Words of Wisdom for Hard Times

  • Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The world is so full of care and sorrow that it is a gracious debt we owe to one another to discover the bright crystals of delight hidden in somber circumstances and irksome tasks. — Helen Keller
  • Drink champagne for defeats as well as for victories. It tastes the same, and you need it more. — Edmund Ward
  • If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. — Earl Wilson
  • He who has a why to live can bear with any how. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps. — David Lloyd George
  • The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. — William James
  • The satisfactions of this life are many; but there comes a time when we have had a sufficient measure of its enjoyments, and may well depart contented with our share of the feast. I am far from regretting that this life was bestowed on me; and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have employed it in such a manner as not to have lived in vain. In short, I consider this world as a place which Nature never intended for my permanent abode; and I look on my departure from it, not as being driven from my habitation, but simply as leaving an inn. — Cicero
  • Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours. — Richard Bach
  • Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the Grace to tell them so. — 17th-century nun
  • Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. — Henry David Thoreau
  • It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. — Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. — Foster C. McClellen
  • The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends and family, in one’s backyard. — Abraham Maslow
  • Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome. — Isaac Asimov
  • Anger is never necessary. Anger is always a failing. When you do it it’s a failing. But, as Hazrat Inayat Khan said, certain pieces of information are best conveyed in a relatively loud tone and in a lively rhythm. Just so long as you know that that’s what you’re doing, and don’t get carried away and get mad. — Stephen Gaskin
  • When it is dark enough, men see the stars. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. — Carl Sagan
  • People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for some underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best that you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway. — Anonymous
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal. — A. Maude Royden
  • If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. — Henry David Thoreau
  • There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. — Frank Zappa
  • Materialistically, the valuable person is the one who has money or tools to use or to lend, or potatoes or skills to sell. Intellectually, the valuable person is the one who has knowledge and understanding which are available to others in search of knowledge and understanding. Spiritually, the valuable person is the one who, by reason of a love of righteousness, discovers some of the divine principles of the universe and becomes able to impart to others that which he has perceived…by deed as well as by word. — Leonard E. Read
  • Blessed is the man who has discovered that there is nothing permanent in life but change. — A.P. Gouthey
  • Old age is fifteen years older than I am. — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A man is what he thinks about all day long. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Confessed faults are half mended. — Scottish saying
  • A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain. — William Shakespeare
  • In order to destroy a man, it is only necessary to give his work the character of uselessness. — Schopenhauer
  • When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart. — Socrates
  • A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature. — Seneca
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. — Henry David Thoreau
  • The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions. — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. — Calvin Coolidge
  • Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. — Dale Carnegie
  • Better be poor than wicked. — Proverb
  • If you could see the potential within you it would amaze you to see all that you are capable of being. — Catherine Pulsifer
  • As many suffer from too much as too little. —Christian N. Bovee
  • Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket? — Bumper Sticker
  • It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. — Richard Bach
  • Perfect love casteth out fear. — I John 4:18
  • It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by clever men. — La Rochefoucauld
  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions. — Proverb
  • No good deed goes unpunished. — Proverb
  • When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. —Anonymous
  • Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man. — Erica Jong
  • When in doubt, tell the truth. — Mark Twain
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. — Niels Bohr
  • It is never too late to tread the path of honesty. — Seneca
  • Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. — Thomas Jefferson
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. — Samuel Johnson
  • Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged. — Thomas Alva Edison
  • Nothing is more terrible to see than ignorance in action. — Goethe
  • Think of the ills from which you are exempt. — Joseph Joubert
  • When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. — Buckminster Fuller
  • It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. — Upton Sinclair
  • It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. — James C. Thurber
  • I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it. — Groucho Marx
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. — Albert Einstein
  • Knowledge is an antidote to fear. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow. — Chinese Proverb
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. — Will Rogers
  • The rules of life are found within yourself. Ask yourself constantly, “What is the right thing to do?” — Anonymous
  • When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. — John F. Kennedy
  • As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. — Omar N. Bradley
  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. — John Ruskin
  • If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. —
    Abraham Maslow
  • The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it. — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. — H. H. Munro (Saki)
  • Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. — Sydney J. Harris
  • Money often costs too much. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The love of money is the root of all evil. — I Timothy 6:10
  • The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge. — Daniel J. Boorstin
  • That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. — Henry David Thoreau
  • I know what pleasure is, for I have done good work. — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Turn your wounds into wisdom. — Oprah Winfrey
  • Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. — Albert Einstein
  • There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. Who knows what man can become? — Buckminster Fuller
  • Poverty…is life near the bone, where it is sweetest. — Henry David Thoreau
  • You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. — Kahlil Gibran
  • To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. — Bertrand Russell
  • Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. — Pablo Picasso
  • If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax. —Abraham Lincoln
  • Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. — George Eliot
  • Please all, and you will please none. — Aesop
  • Energy can be transmitted between people…. [A] thing about healing is that you have to put some energy on somebody and then teach them how to maintain it, because you aren’t going to be able to sit around and give them some all the time. They ought to learn how to maintain their own. — Stephen Gaskin
  • A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved. — Charles F. Kettering
  • Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. — Swami Sivananda
  • Bad promises are better broken than kept. — Abraham Lincoln
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Thomas A. Edison
  • It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared with what he might have done. — Samuel Johnson
  • Relaxed attitudes are the means towards the greatest happiness as well as the greatest efficiency in life. Make sure you take time out (now and then) to fish and think, and you will learn serenity, and how transitory are human affairs. — Michel de Montaigne
  • The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight. — W.J. Boetcker
  • The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. — Wayne Dyer
  • Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Our life is frittered away by detail…Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! — Henry David Thoreau
  • Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess, to perform what we promise, and really to be what we would seem and appear to be. — John Tillotson
  • Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Conflict cannot survive without your participation. — Wayne Dyer
  • The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? — Mark 8:36
  • As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. — Andrew Carnegie
  • You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. — Brian Tracy
  • It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. — Sir Winston Churchill
  • There is only one road to true human greatness…the road through suffering. — Albert Einstein
  • Tears are the safety valve of the heart. — Anonymous
  • Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Remember that when you’re in the right you can afford to keep your temper, and when you’re in the wrong you can’t afford to lose it. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate. — Gloria Steinem
  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. — John F. Kennedy
  • Don’t act like you’re not angry when you’re angry…. Don’t be angry; it requires will of the order that John Paul Getty used to corner the market for the money he made; it requires the kind of will that an Olympic weightlifter puts out. It ain’t hard to do. You can do it. And the more you do it, the better at it you get, just like anything else….

    Anger is volitional. It knocks on the door, but you have to open the door and let it in. And you have to say “No” when it knocks at the door. But you have to be self-aware enough to catch it at the place where it knocks at the door.

    You have to make a moral judgment and say, “Anger is lethal.” Anger is like poison. It has effects on people like radiation or strychnine, and if you do it to people it has those effects on them. And you have an obligation to no more unleash that on somebody than you would walk up and, say, punch them in the mouth. In fact, you can do more damage to somebody with your vibrations and your anger than you can by walking up to them and punching them in the mouth….

    Really it’s the question of what will is for. Some folks think will is for getting what they want. A tycoon of industry uses his will to get what he wants. Will is powerful, but that isn’t what you use it for. What you use will for is to don’t be angry. What you use will for is to don’t throw anything damaging into the situation, to leave the situation as clean as possible in order that you can look at it cleanly. — Stephen Gaskin

  • Thought is the seed of action. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • We magnetize into our lives whatever we hold in our thought. — Richard Bach
  • My pride fell with my fortunes. — William Shakespeare
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. — Henry Miller
  • You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. — James Allen
  • Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. — Wayne Dyer
  • I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. — Pablo Picasso
  • Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. — Lou Holtz
  • Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. — Philippians 4:8
  • The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. — Joseph Campbell
  • Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today,
    Tomorrow will be dying.
    —Robert Herrick
  • Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them — that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. — Lao Tzu
  • To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. — Ecclesiastes III, 1-8
  • Righteous indignation is kind of like plutonium—there’s a certain amount of value in it, but it has disastrous side effects to it. And if you aren’t a really fancy technician, you can’t handle it without getting burnt. Righteous indignation is seductive. It feels so powerful; it feels like if you can go to bat for a good cause, you can really pull out the stops. Be Careful. How righteous is it? It’s really dangerous. — Stephen Gaskin
  • A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. — Charles Darwin
  • Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are. — Wayne Dyer
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. — Benjamin Franklin
  • Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of your year. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. — Michelangelo
  • Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. — Og Mandino
  • In the morning fix thy good purpose; and at night examine thyself what thou hast done, how thou hast behaved thyself in word, deed and thought. — Thomas a Kempis
  • Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. — Henry David Thoreau
  • The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. — John Ruskin
  • It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. — John Steinbeck
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. — Theodore Roosevelt
  • We are profoundly affected by our surroundings. It’s not a mystery to be affected that way. There are actual vibrations that do things to you. Your body is a semi-hard jelly. Its technical name is a colloid solution. Quicksand and silly putty are colloid solutions. So is protoplasm. Colloid solutions get harder or softer depending on what you do to them. If you hit silly putty with a hammer, it goes rigid and breaks up. If you leave it alone, it runs into a puddle.

    The stuff you’re made out of is like that, too, and in the city, you’re subjected to a constant series of physical and psychic shocks, just hitting on you all the time. Somebody on the other side of the block is getting mugged and putting out just incredible stuff and it’s too far away for you to hear it, but it isn’t too far away to feel the vibes. Vibes go a real long way. You’re getting hit with stuff like that all the time when you’re in the city… You get out into the middle of Chicago and New York City and GRRRR! the ground shakes under your feet. Monkey wants to hold onto a tree. — Stephen Gaskin

  • Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. — Sigmund Freud
  • Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. — Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  • Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. — Soren Kierkegaard
  • There is only one thing to do when confronted by tragedy of any kind, caused by circumstances beyond human control…and that’s to start rebuilding and remaking one’s life as best one can. This, in any unforeseen adversity, I resolve to do. — Harold Sherman
  • I am a part of all that I have seen. — Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings. — Ezra Taft Benson
  • A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. — David Brinkley
  • God does not take away trials or carry us over them but strengthens us through them. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • It is the mark of a great man to treat trifles as trifles, and important matters as important. — Gotthold E. Lessing
  • When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. — Confucius
  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C. S. Lewis
  • Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. — Napoleon Hill
  • One of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they seem to sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain. — James Baldwin
  • By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. — Confucius
  • Thus, the smallest circumstances may determine destruction. As trains are destroyed by the movement of a switch no more than the tenth part of an inch, so trifles sometimes determine, in a critical hour, men’s fate for time and eternity. — H.F. Kletzing
  • Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you. — Aldous Huxley
  • 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. — Anthony Powell
  • History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. — Abba Eban
  • Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness. — A.J.P. Taylor
  • 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. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Be as you wish to seem. — Socrates
  • But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant. — H.L. Mencken
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe
  • Keep on truckin’. — Robert Crumb
  • He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright. — Blaise Pascal
  • In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame, even we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? — Bob Marley
  • Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. — Alfred A. Montapert
  • And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32
  • It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. — Thomas Sowell
  • You can’t lead a cavalry if you think that you look funny riding a horse. — John Peers
  • When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out — because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside. — Wayne Dyer
  • The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. — Bertrand Russell
  • Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are — chaff and grain together — certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. — Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  • When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. — Rita Rudner
  • Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. — Dale Carnegie
  • Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest. — Albert Einstein
  • Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. — André Gide
  • I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them. — Baruch Spinoza
  • What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. — Wayne Dyer
  • I have heard there are troubles
    of more than one kind.
    Some come from ahead
    and some come from behind.
    But I’ve bought a big bat.
    I’m all ready you see.
    Now my troubles are going
    to have troubles with me!
    — Dr. Seuss
  • When deeds speak, words are nothing. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • This is the true joy of life, the being used for a purpose recognized 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 little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. — George Bernard Shaw
  • The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. — Wayne Dyer
  • If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up? — Chuck Palahniuk
  • A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. — Meister Eckhart
  • Let your daily wisdom of life be in making a good use of the opportunities given you. — William Blackie
  • One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. — William Feather
  • Relationships based on obligation lack dignity. — Wayne Dyer
  • A wise man should have money in his head but not in his heart. — Sir Francis Bacon
  • What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it — would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. — Ralph Marston
  • We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it. — French Proverb
  • I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true
    that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.
    — Dr. Seuss
  • I find, where I thought myself poor, there was I most rich. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. — Soren Kierkegaard
  • You’re always free to change your mind and choose a different future. —Richard Bach
  • All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Each of us is capable today, at this moment, of discovering a whole new way of life. — Leddy Schmelig
  • Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. — Wayne Dyer
  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life. — Socrates
  • Nothing is impossible to the man who can will, and then do; this is the only law of success. — Mirabeau
  • Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The most evident sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. —Michel de Montaigne
  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Remember thy prerogative is to govern, and not to serve, the things of the world. — Thomas a Kempis
  • Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. — Lucille Ball
  • There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself. — James Allen
  • What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. — Albert Schweitzer
  • Worry is unbelief; one cannot have faith and doubt. And worry is doubt. Worry never fixed anything, cured anything, or changed anything, only for the worse. — A.P. Gouthey
  • Never, never, never give up. — Winston Churchill
  • Everybody is striving for what is not worth having. — William M. Thackeray
  • Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you. — Wayne Dyer
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. — Albert Einstein
  • No man’s private fortune can be an end any way worthy of his existence. — Sir Francis Bacon
  • Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. — Robert A. Heinlein
  • I did not flee from men, but from affairs. We have lived long enough for others; let us live the rest for ourselves. Let us disentangle ourselves from the clutch of things which hold us elsewhere and keep us from ourselves. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to yourself. — Michel de Montaigne
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. — Henry Ford
  • We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. — George Bernard Shaw
  • Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. — Ellen DeGeneres
  • One of the reasons for the spiritual practice of non-attachment—trying not to be personally attached about your thing, or pain or whatever happens to you—is so that you school yourself so that nothing can happen to you from the outside that can make you lose your energy, because as long as you have your energy on, you can do it. — Stephen Gaskin
  • Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. — Benjamin Franklin
  • In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. — Lee Iacocca
  • He who angers you conquers you. — Elizabeth Kenny
  • When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous. — Wayne Dyer
  • Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. — Mark Twain
  • Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. — William Congreve
  • You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. — Buddha
  • Nothing has to get out of hand if you take care of it when it’s still in its beginning stage. What it takes to take care of a situation when it’s in its beginning stage is that kind of courage which you ought to cultivate like it was a rare and strange grass plant. You ought to think it isn’t at all weird, or funny, or sentimental to think, “Well, I’ll be Mighty Mouse.” It doesn’t matter if it’s corny, if it gets the rent paid. — Stephen Gaskin
  • Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do. — Wayne Dyer
  • Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words. — Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • There isn’t really supposed to be an intermediary between you and God; although some religions teach the necessity of an intermediary. Some religions think of Jesus as a gateman to Heaven—who you have to get straight with before you can go in—instead of being the spiritual vibration itself, which if you are in contact with, you automatically become in contact with Heaven—and if you’re in good enough shape to touch it, it will touch you back. — Stephen Gaskin
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the world. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. — Edmund Burke
  • The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. — Oprah Winfrey
  • The only thing constant in life is change. — François de la Rochefoucauld
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. — Charles Darwin
  • Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. — Denis Waitley
  • We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. — Stacia Tauscher
  • It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. — e.e. cummings
  • You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. — Dale Carnegie
  • True friends stab you in the front. — Oscar Wilde
  • Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. — Abraham Lincoln
  • Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up. — Mark Twain
  • Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. — Ambrose Redmoon
  • Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus
  • Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. — Wayne Dyer
  • Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. — Aristotle
  • Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. — Albert Einstein
  • You must do the things you think you cannot do. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. — Plato
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. — Aristotle
  • Your mood can be controlled by you if you want to, and you don’t have to be in this place if you don’t want to. — Stephen Gaskin
  • It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. — Dalai Lama
  • People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life. — Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. — Oscar Wilde
  • What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. — Frank Howard Clark
  • Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. — Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. — Robert Heinlein
  • It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. — Will Rogers
  • The thing about consciousness is that the folks who know the least about consciousness are the ones who are the most affected by changes of it. Some folks don’t know anything about consciousness at all, and it never occurs to them to think, “What’s this level of consciousness like — is this a good level of consciousness? Is there a higher one I could be in? Could I get out of this level and change it?” There are people who never think things like that, who never, ever think, “Could I be in a better place than this? Is this the best place I could be, considering what’s happening?” — Stephen Gaskin
  • If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer
  • To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. — Lao Tzu
  • If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. — Jim Rohn
  • Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. — Woody Allen
  • You can do anything, but not everything. — David Allen
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle
  • The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. — Sven Goran Eriksson
  • Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. — Thomas Edison
  • That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. — Friedrich Nietzche
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. — Henry Ford
  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. — Sir Winston Churchill
  • Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. — René Descartes
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Do, or do not. There is no “try”. — Yoda
  • Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. — Wayne Dyer
  • God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. — Voltaire
  • I criticize by creation — not by finding fault. — Cicero
  • Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. — Benjamin Franklin
  • Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain. — Friedrich von Schiller
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Swami Sivananda
  • Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. — Wayne Dyer
  • If you are going through hell, keep going. — Sir Winston Churchill
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. — George Eliot
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. — Oscar Wilde
  • Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. — Wayne Dyer
  • Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is
    ready. — Henry David Thoreau
  • For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • In the teachings of the Tibetan yoga, they have a saying that adversity, being a teacher of the true way and likely to turn one toward a spiritual life, is not necessarily to be avoided. — Stephen Gaskin

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