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Quotes of Wisdom


(Sorted more or less by alphabetic order of the writer.)


No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara De Angelis

Make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury pardon;
Where there is doubt faith;
Where there is despair hope;
Where there is darkness light;
Where there is sadness joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love,
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned,
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."
Unknown (not written by St. Francis)

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
William Arthur

We are here on earth to do good for others.
What the others are here for, I don't know.
W. H. Auden

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.
St. Teresa of Avila

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
Alfred Adler


The scars you acquire by exercising courage will never make you feel inferior.
D.A. Battista

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space
Diana Black

The greatest dangers of liberty lurk in insidious encroachment of men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis

We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.
Alice Bloch

William Blake

You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

None will improve your lot if you yourself do not.
Bertolt Brecht

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning

Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.
Warren Buffet


You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
Andrew Carnegie

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
G. K. Chesterton

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty... in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.
Deepak Chopra

Sir Winston Churchill

People stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are two types of people: Those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!", and those who say, "Ah, there you are".
Frederick L. Collins


Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.

James Cowan

What wisdom is acquired during the course of a life is a result of the mind's tenderness toward the heart.

Wise men contemplate the world, knowing full well that they are contemplating themselves.


When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne Dyer

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke


Meister Eckhart

I have sought earnestly and with great diligence that good and high virtue by which man may draw closest to God... and as far as my intelligence would permit, I find that high virtue to be pure disinterest, that is, detachment from creatures. Our Lord said to Martha 'Unum est necessarium', which is to say; to be untroubled and pure, one thing is necessary and that is disinterest.

The only way to find God, is to let go of God

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Alva Edison

To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmonds

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

From now on practice saying to everything that appears unpleasant: You are merely an appearance and NOT what you appear to be.

Albert Einstein

All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities,
for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Only a life lived for others is worth living.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

A human being is part of the whole called by us 'Universe', a part limited in time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest...
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.


Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes
(School instead creates closed minds, filled to the brim.

Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
Benjamin Franklin


Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Galbraith's Law

Eternity is not something that happens after you are dead. It's going on all the time. We're in it now.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself - to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed & then to find yourself still in bed.
From a letter by C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger,
and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy,
even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that can move the world.

When you make yourself into zero, your power becomes invincible.

Do not believe in telling people of one's faith, especially with a view to conversion.
Faith must be lived, and when it is, it becomes self-propagating

Indira Gandhi

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Kahlil Gibran

Trickery succeeds sometimes, but it always commits suicide.

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you take fire into your heart, your house is likely to burn.
Alyson's great grandmother


When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap!
Cynthia Heimel

Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Aldous Huxley

My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it as it is and why it exists as all.
Stephen Hawking

The easy path of aging is to become a thick-skinned, unbudging curmudgeon, a battle-ax. To grow soft and sweet is the harder way.
James Hillman

Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind's vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth.
Dr. David R. Hawkins

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.

Dag Hammerskjvld

The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.

Do not seek death.
Death will find you.
But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.


Life comes in the form of opportunities, which are easy to recognize, after they have been wasted...

Thomas Jefferson

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Carl Gustav Jung

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside awakens.


If you have no love, do what you will - go after all the gods on earth, do all the social activities, try to reform the poor, the politics, write books, write poems - you are a dead human being. Without love your problems will increase, multiply endlessly.


And with love, do what you will, there is no risk; there is no conflict.
Then love is the essence of virtue.
And a mind that is not in a state of love, is not a religious mind at all.

'Attention' implies to attend, that is, to listen, hear, see, with all the totality of your being...completely.
In that total attention - in which there is no division - you can do anything.

We have invented god.
The thinking created god for itself.
That means, due to unhappiness, fear and depression we created
something, called god. When you are free of fear,
free of suffering, there is no desire for a god.

Our system of upbringing is based on what to think not on how to think.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor, it first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them a new self-respect; It calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had.

It's just as evil to kill Vietnamese as it is to kill Americans.

Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation for such method is love.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
Alan Keightley

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

We would have much peace
if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others.
Thomas À Kempis

Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift-- which is why they call it the present.
Bill Keane

The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.
John F. Kennedy



To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about other people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.

Abraham Lincoln
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up.
Vince Lombardi

Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.
Art Linkletter

Leaves of Grass

Of all sad words, of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."
Let's add this thought, unto this verse: "It might have been a great deal worse."

If we give love and symphathy even to those who hate us we fill them so with mystery they know not how to rate us.

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn


What actions are most excellent?
To gladden the heart of a human being.
To feed the hungry.
To help the afflicted.
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful.
To remove the wrongs of the injured.
That person is the most beloved of God
who does the most good to God's creatures.
The Prophet Muhammed

Expose yourself to your deepest fear;
After that, fear has no power,
And the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.
You are free.
Jim Morrison

Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far.
The secret is in action - here and now.
It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself.
Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect
- whatever your idea of perfection may be.
All you need is courage.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Those who are enlightened live in a state of constant amazement.
Those showing amazement however, can be either ignorant or wise.

It's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it that makes the difference.
W. Mitchell

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.
John Stuart Mill

The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said.
Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.
Ramana Maharshi

Michel de Montagne

A man never speaks of himself without losing thereby. His self-accusations are always believed; his slef-praise disbelieved.

Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo

I assure you, an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated one.
Jean Baptiste Molière

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
Sir Claus Moser


With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Isaac Newton

A bowl belongs to whoever needs it.
Native American saying


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
James Oppenheim

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent that the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
George Orwell


If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always had!
Lesley P.

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

When men speak ill of thee, so live that nobody believe them.

Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies.
With either we dispense with the need for reflection.
Henri Poincare

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.


No one's head aches when he is comforting another

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.

Charity sees the need, not the cause.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Only after settling down one's mind can one obtain peace.
Only after obtaining peace can one think.
Only after carefully thinking can one attain a favorable end.

He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

People in the West are always getting ready to live.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool - shun him.
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple - teach him.
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep - awaken him.
He who knows and knows that he knows, he is wise - follow him.

There are two rules on the spiritual path:
Begin and Continue.
Sufi saying

If you always assume the person sitting next to you is the Messiah waiting for some human kindness,
You will soon come to weigh your words and watch your hands.
And if he/she so chooses not to reveal him/herself in your time -
It will not matter.
A Rabbi's Proverb


Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Tony Robbins

I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.
Anthony Robbins

Every man dies. Not every man lives.
Tim Robbins

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
Jim Rohn

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
Bertrand Russell

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission
Eleanor Roosevelt.

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld


If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in it's master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.
St Francois de Sales

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Jonathan Swift

Our own true nature is Infinite Joy!
Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.
Sri Swami Satchidananda

This above all; to thine own self be true.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Like a goldfish who never suspects a greater world beyond the ponds surface, the limited awareness of humankind floats beneath the surface of a greater reality; groping, mouth agape in total ignorance.
After studing all major religions, out of body experiences, near death experiences, hauntings, psychics and memories of previous lifetimes through regressive hypnosis techniques, I have indeed deduced that we are not people having spiritual experiences, but spirits having human experiences.
Paul Schroeder

A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are made for.
John A. Shedd

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a liontamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Don't be afraid of showing your feelings, be afraid of regretting it when you don't.
Laura Springer

We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
Adlai E. Stevenson

If only it were all so simple, if only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
Alexander Solzhenitsyen


Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline,
but merely the meaningless following of custom,
which is only a disguise for stupidity.
Rabindranath Tagore

Suffering is not a prerequisite for happiness
Judy Tatelbaum

Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go:
first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor....
Let no one come to you without leaving better or happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile and kindness in your warm greeting.

all that we need to know
all the wisdom of the cosmos
we will find in our own heart

If you give what you do not need, it isn't giving.

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.

Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning.
Love has to be put into action and that action is service.
Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

What you keep to yourself, you lose.
What you give away, you keep forever

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'
Brian Tracy

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Tse Tung

Without memory, there is no healing.
Without forgiveness, there is no future.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"When may I give you my heart?"
"When it is no longer yours or mine."

Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.
Mark Twain

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Margaret Thatcher



Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

How can you love God whom you have never seen, and hate your brother you see every day?
Or is that why?

Anything anyone does anywhere
affects everything everywhere.

Join the army, meet people, make new friends.... and kill them.

If your aim in life is nothing; you can't miss.
And you can't win

A man with one watch will always know the time.
A man with two watches will always be in doubt.

Don't let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart

The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority.
The test of courage comes when we are in a minority.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way that you want, doesn't mean that they don't love you the best way they know how.

Everyone is crazy, some people just hide it better than others.

Failure is not the worst thing in the world, the very worst is not to try.

Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

I cried because I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart, cling to them as you would your life...For without them, life is meaningless..

The best way to have what you want, is to want what you have. If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

A wise man knows how to laugh at himself. If he cannot, others will.

If you can't control your mouth, there's no way you can hope to control your mind.

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger,
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.

Though you cannot return to the past to make a brand new start,
you can always make a brand new start now, and a brand new ending.

Contradiction in terms: civil war

All the darkness in the world could not put out the light of one small candle.

"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters.

A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be somewhere else

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.


All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda


As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow.
We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom.
It happens in its own time."
Denis Waitley

We must be courageous but also reasonable. The world admires us for walking a tightrope without falling off. It asks us to keep our balance.
Lech Walesa

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William A. Ward

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Denis Waitley

Nothing is worse than extreme affliction which destroys the 'I' from the outside,
because after that we can no longer destroy it ourselves.
Simone Weil

Oscar Wilde

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.

Men always want to be a womans first love - women like to be a mans last romance.


Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.
Paramahansa Yogananda

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your formal self.
Thom Yorke


Zig Ziglar

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.

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