The Wisdom Page 


Bruce Lloyd's collection of quotations

By author, K to O

* "O servant, where doest thou seek me?
Lo! I am beside thee.
I am neither in the temple nor in the mosque,
neither am I in rites and ceremonies
nor in yoga nor in renunciation.
If thou are a true seeker, thou shalt at once see me.
Thou shalt meet me in a moment's time."
Kabir, The

* "The best of all true things is a true heart. Without truth, no
happiness, though you try a million tricks."
Kabir, 15th century Indian poet.

* “What this generation was bred to at television’s knees was not wisdom but cynicism.”

Kael, Pauline


* “Anyone who keeps ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Kafka, Franz


* “The meaning of life is that it stops.”

Kafka, Franz


* "As the flower is the forerunner of the fruit, so childhood is the promise of life."(*)
Kahn, Hazrat Inayat

* “I make progress by having people around who are smarter than I am – and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.”

Kaiser, Henry J.

* "Trouble is only opportunity in working clothes."
Kaiser, Henry J.

* "We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal
truths from the past."
 Kai-shek, Madame Chiang

* “Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!

    Look to this Day!

    For it is Life, the very Life of Life.

    In its brief course lie all the

    Verities and Realities of your Existence.

    The Bliss of Growth,

    The Glory of Action,

    The Splendor of Beauty;

    For Yesterday is but a Dream,

    And To-morrow is only a Vision;

    But To-day well lived makes

    Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,

    And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.

    Look well therefore to this Day!

    Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!



* “A lawyer’s relationship to justice and wisdom is on par with a piano tuner’s relationship to a concert. He neither composes the music, nor interprets it … they merely keep the machinery running.”

Kallen, Lucille


* "All the ancients used to say that emperors should concern themselves
with general principles, but need not deal with the smallest details;
however, failure to attend to details will end up endangering your greatest

* “You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a person died: did they have passion.”(*)

Kansky, Dean (Serendipidity)


* "Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination."
Kant, Immanuel

* “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

Kant, Immanuel

(“Science is organized information. Wisdom is organized values.” BL after IK)


* "So act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of
any other, in every case as an end withal, never as means only."
Kant, Immanuel

* "Two things fill the mind ever new and increasing wonder and awe, the
more often and the more seriously reflection concentrates upon them: the
starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.
Kant, Immanuel

* "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Karr, Alphonse

* "We can’t sit around and expect wisdom to accumulate along with grey hair. Learning from our mistakes is the least of what we should ask from our experience. To get more we must demand it, cultivate it, and go looking for it.”."
Kasparov, Garry

* "We total up all the pluses and minuses in the position and then go to work on how to improve our side of the ledger.”
Kasparov, Garry


* "The father of every good work is discontent, and its mother is
Kassak, Lajos (See also "Necessity is the mother of invention"?)

* “Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening …. When you’d have preferred to talk.”

Kaufman D.J.


* "Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels."
Kazantzakis, Nikos

* "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."
Keats, John

* "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' -- that is all Ye know on earth, and
all Ye need to know."
Keats, John

* "Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience.
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery
of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every
fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards
carefully avoid."
Keats, John

* "'If I should die', said I to myself, 'I have left no immortal work
behind me -- nothing to make my friends proud of my memory -- but I have
loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would
have made myself remembered.'"
Keats, John

* "Let us not therefore go hurrying about and collecting honey, bee-like,
buzzing here and there impatiently from a knowledge of what is to be
arrived at. But let us open out leaves like a flower, and be passive and
receptive ..."
Keats, John

* "Give us grace to listen well."
Keble, John

* “In the world of ‘everything is possible’, nothing gets done.”

Keighan, Edric

* “Age does not always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.”

Keillor, Garrison


* "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
Keller, Helen (1880-1968)

* "Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves."
Keller, Helen


* "I am only one; but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I
   can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
Keller, Helen


* "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble."
Keller, Helen

* "It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is
youth in the world."
Keller, Helen

* "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow."
Keller, Helen

* "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
Keller, Helen

* "Many people have a wrong idea of what constitute true happiness. It is
not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy
Keller, Helen

* "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."
Keller, Helen

* “Security is mostly an illusion. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Keller, Helen


* "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

Keller, Helen

* “When indeed shall we learn that we are all related  one to the other, that we are all members of one body? Until the spirit of love for our fellow men, regardless of race, color or creed, shall fill the world, making real in our lives and our deeds the actuality of human brotherhood – until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each others’ welfare, social justice can never be attained.”

Keller, Helen


* "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened
for us."
Keller, Helen

* "Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life.
What people live are their convictions."(*)
Kelly, Bishop Francis

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

* "Small kindness, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually
practised in our social intercourse, give greater charm to the character
than the display of great talent and accomplishments."

* "Society cannot be run by authority alone. What we are really facing is a
crisis of values. There has to be an inner compass that guides people. And,
of course, there must also be hope. The responsibility of government is to
give to people the hope that life can be better, that education can
proceed, that there will be a job, that there will be a chance to climb
that ladder we call the American Dream. The government can help provide the
environment of hope, the education, housing and jobs, with the help of the
private sector. But, ultimately, the Judeo-Christian teaching of personal
responsibility is the crux of the matter."
Kemp, Jack (American politician)

* "If you bear the cross gladly, it will bear you."
Kempis, Thomas a (Dutch ecclesiastic, writer 1380-1471)

* "Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it."
Kempis, Thomas a

* "Man considers the actions, but God weighs the intentions."
Kempis, Thomas a

* "The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deeper
search after learning."
Kempis, Thomas a

* "Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run.
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice."
Ken, Thomas

* "Redeem thy mis-spent time that's past,
And live this day as if thy last."
Ken, Thomas

* "Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed."
Ken, Thomas

* "Let there be
Respect for the earth
Peace for its people
Love in our lives
Delight in the good
Forgiveness for past wrongs
And from now on a new start."
Kennedy, John, political affairs secretary of the Methodist Church. (The
Millennium prayer)

* "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you --
ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world ask
not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the
freedom of man."
Kennedy, John F

* "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the
present are certain to miss the future."
Kennedy, John F. (Germany 25 June, 1963, submitted by John Holmes, wfs)

* “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”
Kennedy, John F


* "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the
few who are rich."
Kennedy, John F

* "If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the
world safe for diversity."
Kennedy, John F

* "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
Kennedy, John F

* "Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."
Kennedy, John F

* "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent
revolution inevitable."
Kennedy, John F

* "When power leads people towards arrogance, poetry reminds them of their
limitations. When power narrows the areas of people's concern, poetry
reminds them of the richness and diversity of their existence. When power
corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truths which
must serve as the touchstone of our judgment."(*)
Kennedy, John F

* “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
Kennedy, Robert F


* "It is an unfinished society that we offer the world a society that is
forever committed to change, to improvement and to growth, that will never
stagnate in the certitude of ideology or the finalities of dogma."
Kennedy, Robert F.

* " Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never
were and say 'Why not?'"
Kennedy, Robert F.

* "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that
they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they
say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."
Kennedy, Robert F.

* “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but moments.”

Kennedy, Rose


* "I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."
Kerouac, Jack

* “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s possible you haven’t grasped the situation.”

Kerr, Jean


* "I object to people running down the future. I am going to live the rest
of my life there, and I'd like it to be a nice place."
Kettering, Charles F.
(Or: "My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of
my life there." Kettering, Charles F.)

* "Logic is a system whereby one may be wrong with confidence."
Kettering, Charles (Beyond Executive Coaching: Helping Leaders to Learn,
Drucker Foundation Book)

* “My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”

Kettering, Charles F.


* “Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.”

Kettering, Charles F.


* "Problems are the price of progress: Don't bring me anything but trouble
-- good news weakens me."
Kettering, Charles F.

* "The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith
and that we realize that peace, no less than war, requires blood and sweat
and tears."
Kettering, Charles F.


* “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”

Kettering, Charles F

* "We work day after day, not to finish things; but to make the future
better .... because we will spend the rest of our lives there."
Kettering, Charles F.

* "In my early childhood, I always wondered why we only learn from the past
... Couldn't teachers teach something of the future? ... Holistic
anticipation of the future through the use of Ethnographic Futures Research
by many informants with varying backgrounds can provide useful frameworks
for policy makers."
Ketudat S, (Former Minister for Education of Thailand, in R.B. Textor (ed),
The Middle Path for the Future of Thailand, Mastering the Infinite Game,
Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars, Capstone (1997) p203.)

* "The person of tomorrow must have ability to live with themselves. This
assures inner strength to do what is right in material and human
relationships. Its fruits are peace of mind and serenity of being."
Keyes, Roger M.

* "In the long run we are all dead."
Keynes, John Maynard

* "There is nothing so disastrous as a rational investment policy in an
irrational world."
Keynes, John Maynard

* “When facts change, sensible folk change their minds.”

Keynes, John Maynard


* "Words should be a little wild because they are the assault of thoughts
upon the unthinking."
Keynes, John Maynard

* “When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.”

Kidman, Nicole (in the Scotsman)


* "If you want clarity you cannot have faith,
if you want truth you cannot have clarity."
Kiekegaard, Soren 1843


* "In order to help another effectively I must understand what he understands.

If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him."
Kiekegaard, Soren

* "It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood
backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived
Kiekegaard, Soren

* "Life is not a problem to be solved but reality to be experienced."
Kiekegaard, Soren
 * "One should not think slightly of the paradoxical;
for the paradox is the source of the
thinker's passion, and the thinker
without paradox is like a
lover without feeling:
a paltry mediocrity."
Kiekegaard, Soren

* "That which is truly human one generation learns from the one before it.
No generation learns from another how to love. No generation has a shorter
task assigned to it except insofar as the previous generation shirked its
task and deluded itself."
Kiekegaard, Soren

* "The unhappy person is never present to themselves because they always
live in the past or the future."
Kiekegaard, Soren

* “Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.”

Kiekegaard, Soren

* "Things have a terrible permanence when people die."
Kilmer, Joyce

* "Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it
injures the hated."
King, Coretta Scott, (American lecturer, writer and Civil Rights Activist)]

* "There is a spirit and a need and a person at the beginning of every
human advance. Everyone of these must be right for that particular moment
of history, or nothing happens."
King, Coretta Scott,

* "All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us
face to face with another problem."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."
King Jr, Martin Luther
(Or: "Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness,
because greatness is determined by service." Martin Luther King)

* "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for
King Jr, Martin Luther

* “I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”

King, Martin Luther Jr


* "If people haven't discovered something that they will die for, they are
not fit to live."(*)
King Jr, Martin Luther (* " I have a dream ...")

* "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "In our struggles, if we are to bring about the kind of changes that will
cause the world to stand up and take notice, we must be committed. There is
so much work that needs to be done. It is a big job, but there is no one
better to do it than those who live here. We could show the world how it
should be done and how to do it with dignity."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

King Jr, Martin Luther

* "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
King Jr, Martin Luther


* “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

King Jr, Martin Luther


* "Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives us knowledge, which is power; religion gives us wisdom, which is control."

King Jr, Martin Luther (Strength to Love, line 1)

("Science gives us knowledge which is power if we use it. Religion should give us the wisdom to use it responsibly." BL)

* "The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided
missiles and misguided men."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of
comfort, but at times of challenge and controversy."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it,
because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is
to seek happiness for others."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "We are prone to judge success by the size of our salaries or
automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "We have flown in the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes but we
have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers and
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
King Jr, Martin Luther

* "Democracy is threatened by the inertia of good people, by the
selfishness of most people, and by the evil designs of a few people."
King, Stanley

* “Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.”

Kingdomy, Frank


* "Did it ever strike you that goodness is not merely a beautiful thing,
but by far the most beautiful thing in the whole world? So that nothing is
to be compared for value with goodness; that riches, honor, power,
pleasure, learning, the whole world and all in it, are not worth having in
comparison with being good; and the utterly best thing for a person is to
be good, even though they were never to be rewarded for it."(*)
Kingsley, Charles

* "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be
enthusiastic about."
Kingsley, Charles

* IF
"If you keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, not talk too wise:

If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!"
Kipling, Rudyard

(end: *"mature, my child..."?(*) BL)

* "I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I know;
Their names are WHAT and WHY and WHEN
And HOW and WHERE and WHO."
Kipling, Rudyard

* "Power without responsibility: the prerogative of the harlot throughout
the ages."
Kipling, Rudyard

* "The highest form of wisdom is to get drunk and to go to pieces."
Kipling, Rudyard

* "No school can offset the evil influence not merely of a bad home, but of
a home with low moral disciplinary and intellectual standards. If fathers
and mothers offer their children no more intellectual fare than comic
books, a television set, and picture magazines; if they make of the home
merely a place to sleep, drink and eat - and not the centre of life - they
have no right to complain of the schools."
Kirk Grayson (American educator)

* "Our greatest obligation to our children is to prepare them to understand
and to deal effectively with the world in which they live and not with the
world we have known or the world we would prefer to have."
Kirk Grayson

* "A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks
to you about themself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks
to you about yourself."
Kirk, Lisa

* "Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.”
Kissinger, Henry


* "Even a paranoid can have enemies.”
Kissinger, Henry

* "If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.”
Kissinger, Henry

(Old Irish proverb?)

* "Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power and is
often, in point of fact, useless. Just as a leader doesn't need
intelligence, a man in my job doesn't need too much of it either."
Kissinger, Henry

* “People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.”

Kissinger, Henry

* "The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvellously."
Kissinger, Henry


* "The management of a balance of power is a permanent undertaking, not an
exertion that has a foreseeable end."
Kissinger, Henry

* "To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it."
Kissinger, Henry


* " Whatever must happen ultimately, should happen immediately.”

Kissinger, Henry


* " While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.”

Kissinger, Henry

* “The future is created by the actions we take in the present; and every action taken, no matter how small or inconsequential it seems, can change wholly the shape that emerges.”

Kiuchi, Tachi


* “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

Kiyosaki, Robert


* "Be grateful for the joy of life. Be glad for the privilege of work. Be
thankful for the opportunity to give and serve. Good work is the great
character-builder, the sweetener of life, the maker of destiny. Let the
spirit of your work be right, and whether your task be great or small you
will then have the satisfaction of knowing it is worth while."
Kleiser, Grenville

* "Do not let rifles disturb your tranquillity of mind ... Life is too
precous to be sacrificed for the nonessential and transient ... Ignore the
Kleiser, Grenville

* "Learn to depend upon yourself by doing things in accordance with your
own way of thinking. Make your judgment trustworthy by trusting it.
Cultivate regular periods of silence and meditation. The best time to build
judgment is in solitude, when you can think out things for yourself without
the probability of interruption."
Kleiser, Grenville

* "Unless the idealist is brave and has the courage to face the truth,
their idealism creates nothing."
Kleiser, Grenville

* " Good Rules to Follow:
Learn to get along with people.
Learn to exhibit more patience than any other person you know.
Learn to respect other people's ideas and opinions.
Learn to think problems through to the end.
Learn to try to put yourself in the other person's place.
Be democratic
Be loyal
Cultivate cheerfulness
Work." (*)
Klingler, Harry J.

* "We cannot consider people truly educated if they think of education only
as the gathering of facts, data and information. The intelligent person is
one who has learned how to choose wisely and therefore has a sense of
values, a purpose in life and a sense of direction."
Klotsche, J. Martin

* "Those who can take advice are sometimes superior to those who can give
Knebel, Karl Von

* “The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry and his environment and to become what he dreams of being.”

Knoles, Tully C.


* “Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.”

Knoll, Erwin


* “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”

Knowlton, Judith M.


* "I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer
than a person who thinks and practices true tolerance. Some one has said
that most of us don't think, we just occasionally rearrange our prejudices.
And I suspect that even today, with all the progress we have made in
liberal thought, the quality of true tolerance is as rare as the quality of
mercy. That people of all creeds have fundamental common objectives is a
fact one must learn by the process of education. How to work jointly toward
these objectives must be learned by experience."
Knox, Frank

* "A big corporation is more or less blamed for being big, but it is only
big because it gives service. If it doesn't give service, it gets small
faster than it grew big."
Knudsen, William S.

* “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”

Koch, Sally


* "Creative activity described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located
in the same individual."
Koestler, Arthur

* "The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is
the beating of war drums."
Koestler, Arthur

* “The greatest power that a person has is the power to choose.”

Kohe, J. Martin


* "Wherever something is wrong, something is too big."
Kohr, Leopold

('The Brakdown of Nations')

* "Live love, love life."
Koopmans, Sir S.F. P. (wfs)

* "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

* "They deserve paradise who make their companions laugh."

* “The essence of Buddhism: ‘No self, no problem’.

Kornfield, Jack


* “The wisdom of the heart can be found in any circumstance, on any planet, round or square. it arises not through knowledge or images of perfection, or by comparison and judgement, but by seeing with the eyes of wisdom and the heart of loving attention, by touching with compassion all that exists in our world.”

Kornfield, Jack


* “The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another.”

Kornfield, Jack

* "To end fragmentation, we don't need to gain some special knowledge, we
need less knowing about how life should be and more openness to its
Kornfield, Jack


* “To see the preciousness of all things, we must bring our full attention to life.”

Kornfield, Jack


* “Wise benevolence is rarely a quality of those who achieve and hold positions of absolute power.”

Korten, David C. (‘The Great Turning form Empire to Earth Community’ Berrett-Koehler (2006), p109.)


* “Five promises for a better world:

            I will do one thing every day to make peace grow like a flower.

                        I will care for and not destroy the environment.

                        I will help people hurt by land mines and war

            I will solve my arguments peacefully without violence.

       Every day I will spend five minutes reflecting peacefully.”

Kosal, Song, Cambodia, Land mine survivor


* “The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have.”

Koslow, Brian


* “To accomplish more, redirect your mental energy by continuously reminding yourself of all the things you do right.”

Koslow, Brian


* “Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.”

Kotter, John


* “We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.”

Kotter, John


* “Never before has so much technology and information been available to mankind. Never before has mankind been so utterly confused. It’s time for clarity.”



* “Remember the past

Live for the present

Hope for the future.”

Kovner, Abba (1918-1987)

( …. hope or plan?)


* “Wisdom involves exceptional breath and depth of knowledge about the conditions of life and human affairs and reflective judgement about the application of this knowledge.”

Kramer, Deirdre A.


* "Happiness is a state of which you are unconscious, of which you are not
aware. The moment you are aware that you are happy, you cease to be happy
... You want to be consciously happy; the moment you are consciously happy,
happiness is gone."
Krishnamurti J. (1895-1986)

* " It is the truth that liberates, not your efforts to be free."
Krishnamurti J.

* "Learning is the very essence of humility, learn from everything and from
everybody. There is no hierarchy in learning."
Krishnamurti J.

* "Listen ...

I do not know if you have ever examined how you listen,
it doesn't matter to what,
Whether to a bird, to the wind in the leaves, to the rushing
or how you listen in a dialogue with yourself,
to your conversation in various relationships
with your intimate friends, your wife or husband ....

If we try to listen we find it extraordinary difficult,
because we are always projecting our opinions and ideas,
our prejudices, our background, our inclinations, our impulses;
when they dominate we hardly listen at all to what is being said

In that state there is no value at all.
One listens and therefore learns,
only in a state of attention, a state of silence,
in which this whole background is in abeyance, is quiet;
then, it seems to me,

Real communication can only take place where there is
Krishnamurti J.

* "No dynamic golden pill is ever going to solve our human problems. They
can be solved only by bringing about a radical revolution in the mind and
the heart of man. This demands hard, constant, work; seeing and listening,
and thus being sensitive."
Krishnamurti J.

* “Only the intelligence of love and compassion can solve all problems of life.”

Krishnamurti J.

* "The moment you have in your heart this extra-ordinary thing called love
and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that
for you the world is transformed."
Krishnamurti J.

* "Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and the sense of fair
play quite as surely as they die of debauchery."
Krutch, Joseph Wood

* "Though many have tried, no one has ever yet explained away the decisive
fact that science, which can do so much, cannot decide what ought to be
Krutch, Joseph Wood

* “You are only one thought away from a good feeling.”

Krystal, Sheila


* "It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people
living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you'll live for
ever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must
Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth, (British doctor and writer, 1975)

* “People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.”

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth

* "Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see
the true beauty of their carvings."
Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth

* "Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe."
Kumar, Satish

* "We need to get over the questions that focus on the past
and on the pain -- 'Why did this happen to me?' --
and ask instead the question which opens doors to the future:
'Now that this has happened, what shall I do about it?' "
Kushner, Rabbi Harold.

* "When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside.
It is as though something inside your body responds and says, Yes, this is
how I ought to feel."
Kushner, Rabbi Harold

* “The best way to get on in the world is to make people believe it’s to their advantage to help you.”

La Bruyere, Jean de


* “Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.”

Laertius, Diogenes


* "A lot of the time I'm in the present, and I'm thinking about the past or
scheming about the future and missing every present moment, instead of
actually partaking of the sacrament of every present moment."
Laing, R.D.

* "We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we
begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."
Laing, R.D.

* “Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.”

Laing, R.D.


* “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Lakein, Alan


* "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."
La Mance, Thomas

* "Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; yet nothing troubles me
Lamb, Charles

* "The human species, according
to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races,
the people who borrow, and the people who lend."(*)
Lamb, Charles

* "Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until; they have discovered
that they are fools."
Lamb, William (Viscount Melbourne)

* "The greatest thing in the world is a human life; the greatest work in
the world is the helpful touch upon that life. The look, the word, the
invisible atmosphere of the home and the church, the sights and sounds of
all the busy days enter the super sensitive and retentive soul, and are
woven into the life tissue."
Lamoureux, Charles

* "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Lance, Bert

* “Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future.”

Land, George

(author, Breakpoint & Beyond)


* “If at first you DO succeed try something harder.”

Landers, Ann (b1918)


* "If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of
advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable
part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in
the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'"
Landers, Ann
* "In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what
you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful
human beings."
Landers, Ann

* "Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work so most people don't
recognize them."
Landers, Ann

* "Every situation bears the seed of its own reversal. This is the law of
nemesis: Nothing good lasts indefinitely, because others will want to share
Landes, David (Revolution in Time)

* "In this world the optimists have it, not because they are always right,
but because they are positive. Even when they are wrong, that are positive,
and they is the way of achievement, correction, improvement and success."
Landes, David (The Wealth and Poverty of Nations)
(Or: "In the long run, only optimism pays")

* "Circumstances form the character, but like petrifying waters, they
harden while they form."
Landon, Letitia E.

* "Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for life is
never so low or so little as when occupied with the present."
Landon, Letitia E.

* “Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when it is occupies with the present.”

Landor, Walter Savage


* “Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”

Lane, Rose Wilder


* "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Lao-Tzu, ( Chinese philosopher, c 604-531 B.C)

* "As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.
The next best, the people honour and praise.
The next, the people fear, and the next the people hate.
When the best leader's work is done;
the people say. 'we did it ourselves.' "

* “Begin difficult things while they are easy. Do great things when they are small. The difficult things of the world must once have been easy; the great things must once have been small. A thousand mile journey begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu

* “Examine difficulties while they are still easy. Treat a big thing when it is small. The most diffucult enterprises in the world are easy when they appear, and the greatest enterprises spring from tiny beginnings.”

Lao Tzu


* "If you realise that all things change, there is nothing you will hold
If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve.
Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's
When you handle the master carpenter's tools
Chances are that you'll cut your hands."
Lao-Tzu (Tao Te Ching, verse 74.)

* “The biggest problems in the world could have been much more easily solved when they were smaller.”

Lao-Tzu (quoted by Witter Bynner in The Way of Life According to Laotzu)


* "I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world."

* "In this world there is nothing softer or thinner than water.
But to compel the hard and unyielding it has no equal.
That the weak overcomes the strong,
that the hard gives way to the gentle -
This everyone knows yet no one acts accordingly."

* "Lay plans for the accomplishment of the difficult before it becomes
difficult; make something big by starting with it when small."

* “Manifest plainness,

Embrace simplicity,

Reduce selfishness,

Have few desires.’

Lao Tzu


* "There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment
And there is no greater disaster than greed."

* "The Universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it you will lose it."

* “The wise person does not lay up their own treasures. The more they give to others, the more they have for their own.”



* “ They set an example without cutting others down to size:

            They are conscientious without being hurtful;

                        They are genuine without being arbitrary;

                        They are bright without being blinding.”



* "Those who know others are clever, but those who know themselves are

* "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of
what I have, I receive what I need."

* "Without stirring abroad one can know the whole world; Without looking out
of the window one can see the way to heaven. The further one goes the less
one knows."


* “Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.”

Larson, Doug (1902-1981)

* “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”

Larson, Doug

* "One can't have both a society of equal, gainfully employed men and women
and a flourishing family life unless there are radical changes in the
organization of work. If we are serious about preserving 'family values' we
are going to have to abandon our consumerist vision of the good life. It is
consumerism that drives the 80-hour work week. When we learn that consumer
goods don't make us happy, we can get serious about reconstructing the
family. The crucial question in America, at the end of the 20th century, is
whether consumption or the family prevail."
Lasch, Christopher (American historian, 1932-1994)

* "No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of
what you already have."
Latin proverb

* "We learn by teaching."


"The future is not a gift -- it is an achievement."
Lauder, Sir Harry

* “Peace comes from knowing that every last minute has been well-spent.”

Lautner, Wendy


* "There is no such thing as inevitable war. If war comes it will be from
failure of human wisdom."
Law, Andrew Bonar (1858-1923)

* "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the
lesson afterwards."
Law, Vernon, (Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher)

* "Without wisdom to show us the connections between things, the specialized knowledge we bring to bear in solving one problems ends up causing problems elsewhere in our lives or in our organizations."

Lawford, G.Ross  ('The Quest for Authentic Power', 2002, p114.)


* “I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”

Lawrence, D.H.


* "Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved."
Lawrence, D.H.

* "Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day
and hour."
Leacock, Stephen

* "Civilization ceases when we no longer respect and no longer put into
their correct places the fundamental values, such as work, family and
country; such as the individual, honor and religion."
Lebret, R.P.

* "A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world."
Le Carre, John

* “One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character then upon either intellect or fortune.”

Lecky, Willima Edward Hartpole (Irish Historian 1838-1903)


* “A good soldier knows how to fight. A great soldier knows when to fight.”

Lee, General Robert E.


* "The challenge we face is not producing thoughts, it is producing useful thoughts. These are thoughts that are capable of analyzing the formidable but fascinating complexity of the world in order to guide actions to yield the most appropriate or best result."
LeGault, Michael


* "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that
matters in the end."
LeGuin, Ursula K. (American science fiction writer, 1969)

* "Go lightly, simply ....
Just go, and follow the flowing moment.
Try not to cling to any experience.
The depths of wonder open of themselves."
Lehrman, Frederic


* "To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another."


* "The good life means living in the place where you belong, being with the
people you love, doing the right work - on purpose."
Leider, Richard (The Inventure Group, quoted in Fast Company, February /
March 1998.)

* "Leadership is what you learn after you know everything that counts.”
Leighton, Allen

* "People create their own destiny. But rarely in the circumstances they
would have chosen."(*)

* "While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom
there will be no State."

* "All you need is love."
Lennon, John and McCartney, Paul


* “The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being’s mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it’s too hard.”

Lennon, John

* "Human subtlety -- will never devise an invention more beautiful, more
simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions nothing
is lacking, and nothing is superfluous."
Leonardo da Vinci

* "Poor is the pupil who does not surpass their Master."(*)
Leonardo da Vinci

* "Those who possess most must be most afraid of loss."(*)
Leonardo da Vinci

* "To develop a complete mind:
Study the science of art;
Study the art of science.
Learn how to see.
Realize that everything
connects to everything else."
Leonardo da Vinci

* “Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”

Leonardo da Vinci

* "Science itself is humanist in the sense that it doesn't discriminate
between human beings, but it is also morally neutral. It is no better or
worse than the ethos with and for which it is being used."
Lerner, Max

* “Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.”

Lessing, Doris


* "America's future walks through the doors of our schools every day."
LeTendre, Mary Jean

* "In the democratic way of life it is not 'the best things in life that
are free,' but rather 'the best things in life are worth working for.' "
Leverton, Ruth M.

* "To govern is to choose."
Levis, Due de

* "The wise man is not the person who gives the right answers; they are
those who ask the right questions."(*)
Levi-Strauss, Claude

* "I have heard tell of a Professor of Economics who has a sign on the wall
of their study, reading 'the future is not what it was'. The sentiment was
admirable; unfortunately, the past is not getting any better either."
Levin, Bernard

* “If you really want peace, you have to declare war on revenge.”

Levy, Ernst


* "If you want to truly understand something, try to change it."
Lewin, Kurt

* "Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realising
that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over
again from the ground floor - that is the only way out of a hole."
Lewis, C. S.

* “The Future – something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever we do, whoever, we are.” (*)

Lewis C.S.


* “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

Lewis C.S.


* "The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly
that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavourable. Favourable
conditions never come."
Lewis C.S.

* "We have trained them (people) to think of the Future as a promised land
which favoured heroes attain -- not as something which everyone reaches at
the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever they do, whoever they are."(*)
Lewis, C. S.

* "The happy and efficient people in this world are those who accept
trouble as a normal detail of human life and resolve to capitalise it when
it comes along. For trouble is the thing that strong people grow by. Met in
the right way it is a sure-fire means of putting iron into the victim's
will and making them a tougher person to down forever after."(*)
Lewis, H. Bertram

* "You only live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough."
Lewis, Joe E.

* "Honesty isn't any policy at all; it's a state of mind or it isn't
L'Hote, Eugene

* “It is a golden rule that one should never judge people by their opinions, but rather by what their opinions make of them.”

Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph


       * “One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.”
Lichtenberg, George Christoph


       * “The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”

Lichtenberg, George Christoph


* "Those who are in love with themselves have at least this advantage --
they won't encounter many rivals."
Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph

* "There is no right without a parallel duty, no liberty without the
supremacy of the law, no high destiny without earnest perseverance, no
greatness without self-denial."

* "Learning from the past and thinking about the future are something
that's in everyone's best interest."
Lienhard, John, (author and host of the radio programme, The Engines of Our

* "Out of the best and most productive years of each person's life, they
should carve a segment in which they put their private career aside to
serve their community and their country, and thereby serve their children,
their neighbours, their fellow men, and the cause of freedom." (*)
Lilienthal, David

* “Authority is responsibility, hence few bear it well.”



* "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more
important than any other one thing."
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
(Or: "Where there is a will there is a way...")


* “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find a way.”

Lincoln, Abraham

* " I don't think much of a person who is not wiser today than they were
Lincoln, Abraham

* “If in your own judgement, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.”

Lincoln, Abraham

* "I have never had a policy; I have simply tried to do what seemed best
each day as each day came."
Lincoln, Abraham

* "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Lincoln, Abraham

* "Nearly anyone can stand adversity, but if you want to test a person's
character, give them power."
Lincoln, Abraham

* “The best ting about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

Lincoln, Abraham

* "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The
occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.
As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall
Lincoln, Abraham

* "The legitimate objects of government is to do for a community of people,
whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do
for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities."
Lincoln, Abraham

* "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."

Lincoln, Abraham

* "You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
Lincoln, Abraham

* "I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone
taught, all the world would be wise since everyone suffers. To suffering
must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the
willingness to remain vulnerable."
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

* "It is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the
wise person warn us of ... It does not bring grace; it destroys the soul
... It is not merely the concern of the American as such, but of our whole
modern civilization, since life in America today is upheld as the ideal for
a large part of the rest of the world ... perhaps a first step, is in
simplification of life, in cutting out some of the distractions."
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

* "One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay ‘in kind somewhere else in life’."
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow


* "Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true
security to be found."
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow


* "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
Lindquist, Raymond

* "Truth as old as the hills is bound up in the Latin proverb, "Necessity
is the mother of invention." It is surprising what a person can do when
they have to, and how little most people will do when they don't have to."
Linn, Walter

* "It is perfectly true that the government is best which governs least. It
is equally true that the government is best which provides the most."
Lippmann, Walter (1889-1974)

* "It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the
audience is deaf."
Lippmann, Walter

* "Life is an irreversible process and for that reason its future can never
be a repetition of the past."
Lippmann, Walter

* "The final test of a leader is that they leave behind them in others the
conviction and the will to carry on."(*)
Lippmann, Walter

* "While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity
of listening is what makes the right important."
Lippmann, Walter

* "One realises the full importance of time only when there is little of it
left. Everyone's greatest capital asset is their unexpired years of
productive life."(*)
Litchfield, P. W

* "Those who devote 16 hours a day to hard study may become as wise at 60 as they thought themselves to be at 20."
Little, Mary

* “The key to a truly balanced lifestyle is not what you do on the outside, but how you feel about it.”

Lizotte, Ken and Litwak, Barbara A.


* "If a person harbours any sort of fear, it percolates through all their
thinking, damages their personality and makes them landlord to a ghost."(*)
Lloyd, Douglas

* "It is probably a mistake to pursue happiness; much better to create happiness; still better to create happiness for others. The more happiness you create for others the more would be yours - a solid satisfaction that no one could ever take away from you."

Lloyd, Douglas

* "Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross
a chasm in two small jumps."
Lloyd George, David

* "If a person has peace with the universe, peace with their own soul and
peace with their fellow human beings, that person has religion."
Lloyd, J. William

* "None of the things children are to learn should ever be a burden to
them, or imposed on them as a task. Whatever is so imposed presently
becomes irksome; the mind takes an aversion to it, though before it were a
thing of delight."
Locke, John (1632-1704)

* "The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed the human race, and
brought on them the greatest part of their mischief's, which has ruined
cities, depopulated countries, and disordered the peace of the world, has
been, not whether there be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who
should have it."
Locke, John

* "The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the
mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have."
Locke, John

* "Those who have read of everything are thought to understand everything
too; but it is not always so - reading furnishes the mind only with the
materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours. We are
of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great
load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us
strength and nourishment."
Locke, John

* "Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having
children. Life is the other way round."
Lodge, David

* "Creativity can solve
almost any problem.
The creative act,
the defeat of habit
by originality,
overcomes everything."
Lois, George

* “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

Lombardi, Vince

(American Football Coach, 1913-1970)


* "Wisdom is not just a cognitive capacity or repository of knowledge in the human mind, but an ethical concept – in fact a virtue – and a practical or applied ability as well.”

Lombardo T.


* "You are on a journey through time – the time of your life – and the light ahead of you – the light you imagine and build on in the future will give meaning and coherence to what you are doing.”

Lombardo T.


* "Of the vast oceans of data and seas filled with information; of the
roaring rivers of meanings and thundering streams filled with
interpretations; there is but one small cup of wisdom.
Wisdom by itself does not guarantee enlightenment however; for true
enlightenment does require us to strive for the tiny drop that contains the
Long, Lee Peh (wfs)

* “A single conversation across the table from a wise person is better than ten years’ mere study of books.”
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882, American Poet)

* "Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not the goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest.
Was not spoken of the soul."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "O what a glory doth this world put on,
For him who with fervent heart goes forth,
Under the bright and glorious sky and looks
On duties well performed, and days well spent."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "Talk not of wasted affection!

      affection never was wasted;

      If it enrich not the heart of another,

      It’s waters returning back to

      their springs,

      like the rain shall fill them full of refreshment

      That which the fountain sends

      forth returns again to the fountain."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth


* "The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well
and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act -- act in the living present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth


* "We judge ourselves by what we are capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* "What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the
running of the sand, day, night, summer, winter, months, years, centuries
-- these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of time not Time
itself. Time is the life of the Soul."
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

* “No sex without responsibility.”

Longford, Lord, (The Observer 1954)


* “Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”

Lord, Andre


* "Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."
Loren, Sophia (b1934)

* "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."
Lorimer, George Horace

* "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."
Lorimer, George Horace

* "Circumstances are the rulers of the weak, they are but the instruments
of the wise."
Lover, Samuel


* “Ecstasy is full, deep involvement in life.”

Lovell, John (American writer)

* “Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands - a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.”
Lovett, Sidney


* "Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old
only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the face, but to give up
enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
Lowe, Watterson

* "There is only one thing
that will really train the human mind
and that is the voluntary use of the mind
by the person themself.
you may guide them,
you may suggest to them,
and, above all else, you may inspire them.
But the only thing worth having
is that which they get their own exertions,
and what they get
is in direct proportion
to what they put into it."(*)
Lowell, Albert L.

* "Not failure, but low aim is the crime."
Lowell, James Russell

* Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream
setting forever in one direction."
Lowell, James Russell
(Or: *"Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but don't forget the
tide changes direction ever six hours! " -- BL after Lowell.)

* "How alike are the groans of love to those of the dying."
Lowry, Malcolm

* “It we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.”

Lubbock, John Sr


* "Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind."
Lucas, Charles L.

* "In the final analysis, there is no other solution to a person's problems
but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous
utterance, and the day's good deed."
Luce, Clare Boothe

* "Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealings with the
future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in
Luce, Henry R.

* "And life is given to none freehold, but it is leasehold for all."

* "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first,
and counteth the cost, whether they have sufficient to finish it."(*)
St Luke (Bible)

* For unto whomsoever much is given, of those shall much be required and to
whom much committed, of those will be more asked."(*)
St Luke (12: 48 Bible)

* "Love is part of work. Not romantic love, but love in the sense of
caring, or caritas, which means compassion. Out of that comes commitment,
energy, innovation, and quality service."
Lulic, Margaret

* "We are born with sparks for many virtues. Which ones we choose to ignite
and to what degree we ignite them affects the quality of our lives and all
those around us. It is on this bedrock that we can build a new life."
Lulic, Margaret

* " Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."
Luther, Martin

* "To create is always to do something new."
Luther, Martin

* "Knowledge is power only if you know what facts not to bother about."(*)
Lynd, Robert

* "One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance
in search of knowledge."
Lynd, Robert

* "the only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved."
Lynes, Russell

* "Yesterday is a cancelled cheque; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is
the only cash you have - so spend it wisely."
Lyons, Ken

* "The question for each person to settle is not what they would do if they
had means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what they will
do with the things they have."(*)
Mabie, Hamilton Wright

* "Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old
only by deserting their ideals."
MacArthur, Douglas

* "The only security is in the pursuit of opportunity."
MacArthur, Douglas

(“There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity” also DMcA)

* “Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
MacArthur, Douglas


* "The highest genius is willingness and ability to do hard work. Any other
conception of genius makes it a doubtful, if not a dangerous, possession."
MacArthur, Robert S.

* "It is evident that many great and useful objects can be attained in this
world only by cooperation."
Lord Macaulay, Thomas B.

* "Knowledge advances by steps, and not be leaps."
Lord Macaulay, Thomas B.

* "The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without
abusing it."
Lord Macaulay, Thomas B.

* "The measure of a person's real character is what they would do if they
knew they would never be found out."(*)
Lord Macaulay, Thomas B.

* "...Life, for all its agonies of despair and loss and guilt, is exciting
and beautiful, amusing and artful and endearing, full of liking and love,
at times a poem and a high adventure, at times noble and at times very gay;
and whatever (if anything) is to come after it -- we shall not have this
life again."
Macaulay, Rose (1881-1958)

* "No wise person is ever arrogant enough to call themselves wise."

Macdonald, Copthorne ('Towards Wisdom', 1993, p15.)


“Taking steps now to become wise is not another elitist retreat from the problems experienced by the majority of the world’s people. It is, in fact, the most effective possible long-term attack on these problems.”

Macdonald, Copthorne


* "Conversation means being able to disagree and still continue the
MacDonald, Dwight

* “The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.”

MacDonald, George


* "The educated person is someone with a certain subtle spiritual quality
which makes them calm in adversity, happy when alone, just in their
dealings, rational and sane in the fullest meaning of that word in all the
affairs of life."
MacDonald, Ramsay

* "Happiness is not so much in having or sharing. We make a living by what
we get, but we make a life by what we give."
MacEwan, Norman

* "Many a person never fails because they never try."(*)
MacEwan, Norman

* “Throw away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people under you and put results over politics. That’s all the charisma you’ll really need to succeed.”

Machan, Dyan


* "A multitude is strong while it holds together, but so soon as each of
those who compose it begins to think of their own private danger, it
becomes weak and contemptible."(*)
Machiavelli, Niccola

* "A prince who is not himself wise cannot be wisely advised .... good
advice depends on the shrewdness of the prince who seeks it, and not the
shrewdness of the prince on good advice."
Machiavelli, Niccola

* “A wise person will see to it that their acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much they may be compelled by necessity.” (*)
Machiavelli, Niccola


* “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.”

Machiavelli, Niccola


* "There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of
success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of
things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the older
order, and only lukewarm defended in all those who would profit by the new
order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who
have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind,
who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual
experience of it."
Machiavelli, Niccola

* "Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great."
Machiavelli, Niccola
(Or: "Where there is a will there is a way" Anon/proverb)

* "Nothing is interesting if you're not interested."
MacInnes, Helen

* "There is no such thing as death,
in nature, nothing dies:
From each sad moment of decay
Some forms of life arise.
Mackay, Charles

* "Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in
your life."
Mackay, Harvey

* "All meaningful knowledge is for the sake of action, and all meaningful
action for the sake of friendship."
Macmurray, John ('The Self As Agent'.)

* "If it is something feasible, obtainable,
Let us dream it now
And pray for a possible land ...
Where the altars of sheer power
and more profit
Have fallen to disuse,
Where nobody sees the use
of buying money and blood
at the cost of blood and money,
Where the individual, no longer squandered
in self-assertion, works with the rest ..."
MacNeice, Louis

* "A person's work is their dilemma; their job is their bondage, but it
also gives them a fair share of their identity and keeps them from being a
bystander in somebody else's world."
Maddocks, Melvin

* "It's a good feeling to be powerful. I've been striving for it all my
life. I think that's just the quest of every human being - power."


* "The finest gift of life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation."
Madwell, Sidney

* "Each person has to seek out their own special aptitude for a higher life
in the midst of the humble and inevitable reality of daily existence. Than
this, there can be no nobler aim in life."
Maeterlinck, Maurice

* "In the solitude of your mind are the answers to all your questions about
life. You must take the time to ask and listen."
Mahaiyadden, Bawa

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

Mahfouz, Naguib


* "If the mind is happy, not only the body but the whole world will be
happy. So you must find out how to become happy yourself. Wanting to reform
the world without discovering your true self is like trying to cover the
whole world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns.
It is much simpler to wear shoes."
Mahrshi, Ramana

* "The purpose of freedom is to create it for others."
Malamud, Bernard

* “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X (1925-1965)


* "O grant me heav'n, a middle state
Neither too humble or too great:
More than enough for nature's ends,
With something left to treat my friends."

* "I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with
Malone, Dudley Field

* "Our civilization ... is not devaluing its awareness of the unknowable;
nor is it defying it. It is the first civilization that has severed it from
religion and superstition. In order to question it."
Malraux, Andre

* "The third millennium will be spiritual or there will be no third
Malraux, Andre (1995)

* "A Bill of Rights is an important statement about the nature of power
relations in any society."
Mandela, Nelson (The ANC has had a Bill of Rights since 1923)

* "Anger is a temporary felling -- you soon forget it, particularly if you
are involved in positive activities and attitudes."
Mandela, Nelson

* “As a leader … I have always endeavoured to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Often times, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. Their stay behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, where upon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

Mandela, Nelson


* "Conflict threatens not only the gains we have made but also our
collective future."
Mandela, Nelson

* "I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom."
Mandela, Nelson

* "No true alliance can be built on the shifting sands of evasions, illusions and opportunism."
Mandela, Nelson

* "Rhetoric is not important. Actions are."
Mandela, Nelson

* "The purpose of studying history is not to deride human action, not to weep over it or to hate it, but to understand it -- and then to learn from it as we contemplate our future."
Mandela, Nelson

* "The spirit of ubuntu, that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings -- is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world."
Mandela, Nelson
('In essence it is to do with our humanity being enriched by our focus on
the needs of others' BL.)

* "This has placed a great responsibility on my shoulders."
Mandela, Nelson (On being President of South Africa)

* “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

Mandino, Og


* "If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a women you educate a family."
Manikan, Ruby

* "Of Paradise can I not speak properly, for I have not been there."
Mandevile, John

* "Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished."
Manding, O.G.


* "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
Mandino Og

* "One instant of total awareness, is one instant of perfect freedom and

* "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
Mann, Horace

* "It is well when the wise and the learned discover new truths; but how
much better to diffuse the truths already discovered amongst the
multitudes. Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power;
and while a philosopher is discovering one new truth, millions of truths
may be propagated amongst the people .... The whole land must be watered
with the streams of knowledge."
Mann, Horace

* "There is nothing so costly as ignorance."
Mann, Horace

* "The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions
by the application of reason."
Mannes, Marya

* "A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of their opportunities; an
optimist is one who makes opportunities of their difficulties."
Mansell, Reginald B.

* "Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel."
Mansfield, Katherine

* "Like everything else in life, I mean all suffering ... we have to find
the gift in it. We can't afford to waste such an expenditure of feelings;
we have to learn from it."
Mansfield, Katherine

* "Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only
good for wallowing in."
Mansfield, Katherine

* "Any person worth their salt will stick up for what they believe to be
right, but it takes a slightly bigger person to acknowledge instantly and
without reservation that they are in error."
March, Gen. Peyton C.

* "There is a wonderful mythical 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."
March, Gen. Peyton C.

* "We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we
find it, including the thorns."
Marden, Orison S.

* “Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.”

Marden, Orison S

* "Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.'
Marden, Orison S.


* "The greatest thing a person can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given them. This is success, and there is no other."
Marden, Orison S.

* "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so
powerful as the expectation of something tomorrow."
Marden, Orison S.


“Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.”

Marden, Orison S.

* "It is not futile sometimes to be dissatisfied with life. To be
dissatisfied with the order of human affairs as they are, also means to
start building a better world."
Margolius, Hans

* "We thoroughly enjoy the work of people only if the enjoyment of their
work can be applied with respect and love for the person."(*)
Margolius, Hans

* "Ours is a world where people
don't know what they want
and are willing to go
through hell to get it."
Marguis, Don (American journalist 1878-1937)

* "The goal of all civilization, all religious thought and all that sort of
thing is simply to have a good time. But people get so solemn over the
process that they forget the end."(*)
Marguis, Don

* "When a person tells you they got rich through hard work, ask them
Marguis, Don

* "Leaders are able to cope with ambiguity. If everything were black and white, everyone could do it. But most things in business are grey."
Mark, Reuben

* "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."
St Mark (3: 24.25 Bible)

* "For what shall it profit someone, if they shall gain the whole world,
and lose their own soul! Or what shall someone give in exchange for their
St Mark (8: 36.37 Bible)

* "Commit the Golden Rule to memory -- now commit it to life."
Markham, Edwin

* "In vain we build the city if we not first build the person."
Markham, Edwin

* "I will not die an unlived life,
I will not live to fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
To live
so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came
to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit."
Markova, Dawna

* "An optimist is someone that has never had much experience."(*)
Marks, Johnny

* “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia

(Columbian novelist, b1928 . Nobel Prize for literature 1982)


* “A pessimist is someone who has had to listen to too many optimists.”

Marquis Don


* “When a person tells you that they got rich through hard work, ask them ‘Whose work?’”(*)

Marquis Don


* “The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.”

Marshall, Peter


* "A good person doubles the length of their existence; to have lived so as
to look back with pleasure on our past life is to live twice."
Martial, Marcus Valerius

* "We are all born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized
before we are fit to participate in society."
Martin, Judith

* "Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest person is the happiest
person. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and
persistent work. Never believe that you are perfect. When a person
imagines, even after years of striving, that they have attained perfection,
their decline begins."(*)
Martin, Sir Theodore (92)

* “Nature is the wisest, the only infallible teacher, and her lore is inexhautible. Books are but her interpreters, and though valuable aids when she is silent, are never to be preferred to her lessons of wisdom.”

Martineau, Harriet


* "The mere lapse of years is not life. To eat, to drink, and sleep; to be
exposed to darkness and the light; to pace around in the mill of habit, and
turn thought into an instrument of trade -- this is not life. Knowledge,
truth, love, beauty, goodness, faith, alone can give vitality to the
mechanism of existence."
Martineau, James

* "The mere lapse of years is not life. To eat, to drink and sleep; to be
exposed to darkness and the light; to pace around in the mill of habit and
turn thought into an instrument of trade -- this is not life. Knowledge,
truth, love, beauty, goodness, faith, alone can give vitality to the
mechanism of existence."
Martineau, James

* “By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.”

Marx, Eleanor

(and that’s why passing it on is so important …)


* "History repeats itself. The first time it is tragedy, the second time it
is farce."
Marx, Karl

* "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the
point is to change it."
Marx, Karl


* “It is good to be out on the road,

and going one knows not where.

Going through meadow and village,

One knows not whither nor why.”

Masefield, John



* "The days that make us happy make us wise."
Masefield, John

* "I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but
only in the present can I act. The inability to be in the present moment is a
major component of mental wellness."
Maslow, Abraham

* "To make the growth choice instead of the fear choice a dozen times a
day is to move a dozen times a day towards self-actualisation."
Maslow, Abraham

* "The aim of education should be to convert the mind into a living
fountain, and not a reservoir. That which is filled by merely pumping in,
will be emptied by pumping out."
Mason, John M.

* "The more the world is specialised the more it will be run by generalists."
Masse, Marcel

* "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither
do they spin. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these."
St Matthew, (Bible)

* "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you."
St Matthew, (7:12, Bible)

* "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
St Matthew, (6.28-29, Bible)

* "If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword."
St Matthew , (26-52, Bible )

* "A great deal of the joy of life consists in doing perfectly, or at least
to the best of one's ability, everything which one attempts to do. There is
a sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is
rounded, full, exact, complete in all its parts -- which the superficial
person, who leaves their work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished
condition can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns
work into art. The smallest thing, well done, becomes artistic." (*)
Matthews, William

* "Solitary reading will enable a person to stuff themself with
information, but without conversation their mind will become like a pond
without an outlet -- a mass of unhealthy stagnant water. It is not enough
to harvest knowledge by study; the wind of talk must willow it and blow
away the chaff. Then will the clear, bright grains of wisdom be garnered,
for our own use or that of others."
Matthews, William

* “From the earliest time the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.”

Maugham, W. Somerset


* "Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "It is bad enough to know the past; it would be intolerable to know the future."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "Life is too short to do anything for oneself that one can pay others to do for one."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self complacent is erroneous -- on the contrary it makes
them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people
bitter and cruel."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "The degree of a nation's civilization is marked by its disregard for the necessities of existence."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "This is not so strange when you reflect that from the earliest time, the
old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before
the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it
profited them to carry on the imposture."
Maugham, W. Somerset (Cakes and Ale (1930), ch11.)

* “The only one thing of which I am certain is that there is very little about which I am certain.”

Maugham, W. Somerset


* “When you choose your friends, don’t get short-changed by choosing personality over character.”

Maugham, W. Somerset


* "You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is
that it can always be sacrificed to expediency."
Maugham, W. Somerset

* "If people could regard the events of their own lives with more open
minds they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the
things they failed to obtain."(*)
Maurois, Andre

* "Information is not culture. In the mind of a truly educated person,
facts are organized, and they make up a living world in the image of the
world of reality."
Maurois, Andre

* "The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditations on the
Maurois, Andre

* “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.”

Maxwell, John



* “You add value to people when you value them.”

Maxwell, John C.


* "We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count."

Maxwell, Neil A.


* "Anxiety is essential to the human condition. The confrontation with
anxiety can relieve us from boredom, sharpen the sensitivity and assure the
presence of tension that is necessary to preserve human existence."
May, Rollo (1909-1994)

* Depression is the inability to construct a future."
May, Rollo

* “Progress consists largely of learning to apply laws and truths that have always existed.”

May, Jim Allen


* "It isn't more light we need, isn't more truth, and it isn't more
scientific data. It is more courage, more spiritual insight to act on the
light we have."
Mays, Benjamin E.

* "The tragedy in life is not in failing to realise one's goal, but in
failing to have goals to realise."
Mayes, Isaiah

* "No nation deserves freedom or can long retain it which does not win it
for itself. Revolutions must be made by the people and for the people."
Mazzini, Giuseppi

* “The duties of mankind are divided into two parts: one is the increase of goodness in humanity, and the other is the continuation of the human race. At present, most men participate in the first and most women participate in the second. Man and woman are two notes without which the music of humanity, cannot create harmony.”

Mazzini, Giuseppi

* "I touch the future, I teach."
McAuliffe, Christa (1948-1986, Teacher/NASA Astronaut)

* “If one’s life reaches to or beyond 70, one must have acquired some wisdom along the way or be intellectually dead or a damned fool.”

McCall, Dorothy


* “Mma Ramotswe’s advice on the subject of happiness. She is quite clear that the surest way to be happy is to cause happiness in others and then to enjoy it oneself. I think she is right.”

McCall Smith, Alexander


* "The foundations of the world will be shaky until the moral props are
McCormick, Anne O'Hare

* "I believe a good boss must be able to relate to people's spiritual needs
-- if not directly, then by recognizing that our individual desire to touch
heaven, to seek that spark of divinity within each of us, is the greatest
power on earth. It is the force that motivates all people, and must be so
recognised to unleash the tremendous force for good that resides in each
and everyone of us."
McCown, George

* "The most infectiously joyous people are those who forget themselves in
thinking about others and serving others. Happiness comes not by
deliberately courting and wooing it but by giving oneself in self-effacing
surrender to great values."
McCracken, Robert J.


* “Information isn’t wisdom. Information isn’t learning. If information were learning, you could be educated by memorizing the world almanac. If you did that, you wouldn’t be educated. You’d be weird.”

McCullough, David

* "The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool."
McFee, William

* “There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help someone succeed.”

McGinnus, Alan Loy


* "When a person begins to understand themselves they begin to live. When
they begin to live they begin to understand their fellows."(*)
McGranahan, Norvin G.

* "The best way to teach our young people
the meaning of our democratic freedoms
is to demonstrate, by our own example,
that we have mastered
the 'three R's of citizenship' --
Rights, Respects and Responsibilities."
McGrath, Earl James

* "Man is a wanting animal -- as soon as one of his needs is satisfied,
another appears in its place. This process is unending. It continues from
birth to death."
McGregor, Douglas

* "Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come
the best of benedictions - 'If I had my life to live over, I'd do it all
the same.' "
McIntosh, Joan

* “Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”

McLaughlin, Mignon

* "Every society is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we
are going to show."
McLaughlin, Mignon

* "The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment
to the next."
McLaughlin, Mignon

* "We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it
McLaughlin, Mignon

* "There is an old saying that goes: Once the last tree is cut and the last
river poisoned, you will find you cannot eat your money."
McLean, Joyce

* "You can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go."
McLean, Lachlan

* “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land amongst the stars.”

McLemore, Jill


* "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can
always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to
McLuhan, Marshall

* "The meaning of a message is the change which it produces in the image."
McLuhan, Marshall

* "Violence is the quest for identity. When identity disappears with
technological innovation, violence is the natural recourse."
McLuhan, Marshall

* "Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise it would be called sure-thing-taking."
McMahon, Tim

* “Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have. Or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”

McMillan, Terry


* “The essence of wisdom is to strive for that balance between knowing and doubting.”

Meacham, J.


* “Wisdom lies not in what is known but rather the manner in which that knowledge is held and in how that knowledge is put to use.”

Meacham, J.


* "Adults need children in their lives
to keep their imagination fresh
and their hearts young
and to make the future a reality
for which they are willing to work."
Mead, Margaret (1901-1978)

* "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change
the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Mead, Margaret

* "We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a
life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable
resources without regard for the future of our children and people all
around the world."
Mead, Margaret

* "Suppose we went at a slow enough pace ... to feel our bodies, play with
children, look openly, without agenda or timetable into the faces of loved
ones ....Suppose we took time each day to sit in silence. I think if we did
those things the world wouldn't need much saving."
Meadows, Donella H. (Professor of Environmental Studies 1997.)

* "Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional
glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes
are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily,
enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a
fitting climax for the journey."
Melchert, Harold V.

* "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our
fellow human beings; and along those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our
actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
Melville, Henry
(Or: "What goes around, comes around." Anon)

* "The great person is someone who does not lose their child's-heart."(*)

* "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us someone may be looking."
Mencken, Henry L.
(American journalist 1880-1956)


* “Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.”

Mencken, Henry L


* "People become civilised, not in proportion to their willingness to
believe, but in proportion to their willingness to doubt."
Mencken, Henry L.

* “No matter how long he live, no man ever becomes as wise as the average women of firty-eiight.”

Mencken, Henry Louis


* “ The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

Mencken, Henry Louis,

(Prejudices, Third Series, 3.)


* “There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character.”

Mencken, Henry Louis

(‘But character could be considered to be the ability to apply wisdom effectively’ bl)

* "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends
who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their
radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and
Menninger, Karl


* “Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
Menninger, Karl

* "What's done to children, they will do to society."
Menninger, Karl

* “ Six essential qualities that are the key to success. Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.”

Menninger, William


* "Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can."
Meredith, Owen

“Be skilful in speech, that you may be strong; (….) it is the strength of (….) the tongue, and words are braver than  all fighting …. A wise person is a school for the magnates, and those who are aware of their knowledge do not attack them.” (*)

Merikare, The Teaching for  (c2135-2040 B.C), Parable 4.


“ Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.”

Merikare, The Teaching for, Parable 24.


* "Respectable men and women content with the good and easy living are
missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself
to some great cause you haven't even begun to live."
Merrill, William P.

* "If you are yourself at peace, then there is at least some peace in the
world. Then share your peace with everyone, and everyone will be at peace."
Merton, Thomas

* "If you have love you will do all things well."
Merton, Thomas

* "Our real journey in life is interior; it is a matter of growth,
deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love
and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary for us to respond to
that action."
Merton, Thomas

* "The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is
that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because
smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to
your fear of being hurt."
Merton, Thomas

* "The word 'freedom' means for me not a point of departure but a genuine
point of arrival. The point of departure is defined by the word 'order'.
Freedom cannot exist without the concept of order."
Prince Metternich

* "There comes a point in any organization where too much supervision means
that supervisors spend too much time writing memorandums to one another,
making needless telephone calls to one another, and the like, with no more
productive work being accomplished in the aggregate, and possibly even
less. We must strike the correct balance between too much supervision, and
too little supervision."
Metzman, Gustav


* "Leading organisations successfully requires leaders to transform themselves personally."
Michaelson & Anderson


* "If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

* "The greater danger
for most of us
is not that our aim is
too high
and we miss it,
but that it is
too low
and we reach it."

* "When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David he is
reported to have said. 'It is easy. You just chip away the stone that
doesn't look like David.'"


* “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labour and their leisure, their mind and their body, their information and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both.” (*)

Michener, James A.

* "... Start doing things you think should be done, and start being what
you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak
freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open
society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane
society? Then behave decently and humanely."
Michnik, Adam (An architect of Poland's Solidarity Movement.)

* "Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so."
Mill, John Stuart

* "No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible, until a great
change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of
Mill, John Stuart

* "The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; they must not
make themselves a nuisance to other people."(*)
Mill, John Stuart

* "The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own
good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of
theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it."
Mill, John Stuart

* "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any
member of a civilized community, against their will is to prevent harm to
others. Their own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient
Mill, John Stuart

* "The true virtue of human beings is fitness to live together as equals;
claiming nothing for themselves but what they as freely concede to everyone
else; regarding command of any kind as an exceptional necessity, and in all
cases a temporary one."
Mill, John Stuart

* "And all the loveliest things there be
Come simply, so it seems to me."
Millay, Edna St. Vincent

* "It is not true that life is one damn thing after another -- it's one
damn thing over and over."
Millay, Edna St. Vincent

* "My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and ah, my friends -
It gives a lovely light."
Millay, Edna St. Vincent

* "Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark."
Mille, Agnes de

* "People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer."
Miller, Alice Duer .

* “(Life) is an endless, truly endless struggle. There’s no time when we are going to arrive at a plateau where the whole thing gets sorted. It’s a struggle in the way every plant has to find its own way to stand up straight. A lot of the time it’s a failure. And yet it’s not a failure if some enlightenment comes from it.”

Miller, Arthur


* "The trouble with worrying so much about your security in the future is that you feel so insecure in the present."
Miller, Harlan

* "The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love."
Miller, Henry  (1891-1980).

* “It’s good to be just plain happy; it’s a little better to know that you’re happy; but to understand that you’re happy and to know why and how …. And still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.”
Miller, Henry


* "Wherever one goes in this civilized world, one always finds the same set-up. The little man, the man who does the dirty work, the producer is of no importance, receives no consideration, and is always being asked to make the greatest sacrifice. Yet everything depends on this forgotten man. Not a
wheel could turn without his support and co-operation. It is this man, whose number is legion, who has no voice in world affairs ... he knows that he has been robbed and cheated from time immemorial. He is suffocated with all this bitter knowledge. He waits and waits hoping that time will alter
things. And slowly he realises that time alters nothing. That with time things only grow worse. One day, he will decide to act. 'Wait!' he will be told. ... 'Wait just a little longer.' But he will refuse to wait another second."
Miller, Henry

* "In a life well lived, each succeeding day becomes better than the last. Each day, each year, each experience does not stand alone; it cannot be separated from what has happened before or what may happen after. Yesterday determines today, and today helps determine tomorrow."
Miller, John Homer


* "Knowledge is not enough. Knowledge is knowing about the things which you can control, which you can master. Wisdom is knowing about and putting yourself under the influence of things which can master you."

Miller, John Homer ‘Take a Second Look at Yourself’, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press (1950).

* "Ideas are the real substance of human life. Ideas guide our actions and even control our movements. It is just as well to put them in order first and then to display their anatomy."
Miller, Jonathan

* "If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be."
Miller J.R.

* "Heaven is for thee too high
To know what passes there; be lowly wise:
Think only what concerns thee and thy being."
Milton, John (1608-1674, Paradise Lost.)

* "Licence they mean when they cry liberty;
For who loves that, must first be wise and good."
Milton, John, (Sonnet 12.)

* "O impotence of mind, in body strong!
But what is strength without a double share of wisdom."
Milton, John, (Samson Agonistes, 1671, line 52.)

* "The first and wisest of them all professed.
To know this only, that he nothing knew."
Milton, John , (Paradise Regained 1671, bk 4, 1, 293.)

* "To know that which lies before us in daily life is the prime wisdom."
Milton, John

* "Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much
arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but
knowledge in the making."
Milton, John

* "The old thought that one cannot be rich except at the expense of our
neighbour, must pass away. True prosperity adds to the richness of the
whole world, such as that of the person who makes two trees grow where only
one grew before. The parasitical belief in prosperity as coming from the
sacrifices of others has no place in the mind that thinks true. My benefit
is your benefit, your success is my success, should be the basis of all our
Miltz, Anne Rix

* "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple awesomely simple, that’s creativity."
Mingus, Charles

* “If you just stop thinking about yourself all the time, happiness and confidence will come naturally”

Mipham, Sakyong


* "Exploring the question brings more wisdom than having the answer."
Miracles, A Course in 

* "A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while they
get to know something."(*)
Mizner, Wilson

* "Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way
Mizner, Wilson

* "Measures need to be good enough to be useful, but not so tedious or
exacting that one forgets why one measures."
Moeller, Doug
("Or gets diminishing returns from the process, or the results are only of
'academic' interest." bl)

* “A person’s treatment of money is the decisive test of their character – how they make it and how they spend it.”(*)

Moffatt, James.


* “Every good act is charity. A person’s true wealth hereafter is the good that they do in this world to their fellows.”



* "It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are

* "To live without loving is not really to live."

* "People may yet restore themselves to health, if they will learn to
understand themselves in relation to the world of nature in which they
evolved as an integral part, and to appreciate the nature of their
relationship to the world of nature."
Montagu, Ashley (American anthropologist, Wilderness in a Changing World.)

* "What are those traits of childhood behaviour that are so valuable yet
tend to disappear gradually as human beings grow older? We have only to
watch children to see them clearly displayed: Curiosity is one of the most
important, imaginativeness; playfulness; open-mindedness; willingness to
experiment; flexibility; humour; energy; receptiveness to new ideas,
honesty; eagerness to learn; and perhaps the most pervasive and the most
valuable of all: the need to love.
Children ask questions endlessly: "Why?" "What is it?" "What's it for?"
"How does it work?" They watch, and they listen. They want to know
everything about everything. They can keep themselves busy for hours with
the simplest toys, endowing sticks and stones and featureless objects with
personalities and histories, imaging elaborate stories about them, building
sagas that continue day after day, month after month. They play games
endlessly, sometimes carefully constructing the rules, sometimes developing
the game as they go alone. They accept changes without defensiveness. When
they try to accomplish something and fail, they are able to try it another
way, and another until they find a way that works. They laugh - babies
smile and laugh from sheer exuberance and happiness. Unless they fear
punishment, they tell the truth; they call the shots as they see them. And
they soak up knowledge and information like sponges; they are learning all
the time; every moment is filled with learning."
Montagu, Ashley

* "The moments of happiness we enjoy
take us by surprise.
It is not that we seize them, but that
they seize us."
Montagu, Ashley
* "There is no limit to what a person can do as long as they do not care a
straw for who gets the credit."
Montague, C.E.

* "Civility costs nothing and buys everything."
Montagu, Mary Wortley

* "A wise person sees as much as they ought, not as much as they can."(*)
Montaigne, Michel de (1533-1592)

* "It is in the enjoyment and not in mere possession that makes for
Montaigne, Michel de

* "Everyone rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one’s own inner self."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "It should be noted that children at play are not playing about;
their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "People are nothing until they are excited."(*)
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be oneself."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The most evident token and apparent sign of true wisdom is a constant
and unconstrained rejoicing."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The plainest sign of wisdom is continual cheerfulness; that state is
like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The value of life lies not in the length of days but in the use you make
of them; they have lived for a long time who has little lived.
Whether you have lived enough depends not on the number of your years
but on your will."(*)
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The wise person works by all the virtues together, though one be most apparent."
Montaigne, Michel de

* "We can be knowledgeable with other people's knowledge, but we cannot be
wise with other people's wisdom."(*)
Montaigne, Michel de

* "The real history, the one that counts and is not to be found in books,
is precisely this one, the one made by simple people; and it is the only
one that rules the world."(*)
Montale, Eugenio

* "A wishbone is no substitute for a backbone."
Montana, Gladiola

* "If one only wishes to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but
we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for
we believe others to be happier than they are."
Montesquieu, Baron de


* "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them."
Montesquieu, Charles de

* "And if education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated
lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from
it in the bettering of the future of the human race. For what is the use of
transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags
Montessori, Maria

* "The aim of education should not be to teach how to use human energies to improve the environment, for we are finally beginning to realise that the cornerstone of education is the development of the human personality, and that in this regard education is of immediate importance for the salvation of mankind."
Montessori, Maria

* "There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves."
Montgomery, Lucy Maud (1874-1942)

* “The measure of a person is not the number of their servants but in the number of people they serve.”

Moody, Paul D.


* "The gifts and talents you have been given do not belong to you. You have them on loan - in trust - to make what you can of them for the betterment of humanity."
Moore, Gary, (Spiritual Investments )

* "A person travels the world over in search of what they need and returns home to find it." (*)
Moore, George (1852-1933)

* "The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do."
Moore, Henry


* "Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."
Moore, Mary Tyler

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

Moravian prayer book


* “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

More, Hanna


* "It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know."
More, Hannah

* "Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a person may have."(*)
Morgan, Arthur E.

* "There is deep intuitive wisdom in this American tolerance of economic variety and in our refusal to commit ourselves to any one social and economic system. It is recognition of the fact that life and truth are too varied and complex to be confined within the pattern of any single deliberately planned economic system."
Morgan, Arthur E.

* “As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.”

Morgan, Charles (1894-1958)


* "Wisdom comes not from experience but from meditating on experience and assimilating it."
Morgan, Joy Elmer

* "Never turn down a job because you think it's too small, you don't know where it can lead."
Morgan, Julia

* "There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way."
Morley, Christopher

* “A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of paper which has only one side.”

Morley, Felix


* "The power of the state is measured by the power that people surrender to
it." (*)
Morley, Felix

* “It is not enough to do good; one must do it in the right way.”

Morley, John (On Compromise (1874))


* "In extreme youth, in our most humiliating sorrow, we think we are alone.
When we are older we find that others have suffered too."
Mornay, Suzanne

* "Life is like a very short visit to a toy shop between birth and death."
Morris, Desmond

* "Fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell: fellowship is
life, and lack of fellowship is death: and the deeds that ye do upon the
earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them."
Morris, William

* "The reward of labour is life."
Morris, William

* "Only a culture without hope cannot forgive - a culture that doesn
't believe in progress or redemption. Have we so little faith in ourselves
we can't accept the possibility of maturation, change, cure?"
Morrison, Blake

* Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by
putting things together."
Morrison, John A.


* Freedom is choosing your responsibility. It’s not having no responsibilities; it’s choosing the ones you want."
Morrison, Toni (Nobel Literature 1993).

* "The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the
credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less
Morrow, Dwight (letter to his son, in Harold Nicolson)

* "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to
what lies within us."
Morrow, William

* “Wisdom is harder to DO than it is to know.”

Moses, Yula


* "I can't think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had
than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral."
Lord Mountbatten

* "A person's true wealth is the good they do in this world."(*)
Muhammad (570-632, founder of Islam.)

* “Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valour of the brave.”



* “There are three signs of a hypocrite: when they speaks they speaks lies, when they makes a promise they break it, and when they are trusted they betray their trust.”



* "There is no better ruler than Wisdom,
no safer Guardian than Justice,
no stronger sword than Righteousness,
no surer ally than Truth."

* "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."
Muir, John

* "The clearest way into the Universe is through a wilderness."
Muir, John

* "To say, for example, that individuals are made up of certain chemical
elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use
them as a fertiliser."(*)
Muller, H.J.

* "A society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure, and
to another all the burdens of work, dooms both classes to spiritual
Mumford, Lewis (American author, 1895-1990)


* “Man’s chief purpose …. Is the creation and preservation of values; that is what gives meaning to our civilization, and the participation in this is what gives significance, ultimately, to the individual human life.”
Mumford, Lewis

* "Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its
Mumford, Lewis

* "The chief purpose of the human race ... is the creation and preservation
of values; that is what gives meaning to our civilization, and the
participation in this is what gives significance, ultimately, to the
individual life."(*)
Mumford, Lewis

* "The habit of saving is itself an education, it fosters every virtue,
teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought,
and so broadens the mind."
Munger, Theodore T.

* "The meaning, the value, the truth of life, can be learned only by an
actual performance of its duties, and truth can be learned and the soul
saved in no other way."
Munger, Theodore T.

* "Freedom is not choosing; that is merely the move that we make when all
is already lost. Freedom is knowing and understanding and respecting things
quite other than ourselves."
Murdoch, Dame Iris

* "Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than
oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality."
Murdoch, Dame Iris

* "Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good, but
if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell."
Murchison, Clint

* "I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers. She had a zeal not so
much for perfection as for steady betterment -- she demanded not excellence
so much as integrity."
Murrow, Edward R.


* "To be persuasive we must be believable. To be believable we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful."
Murrow, Edward R.


* “In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they are close and to take a distanced view of close things.”

Musashi, Miyamoto (Japanese swordsman)


* “I think a secure profession for young people is history teacher, because in the future, there will be so much more of it to teach.”

Muse, Bill

* “Happiness grows less from the passive experience of desirable circumstances than from involvement in valued activities and progress toward one’s goals.”

Myers, David and Diener, Ed


* "Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even

greater one."

Nabokov, Vladimir

* “Too many wish to be happy before becoming wise.”

Necker, Susanne Curchod


* "I have a theory of power; that if it's going to be responsible it has to

have something to lose."

Nader, Ralph

* "Wisdom is like a mass of fire -- it cannot be entered from any side.

    Wisdom is like a clear cool pool -- it can be entered from any side."



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

Naquib, Mahfouz

* "If you won't be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you

need tomorrow for?"

Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (1772-1811)

* "With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be

compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of


Nair, Keshaven

* "Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society

precisely because there is so much data."

Naisbitt, John

* "The most exciting breakthrough of the 21st century will occur not

because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means

to be human."

Naisbitt, John and Aburdene, Patricia (Megatrends 2000)

* "The most reliable way to anticipate the future is to try to understand the present."

Naisbitt, John

* "The primary challenge of leadership in the 1990s is to encourage the

new, better-educated worker to be more entrepreneurial, self-managing, and

oriented towards lifelong learning."

Naisbitt, John and Aburdene, Patricia, (Megatrends 2000)

* "A leader is a dealer in hope."

Napoleon Bonaparte


* "Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures but in the use made

of them."

Napoleon Bonaparte

* "Space you can recover, time never."

Napoleon Bonaparte

* "Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."

Napoleon Bonaparte

* "The art of choosing people is not nearly so difficult as the art of

enabling those one has chosen to attain their full worth." (*)

Napoleon Bonaparte        


* "The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both their own and the enemies." (*)

Napoleon Bonaparte         


* "To get to power, you need to display absolute pettiness. To exercise power you need to show true greatness. Such pettiness and such greatness are rarely found in one human being.”

Napoleon Bonaparte 


* "Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

Napoleon Hill        

* “You can tell whether a person is clever by their answers. You can tell whether a person is wise by their questions.” (*)

Naquib, Mahfouz


* "It takes a highly intellectual individual to enjoy leisure .... Most of
us had better count on working. What a person really wants is creative
challenge with sufficient skills to bring them within the reach of success
so that they may have the expanding joy of achievement .... Few people
overwork; plenty overeat, overworry, overdrink .... Few realise real joy
and happiness of conquest. The basis of mental health for the average adult
is more work, provided the work is not mere drudgery."(*)
Nash, Fay B.

* "There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and
that is to have either a clear conscience, or none at all."
Nash, Ogden

* "I have always known
that at last I would take this road,
but yesterday I did not know
that it would be today."

* “Progress might have been all right once, but it’s gone on too long.”

Nash, Ogden


* "It is the mark of a superior person that, left to themselves, they are
able endlessly to amuse, interest and entertain themselves out of their
person stock of meditations, ideas, criticisms, memories, philosophy,
humour, and what not."
Nathan, George Jean

* "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me,
and I'll understand."
Native American saying

* "May I walk happily.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.
In beauty it is finished."
Navajo prayer

* "The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts.
The voice of the earth is my voice.
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me.
All that surrounds the earth surrounds me.
it is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed."
Navajo Song

* “The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another’s observation, not overturning it.”

Nazarene preacher, the


* “It’s good to be open minded but not so open that your brains fall out.”

Needleman, Jacob


* "Happiness, after all, is an inner state of mind. It is little dependent
on outside environment. Happiness has very little to do, for instance, with
whether you are rich or not rich. Some of the most miserable people I have
come across in my life are the richest. It is true that poverty makes one
miserable in a very acute way. But my point is that it is not wealth but
co-ordination of one's thought and action which removes inner conflicts. It
is in that way that integration of personality is achieved."
Nehru, Jawaharial(1889-1964)
(Also: "Poverty makes you miserable. If you see people around you that are
not poor and you do not want to be poor, but you believe that you are
basically responsible for the fact that you are still poor, that will make
you miserable!" bl)

* "Life is like a game of cards.
The hand that is dealt you
represents determinism; the
way you play it is free will."
Nehru, Jawaharial

* "Normally speaking, it may be said that the forces of a capitalist
society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor
poorer and thus increase the gap between them."
Nehru, Jawaharial ('Until .....?' bl)


* “The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”

Nehru, Jawaharial

* "The vast army of children all over the world, outwardly different in
many ways, speaking different languages, wearing different kinds of clothes
and yet so very like one another. If you bring them together, they play or
quarrel but even their quarrelling is some kind of play. They do not think
of differences amongst themselves, differences of class or caste or status.
They are wiser than their fathers and mothers. As they grow up,
unfortunately, their natural wisdom is often eclipsed by the teaching and
behaviour of their elders. At school they learn many things which are no
doubt useful but they gradually forget the essential thing is to be human,
and kind and playful and to make life richer for ourselves and others."
Nehru, Jawaharial

* "Any education worthy of the name is bound to be dangerous."
Professor Neil

* If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself."
Neilen A.

* "If you want to know what a person is really like, take notice of how they act when they lose money."
New England, proverb

* "Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning."
Newman, Cardinal John Henry

* "Nothing would be done at all if we waited till we could do it so well that no one could find fault with it."(*)
Newman, Cardinal John Henry

* "People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."
Newton, Joseph Fort

* "It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny."
Nidetch, Michalee Jean

* "God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be
changed; courage to change the things that should be changed; and the
wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."
Niebuhr, Rienhold (1892-1971)

* "Life has no meaning except in terms of responsibility."
Niebuhr, Rienhold ,

* “They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a communist. They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist. They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a union leader. They came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.”

Niemoller, Martin (Nazi prison camp survivor, 1892-1984)

* “Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”

Nietzsche, Friedrich (1844-1900)


* "Democratic contrivances are quarantine measures against that ancient
plague, the lust for power: as such, they are very necessary and very
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* “Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decease in bitterness.”

Nietzsche, Friedrich


* "It is our future that lays down the laws of our today."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "Many a person fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that their memory is too good."(*)
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "One is healthy when one can laugh at the earnestness and zeal with which
one has been hypnotised by any single detail of one's life."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "The growth of wisdom may be gauged accurately by the decline of ill temper."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "Those who have a 'why' to live can bear with almost any 'how'."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "What does not destroy you makes you stronger."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process they do not
become a monster. And when you look long into the abyss the abyss also
looks into you."
Nietzsche, Friedrich

* “Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.”
Nietzsche, Friedrich


* "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
Earl Nightingale

* "Nothing in all the world is left out or remains apart from the heart
releasing loving-kindness."
Nikaya, (Samyutta: 42.8)

* "They do not dwell in remorse over the past, nor do they brood over the
future: they abide in the present: therefore they are radiant."
Nikaya, (Samyutta: 1.10)

* "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage"
Nin, Anais

* "Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors,
great loneliness, great inhibition, instabilities and it always balances
Nin, Anais


* “ We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”

Nin, Anais

* "The wise do not rate themselves with the distinguished, nor with the
lowest, nor with ordinary people; calm and unselfish, they are free from
possessiveness, they hold on to nothing as theirs and reject nothing as not
Nipata Sutta : 954

* "When there is nothing in the world that can trigger agitation, then one
is free from the pain of longing."
Nipata, Sutta : 954

* "Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
And between the two my life flows."
Nisargadatta, Maharaj

* “We are all born once. We all die once. That is the end of the equality meted out by this world. Let us not fear this thing. We cannot avoid the fear of painful illness, but we must not fear death itself. It is not only inevitable, but desirable. Eternal life would be appalling. The value of life lies in its brevity. Relish the miracle of life every day. Make the most of it, both of yourselves and for others. If you live as long as I have, and are lucky enough to have as rich a social life as I have had, you’ll go to may funerals. Don’t fear them. Don’t fear other people’s death. Hard though it is, don’t grieve for your loss, but think of their peace and give thanks for their life which lives on in you. Nothing ends with your death, except unimportant little you. Life is a relay race. Pass the baton.”

Nobbs, David (‘I Didn’t Get Where I Am Today’ Arrow Books (2003))


* "It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can
be paid for only with goods and services."
Nock, A.J.

* "The civilization of a country consists in the quality of life that is
lived there, and this quality shows plainest in the things that people
choose to talk about when they talk together, and in the way they choose to
talk about them."
Nock, A.J.

* "If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement, they learn to be confident.
If children live with praise, they learn to be appreciative.
If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with honesty, they learn what truth is.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves  and those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live."(*)
Nolte, Dorothy Law (American writer)

* "Love grows as a product of a shared true life experience."
Norgay, Jamling Tenzing, (Touching my Father's Soul, Harper (2001), p86.)

* "LORD thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and
will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say
something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving
to straighten out everybody's affairs. make me thoughtful but not moody:
helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to
use it all, but Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get
to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and
love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not
ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to
endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a
lessing cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of
others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint - some of then are so
hard to live with -- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of
the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and
talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them
so. AMEN
Nun's Prayer (17th Century)

* "A day is precious because each day is essentially the microcosm of your
whole life. Each new day offers possibilities and promises that were never
seen before. To engage with honour the full possibility of your life is to
engage in a worthy way the possibility of your new day. Each day is
O'Donohue, John (contemporary Irish theologian and poet)

* "Time is eternity living dangerously"
O'Donohue, John

* "Simply to be a human being is to be a futurist of sorts. For human
freedom is largely a matter of imaging alternative futures and then
choosing among them."
Ogilvy, James

* "Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is
what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest."
O'Keeffe, George

* "We are living in enchanted time
With our spirits right
We can enchant the future
With our love's might
We can give a truer meaning to our past."
Okri, Ben (Times Magazine, 2 January 1999)


* “Patterns act as templates or simplifications,

        providing us with clues to the order

    that underlies and stabilises all systems.”

Oliver, David & Roos, Johan (in Striking a Balance: Complexity and Knowledge Landscapes)

* “My past is my wisdom to use today …my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides.”

Oliver, Gene


* ".... the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like
the wild geese, harsh and exciting - over and over announcing your place in
the family of things."
Oliver, Mary (Wild Geese.)

* "Love is a fluid process, and marriage is inherently ambiguous. As such,
they both require care and maintenance. When we prefer to believe that
marriage will automatically take care of itself, we may neglect to tend to
it. The marriages that last with love alive are made of individuals who are
willing to attend to and appreciate the marriage bond, not rely on it.
Indeed, rather than being aghast that so many marriages are ending, we
might look in awe at how many are surviving or beginning anew."
O'Mara, Peggy (American writer)

* "If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no
Onassis, Aristotle

* “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.”

Onassis, Aristotle

* "People's loneliness is but their fear of life."
O'Neill, Eugene

* "The only living life is in the past and future ... the present is an
interlude ... strange interlude in which we call on past and future to bear
witness we are living."
O'Neill, Eugene

* "The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."
Oppenheimer, J. Robert


* "If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people."
Oriental proverb

* "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you please
unless it causes others harm. With it comes the only basic human duty, the
duty to take the consequences."
O'Rourke, P. J.
('The only problem with this is the frequent conflict between the short and
long term'

* "Worrying is less work than doing something to fix the worry."
O'Rourke, P. J.

* "Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force
to the last resort."
Ortega y Gasset, Jose (1883-1955)

* "These days we are witnessing the giant spectacle of innumerable human
lives wandering lost in the labyrinth of their own selves because they have
nothing to which they may devote themselves."
Ortega y Gasset, Jose

* "Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that
went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."
Orwell, George

* "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human
face -- for ever."
Orwell, George

* "In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics'. All
issues are political issues."
Orwell, George

* "Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past."
Orwell, George

* "Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you
try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never
Osborn, Ronald E.

* "They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past."
Osborne, John

* “Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.”

Osler, Sir William (1849-1919)

* "Look wise, say nothing, and grunt
Speech was given to conceal thought."
Osler, Sir William

* "The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well."
Osler, Sir William

* "We are here not to get all we can out of life for ourselves, but to try
to make the lives of others happier."
Osler, Sir William

* “Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day’s work well. The travellers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.”

Osler, Sir William


* "The person who moves, humbly, in the direction of truth comes closer to
it than the partisan who claims to have the truth assembled within the
framework of some streamlined ideology."(*)
Ostlund, Oscar

* “No leaders can command or compel change. Change comes about when followers themselves desire it and seek it. Hence, the role of the leaders is to enlist the participation of others as leaders of the effort. That is the sum and essence not only of leading change but also of good management in general.”

O’Toole, James


* "Watch your thoughts; they might become words.
Watch your words; they might become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; they become your destiny."
Outlaw, Frank

* "One of the most important phrases of maturing is that of growth from
self-centering to an understanding relationship to others ... A person is
not mature until they have both an ability and a willingness to see
themselves as one among others and to do unto those others as they would
have them be done unto."(*)
Overstreet, Harry A.

* "Recreation is not a secondary concern for a democracy. It is a primary
concern, for the kind of recreation a people make for themselves determines
the kind of people they become and the kind of society they build."
Overstreet, Harry A.

* "We can give only what we have to give. We can write out a check for a
good cause only if we have money in the bank to cover the check. And in
like fashion we can give understanding only if we have understanding. We
can give a contagious sense of the heights and depths of life only if we
have earned, and have in our possession, a feeling of those heights and depths."
Overstreet, Bonaro W.

* "Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish."

* "If you want to be loved, be lovable."

* "Thou dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is
Count Oxenstierna