Words of Wisdom - Quotes
What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.
Pieces of You
A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.
It is the empty can that makes the most noise - but only if it is kicked.
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
You don't get into trouble because of the things you don't know. It is the things you don't know you don't know that really get you into a mess.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.
If you put on more garments, the cold cannot reach you. Similarly, increase your patience and concentration and even great injuries cannot vex your mind.
My father still reads the dictionary every day. He says your life depends on your power to master words.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
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.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
Ruth and I don't have a perfect marriage, but we have a great one. How can I say two things that seem so contradictory? In a perfect marriage, everything is always the finest and best imaginable; like a Greek statue, the proportions are exact and the finish is unblemished. Who knows any human being lke that? For a marriage couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic.
Just As I Am
The unblemished ideal exists only in happily-ever-after fairy tales. Ruth likes to say, "If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary." The sooner we accept that as a fact of life, the better we will be able to adjust to each other and enjoy togetherness. "Happily incompatible" is a good adjustment.
Just As I Am
The notion that any one person can describe 'what really happened' is an absurdity. If ten - or a hundred - people witness an event, there will be ten - or a hundred - different versions of what took place. What we see and how we interpret it depends entirely upon our individual past experience.
Polgara, The Sorceress
Yield to temptation - it may not pass your way again.
Time Enough for Love
The superfluous is very necessary.
It is impossible to love and be wise.
Women make love for love, men make love for lust.
Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
The Art of War
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
The secret to life is that there is no secret.
Tell me and I know. Show me and I remember. Let me do it and I understand.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Too clever is dumb.
Sometimes a whisper speaks volumes.
Never give advice - a wise man won't need it, a fool won't heed it.
Some people speak from experience; others, from experience, don't speak.
The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
SAT tests are designed by huge panels of experts in education and psychology who work for years to design tests in which not one single question measures any bit of knowledge that anyone might actually need in the real world. We should applaud kids for getting lower scores.
He who laughs, lasts.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
The Bible says, 'The truth shall make you free.' But let's not forget it was Spiro Agnew who said that a good lie will keep you out of jail in the first place.
The Big Picture
Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
A book of quotations... can never be complete.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.
Most battles are won before they are ever fought.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose.
It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
Do not complain about life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best, it is impartial.
Lion of Macedon
Within their own sex, men bond more easily than women, but women bond more effectively. At a gathering, men will invite a stranger they've just met to play football with them, but women won't ask an acquaintance to shop with them. Those men will, at most, remain football buddies. But women will always have someone to go to the bathroom with.
What Men Learn From The Women They Love, Her World, Dec 97
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.