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Wise Words

Some of our favorite bits of wisdom...


In a controversy, the instant we feel anger,

we have already ceased striving for the truth,

and have begun striving for ourselves.

- Thomas Carlyle


Holding on to anger is like holding on to a hot coal

with the intent of throwing it at someone else;

you are the one who gets burned.

- Buddha


You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,

for this thing we call failure is not the falling down,

but the staying down.

- Mary Pickford


If you want to increase your success rate,

double your failure rate.

- Thomas Watson, Sr. Courtesy of Lorraine Day


Failure is not always a mistake,

it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.

The real mistake is to stop trying.

- B. F. Skinner


Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

- Henry Ford


In all worthwhile undertakings,

There will be risks of failure, of disappointments,

or even disaster.

To face them all with inner poise and firm faith

is to discover the glory of final victory.


The quickest way to double your money is

to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

- Old Cowboy Saying

The Book of Cowboy Wisdom


The time for action is now.

It's never too late to do something.

-Carl Sandburg


Character is made by what you stand for;

Reputation, by what you fall for.

- Robert Quillen


If you want to keep the herd moving

put your two best men on the point.

-  Oscar Thompson

The Book of Cowboy Wisdom


Until you make peace with who you are,

You'll never be content with what you have.

- Doris Mortman


Fear defeats more people

than any other one thing in the world.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;

Forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;

Begin it well and serenely

And with too high a spirit

to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Faith has to do with things that are not seen,

and hope with things that are not in hand.

- Saint Thomas Acquinas


Tact is the art of making guests feel at home

when that's really where you wish they were.

- George E. Bergman


Self-trust is the first secret to success.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain


Convictions without character

are quickly dissolved

into mere good intentions.

- William L. Kynes Courtesy of Bradford McDouall


Unless a man has been taught

what to do with success after getting it,

the achievement of it

must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.

- Bertrand Russell


Success is never final

and failure is never fatal.

It's courage that counts.

- Jules Ellinger


The great thing in the world

is not so much where we stand,

as in what direction we are moving.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow;

it empties today of its strength.

– Corrie Ten Boom


Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do

as of doing the things they do not want to do.

- Eric Hoffer


Watch out for emergencies.

They are your big chance.

- Fritz Reiner


Management works in the system;

Leadership works on the system.

- Stephen R. Covey


Action may not always bring happiness;

but there is no happiness without action.

- Benjamin Disraeli


As long as a man stands in his own way,

everything seems to be in his way.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Honor is like an island,

rugged and without a beach;

once we have left it,

we can never return.

- Nicholas Boileau


The minute a man ceases to grow,

no matter what his years,

that minute he begins to be old.

- William James


A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

- Harry Truman Courtesy of Carla Johnson


"The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship.

To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment,

is a secret which but few discover."


Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.

All life is an experiment.

The more experiments you make the better.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

- Robert Louis Stevenson


There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

- Henry David Thoreau


Action may not bring happiness,

but there is no happiness without action.

- William James


I know the price of success:

dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion

to the things you want to see happen.

- Frank Lloyd Wright


It is not so much our friend's help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

– Epicurus


Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

- Washington Irving


No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road,

turn back.

– Unknown


We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what we will do,

by finding out what we will not do;

and probably he who never made a mistake,

never made a discovery.

- Samuel Smiles {1812-1904 Scottish Author}


Habit is a cable;

we weave a thread of it each day,

and at last we cannot break it.

- Horace Mann {1796-1859 American Educator}


Where there is no power...

there is never any desire to do a thing;

and where there is strong desire to do a thing,

the power to do it is strong.

- Wallace D. Wattles


Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown

-George Shinn


The object of war is to survive it.

- John Irving


Success is a child of audacity.

- Benjamin Disraeli Courtesy of Laura H. Marshall


Life is like a game of cards.

The hand that is dealt you represents determinism;

the way you play it is free will.

- Jawaharial Nehru


Destiny is not a matter of chance,

it is a matter of choice.

It is not a thing to be waited for,

it a thing to be achieved.

- William Jennings Bryan Courtesy of Nadia Salim


The object of war is to survive it.

- John Irving


Friendship is like a bank account;

you cannot continue to draw on it without making a deposit.

- Nicole Beale Courtesy of Anne Bledsoe


Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.

- Helen Hayes


There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.


A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.

- Thomas Fuller


Don't be afraid of life.

Believe that life is worth living and

your belief will help to create the fact.

- William James Courtesy of Jerry Vuncannon, Jr.


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience;

this is the ideal life.

- Mark Twain


Where there is no power...

there is never any desire to do a thing;

and where there is strong desire to do a thing....

the power to do it is strong.

- Wallace D. Wattles


Keep your fears to yourself,

but share your courage with others.

- Robert Louis Stevenson


A true friend will stand in for you

stand up for you,

and stand by you.

Nicole Beale - Courtesy of Anne Bledsoe


Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny.

*George D. Boardman


By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again - and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's and each obeying its own law.

-  Mark Twain

{1835-1910 American Humorist, Writer}

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.

-  Dale Carnegie

{1888-1955 Lecturer On Public Speaking, Businessman & Author}

of your results
always come from
of your efforts.
-  Pareto Principle


A smile a day... Keeps the blues away!

Dress code for the day- Wear a million dollar smile!

A beautiful smile is the best makeup.So keep smiling and keep shining.

Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.

So if you don't want to miss all those wild parties...
Keep smiling!

It takes 47 muscles to frown and 17 to smile.
Conserve energy!

A real friend is some one who can always bring out the smile in me!
Thanks for standing by me and driving the blues away.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy!
So pack up your troubles in your old kitbag, and flash your winning smile.

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is the gift.
That's why we call it 'The Present'.
Unwrap it with a smile!

A SMILE takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it,
and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.
Keep on smiling...


A real friend is one who walks in when rest of the world walks out.

A best friend knows all your secrets, understands your fears, shares your dreams.

Friendship gives us the value to survival.

Life is nothing without friendship.


A friend listens with his heart and is always honest with you.

A friend stands beside you and stays there come what may.

The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.



Thoughts lead on to purposes;

purposes go forth in action;

actions form habits; habits decide character;

and character fixes our destiny.

*Tryon Edwards {1809-1894 American Theologian}


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

The Future is purchased by the present

Failure is the path of least Persistence-

Success is more attitude than aptitude

Seek your faith and doubt will starve to death.

Don't set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
That way, when you do criticize him,
you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.

`"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
~Muhammed Ali

What the superior man seeks is in himself;

what the small man seeks is in others.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.

If you don't like something about yourself, change it. If you can't change it, accept it.

If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it.

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.

WINNING - It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.


Optimism, unaccompanied by personal effort, is merely a state of mind, and not fruitful

When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.

Every man stamps his value on is made great or small by his own will.


he wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

--Edward Gibbon

Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.

--Helen Keller

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

--Winston Churchill

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.

--Mark Twain

We are not just our behavior, we are the person managing our behavior.

--Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

--John Lennon

All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

--George Bernard Shaw

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

--Napoleon Hill

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail.

--Abraham Maslow

A hammer breaks glass, but forges steel.

-- old Russion proverb

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

--Henry Ford

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

--Roy Disney

You cannot speak of ocean to a well-frog, the creature of a narrower sphere. You cannot speak of ice to a

summer insect, the creature of a season.

--Chuang Tzu

Life is a terminal condition. So do the best you can with the time you have left.

--Gerry Leeds

Don't mistake a clear view for a short distance.

--Paul Saffo

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more; all good things will be yours.

--Swedish Proverb

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, whole-heartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation. --William H. Sheldon

The essence of greatness is the ability to choose personal fulfillment in the circumstances where others choose madness.

--Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

--Jawaharlal Nehru

At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.

--Benjamin Franklin

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

--William Shakespeare

Life is a dance, if you know the steps.


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

--Henry David Thoreau

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.

--George Santayana

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

--Arabian Proverb

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

--Mark Twain

I am a part of all that I have met.

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

To make pleasures pleasant shorten them.

--Charles Buxton

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.


These times of ours are serious and full of calamity, but all times are essentially alike. As soon as there is life there is danger.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.

--Mark Twain

"Invention is the mother of necessity."

-- Thorstein Veblen

"There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it and when he can."

- Mark Twain

"Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have so spend it wisely."

-- Kay Lyons

"What a privilege to be alive in this particular day and age!."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We can do no great thing - only small things with great love."

-- Mother Teresa

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt


"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing,/Beloved from pole to pole."

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening."

-- Alexander Woollcott


"Five years from now you will be pretty much the same as you are today except for two things:

the books you read and the people you get close to."

-- Charles Jones

"The trouble with most of us is that

we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by


-- Norman Vincent Peale

"Character is a by-product;

it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty."

-- Woodrow Wilson

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Rockne wanted nothing but 'bad losers'.

Good losers get into the habit of losing."

-- George Allen

"It is much easier to be critical than to be correct."

-- Benjamin Disraeli

"God asks no man whether he will accept life That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

"The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afaird of making one." – Elbert Hubbard

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult,

and to put one's thoughts into action

is the most difficult thing in the world."

-- Goethe

"To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage."

-- W. Clement Stone

"If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed."

-- David Viscott

"Learning is its own exceeding great reward."

-- William Hazlitt

"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud

enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Seek the first possible opportunity

to act on every good resolution you make."

-- William James

"All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time."

-- George Seldes

"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."

-- Charles F. Kettering

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

-- Albert Einstein

"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is."

-- Will Rogers

"The best thinking has been done in solitude.

The worst has been done in turmoil."

-- Thomas Alva Edison

"Leadership is action, not position."

-- Donald H. McGannon

"To get profit without risk, experience without danger,

and reward without work,

is as impossible as it is to live without being born."

-- A. P. Gouthey

"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's unwise to pay too little, too.

When you pay too much, you lose a little money...that is all.

When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

The Common Law of business balance prohibits

paying a little and getting a can't be done.

If you deal with the lowest bidder,

it is well to add something for the risk you run,

and if you do that, you have enough to pay for something better."

-- John Ruskin (1800's)

"Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life."

-- Grenville Kleiser

"The people who get on in this world

are the people who get up

and look for the circumstances they want,

and, if they can't find them, make them."

-- George Bernard Shaw

"To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

-- Elbert Hubbard

"Men always fall for frigid women

because they put on the best show."

-- Fanny Brice

"Unless a woman has an amorous heart, she is a dull companion."

--Samuel Johnson

"Love demands infinitely less than friendship."

- George Jean Nathan

"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."

-  Franklin P. Jones

"Too often a sense of loyalty depends on admiration,

and if we can't admire it is difficult to be loyal."

-  Aimee Buchanan

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday

but never remembers her age."

-  Robert Frost

"Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of

leaving about three or four things a day unsaid."

-  Harlan Miller

"The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents

and none of the incidents as disasters."

- Harold Nicholson

"Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits

and then complain that he's not the man she married?"

-  Barbara Streisand

"No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that

there is a nice man who wishes she were not."

-  H.L. Mencken

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

- Sir Richard Steele

"Zoo: an excellent place to study the habits of human beings."

- Evan Esar

"Exactness in little duties is a wonderful source of cheerfulness."

- Frederick W. Faber

"With today's high-volume scrambling and the razor competition for each job, employers

need a sharper look at each candidate."

James E. Challenger

"Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity.

They seem more afraid of life than death."

– James F. Byrnes

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do he will never do all he can do."

-  Henry Drummond

Success or achievement is not the final goal.

It is the 'spirit' in which you act that

puts the seal of beauty upon your life."

"To love and be loved is the greatest happiness."
"Do the best and leave the rest."

"Efficiency is the capacity to bring proficiency into expression."

"Brood less, smile more and serve all."

"The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts."

"The highest form of grace is silence."

"Out of purity and silence come the words of power."

"The cultured give happiness wherever they go. The uncultured whenever they go."
"Faults become thick when love is thin."
"Comfort - Comes as Guest, Lingers to become Host and stays to ENSLAVE us."

"Disappointment can come only to those Who make Appointment with the future."

"Introspect daily, detect diligently, negate ruthlessly."

"Temper takes you to Trouble, Pride keeps you there."

"To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves."

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."

"He who submits to discipline is a DISCIPLE."
"Happiness depends on what you can give, Not on what you can get."

"In all adversities there is always in its depth, a treasure of spiritual blessings secretly hidden."

"Sin is never in action, it is always in reaction."

" `Moksha' is not `Freedom from Action' but, `Freedom in Action'."

"Work without faith and prayer is like an artificial flower without fragrance."

"Faith is, `To believe what you do not see', the reward of which is, `you see what you believed'."

"To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own."

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket."

Love is a consistent passion to give, not a meek persistent hope to receive. The only demand of life is the privilege to love all.

"In life to handle yourself, use your head, but to handle others, use your heart."

"Plan out your work, Then work out your plan. The former without the latter is a sheer waste. The latter without the former is mere unproductive confusion."

"You are successful and creative only when you see an opportunity in every difficulty."

Wining is not a sometime thing;

it's an all-time thing.

You don't win once in a while,

you don't do things right once in a while,

you do them right all the time.

Winning is a habit.

Unfortunately, so is losing.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

You see things that are and say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?".

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.

There are no unimportant jobs, no unimportant people, no unimportant acts of kindness.
There is no experience better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

This is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find it out.

Never let a day go by without giving at least three people a compliment.
You are the same today that you'll be five years from now except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't aford it, and when he can.

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