Wisdom quotes page 3
Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance.
Sir Winston Churchill
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
Henry van Dyke
It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to
yourself that has the most power.
Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells
you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and
analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -
that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
People can have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will
forsake the others.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers
and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the
wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits
of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers
that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest wisdom is blinded by the glare of vanity.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but
the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
Sometimes by losing a battle, you will find a new way to win the war.
Life isn't about having, it's about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can
buy, and you'd still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies
who don't have half the happiness I've found. On my journeys I've seen more joy in the slums
of Mumbai and the orphanages of Africa than in wealthy gated communities and on sprawling
estates worth millions.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right.
The future belongs to the competent. It belongs to those who are very, very good at what
they do. It does not belong to the well-meaning.
It is foolish to believe in something to hurt or harm you. Remember, it is not the thing
believed in that hurts or harms you, but the belief or thought in your mind, which creates the
result. All your experiences, all your actions, and all the events and circumstances of your life
are but the reflections and reactions to your own thought.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
He who thinks himself wise, O Heavens! is a great fool.
One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the
difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody,
it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.
P. J. O'Rourke
It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.
Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't
abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, page 140
Don't ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You
can only be free if I am free.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
There are those that travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet
the same. The success has this over his rivals: he knows where he is going.
Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited
set of targets.
Those who have a "why" to live, can bear with almost any "how."
The most important thing is to have a code of life, to know how to live. Find yourself a port
Dr. Hans Seyle
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they
make the difference between winning and losing.
Serving one's own passions is the greatest slavery.
It requires wisom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.