The Wisdom Page 


Bruce Lloyd's collection of quotations

By author, P to Z

*"The art of dealing with people is the foremost secret of successful
people. A person's success in handling people is the very yardstick by
which the outcome of their whole life's work is measured."
Packer, Paul C.
(Or ... "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is
knowing how to get along with people." Roosevelt, Theodore)

* "The word ‘appreciation’ means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude. It also meqans to grow or appreciate in value. As you appreciate life, you become more valuable – both to yourself and others."
Paddison, Sara


* "Without beginning or ending, your original wisdom has been shining
forever, like the sun. To know whether or not this is true, look inside
your own mind."

* “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”

Pagnol, Marcel



* "I love the person that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength
from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little
minds to shrink, but those whose heart is firm, and whose conscience
approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."(*)
Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

* "There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that
we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those
that bolt into the mind of their own accord."
Paine, Thomas
('The conscious and the subconscious'? bl)

* "We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
Paine, Thomas

* "A large part of virtue consists in good habits."
Paley, William

* "In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own
uprightness will alleviate the toil of business."
Paley, William

* "We are not put here on earth to play around. There is work to be done.
There are responsibilities to be met. Humanity needs the abilities of every
man and woman."
Palmer, Alden

* "The harder I practice the luckier I become."
Palmer Arnold

* "Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy."
Palmer, Gretta

* “If we greet situations with a positive attitude, we will eventually create positive returns. If we respond with a negative attitude, negative things will eventually come our way.”

Palmo, Tenzin


* “ So long as we do not blow our brains out, we have decided life it worth living.”

Paracelsus, Philipus Aureolus


* "I might repeat to myself,
slowly and soothingly,
a list of quotations beautiful
from minds profound --
if I can remember
any of the damn things."
Parker, Dorothy

* "You can handle people more successfully by enlisting their feelings than
by convincing their reason."
Parker, Paul P.

* "The person who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of
importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to
Parkinson, C. Northcote (1909-1993)

* "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. The
thing to be done swells in importance and complexity in a direct ration
with the time to be spent."
Parkinson, C. Northcote

* "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this
diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Parks, Rosa

* "As religious and spiritual people we base our lives on an Ultimate
Reality and draw spiritual power and hope therefrom in trust, in prayer or
meditation, in word or silence. We have a special responsibility for the
welfare of all humanity and care for the planet Earth. We do not consider
ourselves better than other women and men, but we trust that the ancient
wisdom of our religions can point the way for the future."
Parliament of the World's Religions, (South Africa, in 1999)

* "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain."
Parton, Dolly

* " Because of You
Can you say at close of day
Before you meet the night
Of all the troubles in the world
You helped to put one right?

That just one heart was happier
Because your smile was true
One wrinkle in the folds of life
Was smoothed ... because of you."
Partridge, Kathleen, Tranquil Moments,

* "Harvest
Some of the seeds we planted
May not flourish it is true
But life still has a harvest

For the aims that we pursue.

In nature as in life
We plan our way and sow our seeds
And in God's time and season
Reap the harvest of our deeds."
Partridge, Kathleen, Tranquil Moments,

* "Serenity
The flowers talk, yet do not need an answer.
The grasses sigh, and yet they are not sad.
The leaves are rustling one against the other
To tell of all the lovely days we've had.

There's so much movement that is never restless
And so much sound that doe snot interrupt,
The winds are whistling wisdom in the hedges
In tones that are not tiring nor abrupt.

And that is why the earth contain's such solace
Harmonious to hear and cool to touch.
For nature has so many lovely voices,
And yet she never seems to talk too much."
Partridge, Kathleen, Tranquil Moments,

* "Happiness is neither within us only, nor without us; it is the union of ourselves with God."

Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662), French mathematician and philosopher.

('The union of ourselves with meaning' bl)


* “If you want other people to speak well of you, do not speak well of yourself.”

Pascal, Blaise


* "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may
be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just."
Pascal, Blaise

* “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”

Pascal, Blaise


* “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”

Pascal, Blaise

* "People never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it
from a religious conviction."(*)
Pascal, Blaise

* "The sole cause of people's unhappiness is that they do not know how to
stay quietly in their room."(*)
Pascal, Blaise

* "The virtue of people ought to be measured, not by their extraordinary
exertions, but by their everyday conduct."
Pascal, Blaise

* "To believe in God is harmless even if he does not exist. If God does
exist than to believe is beneficial. But to deny God publicly doesn't
contribute to anything whether God exists or not but is down right
dangerous if God happens to exist."
Pascal, Balise

* “We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.”

Pascal, Balise

* "Fear of the policeman is the beginning of wisdom."
Pasqua, Charles

* “The cure for boredom is curiosity, there is no cure for curiosity.”

Parr, Ellen.


* "In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth
as they see it."
Pasternak, Boris

* "People are born to live, not to prepare for life."(*)
Pasternak, Boris

* "The whole human way of life has been destroyed and ruined. All that's
left is the bare, shivering human soul, stripped to the last shred, the
naked force of the human psyche for which nothing has changed because it
was always cold and shivering and reaching out to its nearest neighbour, as
cold and lonely itself."
Pasternak, Boris

* "Blessed is those who carry within themselves a god and an ideal and who
obeys it -- an ideal of art of science, or gospel virtues. Therein lie the
springs of great thoughts and great actions."(*)
Pasteur, Louis

* “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Pasteur, Louis


* "In the field of observation, chance favours the prepared mind."
Pasteur, Louis

(Or "Fortune favours the prepared mind." Pasteur, Louis)

* "Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies
solely in my tenacity."
Pasteur, Louis

* "To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind toward
Pasteur, Louis

* "When you are inspired by some great
purpose, some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds;
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great
and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents
become alive, and you discover yourself
to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed
yourself to be."
Patanjali (c. first to third century B.C.)

* "That the end of life is not action, but contemplation -- being as
distinct from doing -- a certain disposition of mind is, in some shape or
other, the principles of all the higher morality."
Patel, Walter, (critic,1839-1894)

* “You only hurt yourself when you’re not expanding and growing. Many people can’t stand the thought of aging, but it’s the crystallised thought patterns and inflexible mind-sets that age people before their time. You can break through and challenge your crystallised patterns and mind-sets. That’s what evolution and the expansion of love are really about.”

Paddison, Sara


* “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Patton, General George S.


* “Pain makes people think. Thought make people wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.”

Patrick, John


* "Death does not necessarily diminish us, it also deepens our awareness of
what it means to be alive."
Patten, Brian

* "You must make your mark on this earth and, if you have never done so, it
is simply because you neglected to use the powers you have, or have
neglected to develop them."
Patterson, John Henry

* "In research the horizon recedes as we advance, and is no nearer at sixty
than it was at twenty. As the power of endurance weakens with age, the
urgency of the pursuit grows more intense .... And research is always
Pattison, Mark

* "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity."
Patton, George S.

* "The more sand has escaped from the hour glass of our life, the clearer
we should see through it."
Paul, Jean

* "War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no
place on humanity's agenda for the future."
Paul II, John, (Speech 1982)

* "Many pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home."
Payne, J.H.

* "The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a
deceitful time that always says to us, 'Not yet', and thus denies us. The
future is not the time of love: what person truly wants they want now.
Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the
Paz, Otavio

* "Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic
between the two."
Paz, Otavio

* "Education is a debt due from the present to the future generations."
Peabody, George

* "Think not forever of yourselves
nor of your own generation.
Think of continuing generations ...
and of those yet unborn,
whose faces are coming from beneath the ground."
Peacemaker, (founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, c1000AD.)

* "Anyone can do just about anything with their life that they really want
to and make up their mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we
realise. How much one actually achieves depends largely on: 1) Desire; 2)
Faith; 3) Persistent Effort; 4) Ability. But if you are lacking the first
three factors, your ability will not balance out the lack. So concentrate
on the first three and the results will amaze you."(*)
Peale, Norman Vincent (American clergyman, 1898-1993)

* “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Peale, Norman Vincent

* "The person who lives for themselves is a failure. Even if they gain much
wealth, position or power they still are a failure. The person who lives
for others has achieved true success. A rich person who consecrates their
wealth and their position to the good of humanity is a success. A poor
person who gives of their service and their sympathy to others has achieved
true success even though material prosperity or outward honours never come
to them."
Peale, Norman Vincent

* “To become a happy person, have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.”

Peale, Norman Vincent


* We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.”

Peale, Norman Vincent

* "Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A
widely-read person never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason
that they have read too widely."(*)
Pearson, Hesketh

* "No matter how widely you have travelled, you haven't seen the world if
you have failed to look into the human hearts that inhabit it."
Peattie, Donald C.

* "If we want to utilize in the proper way and to the fullest extent the
products of a person's intellect, we must develop that part of their being
that is their heart and spirit."(*)
Pecora, Ferdinand

* "It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest of ideas."
Peguy, Charles

* "I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."
Penn, William (English Quaker 1644-1717)

* "In all debates, let truth be thy Aim not Victory, or an unjust interest.
And endeavour to gain, rather than to expose, thy Antagonist."
Penn, William

* "Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise
Penn, William

* “The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answer.”

Penn, William


* "Those that judge not well of the importance of their affairs, though
they may be always busy, they must make but small progress."(*)
Penn, William, ( supplied by Paul Kingston, wfs)

* “Don’t fix the blame, fix the problem.”

Pennington, Keith S.


* "Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of
the things of the mind does not make us soft."
Pericles Thucydides, Histories 11,40, 495-492 BC. Athenian Statesmen

* "We Athenians ... instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block
in the way of action, think of it as an indispensable preliminary to any
wise action at all."

* "After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over
carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years
throw it away and start all over."
Perlman, Alfred Edward

* “You will die, you are alone

            There is no god upon his throne

            Impose thy will upon earth’s mess

            Else your life is meaningless

            No hell below, no heaven above,

            Live life now and act with love.”

Perry, Grayson


* "A person can do their best only by confidently seeking (and perpetually
missing) an unattainable perfection."(*)
Perry, Ralph Barton

* “A wise person seeks wisdom; a madman thinks they have found it.” (*)

Persian proverb


* "He who wants a rose must respect the thorn."
Persian proverb

* "One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it."
Persian proverb

* "Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; doing well wisest and best
of all."
Persian proverb

* "We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we
so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us it
Persian proverb

* "If we lacked imagination enough to foresee something better, life would
indeed be a tragedy."
Peter, Laurence


* "Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well-informed just to be undecided about them."
Peter, Laurence J

(“and it is often the case that the more intelligent you are the easier you find it is to be undecided”... bl)

* "Celebrate what you want to see more of."
Peters, Tom

* “Innovation comes only from readily and seamlessly sharing information rather than hording it.”

Peters, Tom


* “The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.”

Peterson Wilfred


* "It was a wise person who said: "As I grow older I pay less attention to
what people say. I just watch what they do."
Peterson, Wilfred A.
(.. 'Odd but that's what children do too'!... bl)

* "Sooner or later, a person, if they are wise, discovers that life is a
mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take."
Peterson, Wilfred A.

* "If I were asked to sum up in a single phrase the main purpose of
individual life I would express it as the enlargement of personality.
Unless an individual can transcend the limits of class, sex, race, age and
creed, their personality remains of necessity to that extent incomplete."
Pethick-Lawrence, F.W.

* "Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy,
anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly
enjoy perpetual peace."

* "We tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. And a wonderful
method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing
inefficiency and demoralisation."
Petronius (A.D. 65)

* “Power and influence are not the organisation’s last dirty secret but the secret of success for both individuals and their organisations.”

Pfeffer, J.


* “The most important leadership quality is a willingness to admit what you don’t know or aren’t certain about, and a willingness to change your mind when confronted with different evidence and ideas. It is a quality of intellectual openness – and it is at the foundation of an attitude of wisdom.”

Pfeffer, J.


* "Wisdom, not intelligence is probably the most important talent for sustaining organisational performance.”

Pfeffer, J. & Sutton R.


* "Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. People grow old only
by deserting their ideals and by outgrowing the consciousness of youth.
Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wringles the soul ... You
are as old as your doubt; your fear; your despair. The way to keep young is
to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope
Phelan, Luella F.

* " The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."
Phelps, Edward John (1865-1943)

* "Every person in the world may not become a personage. But every person
may become a personality. The happiest people are those who think the most
interesting thoughts. Interesting thoughts can live only in cultivated
minds. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development,
who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays at the theatre,
good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest
people in the world; and they are not only happy in themselves, they are
the cause of happiness in others."
Phelps, William Lyon

* "Real happiness is not dependent on external things. The pond is fed from
within. The kind of happiness that springs from inward thoughts and
emotions. You must cultivate your mind if you wish to achieve enduring
happiness. You must furnish your mind with interesting thoughts and ideas.
For an empty mind seeks pleasure as a substitute for happiness."
Phelps, William Lyon

* "The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded upon a
fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting
thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older."
Phelps, William Lyon
("The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age
brings wisdom." Mencken H.L. )

*  "The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Interesting thoughts can only live in cultivated minds. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays at the theatre, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world; and they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others."

Phelps, William Lyon


* "Books, churches, governments, are what we make them."
Phillips, Wendell (1811-84)

* "Government exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the
rich need no protection -- they have many friends and few enemies."
Phillips, Wendell

* “Responsibility Educates”

Phillips, Wendell


* "What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step toward
something better."
Phillips, Wendell

* "The goal of wisdom is laughter and play -- not the kind that one sees in
little children who do not yet have the faculty of reason, but the kind
that is developed in those who have grown mature through both time and
understanding. If someone has experienced the wisdom that can only be heard
from oneself, learned from oneself, and created from oneself, they do not
merely participate in laughter: they become laughter itself."

* "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
Picasso, Pablo (submitted by Hal Fulton, wfs)

("Computers do not tell you the questions you should be asking." bl)

* "Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to understand
the singing of birds? People love the night, a flower, everything that
surrounds them without trying to understand them. But painting -- that they
must understand."
Picasso, Pablo

* "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
Picasso, Pablo


* "A person needs self-acceptance or they can’t live with themselves; they need self criticism or others can’t live with them."
Picasso, Pablo


* “The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.”

Pinchot, Gifford


* "I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another
Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing

* "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they
die young."
Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing

* "Oppression is but another name for irresponsible power, if history is to
be trusted."
Pinkney, William (1764-1822)

* "You too must not count overmuch on your reality as you feel it today,
since, like that of yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow."
Pirandello, Luigi

* “What matters today is not the difference between those who believe and those who do not believe, but the difference between those who care and those who don’t.”

Pire, Georges (Nobel, Peace 1958)


* “Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind.”

Pitman, Sir Isaac


* "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it."
Pitt, William, (First Earl of Chatham)

* "The measure of a person is what they do with power."(*)

* “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

Planck, Max


* "Dying, is an Art, like everything else."
Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)

* “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Plato (c.428-348 BC).

* "But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is
easy; that education makes good people, and that good people act nobly."

* "For I spend all my time going about trying to persuade you, young and
old, to make your first and chief concern not for your bodies nor for your
possessions, but for the highest welfare of your souls, proclaiming as I
go. Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every
other blessing, both to the individual and to the state."

* "Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind.
Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort
of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of
the child."

* "Let us persuaded ... to consider that the soul is immortal and capable
of enduring all evil and all good, and so we shall always hold to the
upward way and pursue justice with wisdom."
Plato, (Republic)


* “Perfect wisdom hath four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things alright; justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not flying danger but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately.”


*"That man is wisest who, like Socrates, has realised that in truth his
wisdom is worth nothing."
Plato, (The Apology of Socrates.)

* “The beginning is the most important part of any work.”



* "The cause of all the blunders committed by the human race arise from
excessive self-love. Those who intend to be great ought to love neither
themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens
to be done by themselves or by another."

* "The direction in which education starts a person will determine their
future life."(*)

* “The fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretense of knowing the unknown; and no one knows whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.”



* "The human race are beings in search of meaning."(*)

* “The measure of a person is what they do with power.” (*)



* "The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst
lovely things."

* "The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life
should be."

* “The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse people.” (*)


* "There are three classes of people: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour,
lovers of gain."(*)
Plato (The Republic, 9, 4th century BC)

* "There will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed, my dear
Glaucon, of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world,
or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become

* "The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines."

* "The wise person will want to be ever with those who are better than themselves."(*)

* "The wisest have the most authority."
('If only....' But why is that not the case... and what can we do about it?

* "Those who are of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure
of age, but those who are of an opposite disposition youth and age are
equally a burden."(*)

* "Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes philosophers of
this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness
and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the
exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have
rest from their evils - no, nor the human race, as I believe - and then
only will this our state have a possibility of life and behold the light of

* "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark, the real
tragedy is when adults are afraid of the light."

* “Wise people talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”(*)



* "Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in

* “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”



* “No Person is wise enough by themselves.” (*)
Plautus, Titus Maccius (254- BC -184 BC)


* “Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.”

Plautus, Titus Maccius


* "Practice yourself what you preach."
Plautus, Titus Maccius

(also see: "Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi, Mahatma)

* "The harder you work, the luckier you get."
Player, Gary

* "Man is unique in that he knows nothing. He can learn nothing without
being taught. He can neither speak nor walk nor eat, in fact he can do
nothing by natural instinct alone except weep."
Pliny the Elder

* "The only certainty is that nothing is certain."
Pliny the Elder

* “True happiness consists in being considered deserving of it.”

Pliny the Elder

* "It is the function of creative men to perceive the relations between
thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly
different, and to be able to combine them into some new forms -- the power
to connect the seemingly unconnected."
Plomer, William

* “From the errors and mistakes, the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”



* "It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or
pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but
extremely troublesome and vexatious."

(46-119 ac)

* "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."

* "Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly."

* "To make no mistakes is not in the power of people; but from their errors
and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future."

* "Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it
soon will be so."
Poe, Edgar Allen

* "The challenge in life is not to find truths to live by, which are
legion, but to choose among them."
Polanyi, John (Canadian activist and Chemistry Nobel laureate.)

* "Can you have hope for tomorrow's world without the experience of yesterday's world?

   Can you be so busy teaching others without having time for learning from others?

   Can you have real knowledge and also fear of new ideas?

   Can you really be secure without growth, reform, and change?

  Can you count the blessings of others and not count your own?

  Can you be happy with your success without being happy about the success of others?

  Can you be happy always 'Taking' without ever 'Giving'?

  Can you say 'why did this sorrow happen to me?'

-- when you don't say 'why did this joy happen to me?'

 Can you praise a person for bringing happiness into your life without praising God for his part in    bring that person into your life?"
Polis, David


* “It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.”

Pollard, William


* "We live and learn, but not the wiser grow."
Pomfret, John (1667-1702, Reason 1700 , l112.)

* "There is nothing quite so complicated as simplicity."
Poore, Charles

* "A person should never be ashamed to own up that they have been in the
wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser to-day than
they were yesterday."(*)
Pope Alexander (1688-1744, Thoughts on various subjects.)

* "It is our intuition, our mystical insight into the nature of things, rather than our reasoning that makes a great scientist."
Popper, Sir Karl


* "We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its
Popper, Sir Karl

* "Happiness is not perfected until it is shared."
Porter, Jane

* "Strategy = tradeoffs. It’s about making CHOICES”."
Porter, Michael

* "Live to learn and you will learn to live."
Portuguese proverb

* "Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost
Pound, Ezra

* "Real education must ultimately be limited to one who INSISTS on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding."
Pound, Ezra

* "Experts often possess more data than judgement."
Powell, Colin


* "Growing old is like being increasingly penalised for a crime you haven't
Powell, Anthony

* "One of the worst things about life is not how nasty the nasty people
are. You know that already. It is how nasty the nice people can be."
Powell, Anthony

* "Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They
don't fulfil the promise of their early years."
Powell, Anthony

* "Avoid having an ego so close to apposition that when your position falls, your ego goes with it."
Powell, Colin


* "Experts often posses more data than judgement."
Powell, Colin


* “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

Powell, John


* "Try to forget yourself in the service of others.
For when we think too much of ourselves and our own interests,
we easily become despondent.
But when we work for others, our efforts return to bless us."
Powell, Sidney

* “It is not others who must change, but you.”

Projnanpad, Svami


* "Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are enabled to
Praslin, Duchesse De

* "The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete
surprise, and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression"
Preston, John

* "The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be
only the beginning."
Priest, Ivy Baker

* "The future is uncertain ... but this uncertainty is at the very heart of
human creativity."
Prigogine, Ilya

* "From ignorance our comfort flows
The only wretched are the wise."
Prior, Matthew (1667- 1721)

* “He is wise who tries everything before arms.”

Prolybius, Eunuchus, l. 812.


“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not.”


* "Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is
they and they alone who found religious and create great works of art. The
world will never realise how much it owes to them and what they have
suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
Proust, Marcel (Guermantes Way ,1921)

* "The real voyage of discovery consists not of finding new lands but of seeing the territory with new eyes."
Proust, Marcel

* "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
Proust, Marcel

* "Adversity makes a person wise, not rich."

* "Contentment is the philosopher's stone, which turns all it toucheth into
gold; the poor man is rich with it, the rich man poor without it."

* "Definition of a proverb:
- The wisdom of many and the wit of one
- One man's wit and all men's wisdom ."

* “Even a fool, when they holdeth their peace, are counted wise.”



* "Experience is the mother of wisdom"

* “Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.”



* "He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool -- shun
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child -- teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows , is asleep -- wake him.
But he who knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man -- follow him."

* “In a multitude of counsellors there is wisdom.”


* "It is not work that kills, but worry."

* "No person is born wise."(*)

* "Prevention is better than cure."

* “The wisest person is one who does not believe they are wise.” (*) 


* “Those that walketh with wise people shall be wise; but with a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (*)

Proverb (13:20)

* "What a fool does in the end, the wise man does at the beginning."

* "Wise people care not for what they cannot have." (*)

* "Wise people have their mouths in their hearts, fools their hearts in the

* "Wise people learn by the mistakes of others, fools by their own."(*)
("Learn wisdom through observing the follies of others." Anon/bl)

* "A generous person will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves
be refreshed."

* "A wise person will hear, and will increase learning; and a person of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels."(*)
Proverbs (1:5, Bible)

* "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring
Proverbs (27:1, Bible)
* “Give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day. Teach a person how to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime.”  (*)


* "Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider their ways and be wise."
Proverbs (ch5, v3, Bible)

* "Happy is the person who finds wisdom ... and happy are those who hold it."(*)
Proverbs (3:13, Bible)

* “If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.”



* “In all labour there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Proverbs 14.23


* "One man gives freely yet gains even more. Another withholds unduly but comes to poverty."
Proverbs (11:24 Bible)

* "She (wisdom) is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her."
Proverbs (3:15-16, Bible)

* "Through wisdom a house is built & through understanding it is established."
Proverbs, (Bible, chap24, v3)

* "Where there is no vision, the people perish"
Proverbs (28:18 Bible)

* "Whoso findeth me (wisdom) findeth life"
Proverbs (8:35, Bible)

* "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding."
Proverbs (ch 4, v18, Bible)

* “Great men are not always wise.”

Pslams 32:9


* "So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto
Psalm (xc. v. 12. Bible, )

* “Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant person as with the learned …. Good speech is more hidden than malachite, yet it is found in the possession of woman slaves at the milestones.”

Ptahhotpe, The Maxims of Ptahhotpe, 1.


* “Teach them what has been said in the past; then they will set a good example to the children of the magistrates, and judgement and all exactitude shall enter into them. Speak to them, for there is none born wise.”(*)

Ptahhotpe, The Maxims of Ptahhotpe (c 2350 B.C) introduction


* “Truth is great and its effectiveness endures.”

Ptahhotpe, The Maxims of Ptahhotpe, 5.


* “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

Publilius Syrus


* “From the errors of others, the wise person corrects their own.” (*)

Publilius Syrus


* "Hold on to what is good
even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is a long way from here
Hold on to life
even when it is easier letting go.
Hold onto my hand
even when I have gone away from you."
Pueblo Blessing

* “There is nothing on this earth more fascinating than a human face with something interesting to say, and saying it with knowledge and conviction and warmth.”

Pulman Philip (author of ‘His Dark Materials’)


* “ …. ‘Is anybody happier because you passed their way’ is really a question we should all remember as we start each day. Sometimes the smallest gesture can brighten someone’s day.”

Pulsifer, Catherine


*”Never underestimate what a simple gesture can do. It is the little things that you do that make a big dfference in other people’s lives.”

Pulsifer, Catherine


* “ …. The wisdom my Mon shared with me: 1. Make each new day count by helping someone or just making someone smile; 2. Don’t dwell on life’s troubles, think of the good times. 3. Don’t worry about things you can’t do anything about.”

Pulsifer, Catherine


* "You cannot expect to attain success if you are not prepared. Life has a habit of giving back rewards in proportion to the effort we expend."
Pulsifer, Catherine


* "You  show up for work every day .... but showing up does not mean success in your work."
Pulsifer, Catherine


* "The only way to be absolutely safe is never to try anything for the
first time."
Pyke, Magnus

* "It is better either to be silent or to say things of more value than
silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and
do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few."
Pythagoras (580-500 BC)

* "Learn to be silent,
Let your
quit mind
listen and absorb."

* "Wisdom is the medicine of souls."

* "Wisdom thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten."

* "Being young is greatly overestimated ... Any failure seems so total.
Later on you realise you can have another go."
Quant, Mary

* "The future will be better tomorrow."

Quayle, Dan

* "Happy nations have no history. History is the study of mankind's
Queneau, Raymond

* "Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas
and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge.
Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not
rejecting innovation and research."
Queneau, Raymond

* “Those who spend time regretting the past lose the present and risk the future.”

(Spanish satirist & poet, 1580-1645)


* "It is the soul of man which first has to be fed."
Rabbani, Shoghi Effendi

* "Don't brood on what's past, but never forget it either."
Raddall, Thomas H.

* “In most conflicts, the main part of the problem …. Consists in getting people to talk and to listen to one another.”

Raiffa, Howard  (The Art and Science of Negotiation)


* "A person must first govern themself ere they be fit to govern a family,
and his family ere they be fit to bear the government of the commonwealth."
Raleigh, Sir Walter

* "Even such is Time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust."
Raleigh, Sir Walter

* “There is no wisdom without love.”

Ram N. Sri


* "In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to
those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do
not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the
mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your
knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent
mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out,
spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate,
the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in our soul
perish, in the lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have
never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your
battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it
impossible, it's yours."
Rand, Ayn , (from John Galt's speech in 'Atlas Shrugged', )

* "Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle-class are its future."
Rand, Ayn

* "We don't have to be facing a personal tradedy to make our relationships
our number one priority. No project, no deadline, no clean kitchen is as
important as the quality of our relationships."
Randon Acts of Kindness

* "Sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself."
Raper, John W.
( Or: .... "Sympathy is too important for the future of the world for us to
waste it on ourselves." BL after John Raper)

* "The person who wastes to-day lamenting yesterday, will waste to-morrow
lamenting to-day."
Raskin, Philip M.

* "We as a people seem to be losing all sense of respect for ourselves and
our fellows, with the result that in a thoroughly intolerant attitude we
hesitate not a minute to secure an organized minority, or even a majority,
to attempt by resolution or law to impose our will on a large body of
people in matters where no moral wrong is involved and where liberty is
Raskob, John J.

* "Nature composes some of its loveliest poems for the microscope and the
Raszak, Theodore, US cultural thinker and writer.

* "An economic system is not only an institutional device for satisfying
existing wants and needs but a way of fashioning wants in the future."
Rawls, John

* "Learning makes the wise wiser and the fool more foolish."
Ray, John (1670)

* "No one grows old by living -- only by losing interest in living."
Ray, Marie Beynon


* "Sins become more subtle as you grow older. You commit sins of despair
rather than lust."
Read, Piers Paul


* "All men cannot be poets or philanthropists; but all men can join in that
gigantic and god-like work the progress of creation. Whoever improves their
own nature improves the universe of which they are a part."(*)
Reade Winwood, (The Martyrdom of Man, 1872 )

* "People can never rise from low estate as long as the engrossed in the
painful struggle for daily bread. On the other hand leisure alone is not
sufficient to effect their self-promotion."(*)
Reade, Winwood, (The Martyrdom of Man, 1872 )

* "The history of morals is the extension of the reciprocal or selfish
virtues from the clan to the tribe, from the tribe to the nation, from the
nation to all communities living under the same government, civil or
religious, then people of the same colour, and finally to all mankind."
Reade, Winwood, (The Martyrdom of Man, 1872 )

* “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”
Reagan, Ronnie

* "Government exists to protect us from each other. Where Government has
gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."
Reagan, Ronald (40th President of the United States)

* “Do unto others as you would wish them do unto you.”

Reciprocity, The Ethic of


* “In order to succeed, you have to live dangerously ... as long as the danger is rationally accepted and as long as the rewards far outweigh the risk.”

Redstone, Sumner

* “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.”

Redstone, Sumner


* “Since every failure is a lesson, every challenge an opportunity and every joy a triumph, it’s hard to go wrong.”

Reed, Michael Addison


* "Art is ... pattern informed by sensibility."
Reed, Herbert


* "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
Reeve, Christopher


* "All leaders must face some crisis where their own strength of character is the enemy."
Reeves, Richard


* "If companies have a moral responsibility not to fill the movie theatre
and airwaves with violence and moral degradation, do they not also have a
responsibility to keep workers employed when profits are rising? A moral
responsibility to upgrade worker skills, an obligation to fully fund
pension plans, to provide health care?
The CEO's are remarkably quiet. We are acting as if the economy had nothing
to do with values. We need a serious national discussion about corporate
Reich, Robert

* "As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and
Renard, Jules

* "Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the
success of others."
Renard, Jules

* "A person who listens because they have nothing to say can hardly be a
source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker
who alternatively absorbs and expresses ideas."(*)
Repplier, Agnes

* “We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.’

Repplier, Agnes


* "Do more than exist, live.
Do more than touch, feel.
Do more than look, observe.
Do more than read, absorb.
Do more than hear, listen.
Do more than listen, understand.
Do more than think, ponder.
Do more than talk, say something.
Rhoades, John H.

* "Not the state of the body but the state of the mind and soul is the
measure of the wellbeing of each of us."
Rhodes, Winfred

* “Wisdom and compassion should become the dominating influences that guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions.”

Ricard, Matthieu


* "Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories."
Rich, Adrienne

* "If you don’t learn from your mistakes you’re doomed to repeat them."
Richardson B.


* "Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use
ordinary circumstances."
Richter, Jean Paul

* "How narrow our souls become when absorbed in any present good or ill; it
is only the thought of the future that makes them great."
Richter, Jean Paul

* "The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround
them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere
they breathe."
Richter, Jean Paul

* "There is nothing more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face."
Richter, Jean Paul

* "The words that the parent spoke to their children in the privacy of home
are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are
clearly heard at the end, and by posterity."
Richter, Jean Paul

* "If you don’t learn from your mistakes you’re doomed to repeat them."
Richardson, B.

* "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage
unless you're scared."
Rickenbacker, Eddie

* "The sorrow of knowing that there is evil in the best is far out-balanced
by the joy of discovering that there is good in the worst."
Riggs, Austen Fox

* "Be patient with all that is unresolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves
Do not seek for the answers that cannot be given
For you would not be able to live them
And the point is to live everything
Live the questions now
And perhaps without knowing it
You will live along some day
Into the answers."
Rilke, Ranier Maria

* "We live in illusion and the appearance of things.
There is a reality.
We are that reality.
When you understand this, you see that you are nothing.
And being nothing, you are everything.
That is all."
Rimpoche, Kalu

* “Death is neither depressing not exciting: it is simply a fact of life”

Rimpoche, Sogyal

* "To say that the truth is simple does not mean that it is easy or
Rindle, E.

* "The happy people of this world are never free. It is only youth which
really wants freedom, or those who have set up a defensive mechanism
against life, since to live is also to suffer .... Surely to be happy is
better than to be free; and to be kind to all, to like many and love a few,
to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can
come to happiness."
Rinehart, Mary Roberts

* "Freedom without obligation is anarchy; freedom with obligation is
Riney, Earl

* “I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.”

Robbins, Tony


* “Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human”

Robbins, Tony


* “There is no greatness without passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”

Robbins, Tony


* "To find joy in your work is the greatest thing for a human being."
Roberts, Harry

* " 'Tis easy enough to be pleasant
When life goes by with a song
But the one worthwhile
Is the one that can smile
When everything goes dead wrong."
Roberts, Margaret (later to be Margaret Thatcher, written aged 8 in a
classmate's autograph book.)

* "If we give everyone we come in contact with the freedom to choose an
outcome while encouraging them to be aware of their responsibilities, then
they will learn to make better choices, and if we earn trust and accept our
responsibilities, then we take a giant step toward creating successful
Roberts, Monty, ('Horse Sense For People', HarperCollins Publishers (2000),


* “We now know that happiness is no longer something you find: it is something you achieve.”

Roberts, Yvonne

(‘The Dinner Party verdict: Don’t panic about marriage’, Observer 19/9/04.)

(or: “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love” Tom Robbins)

* "Nothing is so difficult as to achieve results in this world if one is
full of great tolerance and the milk of human kindness."
Robinson, Corinne

* "Never does a person know the force that is in them till some mighty
affection or grief has humanized the soul."
Robertson, Frederick W.

* "Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the
larger kind we feel for what we give."
Robinson, Edwin Arlington


* “If He has given us one marvellous gift, it is that He does not permit us to know the future. It would be unbearable.”

Robinson, Edward G.


* “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Robinson, Maria


* “Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.”

Robinson, Sylvia


* "God is in the details."
Roche, Ludwig Mies van der

* "Few things are needful to make the wise person happy, but nothing
satisfies the fool; - and this is the reason why so many people are
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La (1613-1680)

* "Happiness is dependent on the taste and not on things. It is by having
what we like that we are made happy, not by having what others think
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noticing them
in others."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* “It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.”

Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La


* "It is not enough to have great qualities; we must also have the anagement of them."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "No occurrences are so unfortunate that the shrewd cannot turn them to
some advantage, nor so fortunate that the imprudent cannot turn them to
their own disadvantage."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "The art of using moderate abilities to advantage often brings greater
results than actual brilliance."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "The glory of great individuals must always be measured by the means they
have used to obtain it."(*)
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each
is thinking more about what they intend to say than about what others are
saying and we never listen when we are eager to speak."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "The trust that we put in ourselves makes us feel trust in others."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "Those who are without folly are not wise as they think."(*)
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "We should often be ashamed of our very best actions, if the world only aw the motives which caused them."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* “Who lives without folly is not so wise as he thinks.”

Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La

* "Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body."
Rochefoucauld, Francois Duc de La
("Feeding the mind on wisdom leads to a healthy mind, just as eating the
right food helps to produce a healthy body." BL)

* "Everyone likes to think that they have done reasonably well in life, so
that it comes as a shock to find our children believing differently. The
temptation is to tune them out; it takes much more courage to listen."
Rockefeller 3rd, John D.

* “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

Rockefeller 3rd, John D


* " ... I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every
opportunity, an obligation; every possession a duty ...
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can
overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might."
Rockefeller 3rd, John D.

* “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

Rockefeller, John D.


* "The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find out what it is
that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your
whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability
you have."
Rockefeller 3rd, John D.

* "It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as
participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a
sense of purpose in relation to it."
Rockefeller, Nelson

* "I think that business practices would improve immeasurably if they were
guided by 'feminine' principles -- qualities like love, and care and
Roddick, Anita, (Founder of The Body Shop, Body and Soul, 1991)

* "My wish for the future would be a revolution in kindness; no more
armaments, economists helping people out of poverty, big business working
with rather than against the environment, and an all-round appreciation of
the poetry of life."
Roddick, Anita, (1999.)

* "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
Rodin, Auguste (Submitted by Hal Fulton, wfs)

* "Most people think the future is the ends and the present is the means.
In fact, the present is the ends and the future the means."
Roethlisberger, Fritz

* "If you're not playing
a big enough game,
you'll screw up
the game you're playing
just to give yourself
something to do."
Roger, John and McWilliams, Peter, (DO IT! A guide to living your dreams,
Thorsons, 1992)


* “Nothing would be done at all if people waited until they could so it so well that no one could find fault with it.”
Roger, John and McWilliams, Peter


* "Useful knowledge is a great support for intuition."
Rogers, Charles B.

* "We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge."
Rogers, Rutherford D.

* " Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we
have rushed through life trying to save."
Rogers, Will

* “People only learn in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”

Rogers, Will (1879-1935)

* “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

Rohn, Jim


* “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Rohn, Jim


* “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”

Rohn, Jim


* "No one is so old that they cannot live yet another year, nor so young that he cannot die today."
Rojas, Fernando De

* "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884-1962)

* "It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do
Roosevelt, Eleanor

* "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make
them all yourself."
Roosevelt, Eleanor

* "Life has to be lived, that's all there is to it."
Roosevelt, Eleanor

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes … and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

Roosevelt, Eleanor

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

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

* “When you cease to make in contribution, you begin to die.”

Roosevelt, Eleanor

* "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which
you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,
'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes alone.'
... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Roosevelt, Eleanor

* "First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have
to fear is fear itself --- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which
paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (32nd President of the United States, 1882-1945)

* "Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy
of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral
stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of
evanescent profits."
Roosevelt, Franklin D.


* “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

* "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of
today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
Roosevelt, Franklin D.

* "We have the men -- the skill -- the wealth -- and above all, the will
... We must be the greatest arsenal of democracy."
Roosevelt, Franklin D.

* "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in their own way
everywhere in the world. The third freedom from want .... everywhere in the
world. The fourth is freedom from fear .... everywhere in the world.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.

* "Extend pity to no one because they have to work. If they are worth their
salt, they will work. I envy the person who has work worth doing and does
it well. There never has been devised, and there never will be devised, any
law which will enable a person to succeed save by the exercise of those
qualities which have always been the prerequisites of success, the
qualities of hard work, of keen intelligence, of unflinching will."(*)
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919. U.S. President 1901-09)

* "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "If we are to be really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill."
Roosevelt, Theodore


* "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time."
Roosevelt Theodore (Speech 1917.)
(Or: "Timing is everything" Anon)

* "No person is worth their salt who is not ready at all times to risk
their body, to risk their well-being, to risk their life, in a great
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "No prosperity and glory can save a nation that is rotten at heart."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* “Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.”

Roosevelt, Theodore


* "The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of
society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "The only person who never makes a mistake is the person who never does
Roosevelt, Theodore

(Also see: "Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life." Sophia Loren)

* "This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we
make it a good place for all of us to live in."
Roosevelt, Theodore

* "Seek above all for a game worth playing. Play as if your life and sanity
depend on it, because they do."
De Ropp, Robert

* "All the pleasures of life seem to wear out, but the pleasure of helping
others in distress never does."
Rosenwald, Julius

* "Children truly are our greatest gift as well as our greatest teachers.
They ask that we be loving, calm, caring, attentive, trusting, playful,
honest, and mature ... It has been said that adults do not create children
but rather children create adults."
Roskind, Robert

* "The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also
by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
Ross, Frank C.

* "Nature composes some of its loveliest poems for the microscope and
Roszak, Theodore

* "The successful person is one who is able to take their talents and
invest them in the business of living in a manner that leads to the
accomplishment of a full life of service."(*)
Roth, Sol

* "Everything is good when it leaves the Creator's hands; everything
degenerates in the hands of people."(*)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

* "As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the
citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their
persons, the state is not far from its fall."
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

* "Education begins at birth; before they can speak or hear, they are
already learning."
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

* "Great people never make bad use of their superiority, they see it and
feel it, and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know
their own deficiencies."(*)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

* "I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about."
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

* "People were born free, and everywhere they are in shackles."(*)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

* "Supreme happiness consists in self-content; that we may gain this self-content we are placed upon this earth and endowed with freedom, we are tempted by our passions and restrained by conscience. What more could divine power itself have done in our behalf?"
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques


* "The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master unless they transform strength into right and obedience into duty."(*)

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques


* " To live is not merely to breathe, it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties, of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence. The person who has lived longest is not the person who had counted most years, but those who have enjoyed life most."
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques


* “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness.”

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques


* “You can fight against everything except kindness.”

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques


* "Let the civilise world go to the devil. 'Long live nature, forests and ancient poetry.'"
Rousseau, Theodore

* "Science is for those who learn; poetry for those who know."
Roux, Joseph

("Science provides us with more sophisticated information, poetry helps give us wisdom so we can turn that information into useful knowledge." bl)

* "The follies which a person regrets most, in their life, are those which
they didn't commit when they had the opportunity."(*)
Rowland, Helen

* "Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is
the beginning of wisdom."
Rubin, Theodore Isaac (US psychologist, author)

* "I accept life unconditionally … Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happinesss can only be felt if you don't set any condition."

Rubinstein, Arthur

* "Moderation is the key to happiness."
Rudolf, Christopher (wfs)
('but change (progress?) comes from people who take extreme positions?' bl)

* "Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your
Rudolph, Wilma

* “What you will see is

     love coming out of the trees,

     love coming out of the sky,

     love coming out of the light.

     You will perceive love from everything

     Around you. This is the state of bliss.”

Ruiz, Don Miguel (‘The Four Agreements’)


* "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

* The Guest House
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

* “I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.”

Rumsfield, Donald


* "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling."
Runbeck, Margaret Lee (20th century, American writer)

* "If tomorrow were never to come it would not be worth living today."
Runes, Dagobert

* "Work is man's most natural form of relaxation."
Runes, Dagobert

* “Some are unable to do anything but some things are impossible to do.”

Rushd, Ibn, 10th century Andalusian philosopher


* “To understand a single life, you have to swallow the world.”

Rushdie, Salman


* "What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases
to exist."
Rushdie, Salman

* "One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears -- by
listening to them."
Rusk, Dean


* "A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money."
Ruskin, John

* "All real and wholesome enjoyments possible to man have been just as possible to him since he was made of the earth as they are now; and they are possible to him chiefly in peace. To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over plowshare or spade; to read, to think, to love, to hope, to pray -- these are the things that make men happy."

Ruskin, John

* "All the best things and treasures of this world are not to be produced
by each generation for itself, but we are all intended, not to carve our
work in snow that will melt, but each and all of us to be continually
rolling a great white gathering snowball, higher and higher, larger and
larger, along the Alps of human power."
Ruskin, John

* "Consider what heavy responsibility lies upon you in your youth, to
determine, among realities, by what you will be delighted, and among
imaginations, by whose you will be led."
Ruskin, John

* "Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means
teaching them to behave as they do not behave. It is not teaching the youth
the shapes of letters and the tricks of numbers, and then leaving them to
turn their arithmetic to roguery, and their literature to lust. It means,
on the contrary, training them into the perfect exercise and kingly
continence of their bodies and souls. It is painful, continual and
difficult work, to be done by kindness, by watching, by warming, by precept
and by praise, but above all - by example."
Ruskin, John

* "Education is leading human souls to what is best, and making what is
best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and
by the same means; the training which makes people happiest in themselves
also makes them most serviceable to others."
Ruskin, John

* "Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons."(*)
Ruskin, John

* “I believe that the first test of a truly great person is their humility. I do not mean by humility , doubt of their own powers. But really great people have curious feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them. And they see something divine in every person.”
Ruskin, John


* "In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."
Ruskin, John


* "It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends."
Ruskin, John

* "Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most
useless; peacocks and lilies for instance."
Ruskin, John

* "The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the
right thing, but enjoy the right things; not merely be industrious, but to
love industry; not merely be learned, but to love knowledge; not merely be pure,
but to love purity; not merely be just, but to hunger and thirst after
Ruskin, John

* "The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it"
Ruskin, John

* "There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of
joy and of admiration. That country is richest which nourishes the greatest
number of noble and happy human beings."
Ruskin, John

* "The virtue of the imagination is its reaching, by intuition and
intensity, a more essential truth than is seen at the surface of things."
Ruskin, John

* "When a person is wrapped up in themself they make a pretty small
Ruskin, John

* "When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
Ruskin, John

* "When we build ... let it not be for present delights nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think ... that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour, and the wrought substance of them. See! This our fathers did for us!"
Ruskin, John

* "Boredom is ... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."
Russell, Bertrand

* “Change is one thing, progress is another. 'Change' is scientific, 'progress' is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy."

Russell, Bertrand

* “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

Russell, Bertrand

* "Envy is the basis of democracy."
Russell, Bertrand

* "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of
cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of
truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life."
Russell, Bertrand ('Unpopular Essays' (1950))

* “How far is the pursuit of knowledge mainly actuated by love of power.”

Russell, Bertrand (after)


* "Into every tidy scheme for arranging the pattern of human life, it is
necessary to inject a certain dose of anarchism."
Russell, Bertrand

* “It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”

Russell, Bertrand

* “It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.”

Russell, Bertrand


* "It is good to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall
Russell, Bertrand

* "It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit:
divorced from it, they remain barren."
Russell, Bertrand

* "It is preoccupation with possession more than anything else, that
prevents people from living freely and nobly." (*)
Russell, Bertrand

* "Love cannot exist as a duty; to tell a child that it ought to love its
parents and its brother and sisters is utterly useless, if not worse."
Russell, Bertrand

* "Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of
good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones."
Russell, Bertrand

* “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”

Russell, Bertrand

* “Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.”

Russell, Bertrand


* “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Russell, Bertrand

* "One must care about a world one will not see."
Russell, Bertrand

* "Rules of conduct, whatever they may be, are not sufficient to produce
good results unless the ends sought are good."
Russell, Bertrand

* "The central problem of our age is how to act decisively in the absence
of certainty."
Russell, Bertrand

* "The more we realise our minuteness and our impotence in the face of
cosmic forces, the more astonishing becomes what human beings have
Russell, Bertrand

* "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the
intelligent are full of doubt."
Russell, Bertrand

* “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”

Russell, Bertrand


* "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life:
the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the
suffering of mankind."
Russell, Bertrand

* "To be able to use leisure intelligently is the last product of  civilization."
Russell, Bertrand, ('The Conquest of Happiness',1930)
(or "To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of
civilization." Arnold Toynbee -- both in 'The Forbes Book of Business

* “To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.”

Russell, Bertrand


* “To conquer fear is the beginning of Wisdom”

Russell, Bertrand


* "The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn."
Russell, David

* “We do not want our world to perish. But in our quest for knowledge, century by century, we have placed all our trust in a cold, impartial intellect which only brings us nearer to destruction. We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance. Only by learning to love one another can our world be saved. Only love can conquer all.”

Russell, Dora


* "We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to
prevent them."
Russell, Dora

* "A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one."
Russell, Lord John,

* “A kind word is like a spring day.”

Russian proverb


* “Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.”

Russian proverb


* "The future belongs to those who know how to wait."
Russian Proverb
(Or: 'Patience is a virtue.' proverb)

* "When you look at the world in a narrow way, how narrow it seems! When
you look at it in a mean way how mean it is! When you look at it selfishly,
how selfish it is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly
spirit, what wonderful people you find in it."
Rutledge, George

* "Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is
good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the
beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value -- and so
long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes."
Ryan, Ayn

* “Doubt is the key to knowledge.”

Sadi, Sheikh, 13th century, Persian Sufi poet.


* “Those who learn the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in their life, are like people who labor in their fields, but did not sow.”

Sadi, Muslih-uddin


 “Power without education is deplorable and education without power is in vain.”

Sadi, Sheikh, 13th century, Persian Sufi poet.


* "Accommodation to change and the thoughtful pursuit of alternative
futures are keys to the survival of civilization."
Sagan, Carl

* "Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome
for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

* "There is no hope of joy except in human relations."
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

* "The mark of the immature person is that they want to die nobly for a
cause, while the mark of the mature person is that they want to live humbly
for one."(*)
Salinger J.D. (quoting a psychiatrist, Allison Pearson, Evening Standard, 8
October 1997)

* “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”

Salk, Jonas


* "To be truly happy in this world is a revolutionary act because true
happiness depends upon a revolution in ourselves. It is a radical change of
view that liberates us so that we know who we are most deeply and can
acknowledge our enormous ability to love."
Salzberg, Sharon

* " I believe that peace begins in your mind, in your heart, and lives all around you. Remember, peace is on your lips an in your hands."

Sampson, Antoinette


* "One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the
necessary ingredients of happiness - simple tastes, a certain degree of
courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all a clear
conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain."
Sand, George (Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, 1804-1876)

* “ ….one changes from day to day …. every few years one becomes a new being”

Sand, George

* "I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way."
Sandburg, Carl

* “Long after people forget what you said, they’ll remember how you made them feel.”

Sanders, Tim (after …)


* "It isn't the thing you do;
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.
The tender word forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flower you might have sent
Are your haunting ghosts at night."
Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth

* "Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or
less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and
enabling it to make its peace with its destiny."
Santanya, George (1863-1952)

* "Every person in the world is better than someone else. And not as good
as some one else."
Santanya, George

* "Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence
remains a mad and lamentable experiment."
Santanya, George

* "Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."
Santanya, George

* “ O World, thou choosest not the better part!

   It is not wisdom to be only wise,

   And on the inward vision close the eyes,

  But it is wisdom to believe the heart.”

Santayana, George, O World, Thou Choosest Not (1894).


* "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those
who cannot remember the past are content to repeat it."
Santanya, George

* "The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness."
Santanya, George

* "The problem is how to get experience out of education."
Santanya, George

* "The Universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense
engine; its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, make it alike
impressive. If we dramatise its life and conceive its spirit, we are filled
with wonder, terror and amusement, so magnificent is that spirit, so
prolific, inexorable, grammatical and dull."
Santanya, George

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

Santayana, George


* "We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past,
and we must respect the past, knowing that once it was all that was humanly
Santanya, George

* “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

Saroyan, William

(American writer 1908-1981)


* “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”

Saroyan, William

* "If you have a finite point and it has no infinite reference point, then
that finite point is absurd"
Sartre, Jean-Paul

* "The more sand that has flowed through the sand glass of life the clearer
should our view of what is beyond it become."
Sartre, Jean-Paul

* "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seeded refusal of
that which others have made of us."
Sartre, Jean-Paul

* "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Sassoon, Vidal (Hairdresser)

* "We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form a
team we would be reorganised ... we tend to meet every situation by
reorganising, and a wonderful method it can be from creating the illusion
of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation."
Satyrion, Petronius Arbiter.

* "All organisms with complex nervous systems are faced with the
moment-by-moment question that is posed by life: What shall I do next?"
Savage-Rumbaugh, Sue and Lewin, Roger (1994.)

* “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

Savant, Marilyn vos


* "Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so
indispensable, none so powerful, as hope. Without hope people are only half
alive. With hope they dream and think and work."
Sawyer, Charles

* “Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.”

Schiller, Friedrich von


* "The world's history is constant, like the laws of nature, and simple,
like the souls of men. The same conditions continually produce the same
Schiller, Friedrich von

* "We learn by thinking and the quality of the learning outcome is
determined by the quality of our thoughts."
Schmeck, Ronald R. (Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois

* "To be practical in life means to take everything seriously and nothing
Schnitzler, Arthur

* "Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the
limits of the world."
Schopenhauer, Arthur. (German philosopher 1788-1861)

* "If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone,
would the human race continue to exists? Would not the potential parents
have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden
of existence, or at any rate not to take it upon themselves to impose that
burden upon it in cold blood."
Schopenhauer, Arthur

* “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

Schopenhauer, Arthur


* "The more a person finds their source of pleasure in themselves, the happier they will be … The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind."(*)

Schopenhauer, Arthur

* "Thus the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to
think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
Schopenhauer, Arthur.


* “You have to respect everyone, no matter how miserable or ridiculous he or she may be. You should remember that in every person lives the same spirit which lives in us.”

Schopenhauer, Arthur

* “I think ‘knowledge management’ is a bullshit issue. Let me tell you why. I can give you perfect information. I can give you perfect knowledge and it won’t change your behaviour one iota. People choose not to change their behaviour because the culture and the imperatives of the organization make it too difficult to act upon the knowledge. Knowledge is not power. Power is power. The ability to act on knowledge is power. Power is power. Most people in most organisations do not have the ability to act on the knowledge they possess. End of story.”

Schrage, Michael

( Teamwork Consultant, Knowledge Inc. Interview)


* "The image of the world around us that science provides is highly
deficient. It supplies a lot of factual information, and puts all our
experience in magnificently coherent order, but keeps terribly silent about
everything close to our hearts, everything that really counts for us."
Schrodinger, Erwin, (Nobel Prize winner in physics, 1933)

* "The more obligations we accept that are self-imposed, the freer we are."
Schroeder, John C.

* "An energetic middle life is, I think, the only safe precursor of a
vitally happy old age."
Schudder, Vida D.

* "Again and again, the impossible decision is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be taken."
Schuller, Robert, Dr

* "Someone once said to me, 'Reverend Schuller, I hope you live to see all
your dreams fulfilled,' I replied, 'I hope not, because if I live and all
my dreams are fulfilled, I'm dead. It's unfulfilled dreams that keep you
Schuller, Robert

* "Just remember once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
Schulz, Charles M.

* "My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm
happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?
Schulz, Charles M.

* “Ideas are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.”

Schurz, Carl


* “This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”

Schutz, Susan Polis


* "Capitalism, while economically stable and even gaining in stability,
creates by rationalising the human mind, a mentality and a style of life
incompatible with its own fundamental conditions, motives and social
Schumpeter, Joseph, (The Instability of Capitalism)

* "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong to
be set right."
Schurz, Carl

* "A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited
Schwab, Charles M. (US Steel Magnate)

* "I have yet to find a person, however exalted their station, who did not
do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than
under a spirit of criticism."
Schwab, Charles M.

* "Three people were laying bricks:
The first was asked: "What are you doing?"
They replied: "Laying bricks."
The second was asked: "What are you working for?"
They answered: "Five dollars a day."
The third was asked: "What are you doing?"
They answered: "I am helping to build a great cathedral."
Which person are you?" (*)
Schwab, Charles M.

* "When a person has put a limit on what they will do, they have put a limit on what they can do." (*)
Schwab, Charles M.

* “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

Schwarzkopf, Norman

(US Army commander, b1934)


* “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”

Schweitzer, Albert


* “Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.”

Schweitzer, Albert


* "Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing."
Schweitzer, Albert

(Or: “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” bl)

* "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the
only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought
and found how to serve."
Schweitzer, Albert

* "One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on
something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history."
Schweitzer, Albert

* "Reverence for life does not allow the scholar to live for their science
alone, even if they are very useful to the community in so doing. Reverence
for life does not permit the artist to exist only for their art, even if
they give inspiration to many by its means. Reverence for life refuses to
let the businessperson imagine that they fulfill all legitimate demands in
the course of their business activities. Reverence for life demands for all
that they should sacrifice a portion of their own lives for others."
Schweitzer, Albert

* "The future of civilization depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness
and hopelessness which characterizes the thought of people today."
Schweitzer, Albert

* "The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the
will to help others."
Schweitzer, Albert
(Or: * "There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the
common good is the greatest creed." Schweitzer, Albert)

* "Thought and analysis are powerless to pierce the great mystery that
hovers over the world and over our existence, but knowledge of the great
truths only appears in action and labour."
Schweitzer, Albert

*Until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.”

Schweitzer, Albert


* " We all live spiritually by what others have given us in the significant hours of our life. These significant hours never announce they are coming. They arrive unexpectedly. If we had before us those who have been a blessing to us and could tell them how it came about, they would be amazed to learn what passed over from their lives into ours."

Schweitzer, Albert

* "Whatever you have received more than others -- in health, in talents, in
ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of
home life -- all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course.
In gratitude for your good fortune, you must render in return some
sacrifice of your own life for another life."
Schweitzer, Albert

* "Every right has its responsibilities. Like the right itself, these
responsibilities stem from no man-made law, but from the very nature of the
human race and society. The security, progress and welfare of one group is
measured finally in the security, progress and welfare of the human race as
a whole."(*)
Schwellenbach, Lewis

* "Integrity is not a 90% thing, not a 95% thing; either you have it or you
Scotese, Peter

* “Wisdom is counsel about how life should be lived.”



* “The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”

Scott Fitzgerald, F. (1896-1940)


* “What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.”

Scott Fitzgerald, F.


* "The critical responsibility for the generation you're in is, to help
provide the shoulders, the direction, and the support for those generations
who come behind."
Scott, Gloria Dean Randle, (b1938, President of Bennett College, North

* “We have a society based on having and owning; we need a society based around being and giving.”

Scott, Mike


* "All human interactions are opportunities either to learn or to teach."
Scott Peck, M.

* "As soon as we think with integrity we will realise that we are all
properly stewards and that we cannot with integrity deny our responsibility
for stewardship of every part of the whole."
Scott Peck, M.

* "By attempting to avoid the responsibility for our own behaviour, we are
giving away our power to some other individual or organization. In this
way, millions daily attempt to escape from freedom."
Scott Peck, M.

* "By their openness, people dedicated to the truth live in the open, and
through the exercise of their courage to live in the open, they become free
from fear."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Genuine love implies commitment and the exercise of wisdom."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Going into the unknown is invariably frightening, but we learn what is
significantly new only through adventures."
Scott Peck, M.

* "In and through community lies the salvation of the world."
Scott Peck, M.

* "If we overcome laziness, all the other impediments to spiritual growth
will be overcome. If we do not, none of the others will be hurdled."
Scott Peck, M.

* "It is not so much what our parents say that determines our world view as
it is the unique world they create for us by their behaviour."
Scott Peck, M. 

* "Learning from their children is the best opportunity most people have to
assure themselves of meaningful old age."
Scott Peck, M.

* “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

Scott Peck, M.

* "Most of us believe that the freedom and power of adulthood is our due,
but we have little taste for adult responsibility and self-discipline."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Once we truely know that life is difficult -- once we truely understand
and accept it -- then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is
accepted, it no longer matters."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and
failure. Problems call for the our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they
create our courage and our wisdom."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom;
indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.
It is only because of problems
that we grow mentally and spiritually."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Simply seek happiness, and you are not likely to find it. Seek to create
and love without regard to your happiness, and you will likely be happy
much of the time."
Scott Peck, M.

* "The act of loving is an act of self-evolution even when the purpose of
the act is someone else's growth."
Scott Peck, M.

* "The degree to which we can develop world community and thereby save our
skins is going to depend primarily on the degree to which we human beings
can learn to empty ourselves."
Scott Peck, M.

* "The entirety of one's adult life is a series of personal choices,
decisions. If we can accept this totally, then we become free people. To
the extent that we do not accept this we will forever feel ourselves
Scott Peck, M.

* The feeling of being valuable is a cornerstone of self-discipline because
when you consider yourself valuable you will take care of yourself --
including things like using your time well. In this way, self-discipline is
Scott Peck, M.

* "The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with
Scott Peck, M.

* "The only real security in life lies in relishing life's insecurity."
Scott Peck, M.

* "There can be no vulnerability without risk; and there can be no
community without vulnerability; and there can be no peace -- ultimately no
life -- without community."
Scott Peck, M.

* "There is a force that somehow pushes us to choose the more difficult
path whereby we can transcend the mire and muck into which we are so often
born. Despite all that resists the process, we do become better human
Scott Peck, M.

* "To be organized and efficiently, to live wisely, we must daily delay
gratification and keep an eye on the future; yet to live joyously we must
also possess the capacity, when it is not destructive, to live in the
present and act spontaneously."
Scott Peck, M.

* "When we cling, often forever, to our old patterns of thinking and
behaving, we fall to negotiate any crisis, to truly grow up, and to
experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful
transition into greater maturity."
Scott Peck, M.

* "The time and the quality of the time that their parents devote to them
indicate to children the degree to which they are valued by their parents."
Scott Peck, M.

* "To be free people we must assume total responsibility for ourselves, but
in doing so we must possess the capacity to reject responsibility that is
not truly ours."
Scott Peck, M.

* "We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived."
Scott Peck, M.

* “Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behaviour, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.”

Scott Peck M.


* "Wise people learn not to dread but actually to welcome problems because
it is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has
its meaning."
Scott Peck, M.

* "Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!"
Scott, Sir Walter

* “The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”

Scott, Sir Walter


* "We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny,
unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine,
compared with the education of the heart."
Scott, Sir Walter

* "Be a friend to yourself, and others will follow."
Scottish proverb

* "Happiness comes when you are content with what you have done and with
what you are. Happy people look on their goals, their motives, their
feelings, and their situation and see themselves as intrinsically good."
Scruton, Roger

* "Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is
contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others."
Seabury, David

* "No person will work for your interests unless they are also theirs too."
Seabury, David

* "All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever happens to
the Earth happens to the children of the Earth."
Seattle, (American Chief)
(Or: * "People do not weave the web of life, they are merely a strand in
it. Whatever they do to the web, they do to themselves."(*))

* “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.

     All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.

     Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.

     Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Seattle, (American Chief)

* "No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic"
Seeley, John

* "Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly,
one-directionally, without regret or reservation."
Seldon, William H.

* “There must be more to life than having everything.”

Sendak, Maurice (b 1928) American writer.

* "A benefit consists not in that which is done or given, but in the
intention of the giver or doer."
Seneca the Elder (c55BC-AD39)

* "A good mind possesses a kingdom: a great fortune is a great slavery."

* "A person's ability cannot possibly be of one sort and their soul of
another. If their soul be well-ordered, serious and restrained, their
ability also is sound and sober. Conversely, when the one degenerates, the
other is contaminated."(*)

* "Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones."

* “Certain laws have not been written, but they are more fixed than all of the written laws.”



* "It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing."

* “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare they are difficult.”



*" It is part of the cure to wish to be cured."
(after Seneca: "Part of any cure is the wish to be cured." Anon)

* "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

* “Luck never made a person wise.”(*)



* “Many might have attained Wisdom had they not thought they had already attained it.”



* "My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach."

* “No person ever become wise by chance.”(*)


* "Nothing shall seem to me so truly my possessions as the gifts I have
wisely bestowed."

* “No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely. The fragile tress are those that have grown in a sunny valley.”



* "People trust their eyes rather than their ears; the road by precept is
long and tedious, by example short and effectual."(*)

* "Power exercised with violence has seldom been of long duration, but
temper and moderation generally produce permanence in all things."

* “The happiness of your mind depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”


* "The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable."

* “The most grievous kind of destitution is to need money in the midst of wealth.”



* "There is no favourable wind without direction."

* "There is nothing in the world so much admired as a person who knows how
to bear unhappiness with courage."

* "The reward of a good deed is to have done it."

* “Those that do good to another do good to themselves, not only in the consequences but in the very act. For the consequences of well-doing is in itself ample reward.”



* "To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who
aspire to power."

* “True wisdom consists in not departing from nature and in moulding our conduct according to her laws and model.”



* “Misunderstanding doesn’t exist. What exists is people who don’t talk.”

Senegal Saying


* “Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationships to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life. There is within each of us a deep hunger for this type of learning.”

 Senge, Peter M

(Author of ‘The Fifth Discipline’)


* “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Serenity Prayer


* "It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out -- it's the grain of sand
in your shoe."
Service, Robert

* "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind."
Seuss Dr

* "Consideration is not merely a matter of emotional goodwill but of
intellectual vigor and moral self-sacrifice. Wisdom must combine with
sympathy. That is why consideration underlies the phrase a scholar and a
gentleman ('person'), which really sums up the ideal of the output of a
college education."(*)
Seymour, Charles

* "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones."
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616, Julius Caesar)

* "If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favours not your hate."
Shakespeare, William (Macbeth)

* "Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken."
Shakespeare, William (Sonnet 116.)

* "Lord! we know what we are, but know not what we may be."
Shakespeare, William (Hamlet )

* "Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Shakespeare, William, (Cassius Julius Caesar)

* "Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own try self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
Shakespeare, William (Hamlet)

* "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
Shakespeare, William

* “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

Shakespeare, William


* "Some are born great,
some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them."
Shakespeare, William (Twelfth Night)

* “The fool doth think they are wise, but the wise know themselves to be fools.”

Shakespeare, William (As You Like It, Act 5 scene1)

* "The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessed;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than its crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself,
And earthy power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy."
Shakespeare, William (The Merchant of Venice)

* "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Shakespeare, William (Hamlet)

* "There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune:
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries."
Shakespeare, William (Julius Caesar)

* "Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing."
Shakespeare, William (Troilus and Cressida)

* "To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them?"
Shakespeare, William (Hamlet)

* "To be wise, and love
Exceeds man's might."
Shakespeare, William (Troilus and Cressida)

* " What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief."
Shakespeare, William (The Winter's Tale)

* "All the joy the world contains
Has come through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
Is there need for lengthy explanation?
Childish beings look out for themselves,
While Buddhas labour for the good of others:
See the differences that divides them!"
Shantideva, (eighth century Buddhist teacher)

* “The art of leadership: to bet well, to act in the face of uncertainty to create the future.”

Shapiro, Eileen


* “Today’s business leader cannot justify their existence by profits statements alone; they must also render service to their local, national, and world community.”

Shaver, Dorothy


* "Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time
Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)

* "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can."
Shaw, George Bernard

* “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
Shaw, George Bernard

* "It is not enough to know what is good; you must be able to do it."
Shaw, George Bernard, (Back to Methuslah, Act IV, scene1, AD 1921.)

* "It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most people dread it."(*)
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of bright torch which I have
got hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handling it on to future generations."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Make me a beautiful word for doing things tomorrow; for that surely is a great and blessed invention."
Shaw, George Bernard (Back to Methuselah, 1921)

* “Man is unique in that he has plans, purpose and goals which require the need for criteria of choice. The need for ethical value is within man whose future may largely be determined by the choice he makes.”

Shaw, George Bernard


* "Nobody can live in society without conventions. The reason why sensible
people are as conventional as they can bear to be is that conventionality
saves so much time and thought and trouble and social friction of one sort
or another that it leaves them much more leisure for freedom than
unconventionality does."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our
property is organized robbery; our morality an impudent hypocrisy; our
wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes; our power
wielded by cowards and weaklings; and our honour false in all its points. I
am an enemy of the existing order for good reason."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are
the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if
they can't find them, make them."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "People are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their
capacity for experience."(*)
Shaw, George Bernard

* "People never tell you anything until you contact them."(*)
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Some people see things as they are and ask 'Why?' I dream of things that
never were and ask 'Why Not?'"
Shaw, George Bernard (Also see Robert Kennedy?)

* “The business man – the man to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom.”

Shaw, George Bernard


* "The Golden Rule is that there are no golden rules."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding
up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "The reasonable person adapts themself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to them. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable person."(*)
Shaw, George Bernard

* "The nation's morals are like its teeth: the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "The test of a man or woman's breeding ('character') is how they behave in a quarrel."
Shaw, George Bernard

* “The trouble with them is that they lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”(*)

Shaw, George Bernard


* "The two things that worthless people sacrifice everything for are
happiness and freedom, and their punishment is that they get both only to
find that they have no capacity for the happiness and no use for the
Shaw, George Bernard

* "This is the true joy in life,

the being used for a purpose

Recognised by yourself as a mighty one.

The being thoroughly worn out

Before you are thrown on the scrap heap.

The being a force of Nature,

instead of a feverish, selfish little clod

of ailments and grievances

Complaining that the world

will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life

belongs to the whole community, and

for as long as I live, it is my privilege

to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die

for the harder I work, the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no 'brief candle' to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch

which I have got hold of for the moment.

I want to make it burn as brightly as possible

before handing it on to future generations."
Shaw, George Bernard

“We are made wise not by the recollection of the past but by the responsibility for our future.”

Shaw, George Bernard


* "We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."
Shaw, George Bernard Candida (1898)

* "We learn from experience that people never learn anything from experience." (*)
Shaw, George Bernard
(Or: "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." George
Bernard Shaw, (The Revolutionists Handbook) -- 'But if we learn that,
doesn't it then mean that we have learned something from history?' BL)

* "When a stupid person is doing something they are ashamed of, they always declares that it is their duty." (*)
Shaw, George Bernard

* “With freedom comes responsibility; that is why so many are frightened by it.”

Shaw, George Bernard


* "You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Youth is a wonderful thing; what a crime to waste it on children."
Shaw, George Bernard

* "Death is the veil which those who live call life:
They sleep, and it is lifted."
Shelley, Percy-Bysshe (1792-1822),

* “Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”

Shelley, Percy-Bysshe

* "The good want power, but to weep barren tears
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love, and those who love want wisdom."
Shelley, Percy-Bysshe, ( Prometheus Unbound, (1820) act 1, 1. 625.)

* "The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance."
Shelley, Percy-Bysshe

* "There is no real wealth but the labour of people. Were the mountains of
gold and the valleys of silver, the world would not be one grain of corn
richer; not one comfort would be added to the human race."
Shelley, Percy-Bysshe

* "Whatever strengthens and purifies the affections, enlarges the
imagination, and adds spirit to sense, is useful."
Shelley, Percy-Bysshe

* "A desire for bigness has hurt many folks. Putting oneself in the
limelight at the expense of others is a wrong idea of greatness. The secret
of greatness rather than bigness is to acclimate oneself to one's place of
service and be true to one's own convictions. A life of this kind of
service will forever remain the measure of one's true greatness."
Shelly, Richard W. Jr.

* "These are our times and our responsibilities. Every human being has a
sacred duty to protect the welfare of our Mother Earth, from whom all life
comes. In order to do this we must recognize the enemy -- the one within
us. We must begin with ourselves...."
Shenandoah, Leon, (of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.)


" *Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are."

Sheerin, John B.

* “When it come to giving some people stop at nothing.”



* "We shouldn't believe that small wrong doing can do no harm, because even
the small spark can ignite a giant pile of hay. Similarly, the value of the
smallest good deeds should not be underestimated, for even tiny flakes of
snow, falling one on top another, can blanket the tallest mountains in pure
Sherpa Buddhist aphorism (quoted by Norgay, Jamling Tenzing, Touching my
Father's Soul, Harper (2001), p307 - final paragraph of the book!)

* "The tiger of the mind is more ferocious than the tiger of the jungle."
Sherpa proverb (quoted by Norgay, Jamling Tenzing, Touching my Father's
Soul, Harper (2001), p221.)

* “Never measure your generosity by what you give, but by what you have left.”

Sheen, Bishop Fulton J.


* "You can lead people to knowledge, but you cannot make them think."
Shinnaman, Jerri

* "The price of awareness is enormous but it is not necessarily a
sacrifice. Much is demanded of you, because you have the capacity to
contribute and because you are a leader in business. This will be
especially true in the next ten to twenty years. For paying the price, you
will receive in return the priceless gift of your own growth and evolution,
your own greater consciousness and connectedness.
Shipka, Barbara (Leadership in a Challenging World: A Sacred Journey,,
Butterworth-Heinemann (1997), p198.)

* "We need to move into maturity and develop an understanding that progress
may mean lessening quantitative growth and increasing qualitative growth.
What qualitative growth of business and society could look like is part of
the mystery we are encountering."
Shipka, Barbara

* "Those who don’t know their own history are doomed to repeat it."
Shriram, Ram

* "The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armour against fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings,
Sceptre and crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade."
Shirley, James

* "No leader can make a happy, humane, workable society out of a stubborn
lot of individuals who are more conscious of their rights than of their
responsibilities, who accept a low moral standard in business and family
life, who want more than they need, and are motivated by fear and greed,
some of them forcing their will through blocs of special interests which
are prejudicial to the welfare of the whole society.'
Shoemaker, Samuel M.

* “The search for wisdom is a great challenge; to act on wisdom is an even greater challenge.”   



* "Liars ought to have good memories."
Sidney, Algernon

* "If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulin's or
killer T-cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love
themselves and others fully, the same change happens automatically. The
truth is 'Love heals.'"
Siegel, Bernie

* “Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.”

Sigmund, Stephen


* "Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your
own lives and conversation"
Sigourney, Lydia H.

* "Treat others as thou would'st be treated thyself."
Sikhism: (15th century A.D.)

* " There are no short cuts to any place worth going."

Sills, Beverly


* “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Sills, Beverly


* “He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn’t know.”

Simmel, George


* "Integrity is the first step to true greatness. People love praise, but
are slow to practice it."
Simmons, Charles

* "Live only for today, and you ruin tomorrow."
Simmons, Charles


* “No-one has a right to do as they please, except when they please to do right.” (*)

Simmons, Charles

* "Wealth is a dangerous inheritance, unless the inheritor is trained to
active benevolence."
Simmons, Charles

* "The only true source of politeness is consideration -- that vigilant
moral sense which never loses sight of the rights, the claims and the
sensibilities of others."
Simms, William

* "Those who would acquire fame must not show themselves afraid of censure.
The dread of censure is the death of genius."(*)
Simms, William
(Perhaps 'innovation' can usefully be substituted for 'genius'? bl)

* “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

Simone, John A. Sr


* “The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.”

Simone, John A. Sr


* "The world has never been so rich in helpers as it is today, and
consequently never have there been people so happy and so blessed in their
lives. Volunteers for human service seem to spring from the ground. It
would be difficult to point out a more encouraging fact for the world's
Simons, Minot

* "We have to believe in free will. We have no choice."
Singer, Isaac Bashevis

* “Simplicity doesn’t mean to live in misery and poverty. You have what you need and you don’t want to have what you don’t need.”

Singh, Charan

* "A scientist had a bird in his hand. He saw that it had life and,
wanting to find out in what part of the bird's body its life lay, he began
dissecting the bird. The result was that the very life he was in search of
disappeared. Those who try to understand the mysteries of the inner life
intellectually will meet with similar failure. The life they are looking
for will vanish in the analysis."
(An analogy to show how the 'secret and reality of blissful life' cannot be
discovered through intellectual or forensic probing)
Singh, Sadhu Sundar, (Indian Christian mystic)

* "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our
Sitting Bull

* "Put your heart, mind and intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.
This is the secret of success."
Sivananda, Swami

* "Some of us have turned our freedom into exploitation, our land into a
dust bowl. We can't make a nation strong when it is held together by the
rotten rope of self-interest. Too often we think of democratically only in
terms of getting our rights."
Sizoo, Joseph R.

* "A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do
under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."
Skinner B.F.

* “The future will be exactly like the past, only more expensive.”

Sladek, John


* "The central myth of the 20th century is that path to human destiny is by way of science, machines and rationality. This book has argued that these have been over-valued and that a more productive path will also require foresight and the pursuit of wisdom."

Slaughter, Richard A. ('The Foresight Principle: Cultural Recovery in the 21st Century', 1995)


* “Most of the conflicts and disagreements among men result from misunderstanding.”

Smedley, Ralph C.


* "Real communication is impossible without listening."
Smedley, Ralph C.

* "Understanding comes through communication, and through understanding we
find the way to peace."
Smedley, Ralph C.

* "Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow
of our burden behind us."
Smiles, Samuel (1812-1904, surgeon and author)

* "It will generally be found that people who are constantly lamenting
their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect,
mismanagement, or want of application."(*)
Smiles, Samuel


* “National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice.”

Smiles, Samuel


* “Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.”

Smiles, Samuel


* “The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.”

Smiles, Samuel


* " ... the most important results in daily life are to be obtained, not
through the exercise of extraordinary powers, such as genius and intellect,
but through the energetic use of simple means and ordinary qualities, with
which nearly all human individuals have been more or less endowed ..."
Smiles, Samuel

* “The secret of happiness: enjoy small pleasures.”

Smiles, Samuel


* "The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual."
Smiles, Samuel

* "Those who have most to do, and are willing to work, will find the most
Smiles, Samuel

* "To be worth anything, character must be capable of standing firm upon
its feet in the world of daily work, temptation, and trial."
Smiles, Samuel

* "We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often
discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably those who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
Smiles, Samuel

* "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater
part of the members are poor and miserable."
Smith, Adam

* "To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our
selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the
perfection of human nature."
Smith, Adam

* "What can be added to the happiness of someone who is in health, out of
debt, and has a clear conscience?"
Smith, Adam

* “Often our eyes see "those who are".....But who are we? A simple reflection of those who are? I am reminded to look within my own soul for answers. For we are all given a spirit of wisdom. Today may I not only see those who are, but may I also see who I am.”
Smith, Colleen

* "Leaders get out front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged."
Smith, Fred


* "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it,
to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in
trying to set people right."
Smith, Hannah Whitall

* "If you take the best of the enduring world religions, you have the distilled wisdom of the human race."

Smith, Huston (author of ‘The Illustrated World's Religions — A Guide To Our Wisdom Traditions’. Paraphrase)


* "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading."
Smith, Logan Pearsall

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

* "I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any
peace of mind until we secure our own soul."
Smith, Margaret Chase (b1897)

* "The future of civilization is, to a great extent, being written in the
classrooms of the world."
Smith, Milton L.

* "The person who cannot believe in themselves cannot believe in anything
else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in
our own integrity."
Smith, Roy L.

* "The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the person." (*)
Smith, Roy L.

* "Never try to reason the prejudice out of a person. It was not reasoned
into them and cannot be reasoned out."(*)
Smith, Stevie

* "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little
courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure people whom timidity
prevented from making a first effort."
Smith, Sydney (1771-1845)

* "Among the smaller duties of life, I hardly know any one more important
than that of not praising when praise is not due."
Smith, Sydney

* "It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to
rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember
and our weakness to forget."
Smith, Sydney

* "It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do
a little. Do what you can."
Smith, Sydney

* "Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is
the greatest happiness."
Smith, Sydney

* "No enjoyment, however inconsiderable, is confined to the present moment.
A person is the happier for life from having made once an agreeable tour,
or lived for any length of time with pleasant people, or enjoyed any
considerable interval of innocent pleasure."
Smith, Sydney

* "The only true way to make the mass of mankind see the beauty of justice
is by showing to them in pretty plain terms the consequences of injustice."
Smith, Sydney

* "Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative
Smith, W. Eugene

* “Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.”

Smollett, Tobias


* "When we act upon the formula of giving service
we seem to get what we want
and we also get it for the other person too.
In the high art of serving others,
workers sustain their morale,
management keeps its customers,
and the nation prospers.
One of the indisputable lessons of life
is that we cannot get or keep anything
for ourselves alone
unless we also get it for others too."
Sneed, J Richard

* "Do we know that truth is life and falsehood spiritual death? Do we know
that beauty is joy and ugliness sin? Do we know that justice is the
condition of well-being and happiness, while injustice of any kind is
defeat? In a universe of uncertainties these values alone are certain. They
give order and design to living."
Snow, Sydney Bruce

* "The future evolves in an orderly manner, out of the realities of the past,
filtered and shaped by the decisions of the present."
Snyder, David Pearce


* "Nature is not a place to visit, it is home."
Snyder, Gary, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner.

* "In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads
to breadth and power. We have to concentrate on a thing in order to master
it. Than we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties."
Sockman, Ralph W.

* "Individual thrift and responsibility for the future must be preserved if
we are to be healthy and prosperous under any social system, whatever it is
to be. No social planning can invent a substitute for the general principle
of individual self-support. Two irresponsible persons added together do not
make a happy home, nor do a thousand individual failures, however
organized, make a successful community."
Sockman, Ralph W.

* "Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real
Sockman, Ralph W.

* "The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
Sockman, Ralph W.

* “A short saying oft contains much wisdom.”



* “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writing, so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”



* "Grant to me that I may be made beautiful in my soul within, and that all
external possessions be in harmony with my inner man. May I consider the
wise man rich and may I have such wealth as only the self-restrained man
can bear or endure."
Socrates, (c469-399, Prayer of.)

* “He is richest who is content with the least; for content is the wealth of nature.”



* "I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world."

* “If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap and everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”



* "Nothing can harm a good man, either in life or after death."

* "One who permits malice is not a person of wisdom"(*)

* "The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms."

* “The Delphi oracle said I was the wisest of all Greeks. It is because that I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing –“


(“The person is wisest who realizes that their wisdom is worthless.” Socrates)


* “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.”



* "The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be
in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and
strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them."

* "The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire
to appear."

* "Those who want the fewest things are nearest to the gods."


* “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”


* “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

Socrates (or: ‘Wonder is the beginning of wisdom’)

* “For the very true beginning of wisdom is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love.”
Solomon (The Wisdom of)


* “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes.”

Solomon (Song of)

* "But I grow old always learning many things."


* "If all people were to bring their miseries together in one place, most
would be glad to take each their own home again rather than take a portion
out of the common stock."(*)

* “Learn all the time; do not wait in the faith that old age will bring wisdom by itself.”


* "The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between
political parties either, but right through every human heart."
Solzhenltsyn, Alexander, ('The Gulag Archipelago')

* "The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of
Solzhenltsyn, Alexander

* "One is remembered for what one does for others; not for what one does for self."
Soni, M.K.


* "Trust is the fabric that binds us together, creating an orderly
civilized society from chaos and anarchy .... Trust must be carefully
constructed, vigorously nurtured, and constantly reinforced."
Sonnenberg, Frank K.


* “A short saying oft contains much wisdom.”



* “Treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”



* "We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably those who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
Smiles, Samuel

* “The line between good and evil is in the centre of every human heart.”

Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag Archipelago)


* “Positive thoughts make you feel not only happier, but help you to live longer.”

Soni, M.K.


* “A short saying often contains much wisdom.”



* “Happiness depends on wisdom.”


* "Much wisdom often goes with fewer words."
(or “A short saying often contains much wisdom” Sophocles)

* “Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.”



* "One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it you
have no certainty, until you try."
Sophocles, (Trachiniae, 415 BC)

* “Our happiness depends upon wisdom all the way.”


* "The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all
our adversities."
(Or: "The greatest grief's are those we cause ourselves.")

* "There are many wonderful things, and nothing is more wonderful than

* "These things are in the future; we needs must do what lies at hand."



* “Though a person be wise, it is no shame for them to live and learn.”



* “Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.”



* "Wisdom outweighs any wealth."

* "If there be any truer measure of a person
than by what they do
it must be by what they give."(*)
South, Robert

* "Worry, whatever its source, weakens, takes away courage, and shortens
Spalding, John Lancaster

* "People can acquire knowledge but not wisdom."(*)
Spanish proverb
("But how do they learn wisdom?" bl)

* "When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you
often learn something."
Sparks, Jared

* "The gates of wisdom and truth are forever closed to those who are wise
in their own conceits; they have always opened before the expectancy of the
humble and the teachable. The great need of the religious soul is the
capacity to be receptive. It is a matter of record that no generation of
religious people throughout history has ever been lacking in the fellowship
and leadership of men and women of rare intellectual power."
Speers, Theodore C.

* "Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human
Spencer, Herbert

* "No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly
moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are
Spencer, Herbert

* "Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings and not by the
Spencer, Herbert

* “People must not forget that they are both decendents of the past and parents of the future.”

Spencer, Herbert, (bl after)


* "Science is organised knowledge."
Spencer, Herbert (Education, 1861)

* “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

Spencer, Herbert

(Philosopher 1820-1903)

* "The ultimate result of shielding people from the effects of folly, is to
fill the world with fools."
Spencer, Herbert

* "The wise person must remember that while they are a descendant of the
past, they are also a parent of the future."(*)
Spencer, Herbert

* "Time: That which people are always trying to kill, but which ends in
killing them."(*)
Spencer, Herbert

* "When a person's knowledge is not in order, the more of it they have the
greater will be their confusion."
Spencer, Herbert

* "This is an age in which the struggle is for people's minds; a struggle
to create understanding and sympathy between peoples of different races,
culture and history; a struggle in which all those who love freedom will do
all they can to establish at least a powerful mental alliance amongst
themselves against the forces of tyranny. Lets us each -- yourself and
myself -- all of us -- work toward the goal that in the end we may live in
peace and good will together."
Spender, Percey C.

* "We must do what we can to reduce, not increase tensions. We must do what
we can to present only the facts as we know them, not as we imagine them to
be. We must learn to live with crisis in an age which calls for cool heads
and accurate appraisals."
Spender, Percey C.

* "For myself, I am certain that the good of human life cannot lie in the
possession of things which, for one person to possess, is for the rest to
lose, but rather in things which all can possess alike, and where one
person's wealth promotes their neighbour's."(*)
Spinoza, Baruch

* "The world would be happier if people had the same capacity to be silent
that they had to speak."(*)
Spinoza, Baruch

* "It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

Spurgeon, Charles H.

* "Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many
people know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no
fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is
to have wisdom."(*)
Spurgeon, Charles H.

* “Wisdom is having things right in your life and knowing why.”

Stafford, William


* “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”

Stamp, Josiah


* "Be wiser than other people if you can but do not tell them so."
Stanhope, Philip Dormer, (Earl Chesterfield, 1694-1773, letter to his son
19 November, 1745.)

* "Money has little value to its possessor unless it also has value to
Stanford, Leland

“The greatest wisdom is to realize one’s lack of it.”

Stanislavsky, Konstantin

(or the importance of humility …bl)

* "I have no sympathy with the old idea that children owe such immense
gratitude to their parents that they can never fulfill their obligations to
them. I think the obligation is all on the other side. Parents can never do
too much for their children to repay them for the injustice of having
brought them into the world, unless they have insured them high moral and
intellectual gifts, fine physical health, and enough money and education to
render life something more than one ceaseless struggle for necessaries."
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady (American suffragist 1815-1902)

* "Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like
individual responsibility."
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady

* "The goal of life is imminent in each moment, each thought, word, act,
and does not have to be sought apart from these. It consists in no specific
achievement, but the state of mind in which everything is done, the quality
infused into existence. The function of people is not to attain objectives,
but to fulfill a purpose; not to accomplish but to be accomplished."
Stanton, S.E.

* "There will be selfishness and greed and corruption and narrowness and
intolerance in the world tomorrow and tomorrow's tomorrow. But pray we may
have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard
that will appeal to the best that is in people, and then strive mightily
toward that goal."(*)
Stassen, Harold E.


* “One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly”

Steadman, Edward C.


* “Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.”

Steele, Richard

* "Personal responsibility is the bricks and mortar of power. The
responsible person knows that the quality of their life is something that
they will have to make inside the limits of their fate. Some of these
limits can be pushed back and some cannot, but in any case the quality of
life will pretty much reflect the quality of the effort. When this link
between well-being and action is truly accepted, the result is power. With
this understanding and the knowledge that the individual is responsible, a
person can then see their margin of Choice. They can chose and act, choose
and act again, without illusion. They can create themself and make themself
felt in the world. Such a person has power."
Steele, Shelby

* "Greatness is a two-faced coin -- and its reverse is humility."
Steen, Marguerite

* “No-one really becomes a fool until they stops asking questions.”

Steinmetz, Charles P.


* "Feminine wisdom is a continual affirmation of life, through its eternal
readiness to respond to the quick of the moment; it is not communicated by
the word or rite, but through presence and being."
Stein, Robert (Incest and Human Love.)

“The wise person questions the wisdom of others because he questions their own, the foolish person, because it is different from their own. (*)

Stein, Leo

* "The life of the creative person is led, directed and controlled by
boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes. It is also
one of the most difficult ... in the end working is good because it is the
last refuge of the person who wants to be amused."
Steinberg, Saul

* "The Human Race, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the
universe, grows beyond their works, walks up the stairs of their concepts,
emerges ahead of their accomplishments."(*)
Steinbeck, John


“We’re all born into this mess. We’re not responsible for it. We’re only responsible for every day we let it go on without changing things.”

Steinem, Gloria

* "Money is a stupid measure of achievement but unfortunately it is the
only universal measure we have."
Steinmetz, Charles P.


* “No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.”

Steinmetz, Charles P.

* "Spiritual power is a force which history clearly teaches has been the
greatest force in the development of the human race. Yet we have been
merely playing with it and never have really studied it as we have physical
forces. Some day people will learn that material things do not bring
happiness, and are of little use in making people creative and powerful.
Then the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the
study of spiritual forces which have hardly been scratched."
Steinmetz, Charles P.

* "The mark of the immature person is that they want to die nobly for a
cause, while the mark of the mature person is that they want to live humbly
for one."
Stekel, William

* "Women are stronger than men -they do not die of wisdom.
They are better than men because they do not seek wisdom.
They are wiser than men because they know less and understand more."
Stephens, James (1882-1950, The Crook of Gold (1912), bk1, ch2.)

* "The question of wealth is like chasing a rainbow. I have hunted a
rainbow in an aeroplane, but always in the end it was just grey mist. It
seems to me that the pursuit of riches is such an exacting task that they
who strives for them must soon forget what it was they originally hoped to
acquire. Even if they remember, they are so old, and so weary, or both,
that the star they strove to reach turns out to be merely mist, grey mist,
and nothing more. What we thought was happiness is so seldom what we
thought it was."
Stephens, Theo (My Garden's Good-Night.)

* “Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.”

Sterne, Laurence


* "The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with
acquisition of it."
Sterne, Laurence

* "Happiness has many roots, but none more important than a sense of
Stettinus, Edward R. Jr.
('a perceived sense of security?' bl)

* "We can achieve the utmost in economics by engineering knowledge; we can
conquer new fields by research; we can build plants and machines that shall
stand among the wonders of the world; but unless we put the right person in
the right place -- unless we make it possible for our workers and
executives alike to enjoy a sense of satisfaction in their jobs, our
efforts will have been in vain."
Stettinus, Edward R. Jr.

* "A wise person does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided
by patience, and many have been precipitated by reckless haste."
Stevenson, Adlai (1900-1965)

* "Every age needs people who will redeem the time by living with a vision
of things that are to be." (*)
Stevenson, Adlai

* "It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts."
Stevenson, Adlai

* "It is often easier to fight for a principle than to live up to it."
Stevenson, Adlai

* "It is said that a wise person who stands firm is a statesman, and a
foolish person who stands form is a catastrophe."(*)
Stevenson, Adlai

* “Laws are never as effective as habits.”
Stevenson, Adlai

(‘But the issue is whether or not laws have a positive influence on the development of habits? BL)


* "My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be
Stevenson, Adlai

* "Nature is neutral. People have wrested from nature the power to make the
world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom;
only in our souls."(*)
Stevenson, Adlai

* "What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty,
in rights for everyone. These are social and political faiths that are part
of me, as they are, I suppose part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to
express. But part of  me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to
talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready
words are not at hand." (*)
Stevenson, Adlai

* "Anyone can carry their burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can
do their work, however, hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly,
patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that
life really means."
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894). Scottish writer and poet.

* “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Stevenson, Robert Louis


* "It is not enough to be ready to go where duty calls. People should stand
around where they can hear the call."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in
good spirits."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "Sympathy is a thing to be encouraged apart from humane considerations,
because it supplies us with the material for wisdom."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasure. It costs nothing in
money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our
friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "There are two things that people should never weary of -- goodness and
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By
being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world, which remain unknown
even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprise nobody so much as
the benefactor."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "Those people are a success who have lived well, laughed often and loved
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "To believe in immortality is one thing, but it is first needful to
believe in life."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true
success is to labour."
Stevenson, Robert Louis

* "If it is sensible for the child to make an effort to learn how to be an
adult, then it is essential for the adult to learn how to be aged."
Stieglitz, Edward

* “It is the hands of others who grow the food we eat, who sew the clothes we wear, who build the houses we inhabit; It is the hands of others who tend us when we’re sick and life is up when we fall; It is the hands of others who bring us into the world and who lower us into the earth.”

Stockinger, Dr James B.

University of California, Berkeley


* "We learn to do neither by thinking nor by doing; we learn to do by
thinking about what we are doing."
Stoddard, George D.

* "There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a
big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is
whether it is positive or negative."
Stone, W. Clement

* "You can take credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at
sixty, it will be your soul's own doing."
Stopes, Marie

* "Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?"
Stoppard, Tom

* "It is a tragic paradox that the very qualities that have led to a
person's extra-ordinary capacity for success are also those most likely to
destroy them."
Storr, Anthony

* "The past, the present and the future are really one -- they are today."

* "Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things
as they ought to be done."
Stowe, Harriet Beecher

* “The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.”

Straczynski, J. Michael


* “I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”

Stravinsky, Igor


* "Growing old -- it's not nice, but it's interesting."
Strindberg, Johan August

* "People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the
library with Aristotle and more time on the buses and in the subway."
Strunsky, Simeon

* "Complacency is the enemy of progress."
Stutman, Dave

* “What good can it do children when we talk about virtue but our actions bear witness to vice.”



* “We are forced to measure each moment partly in and of itself, for if everything is justified solely by the future, life because rather futile.”

Sutherland, Malcolm R. Jr


* "We worked unlimited hours as plant managers, to cover all the bases in
the old system. We were doing it for the money, and really, at a cost to
our families since we were gone so much. As a result some of us had ulcers
and other problems. When our goal is not correct, it's going to stress our
spiritual side too."
Suelflow, Robert

* "Teach the young people how to think, not what to think."
Sugarman, Sidney

* “All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled for power over their fellowmen in order that they might win the joys of earth at the expense of others, and might shift the burden of life from their own shoulders upon those of others.”

Sumner, William Graham (1840-1935)

* "Those people who start out with the notion that the world owes them a
living generally find that the world pays its debt in the penitentiary or
the poor house."(*)
Sumner, William Graham


* "As long as you can find someone else to blame for anything you are
doing, you cannot be held accountable or responsible for your growth or the
lack of it."
Sun Bear

* "No one can give you wisdom. You must discover it for yourself, on the
journey through life, which no one can take for you."
Sun Bear

* "Opportunities multiply as they are seized."

Sun Tzu


* "The successful person has unusual skill in dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all."

Sun Tzu


* “1. Do not be deluded. 2. If you can’t help being deluded, do not judge others, and do not feel guilty. 3. If you can’t help being deluded, and you can’t help judging or feeling guilt, do not open your mouth.”

Sutra, Engaku


* "Business wisdom is pretty straightforward. Act on the best evidence possible, and learn from your mistakes."
Sutton, Robert


* “It is not power that corrupts, but fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Suu Kyi, Aung San (1945- Nobel Peace Prize 1991)


* "When an old person dies, a library is lost."
Swann, Tommy

* "Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours."
Swedish proverb

* “If you buy what you don’t need, you steal from yourself.”

Swedish proverb

* "The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected."
Swedish proverb

* “The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”

Sweet, Leonard I.


* "We are rich only through what we give: and poor only through what we
refuse and keep."
Swetchine, Anne

* "We do not judge people by what they are in themselves, but by what they
are relative to us."
Swetchine, Anne

* " A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart."
Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

* "It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so
universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil
to mankind."
Swift, Jonathan

* "Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and
hornets break through."
Swift, Jonathan (Critical Essays upon the Faculties of the Mind)

* "May you live all the days of your life."
Swift, Jonathan

* "No wise person ever wished to be younger."(*)
Swift, Jonathan

* "Whosoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow
upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of
mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race
of politicians put together."
Swift., Jonathan (Gulliver's Travels.)

* "To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or
heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession
added to the best things of life."
Swinburne, Algernon Charles

* “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past …. we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you …. we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Swindoll, Charles


* The end of all knowledge should be in virtuous action."
Sydney, Philip

* "Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
Syrus, Publilius

* "It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others."
Syrus, Publilius

* "It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are."
Syrus, Publilius


* “No person knows what they can do until they try.” (*)

Syrus, Publilius

* "No person is happy unless they believe they are."(*)
Syrus, Publilius

* "The future struggles not to let itself be mastered."
Syrus, Publiliu

* "The wise person sees in the misfortune of others what they should
avoid."(*) (Or: * "The wise person avoids evil by anticipating it.")
Syrus, Publilius
("Wise people learn by the other people's mistakes, fools by their own."
Brown H.G.)

* "The stupid neither forgive nor forget, the naive forgive & forget; the
wise forgive but do not forget."
Szaz, Thomas (1920, The Second Sin (1973), Personal Conduct.)

* "Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and
thinking something different."
Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert

* "The person with the average mentality, but with control, with a
definite goal, and a clear conception of how it can be gained, and above
all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end."(*)
Taft, William Howard (27th President of the United States, 1857-1930)

* "Too many people don't care what happens so long as it doesn't happen
to them."
Taft, William Howard

* "Joy is everywhere;

it is in the earth's

green covering of grass;

in the blue

serenity of the sky:

in the reckless

exuberance of spring:

in the severe abstinence

of grey winter:

in the living flesh

that animates our bodily frame:

in the perfect poise

of the human figure,

noble and upright:

in living, in the exercise

of all our powers:

in the acquisition of knowledge

… Joy is there everywhere.

Tagore, Rabindranath


* “Our responsibility is no longer to acquire, but to be.”

Tagore, Rabindranath


* "We live in this world when we love it."
Tagore, Rabindranath

* "The art of putting the right people in the right places is first the
science of government; but that of finding places for the discontented is
the most difficult."(*)
Talleyrand, Charles Maurice de

* "The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite
its occurrence."
Talleyrand, Charles Maurice de

* "War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men."
Talleyrand, Charles Maurice de

* "Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans."
Talmadge, Betty

* "Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young; and
doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old."

* "Everyone whose deeds are more than their wisdom, their wisdom endures.
And everyone whose wisdom is more than their deeds, their wisdom does not

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



* "We do not see things as they are: we see things as we are."

* "The highest form of wisdom is kindness."

* "Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe."
Talmudic saying

* "The rich who are truly wealthy
Are those who relieve the needs of their neighbors."
Tamil (Quatrains 170)

* “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”

Tan, Amy (b1952) American Writer


* "Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain; and regard your
neighbour's loss as your own loss."
Taoism (6th century B.C.)

* "The wise person does not lay up treasure. The more they give to
others, the more they have for themselves." (*)
Taoism (The Simple Way)

* “Wise people seek solutions. The ignorant cast blame.”

Taoist proverb

* A strong man masters others. A truly wise man masters himself.
Taoist saying

* "In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present."
Tao Te Ching

* "Knowing others is intelligence.
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power.

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich."
Tao Te Ching

* "See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are,
Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things."
Tao-Te Ching

* "What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a
Tao Te Ching

* “ Without stirring abroad

            One can know the whole world;

            Without looking out of the window

            One can see the way of heaven.

            The further one goes

            The less one knows.”

Tao Te Ching

* "Man is a creature that in the long run has got to believe in order to
know, and to know in order to do."
Tate, Allen

* "An organized money market has many advantages. But it is not a school
of social ethics or political responsibility."
Tawney, R.H.

* "Clever people are impressed in their differences from their fellows.
Wise people are conscious of their resemblance to them."(*)
Tawney, R.H.

* "What matters is the kind of life which people lead and the
satisfaction they find in it. And here, I suspect, most of us think too
much of problems and too little of persons."
Tawney, R.H.

* "History is not another name for the past, as many people imply. It is
the name for stories about the past."
Taylor, A.J.P.

* "If people are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease
to respect each other for what they own."
Taylor, A.J.P.

* "When we think we're separate, we lose power. Whenever I say 'my', I
have lost my power. Power is not my power ... It is only gainable as part
of a larger whole. Then you communicate with the rest of yourself --
which may be a tree. You, reciprocally, are moved by the universe.
Whenever you shut down connectedness, you get depressed ... It's fearful
to know we're connected to everything in the universe, because we are
Taylor, Glenda

* "This day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet
born to the morrow. But if we look abroad and brings into one day's
thoughts the evil of many, certain and uncertain, what will be and what
will never be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable."
Taylor, Jeremy, theologian, (1613-1667)

* "Our greatest problems in life come not so much from the situations we
confront as from our doubts about our ability to handle them."
Taylor, Susan (b 1946, American journalist)

* Thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break your world by your thinking.”

Taylor, Susan

* "Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood."
Teague Jr, Freeman

* “When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange – my youth.”

Teasdale, Sara


* "Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to
complete and fulfil them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what
is deepest in themselves."
Teilhard de Chardin, Pieree (1881-1955)


* "The Future belongs to those who give the next generation hope."
Teilhard de Chardin, Pieree


* “Wisdom is that which makes men judge what are the best ends, and what are the best means to attain them, and gives a man advantages of counsel and direction.”

Temple, Sir W.


* "Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams."
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord (1809-1892)

* "Federation of the World
For I dipped into the future, far as the human eye could see,
Saw a vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
Saw the heavens filled with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens filled with shouting, and there rain'd a ghastly
From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue;
Far along the world-wide whisper of the south-wind rushing warm,
With the standards of the peoples plunging thoro' the thunderstorm;
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furl'd
In the Parliament of men, the Federation of the World.
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

* "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord , (Lodsley Hall (1837-8), line143.)

* "The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence
but in the mastery of his passions."
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

* " 'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

* "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
Mother Teresa

* "I know God will not give me
anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't
trust me so much."
Mother Teresa

* "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible
Mother Teresa

* "Love on earth begins at home."
Mother Teresa

* "The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace."
Mother Teresa (supplied by Matthew Kearney, wfs)

* “The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty – it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality.”

Mother Teresa


`* “There are many in the world dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.”

Mother Teresa


* “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”

Mother Teresa


* “To lead people, you have

      to understand them.

To understanding them, you have

      to be close to them.

To be close to them

      you have to love them.

If you don’t love them,

     you cannot lead.”

Mother Teresa

* "We can do no great things -- only small things with great love."
Mother Teresa

* "I believe that only by being in the presence of beauty and the great
things in the world around us can man eventually get the goddamn hatred
of wanting to kill each other out of his system. We begin to understand,
that we're only in this world such a short time its incredible we should
spend these few years hating and killing each other."
Terkel, Studs, (American Dreams Lost and Found.)

* "The world is a looking glass and gives back to everyone the reflection
of their own face."(*)
Thackeray, William Makepeace

* "We sow a thought and reap an act,
We sow an act and reap a habit,
We sow a habit and reap a character,
We sow a character and reap a destiny."
Thackeray, William Makepeace

* "The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself."

* "The unexpected happens"
Thatcher, Margaret

* "Miss no single opportunity for making some small sacrifice,
here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word;
always doing the smallest thing right and doing it all for love."
St. Therese of Lisieux

* "Many people have taken action, but if their state of being is not
peaceful or happy, the actions they undertake only sow more trouble and
anger and make the situation worse. So instead of saying 'Don't just sit
there; do something,' we should say the opposite, 'Don't just do
something; sit there.'"
Thich Nhat Hanh

* “Philosophy begins when we can discuss the language we use to discuss the world.”

Thinking, vol 17: No 4, p26.

* "A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same
once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the
shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone's
knowledge of themselves and the world around them."
Thomas, Dylan

* "No matter what the future holds in store for Mankind ... no matter
what the dawning of the Third Millennium may bring ... be it wisdom and
peace, or chaos and sorrow ... whether we take our first steps toward our
salvation ... or spiral into our damnation ... always remember to keep
your head held high, your shoulders square, a song in your heart, and
your eyes on the Goal. After all ... we are only Human. Right?"
Thomas, Edward J. (wfs)

* "We need science, more and better science, not for its technology, not
for leisure, not even for health and longevity, but for the hope of
wisdom which our kind of culture must acquire for its survival."
Thomas, Lewis (1979.)

* "And only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live in every
experience, painful or joyous; to live in gratitude for every moment, to
live abundantly."
Thompson, Dorothy (1894-1961)


* "No person is so foolish but they may sometimes give another good counsel, and no person so wise that they may not err if they take no other counsel than their own. Those that are taught only by themselves has a fool for a master."(*)
Thompson Hunter S.

* “All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise person.” (*)

Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)

* “Do not hire a person who does your work for money, but those who do it for love.” (*)

Thoreau, Henry David


* "It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."
Thoreau, Henry David

* "It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What
are we busy about?"
Thoreau, Henry David

* “It is the characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden, l, Economy


* "Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts, of life are
not only not indispensable, but positive hindrance to the elevation of
Thoreau, Henry David

* "Not till we are lost, in others words, not till we have lost the
world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realise where we are and the
infinite extent of our relations."
Thoreau, Henry David

* "Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only."
Thoreau, Henry David

* “To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.”

Thoreau, Henry David

* "We can never have enough of nature.
We need to witness our own limits
transgressed, and some life pasturing
freely where we never wander."
Thoreau, Henry David

* "Pessimistic future trends can only be reversed by a fundamental change
of heart in a sufficient number of people."
Thring Med (AGM British Association for the Club of Rome, 22 Sept 1999).

* "All men should strive
to learn before they die
What they are running
from, and to, and why."
Thurber, James

* “Basically the dominant competitive weapon of the 21st century will be the education and skills of the work force.”

Thurow, Lester


* "Four Noble Truths
1. All life is suffering.
2. Suffering is caused by desire.
3. The way to eliminate suffering is to reduce one's desire.
4. Buddhist practice is the pathway to the cessation of desire."
Tibetan Buddhism's foundation.

* "Hope ever tells us tomorrow will be better."

* "People of colossal fortunes are in effect, if not in fact, trustees
for the public."(*)
Tilden, Samuel

* "Fear is the absence of faith."

Tillich, Paul


* “The first duty of love is to LISTEN.”

Tillich, Paul


"Those who are sincere have the easiest task in the world, for, truth being always consistent with itself, they are put to no trouble about their words and actions; it is like travelling on a plain road, which is sure to bring you to your journey's end better than byways in which many
lose themselves."

Tillotson, John


* "Our lives are like the course of the sun. At the darkest moment there is the promise of daylight."
Times, London Editorial December 24th, 1984.


* "For the love of money is the root of all evil."

Timothy (1.6:10 Bible)


* "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out."

Timothy, (Bible)

* "Nobody has ever been improved by Fame."
Titchmarsh, Alan

* “Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.”

Tocqueville, Alexis de

(French historian, 1805-1959)


* "The public will always believe a simple lie over a complex truth."
Tocqueville, Alexis de

* "What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should
not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands.
In that way they do not form a class."
Tocqueville, Alexis de

* “Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.”

Toffler, Alvin

* “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.”

Toffler, Alvin


* “You have to think about ‘big things’ while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”

Toffler, Alvin


* “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those that wander are lost.”

Tolkien, J.R.R.


* "In doubt a person of worth will trust to their own wisdom."(*)
Tolkein J.R.R


* "The wise speak only of what they know."
Tolkein J.R.R.


* "Look at a tree, a flower, a plant.

Let your awareness rest upon it.

How still they are,

how deeply rooted in Being.

Allow nature to teach you stillness."

Tolle, Eckhart, 'Stillness Speaks'


* "And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves, but by the love for them that is in other people."
Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910)

* “A person should use the spiritual heritage which they have received from the wise and holy people of the past, but they should test everything with their intellect, accepting certain things and rejecting others.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “A person who has overindulged will blame their meals. The same happens with people who are not satisfied with life.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “A wise person is always joyful.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “A wise person may not be a scholar, but famous scholars are necessarily wise people.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Depression is a state of soul in which you can see no sense either in your own life or in the world around you. This is painful for others. When your spirits are low or you are in a bad mood, spend some time in solitude.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Dissatisfaction is a necessity; it compels us to work.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Everything which happens in the lives of human individuals or human societies has had its beginnings in thought. Therefore we can find explanations for everything that has happened to other people not in previous events but in thoughts which occurred before the events took place.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Faith is the understanding of the meaning of life and the acceptance of your duties and responsibilities connected with it.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* "Happiness does not depend on outward things but on the way we see them."
Tolstoy, Leo

* "Happiness lies in the search for truth, not in finding it."

Tolstoy, Leo

* “If you care too much for praise, you will accomplish nothing serious.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "If you want to be happy, be."

Tolstoy, Leo


* “If you want to have a good name and not a bad name, do not praise yourself and do not allow others to praise you.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “In order to change the order of things, either in ourselves or in other people, we must change not events, but the thoughts which created the events.”

Tolstoy, Leo


“In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* “It is better to do nothing than to do harm.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “It is better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “It is important to teach children kindness and simplicity in life and work. All moral and spiritual education of your children must be supported by your own good example. If you live virtuously, or at least try to do so, then the success of your good life will educate your children.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “It is impossible to study everything, so it is necessary to know what is essential.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “It would be nice if wisdom could flow from one person who is full of it to another who has none, in the same way that in two connected vessels water flows from one to the other until the level is the same in both of them. But the problem is that to achieve wisdom you have to make an independent, serious effort of your own.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of others, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of others.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Kindness is a necessary addition to everything.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Knowledge is a tool and not a purpose in itself.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness."

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Love helps a person; it provides the purpose of their life. Intellect shows them the means to fulfil it.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Love is real only when one person sacrifices themselves from another. When we forget ourselves for the sake of another, and live for another: only this kind of love can be called true love, and only in this love can we see the blessing and reward of life. This is the foundation of the world.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* "Nothing can make life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness."

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Only when we forget about ourselves, when we leave behind thoughts of ourselves, can we communicate fruitfully with other, listen to them and influence them.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyse it by encumbering it with remedies."
Tolstoy, Leo


* “People mistakenly think that virtue is knowledge of many things. But what is important is not the quantity, but the quality of the knowledge.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Read less, study less, but think more. Learn, both from your teachers and from the books which you read, only those things which you really need and really want to know.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* “Real knowledge may be obscured by unclear definitions and vague terminology. False scholars create unclear terms and artificial words.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Real love is not just love for some particular person, but the spiritual state of loving everybody.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Real love resides not in words but in deeds, and only real love can bestow wisdom.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Real wisdom is not in knowing what is good and what should be done; real wisdom is in knowing what is the better and what is the worse thing and therefore, what you should do first, and what you should do later.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Religion is simple wisdom which is directed to the heart and which is understood by the intellect.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* “Science is seldom connected with wisdom. A scholar may know much, but the wise person knows what is necessary both for humanity and for themselves.” (*)

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The best thing for the development of wisdom is continuous spiritual effort.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "The essence of religion consists solely in the answer to the question,
"Why do I live, and what is my relation to the infinite universe around
All the metaphysics of religion, all the doctrines about deities and
about the origin of the world, and all external worship - which all
usually supposed to be religion - are but indications (differing
according to geographical, ethnographical and historical circumstances)
of the existence of religion. There is no religion from the most elevated
to the coarsest that has not at its root this establishing of human
race's relation to the surrounding universe or to its first cause. There
is no religious rite however coarse, nor any cult however refined, that
has not this at its root. Every religious teaching is the expression
which the founder of that religion has given of the relation they
consider themselves (and consequently all other people also) to occupy as
a individual towards the universe and its origin and first cause."(*)
Tolstoy, Leo

* “The greatest truth is the simplest one.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The higher opinion a person has of themselves, the more unstable is their position; the lower they place themselves in their own estimation, the firmer they stand.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "The highest wisdom has but one science - the science of the whole -
the science explaining the whole creation and our place in it."(*)

Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910, War & Peace Book V, ch2)

* “The humbler a person is, the freer and stronger they are.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The improvement of society can be achieved only by the moral improvement of its citizens.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The more upset a person is with people and circumstances, and the more satisfied they are with themselves, the further they are from wisdom.” (*)

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The most important time is now; it is the only time we have any power.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The more you transform your life from the material to the spiritual domain, the less afraid of death you become. Someone who lives a truly spiritual life has no fear of death.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The only real science is the knowledge of how a person should live their life. And this knowledge is open to everybody.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future. The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing at your side, happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life."

Tolstoy Leo ( 'Three questions'. Mankato, MN: creative Education Incorporated)

* “The purpose of human life is to transform the irrational into the rational. In order to succeed in this, two things are important:

-         note all irrational, unwise things in life and direct your attention to them and study them.

-         Understand the possibility of a rational, wise life.

The first aim of all teachers of mankind has been the understanding of the irrational and rational beginnings in our life.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "There are no conditions of life to which a person cannot get accustomed, especially if they see them accepted by everyone about them."(*)

Tolstoy, Leo


* “There are tow ways to avoid poverty. The first is to acquire wealth, and the second is to limit your requirements. The first is not always within our power, but the second always is.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “There is a natural simplicity, there is a simplicity of wisdom. Both of them evoke love and respect.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “There is no evil in this world. All evil exists in our souls and can be destroyed.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “The smallest detail can benefit the refinement of character. Do not say that small details are unimportant. Only those with high morals can see the importance of small details.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* "The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."

Tolstoy, Leo

(Or: "The vocation of every man and women is to serve other people." Tolstoy, Leo)


* “To respond to evil with kind words or to do good in return for some evil action is the best and the most accessible way to stop evil in this world.”

Tolstoy, Leo

* “We live for ourselves only when we live for others. It seems strange, but try it, and you will discover this truth from your own experience.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “We should all make an effort, even if it is a small one, to improve the general well-being of humanity.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “What a joy it is to do good. And this joy is increased when no one knows that you have done it.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “What is important is not the quantity of your knowledge but its quality. You can know many things without knowing what is the most important.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “What we should teach our children are those things which are common to all religions – Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc, and those things which are clear to everybody: the moral science of love and the unification of people.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “When you approach someone, you should think not about how they can help you but how you might serve them.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Wisdom is knowledge of good. But we cannot know everything. The real wisdom is not to know everything, but to know what is necessary, what is less necessary, and what is completely unnecessary. Among the necessary knowledge is the knowledge of how to live well – that is how to produce the least possible evil and the greatest goodness in one’s life.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “Wisdom is the understanding of life’s eternal truths.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “You should live in such a way that violence is quite unnecessary.”

Tolstoy, Leo


* “For fast acting relief, try slowing down.”

Tomlin, Lily


* "The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."

Tomlin, Lily

* “The world is what we think it is. If we can change our thoughts, we can change the world.”

Tomlinson, H. M


* “We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.”

Toomer, Jean (1894-1967) American writer.


"Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor
Torke, Michael

* “A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for their people so that they can get on with their jobs.”

Townsend, Robert


* "If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong – that’s healthy."

Townsend, Robert


* "True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the
enrichment of the leaders."
Townsend, Robert


* “As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.”

Toynbee, Arnold

(Historian, 1889-1975)


    * "Civilization is a movement, not a condition. A voyage and not a harbour."

Toynbee, Arnold

* "Futurists are revolutionaries who consciously and deliberately set out

to break with a disintegrating past in order to create a new society."

Toynbee, Arnold

* "Nationalism is the big enemy of the human race. Technology has made

the world one, and nationalism tries to keep it apart."

Toynbee, Arnold

* "The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when

we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have

become defenceless against ourselves."

Toynbee, Arnold

* "To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of


Toynbee, Arnold

* "We are in the first age since the dawn of civilization in which people

have dared to think it practicable to make the benefits of civilization

available to the whole human race."

Toynbee, Arnold

('It's the pressures of democracy that leave us with littler choice!' bl)

* "Feminism is the most revolutionary idea there has ever been. Equality for women demands a change in the human psyche, more profound than anything Marx dreamed of. It means valuing parenthood as much as we value banking."

Toynbee, Polly

* “An average person with average talents and ambition and average education can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society if the person has clear focused goals.”

Tracy, Brian


* "Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into."

Tracy, Brian


* "In life you can never be too kind or too fair, everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with."

Tracy, Brian


* "Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite futures."

Tracy, Brian


* "Remember the Greek saying that character strength comes from a long
process of dealing with adversity. Character is the result of countless
hours of dealing with difficulties in a constructive way., Unfortunately,
it isn't a quick process."
Tracy, Brian


* “Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the infinate future.”

Tracy, Brian

* "As I learnt very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any
political question is: What is the alternative?"
Lord Trent

* "Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real
Trevelyan, G.M.

* "Education .... has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading."
Trevelyan, G.M.


* “When you try to change a person’s paradigm, you must keep in mind that they can hear you only through the filter of the paradigm they hold.(*)

Tribus, Myron


* “Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.”

Trinummmus, II, ii, l 88.


* "Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can
afford it."
Trollope, Anthony

* "The twentieth century really belongs to those who will build it. The
future can be promised to no one."
Trudeau, Pierre

* “My grandparents didn’t teach me spirituality, they taught me wisdom. There’s a difference.”

Trudell, John


* "Democracy is based on the conviction that people have the moral and
intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right to govern
themselves with reason and justice."(*)
Truman, Harry S.

* "I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did
the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and
enthusiasm and hard work."
Truman, Harry S.

* “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Truman, Harry S.

* I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is.”

Trump, Donald


* "A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don't
appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness
towards themselves, they cannot experience harmony or peace within
themselves, and therefore what they project on to others is also
inharmonious and confused."
Trungpa, Chogyam, (Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior)

* “It is the mind that rules the body”

Truth, Sojourner (1797-1883, American evangelist and reformer)


* "I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or
whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."
Tse, Chaung

* "Many Worlds -- Many Times
Look, it cannot be seen -- it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard -- it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held -- it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark;
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless.
The image of the imageless.
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao."
Tse, Lao, Tao Te Ching, (A New Translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane
English, Random House (1972) in The Unseen Universe of Mind and Matter,
Daniel Weiss Miller, Beyond the Realm Publishing. (1993), p204)

* "Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought
contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences
and a flourishing socialist culture in our land."
Tse-Tung, Mao

* "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Tubman, Harriet


* "Friendship of a kind that cannot easily be reversed tomorrow must have
roots in common interests and shared beliefs."
Tuchman, Barbara

* “If we wait for the moment when everything absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”

Turgenev, Ivan


* "Nature is not a temple, but a workshop, and people the workmen in it."(*)
Turgenev, Ivan

* “Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.”

Turkish proverb

* “Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.”

Turner, Dale E.


* "Intellect and industry are never incompatible. There is more wisdom,
and will be more benefit, in combining them than scholars like to
believe, or than the common world imagine; life has time enough for both,
and its happiness will be increased by the union."
Turner, S.

* "Management that wants to change an institution must first show it
loves that institution."
Tusa, John

* “Concern for others is the best form of self interest”

Tutu, Desmond


* "When you look at a massive problem it is good to remember about eating
an elephant. There is only one way to eat it; one piece at a time. The
sea is vast but the sea is just drops of water and each drop counts."
Tutu, Desmond

* "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is
Twain, Mark

* “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news, it’s to get people mad enough to do something about it.”

Twain, Mark


* "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
Twain, Mark
("Anyone with a poor memory should always tell the truth" Anon)

* "It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them
and not deserve them."
Twain, Mark

* "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world,
and moral courage so rare."
Twain, Mark

* “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can somehow, become great.”

Twain, Mark


* Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life.”

Twain, Mark


* "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human
Twain, Mark

* “The important thing is not how much we don’t know, as how wrong we are in what we think we know.”
Twain, Mark


* "The most successful people are those who do all year long what they
would otherwise do on their summer vacation."
Twain, Mark

* “The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.”

Twain, Mark


* "To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler --
and less trouble."
Twain, Mark

* “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.

Twain, Mark

* "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the
wisdom that is in it -- and stop there; lest we
be like the cat that sits down on a hot
stove-lid. She will never sit down on
the stove-lid again -- and that is well;
but also she will never sit down
on a cold one any more."
Twain, Mark, (Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calender.)

* "All wise people share one trait in common: the ability to listen."(*)
Tyger, Frank

* "Being able to do something well is one of life's great joys."
Tyger, Frank

* "Even doing nothing takes doing."
Tyger, Frank

* "Learning is either a continuing thing or it is nothing."
Tyger, Frank

* "One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and
develop talent in others."
Tyger, Frank

* "Progress is not created by contented people."
Tyger, Frank

* "The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin."
Tyger, Frank

* "When it comes to winning, you need the skill and the will."
Tyger, Frank

* "When you like your work, every day is a holiday."
Tyger, Frank

* "To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders."
Tzu Chuang (369-286 B.C.)

* "So great is the confusion of the world that comes from coveting
Tzu, Chuang

* “All actions must have a beginning and true compassion originates not as a philosophical ideal but as a feeling which motivates us to help others.”

U Ba Khin


* “Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.”

Udall, Morris K.


* “It is when you are really living in the present – working, thinking, lost, absorbed in something you care about very much, that you are living spiritually.”

Ueland, Brenda (1891-1985, American writer, editor and educator)


* "Nothing in this world is so marvellous as the transformation that a
soul undergoes when the light of faith descends upon the light of
reason." (*)
Ullathorne, W. Bernard (Endowments of Man)

* "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or
eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes
constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity."
Ullman, Harvey

* "Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind, it is not a matter
of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a
quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness
off the deep springs of life.
Youth means the temperamental predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in
a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a
number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the
soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back
to dust. Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart
the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next, and
the joy of the game of living."
Ullman, Samuel

"The Earth Prayer
We join with the earth and with each other
to bring new life in the land,
to restore the water,
to refresh the air.
We join with the earth and with each other
to renew the forests,
to care for the plants
to protect the creatures.

We join with the earth and with each other
to recreate the human community,
to promote justice and peace,
to remember our children.
We join with the earth and with each other.
We join together as many and diverse expressions of one's loving
for the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life."
United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program.

* "Someone has well said, 'Success is a journey, not a destination.'
Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for
then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this
minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact
that life is good, with all of its trails and troubles, and perhaps more
interesting because of them."
Updegraff, Robert R.

* “It is our responsibilities, not ourselves that we should take seriously.”
Ustinov, Peter


* "The point of living, and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough
to believe the best is yet to come."
Ustinov, Peter

* "Though completely armed with knowledge and endowed with power, we are
blind and impotent in a world we have equipped and organized -- a world
of which we now fear the inextricable complexity."
Valery, Paul
('Because we do not feel that we understand it?'.. BL)

* "We can all image care without wisdom, but not wisdom without care."
Valliant, George

* "Since nothing is settled until it
is settled right, no matter how
unlimited power a person may have, unless they exercises it fairly and
justly their actions will return to plague them."(*)
Vanderlip, Frank A.

* "Human beings are perhaps never more frightened than when they are
convinced beyond doubt that they are right."
van der Post, Laurens

* "Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment
exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know
more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better."
Van Doren, Mark

* "Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live."
Van Dyke, Henry
(Or: "We might not be able to add many more years to our lives but most
of us can add plenty of life to our years." Anon)

* "If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time
with them, and half as much money."
Van Nuren, Abigail

* "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
Vaughan, Harry

* "Go out into the woods and valleys, when your heart is rather harassed
than bruised, and when you suffer from vexation more than grief. Then the
trees all hold out their arms to you to relieve you of the burden of your
heavy thoughts; and the streams under the trees glance at you as they run
by, and will carry away your trouble along with the fallen leaves."
Vaughan, Robert (1795-1868)

* "Happy are they who have been able to learn the causes of things and
have put under their feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife
of the hell of greed."
Virgil (c70-19BC)

* "Love conquers all."
(Or: "All you need is love." The Beatles)

* "The noblest motive is the public good."

* "They can because they believe they can."

* "Be neither a conformist or a rebel, for they are really the same thing. Find your own path, and stay on it."
Vixie, Paul

* "Our whole civilization is based on a hypothetical future and the idiocy
of fortune-telling."
Vizinczey, Stephen

* “A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.”



* “Doubt is not a pleasant state, but certainty is a ridiculous state.”



* "Humility is the modesty of the soul. It is the antidote to pride."
Voltaire (Philosophical Dictionary)

* “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”



* "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."

* "It is sad that being a good patriot often means being the enemy of the
rest of mankind."

* "Judge a person by their questions rather than their answers."(*)

* "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking"



* “Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”


* "The best is the enemy of the good."

* “The biggest reward for a think well done is to have done it.”



* "The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good,
are the two most important aims of philosophy."

* “The only way to compel people to speak good of us is to do it.”


* "There has never been a perfect government because people have passions;
and if they did not have passions, there would be no need for

* "Work is often the father of pleasure."

* "Work spares us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need."

* "The congruence of past, future, and present is now."
Voyiatzis, Yorgos (wfs)

* "Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves
arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but the
children produce adults."
Vries, De, Peter (American novelist 1910-1993)

* "Joy is not in things, it is in us."
Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

* “Nothing motivates a person more than to see their boss putting in an honest day’s work.”(*)



"No man or women is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.”
Waitley, Denis E. (1933-)


* "Procrastination is the fear of success.
People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success
that they know will result if they move ahead now.
Because success is heavy, carries responsibility with it,
it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the

'someday I'll' philosophy."
Waitley, Denis E.


* “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exit, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

Waitley, Denis E.


* “You can’t do good if you don’t feel good.”

Waitley, Denis E.

* “A physicists is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.”

Wald, George


* “The first consideration a wise person fixeth upon is the great end of their creation; what it is, and wherein it consists; the next is of the most proper means to that end.”



* "It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before
the game ever starts."
Walker, Addison.

* "Nations have no existence apart from their people. If every person in
the world loved peace, every nation would love peace. If all people refused
to fight one another, nations could not fight one another."
Wallace, J. Sherman

* "But a mighty power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle,
Is the hand that rules the world."
Wallace, W.R. US Poet

* "The world is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who
Walpole, Horace


* “To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom. I know and the best philosophy is to do one’s duties, take the world as it comes submit respectfully to one’s lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is; and despise affection.”

Walpole, Horace

* "An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The person who plans
knows where they are going, knows what progress they are making and has a
pretty good idea when they will arrive. Planning is the open road to your
destination. If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to
get there?"(*)
Walsh, Basil S.


* “There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfil certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind; for wisdom.”

Walters, J. Donald


* “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.”

Walton, Helen


* “The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is no blessing. They believe rather that the great virtue of a person lies in their ability to correct their mistakes and continually to make a new person of themselves.”

Wang Yang-ming


* “Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.”

Ward, William Arthur


* “Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.”

Ward, William Arthur


* “The mediocre teacher tells.

      The good teacher explains.

      The superior teacher demonstrates.

      The great teacher inspires.”

Ward, William Arthur


* “Will someone else’s life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?”

Ward, William Arthur


* “The pessimist finds fault; the optimist discovers a remedy.

    The pessimist seeks sympathy; the optimist spreads cheer.

    The pessimist criticizes circumstances; the optimist changes conditions.

    The pessimist complains about the apple seeds; the optimist plants them.

    The pessimist imagines impending peril; the optimist sees signs of prosperity.

    The pessimist disparages; the optimist encourages.

    The pessimist creates loneliness; the optimist finds friends.

    The pessimist nibbles at the negative; the optimist is nourished by the positive.

    The pessimist builds barriers; the optimist removes roadblocks.

    The pessimist invents trouble; the optimist enriches the environment.”

            ‘Pessimist or Optimist’

Ward, William Arthur


"They always say that time changes things, but actually you have to
change them yourself."
Warhol, Andy

* "One cannot overestimate the power of a good rancorous hatred on the part
of the stupid. The stupid have so much more industry and energy to expend
on hating. They build it up like coral insects."
Warner, Sylvia Townsend (1893-1978).

* "I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was
forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend
consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old -- many people don't have
that privilege.'"
Warren, Earl


* “There is great work to be done. The foundations of the new world must be laid by those who have the courage to change the old; by those whose arteries are still soft and clean, whose minds are still active, and hearts still generous.”

Warren, Earl

* “If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much people loved wisdom.” (*)

Washburn, Lemuel K. (Is the Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911)


* “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

Washington, Booker T. (American educator, 1856-1915)


* "No person who continues to add something to the material, intellectual
and moral well-being of the place in which they live is left long without
proper reward."
Washington, Booker T.

* " The longer I live the more
I am convinced that the one thing worth
living for and dying for is the privilege of making someone more happy and
more useful. No person who ever does anything to lift their fellows ever
makes a sacrifice."(*)
Washington, Booker T.

"The world cares very little about what men or women know; it is what

people do that counts."(*)

Washington, Booker T.

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I

may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of

our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our


Washington Martha    (1732-1802, Former First Lady of the United States.

    Inside this Issue: Solving Problems Effectively.)       

* "I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or
misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
Washington, Martha

* "The message I would give to young people is: Don’t be the best in your class. If you’re the best in your class you’re in the wrong class."
Watson, James (Nobel Medicine 1962)


* "Some day a child is going to sue its parents for being born. They will
say, my life is so awful with these terrible genetic defects and you just
callously didn't find out."
Watson, James D. (American biologist)

* "All great questions of politics and economics come down in the last
analysis to the decisions and actions of individual men and women. They are
questions of human relations, and we ought always to think about them in
terms of men and women -- the individual human beings who are involved in
them. If we can get human relations on a proper basis, the statistics,
finance and all other complicated technical aspects of these questions will
be easier to solve."
Watson, Thomas J.

* "Wisdom is the power that enables us to use knowledge for the benefit of
ourselves and others.
Watson, Thomas J.

* “Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

Watson, Thomas J.

* "High ethical standards bring about efficient business methods."
Watts,  Alan W.

(author The Wisdom of Insecurity)

* "The future is a concept -- it doesn't exist! There is no such thing as
tomorrow! There never will be because time is always now. That's one of the
things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We
find there is only present, only an eternal now."
Watts, Alan W.


* “The greater the scientist, the more they are impressed with their ignorance of reality, and the more they realize that their laws and labels, descriptions and definitions, are the products of their won thought. They help them to use the world for purposes of their own devising rather than understand and explain it.”
Watts,  Alan W.


* “To know and love another human being is the root of all wisdom”

Waugh, Evelyn

* “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you never spent a night in a room with a single mosquito.”

Way, Charles S. (Chairman, SC Department of Commerce)


* "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes in to us at midnight
very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday."
Wayne, John (1907-1979)

* "Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth -- that
individuals would not have attained the possible unless time and again they
had reached out for the impossible."(*)
Weber, Max

* "Every human being has four hungers; the hunger for loins, the hunger of
the belly, the hunger of the mind and the hunger of the soul. You can get
by a long time on loins and the belly, but there is a good deal of evidence
that even the meanest of people eventually crave something for the mind and
Webb, James

* “Failure is more frequently from want of energy than from want of capital.”

Webster, Daniel


* "If we work marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will
efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work
upon immortal minds and install into them just principles, we are then
engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and
brighten to all eternity."
Webster, Daniel

* "It is not accumulated general experience per se that leads to wisdom, but in contrast, experiences that are difficult, morally challenging and require profundity."
Webster, Daniel

* "It is the glorious prerogative of the empire of knowledge that what it
gains it never loses. On the contrary, it increases by the multiple of its
own power: all its ends become means; all its attainments help to new
Webster, Daniel

* "Justice is the great interest of the human race on earth. It is a
ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together."(*)
Webster, Daniel

* "Mind is the great level of all things; human thought is the process by
which human ends are answered."
Webster, Daniel

* "No government is respectable which is not just. Without unspotted purity
of public faith, without sacred, public principle, fidelity and honor, no
mere forms of government, no machinery of laws, can give dignity to
political society."
Webster, Daniel

* “Wisdom begins at the end.”

Webster, Daniel

* "Nowadays we think of revolution not as the solution to problems posed by
current developments but as a miracle which releases us from the obligation
to solve these problems."
Weil, Simone

* “A true friend is someone who is there for you when they would rather be somewhere else.” (*)

Wein, Len


* “Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation – literally. And ‘knowledge workers’ are simply those people whose job consists of having interesting conversations.”

Weinberger, David

(author ‘The Clue Train Manifesto’)


* "You want to know how to overcome despair?
I will tell you. By helping others overcome despair."
Weisel, Elie

* "The 'preferred future' -- an image of aspiration -- (is) a powerful
guidance mechanism ... When people plan present actions by working
backward from what is really desired, they develop energy, enthusiasm,
optimism and high commitment."
Weisbord, Marvin

* "Youngsters and adults cannot learn if information is pressed into their
brains. You can teach only by creating interest, by creating an urge to
know. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed into it. First,
one must create a state of mind that craves knowledge, interest and
Weisskopf, Victor (American physicist)

*“An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage.”

Welch, Jack (former GE chairman and CEO)


* “I am convinced that if the rate of change inside an institution is less that the rate of change outside, the end is in sight.”

Welch, Jack


* "The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount
of responsibilities which they must assume for their won welfare and
Welch, Robert

* "I don't believe in happiness; why should we expect to be happy? In such
a world as this, depression is rational, rage reasonable."
Weldon, Fay

* "A right is not effectual by itself, but only in relation to the
obligation to which it corresponds .... An obligation which goes
unrecognised by anybody loses none of the full force of its existence. A
right which goes unrecognised by anybody is not worth very much."
Well, Simone

* "It is the business of the statesman to provide a decent burial for the
past and to facilitate the birth of the future."
Wellesley, Victor

* "The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the
home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think
but the home must teach them what to believe."
Wells, Charles A.

* "A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient measure of
social justice to ensure health, education and a rough equality of
opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to
open a new phase in human history."
Wells, H.G.

* "God damn you all: I told you so."
Wells, H.G.

* "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and
Wells, H.G.

* "In the scientific world I find just that disinterested devotion to great
ends that I hope will spread at last through the entire range of human
Wells H.G.

* "Our true nationality is mankind."
Wells H.G.

* “The past is but the beginning of the beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”

Wells H.G.

* "When a person realises their littleness, their greatness can appear."
Wells H.G.

* "Be honourable yourself if you wish to associate with honourable people."
Welsh proverb


* “Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood and a man who thinks he is wise.”

Welsh proverb

* "Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
Wesley, John

* “There is no such things as conversation. It is an illusion. There are interesting monologues, that is all.”

West Rebecca


* "You're never too old to become younger."
West, Mae

* "Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them
to the eyes of others. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we
grow strong, or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have
Bishop Westcott

* " A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what
its society destroys."
Wharton, Edith

* "If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time."
Wharton, Edith

* “Life is the only real counsellor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become part of the moral issue.”
Wharton, Edith


* "The best security against revolution is in the constant correction of
abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of
timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary."
Whately, Richard

* “It’s not differences that divide is; it’s our judgements about each other that do.”
Wheatley, Meg


* “It’s not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts.”

White Brian


* "I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one
hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little
White, E.B.

* "The past cannot be changed, the future is still in your power."
White, Hugh

* “Whether people are burdened by power or enjoy power; whether they are trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether they are moved by other people and oter forces or moves them … this is of the essence of leadership.”

White, Theodore H.


* “A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal.”

White, William Allen


(‘If a little learning is a dangerous thing how to get a lot of it?’ Also ‘it is probably better than none at all…? bl)


* "I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today."
White, William Allen (on his 70th birthday)

* "Live for toady. Multitudes of people have failed to live for today. They
have spent their lives reaching for the future. What they have had within
their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has
intrigued them ... and the first thing they knew the future became the past
... Too late had they come to that realization, and when finally it dawned
upon them, they realised that life upon this earth was very fleeting, and
they realised the truth of the observation that: 'A thousand years are as
but a day.'"
White, William Allen

* "A race preserves its vigour so long as it harbours a real contrast
between what has been and what may be, and so long as it is nerved by the
vigour to adventure beyond the safeties of the past. Without adventure,
civilization is in full decay."
Whitehead, Alfred North

* "In a living civilization there is always an element of unrest, for
sensitiveness to ideas means curiosity, adventure, change. Civilized order
survives on its merits and is transformed by its power of recognizing its
Whitehead, Alfred North

* "It is the duty of the future to be dangerous."
Whitehead, Alfred North

* "It is the essence of life that it exists for its own sake."
Whitehead, Alfred North

* “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
Whitehead, Alfred North


* "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve
change amid order."
Whitehead, Alfred North

* "The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the
societies in which they occur.... Civilization advances by extending the
number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about
Whitehead, Alfred North

* "The only justification in the use of force is to reduce the amount of
force necessary to be used."
Whitehead, Alfred North .

* "We think in generalities, but we live in detail."
Whitehead, Alfred North

* “Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.”

Whitehead, Alfred North


* "The individual who cultivates grievances, and who is perpetually
exacting explanations of their assumed wrongs, can only be ignored, and
left to the education of time and of development ... One does not argue or
contend with the foul miasma that settles over stagnant water; one leaves
it and climbs to a higher region, where the air is pure and the sunshine
Whiting, Lillian

* “It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.”

Whitman, Walt


* "One thought ever at the fore-
That in the Divine Ship, the world,
breasting Time and Space,
All peoples of the globe together sail,
sail the same voyage,
Are bound to the same destination."
Whitman, Walt, (Leaves of Grass.)

* “Wisdom is not finally tested in the school. Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is it own proof.”

Whitman, Walt


* “The biggest difficulty with mankind today is that our knowledge has increased so much faster than our wisdom.”

Whitmore, Frank


* "Even the strongest personality will regress and eventually may disintegrate if there is no incentive (other than threat of punishment) for the work they do. When there is no feeling to accomplishment, children fail to develop properly and old people rapidly decline."
Whitney, Joseph

* "In a real sense, then, the poet brought together past, present and future in one utterance. Their responsibility was great and their place in society honoured. Imagine."(*)
Whyte, David (The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul at
The Industrial Society (1999) - First published in 1994, p137)

* "The new science of complexity echoes the wisdom long passed down in
poetic tradition. The way to build a poem or a lifelike and useful system
is to fold meaning into the simplest element and allow complexity to emerge
from their natural self-generation."
Whyte, David (The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul at
Work, The Industrial Society (1999) - First published in 1994, p230.)


* “The way we respond to criticism pretty much depends on the way we respond to praise. If praise humbles us, then criticism will build us up. But if praise inflates us, then criticism will crush us; and both responses lead to our defeat.”

Wiersbe, Warren

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler (1850-1919)

* " So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs."
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler

* "Talk happiness. The world is sad enough.
Without your woe. No path is wholly rough."
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler

* "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of us all."(*)
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler

* “Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”

Wilcox, Frederick B.


* “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love.”

Wilder, Thornton


* “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes ages just shows up all by itself.”

Wilson, Tom


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

Witcraft, Forest E. (American Scholar, Teacher and Scout Leader 1894-1967)

* "If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on high enough problems.
And that's a big mistake."
Wilczek, Frank, (Particle Physicist)

* "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to
time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
Wilde, Oscar

* “Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.”
Wild, Rod


* "I am not young enough to know everything."
Wilde, Oscar


* "The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves."
Wilde, Oscar

* "The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist."
Wilkins, J. Harold

* "Proof of Trosky's farsightedness is that none of his predictions have
come true yet."
Will, George, (The Heritage Foundation)

* "It is better to lay your life upon the alter of worthy endeavour than to
luxuriate and perish as a weed."
Williams, Albert L.

* "Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion; it is a
business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every person the
choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of their choosing
you may fairly measure them."
Williams, Ben Ames

* "People are still responsible ... their success lies not with the stars
but with themselves. They must carry on the fight of self-correction and
discipline. They must fight mediocrity as sin and live against the
imperative of life's highest idea."(*)
Williams, Frank Curtis

* "Fear of God builds churches, but love of God builds people."(*)
Williams, Louis O.

* "Death is nature's way of saying 'Your table is ready.'"
Williams, Robin

* “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude.”

Williams, James


* "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that
we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that
frightens us. We ask ourselves. 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of
God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around
you. We were all born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not just
in some of us. It's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we
unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are
liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Williamson, Marianne (quoted by Mandela, Nelson in his inaugural speech
1994, submitted by Barbara J. Kilbourne, wfs)

* "Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it
we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or
poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the
colour of their skins."
Willkie, Wendell

* "All the seven deadly sins are self destroying, morbid appetites, but in
their early stages at least; lust and gluttony, avarice and sloth know some
gratification, while anger and pride have power, even though that power
eventually destroys itself. Envy is impotent, numbed with fear, never
ceasing in its appetite, and it knows no gratification, but endless self
torment. It has the ugliness of a trapped rat, which gnaws its own foot in
an effort to escape."
Wilson, Angus

* "Don't judge a person's character by their mistakes. Judge them by the
way in which they deal with the mistakes."(*)
Wilson, Charles (wfs) (Also?)

* "If an idea cannot be expressed in terms of people, it is sure sign it is
irrelevant to the real problems of life."
Wilson, Colin

* "Our troubles ... arise from the fact that we do not know what we are and
cannot agree on what we want to be. The primary cause of this intellectual
failure is ignorance of our origins. We did not arrive on this planet as
aliens. Humanity is part of nature, a species that evolved among other
species. The more closely we identify ourselves with the rest of life, the
more quickly we will be able to discover the sources of human sensibility
and acquire the knowledge on which an enduring ethic, a sense of preferred
direction can be built."
Wilson, Edward O.


* “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”

Wilson, Edward O

* “I would rather be a dupe occasionally, than suspect all the world of selfishness and dishonour; for then my life would be a burden to me.”

Wilson, Harriette


* “However good our futures research may be, we shall never be able to escape from the ultimate dilemma that all our knowledge is about the past, and all our decisions are about the future.”

Wilson, Ian


* “No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.”

Wilson, Ian E.


* “The public interest depends on private virtue.”

Wilson, James Q.


* "Recognition for a job well done is high on the list of motivating
influences for all people; more important in many instances than
compensation itself. When someone is promoted, a promotion that everyone
could see coming because of an excellent record, the entire department is
stimulated. For it is clear, then, that promotions are based on merit. A
promotion that seems to come out of the blue, which is always the case when
no one knows what the next person is doing, causes nothing but resentment
and a further weakening of the will to work."
Wilson, John M.

* "Recognise the difference between having and living"
Wilson, Paul

* "Lay nothing much to heart; desire nothing too eagerly; rejoice not
excessively, nor grieve too much for disasters; be not bent violently on
any design; and above all let no worldly cares make you forget the concerns
of your soul."
Wilson, Thomas, Bishop, (1663-1755)

* “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.”

Wilson, Tom

* "All things come to them who wait -- provided they know what they are
waiting for."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "Has justice ever grown in the soil of absolute power? Has not justice
always come from the ... heart and spirit of the people who resist power?"
Wilson, Woodrow

* "I feel the responsibility of the occasion. Responsibility is
proportionate to opportunity."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character
will take care of itself."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "Liberty never came from the government. Liberty has always come from the
subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of
resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of
governmental power, not the increase of it."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "Provision for others is a fundamental responsibility of human life."
Wilson, Woodrow

* "Those that will not command their thoughts will soon lose the command of
their actions."(*)
Wilson, Woodrow


* “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Wilson, Woodrow (on Definition of Purpose)


* “There’s no future in spending our present worrying about our past.”

Wilson, Tom


* "Real intelligence is a creative use of knowledge, not merely an
accumulation of facts. The slow thinker who can finally come up with an
idea of their own is more important to the world than a walking
encyclopaedia who hasn't learned how to use information productively."
Winebrenner, D. Kenneth

* "I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I
think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible
for myself, and I had to make good."
Winfrey, Oprah

* "I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with
people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people
to empower themselves."
Winfrey, Oprah

* "My philosophy is that not only are you responsible
for your life but doing the best at this moment
puts you in the best place for the next moment."
Winfrey, Oprah

* “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change their future by merely changing their attitude.”

Winfrey, Oprah

* “Turn your wounds into wisdom”

Winfrey, Oprah


* "When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes."
Winfrey, Oprah

* "Creativity is the retention throughout life of something that belongs
properly to infant experience: the ability to create the world .... By
creative living I mean not getting killed or annihilated all the time by
compliance or by reacting to the world that impinges; I mean seeing
everything afresh all the time .... When we are surprised at ourselves we
are being creative, and we find we can trust our own unexpected
Winnicott, D. W.

* "Human beings are not animals; they are animals plus a wealth of fantasy,
psyche, soul, or inner world potential or what-ever you will."
Winnicott, D. W.

* "It is creative perception more than anything else that makes the
individual feel that life is worth living."
Winnicott, D. W.

* "Our power to think things out about human nature ... is liable to be
blocked by our fear of the full implication of what we find."
Winnicott, D. W.

* "When you have assembled all your facts it is like an oil lamp where you
have fashioned, filled and trimmed it, but it will give you no illumination
unless you light it."
Wisdom of the Sands

* “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove …. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Witcraft, Forest E. (American Scholar, Teacher and Scout Leader, 1894-1967)


* "Life is a school. There is something new to learn wherever we may be,
wherever we go, wherever we turn."
Witt, Walter A.

* "Of one thing I am certain, we are not here in order to have a good

* "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."

* “No amount of money or recognition can compensate you if you are not doing your life’s passionate, creative work.”

Wolf, Leonard


* "No one has learned the meaning of life until they have surrendered their
ego to the service of their fellows."(*)
Wolfe, Beran

* "Women have always been the guardians of wisdom and humanity which makes
them natural, but usually secret rulers. The time has come for them to rule
openly, but together with and not against men."
Wolff, Charlotte

* “We all have ability, the difference is how we use it.”

Wonder, Stevie


* "Be!
The past is dead.
Tomorrow is not yet born.
Be today!
Be with every nerve,
With every fibre,
With every drop of your red blood!
Woodhouse P.G. (Rocky Todd in The Aunt And The Sluggard)

* "We argue with ourselves: 'I should be doing something useful. But the
truth is I can't do anything useful if there's no I to do it.' ... That is
what going into the chrysalis is all about -- undergoing a metamorphosis in
order one day to stand up and say I am."
Woodman, Marion (The Pregnant Virgin.)

* "So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that as
long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to
despair of the human race."
Woodward, Ernest L.

* "To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves."
Woolf, Virginia

* "If all the good people were clever,
And all the clever people were good,
The world would be nicer than ever
We thought that it possibly could.
But somehow, 'tis seldom or never
The two hit it off as they should;
The good are so harsh to the clever,
The clever so rude to the good!"
Wordsworth, Dame Elizabeth

* "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!"
Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

* "Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows
Like harmony in music; there is a dark
Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles
Discordant elements, makes them cling together
In one society."
Wordsworth, William

* "How people undervalue the power of simplicity; but it is the real key to
the heart."
Wordsworth, William

* “Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.”

Wordsworth, William


* "Not in Utopia -- subterranean fields, -
Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where!
But in the very world, which is the world
Of all of us, -- the place where in the end
We find our happiness, or not at all!"
Wordsworth, William

* "Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the
impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science."
Wordsworth, William

* "That best portion of a good person's life; their little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."(*)

Wordsworth, William


* "The child is the father to the man."

Wordsworth, William


* "The past, present and future are strung together, as it were, on the thread of the wish that runs through them."

Wordsworth, William

* "The wiser mind
mourns less for what age takes away
than what it leaves behind."
Wordsworth, William , (The Fountain 1800.)

* "To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What Man has made of Man."
Wordsworth, William

* "Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
than when we soar ..."
Wordsworth, William

* "With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of
joy, we see into the heart of things."
Wordsworth, William

* "The real tragedy of life is not being limited to one talent, but in the
failure to use the one talent."
Work, Edgar W.

* “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

Wright, Frank Lloyd


* “True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess, and some day will be recognised by quality and quantity, and not by brand.”

Wright J.F.


* “While culture and technology are cumulative, innate intelligence is not.”

Wright Ronald.


* "Freedom dies with every individual; it is not reborn with their
successors; it must be achieved anew, generation after generation."(*)
Wriston, Henry M.

* "If peace is to come, it must be peace within your own mind and heart. If
hatred is to die, you must scotch it within yourself. If intelligence is to
triumph, you must be intelligent. There is no other pathway, no other
Wriston, Henry M.

* "If we go far enough back into basic economics, we are eventually
reminded that the only known way of producing money initially is by labour;
somebody has to work with their brains or back, and that capital is nothing
more than the accumulation of money which has been paid to reward the
person for their labour."(*)
Wriston, Walter B.

* "When asked 'What can we do to get a better world?' Albert Einstein
replied: 'You have to have better people'."
Wynne-Tyson, Esme (1898-1972, World Forum, editorial April/June 1964.)

* "The sages do not consider that making no mistake is a blessing. They
believe, rather, that the great virtue of a person lies in their ability to
correct their mistakes and continually to make a new person of themselves."
Yang-Ming, Wang

* "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)

* “It would need a great deal of wisdom to know what it is we want to know.”

Yeats, William Butler


* "Land of Heart's Desire. Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood.
But joy is Wisdom. Time an endless song."
Yeats W.B. (The Land of Heart's Desire,1894)
* "Think like a wise person but express yourself like the common people."
Yeats W.B. (*)

* "All values in this world are more or less questionable, but the most
important thing in life is human kindness."
Yevtushenko, Yevgeny

* "Giving of yourself, learning to be tolerant, giving recognition and
approval to others, remaining flexible enough to mature and learn -- yields
happiness, harmony, contentment and productivity. These are the qualities
of a rich life, the bounteous harvest of getting along with people."
Yewell, Jack C.

* "Life is the greatest bargain; We get it for nothing."
Yiddish Proverb

* "Pearls around the neck - stones upon the heart."
Yiddish Proverb

* "When you leave this world, material riches will be left behind, but
every good that you have done will go with you.
Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence that
God has given you is not reaching out towards its goal. When in service you
forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit."
Yogananda, Paramahansa

* “Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.”

Young Brigham

(American Mormon leader 1801-1877)


* "Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because they like
it, and one thing supremely well because they detest it."
Young, B.W.M.

* "Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer."
Young, Edward (1683-1765, Night Thoughts )

* "Nature revolves, but the human race advances." (*)
Young, Edward

* "The person who can put themselves in the place of others, who can
understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the
future has in store for them."
Young, Owen D.

* "There is a single reason why 99 out of 100 average business people never
become leaders. That is their unwillingness to pay the price of
responsibility. By the price of responsibility I mean hard driving,
continual work ... the courage to make decisions, to stand the gaff ... the
scourging honesty of never fooling yourself about yourself. You travel the
road to leadership heavily laden. While the nine-to-five o'clock worker
takes their ease, you are toiling upward through the night. Laboriously you
extend your mental frontiers. Any new effort, the psychologists say, wears
a new groove in the brain. And the grooves that lead to the heights are not
made between nine and five. They are burned in by midnight oil."
Young, Owen D.

* "If you wish to know what a person is, place them in authority."(*)
Yugoslav proverb

* “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”

Yutang, Lin (1895-1976), Chinese writer


* “Simplicity is the outward sign and symbol of depth of thought.”

Yutang, Lin

* "Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what
one can do."
Yutang, Lin

* "There is nothing more beautiful in this world than a healthy wise old
Yutang, Lin


* “The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.”

Yutang, Lin


* “Fools talk; cowards are silent; wise men listen.”

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz (The Shadow of the Wind)


* "The Way is long - let us go together.
The Way is difficult - let us help each other.
The Way is joyful - let us share it.
The Way is ours alone - let us go in love.
The Way grows before us - let us begin."
Zen Invocation

* "One should seek virtue for its sake and not from hope or fear, or any
external motive. It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the
state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious."


* “The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
Zeno of Citium (335-263 B.C, Greek philosopher)

* "Before enlightenment
chopping wood
carrying water.
After enlightenment
chopping wood
carrying water."
Zen proverb

* "The finger points at the moon. Do not be distracted by the finger,
observe the moon."
Zen saying (supplied by Jane Clare Pawling, wfs)

* "Sitting in front of his master, the student posed the question, 'All the
mountains, rivers, lakes, the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars, where
do they come from?' In answer, the master replied, 'Where does your
question come from?'"
Zen Story.

* “The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”

Zeno of Citium


* "I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or
whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."
Zhuangzi (369-286BC) (Also Tse, Chaung)

* “Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude>”

Ziege W.W.


* “You can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help enough other people to get what they want.”

Ziglar, Zig


* "Everything in the universe is created from something, which in
turn is created from nothing."
Zi, Lao (The Way of Power.)

* "All true educators since the time of Socrates and Plato have agreed that
the primary object of education is the attainment of inner harmony, or to
put it into more up-to-date language, the integration of the personality.
Without such an integration learning is no more than a collection of
scraps, and the accumulation of knowledge becomes a danger to mental
Zimmern, Alfred, Sir.

* "Our task as we grow older in a rapidly advancing science, is to retain
the capacity of joy in discoveries which correct older ideas, and to learn
from our pupils as we teach them."
Zinsser, Hans

* "The only interest in living comes from believing in life, from loving
life and using all the power of your intelligence to know it better."
Zola, Emile

* "One of the principle purposes of the modern enterprise is the expansion
of knowledge -- not knowledge for its own sake, but knowledge that comes to
reside at the core of what it means to be productive."
Zuboff, Shoshana (In the Age of the Smart Machine.)

* "Science creates the future without knowing what the future will be. If
science knew tomorrow's discovery they would make it."
Zuckerman, Sir Solly


* "There are so many ways to wisdom and to the heart.

We have much to do together.

Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy.

Let us make this the human experience."

Zukav, Gary