life would be. Everyone has a purpose and we need to discover to fulfill our purpose for being.



  21. It is life's principle and you have to accept it as it comes; nothing happens when nothing is done. Israelmore Ayivor, Let's go to the Next Level
    Let this inspirational quote encourage you to take action. Unless you take action nothing changes!



  22. Being confident with what you do drives you to achieve your goals, work at your best and overcome any challenges that come your way.
    Matt Morris, CPCC, Positive Thinking
    This inspirational quote truly captures a key to success, let it remind you to be confident, to do your best, and to not give up when you face challenges!




  23. Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. Wayne Huizenga
    Motivational quotes on achieving success are many, but these words will make the difference in achieving success or just wishing for success. Which are you - the dreamer or the doer? Be the doer and succeed!



  24. Whether in athletics, business, government, or in the context of one's own family, the best leaders inspire others to harness their utmost potential to benefit the common good. Peter Tormey, The Thursday Speeches




  25. Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley
    You can have lots of ambition but if you don't persist when the going gets tough then you will never reach success.



  26. ...goals allow you to take control. Instead of living life by chance, you live by choice. Kam Knight, Goal Setting
    Set your goals, take your life in the direction you want to see your future unfold.



  27. If you've set goals and you want to achieve them, you have to think positively and achieving those goals will be a lot easier. Becca Earl, Positive Thinking
    To succeed in achieving your goals you must first believe that your goals are possible!



  28. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Steve Jobs
    This quote has been said many ways but it comes down to loving the work that you are doing. When you find that you will find that what you are doing is no longer work.



  29. Remember to focus on goals that are within your control. Tony Dungy, The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge


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  31. The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. Yiddish Proverb
    The first time I read this inspirational proverb it made me stop and realize how rich I could be if I just changed my thinking. Rather than wanting we need to focus and appreciate what we have. We may be more successful in life than we realize if we adopt these words.



  32. You gotta stay hungry! Stay focused! And you better have heart! The heart of a champion! Eric Thomas




  33. For every dream that you have, your week needs to match that dream. Eric Thomas
    These inspirational words by Eric Thomas holds a secret to success. We all have dreams but are you taking the action each and every week to move you in the direction of your dream. Or, are you just dreaming or wishing? To achieve success in life you need goals and action plans but most importantly you have to take action.




  34. Whether you think you can or think you can't you're right. Henry Ford
    This is one of the many famous quotes said many years ago by Henry Ford, but it still holds true. It may seem funny, but your attitude, your thinking will determine your success.



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50 Profound Words Of Wisdom That Might Just Change Your Life

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If you’re one of the many writers trying your hand at NaNoWriMo this year, (that’s National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) then you well know we’re approximately half way through the month of November — and hopefully, you’re well on your way to completing your goal of 50,000 words. As a repeated NaNoWriMo hopeful myself, I know what a complete drag that halfway point can be: by this time the adrenaline of starting SOMETHING BIG (aka: your novel) has worn off, your caffeine tolerance has skyrocketed, and your non-writer friends have gone from vaguely supportive to disbelief that you’re actually staying in to write all weekend AGAIN. Maybe you’re a little behind on your word count, or on sleep, or — most likely — both, and the end of November seems both too soon and impossibly far away.

From one writer to another, let me tell you: this is hardly atypical. Whether you’re attempting to write your novel in one frantic NaNoWriMo burst or you’ve been drafting it for years, I’d venture to guess that most writers suffer from creative fatigue (and, you know, finger cramps) in the middle of any project — no matter how ambitious. And lucky for you, not only have many of these successful writers lived to tell about it, they’ve offered plenty of words of wisdom for their fellow aspiring novelists.

Below you’ll find some inspiring words of wisdom — and great writing advice — from writers, designed to power you through the rest of your NaNoWriMo.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

― Octavia E. Butler, author of Kindred

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath, author of The Bell Jar

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence, it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge, it limits knowledge.”

― Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”

― Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale

“People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”

― Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that the finished work might contain this life inside it and offer it to the reader. The essence will not be, of course, the same thing as the raw material; it is not even of the same family of things. The novel is something that never was before and will not be again.”

— Eudora Welty, author of The Optimist's Daughter

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”

— Joyce Carol Oates, author of A Book of American Martyrs

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”

— Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim At Tinker Creek

"You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write."

— Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”

― Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird

“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.”

― Jennifer Weiner, author of Good In Bed

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”

― Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones

“If people cannot be flawed in fiction there's no place left for us to be human.”

― Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

“The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.”

― Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”

― Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

“The best writers aren’t the ones with the best stories to tell; rather they’re the ones who know how to transform their small, particular stories into visceral magic.”

― Heather Havrilesky, author of How to Be a Person in the World

“We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

― Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

“If you’re going to be a writer, first of all, it takes more time. It takes more thinking. It takes more creative energy. You’re going to be buying books, reading books, talking about books. You’ll go off on your own, like a little anti-social human being to do an activity that will benefit nobody. No one is waiting for your work. You are writing because you have a story to tell.”

― Kate Gale, author of The Goldilocks Zone

“The writer trusts nothing that [s]he writes — it should be too reckless and alive for that, it should be beautiful and menacing and slightly out of [her] control.”

― Joy Williams, author of The Quick and the Dead

“Write with great truthfulness; work harder than you thought possible; have passion, enormous sweeping passion. Give it first to your work. Let your work have all of the passion it requires, and whatever is left, put into your life.”

― Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder

“We write only the books that we need to write, or are able to write, and then we must release them, recognizing that whatever happens to them next is somehow none of our business.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“When I write I am trying to express my way of being in the world. This is primarily a process of elimination: once you have removed all the dead language, the second-hand dogma, the truths that are not your own but other people's, the mottos, the slogans, the out-and-out lies of your nation, the myths of your historical moment ― once you have removed all that warps experience into a shape you do not recognize and do not believe in ― what you are left with is something approximating the truth of your own conception.”

― Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time

“As writers we live life twice. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it. This is our life and it’s not going to last forever. Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write.”

― Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones

“But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.”

― Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

“If, while watching the sun set on a used car lot in Los Angeles, you are struck by the parallels between this image and the inevitable fate of humanity, do not, under any circumstances, write it down.”

― Fran Lebowitz, author of Metropolitan Life

“I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.”

― Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing

“Perhaps it is just as well to be rash and foolish for a while. If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would get written at all. It might be better to ask yourself 'Why?' afterward than before. Anyway, the force of somewhere in space which commands you to write in the first place, gives you no choice. You take up the pen when you are told, and write what is commanded.”

― Zora Neale Hurston, author of Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.”

― Virginia Woolf, author of A Room of One's Own

Profound insights summed up in a few words truth is simple yet profound, and I have always loved collecting the most helpful quotes that I can find, from books.

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Words of wisdom - 12 inspiring quotes from volunteers

6 Sep 2016

Volunteering is a unique experience - one that can give you a whole new perspective on life. With this in mind we asked 12 of our volunteers to pass on their words of wisdom. Here's what they said: 

"I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that, until I realised I was somebody" 

– Judith Hill – volunteered in Nepal

"Human life is precious and we should all support each other. Look at the global picture, and help where we can" 

– Paderic McKen – volunteered in Uganda

"Volunteer with two ears and one mouth, and listen and learn for the people you're working with." 

– Andrew Ashe – volunteered in Papua New Guinea

“At the end of my placement in Zanzibar, Tanzania, I was given a kanga (colourful printed cotton fabric) as a parting gift by the students and teachers of a college I had facilitated in. Every kanga has a Swahili quote on it, and mine reads 'nimeridhika na hali yangu' which means 'I am satisfied with my situation'. A wonderful reminder on gratitude and humility that I always try to keep close in mind.”

– Isatou Sey – volunteered in Zanzibar with ICS

“You're the agent of change and people want you to say things and make changes that they may not be able to say or make themselves.”

– Cath Nixon – volunteered in Nepal

“One of the most important things I've done is to plant seeds in people's heads, so that ideas can continue to grow once I've left.”

– Gareth George – volunteered in Nepal 

"No single one person will change the world, but when you volunteer you can create the ripple in the tides to creating a better and happier world."  

– Megan Lewis – volunteered in Kenya with ICS

“People learn in different ways and you need to be patient, flexible and open to new ideas.”

– Béibhinn Ní Mhuirí – volunteered in Rwanda

"My ICS host mum in Nicaragua once told me 'Every head is a world' (cada cabeza es un mundo), which reminds me to think of things from other people's perspectives and take a while to try to understand where they're coming from."

– Daisy Stella Baldwin – volunteered in Nicaragua with ICS

“In some ways, there's nothing extraordinary about volunteering. I think people have an instinct to help one another and I think some people are answering that instinct when they choose to volunteer.”

– Patricia Gilhooley – volunteered in Ethiopia

"After meeting my host sister who was paralysed from the waist down at 15 months old, but who was therefore able to continue her education and not drop out of school to get married, we decided that every situation is what you make of it."  

– Alice Durrant – returned ICS volunteer

"Written above my desk in the office in South Africa - by Nelson Mandela: 'We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.' "

– Adam Bailey,  volunteered in South Africa with ICS

 

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