Wise Quotes


Wise Quotes

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Wise Quotes

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"Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thin. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear and with a manly heart." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Hyperion", 1839.

Many small make a great. Chauser

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.

Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. The lion, you know, called the sheep to ask her if his breath smelled. She said, "Aye." He bit off her head for a fool. He called the wolf and asked him. The wolf said, "No." The lion tore him to pieces for a flatterer. At last he called the fox and asked him. "Truly, sir, I have such a cold I can smell nothing. John Selden

Every death is a door opening on Creation's mystery. The door opens, but we see only darkness. In that awful moment, we realize how vast the universe is, complexity upon complexity, beyond us. But that is the true gift of simplicity: to accept the world's infinite complication, to accept bewilderment. Richard Wolkomir

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau

A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it. Russian proverb

The world is increasingly interdependent. It is crucial that all of us, the strong and the weak, contribute in our own way. Dalai Lama

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. Aristotle

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

"He who laughs, lasts." Mary Pettibone Poole

"No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive." John Cassavetes

"One may miss the mark by aiming too high, as too low." Thomas Fuller

"Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third." Marge Piercy

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind, but keep in mind that letting go isn't the end of the world, it's the beginning of a new life.

"We cannot do all great things. But we can do small things with great love." Mother Teresa

The only person you need to impress in life is yourself.

"You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life – so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself." Jane Seymour

"What is now proved was once imagined." William Blake

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it." Jonathan Winters

"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties." Francis Bacon

"It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them." Joanna Field

"Use what talents you have; the woods would have little music if no birds sang their song except those who sang best." Reverend Oliver G. Wilson

"One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes." Helen Merrell Lynd

"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass." Ann Landers

"Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all." Ovid

"What worries you, masters you." Haddon W. Robinson

"Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure and stop to smell the flowers." Walter Hagen

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all? Dale Carnegie

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. General Norman Schwarzkopf

"You must be true to yourself. Strong enough to be true to yourself. Brave enough to be strong enough to be true to yourself. Wise enough to be brave enough, to be strong enough to shape yourself from what you actually are." Sylvia Constance Ashton-Warner (1908-1984), New Zealander author

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. Bob Talbert

It is good to be wise and wise to be good.

Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world. Brenda Peterson

"We can learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp...some are pretty...some are dull...some have weird names...and all are different colors... But they all have to learn to live in the same box." Author unknown

My boyfriend used to ask his mother, 'How can I find the right woman for me?' and she would answer, 'Don't worry about finding the right woman--concentrate on becoming the right man.

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. Andy Rooney

"There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second" Logan Pearsall Smith

Through every trial we grow. All suffering we experience has a meaning. Though it seems very cruel, it is like the
fire that smelts the iron ore: the steel that emerges from that furnace is beautifully strong, useful for many purposes. Paramhansa Yogananda

It's the little things that make up the richest part of the tapestry of our lives.

"Out of the strain of the Doing, into the peace of the Done." Julia Louise Woodruff

"Wake up with a smile and go after life... Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it." Joe Knapp

"To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice." Confucius

"The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions." Confucius

You should be more concerned with character than reputation because character is who you are, while reputation is merely what others think.

People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future.

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument an exchange of ignorance. Robert Quillen

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

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

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything.

We may raise and fall but at the end we meet our fate together.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

Sometimes it has to get really dark to be able to see the stars.

Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

There are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet.

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny...It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth...The Soul of the World is nourished by people's happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation. All things are one...In the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own destinies." (p. 22 - 24)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being...Maybe that's why they give up on it so early, too. But that's the way it is." (p. 25)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it...It's called the principle of favorability, beginner's luck. Because life wants you to achieve your destiny." (p. 42-54)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "Because it's the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive. That's what helps me face these days that are all the same, these mute crystals on the shelves, and lunch and dinner at that same horrible café. I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living." (p.57)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "...the sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired." (p. 64)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision." (p.71)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It's always a positive force...this was not just a human gift...everything on the face of the earth had a soul, whether mineral, vegetable, or animal—or even just a simple thought." (p. 82)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "I'm alive...When I'm eating, that's all I think about. If I'm on the march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight, it will be just as good a day to die as any other. Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. You'll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we're living right now." (p. 88-89)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "He decided to concentrate on more practical matters. He knew that in the caravan there was a man to whom he was to teach some of his secrets. The omens had told him so. He didn't know the man yet, but his practiced eye would recognize him when he appeared. He hoped that it would be someone as capable as his previous apprentice. I don't know why these things have to be transmitted by word of mouth, he thought. It wasn't exactly that they were secrets; God revealed his secrets easily to all his creatures. He had only one explanation for this fact: things have to be transmitted this way because they were made up from the pure life, and this kind of life cannot be captured in pictures or words. Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World." (p. 91)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil," said the alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is." (p. 121)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom. That's what I mean by action." (p. 133)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." (p. 137)

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, "...happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert...Because a grain of sand is a moment of creation, and the universe has taken millions of years to create it." (p. 138)



The following is written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned.... That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned.... That there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned.... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned .. That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." - Andre Gide

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." - Warren Buffet

"Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you." - Frank Crane, Essays

"No one is such a liar as the indignant man." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I take a simple view of living. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it." - Laurence Olivier

"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about." - Dale Carnegie

"There is only on thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience." - Archibald McLeish

"A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world." - Sigmund Freud

"Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life." - Chinese Proverb

"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

"It is difficult to give children a sense of security unless you have it yourself. If you have it, they catch it from you." - Thomas Edison

"We are all designed for a specific purpose; we all have something for which each of us, and each of us alone, is responsible." - Naomi Stephan

"We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why don't we legalize it and then tax it out of business." - Will Rogers

"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." - Mark Twain

"On the one hand, we'll never experience childbirth. On the other hand, we can open all our own jars." - Jeff Green

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." - Norman Vincent Peale

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist fears this is true" - James Branch Cabell

"The only thing I regret about my past life is the length of it. If I had my past life over again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner." - Tallulah Bankhead

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." - Edward R. Murrow

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." - Benjamin Franklin

"I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it." - Henry Emerson Fosdick

"What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? . . .'Hold my purse.'" - Francois Morency

"There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn't matter who gets the credit." - Emerson

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian." - Dennis Wholey

"To do carefully and constantly and kindly many little things is not a little thing" - Author Unknown

"What a crazy world we live in! Trying to treat addiction as a legal problem, and trying to treat criminal misbehaviors using guns as a medical problem! Beam me up, Scotty. Ain't no intelligent life down here." - Julie Cochrane

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Excellence can be attained if you Care more than others think is wise, Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical, and Expect more than others think is possible." - Author Unknown

"There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else." - Cyrus Curtis

"In scandal, as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief." - Lord Chesterfield

Создан 05 июн 2005

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