A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell
People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
Plodding wins the race.
The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Suffering is one of life's great teachers.
Bryant H. McGill
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Slow and steady wins the race.
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
Orison Swett Marden
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison
You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Henry Ward Beecher
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
Jean de La Fontaine
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?
To advise is not to compel.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?
W. Clement Stone
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Thomas A. Edison
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Giving opens the way for receiving.
Florence Scovel Shinn
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
Laurence J. Peter
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet.
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
Honore de Balzac
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.
Saint Teresa of Avila
It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
Henry Ward Beecher
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Start wide, expand further, and never look back.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Sydney J. Harris
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
Omar N. Bradley
Please all, and you will please none.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
First appearance deceives many.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
A. C. Benson
Honesty is the best policy.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.
Edward Everett Hale
When you doubt, abstain.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can.
George Allen, Sr.
The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness - all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had - outside of us.
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.
D. H. Lawrence
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I praise loudly. I blame softly.
Catherine the Great
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
It is better to rust out than wear out.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.
Ezra Taft Benson
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.
Once you label me you negate me.
I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
Michel de Montaigne
Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
It's not the having, it's the getting.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
I didn't get where I am today by worryin' about how I'd feel tomorrow.
A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin
None knows the weight of another's burden.
Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
Never cut what you can untie.
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
A promise made is a debt unpaid.
Robert W. Service
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
No man was ever wise by chance.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.