The Wisdom Page 

Bruce Lloyd's collection of quotations

By author, A to D

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
Abbey, Edward

* “A child can ask a thousand questions that the wisest person cannot answer.”

Abbott, J. (*)

* "Service makes people competent."
Abbott, Lyman

* "Greater even than the greatest discovery is to keep open the way to future discovery."
Abel, John Jacob

* "By doubting, we come to examine, and by examining, so we perceive the truth."
Abelard, Peter

(Or: “The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting, by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.”)

* "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."
Acheson, Dean

* “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

Ackerman, Diane


* "Don't ask who said it? ASK what they said."
Acquinas, Thomas (via Michael Oakshott, through wfs web site, see note 2,

* "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great
men are almost always bad men."
Lord Acton

* "Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history."
Lord Acton

* “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”

Adams, Abigall (letter to John Adams, 1774)


* "To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or
obtained with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
Adams, Donald A.

* "I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by
looking up something and finding something else on the way."
Adams, Franklin P.

* "It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives us character and
prestige. Seek kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in
fertile soil, which spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of
worth, and a memory that will not soon fade out. We are all sowers of seeds
-- and let us never forget it!"
Adams, George Matthew

* "People do not get tired out from working where the work is intelligently
handled. Work, if it is interesting, is a stimulant. It's worry and lack of
interest in what one does that tire and discourage. Every one of us should
have our pet interests -- as many as we can handle efficiently and happily.
Our interests should never be allowed to lag or get cold so that all
enthusiasm is spent. Each day can be one triumph if you keep up to your
interests -- feeding them as they feed you."
Adams, George Matthew

* "The only institution that lasts a long time, does good and useful work,
and is profitable, is one that is, and has been, well organised. You get
the feel of this immediately you visit such a place ... In such an
organisation there is always strength. Especially is this true in regard to
a well-organized human being; they don't waste their substance, but are
forever improving their mind and giving and radiating confidence ... The
organized person organizes their day as they do themselves. Thus it is that
they make the most of their time and go to their bed for the night
perfectly relaxed for rest and renewal. How happy we can make our own
lives, and the lives of those about us, merely by self-organization."
Adams, George Matthew

* "What you think means more than anything else in your life. More than
what you earn, more than where you live, more than your social position,
and more than what anyone else may think about you."
Adams, George Matthew

* "A friend in power is a friend lost."
Adams, Henry Brooks

* "Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit."
Adams, Henry Brooks

* "The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self,
a sort of humour that ends by killing the victim's sympathies."
Adams, Henry Brooks

* "What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know
how to learn."
Adams, Henry Brooks

* “We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise person tries every day what they have proved wrong the day before.”

Adam, James Truslow


* “If you have nothing else to do, look about you and see if there isn’t something close at hand that you can improve! It may make you wealthy, though it is more likely that it will make you happy.”

Adams, George Matthew


* "America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The
child becomes largely what it is taught, hence we must watch what we teach
it and how we live before it."
Adams, Jane

* "Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all
Adams, Jane

* "While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is little
better understood and little better practised now than three or four
thousand years ago."
Adams, John

* "We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But
the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal."
Adams, Samuel Hopkins

* "Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are
delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity
of those who are yet unborn."
Addison, Jane

* "A person should always consider how much they have more than they want,
and how much more unhappy they might be than they really are."
Addison, Joseph

* "Mirth is like a flash of lightening that breaks through a gloom of
clouds, and glitters for a moment: cheerfulness keeps up a kind of
day-light in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity."
Addison, Joseph

* "One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure
of life as laughter."
Addison, Joseph

* "The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,
something to love; and something to hope for."
Addison, Joseph

* "There is more beauty in the works of a great genius who is ignorant of
all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only
knows but scrupulously observes them."
Addison, Joseph

* "Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are
wishing the period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to
be a person of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at
honours, then to retire."
Addison, Joseph

* " 'We are always doing', they say, 'something for Posterity', but I would
fain see Posterity do something for us."(*)
Addison, Joseph


* "The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."

Addison, Joseph

* "The good Lord set definite limits on a person's wisdom, but set no
limits on their stupidity and that's just not fair."(*)
Adenauer, Konrad

* "It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
Adler, Alfred

* "There is a Law that people should love their neighbour as themselves. In
a few hundred years it should be as natural to the human race as breathing
or the upright gait; but if we do not learn it we will perish."(*)
Adler, Alfred

* "Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not words.
Trust movement."
Adler, Alfred

* "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from
life. If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a
passage, you cannot expect it to give you any insight you do not already
Adler, Alfred

* "How rare, people with the character to praise a friend's success without
a trace of envy."
Aeschylus (525-456BC)

* "It is always in season for old men to learn ... It is a fine thing even
for an old man to learn wisdom."

* “It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.”


* "Memory is the mother of all wisdom."

* “Wise is the person who knows useful things, not the one who knows a lot.”(*)



* "Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own."

* "Good judgment comes from experience, and experience -- well that comes
from poor judgment."

* "It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."

* “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


* “He who forgives ends the quarrel.”

African proverb


* "If the leader of the hunting party gets tired, then all are tired."
African proverb

* "If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm."
African proverb

* "Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse."
African proverb

* "It takes an entire village to teach a child."
African proverb, (submitted by Beoit Couture)
(Or ‘It takes a whole society to raise a leader’, African Proverb)


* “Wisdom does not come overnight”

African proverb


* "God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed."

African (West) proverb


"The truth which makes people free is for the most part the truth which
people prefer not to hear."(*)
Agar, Herbert

* “Leadership is an interactive conversation that pulls people toward becoming comfortable with the language of personal responsibility and commitment.”

Agno, John G.


* "If you plant turnips you will not harvest grapes".
Akan proverb

* “To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest Wisdom & those that increaseth their riches, increaseth their cares, but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth is not.”



 * "There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of
us, that it's rather hard to tell which of us ought to reform the rest of us."

* “He who searches for wisdom is wise; he who thinks he has found it is a fool.”

IBN AL-ARABI, an ancient Sufi


* "Aloneness is inevitable in being human. People cannot accept this. They
should be aware of it and use it. It heightens your perception."
Albee, Edward

* "I have had wealth, rank and power but if these were all I had, how
wretched I should be."
Prince Albert, (1819-61. Dying words of ... )

* "We won’t remember you for the size of your wallet as much as for the size of your heart."
al-Bistami, Abu Yazid

* "A single atom of the sweetness of wisdom in a person's heart is better
than a thousand pavilions in Paradise."
al-Bistami, Abu Yazid

* "Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but
through misadventure."
Alcott, Amos Bronson

* "The less of routine, the more of life."
Alcott, Amos Bronson

* "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not
reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and
try to follow where they lead."
Alcott, Louisa May.

* "A little common sense, goodwill, and a tiny dose of unselfishness could
make this goodly earth into a earthly paradise."
Aldington, Richard

* "Patriotism is a lively sense of responsibility. Nationalism is a silly
cock crowing on its own dung hill."
Aldington, Richard

* "To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent
-- that is to triumph over old age."
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

* "The price of power is responsibility for the public good."
Aldrich, Winthrop W.

* "True statesmanship is the art of changing a nation from what it is into
what it ought to be."
Alger, William R.

* “don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Ali, Mohammed


* “Power comes from calmness, not muscle.”

Aikido Master


* “To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and those that increaseth their riches increaseth their cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.” Akhenaton


* “All that you achieve and all that you fail to achieve is the direct result of your own thoughts.”

Allen, James


* "Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the
result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an
indication of ripened experience and of a more than ordinary knowledge of
the laws and operations of thought."
Allen, James

* "The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in
your heart -- this you will build your life by, this you will become."
Allen, James

* “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

Allen, James


* "I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
Allen, Woody

* "More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One
path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total
extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."
Allen, Woody

* “If you don’t take charge of shaping your own destiny, others will apply their agenda to you.”

Allenbaugh, Eric


* "In the same degree that we overrate ourselves, we shall underrate
others; for justice allowed at home is not likely to be correct abroad."
Allston, Washington

* “Leadership involves remembering past mistakes, an analysis of today’s achievements and a well grounded imagination in visualising the problem of the future.”

Allyn, Stanley C.

(‘learning from past mistakes ...’ bl)

* "Today the most useful person in the world is the man or woman who knows
how to get along with other people. Human relations is the most important
science in the broad curriculum of living."
Allyn, Stanley C.

* "Love is just one of the aspects of essence. We don't want you just to be
loving. If you have love but you have no will, your love will not be real.
If you have will but no love, you will be powerful and strong but without
any idea of real humanity. If you have love and will but no objective
consciousness, then your love and will may be directed toward the wrong
things. Only the development of all the qualities will enable us to become
full, true human beings."
Ali, Hameed

* “Amongst all the able, none are so powerless as those who will not act.”

Al-Mutanabi, 10th century poet.


"No ruling class in the whole of history has given up power voluntarily
and I don't see that changing."
Ali, Tariq

* "Most people seek after what they do not possess and are thus enslaved by
the very things they want to acquire."
Al-Sadat, Anwar

* “The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love the past implies faith in the future.”

Ambrose, Stephen E.

* "The just person is a person unto them self, and they do not need to
summon the law from afar, for they carry it enclosed in their heart."
St Ambrose

* “Before we can truly understand another person, we must walk a mile in their moccasins. Before we can walk in their moccasins, we must take off our own.”

American Indian saying


* "People have responsibilities, not power" (*)
American Indian Proverb

* "If a person's foresight were as good as their hindsight, we would all
get somewhere."
American proverb

* "Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with."
American proverb

* "Everyone lives downstream from someone else."
American saying

* "Doing easily what others find is difficult is talent; doing what is
impossible for talent is genius."
Amiel, Henri Frederic

(Swiss writer 1821-1881)

* Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”

Amiel, Henri Frederic

( Or today … ‘know where to go for it on the internet.’ bl)


* "Those who ask of life nothing but the improvement of their own nature
... are less liable to miss and waste life."
Amiel, Henri Frederic

* "To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most
difficult chapters in the great art of living."
Amiel, Henri Frederic

* “Without passion, people are a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

Amiel, Henri Frederic

* “That a person is a success who follows their dreams

            And pursues excellence in each tasks;

            And who brings out the best in others,

            And gives only the best of themselves.” (*)

Anderson, Bessie


* “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.”

Anderson, Greg


* “Knowledge is not wisdom, unless used wisely.”

Anderson J.D.


* “People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.”

Anderson, Sparky


"If everything seems under control you're not going fast enough"

Andretti, Mario


* "Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage
you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently."
Angelou, Maya

* "Everybody in the world wants the same thing ... to be needed ... a job
that he/she can do well ... to love somebody .... everybody .... There's no
Angelou, Maya

* "History, despite its wrench and pain, cannot be unlived. But if faced
with courage, need not be lived again."
Angelou, Maya

* "In all my work what I try to say is that, as human beings, we are more
alike than we are unlike."
Angelou, Maya

* "There is something gracious and graceful about serving ... the truth
is, our history has been the history of the servers ... In Africa it is a
great honour to serve.'
Angelou, Maya


* "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Angelou, Maya


* "I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Angelou, Maya

(‘Character, like strategy, is in the detail.’ bl)


* “When we cast our bread upon the waters,

we can presume that someone downstream,

    Whose face we may never see will benefit

From our action.”

Angelou, Maya

* "To live is not just to survive, but to thrive with passion, compassion,
some humour and style."
Angelou, Maya

* We Gather Together/We Continue
To Know is to comprehend.
Do you know, do you comprehend,
In this moment, who or what
you serve?
We all must be serving
someone or something,
Whom or what are you choosing
to serve right now?
It takes courage
to ask this question of yourself.
But without courage, you can't practice
Any other value consistently.
Angelou, Maya

* "When people show you who they are, believe them."
Angelou, Maya

* "I always say don’t make plans, make options.”

Aniston, Jennifer


* "Things get better when enough people decide that they should get better.
Things change when ordinary people come together in a common purpose."
Annan, Kofi, (Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1999-.)

* "A bend in the road, is not the end of the road ... unless you fail to
make the turn."

* "Activity is the best antidote for fear."

*  “A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge.”



* “Adversity makes a person wise – not rich.”



* "Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most always like it
the least."

*  “A first step to being wise is loving wisdom.”


* “After all this is over, all that will really have mattered is how we treated each other.”



* "A gardener is an optimist by nature"

* “Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.”


(‘Age is a high price to pay for maturity and wisdom’ Anon)


* "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world
may be different because I was important in the life of someone in the next

“All advice that comes from a caring heart is wise”

Anon (BL) (or: “Wisdom starts from a caring heart.”)

* "All progress requires change but not all change is progress."

* “A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.”



* "A little push in the right direction can make a big difference."

* "All things by immortal power are
To one another joined
So that one cannot disturb a flower
Without the troubling of a star."

* “All who appreciate the wonders of creation are experiencing the creator.”


* “A person with wisdom is better off than a stupid person with any amount of charms and superstition.”(*)



* "A mistake at least proves somebody stopped talking long enough to do something."

* "Any reform that does not result in the exact opposite of what it was intended to do must be considered a success."

* "Anything which parents have not learned from experience they can now
learn from their children."

* “A person does not look for wisdom unless they are wise.”



* "A person who does nothing never has time to do anything." (*)

* "A person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest."(*)

* "A person who wants to lead the orchestra must be willing to face the
Anon (BL)

* “A principle isn’t a principle until it costs you something.”



* "A problem properly defined is well on its way to being solved."
("A problem is a challenge waiting for someone to take advantage of the
opportunity." BL)

* "Are your children equipped to carry the burden of your dreams."
Anon (In Arthur C. Clarke's 'Childrens End')

* “As a person grows wiser they talk less and say more.”



* “A Short Course in Human Relations:

The 6 most important words: I admit I was wrong.

The 5 most important words: You did a great job.

The 4 most important words: What do you think?

The 3 most important words: Could you please.

The 2 most important words: Thank you!

The most important word: We

The least important word: I”



"A smile is the world's most effective face lift."

Anon    (BL)

* “As the purse is emptied, the heart id filled.”



* "A teacher sees tomorrow in a child's eye."


* "A teacher took my hand, gave me a book, touched my heart, and saved my soul."

* "Attitudes are contagious ... is yours worth catching."


* "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."



* “A wise person can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.”(*)



* “A women worries about the future until she gets a husband, while a man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.”



* “Be more aware of responsibility than you are of rights.”



* “Be the first one to ask a question.”



* “By the time someone is wise enough to watch their step, they’re too old to go anywhere.”



* "Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man and Communism is the
complete opposite."


* “Children are always the only future the human race has; teach them well.”


* "Children spend too little time listening to their elders and too much
time attempting to imitate them."
("Don't do as I do, do as I say" ... not the base from which to expect
effective learning!)

* “ Citizenship involves duties and obligations as well as rights.”



* “Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.”



* "Commitment is the love that binds energy and desire."


* "Confess that you were wrong yesterday; it will show that you are wise

* "Courtesy is the shortest distance between two people."

* “Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists.”



* “Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not understanding. Understanding is not wisdom.”



* "Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down."

* “Decisions taken today are driven by our visions of tomorrow and based on what we learned yesterday.”

Anon (BL)


* “Dedicate your remaining years to seeing the world as a better place, rather than making it better. When you see it so, you begin to make it so.”


* "Destiny is not a mater of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a
thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be created."

* "Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what
nobody has thought."

* “Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.”



* "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

* “Don’t talk unless you believe you can improve the silence.”



* “Don’t try to be the best in the world, try to be the best for the world.”



* “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”



* “Each one of us has the power to make others feel better or worse. Making others feel better is much more fun than making others feel worse. Making others feel better generally makes us feel better.”



* “Effective learning is the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

Anon (BL et al)


* “Empowerment is responsible freedom …. A balance between rights and responsibilities.”



* "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and
realize they were the big things."

* "Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money and power
and influence."

* “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts.”



* "Everyone must be responsible for there own actions and the consequences

* "Everyone should sweep before their own door." (*)

* “Every stone raised for the Greater Good brings the mountain nearer to perfection.”



* “Everything you take for granted today was once revolutionary.”



* "Every time history repeats itself the price goes up."


* “Excellence can be attained if you:

            - Care more than others think is wise

            - Risk more than others think is safe

            - Dream more than others think is practical

            - Expect more han others think is possible.


* “Excellence is a journey not a destination”


* "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."

* "Expose yourself to genius and it is possible some of it will rub off --
unfortunately this also applies to exposing yourself to rubbish ..."
Anon (BL)
("Expose yourself to wisdom - You know it makes sense." bl)

* “Feeling good about yourself begins with serving others.”



* "Find something you truely believe in, and everything else will have
meaning as well."

A man who had finished his life went before God. God reviewed his life and
showed him the many lessons he had learned. When he had finished, God said:
'My child is there anything you wish to ask?' And the man said: 'While you
were showing me your life, I noticed that when the times were pleasant,
there were two sets of footprints, and you walked beside me. But when times
were difficult there was only one sets of footprints. Why Father did you
desert me during the difficult times?' And God said: "You misinterpret, my
son. It is true that when the times were pleasant I walked beside you and
pointed out the way. But when the times were difficult I carried you.'"

* "For evil to triumph all that is necessary is for good men to do

* “For happiness we need to feel OK about our past, and confident in our future, together with finding meaning and love in our day-to-day lives.”



* "Friction doesn't make the world go round, it just shows that it is."

* “Great minds don’t think alike … but they do like to think.”



* “Great minds don’t think alike. They just work together.”



* "Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."


* "Good things happen because people make them happen, and bad things
happen because people let them happen."

* “Happiness comes not from having much to live on but from having much to live for.”



* “Happiness comes through the progressive realization of a worthy objective.”



* “Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So ….

            Work like you don’t need the money,

            Love like you’ve never been hurt,

            And dance like no one is watching.”



* "Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few
drops on yourself."(*)

* “Happiness is not a goal but what you feel on the way to achieving your goal.”



* "Happiness is the ability to enjoy being a prisoner of your
Anon (BL)

* "Happiness is the engine of progress. All progress starts with

* "Happiness rests on being satisfied both with what we have and what we
don't have."

* "Happiness Today - Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge.
Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologise if you were wrong. Try to understand.
Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else.
Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more."

* “Help someone who can’t return the favour.”



* "History is made by people determined to make history."

* “Hope is the only true motive for action.”


(‘Because hope is the desire to make things better ….’ bl)


* “Hospitality meets its greatest test when a new idea drops by uninvited.”



* "How much you know is less important than how fast you are learning."

* "I always learn more by listening than talking, but it isn't as much

* "I cannot change yesterday I can only make the most of today, and look
with hope towards tomorrow."

* "Idle hands are the devils tools."

* “If everyone looked on their neighbour as a friend then there would be no need for war, and peace would ensure.”


* "If God was looking for a hiding place he'd hide in Human Beings because
that is the last place they would think of looking for Him."


* “If I had know I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”


* “If it’s going to be, it’s down to me.”



* "If people go on exploiting the world as if there was no tomorrow, there
will be no tomorrow."
(Or: "If you are not concerned about the future you don't take care of the
present." Anon)

* “If the young man knew how and the old man was able, there would be nothing which wouldn’t be done.”



* “If we want to make the world a better place we just have to start by being more loving, giving, respectful and considerate towards other people. Nothing more, nothing less.”



* "If you are going to have ideas ahead of the times you will have to get
use to living with the fact that most people are going to believe you are
in the wrong."
Anon (BL)

* "If you are a giving person, it is likely you will be well loved. If you
are a loving person, if is likely you will also be loved."
Anon (bl)

* "If you are not riding the wave of change -- you'll find yourself beneath

* “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”


* “If you can’t unhappen it, don’t worry about it.”



* "If you don't build in the present, there won't be anything worth
visiting in the future."

* “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”


* "If you feel that you are indispensable, put your finger in a glass of
water, withdraw it, and note the hole you have left behind."

* "If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword."

* “If you live you life afraid because you’re afraid to live, then you live no life at all.”



* "If you lose your temper don't look for it."

* “If you need something from somebody, always try to help give that person a way to give it to you.”



* "If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the
world will not raise your price."

* "If your life has purpose, that is the road to happiness."

* "If you think you're beaten, you are
If you think you daren't, you don't
If you'd like to win but think
you can't
It's almost certain you won't
If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out in the world we find
Success begins with an
Individual's will
It is a state of mind
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster person
But sooner or later the person
who wins
Is the person who thinks they can."

* "If you wake up in the morning
With your hardest job to do.
Don't start the day with grumbling --
That won't help you see it through.
Be glad for work that's difficult,
For tasks that challenge you!
Workers find a thousand blessings
The idle never knew."

* "If you want a piece of the pie you must always try to sit close to the
person with the knife."

* "If you would change the world, then live your own highest and best
Anon (Submitted by Kenneth Broom, wfs) (also see Gandhi...+ others)

* "If you would keep young and happy, be good; live a high moral life;
practice the principles of the brotherhood of man; send out good thoughts
to all, and think evil of no-one. This is in obedience to the great natural
law; to live otherwise is to break this great Divine law. Other things
being equal, it is the cleanest, purest minds that live long and are happy.
The person who is growing and developing intellectually does not grow old
like the person who has stopped advancing, but when ambition, aspirations
and ideals halt, old age begins.(*)

* "Imagination is more important than knowledge; it is the preview of
life's coming attractions."

* "In a peaceful, innovative society the future can be our friend as we
learn to exploit and enjoy the resources of the planet and our minds in
order to improve ourselves. The alternative choice is a warlike or
disorganized society in which the future holds only greater destruction,
misery and death."

* “Inherent in the wise individual is the will to responsibly self govern.”
(Anon, BL)


* "In life what sometimes appears to be the end is really a new beginning."
(see Lao-Tze, The Caterpillar and the Butterfly)

* “Invest in the future, have a child and teach her well.”



* "In the end, each of us will be judged by our standard of life, not be
our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of
wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness."

* "In times of change, there is no incentive so great and no medicine so
powerful as hope for a better tomorrow."

* "Ironically science is not able to give the human race the one thing that
it is searching for more than anything else --- meaning."

* "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can
do, any goodness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let
me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

* “It is a great blunder in the pursuit of happiness not to know when we have got it.”



* "It is a law of human life, as certain as gravity: to live fully, we must
learn to use things and love people ... not love things and use people."

* "It is a paradox that we appear to spend more and more time focused on
learning that has a short shelf-life and less and less time on passing on
wisdom that has a long shelf-life."
Anon (BL)

* “It’s a wise person who holds their tongue when their right.”



* “It is better to have things to live for than things to live with.”



* "It is human to err, but diabolical to persevere."

* "It is not the great teacher who can cause the pupil to learn; the great
teacher causes the pupil to want to learn."

* “It isn’t doing the job that takes the time; it’s the starting and the finishing of it.”


* “It’s all in the State of mind

     If you think you are beaten,

            you are,

    If you think you dare not,

            you don’t,

    If you like to win but you think

            you can’t

    It’s almost sure you won’t

    If you think you’ll lose,

            you’ve lost.

   For out in the world you find

   Success begins with a fellow’s will

   It’s all in the state of mind.”



* "It's good to talk but it is even better to listen...."
Anon (BL)

* "It's not what you'd do with a million.
If riches should e'er be your lot,
But what are your doing at present
With the dollar and a half you've got?"

* "It usually takes 20 years to become an overnight success."

* "Jealously is much more about insecurity than love"

* “Judge each day, not by the harvest, but by the seeds you plant.”



* “Just because we use different words doesn’t mean that we are not saying the same thing.”

Anon (BL)


* "Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see the shadow."

* “Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.”


* “Knowledge is the one possession no one can rob you of.”



* “Leadership is not a position but a responsibility to act, that it’s not a noun but a verb.”



* "Learn as if you were to live for ever; live as if you were to die
(Or: "Live this day as if your last.")

* "Learn from the past; Live in the present and be concerned about the
Future. What more can we ask?"

* "Life becomes tragic to them who have plenty to live on but little to
live for."(*)

* "Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up
depends on what you're made of."

* “Life (Love) is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”



* “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”



* “Life’s failures are stepping stones to success.”



* "Listening to others talking about their lives and deepest concerns we
learn more about ourselves because we are all part of one another."

* "Love is the sunshine of the soul. Without it we get hard and sour and we
never grow into what we could be. Love sweetens the bitterness of
experience and softens the core of selfishness that is inherent in human

* "Love puts meaning into life"

Anon (BL)

* “Luck helps most when you don’t rely upon it too much.”



* "Many people are praying for mountains to be moved when all they need to
do is climb them."

* "Many people watch, but few see."

* "Marriage makes people treat each other as articles of property and no
longer as free human beings."


* "More important than giving to the poor is to stop taking from them."

* “More people die of laziness than of hard work.”



* "Most anti-social behaviour comes from people reflecting a lack of
respect for the future."
Anon (bl)

* "Most of us know how to say nothing; few of us know when."


* "My Daily Creed

Let me be a little kinder,

Let me be a little blinder

To the faults of those about me;


Let me praise a little more;

Let me be, when I am weary,


Just a little bit more cheery;

Let me serve a little better


Those that I am striving for.

Let me strive a little harder


To be all that i should be;

Let me be a little meeker


With the brother that is weaker;

Let me think more of my neighbour

And a little less of me."



* "Never ascribe to malice what can perfectly well be explained by
( "Given the choice the cock up theory of history is much more likely than
the conspiracy theory -- particularly as the latter is always incredibly
management intensive." BL)

* "Never gloat over good fortune; for, if you do, it will quickly turn

* “Never regret your past. Rather embrace it as the teacher that it is.”



* "Never test the depth of the water with both feet."



* "No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a
fig. If you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let us
first blossom, then bear fruit and then ripen."

* "No matter what happens, there is always someone who knew it would ...."

* “No individual raindrop ever considers itslef responsible for the flood.”



* "No one ever finds life worth living ... they have to make it worth

* "Not every word requires an answer."

* "Nothing is interesting if we're not interested."

* "Nothing is more conducive to progress than the widespread belief that it
can occur."
(also see: "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must
first be overcome." Johnson, Samuel)

* “Now is the seed of eternity”



* “Of all earthly creatures, humans alone have the power to choose.”


(I am not so sure after observing squirrels …bl)


* “Once we had wisdom then we has knowledge, not it is mostly just information.”



* “One can learn theories better from a book, but to grasp their essence one must put them into practice.”



* "One person cannot change the world but everyone can change the world for one person.”


* "One person's chaos is another person's freedom."
Anon (BL)

* "One's nearer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth."

* "Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should
be tuning in."

* “Our greatest honour is not that we never fall down but that we pick ourselves up again each time we fall.”


* "Our joys as winged dreams do fly;
Why then should sorrow last?
Since grief but aggravates the loss,
Grieve not for what is past."

* "Our lives will always be full if our hearts are always giving."

* "Our values are revealed by what we do, not by what we say."

* "Paradox: Why does the Human Race spend so many resources attempting to
understand 'the laws of nature', when we all know that, in the end, we
would die from the boredom of predictability, if we ever found out all the
Anon (bl)

* “Parenting is an awesome responsibility”



* "Parents generally strive to create a better future for their children."
(Note: "Is it true that those without children have a different view of the
future than those with children?" BL)

* “People always find it easier to be a result of the past, rather than a cause of the future.”



* “People believe in what they are doing or they resent it.”



* "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."

* "People have little idea of what they are capable of until they try."

* “People have responsibility not power”



* “People of genius are admired, people of wealth are envied; people of power are feared; but only people of character are trusted.” (*)



* “People who matter don’t judge and people who judge don’t matter.”



* "People who say something can't be done are usually interrupted by those doing it!"

* "Perhaps the best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."

* "Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children."

* "Pride makes us do things well. But it is love that makes us do them to perfection."

* "Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity."

* “Reciprocity is a human universal. It’s rare for you to do something nice for someone and for them then not to repeat it for you.”



* “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.”



* “Remember the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.”



* "Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow; but live for today."

* “Reputation is what you are in the light; Character is what you are in the dark.”



* “Responsibility always exceeds authority”



* “Responsibility develops some people and ruins others.”



* "Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean." (*)

* "Science tells us how things work but it doesn't give them meaning."
("Science might be able to tell us most of the answers, but it rarely tells us what questions to ask." BL)

SMILE ... and turn your sound on.
Smiling is infextious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realised I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile then I realised its worth
A single smile, just like mine,
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected
Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!"
Anon (via the internet and Dharati Trivedi)

* "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at
what they can do when they stick together."

* “Some people get the breaks, other people make them.”



* “Some people may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.”



* “Sometimes we take things for granted and we forget to stop, look, and listen. It’s an awesome world we live in.”




* "Speaking is good for the ego. Listening is good for the soul."
Anon (BL)

* "Speak softly and sweetly. If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them."

* “Squeeze the past like a sponge, smell the present like a rose and send a kiss to the future.”



* “Start a kind word on its travels; it may go far and do a lot of good.”



* "Success is a journey, not a destination."

“Success is more attitude than aptitude”


* "Success is never final and failure is never fatal; its courage that counts."

* "Take time to be happy. Time is not a fast lane between cradle and grave.
It is a place to park out of the sun."

* “Talk is cheap – people is judged by deeds.”


* "Teachers are the hands that rock the future."

* "Teachers nurture the seeds of today so they might blossom into the flowers of tomorrow."

* "Teachers plant the seeds of the future into the minds of the next generation."

* "Teaching is a work of the heart."

* "Teaching is the profession that creates all others."

* "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common visions. The ability to direct individual accomplishment towards organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

* “Teach your kids responsibility early”



* "The art of teaching is the art of assisting in discovery."

* "The best things in life are free."

* "The best way to help solve your problems is to help other people solve theirs."
Anon (BL)

The clock of life is wound
but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands
will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time
you own
Live, love, toil with a will
Place no faith in
tomorrow, for
The clock may then be still."

* "The concept of retirement is only meaningful to those people who regard work as a prison, rather than a life enhancing experience."
Anon (bl)

* "The dash in the middle"
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning ... to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears
But he said what mattered most
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth ..
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars ... the house ... the cash
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard ..
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile..
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they said
About how you spent your dash?"
Anon (via the Internet ... Deepack Lalwani )

* "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

* “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.”



* “ The dissatisfaction that every artist feels at the completion of a work is the beginning of a better work.”



* “The dominant desire of the institution concerned is to avoid blame, rather than exercise responsibility.”


* "The early riser is healthy, cheerful and industrious."

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

* “The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how yu tread it, for every step will show.”



* "The future was formerly entirely a matter of chance, now it is slowly becoming a matter of choice."
Anon (..... "so it is becoming much more our responsibility?" BL)

* "The greatest contribution which any of us can make to the world is just to be ourselves at our best."

* "The greatest thing to leave children is the love they have in them not the inheritance you might leave them."

* "The happiness of your life is in direct proportion to the character of your thoughts."

* "The harder you work ... the luckier you get."
Anon (see Arnold Palmer?)

* "The joy of life is living it and doing things of worth,
In making bright and fruitful all the barren spots of earth.
In facing odds and mastering them and rising from defeat,
And making true what once was false, and what was bitter, sweet.
For only those who know perfect joy whose little bit of soil
Is richer ground than what it was when they began to toil."

* "The law doth punish man or woman
That steals the goose from off the common,
But lets the greater felon loose,
That steals the common from the goose."

* “The person who complains they are not getting enough is usually not giving enough.”



* “The person who knows most is the first to want to know more.”



* "The meaning of life comes mainly from the feeling that you are alive, without asking the question."

Anon (BL)


* “The mind will only do what the heart tell’s it to.”



* " The more alive you are the more the thought of being dead is a meaningless experience."
Anon (BL)


"The more knowledge we have the more wisdom we need to ensure that it is used well."


* "The most important things in life aren't things."
Anon (see Einstein?)

* “The only purpose of life is to try to make the world a better place for future generations.”

Anon (BL)


* "The past should be a springboard not a hammock."

* “The process of creating new, democratic organs of government power is beginning, and, as never before, the greatest responsibility rests with the broadcast media.”



* “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”



* “The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.”



* “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.”



* "There are ten good things for which no person has ever been sorry:
For doing good to all;
For speaking evil of no one;
For hearing before judging;
For thinking before speaking;
For holding an angry tongue;
For being kind to the distressed;
For asking pardon for all wrongs;
For being patient toward everybody;
For stopping the ear to the tale bearer;
For disbelieving most of the evil reports."

* "There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, those who wonder what happened."

* "There are too many people praying for mountains of difficulty to be removed, when what they really need is courage to climb them."

* "There are two things to do with your life: Experience the beauty of the world; and change its ugliness. The problem that most of us have is balancing priorities and then moving from one state of mind to the other. Unfortunately the net result is that too many of us spend too much time in neutral confusion doing neither, or caught up with arguments over trying to agree on what is 'beautiful' and what is 'ugly'."
Anon (bl)

* "There is a past which is gone for ever; but there is a future which is still our own work."

* "There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else."

* “There is one sure way of being happy and that is to believe that you are doing God’s will.”

Anon (BL)


* "There is never a wrong time to do the right thing."

“There’s no better feeling than to know you have helped someone succeed.”


* "There is no limit to what people can do, or where they can go, if they
don't mind who gets the credit."

* “There is no point in living if you don’t feel alive.”


* "There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say -- unless you insist
on saying it."

* "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that
is an idea whose time has come."

* "There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us."

* "There's hope as long as you can smile."

* “There’s no such thing as a stranger; only a friend you haven’t yet met yet.”


* "The rich who help the poor make their lives richer."

* "The search for knowledge when combined with the maturity of reflection
on experience is probably the most effective path to wisdom."
Anon (BL)

* "The secret of contentment is never to allow yourself to want anything
really badly that reason says you have little or no chance of getting."

* “The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.”



* "The secret of a successful life is to be able to give meaning to its

“The secret of living a long and happy life is to become gentler and kinder (ie wiser) as you grow older.”


* "The secret of long term success is to become wise before you get too old
for it to be of any use."

* “The specialist learns more and more about less and less, until they knows everything about nothing. The generalist learns less and less about more and more, until they know nothing about everything.”(*)


* “The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.”


* The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.”



* "The thing that goes the furthest toward
making life worth while,
That cost the least and does the most
is just a pleasing smile;
The smile that bubbles from the heart,
that loves it's fellow men,
will drive away the clouds and gloom
and bring the sun again.
there is no room for sadness ...
When we see a cheery smile.
It always has the same good luck
It's never out of style,
It's spurs us on to try again
When failure makes us blue,
The dimples and encouragement
and good..
for me and you."

* “The wind are adversity doesn’t suffocate the house of wisdom”



* “The wise society does not need written laws to regulate the governance and relations between the stakeholders; instead it uses the unwritten laws of humanity.”

(Anon, BL)


* “The wisest person is who does not believe that they are wise.”


* "The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the
credit. Try, if you can, to belong too the first group. There is much less

* "Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work

* "Those people who think life is a problem haven't got enough to worry
Anon (BL)

* “Those who expect the worst are never disappointed.”



* “Those who know not and know not they know not: there are a fool – shun them. Those who know not and know they know not: they are simple – teach them. Those who know and know not they know: they are asleep – wake them. Those who know and know they know: they are wise – follow them.”(*)



* “Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewared with rich, productive and satisfying lives.”



* "Thoughts and dreams of a better future provide hope for our continued

* “To be a Great Leader, you have to be a Great Human Being.”



* “To gain respect – firstly give it.”



* "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die."

* "To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk disappointment.
But risks must be taken because the greatest risk in life is to risk
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
sees nothing, has nothing and is nothing.
They cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love and live.

* “To those who have much, much is expected.”



* “To whom God wants to destroy, it gives 20 years of success.”(*)



* "Travel broadens the mind but it can sure unsettle the soul."

* “Trouble brings experience and experience brings wisdom.”



* “True intelligence is the mind honoring the wisdom of the heart.”



* "True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes,
but in foreseeing what is to come."

* "Unless the effectiveness of our learning is greater than the nature of
change it is unlikely that the change will be equated with progress."

* "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you
will never grow."

* "Visionary sights unseen see future shapes never made from thoughts
unthought which imagine the unimaginable in new colour vision of everything
out there but not as we know it."

* "Warriors may be formed in the heat of battle, but heroes are found in
the unlikely places."

* “We all leave footprints in the sand. The question is, will we be a big heel, or a great soul.”



* “We all live under the same sky but we don’t share the same horizon.”



* "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life,
what we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic

* "We are moving rapidly into the Knowledge Economy but we appear to have
lost our respect for wisdom, let alone how we might pass it on
Anon (BL)

* "We are often most in the dark when we are the most certain, and the most
enlightened when we are the most confused."

* "We cannot change the past but we can change the future."

* "We first make our habits, then our habits make us."

* “We learn from our parents but not by being told what to do.”



* “We learn from our parents but not by being told what to do.”



 * “We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.”


* “What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.”



* "What is said is more important than who said it."

(see Acquinas)

* "What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?"

* “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.



* “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”



"When we sympathize with someone, we know; when we empathize, we

* "When you die you can rest in peace if you are able to convince yourself
that you did your bit for the future."

* "When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow we gave our today."
Anon (Remembrance saying)

* "Wisdom consists of preparing for, or foreseeing, short-term future
events through the use of relevant past experiences."

* “Wisdom is a blessing only to those prepared to absorb it.”



* “Wisdom is a life that knows it is worth living.”



* “Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied.”



* “Wisdom is obtained out of the Flame of Life of human experience.”



* “Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.”


* "Wise people learn by the mistakes of others, fools by their own."(*)

* "Wise people refuse to commit their time and energy to the unhelpful.(*)



* “Without wisdom, knowledge is more stupid then ignorance.”


* "Work is love made visible. Keep working with love."

* "Worry enough to anticipate trouble, but not so much as to bring it

* "Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is
cash in hand; spend it wisely."

* "Yesterday is but a dream. Tomorrow, a vision of hope. Look to this day
for it is life."

* “Yesterday is History

            Tomorrow a Mystery and

            Today is a Gift

            That’s why it’s called the Present”

Anon (in  Zest for Life, by Dawn Breslin, p183.)


* “You can tell whether a person is clever by their answers. You can tell whether they are wise by their questions?”



* “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.”



* “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”



* "You can't drive into the future if you're always looking into your rear
view mirror."

* “You cannot motivate the best people with money.”



* "You can't predict the future but you can prepare for it."

* "You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf."

* “You’ll know when something becomes meaningful to you when it goes from your head to your heart to your hands.”



* “Ypu may not be responsible for the past but you are responsible for the future.”



* “You must realise that love is not a selfish act of possessiveness.”



* “ Your I can is more important than your I.Q”



* “Youth is a gift of nature, age is a work of art.”



* “Youth – the infinite wisdom of inexperience.”



* "You want more freedom, you'll have to earn it through the ability to
handle more responsibility."

* “You will never be sorry –

            for thinking before acting,

            for hearing before judging,

            for forgiving your enemies,

            for being candid and frank,

            for helping a fallen brother,

            for being honest in business,

            for thinking before speaking,

for being loyal to your church,

            for standing by your principles,

            for stopping your ears to gossip,

for bridling a slanderous tongue,

for harboring only pure thoughts,

            for sympathizing with the afflicted,

            for being courteous and kind to all.”



* "You've got to think it and believe it in order to achieve it."

* "Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make
the law."
Anouilh, Jean (Or: "Those with power must set an example in its use, or it
will be taken from them." BL)

* "One cannot weep for the entire world. It is beyond human strength. One
must choose."
Anouilh, Jean

* "The object of art is to give life a shape."
Anouilh, Jean

* "Things are beautiful if you love them."
Anouilh, Jean (* "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" Anon)

* "I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe
in order that I may understand."
Anslem, (Proslogium)

* “Some people drink for the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.”

Anthony, Robert


* “Wisdom outweighs any wealth”

Antigone l.1050.


* “The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.”



* "The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education."



* "The future is only a question of putting the past in order, you don't
have to foresee it, only allow it to happen."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

* "A person's greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in
life, founded on a just estimate of them self and everything else, on
frequent self-examinations, and on obedience to the rule which they know to
be right, without troubling themselves about what others may think or say,
or whether they do, or do not, that which they think and say and do."(*)
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "A wrong-doer is often a person that has left something undone, not
always that they have done something."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "Do not consider anything for your interest which makes you break your
word, quit your modesty or inclines you to any practice which will not bear
the light, or your ability to look the world in the face." (*)
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "It is not death that a person should fear, but that they should fear
never beginning to live."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "Let goodness go with the doing."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each
day as the last."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* "Love work.
Turn a deaf ear to slander.
Be considerate in correcting others.
Do not be taken up by trifles.
Do not resent plain speaking.
Meet offenders half-way.
Be thorough in thought.
Have an open mind.
Do your duty without grumbling."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius

* “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius


* "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts:
therefore, guard accordingly and take care that you entertain no notion
unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature."
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius
(Or: "Our life is what our thoughts make it." Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius)

* "I don't like nostalgia. I don't like to look back, only forward."
Antonioni, Michelangelo

* "Experience is a good teacher but she runs up big bills."
Antrim, Minna

* “If you have much give of your wealth, if you have little give of your heart.”

Arab proverb

* “Those who predict the future lies, even if they tell the truth.”

Arab Proverb


* "Throw your heart out in front of you.
And run ahead to catch it."
Arab Proverb

* "Those who predict the future lie, even if they tell the truth."
Arab Proverb. (Extract from Baldock. R. Destination Z: The History of the
Future, John Wiley (1999), pxxvi. "Which is wise and true, for we cannot
say what the future hold, it will indeed always be uncertain.")

“The person of wisdom will never allow themselves to be caught up in any one form or belief, because they are wise unto themselves.”



* “A book is a garden carried in a pocket.”

Arabian Proverb


* "All mankind is divided into three classes: Those that are immovable;
those that are movable, and those that move."
Arabian Proverb

*” Diligence is the greatest of teachers.”

Arabian Proverb

* “Examine what is said not him who speaks.”

Arabian Proverb


* “Keep the gold and keep the silver, but give us wisdom.”

Arabian Proverb


* "People can have but what they strive for."(*)
Arabian Proverb

* "God judges a tree by its fruits and not by it's roots."

Arabian Proverb

* "Those who have health has hope, and those who have hope have everything."(*)
Arabian Proverb

* "Work for your future as if you are going to live forever, for your
afterlife is as if you are going to die tomorrow."
Arabian Proverb

* “All things but knowledge diminish when used.”

Arabic Wisdom


* “If you want to see how big a person is, see what makes them angry”

Arabic Wisdom


* “My favourite thing is to go where I have never been.”

Arbus, Diane (1923-1971) Photographer.


* "If I had a lever I could move the world."
Archimedes (The origin of the Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory? BL)

* "The will to power ... far from being a characteristic of the strong, is,
like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly their most
dangerous one. Power corrupts indeed when the weak band together in order
to ruin the strong, but not before."
Arendt, Hannah

* "I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all things
granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
Aretino, Pietro

* "One may learn wisdom even from one's enemies."
Aristophanes, Birds 382 (450-385 BC)
( ‘The wise learn many things from their enemies.’

* "Wise people, though all laws were abolished would lead the same life."(*)

* "All men by nature desire to know."
Aristotle (384-322 BC)

* "Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right
person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and
in the right way -- that is not easy."

* By the just we mean that which is lawful and that which is fair and

* “Education is the best provision for old age.”



* “Excellence is an art won by training and habitation. Wea re what we respeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”



* “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”



* “Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.”



* “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”



* "Happiness itself is sufficient excuse. Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods. Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a person's own breast. Trust thyself."(*)

* "Happiness must be some form of contemplation. But, being a person, one will also need external prosperity; for our nature is not self-sufficient for the purpose of contemplation, but our body also must be healthy and must have food and other attention. Still, we must not think that the person who is to be happy will need many things or great things, for self sufficiency and action do not involve excess, and we can do noble acts without ruling earth and sea."(*)


* “He who the gods want to destroy, they will give 40 years of prosperity.”


* “In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”



* "In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who
show their good qualities in action."

* "It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws."

* "It is pleasant to be loved, for this makes a person see themselves as
the possessor of goodness, a thing that every being that has a feeling for
it desires to possess: to be loved means to be valued for one's own
personal qualities."(*)

* “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”



* "Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly."

* "The greatest injustices proceed from those who pursue excess, not by
those who are driven by necessity."

* "The greatest thing, by far, is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one
thing that cannot be learned; and it is also a sign of genius."

* "The salvation of the community is the common business of them all."

* "The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it
is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds
a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there
arises a certain grandeur."

* “The wise person does not expose themselves needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which they care sufficiently; but they are willing, in a great crises to give even their life – knowling that under certain conditions it is not worth while to live.” (*)


* "They who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who
produce them; for those only gave them life, the others show them the art
of living well."

* "To love is better than to be loved. For love is an active pleasure and a
good thing whilst merely to be loved creates no activity in the soul."

* “To write well, express yourself like the common people but think like a wise person.” (*)



* "Wealth obviously is not the good we seek, for the sole purpose it serves is to provide the means for getting something else, pleasure, virtue and honour and they would have better title to be considered the good for they are to be desired for their account."

* “We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.”



* "We should educate people so they make better use of their lives"

* "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

* "Wise people do not expose themselves needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which they care sufficiently; but they are willing, in great crises, to give even their life - knowing that under certain circumstances it is not worth while to live." (*)

* "The present is where we get lost -- if we forget our past and have no vision of the future."
Armah, Ayi Kwei (The Healers 1978)

* 'We have heard enough about being practical and efficient and prudent. We
heard it preached through several decades that these things would save the
world. I think that, with the salty taste of blood and sweat on our lips,
we are learning that we had best talk once again about what is right."
Arnall, Ellis

* "Culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to
know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been
thought and said in the world."
Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888)

* "It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in
the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done."
Arnold, Matthew

* "The difference between one person and another is not their ability -
it's their energy."
Arnold, Thomas

* "More choice and more leisure time seem to be what we are supposed to
want, but I don't know if it makes us any happier."
Arthur, Louise, (Shadow in Tiger Country, p228.)

* "What's the use of worrying?
It never was worth while,
So, pack up your troubles in your old kit bag,
And smile, smile, smile."
Asaf, George, (British songwriter,1880-1951)

* "If your civilization is to be enriched, it must be relived by every
single child. It is in the schoolroom, or mostly in the schoolroom, while
assimilating little titbits of what has been the experience of people
before them that the child first makes the acquaintance of the human
person, of the spiritual being that they are."
Ascoli, Max

* “Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.”

Ash, Mary Kay


* “It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtletly.”

Asimov, Isaac


* "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
Asimov, Isaac

* “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, your right.”

Ash, Mary Kay

* “Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.”

Ash, Mary Kay

* “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the new
discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it) but 'That's funny...”

Asimov, Isaac


* “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

Asimov, Isaac (Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988)


* "A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view."
Askinas, Wilma

* "Don't think of how you're going to spend your time -- use it."
Askinas, Wilma

* "The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change
everything -- or nothing."
Lady Astor

* "In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they
were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed
intolerable to the people who lived through them."
Atkinson, Brooks

* "It takes most people five years to recover from a college education, and
to learn that poetry is as valid to thinking as knowledge."
Atkinson, Brooks,

* "Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically
ought to be."
Atkinson, Brooks,


* “Things usually turn out better than you think.”

Atkinson, Von R.

* "Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if
you can stop people talking."
Atlee, Clement

* "No social system will bring us happiness, health and prosperity unless
it is inspired by something more than materialism."
Atlee, Clement

* "The greatest challenge for democracy is to persuade people not to eat
the seed corn of tomorrow's harvest."
Atlee, Clement

* "Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of
discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between
accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary
limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity."
Auden W.H.

* "Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the
same as what they most want to do."
Auden W.H

* "I think the first prerequisite to civilization is an ability to make
polite conversation."
Auden W.H

* "Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past not
leave it behind."
Auden, W.H

* "There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police
We must love one another or die."
Auden W.H.

* "To save your world you asked this man to die:
Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?"
Auden, W.H., (Epitaph for the Unknown soldier, 1955)

* "We are here on earth to do good to others.
What the others are here for, I don't know."
Auden W.H.

* "Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is
to see what we believe."
St. Augustine (c399 AD)

* “Patience is the companion of wisdom”

St Augustine


* "People travel to wonder at the height
of mountains, at the huge waves of the
sea, at the long courses of rivers, at
the vast compass of the ocean, at the
circular motion of the stars; and they
pass by themselves without wondering."
St. Augustine

* "To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to
knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things."
St. Augustine


* “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”

Augustine, Norman R.

* “It’s better to limp slowly along the right path than walk stridently in the wrong direction.”

Aurel, Marc


* "Begin each day by saying to yourself, 'Today I shall meet people who are
interfering, ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious and selfish.' They
are made this way because of their ignorance of what is good and evil.
But I, who have seen the nature of good and its beauty, and of evil and its
ugliness, know that the inner nature of the person who does evil is the
same nature as mine (not that we are brothers, but we possess the same mind
and the same share of spirit); therefore I can't be harmed by any of these
people, for no one can impose on me what is degrading.
I shouldn't be angry with my brother or hate him. For we are made to work
in harmony, like our two feet or hands, eyelids, or the rows of upper and
lower teeth. To work against one another is against Nature; and it is
acting against nature to be angry and to turn away."(*)
Aurelius, Marcus (Roman emperor, author of Meditations on Stoic philosophy, AD 121-180)

* “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

Aurelius, Marcus


* "It is not death that people should fear, but they should fear never
beginning to live."(*)
Aurelius, Marcus


* “Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise.”

Aurelius, Marcus

* "Never esteem anything of advantage to you that will make you break your
word or lose your self-respect."
Aurelius, Marcus

* "Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with
the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."
Aurelius, Marcus

* "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts;
therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions
unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature."
Aurelius, Marcus

* "The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to
escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
Aurelius, Marcus

* “The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”

Aurelius, Marcus


* “The wise person sees in the misfortunate of others what they should avoid.”(*)

Aurelius, Marcus

* "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no
sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes
its place, and this too will be swept away."
Aurelius, Marcus


* "Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself."
Aurelius, Marcus

* "The power of love and caring can change the world."
Autry, James

* "To be free is ... the interior certainty that every person is
responsible for humanity, and not just before it."
Averline, Claude

* "Whenever you fall, pick something up."
Avery, Oswald Theodore

* "What we have learned
Is like a handful of earth
What we have yet to learn
like the whole world."

* "It is by insisting on an impossible standard of perfection that skeptics
make themselves secure." (*)
Ayer A.J.

* "No moral system can rest solely on authority."
Ayer A.J.

* "Our sources of belief have become less trustworthy. We have stopped
relying on the parents, elders, teachers who know us and whose views
(whether right or wrong) are not designed to exploit us, and started
relying on surrogate sources of belief, most notably TV which is designed
to influence and manipulate."
Ayres, Ed, (Editor of World Watch 1999.)

* “In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imaging that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.”

Azai, Rabbi Ben


* "Character makes life immortal. It survives even death. Some say
knowledge is power, but this is not true. Character is power."
Baba, Satya Sai 

* “Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence.”

Baba, Sai


* “You cannot pronounce a person to be alive judging from the beat of their pulse. They are alive only when they work for themselves and others.” (*)

Baba, Sai (Man of Miracles)

* “Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.”

Bach, Richard


* “Learning is finding out what you already know.”

Bach, Richard

(Author ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’)

(‘Very true about wisdom which needs to be checked out with your own experience’ …bl)


* “A prudent question is one half of wisdom.”

Bacon, Francis, (1561-1626, Essays 'Of Ceremonies and Respects.' )


"A wise person will make more opportunities than they find."(*)
Bacon, Francis,

* “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our land, and melting like a snowflake.”

Bacon, Francis


* "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural
philosophy, deep, moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."
Bacon, Francis (submitted by Cindy Wagner, wfs)

* "If a person be gracious to strangers, it shows that they are a citizen
of the world, and their heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but
a continent that joins them."(*)
Bacon, Francis

* "If a person will begin with certainties, they shall end in doubts; but
if they be content to begin with doubts, they shall end in certainties."
Bacon, Francis

* "If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us."
Bacon, Francis

* "Knowledge itself is power"
Bacon, Francis (Religious meditations)

* "Make ye the world a bit better or more beautiful
because ye have lived in it."
Bacon, Francis

* "Money is like muck -- not good unless it be spread"
Bacon, Francis

* “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”

Bacon, Francis


* "The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions
of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human Empire, to the
effecting of all things possible."
Bacon, Francis

* "There are three parts in truth: first, the inquiry, which is the wooing
of it; secondly, the knowledge of it, which is the presence of it; and
thirdly, the brief, which is the enjoyment of it."
Bacon, Francis

* "There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise."
Bacon, Francis


* “There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.”

Bacon, Francis

* "Those that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time
is the greatest innovator."(*)
Bacon, Francis

* "You don't get to choose how you're going to die or when. You can only
decide how you're going to live."
Baez, Joan

* "Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind."
Bagehot, Walter

* "The best security for people's doing their duty is that they should not
know anything else to do."
Bagehot, Walter

* "The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions
which were invaluable at first and deadly afterwards."
Bagehot, Walter

* "Kindness is wisdom; there is none in life but needs it, and may learn."
Bailey, Gamaliel

* "What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork."
Bailey, Pearl

* "It matters not how long we live but how."
Bailey, Philip James

* “Go where your passion is, that is what is needed in this world.”

Bailie Gil / Menton, Thomas


* "To grow and know what one is growing towards -- that is the source of
all strength and confidence in life."
Baillie, James

* "Some of the greatest thinking has been done by those who cared little
for riches - Pasteur, Edison, Jane Adams - and who shall say that theirs
was not the richer life? Today, the world knows the poetry of Shakespeare,
the music of Wagner, the art of Rembrandt; but who knows even the names of
the money barons of their day -- or cares to know? If you want your name to
live after you, you'll not give all your thought to money. But, whether you
want to make money, or write a book, or build a bridge, or run a streetcar
- or do anything else successfully -- you'll do well to remember that in
all the world there is no word more important than -- "Think"."
Baird, Edwin

* "The person who graduates to-day and stops learning tomorrow is
uneducated the day after."
Baker, Newton D.

* “Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
Baldwin, James (American novelist, 1924-1987)


* "Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something
people take and people are as free as they want to be."
Baldwin, James

* "If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to
make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is
time we got rid of him."
Baldwin, James

* "Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed
until it is faced."
Baldwin, James

* "The future is like heaven -- everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go
there now."
Baldwin, James

* “There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.”

Baldwin, James

* "The relation of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because
ultimately power without morality is no longer power."
Baldwin, James

* "The situation of our youth is not mysterious. Children have never been
very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to
imitate them. They must, they have no other models."
Baldwin, James

* "It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so
few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth."
Lord Balfour A.J.

* "The superstition that all our hours of work are a minus quantity in the
happiness of life, and all the hours of idleness are plus ones, is a most
ludicrous and pernicious doctrine, and its greatest support comes from our
not taking sufficient trouble, not making a real effort, to make work as
near pleasure as it can be.'
Lord Balfour, A.J.

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


* "One of the things I learned the hard way was it does not pay to get
discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life creates your
faith in yourself."
Ball, Lucille

* “Wisdom is expert knowledge system in the domain of fundamental life pragmatics.”



* “Wisdom entails a convergence of means and ends towards excellence.”

Baltes & Freund


* "Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."
Balzac, Honare de (1799-1850)

* "There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power."
Balzac, Honare de

* "Lack of will power and drive cause more failures than lack of
intelligence and ability."
Banks, Harry F.

* 'Power in the hand of lack of knowledge, inexperience and ego is a sure
way to failure."
Banks, Harry F.

* "Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either
hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm."
Baratynsky, Yevgeny

* "It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen."
Bardot, Bridgett

* "What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age?
Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it."
Bardot, Brigitte

* "The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of tyrants."
Barere B. (1755-1841)

* “Vision without action is merely a gream. Action without vision just passess the time. Vision with action can change the world!”

Barker, Joel Arthur


* "Anxiety is simply part of the condition of being human. If we were not
anxious, we would never create anything."
Barrett, Professor William

* "Always be a little kinder than necessary."
Barrie, J.M

* "Life is a long lesson in humility."
Barrie, J.M.

* "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."
Barrie, J.M.

* "The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking
what one has to do."
Barrie J.M.

* "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
Barrie J.M.

* "Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a
faint heart and with lame endeavour."
Barrow, Isaac

* "Every day increases the sheer weight of knowledge put into our hands,
some new power over natural processes .... Our age is being forcibly
reminded that knowledge is no substitute for wisdom. Far and away the most
important thing in human life is living it."
Barry, Frank R.

* "You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."
Barrymore Ethel


* "Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
Barrymore John (1882-1942)

* "Great people suffers hours of depression through introspection and
self-doubt. That is why they are great. That is why you will find modesty
and humility the characteristics of such people." (*)
Barton, Bruce

* "Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little
things -- a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a
newsstand -- I am tempted to think ... there are no little things."
Barton, Bruce (Butterfly effect again ? ... bl)

* "The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity --
an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do."
Barton, Bruce

* "A person can't retire their experience; they must use it."(*)
Baruch, Bernard M.

* "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why."
Baruch, Bernard M.
(Probably not true -- millions have asked why ... but Newton was the first
to be both motivated and equipped to come up with the answer? ... bl)

* “You can overcome anything if you don’t bellyache.”

Baruch, Bernard M.

* "Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
Barzun, Jacques (American writer, teacher)

* "The test and use of someone's education is that they find pleasure in
the exercise of their mind."
Barzun, Jacques

* "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they
Basho, Matsuo

* "If a person does away with their traditional way of living and throws
away their good customs, they had better first make certain that they have
something of value to replace them."(*)
Basuto proverb

* "Zeal without knowledge is like fire without a grate to contain it; like
a sword without a hilt to wield it by; like a high-bred horse without a
bridle to guide it. It speaks without thinking, acts without planning,
seeks to accomplish a good end without the adoption of becoming means."
Bate, Julius
( Or/and ..."Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly" Davies, John.
Or: "Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." Fuller, Thomas.)

* "Wisdom is the intelligence of the system as a whole."
Bateson, Gregory

* “No amount of material success will compensate for a life lived without ‘significance’.”

Batstone, David (author, ‘Saving the Corporate Soul’)


* "Tolerance consists of seeing certain things with your heart instead of
with your eyes."
Battista, Orlando A.

* “What is the one lesson you have learned that you would pass on to young managers?”

            -- ‘Be pleased about other people’s success.’

Batts David (Chairman, London Tourist Board, Talking Heads, The Guardian


* "To be ambitious for wealth, and yet always expecting to be poor; to be
always doubting your ability to get what you long for, is like trying to
reach east by travelling west. There is no philosophy which will help
people to succeed when they are always doubting their ability to do so, and
thus attracting failure. No matter how hard you work for success if your
thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts,
neutralize your endeavours and make success impossible."
Baudouin, Charles

* "When the historian, Charles A. Beard was asked about the lessons from
history, he said there were four:
1. The bee fertilises the flower it robs.
2. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
3. The mills of God ('Nature' bl) grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly
4. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
Beard, Charles A.

* “Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”

Beard, Mary


* “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think than what to think.”



* "If you haven't been happy very young, you can still be happy later on,
but it's much harder. You need more luck."
Beauvoir, Simone de

* "The significance of the human race is that we are that part of the
universe that asks the question, 'What is the significance of life?' "We
alone can stand apart imaginatively and, regarding ourselves and the
universe in their eternal aspects, pronounce a judgment: Our significance
is that we are insignificant and are aware of it."(*)
Becker, Carl

* "What makes equality such a difficult business is that we only want it
with our superiors."
Becque, Henry (French dramatist 1837-1899)

* " A person's true estate of power and riches is to be in themselves; not
in their dwelling or position, or external relations, but in their own
essential character."(*)
Beecher Rev Henry Ward (1813-1887) (Abolitionist)

* "A proud person is seldom a grateful person for they never think they get
as much as they deserve."
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "Greatest lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength"
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than everybody else
expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard
master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else."
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* “It is not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a lifelong struggle that makes us valiant.”

Beecher Rev Henry Ward


* "Success is full of promise till we get it; and then it is a last year's
nest from which the birds have flown."(*)
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* " The deeper people go into life, the deeper is their conviction that
this life is all we have. It is an unfinished symphony. A day may round out
an insect's life, and man or beast needs no tomorrow. Not so with those
that know that they are related to Nature (God) and have felt the power of
an endless life."(*)
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next."
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "The prouder a person is, the more they think they deserve, and the more
they think they deserve, the less they really do deserve."
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "You cannot teach a child to take care of themselves unless you will let
them try to take care of themselves. They will make mistakes; and out of
these mistakes will come their wisdom." (*)
Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* “What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.”

Beecher Rev Henry Ward

* "No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and
toil and doubt."
Beerbohm, Max

* "Love, and love alone, is capable of giving thee a happier life."

Beethoven, Ludwig van


* "Teachers are like flowers:
they spread their beauty
throughout the world.
Their love of learning
touches the hearts of their students,
who carry that sense of wonder
with them wherever they may go.
Teachers, with their words of wisdom,
awaken the spirit within us all
and lead us down the roads of life."
Beisser, Deanna

* "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
Bell, Alexander Graham

* "To think of learning as a preparation for something beyond learning is to see a defeat of the process. The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning."
Bell, Daniel

* "That happiness is to be attained through limitless material acquisition
is negated by every religion and philosophy known to humankind, but it is
preached incessantly by every American television set."(*)
Bellah, Robert (American sociologist)

* "I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in
the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the
eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of
attention in the midst of distraction."
Bellow, Saul

* "In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It
may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of
the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our
education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep
it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves."
Bellow, Saul (Allan Bloom in The Closing of the American Mind, 1987)

* "People are only as good as what they love." (*)
Bellow, Saul

* “In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imaging that thou hast attained it thou are a fool.”

Ben-Azai, Rabbi


* "We thought we were done with these things but we were wrong.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom."
Benet, Stephen Vincent

* "Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear,
what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."
Ben-Gurion, David

* "Without the end lurking perpetually just around the corner, without it
being somehow always on the edge of our consciousness, we are condemned to
bewilderment and banality."
Benjamin, Marina

* "Some of the jam we thought was for tomorrow, we've already eaten."
Benn, Tony (1925-)

* "I am doing nothing, but I like to be doing nothing to some purpose. That
is what leisure means."
Bennett, Alan

* "The people who live in the past must yield to the people who live in the
future. Otherwise the world would begin to turn the other way round."
Bennett, Arnold

* "People cannot be satisfied with mere success. They are concerned with
the terms upon which success comes to them. And very often the terms seem
more important than the success."
Bennett, Charles A.

* "Blessed are they who have reached the point of no return, and know it,
for they shall enjoy living."
Bennett W.C.

* "A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward."
Bennett, William J.

* “Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.”

Bennis, Warren G.


“Power, the basic energy to initiate translating intention into reality, the quality without which leaders cannot lead.”

Bennis & Nanus


* “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog and the dog will be there to keep the man from interfering with the equipment.”

Bennis, Warren G


* “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”

Bennis, Warren G

* "Great ideals and principles do not live from generation to generation
just because they are right, nor even because they have been carefully
legislated. Ideals and principles continue from generation to generation
only when they are built into the hearts of the children as they grow up."
Benson, George S.

* "All government is a trust. Every branch of government is a trust, and
immemorially acknowledged to be so."
Bentham, Jeremy
(But where does that fairness come from? -- "The various groups -
stakeholders - share an overall general sense of fairness in the process."?
-- BL)

* “A person becomes happier to the extent to which they give happiness to other people.”

Bentham, Jeremy


* “Learning history is easy; learning its lessons seems almost impossibly difficult.”

Bentley, Nicholas


* "Creativeness and a creative attitude to life as a whole is not a
person's right, it is their duty"(*)
Berdyaev, Nikolai

* "The lives and happiness of our children, as far ahead as the mind can
reach, depend on us today. If we succeed, posterity looking back will
record that this was indeed the human race's finest hour."(*)
Berendsen, Carl A.

* "A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the
not-self that there is no self left to die."
Berenson, Bernard

* “Looking at the future disturbs the present.”

Berger, Gaston (French futurist)


* “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

Berger, Thomas


* "Think like a person of action and act like a person of thought."
Bergson, Henri

* "We do not think real time. But we live in it, because life is greater
than intelligence."
Bergson, Henri

* “Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”

Berlin, Irving

* "The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a
Berlin, Irving

* "Civilization means that you must allow the possibility of change without
ceasing to be totally dedicated to -- and ready to die for -- your ideals
so long as you believe in them."
Berlin, Sir Isaiah

* "People cannot live without seeking to describe and explain the
Berlin, Sir Isaiah

* "We can't turn history back. Yet I do not wish to abandon the belief that
a world which is a reasonably peaceful coat of many colours, each portion
of which develops its own distinct cultural identity and is tolerant of
others, is not a Utopian dream."
Berlin, Sir Isaiah

* "To be able to find joy in another's joy: that is the secret of
Bernanos, Georges (1888-1948)

* "We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more
than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness
of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are
carried high and raised up by their giant size."
Bernard of Chartres (c1120 AD)

* "A great discovery is a fact whose appearance in science gives rise to
shining ideas, whose light dispels many obscurities and shows us new
Bernard, Claude

* "Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is only by spending oneself
that one becomes rich."
Bernhardt, Sarah

* "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else."
Berra, Yogi

* “When I was a kid, my mother told me that, if you could not be a good loser, there’s no way you could be a good winner.”

Berry, Halle


* “The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp>”

Berry, John


* “Our obsession with security is a measure of the power we have granted the future to hold over us.”

Berry, Wendell


* "The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away."
Bevan, Aneurin

* " The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers
or of races, but the happiness of the common man."
Beveridge, William Henry

* “Action should culminate in wisdom”



* "For that which is born, death is certain; and for the dead, birth is
certain. Therefore grieve not over that which is unavoidable."

* "That person who lives completely free from desires, without longing ....
attains peace."

* “The wise see knowledge and action as one.”


* "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
Bhutto, Benazir

* “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
Bibesco, Elizabeth

* “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”



·       “Take Time”


Take time to think-
it is the source of power.
Take time to read-
it is the foundation of wisdom

Take time to play-
it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet-
it is the opportunity to seek God

Take time to be aware-
it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved-
it is God's greatest gift.

Take time to laugh-
it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly-
it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream-
it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray-
it is the greatest power on earth.

There is a time for everything.."




Bible,  Eccl 3:1




* “A wise man will hear, and will increase in learning.”

Bible, Proverbs 1:5


* "The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are
Bidault, Georges

* “Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.”

Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914, Cynic's Work Book (1906))

"Cynic: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be."
Bierce, Ambrose

* "Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding."
Bierce, Ambrose, Cynic's Work Book (1906), p86.

* "Experience: The wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced."
Bierce, Ambrose, Cynic's Work Book (1906)

* “Money: a blessing that is of no advantage to us excepting when we part with it.”

Bierce, Ambrose

* "Life goes at such a terrific pace -- a few years full of youth and grace
and then you fall flat on your face before world history."
Biermann, Wolf

* “Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.” Billings, Josh

* “The price of wisdom is eternal thought.”

Birch, Frank


* "It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago."

Bishop, Jim


* "A really great person is known by three signs - generosity in the
design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success."
Bismarck, Otto von

* "The greatness of a person can be measured by their intelligence minus
their vanity." (*)
Bismarck, Otto von

* "The weak are strong because they are reckless. The strong are weak
because they have scruples."
Bismarck, Otto von

* "A worker is a part-time slave. The boss says when to show up, when to
leave, and what to do in the meantime. They tell you how much work to do
and how fast. They are free to carry their control to humiliating extremes,
regulating, if they so desire, the clothes you wear or how often you go to
the bathroom. With a few exceptions they can fire you for any reason, or no
reason. They spy on you by means of snitches and supervisors; they amass a
dossier on you. If you talk back you are accused of insubordination, just
as if you were a naughty child.
This demeaning system rules at least half those waking hours of a majority
of men and women for most of their lives. Anybody who says these people are
'free' is lying or stupid. You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid,
monotonous, work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous.
Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization around us
than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and
education. People who are regimented all their lives are psychologically
enslaved. Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that they develop an
acute fear of freedom. The obedience training at their jobs carries over
into the families they start, thus reproducing the system. Once you drain
the vitality from people at work, they'll likely submit to hierarchy in
politics, culture and everything else. They're used to it."
Black, Bob
(Although there is much recognisable truth in the above comment, I wonder
when it was written and some of the points are, perhaps, more valid in the
US than in Europe? bl)

* "It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it
first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should
be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of
experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in
the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human
Black, Hugo L.

* “Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than your past.”

Blair, Gary Ryan


* "There has been in recent years excessive emphasis on a citizen's rights
and inadequate stress upon their duties and responsibilities."
Blair, Paxton

* "A fool sees not the same tree that a wise person sees."(*)
Blake, William (1757-1827) The Marriage of Heaven & Hell,.

* "Everyone does not see alike.
To the eyes of a miser a guinea
is far more beautiful than the sun ...
The trees that moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes
of some others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity ...
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of a person of imagination,
nature is imagination itself."
Blake, William

* "He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses a joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise."
Blake, William

* "He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence."
Blake, William

* "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's
I will not reason and compare; My business is to create."
Blake, William

* “Joy and woe are woven fine,

            A clothing for the soul divine,

            Under every grief and pine

            Runs a joy with silken twine.

            It is right it should be so

            Man was made for joy and woe;

            And when this we rightly know

            Through the world we safely go.”

Blake, William


* "The errors of a wise person make your rule.
Rather than the perfections of a fool."(*)
Blake, William MS Note-book p42.

* "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."
Blake, William, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-3)

* "To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
Blake, William

* “Be humble, if htou would’st attain to Wisdom. Be humble still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered.”

Blavatsky, Henena P.


* "Knowledge increases in proportion to its use, that is, the more we teach
the more we learn."
Blavatsky, Henena P.

* "Maybe the biggest problem in life is how to spend it."
Blechman, Burt

* "Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and
brings it out."
Blessington, Marguerite

* "Perhaps the most important lesson the world has learned in the past
fifty years is that it is not true that human nature is unchangeable. Human
nature, on the contrary, can be changed with the greatest ease and to the
utmost possible extent. If in this lies huge potential danger, it also
contains some of the brightest hopes that we have for the future of
Bliven, Bruce

* "All that is finished, finished, finished;
The circle of our days is done.
And what illusion, and what power,
Recalls you, Past, when you have gone."
Blok, Alexander

* "The world is full of paradox. For example, (in Buddhism) though no
notion of a creator is entertained, great stress is laid upon the need for
faith and piety. By faith is meant not trust in a benevolent deity avid for
love, praise and obedience, but conviction that beyond the seeming reality
misreported by our senses which is inherently unsatisfactory, lies a
mystery which, when intuitively unsatisfactory, lies a mystery which, when
intuitively perceived, will give our lives undreamed-of meaning and endow
the most insignificant object with holiness and beauty."
Blofeld, John (Gateway to Wisdom, George Allen & Unwin (1980), p181.)

* "We want to be known as a company that not only takes care of our
employees, but is also generous to our community. It all helps the bottom
line. Companies that don't understand that don't do as well as they could.
Give something back and you'll wind up with more!"
Bloomberg, Michael (Bloomberg by Bloomberg, Wiley (1997) p249.)

* "With full-span lives having become the norm, people may need to learn
how to be aged as they once had to learn how to be adult."
Blythe, Ronald

* "The ignorant person marvels at the exceptional; the wise person marvels
at the common; the greatest wonder of all is the regularity of nature."
Boardman, George D.

* "Education is learning what you didn't know you didn't know."
Boas, George

* "Power is built up only to fall, unless it rests on the one solid basis
-- that of the spirit. The continual struggle to preserve the moral basis
of the nation's strength -- through the arts, education and thought -- is
the strongest bulwark of national security."
Bodet, Jaime Torres

* "A pledge to act in all ways from a foundation of compassion, and to
dedicate any merit we gain to others."
Bodhisattva vow

* “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Boese, Paul


* "A person's greatness is measured by their kindness --
A person's education and intellect by their modesty --
A person's ignorance is betrayed by their suspicions and
Their real calibre is measured by the consideration and tolerance
they have for others."
Boetcker, William J.H

* "Are you appalled at existing conditions? Don't waste your energy trying
to change conditions from without! Change the Human Heart from within."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "Every person, at the bottom of their heart, wants to do right. But only
those who know right can do right; only if those who think right will know
right; only those who believe right will think right. It takes an army of
patriotic and order-obeying soldiers to win a war. But only by an army of
public-spirited law-abiding citizens can we hope to win the peace and
maintain and remain a great nation."(*)
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "If the majority of people of a country, no matter how great its natural
resources, organize and conspire to get more out and put less in, to do
less and get more, how long will, how long can it last?"
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "If you want to earn more - learn more. If you want to get more out of
the world you must put more into the world. For, after all, people will get
no more out of life than they put into it."(*)
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left
of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "If you wish to succeed in managing and controlling others --- Learn to
manage and control yourself."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "Most people believe that it would benefit them if they could get a
little from those who have more. How much more would it benefit them if
they would learn a little from those who know more."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "Nations begin to dig their own graves when people talk more of human
rights and less of human duties."(*)
Boetcker, William J. H.

* "No person can make good during working hours who does the wrong thing
outside of working hours."
Boetcker, William J. H.

* "Our immediate future as Americans may depend upon the living we make,
but the future of America depends upon the life we live and the services we
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay
for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for
others, the more you learn to enjoy the abundant life."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "What a different world this would be if the people of all nations would
realize that we need, first of all, a worldwide awakening of the public
conscience, a spiritual revival and a moral regeneration before we can have
real political and industrial peace."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "What a pleasure life would be to live if everybody would try to do only
half of what we expect others to do."(*)
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "What our country really needs most are those things which money cannot
Boetcker, William J.H.

* "You can employ people and hire hands to work for you, but you will have
to win their hearts to have them work with you."
Boetcker, William J.H.

* “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.”



* "Those who are virtuous are wise;
those who are wise are good;
and those who are good are happy."(*)

* “Pray to God for a good harvest, but don’t stop hoeing.”

Bohemian Proverb


* "The true state of affairs in the material world is wholeness. If we are
fragmented, we must blame it ourselves."
Bohm, David

* "Any development of knowledge of the rules of nature which may help to
give greater command of the powers of nature holds the hope of improving
the living conditions of mankind; but also holds dangers which put our
entire civilization to a serious test. The responsibilities, however, that
these dangers are defeated in the right way, rests not only upon the
scientist but must be shared by all circles of every nation."
Bohr, Neils


* "Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question."
Bohr, Neils

* "Happy are people who, unknown to the world, live content with themselves
in some retired nook, whom the love of this nothing called Fame has never
intoxicated with its vain smoke; who makes all their pleasure dependent on
their liberty of action, and gives an account of their leisure to none but
Boileau-Despreaux, Nicholas (French poet 1636-1711)

* “The wisest person is the one who does not fancy that they are so at all.”

Boileau-Despreaux, Nicolas (1631-1711)

* "The making of money, the accumulation of material power, is not all
there is to living. Life is something more than these, and the person who
misses this truth misses the greatest joy and satisfaction that can come
into their life -- service for others.(*)
Bok, Edward W.

* "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual
beings having a human experience."
Bolen, Jean Shindoda (Sacred Space, by Stephen G Wright and Jean
Sayre-Adams, Churchill Livingstone p137)

* “Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.”

Bolling, Landrum


* "The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who
disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know."
Bonaparte, Napoleon

* “Action should spring not from thought, but from willingness to accept responsibility for our actions.”

(Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, after)


* "One's task is not to turn the world upside down, but to do what is
necessary at the given place and with a due consideration of reality."
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich


* “To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom”

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich


* “To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed person is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of their knowledge they will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise person will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.” (*)

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich


* "The six laws of work are
1. A person must drive their energy, not be driven by it.
2. A person must be master of their hours and days not their
3. The way to push things through to a finish effectively must be
4. A person must earnestly want.
5. Never permit failure to become a habit.
6. Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure,
but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so
that they are more favourable to you."(*)
Book, William Frederick

* “Understand where you are now, and you rediscover your power to make changes …. When you can really see into the present moment all of its possibilities open out before you – you are free to create your own future.”

Book of Changes (The)

* “If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present.”

Booth, Catherine


* "People who live in the present do not look forward to their fates."(*)
Borges, Jorge Luis

* "What you really value is what you miss, not what you have."
Borges, Jorge Luis

* "I have searched deep for its cause and found it. It does not lie in
money or possessions or luxury; it does not lie in leisure or business, not
in performance or consumption. In happy people I have always found the
reason was deep security, spontaneous joy in small things and in great
Bosmans, Phil (Contemporary Belgium poet)

* “How people talk to each other absolutely determines how well the organization will function.”

Bossidy, Larry (former Chairman/CEO of Honeywell)


* “Unless you translate big thoughts into concrete steps for action, they’re pointless. Without execution, breakthrough thinking breaks down.”

Bossidy, Larry


* “You cannot have an execution culture without robust dialogue.”

Bossidy, Larry


* “Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.”

Boswell, James (1740-1795, Life of Samuel Johnson 1791)


* “The first and most important step forward  … success is the feeling that we can succeed.”

Boswell, Nelson


* "People talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them."
Boucicault, Dion (Actor)


* “The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.”

Boulanger, Nadia


* "Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only
from failure."
Boulding, Kenneth

* "True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it
goes by."
Bouton, E.S.

* “When all else is lost, the future still remains.”



* "Even when we fancy that we have grown wiser, it may be only that new
prejudices have displaced old ones."
Bovee, Christian Nestell

* "Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what
pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. A generous
habit of thought and action carries with it an incalculable influence."
Bovee, Christian Nestell

* "Something of a person's character may be discovered by observing how
they smile."
Bovee, Christian Nestell


* "The most sensible people to be met within society are people of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.”

Brabeck-Letmathe, Peter

* "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it."

Bradbury, Ray

* “Life is ‘trying things to see if they work.’”

Bradbury, Ray


* “If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

Bradley, Omar (1893-1981)

* "The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without
conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
Bradley, Omar


*"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the
Bradley, Omar

* "Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish."
Bradstreet, Anne

* “The important thing about science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”

Bragg, William


* “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”

Bragg, Sir Richard


* "A successful life is not an easy life. It is built upon strong
qualities, sacrifice, endeavour, loyalty, integrity."
Brandon, Grant D.

Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to
others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves
against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in
being better than someone else.”
Brandon, Nathaniel


* “Knowledge cuts up the world. Wisdom makes it whole.”

Brazilian proverb


* "Authentic success is knowing how simply abundant your life is exactly as
it is today. Authentic success is being so grateful for the many blessings
bestowed on you. Authentic success is living each day with a heart
Breathnach, Ban

* "Children and valleys should belong to those who care for them best."
Brecht, Bertolt, (1989-1956,The Caucasian Chalk Circle.)

* "Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix
Brecht, Bertolt

* "The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to
set a limit to infinite error."
Brecht, Bertolt , (Life of Galileo 1939)

* "The more we can squeeze out of nature by invention and discoveries and
improved organization of labour, the more uncertain our existence seems to
be. It's not we who lord it over things, it seems, but things which lord it
over us."
Brecht, Bertolt

* "Those who have had no share in the good fortune of the mighty often have
a share in their misfortune."
Brecht, Bertolt

* "Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we
have earned."
Brenan, Gerald


* “Wisdom means keeping a sense of the fallibility of all our views and opinions, and of the uncertainty and instability of the things we most count on.”

Brenan, Gerald

* "Wisdom means keeping a sense of the fallibility of all our views and
opinions, and of the uncertainty and instability of the things we most
count on."
Brenan, Gerald

* "Change occurs when something new starts or something old stops, and it
takes place at a particular point in time. But transition cannot be
localised in time that way, since it is the gradual .... process through
which individuals and groups reorient themselves. Change often starts with
a new beginning, but transition must start with an ending -- with people
letting go of old attitudes and behaviours."
Bridges, William (Surviving Corporate Transitions.)

* "At some time in the life cycle of virtually every organization, its
ability to succeed in spite of itself runs out."
Brien, Richard H.

* “Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a compete rest.”

Brilliant, Ashleigh


* "It's said that 'power corrupts', but actually it's more true that power
attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things
than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has
limits. The tyrant, though, seeks mastery, for which they are insatiable,
implacable." (*)
Brin, David

* "The thing most people want is genuine understanding. If you can
understand the feelings and moods of another person, you have something
fine to offer."
Brock, Paul

* “Evil takes root when one man starts to think that he is better than another.”

Brodsky, Joseph, (Nobel Literature 1987)


* "Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions."
Bronowski, Jacob (1908-1974)

* "Human knowledge is personal and responsible, an unending adventure at
the edge of uncertainty."
Bronowski, Jacob

* "It is not the business of science to inherit the earth but to inherit
the moral imagination, because without that, man and belief and science
will perish together."
Bronowski, Jacob, (Science and Human Values)

* "The Human Race masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is
why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no
spell to cast on nature."(*)
Bronowski, Jacob

* "The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the
way to a pertinent answer."
Bronowski, Jacob

* "The world can only be grasped by action, not be contemplation ... The
hand is the cutting edge of the mind."
Bronowski, Jacob

* "We are all afraid -- for our confidence, for the future, for the world.
That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every person, every
civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has
set itself to do. The personal commitment and the emotional commitment
working together as one, has made the Ascent of Man."
Bronowski, Jacob

* "We have to understand the world can only be grasped by an action, not by
contemplation ....The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is our
pleasure in our own skill. We love to do what we do well and, having done
it well, we love to do it better ... The hand is the cutting edge of the
Bronowski, Jacob

* "Life appears to me to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or
in registering wrongs."
Bronte, Charlotte

* "But there is wisdom in women, of more than they have known,
And thoughts go blowing through them are wiser than their own."
Brooke, Rupert (1887-1915, 1914 & other poems ,1915))

* "The person who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live
more simply without."
Brooks, Phillips

* "If you would change the world, then live your own highest and best
Broom, Kenneth (wfs)

* "Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any tak and the time they’re willing to spend on it. "
Brothers, Joyce Dr

* "Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to
govern, but impossible to enslave."
Brougham, Lord

* “The wise person must have broad and specific knowledge about life, multiple ways of dealing with multiple life circumstances, an understanding of different contexts in life over time, knowledge about different ways of approaching life’s major components to reason from multiple perspectives, and recognition and management of uncertainty.”

Brown & Green


* "All that we know we have absorbed from our own experiences, or
rearranged in our minds from observing other people, or reasoned out either
consciously or unconsciously from thought-data given by inheritance or
gathered from our own previous trends of thinking in moments past. The way
we are going to think tomorrow depends largely on we are thinking today."
Brown, David Leslie

* "One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough
to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing."
Brown, Gene

* "The wise person must have broad and specific knowledge about life, multiple ways of dealing with multiple life circumstances, and understanding of different contexts in life over time, knowledge about different ways of approaching life’s major components to reason from multiple perspectives, and recognition and management of uncertainty.”."
Brown, & Green


* “Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen.”

Brown, Jerry (b1938)


* “The job of the leader isn’t just to make decisions, it’s to make sense.”

Brown, Jack  Seeley (former head of XEROX PARC)

* “Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen.”

Brown, Jerry (b1938)


* "The only true happiness comes from squandering yourself for a purpose."
Brown, John Mason

* "The job of the leader isn’t just to make decisions, it’s to make sense."
Brown, John Seely (former head of XEROX PARC)

* “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”

Brown, Les


* "You don't own the future you don't own the past. Today is all you have."
Brown, Les

* "From serenity comes gentleness, comes lasting strength."
Brown, Pam

* "Happiness is in the comfortable companionship of friends."
Brown, Pam

* " Happiness is rarely a reward. More often it is an unexpected gift."
Brown, Pam

* "If you've only one breath left, use it to say thank you."
Brown, Pam

* "By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them,
we relieve ourselves also."
Browne, Sir Thomas

* "Light tomorrow with today!"
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

* “Given the double whammy that people don’t think before they speak and that people aren’t listening anyway, it’s not surprising that communication is our number one problem.”

Browning, Guy


* "If you were to read the bumper book of wisdom when you were very young, it wouldn’t make any sense. You have to live through something to understand it properly.”
Browning, Guy

* "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?”
Browning, Robert

* "Needs there groan from a world in anguish just to teach us sympathy?"
Browning, Robert

* "Our aspirations are our possibilities."
Browning, Robert

* "All man's troubles arise from the fact
that we do not know what we are
and do not agree on what we want to be."
Bruller, Jean (Vercors, You Shall Know Them, 1953)

* "Will is the master of the world. Those who want something, those who
know something they want, even those who want nothing, but want it badly,
govern the world."
Brunetiere, Ferdinand

* "Perform a random act of kindness for someone: a smile, compliment, or a favour just for fun. These will multiply and spread very rapidly."
Brunkhorst, Steve


* "Children enjoy the present because they believe they have neither a past
nor a future."
Bruyere, Jean de la

* "Death never takes the wise person by surprise; they are always ready to
go." (*)
Bruyere, Jean de la

* "Every person is valued in this world as they show by their conduct that
they wish to be valued."(*)
Bruyere, Jean de la
( Or: "People are valued, not for what they are, but for what they seem to
be."(*) Bulwer, Edward, Lord Lytton)

* "Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of
human thought too late."
Bruyere, Jean de la

* "People have but three events in their life: to be born, to live, and to
die. They are not conscious of their birth, they suffer at their death and
they forget to live."(*)
Bruyere, Jean de la

* “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.”

Bryan, William Jennings


* "Three-fourths of the mistakes people make are made because they do not
know the things they think they know."
Bryce, James

* "Whoever claims a right for themself must respect the like right in
another. Whoever wishes to assert their will as a member of a community
must not only consent to obey the will of the community but bear their
share in serving it. As those who are to profit by the safety and
prosperity provides so must they seek its good and place their personal
will at its disposal. Benefit and burden; power and responsibility go
Bryce, James

* “There are three principles in a person’s being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellows is that I do not say what I mean and I don’t do what I say.” (*)

Buber, Matin (1878-1965, Jewish Religious Philosopher)

* “I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things and not caring a straw about the rest.”

Buchan, John


* "We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves."
Buchan, John

* ‘The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already’

John Buchan

* "Any kind of knowledge gives a certain amount of power. A knowledge of
detail has served well in many a crisis. A knowledge of details has often
caught an error before it became a catastrophe."
Buchanan, Aimee

* "There is enough in the world for everyone's need,  but not enough for everyone's greed."
Buchman, Frank

* "How soon do we forget
What elders used to know:
That children should be raised,
Not left like weeds to grow.
Buck, Art

* "Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be
recalled and perhaps remedied."
Buck, Pearl S.


* "Science and religion, religion and science, put it as I may, they are two sides of the same glass, through which we see darkly until these two, focusing together, reveal the truth."

Buck, Pearl S.

* "Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes
Buckley, William F. Jr

* "I find in life that most affairs that require serious handling are
distasteful. For this reason, I have always believed that the successful
person has the hardest battle with themselves, rather than with the other
person. To bring one's self to a frame of mind and to proper energy to
accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big
battle everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything
is easy."
Buckner, Thomas A.

* "Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our
affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be
hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life."
Buckrose J.E.

* "The dissemination of information is one of the corner-stones of modern
Budd, John F.

* "A beautiful word or thought that is not accompanied by corresponding
acts is like a bright flower that bears no fruit. It would not produce any
Buddha (563-483 BC)

* “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become –“


* “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”



* “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”



* “Do not believe what you have heard.

Do not believe in tradition because it is handed down many generations.

Do not believe in anything that has been sppoken of many times.

Do not believe because the written statements come from some old sage.

Do not believe in conjecture.

Do not believe in authority or teachers or elders.

But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accepts it and live by it.”



* "Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no
longer is, and the future has not yet come. Look deeply at life, just as it
is arising in the very here and now. Recognise it -- invincible,
unshakable. Care for it with your heart and mind."

* “Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone.”



* “It is your mind that creates the world.”

Buddha, The


* "The Buddha says worldly pleasure is the root of most sorrow."
Buddha, (Time, 7 July 1997, p33.)

* “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”



* "To do a little good is better than to write difficult books. The perfect
person is nothing if they do not diffuse benefits on others, if they do not
console the lonely. The way of salvation is open to all, but know that
someone deserves themselves if they think they can escape their conscience
by taking refuge in a monastery. The only remedy for evil is healthy
Buddha, Benares Deer Park


* "Every religion is good if the heart is good."
Buddhist saying

* "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."
Buddhist saying (6th century B.C.)

* “If you wish to know your past life, look to your present circumstances. If you wish to know of your future life, look to your present actions.”

Buddhist saying


* “Life starts with nature and returns to nature.”

Buddhist saying

* "The root of suffering is desire"
Buddhist saying

* “They say if you feel better towards other people, you feel better towards yourself.”

Buddhist saying

(Buddhists are very good on compassion.)


* “When confusion ceases, tranquillity comes; when tranquillity comes, wisdom appears, and when wisdom appears, reality is seen.”

Buddist saying

* "A calling is when a deep gladness in your heart meets a deep need in the
Buechner, Frederick

* “Everyone has the ability to do anything I do and much beyond. Some of you will and some of you won’t. For those who won’t it will be because you get in our way, not because the world doesn’t allow you.”

Buffett, Warren


* “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

Buffett, Warren


* “Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms.”

Buffett, Warren


* “No leader sets out to be a leader per se, but rather to express themself freely and fully. That is leaders have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves.”

Buffett, Warren


* “The fact that people will be full of greed, fear or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.”

Buffett, Warren

(“The fact that people are full of greed, fear or folly is predictable. The exact timing of the sequence is not predictable.” bl after Warren Buffett)


* “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

Buffett, Warren


* "The human mind cannot create anything. It produces nothing until after
being been fertilised by experience and meditation; its acquisitions are
the means of its production."
Buffon, George de


* "There is no safety. Only varying degrees of risk."
Bujold, Lois McMaster


* “Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought.”
Bulwer, Edward (Lord Lytton (1805-1873))


* "A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of
Bulwer, Edward, (on the Reform Bill)

* "Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm."
Bulwer, Edward, Lord Lytton

* "The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatises, and
inspires their listener with the wish to teach themselves."
Bulwer, Edward, Lord Lytton

* "To be happy, you must learn to forget yourself."
Bulwer, Edward, Lord Lytton

* "What people want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the
power to achieve, but the will to labor. I believe that labor judiciously
and continuously applied becomes genius."
Bulwer, Edward, Lord Lytton

* “Heads are wisest when they are cool and hearts are strongest when they beat in response to noble ideas.”

Bunche, Ralph J.


* "You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined,
courageous and hard-working. Never be fainthearted. Be resolute, but never
bitter. Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for
yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of
Bunche, Ralph J.

* "Only when you have made peace within yourself will you be able to make
peace in the world."
Bunim, Simcha

* "In any society, the artist has a responsibility. Their effectiveness is
certainly limited and a painter or writer cannot change the world. But they
can keep an essential margin of non-conformity alive. Thanks to them the
powerful can never affirm that everyone agrees with their acts. That small
difference is very important."(*)
Bunuel, Luis

* “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”

Buren, Abigail Van


* “Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does – except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.”

Buren, Abigail Van


* "If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what
it teaches."
Burgh, James

* “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Burke, Edmund (1729-1797, Irish-born British Whig statesman & political

* "A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival."
Burke, Edmund

(or * "A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation." Burke, Edmund)

* "Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn no other."

Burke, Edmund


* He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”

Burke, Edmund

* "History is a pack between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn."

Burke, Edmund


* “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”

Burke, Edmund


* “ Knowledge is proud that they have learn’d so much;

   Wisdom is humble that they know no more.” (*)

Burke, Edmund The task, VI, Winter Walk at Noon, l 223.


* "Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart."
Burke, Edmund

* "Nobody made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they
felt they could do only a little."(*)
Burke, Edmund

* "People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to
their ancestors."
Burke, Edmund

* "Silence is the element
in which great things
fashion themselves together."
Burke, Edmund

* "Society is partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a
partnership in every virtue and in all perfection. As the ends of such a
partnership cannot be obtained in any generation, it becomes a partnership
not only between those who are living, but between those who are living,
those who are dead, and those who are to be born."
Burke, Edmund
* "The circumstances are in a great measure new. We have hardly any
landmarks from the wisdom of our ancestors to guide us."
Burke, Edmund

* "The great difference between the real statesman and the pretender is
that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the
present, the one lives by the day, and acts on expedience; the other acts
on enduring principles and for immortality."
Burke, Edmund

* "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse."
Burke, Edmund

* "The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man."
Burke, Edmund

* “There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings, but none when they are under the influence of imagination.”

Burke, Edmund

* "To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors
of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future,
are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind."
Burke, Edmund

* "Whatever each person can separately do, without trespassing upon others,
they have a right to do for themselves; and they have a right to a fair
portion of all which society, with all its combination of skill and force,
can do in their favour."(*)
Burke, Edmund

* “You can never plan the future by the past.”

Burke, Edmund

* "Outcomes matter more than arguments. Most of us would rather win an
argument than change an outcome. It is reassuring to be told you are right
but it rarely changes much. What matters is the difference you make in the
world, the rest is vanity."
Burke, Tom, (British environmentalist 1999.)

* "At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done,
then they begin to hope it can't be done. They hope it can't be done
because it means seeing the garden in a whole new way. Then they see it can
be done. Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done
centuries before."
Burnett, Frances Hodgson (The Secret Garden.)

* “’I can’t do it’ never yet accomplished anything; ‘I will try’ has performed wonders.”

Burnham, George P.


* "The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action."
Burnham, William

* "Few people realize how much of their happiness is dependent upon their
work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not left to feed upon
themselves. Happiness comes most to persons who seek it least, and think
least about it; it is not an object to be sought, it is a state to be
induced. It must follow and not lead. It must overtake you, and not you
overtake it. How important is health to happiness, yet the best promoter of
health is something to so. Blessed is the person who has some congenial
work, some occupation in which to put their heat, and which affords a
complete outlet to all the forces there are in them."(*)
Burroughs, John (American Naturalist, 1837-1921)

* "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the
friends I want to see. The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the
beauty and the wonder of the world."
Burroughs, John

* "One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that
many people never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure, in
the common, the near at hand -- to see that heaven lies about us here in
this world."
Burroughs, John

Men are four:

He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool – shun him;

He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple – teach him;

He who knows and knows not he knows; he is asleep – wake him;

He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise – follow him.

Burton, Lady


* “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Buscaglia, Leo F.

(American guru 1924-1998)


* “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.”
Buscaglia, Leo F.


* "Good education is the essential foundation of a strong democracy."
Bush, Barbara


* “We’re in a fight for our principles and our first responsibility is to live by them.”

Bush, George W. Jr


* “Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.”

George Bush Sr

(US President 1989-1993)


* "Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. It is the faith and privilege of man to learn to understand, and this is our mission."(*)

Bush, Vannevar

* "An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less."
Butler, Nicholas Murray

* "Youth must be optimistic. Optimism is essential to achievement and it is
also the foundation of courage and of true progress."
Butler, Nicholas Murray

* "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge
is a also a dangerous thing."
Butler, Samuel

* "All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to
enjoy it -- and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances
will allow."
Butler, Samuel

* "As the ancients
Say wisely, have a care o'th main chance,
And look before 'ere you leap;
For as you sow, ye are like to reap."
Butler, Samuel

* "Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument
as one goes on."
Butler, Samuel

* "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient
Butler, Samuel

* "The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating
people to approach printed matter with distrust."
Butler, Samuel

* "There are two great rules if life, the one general and the other
particular. The first is that everyone can in the end get what they want if
they only try. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every
individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule."
Butler, Samuel

* "The world will always be governed by self-interest: we should not try to
stop this: we should try and make the self-interest of cads a little more
coincident with that of decent people."
Butler, Samuel

* "Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The
winners are those who give themselves to their work, body and soul."
Buxton, Charles

* “A person doesn't begin to attain wisdom until they recognize they are no longer indispensable.”(*)
Byrd, Richard E.


* "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
Byrne, Robert

* "Power intoxicates people. When a person is intoxicated by alcohol they
can recover, but when intoxicated by power they seldom recover."(*)
Byrnes, James F.

* "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They
seem more afraid of life than death."
Byrnes, James F.

* "The destiny of mankind lies through inner spiritual development and not
outward material exploration."
Byrom, Michael (1927- from Evolution for Beginners )

* "But I have lived and have not lived in vain:
My mind may lose its force, my blood its fire.
And my frame perish even in conquering pain;
But there is that within me which shall tire Torture and Time,
and breathe when I expire;
Something unearthly, which they deem not of.
Like the remember'd tone of a mute lyre.
Shall on their soften'd spirits sink,
and move In hearts all rocky now the late remorse of love."
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

* "I live not in myself, but I become
Portion of that around me; and to me
High mountains are a feeling, but the hum
Of human cities torture: I can see
Nothing to loathe in nature, save to be
A link reluctant in a fleshly chain,
Classed among creatures, when the soul can flee,
And with the sky, the peak, the heaving plain
Of ocean, or the stars, mingle, and not in vain."
Lord Byron

* "The best prophet of the future is the past."
Lord Byron

* "The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in
Lord Byron

* "The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds;
and the pessimist fears this is so."
Byron, Henry J.

* “Work is doing what you now enjoy for the sake of a futue which you clearly see and desire. Drudgery is doing under strain what you don’t now enjoy and for no end that you can now appreciate.”

Cabot, Robert C.

* “A person begins cutting their wisdom teeth the first time they bite off more than they can chew.”(*)

Caen, Herb


* " I never work hard when I am working; I only work hard when I am not
Caesar, Irving

* "Freedom is not free. Shaping and preserving society necessarily involves
personal commitment, costly risk and constant effort; the cultivation of
civil liberty can be no more passive that the cultivation of a farm. A
person can inherit the land on which they live, they can even inherit the
crop of produce after they take over from those who came before them. But
then if they stop, everything stops and begins to crumble. Nothing grows,
nothing ripe and rewarding comes to them, unless they plow plants and tend
the soil and unless they keep it fertile year after year with the chemistry
of effort and forethought."(*)
Cahn, Edmond

* "Ethical living is the indispensable condition of all that is most
worthwhile in the world."
Caldecott, Ernest

* "One of the principal challenges of our world to the individual is that
they not only achieve a fairly high degree of specialization to make them a
useful member of society, but at the same time achieve enough general
knowledge to enable them to look with sympathy and understanding on what is
going on about them."
Caldwell, Oliver J.

* "You never reach the promised land; you can only march towards it."
Callaghan, James

* "The heart of the wise person lies quiet like limpid water."(*)
Cameroonian saying

* “ Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall.”

Campbell, Joseph

* "People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life ... I think
that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our
life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within
our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture
of being alive."
Campbell, Joseph

* "When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own
self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of
Campbell, Joseph

*  “Your past is important but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see the future.”

Campolo, Tony


* All that I know most surely about morality and obligation I owe to
Camus, Albert

* "A person's work is nothing but the long journey to recover, through the
detours of art, the two or three simple and great images which first gained
access to his heart."
Camus, Albert

* "Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the
glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of
Camus, Albert

* "Don't walk before me,
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me,
I may not lead.
Just walk beside me
and be my friend."
Camus, Albert

* "I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last
judgment, it takes place every day."
Camus, Albert

"Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to the present"
Camus, Albert

* "Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life
and dies."
Camus, Albert. (attributed to E.F. Schumacher, Good Work, 1979)

* "If you don't realize there is always somebody who knows how to do
something better than you, then you don't give proper respects for others'
Canady, Hortense

* Mankind has collected together all the wisdom of his ancestors, and can
see what a fool man is."
Canetti, Elias

* "It takes 20 years to make an overnight success."
Cantor, Eddie
("And disaster can easily just take a minute, even a second!" BL)


* "Slow down and enjoy life. it's not only the scenery you will by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you're going and why."

Cantor Eddie

* "Honouring the experience of age is not something our society finds easy.
Instead, the icons we tend to venerate focus on the cult of youth and
physical prowess. As a result the gifts of age are often set aside and
disregarded: the wisdom and discernment of long perspectives and strong
foundations; the humour and tolerance, patience and courage matured down
the years."
Carey, Dr George, Archbishop of Canterbury.

* “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. The first helps you make a living, the second helps you make a life.”

Carey, Sandra


* “What builds a society is faith in its future.”



"People walk around sad because they don't know what to do about the
future. But the difference between sadness and joy can be very simple. The
sadness asks: "how is it going to be in ten years from now?" Or it says:
"how are things going to be ten minutes from now?"
In reality we only ever have this minute, right now. And just look at what
we are doing with it! If you were really filled with joy for one minute you
would know what to do the next minute also.
My sadness is all about what I don't have, but I don't have tomorrow
because I haven't received it yet. It is not here yet. I am not there yet.
The world isn't there. The world is here ... right now!"
Carlebach, Rabbi Shlomo

* "Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening whatever. Never let the brain idle."
Carlin, George


* "All human beings do require to have an ideal in them; to have some soul
in them."
Carlyle, Thomas (1795-1881)

* "All reform except a moral one will prove unavailing."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in
magic preservation in the pages of books."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."
Carlyle, Thomas (Also: "To measure the person, measure their heart." (*)
Forbes, Malcolm)

"Blessed are those who have found their work; let them ask no other
blessedness. They have a work, a life-purpose; they have found it and will
follow it." (*)
Carlyle, Thomas

* "Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all
Carlyle, Thomas

* "In the long run every government is the exact symbol of its people, with
their wisdom & unwisdom."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "It is the heart always that sees before the head can see."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "People live by believing something, not by debating and arguing about
many things." (*)
Carlyle, Thomas

* " Show me the person you honour, and I will know what kind of person you
are, for it shows what your ideal person is, and what kind of person you
long to be."(*)
Carlyle, Thomas

* "The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak,
becomes a stepping path of the strong."
Carlyle, Thomas

* The true university is a collection of books."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a
hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze."
Carlyle, Thomas

* "Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset
Carlyle, Thomas

* "Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a
task no longer; it is joy; it is art."
Carman, Bliss

* “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.”

Carnegie, Andrew (1835-1919, was President of the New York Peace Society).


* "It makes a big step in a person's development when they come to realize
that other people can be called in to help them do a better job than they
can do alone."(*)
Carnegie, Andrew 1907

* “No idol is more debasing than the worship of money.”

Carnegie, Andrew


* “No person can become rich without themselves enriching others.”

Carnegie, Andrew


* “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

Carnegie, Andrew


* "Since the civilized world is now united by electric bonds into one body
in constant and instant communication, it is largely interdependent and
rapidly becoming more so. No nation can go to war now against another
nation without going to war against all humanity. The world has become a
Carnegie, Andrew

* “Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.”

Carnegie, Andrew

* “The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it.”

Carnegie, Andrew


* "The person who dies rich dies disgraced."(*)
Carnegie, Andrew

* "Act as if you were already happy and that will tend to make you happy."
Carnegie, Dale (1888-1955)


* “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

Carnegie, Dale


* “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Carnegie, Dale

* " …Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends
solely upon what you think."
Carnegie, Dale


* “Success is getting what youwant; happiness is wanting what you get.”

Carnegie, Dale

* “ There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contract with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contracts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”

Carnegie, Dale


* "You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
Carnegie, Dale

* "Let your mind be quiet, realising the beauty of the world, and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store."
Carpenter, Edward, (1844-1929)

* "Change is certain, progress is not."
Carr, E.H.

* “If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impression of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

Carson, Rachel


* "If you find something good, share it with anyone you can find. In that
way the goodness will spread, no telling how far it will go."
Carter, Forest

* "A simple and a proper function of government is just to make it easy for
us to do good and difficult for us to do wrong."
Carter, Jimmy (39th President of the United States)

* "I have never been happier and more aware of the greatness of God than
when I find myself in a natural setting not much changed from the way He
made it."
Carter, Jimmy

* "The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself -
always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the
more valuable for having been tested by adversity."
Carter, Jimmy

* "The first step towards the dethronement of terror is the deflation of its hypocritical self-righteousness."
Carter, Jimmy

* "If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them would
reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals."
Carter, Lillian, (1889-1984), mother of President Jimmy Carter.

* “How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”

Carver, George Washington


* “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Carver, George Washington


* "It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what they don't know;
and the less a person knows, the more sure they are that they know
Cary, Joyce

* "In a democracy, society musty recognise that the individual has rights
which are guaranteed, and individuals must recognize that they have
responsibilities which are not to be evaded."
Case, Harry Woodburn

* “I feel the capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance.”

Casals, Pablo


* “Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes they have the biggest piece.”


(*“Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes they have a fair slice.” bl)


* "Goodness is always an asset. A person who is straight, friendly and
useful may never be famous, but they are respected and liked by all who
know them. They have laid a sound foundation for success and they will have
a worthwhile life."(*)
Casson, Herbert N.

* "If money is all that a person makes, then they will be poor - poor in
happiness, poor in all that makes life worth living."(*)
Casson, Herbert N.

* "Steel can be tempered and hardened, and so can people. In this world of
struggle, which was not designed for softies, a person must be harder than
what hits them. Yes, they must be diamond-hard. Then they'll not be fed up
with their little personal troubles."(*)
Casson, Herbert N.

* "Ten Success Rules."
Put success before amusement.
Learn something every day.
Cut free from routine.
Concentrate on net profits.
Make your service known.
Never worry over trifles.
Shapes your decisions quickly.
Acquire skill and technique.
Deserve loyalty and co-operation.
Value character above all."
Casson, Herbert N.

* "When a person decides to do something they must take responsibility for
what they do. They must know first why they are doing it and then they must
proceed with their actions with no doubts or remorse."
Castaneda, Carlos


* “Miracles surround us a t every turn if we but sharpen our perception of them.”

Cather, Willa (19873-1947) American writer.

* "The greatest comfort of any old age, and that which gives me the highest
satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly
offices I have done to others."

* “Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.”


* "Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and
satisfaction than any other venture of life."
Catt, Carrie Chapman

* "Human beings are like every other species in being able to reproduce
beyond the carrying capacity of any finite habitat. Humans are like no
other species in that they are capable of thinking about this fact and
discovering its consequences."
Catton, William R. Jr.

* "A foolish American myth has it that the rich and super-rich are
entrepreneurial Daniel Boones who decry the restraints of government and,
as rugged individualists, fare forth to wrest fame and fortune from other
like minded souls. With some notable exceptions nothing could be further
from the truth. In the main the rich are the clever and adroit who
understand the purposes and functions of government and bend it to their
purposes. Government becomes a device which they use to expand their
fortunes, then hide behind to make certain their gains remain intact."
Caudill, Harry M.

* “Those people who trust other people will make fewer mistakes than those who distrust them.”



* "The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant."
Lord Cecil, David

* "You cannot have courage in the past, you cannot have courage in the
future, you can only have courage in the present. .... You cannot act in
the past, you cannot act in the future, you can only act in the present."
Celmer, John J. (wfs)

* "Life can be really unkind .... you can arrive at the top of the organization, just when everything you know is irrelevant to the future."
CEO (Anon)

(But if what you knew was wisdom it wouldn’t be irrelevant, bl)


* "The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish
expenditure, but in its wise application."
Cervantes, Miguel De

* "There are only two families in the world, the Have's and the Have
Cervantes, Miguel De

* “Time ripens all things; no person is born wise.”

Cervantes, Miguel De

* “The three grand essential of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

Chalmers, Alexander


* "Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely to be met with in seasons of calm and
unruffled prosperity."
Chalmers, Thomas

* "One should never place confidence in the future --
it doesn't deserve it."
Chamson, Paul

* "There is time for work. And a time for love. That leaves no other time.
Chanel, Coco

* "It is the mind which does the work of the world, so that the more there
is of mind, the more work will be accomplished."
Channing, William Ellery
(US author 1780-1842)

* “The more a person analyzes his inner self, the more insignificant he seems to himself. This is the first lesson of wisdom. Let us be humble, and we will become wise. Let us know our weakness, and it will give us power.”

Channing, William Ellery


* “We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

Channing, William Ellery


* "Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward
thing we are. To be good is the great thing."
Chapin, Edwin H.

* "I often wonder why people do not make more of the marvellous power there
is in kindness. It is the greatest lever to move the hearts of people that
the world has ever known -- greater by far than anything that mere
ingenuity can devise or subtlety suggest. Kindness is the kingpin of
success; it is the prime factor in overcoming friction and making the human
machinery run smoothly."
Chapman, Andrew

* "Leaders must be immersed in complexity repeatedly in their careers. As they practice sorting through it, they learn how to deal with it."
Charan, Ram


* "At the moment, as is so often the case with technology, we seem to spend
most of our time establishing what is technically possible, and then a
little time trying to establish whether or not it is likely to be safe,
without ever stopping to ask whether it is something we should be doing in
the first place."
Charles, (HRH The Prince of Wales 1999)

* "Those who receive a good turn should never forget it; those who do one
should never remember it."
Charron, Pierre

* "We ought not to judge a person's merits by their qualifications, but by
the use they make of them."
Charron, Pierre

* "Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you
Chartier, Emile

* "The peak of tolerance is most readily achieved by those who are not
burdened with convictions."
Chase, Alexander

* "The wise person possesses humility. They know that their small island of
knowledge is surrounded by a vast sea of the unknown."
Chase, Harold C.

* "Man's knowledge of science has clearly outstripped his knowledge of
humanity. Our only hope of making the atom servant rather than master lies
in in a broad liberal education where each student within their capacity
can free themselves from trammels of dogmatic prejudice and apply their
educational experiences to overcoming social and human problems."
Chase, Harry Woodburn

* “The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.”

Chaucer, Geoffrey


* “The end of all education should surely be service to others. We cannot seek achievements for ourselves and forget about the progress and prosperity of our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others for their sake and for our own.”

Chavez, Cesar


* “Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.”

Cheever, John


* “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”

Chekhov, Anton



* "Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money and power
and influence. It is not more or less than faith in action"
Chester, Henry

* "Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it
the least."
Lord Chesterfield

* "A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but
cannot receive great ones."
Lord Chesterfield

*"Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so."
Lord Chesterfield

* "If you have wit, use it to please and not to hurt: you may shine like
the sun in the temperate zones with-out scorching."
Lord Chesterfield

* “In seeking wisdom thou art wise, in imagining that thou has attained it – thou art a fool.”

Lord Chesterfield


* "Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary
learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading
people and studying all the various editions of them."
Lord Chesterfield

* "The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not
in the closet."
Lord Chesterfield

* "Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not
merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one."
Lord Chesterfield

* "When you have found out the prevailing passion of any person, remember
never to trust them where that passion is concerned."
Lord Chesterfield

* "Young people are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are
apt to think themselves sober enough."
Lord Chesterfield

* "Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means
government by the badly educated."
Chesterton, G.K. (1874-1936)

* "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "It's not the world that's got so much worse but the news coverage that's got so much better."
Chesterton, G.K.


* “People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.”

Chesterton, G.K.

(“People generally quarrel and argue because they cannot hold a constructive dialogue” BL)

* "Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is
simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
What ever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow,
consciously or unconsciously; and that transition may be called education."
Chesterton, G.K.

* The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been
found difficult and left untried."
Chesterton, G.K., (What's wrong with the World, 1910 pt1, The Unfinished

* "The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind
that never finds its way back is the lunatic's."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "The poor have been rebels but they never have been anarchists; they have
more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government; the
poor really have a stake in the country. The rich haven't' they can go away
to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being
governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "The really great person is the person who makes every person feel
great." (*)
Chesterton, G.K.

* "The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality, yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love
of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it
would if they had it."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to
want it."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "We cannot fling ourselves into the blank future; we can only call up
images from the past, so the important principle follows, that how many
images we have largely depend on how much past we have."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "Woe unto them that are tired of everything, for everything will
certainly be tired of them."
Chesterton, G.K.

* "You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth
without it."
Chesterton, G.K

* "The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the
crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine
vitality that everywhere produces and restores life."
Child, Lydia Maria (1802-1880)

* “It is no longer enough to be smart – all the technological tools in the world add meaning and value only if they enhance our core values, the deepest part of our heart. Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasonal ability to filter the inessential from the essential.”

Childre, Doe and Rozman, Deborah


* “A person without a smiling face must not open a shop.” (*)

Chinese proverb


* “A single conversation with a wise person is better than ten years of study.”

Chinese proverb


* “A wise person makes their own decisions.

            An ignorant person follows public opinion.”(*)

Chinese proverb


* “A wise person asked: ‘Is there one word which you can follow all through your life?’ They answered, ‘There is such a word. It is shu. And its meaning is ‘If we do not want things to be done to us, we should not do such things to others.”

Chinese proverb


* "Behind an able person there are always other able people.(*)
Chinese proverb

* "Be prepared for hard times when your days are good; do not wait till
times are hard and sigh for the good days."
Chinese proverb


* “By nature all people are alike, but by education widely different.”

Chinese proverb


* “Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.”

Chinese proverb


* “Dig a well before you are thirsty.”

Chinese Proverb

* "Do not fear going forward slowly fear only to stand still."
Chinese proverb

* " Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet."
Chinese proverb

* "Enjoy yourself it is later than you think."
Chinese proverb

* “Failure lies not in falling down. Failure lies in not getting up.”
Chinese proverb


* "Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime."
Chinese proverb

* "Happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."
Chinese proverb

* "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."
Chinese proverb

* "If you are planning for one year, you grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, you grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, you educate people."
Chinese proverb

* “If you would be happy for a week, take a wife; if you would be happy for a month, kill a pig; but if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.”

Chinese proverb

* "If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are going."
Chinese proverb

* "If you don't want anyone to know it, don't do it."
Chinese proverb

* “If you have two pennies, spend one on bread to give you life, and the other one on a flower to give meaning to your life.”

Chinese proverb

* "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
Chinese proverb

* “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Chinese proverb


* “It is much easier to be happy if you do not compare yourself with others.”

Chinese proverb


* "It is not what life does to you that is important but what you do with
what life does to you."
Chinese proverb

* "It is the things you don't do, the empty times, which give meaning to
your life."
Chinese proverb

* “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come”

Chinese proverb

* “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

Chinese proverb


* “Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.”

Chinese proverb


* “Learning without thinking is labor lost; thinking without learning is dangerous.”

Chinese proverb


* "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far away will come."
Chinese proverb

* "One of the most effective ways to get tired is to spend too much time
standing still."
Chinese proverb

* "Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
Chinese proverb

* “The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago.

   The second best time to plant a tree is now.”

Chinese proverb

* "The birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change.
But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent."
Chinese proverb

* "The glory is not is never failing, but in rising every time you fall."
Chinese proverb

* "There is great person

who makes every person feel small.
But the really great person
is the person who makes every person feel great."(*)
Chinese proverb

* "Those who ask may be fools for five minutes but those who do not ask may
remain fools for ever."(*)
Chinese proverb

* “Those who do not know where they are heading will go furthest.”

Chinese proverb

* “Those who know the rules of true wisdom are lower than those who love them. Those who love them are lower than those who follow them.”

Chinese proverb


* "Those who sacrifice their conscience to ambition burn a picture to obtain the ashes."(*)
Chinese proverb

* "Those who seek power for personal ends eventually run foul of popular opinion."
Chinese proverb
("But the process can often be very painful for all concerned." BL)

* “To achieve goodness the first rule is to think only about perfecting oneself without seeking the praise of other people.”

Chinese proverb


* “To be fond of learning is to be at the gate of knowledge.”

Chinese proverb


* “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”

Chinese proverb


* "Trust only those you don't need to trust."
Chinese proverb


* “When you go to buy, don’t show your silver.”

Chinese proverb


* “When you reach the top of the mountain …keep climbing.”
Chinese proverb

* "Whoever opts for revenge should dig two graves."
Chinese proverb

* “Wisdom is limitless, and the closer you approach it, the more important it becomes for your life.”

Chinese proverb


* "True success is the only thing that you cannot have unless and until you
have offered it to others."
Chinmoy, Sri

* "Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever."
Cho, Margaret


* "Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves,
is important. The reason it's important is that, fundamentally, when we
look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is
brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that
we are discovering. We are discovering the universe."
Chodron, Ane Pema

* "Love your neighbour as yourself."
Christianity: (1st century A.D.)

* “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone momnets, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

Chu, Chin-Ning


* “Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness”

Chuang-tsu, philosopher, c.300 BC

* "Live so you are at ease, in harmony with the world, and full of joy."

* "When the body is kept bustling about without stop, it becomes fatigued.
When the mind is over-worked without stop, it becomes worried, and worry
causes exhaustion. The nature of water is that it becomes clear when left
alone and becomes still when undisturbed. It is the symbol of heavenly
Chuang-tsu, philosopher, c.300 BC.

* “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Churchill, Winston


* "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others."
Churchill, Winston

* "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
Churchill, Winston

* “Everyone makes mistakes, but only the wise learn from their mistakes.” (*)

Churchill, Winston


* “However beautiful the strategy you should occasionally look at the results.”

Churchill, Winston


* "I am always willing to learn, however I do not always like to be taught."
Churchill, Winston


* “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

Churchill, Winston

* "If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future."
Churchill, Winston

* "If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law."
Churchill, Winston
("The more laws, the less justice." German proverb)

* “I have worked very hard all my life and I have achieved a great deal – in the end to achieve nothing.”

Churchill, Winston

(told to his private secretary, Anthony Montague, ‘Why Churchill saw himself as a failure’ Vernon Bogdanor, The Observer, 23 January 2005, p26.)


* "In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might."
Churchill, Winston

* "It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
Churchill, Winston

* It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."
Churchill, Winston

* "Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge."
Churchill, Winston

* “Perfect solution of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world.”

Churchill, Winston


* "Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all."
Churchill, Winston

* "Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm"
Churchill, Winston


* “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Churchill, Winston


* "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
Churchill, Winston

* "The further back you look, the further forward you see."
Churchill, Winston

* "Their insatiable lust for power is only equalled by their incurable importance in exercising it."

Churchill, Winston


* “The price of greatness is responsibility”

Churchill, Winston

(‘A great position entails great responsibility’ Anon (proverb); ‘With great power comes great responsibility’, Peter Parker)


* "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction."
Churchill, Winston

* "The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong."
Churchill, Winston

* "We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage."
Churchill, Winston

* "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

Churchill, Winston

* When asked what are the desirable qualifications for any young person who
wishes to become a politician, Churchill replied: " It is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
Churchill, Winston


* “While a politician thinks of the next election, a statesman thinks of the next generation.”

Churchill, Winston

* " Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed."
Churchill, Winston

* “Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.”

Churchill, Winston

* “From a management point of view, the current division of human knowledge into disciplines is managerially stupid and an often evil design of science, which blocks off inquiry into critical issues because the issues don’t fit into the disciplines.”

Churchman, C.W.

* "I learned ... that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back -- that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a One Way Street."
Christie, Agatha

* “One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out of us.”

Cibenko, Michael


* "Avarice, in old age, is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end?"
Cicero, Marcus Tullius, (106-43BC)

* “Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.”

Cicero, Marcus Tullius


* "Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of
which all mankind are agreed." ("Life is nothing without friendship.")
Cicero, Marcus Tullius

* "I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know."
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
(or: "The little I know, I owe to my ignorance." Guitry, Sacha)

* "It is pleasant to recall past troubles."
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
(Or "One of the joys in life is to look back and see how one survived
adversity." BL after Cicero)

* “Probabilities guide the decisions of the wise” (*)

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

* "The aim of justice is to give everyone their due." (*)
Cicero, Marcus Tullius

* “The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

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

Cicero, Marcus Tullius


* “The life of the dead consists in being present in the minds of the living.”

Cicero, Marcus Tullius


* "To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of
Cicero, Marcus Tullius

* “The Six Mistakes of Man”

 -- The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.

 -- The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.

 -- Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.

 -- Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

 -- Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading     and study.

 -- Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Cicero, Marcus Tullius


* "Wise people are instructed by reason; people of less understanding by experience; the most ignorant by necessity; the beasts by nature."(*)
Cicero, Marcus Tullius


* "It is our task, our greatest task, not to learn to love, but to learn to
create the conditions in which love alights upon us and remains with
us." (*)
Claremont de Castillejo, Irene (Knowing Women: A Feminine Psychology.)

* "If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere
Clark, Frank A.

* "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find
Clark, Frank A.

* “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

Clark, Karen Kaiser


* "I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than
destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta: On
the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure
that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology."
Clark, Kenneth

* "In spite of the recent triumphs of science, people haven't changed much in the last 2,000 years and in consequence, we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves."(*)
Clark, Kenneth

* "We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs."
Clark, Kenneth

* Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”

Clarke, Arthur C.


* “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

Clarke, Arthur C.


* “This is the first age that has paid much attention to the future, which is rather ironic since we may not have one.”                                                                                            

Clarke, Arthur C.


* "All the strength and force of people comes from their faith in things
unseen. Those who believe are strong; those who doubt are weak. Strong
convictions precede great actions."(*)
Clarke, James Freeman (American clergyman, writer 1810-1888)

* "Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a person would be brave
let them obey their conscience."(*)
Clarke, James Freeman

* "Do not run after happiness, but seek to do good, and you will find that
happiness will run after you. The day will dawn full of expectation, the
night will fall full of repose. This world will seem a very good place, and
the world to come a better place still."
Clarke, James Freeman

* "Even where there is talent, culture, knowledge, if there is not
earnestness, it does not go to the root of things."
Clarke, James Freeman

* "The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician
thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation."
Clarke, James Freeman

“Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns”

Clarke, J.M.


* "The only living society is that which is animated by inequality and
Claudel, Paul

* “It should be noted that the seeds of wisdom that are to bear fruit in the intellect are sown less by critical studies and learned monographs than by insights, broad impressions, and flashes of intuition.”

von Clausewitz, Carl


* "Many people who spend an hour a day in physical exercise to keep fit
refuse to spend an hour a week in the cultivation of their morals and their
ethics. We have put so much stress on developing muscles and so little
emphasis on developing our souls that our children are beginning to doubt
if we have any souls at all."(*)
Claxton, Allen E.

* "The failure of our modern world, with its moral and ethical collapse,
may be traced directly to our spiritual ignorance and moral disobedience.
The ethical conditions under which we live are disgracefully unsanitary. It
is futile to expect peace and goodwill on earth while our homes are
infested with the germs of selfishness, irreverence and lust. The
world-wide epidemic of hatred, cruelty, murder and war is the inevitable
result of our moral and spiritual disobedience. We cannot break the laws of
the universe with impunity."
Claxton, Allen E.

* “Learn from the past.

            Do not come to the end of your life

            Only to find you have not lived.

    For many come to the point of leaving the

            space of the earth

      and when they gaze back,

    they see the joy and the beauty

    that could not be theirs because

       of the fears they lived.”



* "When trust is complete, the world is secure. When trust is lost, the
world is dangerous ... When people do not trust each other, this is due do
unfairness in government practices, this is the fault of officials. When
officials are at fault, penalties and rewards are unequal. When penalties
and rewards are unequal, this means the leadership is not conscientious."
Cleary, Thomas (The Master of the Hidden Storehouse, Living a Good Life,
Shambhala (1997), p113/4.)

* "Learn from the past.
Do not come to the end of your life
only to find you have not lived.
or many come to the point of leaving the
space of the earth
and when they gaze back,
they see the joy and the beauty
that could not be theirs because
of the fears they lived."

* "The most revolutionary statement in history is 'Love thine enemy'"
Cleaver, Eldridge

* “The art of executive leadership is above all a taste for paradox, a talent for ambiguity.”

Cleveland, Harlan

(‘you never have perfect information, and executive leadership is about taking decisions under those circumstances and still accepting responsibility for the results.’   bl)


* "Pleasure is a shadow,
wealth is vanity,
and power a pageant;
but knowledge
is ecstatic in enjoyment,
perennial in frame,
unlimited in space and
indefinite in duration."
Clinton, De Witt

* "Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others
Cloete, Stuart

* “Suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way that love should manifest itself – free and untrammelled, guiding us with us force and driving us.”

Coelho, Paul


* "The world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for
anything but love."
Rev. Coffin, William Sloane

* “Being awake in the present moment means that the future is existing as an ever-present living potential right now. With this awareness of the future, your consciousness expands and there’s a sense of being intensely awake. Why? Because your conscious, living relationship with the future begins to enlighten your relationship to the present moment. Enlighten it with conscious-conscience and purpose. And when this conscience has been awakened, there’s a tremendous care about now, about this moment, because of your awareness of the future. So that means that your active, participatory relationship with the present moment becomes an expression of your care for the future.”

Cohen, Andrew

* “
Responsibility for the Future: If we want to change the world in a significant way, if we're
serious about creating a better future for us all, then we have  to face the fact that the only way it's going to happen is the  only way it's ever happened: through the evolution of  consciousness itself. And for the universe to evolve at the level of consciousness, you and I have to be the ones to make sure it happens. We have to be the ones to create the future. There's no one else who is going to save us. To accept responsibility for the future means we know without a doubt that it is on our own shoulders--each and every one of us--to create that future right now. And now means NOW. Those of us at the leading edge have to stop waiting, stop hiding, and stop pretending. We have to be the ones to take this leap because there literally isn't anyone else to do it. We have to
be the ones to carry this process forward at the deepest and highest level, to consciously evolve in the biggest way possible for our collective salvation and transformation.”

Cohen, Andrew


* "The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away."
Coleman, John S.

* "But what is Freedom? Rightly understood. A universal license to be good."
Coleridge, Hartley (1796-1849)

* "Commonsense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
(Poet 1772-1834)

* "If people could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us!"(*)
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

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

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

* "'Moral Intelligence' isn't acquired only by memorisation of rules and regulations, by dint of abstract classroom discussion or kitchen compliance. We grow morally as a consequence of learning how to be with others, how to behave in this world, a learning prompted by taking to heart what we have seen and heard. The child is a witness; the child is an ever-attentive witness of grown-up morality - or lack there-of; the child looks and looks for clues as to how one ought to behave, and finds them galore as we parents and teachers go about making choices, addressing
people, showing in action our rock-bottom assumptions, desires, and values, and thereby telling these young observers much more than we may realize."
Coles, Robert, (American psychiatrist)
('Perhaps 'only' in the first line should be omitted?' BL)

* "Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underdeveloped talent in the world."
Collange, Christiane

* "Success is a journey - not a destination."
Collard, H. Tom
('Success is a state of mind'

* “Hope is a vigorous principle; it is furnished with light and heat to advise and execute; it sets the head and heart to work, and animates a person to their utmost. And thus, by perpetually pushing and assurance, it puts a difficulty out of countenance, and makes a seeming impossibility give way.”
Collier, Jeremy


* "People who have nothing to do are quickly tired by their own company."
Collier, Jeremy

* "The great successful people of the world ... think ahead and create
their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all
its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit
and that a bit but steadily building -- steadily building."
Collier, Robert

* "Perfect freedom is reserved for the person who lives by their own work
and in that work does what they want to do."(*)
Collingwood, R.G.

* “We only carry to our graves the inner inegrity of our efforts.”

Collins, Jim author of  ‘Built to Last’


* “The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.”

Colorose, Barbara


* "Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power, that avarice makes as
to wealth. It begins by accumulating it as a means to happiness, and
finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end."
Colton, Charles Caleb (1780-1832) English clergyman

* “Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities but to make them.”

Colton, Charles Caleb


* “No person is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.”

Colton, Charles Caleb


* “There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.”

Colton, Charles Caleb


* "There is a paradox in pride: it makes some people ridiculous, but
prevents others from becoming so."(*)
Colton, Charles Caleb

* "There is this difference between happiness and wisdom; those that think
of themselves as the happiest, really is so; but they that think themselves
the wisest, are generally the greatest fool." (*)
Colton, Charles Caleb

* "The university is the only institution in Western society whose business
it is to search for and transmit truth regardless of all competing or
conflicting pressures and demands; pressures for immediate usefulness, for
social approval, pressures to serve the special interests of government, a
class, a professional group, a race, a faith, even a nation."
Commager, Henry Steele (American historian)

* "Faith gives the courage to live and do. Scientists, with their
disciplined thinking need a basis for the good life, for aspirations, for
courage to do great deeds. They need a faith to live by. The hope of the
worlds in those who have such faith and who use the methods of science to
make visions become real. Visions and hope and faith are not part of
science. They are beyond the nature that science knows. Of such is the
religion that gives meaning to life."
Compton, Arthur, H.

* "Ability and moral excellence, rather than birth, fitted a person for
Confucius (c551-479 B.C.)

* "A person asked Confucius: 'What surprises you most about mankind.' And
he answered: 'They lost their health to make money and then lose their
money to restore their health. By thinking anxiously about the future, they
forget the present, such that they live neither for the present not the
future and they live as if they will never die, and they die as they had
never lived...."
Confucius (Submitted by Cindy Wagner)

* "A person of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish themself, finds
a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for themselves, helps
others to attain."
Confucius (Analects)

* "At fifteen I wanted to learn,
By thirty I had achieved something.
At forty I was no longer confused,
At fifty I understood the role decreed for me.
At sixty I could listen well and understand.
Only by seventy was I competent to act freely
without violating what was right."
Confucius, (Analects)

* “A wise person looks for everything inside themselves; a foolish person seeks it in others.”



* “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”



* "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your

* "Complacency is a great enemy."

* "For one word a person is often deemed to be wise, and for one word they
are often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we

* "If all is right with the family, then all is right in the world."

* “If the ruler sets a good example, the people will be easy to manage.”



* "Life is really simple, but people insist on making it complicated."

* "People of integrity live in harmony with others regardless of
conflicting opinions. Small-minded people, despite sharing the same
opinions, cannot live in harmony with one another."
Confucius, (Analects)

* "People of principle are always bold, but those who are bold are not
always people of principle."(*)

* "Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness."

* "Restrain your spirit when angry.
Beware of your words when
talking without thinking.
Pay attention to errors when busy
Be prudent with money when prosperous."
Confucius, (Analects)

* "Study the past, if you would divine the future."

* "The person of integrity knows how to work for the public good; the
inferior person bothers only about personal profit."
Confucius, (Analects)

* "There is no need to worry about not being appreciated.
What really gives cause for concern is when we do not appreciate
Confucius, (Analects)

* "The superior person does not mind being in office; all they mind about
if they have the qualities that entitle them to office. They do not mind
failing to get recognition; they are too busy doing the things that
entitled them to recognition."(*)

* “The truly great person does not strive to obtain honours. They strive to deserve them.”



* "The way of the superior person is threefold: Virtuous, they are free
from anxieties; wise, they are free from perplexities; bold, they are free
from fear."(*)

*                      The Wise Man

            The wise man sets his person at rest before he moves;

            he composes his mind before he speaks;

            he makes his relations firm before he asks for something.


            By attending to these three matters.

                        the wise man gains complete security.


            But if a man is brusque in his moments,

                        others will not co-operate.


            If he is agitated in his words,

                        they awaken no echo in others.


            If he asks for something without having first established relation,

                        it will not be given to him.


            If no one is with him,

                        those who would harm him draw near.”



* "Those who learn but do not think are lost; those that think but do not
learn are in danger."(*)

* " Those who merely know the right principles are not equal to those who
love them."(*)

* "Those who wish to secure the good of others have already secured their

* "Through the study of old things we learn something new."
Confucius, (Analects)

* "To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes
perfect virtue .... gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness,
and kindness."

* " To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it."

* "To know we know what we know, and that we not know, we do not know, that
is true knowledge."

* “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”


* "True goodness is loving your fellow men."

* “Without learning, the wise become foolish; by learning the foolish become wise.”


* "TseKing asked about the true person. The Master said, "They do not
preach what they preach till they have practised what they preach."
Confucius (Analects 2,13)

* "TseKung asked 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice
for all one's life?'
The Master said: 'It is the word shu - reciprocity: Do not do to others
what you do not want them to do to you."
Confucius (Analects 15,23)

* "When knowledge is extended,
the will becomes sincere.
When the will is sincere,
the mind is correct.
When the mind is correct,
the clan is harmonised.
When the clan is harmonised,
the country is well governed.
When the country is well governed,
there will be peace throughout the land.
Confucius: (The Great Learning, 6th century B.C.)

* "When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to
becoming their equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look
within and examine your own self."(*)

* "Who heeds not the future will find sorrow close at hand."

* "Wisdom, compassion and courage -- these are three universally recognised
moral qualities of people. It matters not in what way they come to the
exercise of these moral qualities, the result is one and the same. When
people understand the nature and use of these three moral qualities they
will then understand how to put in order their personal conduct and
character, they will understand how to govern others. When they understand
how to govern others, they will then understand how to govern nations and

* "Without recognising the ordinances of heaven, it is impossible to be a
superior person."

* "Defer not till tomorrow to be wise
Tomorrows sun to thee may never rise."
Congreve, William, (Letter to Cobham, 1670-1720)

* " Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
I've read that things inanimate have moved,
And as with living souls have been inform'd
By magic numbers and persuasive sound."
Congreve, William

* "Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid
thing, and the overtaking and possessing of a wish, discovers the folly of
the chase."
Congreve, William

* “History teaches us that people behave wisely when they have exhausted all other alternatives.”

Billy Connolly (Still Crazy, 1999) (*)


* "Civilization is an active deposit which is formed by the combustion of
the Present with the Past."
Connolly, Cyril

* "All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the
miseries or credulities of mankind."
Conrad, Joseph

* "I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more
-- the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and
all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to
love, to vain effort -- to death; the triumphant conviction of strength,
the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with
every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires -- and expires,
too soon, too soon -- before life itself."
Conrad, Joseph


* “The mind of man is capable of anything – because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.”
Conrad, Joseph

* “The constant use of long words, involved sentences, proves two things: (1) that you’re learned, and (2) that you’re ignorant of how best to communicate with people.”

Conway, Will


* "Better build schoolhouses for children than cells for adults."(*)
Cook, Eliza

* "We live and we learn, as much by unconscious absorption and imitation as
by systematic effort."
Cook, Luella B.

* "Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are
Cooley, Mason

* " 'Why not' is a slogan for an interesting life."
Cooley, Mason

* "All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or
intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse;
it is a prerogative of intelligence, the only means to adulthood, and the
measure of civilization."(*)
Coolidge, Calvin

* “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”
Coolidge, Calvin


* "No person was ever honoured for what they received. Honour has been the
reward for what they gave."(*)
Coolidge, Calvin .

* "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 failures. Persistence and determination alone are
Coolidge, Calvin

* "Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be
Coolidge, Calvin
( And / or "Prosperity cannot be divorced from humanity." Coolidge, Calvin)

* "The artist is not a special kind of person, but every one is a special
kind of artist."(*)
Coomaraswamy, Ananda

* “These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the future.”

Cooper, Vernon, Lumbee Tribal Elder


* “People with a negative image of ageing don’t live as long as those with a positive one – your attitude to your future says more about you than anything else.”

Copelton, John


* " Life never stops. The torment of men will be eternal, unless the
function of creating and acting and changing, living intensely through each
day, be considered an eternal joy."
Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret)

* "It should be our purpose in life
to see that each of us makes such a contribution
as will enable us to stay that we,
individually and collectively,
are a part of the answer
to the world problem
and not part of the problem itself."
Cordier, Andrew

* “If we wish to grow old gracefully we must commence by being young cheerfully.”

Corelli, Marie


* "And though I ... understand all the mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not
love, I am nothing."
I. Corinthians 13.2

* "Once we start thinking serious about the future, we gain enormous power
over the future. First, we begin to recognise that we have lots of choices
about what sort of future we can shape for ourselves. Second, we can set
long term goals and plan effectively so we can reach them. So thinking
about the future is a powerful tool for achieving long-term success in our
careers and other aspects of our lives."
Cornish, Edward


* “No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace or insure it victory in time of war.”

Cortelyou, George B.

* “A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”

Cosby, Bill.

(‘but it’s the stupid ones that don’t listen’.... bl)

* “Raising children is an incredibly hard and rsky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.”

Cosby, Bill

(American comedian b1937)

( That need not be the case if we learned from the experience of previous generations … bl)


* "If solid happiness we prize,
Within our breast this jewel lies,
And they are fools who roam:
The world has nothing to bestow,
From our own selves our joys must flow,
And that dear hut, our home."
Cotton, Charles, poet 1630-87.

* "It's taken me all my life to understand that it is not necessary to understand everything."
Coty, Rene

* "Finding a way to live the simple life today is a person's most complicated task."
Courtney, Henry A.

* "The bigger a person's head gets, the easier it is to fill their shoes."
Courtney, Henry A.

* "The greatest asset of any nation is the spirit of its people, and the greatest danger that can menace any nation is the breakdown of that spirit - the will to win and the courage to work."
Courtelyou, George B.
(Note: This only works if you have an agreed concept of 'winning'

* "You can only govern people by serving them. The rule is without exception."
Cousin, Victor

* "Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."
Cousins, Margaret

* "History is a vast early warning system."
Cousins, Norman (American essayist 1912-1990)

* “In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.”

Cousins, Norman


* "Nothing clutters the soul more than remorse, resentment, recrimination.
Negative feelings occupy a fearsome amount of space in the mind, block our
perceptions, our prospects, our pleasures."
Cousins, Norman

* "The most costly disease is not cancer or coronaries. The most costly
disease is boredom -- costly for both individuals and society."
Cousins, Norman

* “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.”

Cousins, Norman


* "Mankind has probably done more damage to the earth in the 20th century
than in all of previous human history."
Cousteau, Jacques

* “You cannot give up hope … The situation is hopeless – but I might be wrong.”
Cousteau, Jacques


* “Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.”

Covey, Stephen


* “It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it, and appropriately act on it.”

Covey, Stephen R.

* “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Covey, Stephen R.


* “There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.”

Covey, Stephen R.


* “Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgement, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.”

Covey, Stephen R.


* "Enjoy the present hour,
Be thankful for the past,
And neither fear nor wish
Th' approaches of the last."
Cowley, Abraham

* "Life is an incurable disease."
Cowley, Abraham

* "They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older.
What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much."
Cowley, Malcolm


* "Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."
Cowper, William (1731-1800)

* "Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have oft times no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men:
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he know no more."
Cowper, William (The Tast (1785) VI, The Winter Walk at Noon 96, w.)

* “Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass,

    The mere materials with which wisdom builds,

    Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place,

    Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.

    Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;

   Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.”

Cowper, William


* “The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”

Cowper, William


* "When enthusiasm is inspired by reason; controlled by caution; sound in
theory; practical in application; reflects confidence; spreads good cheer;
raises morale; inspires associates; arouses loyalty, and laughs at
adversity, it is beyond price."
Cox, Coleman

* "No one can accept responsibility in the world unless they take it first
on their doorstep. So for us in industry I can see only one sure course to
follow. Call it common sense, call it policy, call it anything you like. To
my mind, industry must aim for, exist for and everlastingly operate for the
good of the community. The community can't ride one track and business
another. The two are inseparable, interactive and interdependent."(*)
Craig, Cleo F.

* "Jill Craigie's great passion is gardening. 'You have to look to the
future in gardening' she says finally. 'It takes the curse out of old
Craigie, Jill (Tee for two, Sarah Boseley, The Guardian 17 July 1997.)

* "Because you care, each task will be much lighter,
Each burden so much easier to bear;
And each new morning's outlook better, brighter,
And each new day more blest, because you care.
Because you care, each joy will seem completer,
Each treasure doubly dear and true and rare;
And in my heart I'll always find it sweeter
To want the higher things, because you care."
Crane, Frank

* "The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever unless you realize that it
is your move."
Crane, Frank

* "To make a person happy, fill their hands with work,their heart with
affection, their mind with purpose; their memory with useful knowledge;
their future with hope, and their stomach with food. The devil never enters
anyone except one of these rooms be vacant. Cast it out and sweep and
garnish the room, and it will return with seven other devils. The only way
to be rid of it is to fill the room and take down your 'To Let' sign." (*)
Crane, Frank

* "You do not succeed because you do not know what you want, or you don't
want it intensely enough."
Crane, Frank

* “Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.”

Crane, Frank


* “The centipede was happy quite

            Until a toad in fun

   Said, ‘Pray, which leg goes after which?’

   That worked her mind to such a pitch,

   She lay distracted in a ditch

   Considering how to run.”

Craster, Edward Mrs (1871)


* “One part of knowledge consists in being ignorant of such things that are
not worthy of being known."

* "Creative thinking is today's most prized profit-producing possession for
any individual, corporation or country. It has the capacity to change you,
your business and the world."
Crawford, Robert P

* "Each new development starts from something else. It does not come out of
a blue sky. You make use of that which has already entered the mind ...
That is the real reason for accumulating knowledge."
Crawford, Robert P.

* "Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river
has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then, and
only then, will you find that money cannot be eaten."
Cree Indian Prophecy

* "I still lived in the future -- a habit which is the death of happiness."
Crisp, Quentin

* "The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we
hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about
Crisp, Quentin


* “Best Friends Poem

I love you not only for what

you are, but for what I am

when I am with you.


I love you not only for what

you have made of yourself,

but for what you are making

of me


I love you because you have

done more than any creed

could have done to make me

good, and more than any

fate could have done to make

me happy.


You have done it without a

touch, without a word,

without a sign.


You have done it by being yourself.

Perhaps that is what being a friend means,

          after all.”
Croft, Roy


* “Peace will never be achieved through defence and aggression, it will be achieved through peace.

Loving relationships with others will never be achieved through defensiveness and aggression, it will be achieved through being loving.

Fulfilment will never be achieved through acquisition and greed, it will be achieved by doing things which are, in themselves fulfilling.”

Crofts, Neil

* "The essential nature of a democracy compels it to insist that individual
power of all kinds, political, economic, or intellectual, shall not be
perversely and irresponsibly exercised."
Croly, Herbert (American writer 1869-1930)

* "None climbs so high as those who know not whether they are going."(*)
Cromwell, Oliver

* A person who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the
Crook, James

* "A strange lot this, to be dropped down in a world of barbarians - men
who see clearly enough the barbarity of all ages except their own."
Crosby, Ernest (1856-1907, from The Soul of the World)

* “The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.”

Crothers, Samuel


* "What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the
breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs
across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
Chief Crowfoot

* "Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential
for survival and more likely to improve the quality of life than the
ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge."
Csikszentmihaly, Mihalyi, (Professor of psychology at the University of

* "We believe that while survival of the fittest may be a good working
description of the process of evolution, a government of humans should
elevate itself to a higher order, one which fills the gaps left by chance
or a wisdom we don't understand."
Cuomo, Marion (American politician)

* "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
Curie, Marie

* "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to
be done."
Curie, Marie

* "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the
individuals. To that end each of us must work for their own improvement,
and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our
particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most
Curie, Marie

* "Nothing without goodness, imagine what a wonderful place the world would
be if we could just live this."
Curtin, Lynda

* "Optimism, unaccompanied by personal effort, is merely a state of mind
and not fruitful."
Curtis, Edward L.

* “The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue’s sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.”

Curtis, George William

(American social reformer 1824-1892)


* "Our success or our failure is the result of our mental condition -- our
thoughts about people and about ourselves -- our attitudes towards people
and toward ourselves."
Custer, Dan

* "Misfortunes always come in by the door that has been left open for
Czech proverb

“Accumulation of wealth for the sake of wealth alone is self defeating. Only in seeing one’s worth as a calling, a means to serve a higher purpose can we find true fulfilment.”

Dalai Lama


* “All the suffering in the world arises from cherishing oneself ….. all the happiness in the world arises from cherishing others. Treating other people gently, sincerely, compassionately – this is the source of true personal happiness.”

Dalai Lama

* "Determination, with an optimistic attitude, is the key factor for
success. Right from the beginning, if you hold a pessimistic attitude even
small things may not be achieved."
Dalai Lama, (The Little Book of Wisdom, p96)

* “Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people’s hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human ‘brain’ with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human ‘heart’ with compassion.”

Dalai Lama


* "Education is much more than a matter of imparting the knowledge and
skills by which narrow goals are achieved. It is also about opening our
eyes to the needs and rights of others."
Dalai Lama

* “ Education should be in harmony with the child’s essentially kind nature. The most important element is that children be raised in a climate of love and tenderness. Although from an ideal perspective human qualities ought to be developed in conjunction with kindness, I often say that I had to choose between important general qualities and kindness, I believe I would choose kindness.”

Dalai :Lama


* "Every world religion, no matter what its philosophical view, is founded
first and foremost on the precept that we must reduce our selfishness and
serve others. Unfortunately, sometimes in the name of religion, people
cause more quarrels than they solve. Practitioners of different faiths
should realize that each religious tradition has immense intrinsic value as
a means for providing mental and spiritual health."
Dalai Lama's (Book of Wisdom, p91, Universal Responsibility and Our Global

* "If we ourselves remain always angry and then sing world peace, it has
little meaning. So first our individual self must learn peace. This we can
practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world."
Dalai Lama

* “If you have tolerance you can easily overcome difficulties. If you have little tolerance or are within it, then the smallest thing immediately irritates you. In a difficulty you may over-react. So who teaches tolerance? Always your enemy will teach you tolerance. So your enemy instead of anger, your compassion will develop.”

Dalai Lama (‘Ocean of Wisdom’)

* "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
Dalai Lama

* “It is all too evident that our moral thinking simply has not been able to keep pace with the speed of scientific advancement.”

Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)


* " It is the nature of human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and
dignity. If we accept that others have a right to peace and happiness equal
to our own, do we not have a responsibility to help those in need?"
Dalai Lama, The Little Book of Wisdom, p104

* “Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.”

Dalai :Lama

* "One of the principal factors that hinder us from fully appreciating our
interdependence is our undue emphasis on material development. We have
become so engrossed in its pursuit that, unknowingly, we have neglected the
most basic qualities of compassion, caring and cooperation."
Dalai Lama, (The Little Book of Wisdom, p37)

* "Our generation has arrived at the threshold of a new era in human
history: the birth of a global community. Modern communications, trade, and
international relations as well as the security and environmental dilemmas
we all face make us increasingly interdependent. No one can live in
isolation. Thus, whether we like it or not, our vast and diverse human
family must finally learn to live together. Individually and collectively
we must assume a greater sense of universal responsibility."
Dalai Lama (1999)

* "The essence of all religions is love, compassion and tolerance. Kindness
is my true religion. No matter whether you are learned or not, whether you
believe in God or Buddha or some other religion or not, in day-to-day life
you must be a kind person. When you are motivated by kindness, it doesn't
matter whether you are a practitioner a lawyer, a politician, an
administrator, a worker, or an engineer: Whatever your profession or field,
deep down you are a kind person.
Love, compassion, and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without
them, humanity cannot survive. If you have a particular faith or religion,
that is good. But you can survive without it, if you have love compassion,
and tolerance. The clear proof of a person's love of God is if that person
genuinely shows love to fellow human beings."
Dalai Lama

* "The more we truly desire to benefit others, the greater the strength and
confidence we develop and the greater the peace and happiness we
Dalai Lama

* "The purpose of religion is not to build beautiful churches or temples,
but to cultivate positive human qualities such as tolerance, generosity,
and love."
Dalai Lama (The Little Book of Wisdom, p90)

* “The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one’s existence, to have a good heart.”

Dalai :Lama

* "Tolerance is very important. If you have tolerance, you can easily
overcome difficulties. If you have little tolerance or are without it, then
the smallest thing immediately irritates you."
Dalai Lama, (The Little Book of Wisdom, p36)

* "Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best
foundation for world peace."
Dalai Lama, (The Little Book of Wisdom, p143)

* "We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of
that determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged.
The whole of humanity depends on this motivation."
Dalai Lama

* “We must understand each other and work in harmony with one another, because it is our responsibility to develop in human beings their natural disposition for peace.”

Dalai :Lama


* “Whether talking about individuals or governments, the principle that must guide us is that of human rights. If we live in a country where human rights exist and are respected, we are naturally responsible for our duties and responsibilities.”

Dalai :Lama

* "Without accepting a religion, but simply developing a realization of the
importance of compassion and love, and worth more concern and respect for
others, a kind of spiritual development is very possible for those persons
who are outside of religion."
Dalai Lama (The Little Book of Wisdom, p91)

* "You should respect other religions ... The essence of all religions is
basically the same: to achieve a true sense of brotherhood, a good heart,
respect for others. If we can develop these qualities from within our
heart, then I think we can actually achieve true peace."
Dalai Lama (The Little Book of Wisdom, p90)

* “Power is dangerous unless you have humility.”

Daley, Richard J.


* “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”

Dana, John Cotton


* “In your thirst for knowledge be sure not to drown in all the information.”

D’Angelo, Anthony J.


* “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.”

Daniel, Dan, President, ArvinMeritor


* “Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Danish proverb


* “Those who build to everyone’s advice will have a crooked house.”

Danish proverb


* "The peculiar character of an individual human being in distinction from
an atom lies in this, that they are the owner of  themself and responsible
to themselves. (*)
D'Arcy, Martin (God and the Supernatural)

* “Minds are like parachutes – dangerous if not kept open.”

Darrah, Robert

(‘Actually parachutes sometimes are best when kept closed and it is man who has to decide when it is best to open a parachute’ bl!!)


* "A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value
of life."
Darwin, Charles (1809-1882)

* "As for future life, every person must judge for themself between
conflicting vague possibilities."(*)
Darwin, Charles

* "It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent,
but the ones most responsive to change."
Darwin, Charles

* "The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we
ought to control our thoughts."
Darwin, Charles

* "The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."
Darwin, Charles (The Descent of Man)

* "We have good reason too believe ... that changes in the condition of
life give a tendency to increased variability."
Darwin, Charles

* "In science the credit goes to the person who convinces the world, not to
the person to whom the idea first occurs."(*)
Darwin, Francis (1848-1925, in Eugenics Review, April 1914.)

* “We’re not a wisdom society – we’re a knowledge society; knowledge becomes outdated very quickly, and therefore people become obsolete.”

Das, Ram (from One Liners)


* “Successful knowledge transfer involves neither computers nor documents but rather interactions between people.”

Davenport, Thomas H.


* "The ability to laugh at life is right at the top, with love and
communication, in the hierarchy of our needs. Humour has much to do with
pain; it exaggerates the anxieties and absurdities we feel, so that we gain
distance and through laughter, relief."
Davidson, Sara

* "The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in
fact, a return to the idealised past."
Davies, Robertson

* "What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
Davies, W.H. (1871-1940, Leisure , 1911)

* “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

da Vinci, Leonardo


* “The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to an idealized past.”

Davies, Robertson


* "Any life truly lived is a risky business, and it one puts up too many
fences against the risks one ends up shutting out life itself."
Davis, Kenneth S.

* “I’m always thinking about creating.

            My future starts when I wake up every morning ….

            Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”

Davis, Miles


* "Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things;
in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually are
what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort."
Davy, Sir Humphrey, (1778-1829)

* “ I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

Dawkins, Richard


* "How majestic is naturalness. I have never met a person who I really
considered a great person who was not always natural and simple.
Affectation is inevitably the mark of one not sure of themselves."
Dawes, Charles G.

* "Science offers the best answers to the meaning of life. Science offers
you the privilege before you die of understanding why you were ever born in
the first place."
Dawkins, Richard
("Debatable ... science tells us how but does not of itself give us
meaning" bl)

* "The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale."
Dawkins, Richard

* “Of all the changes that the twentieth century has brought, none goes deeper that the disappearance of that unquestioning faith in the future and the absolute value of our civilization which was the dominant note of the nineteenth century.”

Dawson, Christopher (The Dynamics of World History, 1956, p54)


* If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God?”

Deacon, George


* “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

Dean, James


* "A person who truly wants to make the world better should start by
improving themselves and their attitudes."
De Angelis, Barbara


* "A person who truly wants to make the world better should start by
improving themselves and their attitudes."
DeArmond, Fred

* "Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."
De Balzac, Honore

* “There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.”

De Balzac, Honore

* "To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by
permanent ideals -- that is what keeps a person patient when the world
ignores them, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises them."
De Balzac, Honore

* “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”

De Beauvoir, Simone de

* "If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures."
de Bono, Edward


* "Of one thing we can be sure the quality of our life in the future will
be determined by the quality of our thinking."
de Bono, Edward

* "Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and
our expectations."
de Bono, Edward

* “The purpose of science is not to analyse or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.”

de Bono, Edward


* “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”

de Bono, Edward

* “You perfect yourself only by contributing to your fellow human beings and the world around.”

de Bono, Edward


* “The library of wisdom is more precious than all riches, and nothing that can be wished for is worthy to be compared with it. Whosoever therefore acknowledges that they are a zealous follower of truth, of happiness, of wisdom, of science, or even of the faith, must of necessity make themselves lovers of those books.” (*)

De Bury, Richard (in 1344)


* “Time ripens all things: no person(*) is born wise”

de Cervantes, Miguel


* "We are all individually and collectively responsible for the common
good, including the well-being of future generations."
Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace.

* "When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved,
as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right."
Debs, Eugene Victor

* “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”

de Chardin, Teilhard


* "Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could."
Defoe, Daniel

* “A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.”

Dehmel, Robert


* "We work not only to produce but to give value to time."
Delacroix, Eugene

* “Ultizing your conscious mind to direct the subconscious mind to enter into communication and harmony with the universal mind is the secret of personal power.”

Delfin Knowledge System


* "It is the present that makes our future; what we do today will be
observed or even felt in the coming millennium."
Delgado, Antonio D. (wfs)

* It’s a lot easier to learn something if it’s important to you.”

Dell, Michael


* “There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.”



* "I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future."
De Montaigne, Michel

* "People are nothing until they are excited."(*)
De Montaigne, Michel
* "We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be
wise with other men's wisdom."
De Montaigne, Michel

* "Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul."



* "It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and

* "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprise."

* "Develop the habit of focusing on the possibilities, not the problems."
DeNotaris, David


* "We have to decide what current needs have priority over the future, and
when, on the contrary, the future's claim against the present must be
honoured. Such decisions will require us to determine what people really
need, what is a responsible use of property and resources, and what is an
adequate level of life."
Derr, Thomas

* “ Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body.”

De Saint-Real


* “It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.”

Descartes, Rene


* "We never understand a thing so well and make it our own as when we have
discovered it for ourselves."
Descartes, Rene

* "The future belongs to those who are virile, to whom it is a pleasure to
live, to create, to whet their intelligence on that of the others."
Deterding, Sir Henry

* "There is a master key to success with which no person can fail. Its name
is simplicity. Simplicity, I mean, in the sense of reducing to the simplest
possible terms every problem that besets us. Whenever I have met a business
proposition which, after taking thought, I could not reduce to simplicity,
I have left it alone."(*)
Deterding, Henry Sir

* "Set the course of your lives by the three stars - sincerity, courage,
unselfishness. From these flow a host of other virtues ... Those who follow
them and do not seek success, will attain the highest type of success, that
which lies in the esteem of those among whom they dwell."
Deutsch, Monroe E.

* “Love works in miracles every days: such as weakening the strong, and strengthening the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turn everything topsy-turvy.”

De Valois, Marguerite


* "The hinge of the future is on the door of the present. Keep people of
honour and integrity in places of trust and you will not fear the future."
De Vries, Martin (*)

* "The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the
combination is locked up in the safe."
De Vries, Peter

* "Change is inevitable. Learning from change is optional."
DeVrye, Catherine


* “Create your own tomorrows with your thoughts and actions today.”

DeVrye, Catherine


* “If you travel a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

DeVrye, Catherine

* “It’s not what it costs to learn but what it costs to not learn.”

DeVrye, Catherine


* “It takes practice to turn common sense into common practice.”

DeVrye, Catherine


* "Life works out best for those who make the best of the way life works
DeVrye, Catherine

* "We must add meaning to our life or it will remain forever meaningless."
DeVrye, Catherine

* “The future of religion is connected with the possibility of developing a faith in the possibilities of human experience and human relationships that wil create a vital sense of the solidarity of human interests and inspire action to make that sense a reality.”

Dewey, John


* “Upon (the educator) devolves the responsibility for instituting the conditions for the kind of present experiences which have a favourable effect upon the future.”

Dewey, John


* "We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our
hands. We shall need courage, energy and determination, but above all, we
need faith -- faith in ourselves, in our communities and in our country."
Dewey, Thomas E.

* "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."
De Wolfe, Chub

* "If by renouncing a lesser happiness one attains to a happiness that is
greater, then let the wise pursue that happiness which is greater."
Dhammapada: 290

* "It is easy to do that which is of real benefit to oneself, but it is
difficult indeed to do that which is truly beneficial and good."
Dhammapada: 163

* "The fool who knows he is a fool is already wise; the fool who thinks he
is wise is definitely a fool."
Dhammapada: 63

* "Whoever in this world overcomes their selfish cravings, their sorrows
fall away, like drops of water from a lotus flower."
Dhammapada, 336.

* "Life is mostly froth and bubble;
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own."
Lady Diana, (quoted by Martin Bell MP, in An Accidental Tourist, Penguin

* "A loving heart is the truest wisdom"
Dickens, Charles

* "Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain
upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."
Dickens, Charles

* "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to heaven,
we were all going direct the other way."
Dickens, Charles

* "No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

Dickens, Charles

* "No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

Dickens, Charles


* "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some."
Dickens, Charles

* “There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.”

Dickens, Charles


* “Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should.”

Dickens, Charles

* "Love your enemies
just in case
your friends turn out to be
a bunch of bastards."
Dickson, R.A.

* "If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto its nest again,
I shall not live in vain."(*)
Dickinson, Emily

* "I find ecstasy in living; the more mere sense of living is joy enough."

Dickinson Emily

* "That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet."
Dickinson, Emily

* "Dissatisfaction with the world in which we live and determination to
realise one that shall be better, are the prevailing characteristics of the
modern spirit."
Dickinson, Goldworthy Lowes

* “There are three principlal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiements exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.”

Diderot, Denis


* "What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined.
Skepticism is therefore the first step toward truth."
Diderot, Denis

* "Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of
which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they themselves are so
truly materialistic and so versed in the uses of power."
Didion, Joan

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect spings.”

Didion, Joan

* “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizable wiser than oneself.”

Dietrich, Marlene


* "If we want things to stay as they are, thing will have to change."
di Lampedusa, Giuseppe
* "If you spend all your time arguing with people who are nuts, you’ll exhausted and the nuts will still be nuts.”


* "The life of sensation is the life of greed, it requires more and more.
The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its
passage sweet."
Dillard, Annie (American writer)

* “God made the world round so we could never see too far down the road.”

Dinesen, Isak (Baroness Karen Blixen, 1885-1962.)

* "I don't think that ... one gets a flash of happiness once, and never
again; it is there within you, and it will come as certainly as death."
Dinesen Isak

* "In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood
by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it is
the exact opposite."
Dirac, Paul (1902-1984) (submitted by Don E. Nelson, wfs)

* "It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are."
Disney, Roy

* Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without
Disraeli, Benjamin (1804-1881)

* "I do not like giving advice, because it is an unnecessary responsibility
under any circumstances."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "I know not what profit there may be in the study or history, what value
in the sayings of wise men, or in the recorded experience of the past, if
it be not to guide and instruct us in the present."
Disraeli, Benjamin, (Speech 2 July 1849, on the state of the nation)

* "I repeat ... that all power is a trust -- that we are accountable for
its exercise -- that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and
all must exist."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "People are not the creatures of circumstances, circumstances are the
creatures of people. We are free agents, and the individual is more
powerful than matter.(*)
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing
in life is to know when to forego an advantage."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "Seeing much, suffering much and studying much, are the three pillars of
Disraeli, Benjamin

* “The art of conversation consists of the exercise of two fine qualities; you must originate and you must sympathise; you must possess at the same time the habit of communicating and the habit of listening. The union is rather rare, but irresistible.”

Disraeli, Benjamin


* “The fool wonders, the wise person asks” (*)

Disraeli, Benjamin


* "The secret of success is constancy of purpose."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "The sense of existence is the greatest happiness."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* "The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of
cities, nor the crops -- no, but the kind of man the country turns out."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* “The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.”

Disraeli, Benjamin


* "The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity."
Disraeli, Benjamin

* “To be conscious that you are ignorant, is the greatest step to knowledge.”

Disraeli, Benjamin

* “The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.”

D’Israeli, Isaac


* " Either we take hold of the future or the future will take hold of us."
Dixon, Patrick


* “The only life;omg, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you’ve just done something as well as you can do it .”

Dobens, Lloyd


* "What is virtue? It is to hold yourself to your fullest development as a
person and as a responsible member of the human community."
Dobrin, Arthur

* "The life of one day is enough to rejoice. Even though you live for just
one day, if you can be awakened, that one day is vastly superior to one
endless life of sleep .... If this day in the lifetime of a hundred years
is lost, will you ever touch it with your hands again."
Dogen, (Zen Master, quoted in After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack
Kornfield, Rider (2000), p295, final paragraph)

* "A great person is one who can have power and not abuse it."(*)
Doherty, Henry L.

* "Science helps to understand the present, to comprehend the past and to
predict the future."
Dobzhansky, T.

* "Don't expect to be paid a dollar an hour for your working hours when you
then use your leisure hours as though they were not worth five cents a
Doherty, Henry L.

* "To provide for the future is a part of one's responsibility in life; and
the world has scant consideration for the person who neglects it."(*)
Doherty, Henry L.

* "We have learned that power is a positive force if it is used for
positive purposes."
Dole, Elizabeth, (b1936, US Labor Secretary)

* "No person is an island entire of itself; every man is a part of the
main. Any person's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for
thee." (*)
Donne, John

* "There's nothing more precious in this world than the feeling of being
Dors, Diana

* "There must be a sense that what I do is somehow congruent with the
overall purpose, design and flow of the universe as I experience it. I've
got to feel that my work fits with the big picture."
Dossey, Larry

* "If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect
Dostoevsky, Fyodor

* "If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immorality, not only
love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once
be dried up."
Dostoevsky, Fyodor

* "It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the
character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas."
Dostoevsky, Fyodor

* "Without suffering, happiness cannot be understood. The ideal passes
through suffering like gold through fire."
Dostoevsky, Fyodor

* "It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great
plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles
that come up to try the skill of a person's hand, the quality of their
courage, and the endurance of his faith."(*)
Douglas, Donald

* “What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings …. they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the human race and people who order their life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong.”

Douglas, Norman


* "Self government is no less essential to the development, growth and
happiness of the individual than to the nation."
Douglas, William H.

* “ A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”

Downs Hugh

* "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however
improbable, must be the truth."
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

* "A person shall never be enriched by envy."
Dreier, Thomas

* "If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time -- not tomorrow, nor next
year, nor in some future life after we have died. The best preparation for
a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this
year. Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we
coin them into a rich present life. Today should always be our most
wonderful day."
Dreier, Thomas

* "The World is a great mirror. it reflects back to you what you are. if
you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the World will
prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The World is what you are."
Dreier, Thomas
(Or ... "What goes around, comes around" Anon)

* "When you find someone who knows their job and is willing to take
responsibility, keep out of their way and don't bother them with
unnecessary supervision. What you may think is co-operation is nothing but
Dreier, Thomas

* "No one can live my life for me. If I am wise, I shall begin today to
build my own truer and better world from within."
Dresser, H.W.

* "There is a vast difference between success at twenty-five and success at
sixty. At sixty nobody envies you. Instead everybody rejoices generously,
sincerely, in your good fortune."
Dressler, Marie

* "We can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply
by changing ourselves."
Driekurs, Rudolf

* “Don’t try to innovate for the future, innovate for the present.”

Drucker, Peter F. (1909-2006)

* “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* “Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

Drucker, Peter F.


*  “Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* “Society can easily degenerate into one in which the emphasis is on formal degrees rather than on performance capacity. It can easily degenerate into one of totally sterile, Confucian-type Mandarins, a danger to which the American university, particularly, is singularly susceptible. It can, on the other hand, also fall prey to overvaluing immediately usable, practical knowledge, and underrate the importance of fundamentals and of wisdom altogether.”

Drucker, Peter


* “The fewer data needed, the better the information. And an overload of information, that is, anything much beyond what is truly needed, leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but improverishes.”

Drucker, Peter F.

(‘ie The more focused the data is on meeting a specific need the better.’ bl)


* “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’. They think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit  .... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* “ We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”

Drucker, Peter F.


* "In the pursuit of happiness half the world is on the wrong scent. They think it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others. Happiness is really found in giving and in serving others."
Drummond, Henry

* "I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder to each other than we are.
How much the world needs it! How easily it is done!"
Drummond, Henry

* "The people who influence you are people who believe in you."
Drummond, Henry

* "There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving."
Drummond, Henry

* " All empire is no more than power in trust."
Dryden, John

* "Happy the person, and happy they alone,
Those who can call today their own:
Those who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived
today." (*)
Dryden, John

* "If education cannot help separate truth from falsehood, beauty from
vulgarity, right from wrong, then what can it teach us?"
D'Souza, Dinesh

* “No vision and you perish

            No ideal, and you’re lost;

            Your heart must ever cherish

            Some faith at any cost.

            Some hope, some dream to cling to,

            Some rainbow in the sky,

            Some melody to sing to,

            Some service that is high.”

Du Autermont, Harriet


* “It is better to speak from a full heart and an empty head than from a full head and an empty heart.”



* "One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life! Always human
beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only
possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end
comes slowly, because time is long."
Du Bois, W.E.B.

* "We must not ask where science and technology are taking us, but rather
how we can manage science and technology so that it can help us get to
where we want to go."
Dubos, Rene

* "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention."

* "The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war
the finest human qualities."
Dulles, John Foster

* "All generalisations are dangerous, even this one."
Dumas, Alexandre (1802-1870)

* "One's work may be finished someday but one's education, never."
Duma, Alexandre


* “What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”

Dunnington, Lewis L.

* “My tip for happiness is to ‘believe the best in everyone’, it’s amazing if you live by this mantra how rarely you are disappointed and it makes the world seem a much happier place.”

Dunstone, Charles


* “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

Durant, Will (American Writer/Historian 1885-1981)


* "If you want the present and the future to be different from the past,
Spinoza tells us study the past, find out the causes that made it what it
was and bring different causes to bear."
Durant, Will

* "Is Christianity dying? Is the religion that gives morals, courage, and
art to Western civilization suffering slow decay through the spread of
knowledge, the widening of astronomic, geographical, and historical
horizons, the realization of evil in history and the soul, the decline of
faith in an afterlife and of trust in a benevolent guidance of the world?
If this is so, it is the basic event of modern times, for the soul of a
civilization is its religion, and it dies with its faith."
Durant, Will

* "Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul"
Durant, Will

* "Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too
little on the last six thousand years."
Durant, Will

* "One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to
do and always a clever thing to say."
Durant, Will

* "Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy gives us wisdom."
Durant, Will

* "So I should say that civilization begin with religion and stoicism: they
end with skepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of
individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies Epicurean."
Durant, Will

* "The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations."
Durant, Will
(Or: "Health is better than wealth", English proverb)

* "The individual succumbs, but they do not die if they have left something
to mankind." (*)
Durant, Will

* “What better way is there to make people love one another than to make them understand one another. True charity comes only with clarity – just as mercy is but justice that understands. Surely the root of all evil is the inability to see clearly that which is.”

Durant, Will

* "It is certain that at all levels of the social hierarchy, the
average well-being has increased, although not always at the most equitable
rate. The malaise from which we suffer is therefore not due to any increase
in the number or intensity of the objective causes of our sufferings. It
attests not a greater economics misery but an alarming moral misery.'
Durkheim, Emile (Le Suicide)

* "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simple things
of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is
Duse, Eleonora


“ All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your happiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming them, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.”

Dyer, Wayne


* “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

Dyer, Wayne


* “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”

Dyer, Wayne


* “Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.”

Dyer, Wayne

* “The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”

Dyer, Wayne

* "Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of
little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are
growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask
yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that
those who live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for
them to tell you; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and
less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind
you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly
feelings, with the gate open?"

Dyke, Henry van

* "What's money?
A person is a success if they
gets up in the morning
and goes to bed at night
and in between does what they
wants to do."(*)
Dylan, Bob