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  The sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness.  
 -  French proverb
  

  A wise person knows when to play the foul.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  
 -  Abraham Maslow
  

  To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.  
 -  Abraham Maslow
  

  Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.  
 -  Aesop
  

  If you go through life convinced that your way is always best, all the new ideas in the world will pass you by.  
 -  Akio Morita
  

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

  He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.  
 -  Alexander Hamilton
  

  Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.  
 -  Amelia Earhart
  

  Endeavour to be innocent as a dove, but as wise as a serpent.  
 -  Ann Fanshawe
  

  Problems are inevitable. Misery is a choice.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.  
 -  Aristophenes
  

  Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  He's a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.  
 -  Bob Marley
  

  The future belongs to the competent. It belongs to those who are very, very good at what they do. It does not belong to the well-meaning.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks ouside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

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

  You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.  
 -  Clarence Darrow
  

  This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.  
 -  David Allen
  

  Wisdom is knowing what to do next; skill is knowing how to do it; and virtue is doing it.  
 -  David Starr Jordan
  

  If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  
 -  Deek Bok
  

  The Universe contains three things that cannot be destroyed: Being, Awareness and Love.  
 -  Deepak Chopra
  

  It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.  
 -  Diogenes
  

  Sometimes by losing a battle, you will find a new way to win the war.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

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

  The most important thing is to have a code of life, to know how to live. Find yourself a port  
 -  Dr. Hans Seyle
  

  People would occasionally come up to me and say: 'I want what you have. Can you give it to me, or show me how to get it?' And I would say: 'You have it already. You just can't feel it because your mind is making too much noise.'  
 -  Eckhart Tolle
  

  Good order is the foundation of all things.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.  
 -  Elizabeth Kenny
  

  Such as the love is, such is the wisdom, consequently such is the man.  
 -  Emanuel Swedenborg
  

  A wise man is he who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  Content yourself with being a lover of wisdom, a seeker of the truth. Return and return again to what is essential and worthy.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  No, that is the great fallacy: The wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.  
 -  Ernest Hemingway
  

  The wisest men follow their own direction.  
 -  Euripides
  

  Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.  
 -  Felix Frankfurter
  

  Any inharmony on the external, indicates there is mental inharmony. 'As the within, so the without.' Man's only enemies are within himself.  
 -  Florence Scovel Shinn
  

  Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.  
 -  Florence Scovel Shinn
  

  Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how.'  
 -  Frank Victor
  

  Don't ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  We learn from history that we do not learn from history.  
 -  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  

  The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn. That man who seeks to learn more of his craft shall be richly rewarded.  
 -  George S. Clason
  

  Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.  
 -  Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, page 140
  

  You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.  
 -  Harriet Woods
  

  The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.  
 -  Henri Frederic Amiel
  

  Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

  Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.  
 -  Horace
  

  Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  
 -  Howard Thurman
  

  Don't ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  We learn from history that we do not learn from history.  
 -  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  

  The more of wisdom we know, the more we may earn. That man who seeks to learn more of his craft shall be richly rewarded.  
 -  George S. Clason
  

  Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.  
 -  Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, page 140
  

  You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.  
 -  Harriet Woods
  

  The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.  
 -  Henri Frederic Amiel
  

  Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

  Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.  
 -  Horace
  

  Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  
 -  Howard Thurman
  

  Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.  
 -  James Allen
  

  The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us.  
 -  Jane Porter
  

  At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  It's easy to remain mediocre. All you need to do is spend major time on minor things with minor people. Sophisticated people weigh their actions. They know what a major is and what a minor is.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.  
 -  Jimi Hendrix
  

  The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.  
 -  John Kenneth Galbraith
  

  He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.  
 -  John Milton
  

  A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.  
 -  John Powell
  

  Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.  
 -  Jonathan Swift
  

  It is foolish to believe in something to hurt or harm you. Remember, it is not the thing believed in that hurts or harms you, but the belief or thought in your mind, which creates the result. All your experiences, all your actions, and all the events and circumstances of your life are but the reflections and reactions to your own thought.  
 -  Joseph Murphy
  

  Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  
 -  Judy Garland
  

  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.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.  
 -  Kareem Abdul-Jabar
  

  We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.  
 -  Kurt Vonnegut
  

  Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.  
 -  Leo F. Buscaglia
  

  There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.  
 -  Logan Pearsall Smith
  

  In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.  
 -  Lucille Ball
  

  This is the mark of distinction of a truly admirable man: steadfastness in times of trouble.  
 -  Ludwig von Beethoven
  

  It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  One never can achieve anything lasting in this world by being irresolute.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Teach thy tongue to say, 'I do not know,' and thous shalt progress.  
 -  Maimonides
  

  There is little room for wisdom when one is full of judgement.  
 -  Malcolm Hein
  

  People can have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.  
 -  Marcel Proust
  

  Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.  
 -  Marie Curie
  

  There are those that travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet the same. The success has this over his rivals: he knows where he is going.  
 -  Mark Caine
  

  Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Read books, listen to tapes, attend seminars - they are decades of wisdom reduced to invaluable hours.  
 -  Mark Victor Hansen
  

  If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We need to haunt the halls of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves - that is the day you will find your way out.  
 -  Michael A. Singer
  

  There is no challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself.  
 -  Michael F. Staley
  

  Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.  
 -  Michelangelo
  

  Life isn't about having, it's about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you'd still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don't have half the happiness I've found. On my journeys I've seen more joy in the slums of Mumbai and the orphanages of Africa than in wealthy gated communities and on sprawling estates worth millions.  
 -  Nick Vujicic
  

  Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.  
 -  Nido Qubein
  

  Turn your wounds into wisdom.  
 -  Oprah Winfrey
  

  It is personalities, not principles, that move the age.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  The path to wisdom is not being afraid to make mistakes.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  The greatest wisdom is blinded by the glare of vanity.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  The measure of a man is what he does with power.  
 -  Plato
  

  We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.  
 -  Plato
  

  Remind yourself that all men assert that wisdom is the greatest good, but that there are few who strenuously seek out that greatest good.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: The more they give, the more they possess.  
 -  Rainer Maria Rilke
  

  Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  
 -  Reinhold Niebuhr
  

  Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you'll find it there.  
 -  Robb Sagendorph
  

  Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  
 -  Robert Brault
  

  To do good things in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life.  
 -  Robert Browning
  

  It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.  
 -  Robert Kiyosaki
  

  Truly enlightened people, those who experience deep happiness daily, are prepared to put off short-term pleasure for the sake of long-term fulfillment.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

  The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  
 -  Saint Augustine
  

  To win, you have to have the talent and desire - but desire is first.  
 -  Sam Snead
  

  The book of the world, so richly studied by autodidacts, is being closed by the 'learned,' who are raising walls of opinions to shut the world out.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  No man was ever wise by chance.  
 -  Seneca
  

  Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  In critical and baffling situations, it is always best to return to first principle and simple action.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  
 -  Socrates
  

  When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Wisdom outweighs any wealth.  
 -  Sophocles
  

  No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.  
 -  St. Francis of Assisi
  

  Most people spend all their time getting in their own way. We all have days when things suddenly go brilliantly because suddenly we sort of step away from ourselves. But the human personality and the ego which dwells within it has a way of limiting one through fear, through, let's say, fear of criticism.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.  
 -  Syrus
  

  Money is a result, wealth is a result, health is a result, illness is a result, your weight is a result. We live in a world of cause and effect.  
 -  T. Harv Eker
  

  To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  Serving one's own passions is the greatest slavery.  
 -  Thomas Fuller
  

  My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskillful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.  
 -  Thomas Hardy
  

  Each pain makes you more strong, each betrayal more intelligent, every disappointment more skillful & each experience more wise.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A wise man will never tell his wife to keep quiet. He will tell her she looks beautiful with her mouth closed.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Sometimes on the road to acquiring wisdom life will beat you down, but you have to stand back up. Because nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a soul who has weather and grown through life's difficulties. Don't regret your time, even the moments that were filled with hurt. Smile because you learned from it all and because you gained enough strength to rise above it all.  
 -  Unknown
  

  No room for regrets because the past is done and gone. I've learned it's time that makes you wise and the truth. It's makes you strong.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brain to work. I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A smart person will give you smart answers, but a wise person will ask you smart questions.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Knowing when to walk away, is wisdom. Being able to, is courage. Walking away with your head held high, is dignity.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  He who thinks himself wise, O Heavens! is a great fool.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  It requires wisom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.  
 -  Walter Lippmann
  

  Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.  
 -  Walter Savage Landor
  

  Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.  
 -  William James
  

  A fool doth think himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It