This page is just to display some of the wit and wisdom of the world that is available in sound-bite sized chunks. They are purely my personal choices, and are here because I can relate to them. Where I don’t know the author, I have left them unattributed.


“Art is a lie which tells the truth.” Picasso

“There is no reason now – anymore than there ever has been – to accept the doctrines that sustain power and privilege. Or to believe that we are somehow constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws – not simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will. They are human institutions and they have to face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not, they can be replaced by others that are more free and more just, as has often happened in the past.” Noam Chomsky

“The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.” Mahatma Ghandi

“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 most 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 born to make manifest the glory of God that is 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.” Marianne Williamson A Return to Love or Nelson Mandela in his presidential inauguration speech.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden path, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived – this is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke

“Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace with yourself.” Amelia Earhart

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Confucius

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” William James

“Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was 40 years old.” Henry Ford

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Albert Einstein

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” R.A Heinlein Excerpts from the Notebook of Lazarus Long

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” In Memoriam A.H.H., Tennyson

“Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference.” Gita Bellin

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” Socrates

“A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one’s feet.” Lao-Tzu

“Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time.” Eileen Caddy God Spoke to Me

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now.” Goethe

“There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.” HL Mencken Prejudices (Second Series)

“The fates lead him who will – him who won’t, they drag.” Seneca

“When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems drained of all purpose: what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.” Eileen Caddy Footprints on the Path

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein

“Every issue, belief, attitude or assumption is precisely the issue that stands between you and your relationship to another human being; and between you and yourself.” Gita Bellin

“Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens;” Brian Adams How to Succeed

“One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.” Kahlil Gibran Sand and Foam

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” Kahlil Gibran The Prophet

“Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.” Epictetus

“The journey is the reward.” Zen aphorism

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” Voltaire

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” Flannery O’Connor

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde

“Life is hard. First you take the test, then you learn the lesson.”

“Society always consists in greatest part of young and foolish persons. The old, who have seen through the hypocrisy of courts and statesmen, die and leave no wisdom to their sons.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The man who trades freedom for security usually ends up with neither.” Benjamin Franklin

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

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

“Though Death may take me in his cruel clutch
My verse will give men joy –
It is a monument Time cannot touch
Nor wind nor rain destroy.” Firdausi

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang

“The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: `I do not know’.” Andre Maurois.

“….no battle is ever won…they are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

“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 become great.” Mark Twain

“A man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”

“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey … I asked for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things … I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise … I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God … I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things … I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among all men, most richly blessed.” Anonymous Confederate Soldier.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” Peter Drucker

“Do good for good is good to do, spurn bribe of heaven and threat of hell.” The Kasidah

“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforseen, two qualities are indispensible: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to the truth; and second, the courage to follow this light wherever it may lead.” -Carl von Clausewitz, On War

“Be kind. Remember, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Thompson

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” Abraham Lincoln

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Ann Landers

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon


“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” Douglas Adams

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” Mark Twain

“A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me and she said ‘no’.” Woody Allen

“Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.” Stephen Leacock Garden of Folly

“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.” King Edward VIII Look 5th March 1957

“These sort of boobies think that people come to balls to do nothing but dance; whereas everyone knows that the real business of a ball is either to look out for a wife, to look after a wife, or to look after somebody else’s wife.” RS Surtees Mr Facey Romford’s Hounds 1865 (Some things never change!)

“Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.” Oscar Wilde Intentions 1891

“I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or to do in half a dozen lifetimes.” JB Priestley Apes and Angels

” ‘I think, therefore I am,’ is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.'” Milan Kundera Immortality

“O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended through wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sport of the sun-flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes, who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask of one who is the Spirit of love and who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset, and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Grant our prayer, O Lord, and Thine shall be the praise and honor and glory now and ever, Amen.” Mark Twain War Prayer

“There are so many psychos in the States that psychoanalysis is, paradoxically, the only profession that never shrinks.” Victor Lewis-Smith

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