Tag: Wisdom

Quotes May 15, 2021

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that give everything its value.
Thomas Paine – 1737-1809 – American Political Activist
The purpose creates the machine.
Arthur Young – 1741-1820 – English Writer
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.
Mohsin Hamid
Our knowledge of shape and form remains, in general, a mixture of visual and of tactile experiences… A child learns about roundness from handling a ball far more than from looking at it.
Henry Moore
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin
The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief — But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.
Hilary Stanton Zunin
Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.
Adrienne Rich
Hoist your heart and light up the lives, for darkness is upon us and humanity is in peril.
Abhijit Naskar
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Gandhi
A lot of heroes have as their weapons of choice LOVE AND COMPASSION.
Dianne Ackerman
The harshest criticism may be the best words you ever hear.
Eric Yuan,
founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Quotes May 11, 2021

Remember, every treasure comes with a price.
Kevin Kwan,
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Art frees us; and the art of words can take us beyond anything we can say in words.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Take risks: If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.
Gina Milicia – Photographer-Author
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands
Anne Frank
Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
Pope Francis
Faith means living with uncertainty–feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark
Dan Millman
Compassion is the basis of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.
Anne Lamott
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
We are all leaves on different branches of the same tree.
Laura Lynne Jackson
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine
Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited. It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it’s too late. Extinction means forever.
Paul Oxton
How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.
Virginia Woolf
There is a difference between
loneliness and solitude,
one will empty you and
one will fill you.
You have the power to choose.

Quotes May 08, 2021

When I was a young guy, I knew everything. Now I know very little. I know less and less as the time goes on.
Anthony Hopkins,
actor, director, producer
With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself.
Frances McDormand,
actor, producer
I love to doubt as well as know.
Dante Alighieri,
I think of a sun like Beethoven, a wind like Debussy, and birdcalls like Stravinsky. But the tempo is all mine.
Patricia Highsmith,
I love to doubt as well as know.
Dante Alighieri,
Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
Amy Tan,
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Don’t fear failure. Cancel all the noise and keep going.
Now is the time to be constructive, not destructive, and we’re just getting started.
Tina Craig,
business executive, entrepreneur, fashion influencer
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
I’ve always had the mind-set: ‘No one can challenge me better than myself.’
Troy Polamalu,
professional American football player, philanthropist
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
There are a few people who truly, truly walk the talk.
Olympia Dukakis,
actor, director, producer
There is but one Earth, tiny and fragile, and one must get 100,000 miles away to appreciate fully one’s good fortune in living on it.
Michael Collins,
NASA astronaut, command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon

Quotes May 04, 2021

To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it.
Ursula Le Guin
It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
Clive Barker
We release self — a prime engine of suffering– when we give from the heart.
Rick Hanson
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Joseph Campbell
The sinking ship is our entire planet…We need a path of radical transformation.
Mushim Patricia Ikeda
We live in a world that is full of problems, and we are the solutions to those problems.
Julia Butterfly Hill
There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.
Diane Ackerman
Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.
Mary Oliver
You have something to offer the universe in your experience and your creativity that no one else has.
Daniel Schmachtenberger
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
Barry Lopez
Sometimes when we say a “broken heart”, we are talking about a real broken heart.
Sandeep Jauhar
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
Bertrand Russell
A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
John Geiger – Designer-Entrepreneur
Consistency is harder when no one is clapping for you. You must clap for yourself during those times, you should always be your biggest fan.
Dean Graziosi – American Investor
Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality, it can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Theoretical Physicist

Quotes April 27, 2020

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.”
Isabelle Holland
“I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.”
Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1863 in letter to James H. Hackett
“These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self. To mind one’s own business. Not to want to manage other people’s affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one’s dignity. To choose always the hardest.”
Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.”
Elizabeth Hardwick, The Paris Review, interview
“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”
Madeleine L’Engle
“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.”
Malala Yousafzai
When someone helps you and they are struggling too, that’s not help, that’s love.

Quotes April 19, 2020

Do not forget old friends
you knew long before I met you
the times I know nothing about
being someone
who lives by himself
and only visits you on a raid
Leonard Cohen (1968)
“You are the poem I never knew how to write
and this life is the story I have always wanted to tell.”
Tyler Knott Gregson
“You were a risk,
a mystery,
and the most certain thing I’d ever known.”

“What a terrible waste of life it is,
to always take the easy path,
to never know what it is
to risk everything
for what you love.”
Beau Taplin
Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, You’re wrong.
Dale Carnegie
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
A. A. Milne
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
Michael Cunningham
There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.

Sometimes a hug is worth more than a thousand words.

Quotes April 14, 2020

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
Benjamin Franklin
“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.”
Spanish proverb
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
Fred Rogers
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
Winston Churchill
“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
Robert Eliot
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
Winnie the Pooh
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
Tony Robbins
The biggest mistake we make is thinking life is all about our dreams and desires. We forget that God’s Will always comes first.
Sometimes we pray for God to change a situation when God wants the situation to change us.

Quotes April 11, 2020

Never lose sleep over something that isn’t worth staying awake for.
Mark Amend
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
Brené Brown
“Self-discipline is self-caring.”
M. Scott Peck
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
Doug Larson
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”
Stephen Covey
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.”
Brian Andreas
“How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em.”
Shel Silverstein
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”
Kim McMillen
“The challenge is not to be perfect — it is to be whole.”
Jane Fonda
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
Dolly Parton
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder
Words mean nothing if actions show the complete opposite.
To believe means to hope for the best, endure the stress, passing every test and accepting nothing less.
One day you’ll look back and realize that you worried too much about things that don’t really matter.

Quotes April 06, 2020

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Surround yourself with positive people.
Trust the timing of how things are unfolding for you.

Quotes April 05, 2020

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.
Mia Hamm,
professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist
Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.
Rita Dove,
poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US poet laureate
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
Althea Gibson,
professional tennis player, first African American to win a Grand Slam title
I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
Harriet Tubman,
abolitionist, political activist, Underground Railroad conductor
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
poet, playwright, writer, scientist, statesman, theater director, philosopher
If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
singer, entertainer, actress
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
Morgan Freeman,
actor, narrator
Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson),
writer, mathematician, clergyman
If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you’ll be able to see in the dark after a while. You’ll adjust.
Jane Campion,
filmmaker, screenwriter
If you’re really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.
Billy Gibbons,
musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done.
I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.
W.E.B. Du Bois,
sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, writer, editor
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.
Mikhail Baryshnikov,
dancer, choreographer, actor
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology
It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.
Seneca the Elder,