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Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope.

--Bradley Whitford

Longer Version:

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.


No matter what life throws at you, don't become jaded or cynical. Love is worth the risk.

--Wayne Gerard Trotman

When you don't know what to do, love is what to do.

--Odille Remmert

There is ample room for kindness in authenticity.

--Boomie Bol

Many of the things we worry about, they end up becoming nothing.

--Boomie Bol

Service is not just a word, service is an action!

--Franklin Theelen

Better foster wisdom, before you destroy the world with your arrogance of intelligence.

--Abhijit Naskar

Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

--Ali ibn Abi Talib

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

--Montesquieu

Don't let anyone's disapproval dictate your actions.

--Christopher Paolini

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

--Doug Larson

Experience and travel. These are an education in themselves.

--Euripides

You will curse your blessings by not being grateful for what is already yours.

--Germany Kent

Hate is a lack of imagination.

--Graham Greene

One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go.

--Jane Fonda

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

--Solomon

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -- thou art a fool.

--Lord Chesterfield

Only the steps of a one-step long journey can be taken all at the same time.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We know way too many words of wisdom, but perform all too few actions of wisdom.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Never say no twice if you mean it.

--Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.

--René Descartes

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.

--Sophocles

Surprise sex is the best thing to wake up to. Unless you're in prison.

--Oliver Markus Malloy

If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it.

--R. C. Sproul

Take people's advice and guidance in the beginning, but always follow your instincts first.

--Alexander Wang

We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.

--Archilochus

Real kindness seeks no return.

--Thiruvalluvar

May you never become so cynical that you let a star fall without its wish.

--Nicole Lyons

The worst part of being okay is that okay is far from happy.

--Anna Todd

The most interesting things in life happen just on the other side of your comfort zone.

--Michael Hyatt

Words matter, because they cling to us, and we matter.

--Barbara Lynn-Vannoy

Truth is the most lied about word.

--Mystqx Skye

The same path walked by different souls will lead to different places.

--John French

When you're watching somebody else's yard, a lot of trash collects in yours.

--Jon Luvelli

Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.

--Charles Dickens

Joy goes against the foundations of mathematics: it multiplies when we divide.

--Paulo Coelho

Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life.

--Paulo Coelho

Don't fear the light within. May it ignite the Sacred Flame in your soul.

--Paulo Coelho

What you feed your mind determines your appetite.

--Zig Ziglar

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

--Albert Einstein

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

--Nelson Henderson

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

--Alice Walker

There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.

--William Shakespeare

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.

--Voltaire

Longer Version:

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.

--Henry David Thoreau

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

--Galileo Galilei

The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.

--Desiderius Erasmus

In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.

--Bruce Lee

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

--Albert Einstein

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

--Albert Einstein

Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

--Bhagavad Gita

If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.

--Democritus

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

--Terry Pratchett

I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.

--Sivananda Saraswati

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.

--Rabindranath Tagore

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.

--Plautus

The truest sayings are paradoxical.

--Lao Tzu

Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.

--Alfred North Whitehead

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

--Thomas Moore

He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.

--Mark Twain

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.

--Leo Tolstoy

A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.

--Pythagoras

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

--Albert Einstein

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

--Zig Ziglar

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

--Zhuangzi

Longer Version:

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.


I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

--Socrates

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

--William Faulkner

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.

--Diogenes

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

--Voltaire

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

--William Shakespeare

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

--William Osler

He was a wise man who invented beer.

--Unknown Author

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

--Sophocles

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

--Socrates

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.

--Samuel Smiles

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

--Samuel Johnson

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

--René Descartes

Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never know.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

--Oprah Winfrey

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.

--Oprah Winfrey

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

--Plutarch

The wisest have the most authority.

--Plato

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.

--Plato

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

--Napoléon Bonaparte

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.

--Menander

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

--Michel de Montaigne

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

--Cicero

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A fool is wise in his eyes.

--Solomon

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

--Khalil Gibran

Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth.

--Keith Miller
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