Words of Wisdom - Quotes
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
The employer generaly gets the employees he deserves.
One can never consend to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
The mind of the people is like mud, from which arises strange and beautiful things.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, it's playing a poor hand well.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men, true nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
To generalize is to be an idiot.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Without orignal, independent reflection, everything one knows is just an echo of other people's thoughts.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be the sun, be a star. It isn't by size that you win or you fail, it's by being the best of whatever you are.
Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.
To fly, we have to have resistance.
Preconcieved notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vien of gold which the owner knows not of.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is colorblind.
Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read them.
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.
It takes one tree to make a thousand matches, it takes one match to burn a thousand trees.
God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into it's nest.
The depth of your compassion lies in your ability to forgive yourself.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Bygones, which are not forgotten, are teachers about our future.
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius had its limits.
As we acquire more knowldege, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
My own suspicion is that the universe is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we can suppose.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook.
You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
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.
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil. To think is to do.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,
He travels fastest who travels alone.
No man chooses to become either a philosopher or a poet; these callings choose the men for themselves.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.