Words of Wisdom


I intended to write a witty and insightful post. That didn’t work out, so I resorted to a collection of witty and insightful quotes.

“Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.”  Frank Sonnenberg

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”  Vernon Howard

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

“Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”  Unknown

“Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”  Booker T. Washington

“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.”  Unknown

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”  Andre Gide

“He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.”  Abraham Lincoln

“You can determine how confident people are by listening to what they don’t say about themselves.”  Brian G. Jett

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”  Elbert Hubbard

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”  Benjamin Disraeli

“Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.”  John Ruskin

“Experience is what you get when you do not get what you want.”  Unknown

“Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something.”  Unknown

“The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.”  Sophocles


“All the really valuable things you own are things you can’t photograph.”  Unknown

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

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.”  Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”  Sydney Harris

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”  Richard L. Evans

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”  Joshua J. Marine

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  George Bernard Shaw

“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”  Doug Larson

“There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is easier to fight for ones principles than to live up to them.”  Alfred Aider

“People know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.”  Oscar Wilde

“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

“Life is too important to take seriously.”  Unknown

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what people really thought of you if you knew just how seldom they actually do.”  Unknown

“Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.”  Eleanor Roosevelt


“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”  Unknown

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

“Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.”  Braveheart

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.”  Richard Bach

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”  Alexander Woolcott

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

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”  Albert Einstein

“The lips know only shallow tunes. The heart is where great symphonies are born.”  Calvin Miller

“[My mother] said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”  Maya Angelou

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”  Unknown

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”  William James

“Someone once asked me “why do you always insist on taking the hard road?” and I replied “why do you assume I see two roads”?”  Unknown

“The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.”  Albert Einstein

“Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.”  Unknown

“Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.”  Ken Blanchard

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“They can not take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”  Vernon Law

“A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”  Unknown

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”  Arthur Ashe

“No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.”  Samuel Goldwyn

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”  Phillips Brooks

“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.”  Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”  Abraham Lincoln

“If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?”  Neale Donald Walsch

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”  James A. Michener

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is a confession of character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.”  Daniel J. Boorstin


 “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”  Abraham Lincoln

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”  Unknown

 “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”  Hugh Downs

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.”  Unknown

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”  Joseph Cossman

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”  Unknown

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Henry Ford

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”  William Shakespeare

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere”  Unknown

 “The rainbows of life follow the storms.”  Unknown

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  John Lubbock

 “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”  Helen Keller

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.”  Epicurus

“Clear your mind of can’t.”  Samuel Johnson

“To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.”  Ronald Reagan

“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”  Winston Churchill

 “Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened.”  Unknown

“Don’t let me settle for a sugar-coated life. Give it to me raw.”  Me


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