WISDOM IN A NUTSHELL

Here is a small compendium of wise sayings you may find worthy of adding to your storehouse of treasures:

  • Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz
  • A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. - Frank Capra
  • All mankind is divided into three classes: those who are immovable; those who are movable; and those who move. - Ben Franklin
  • All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. - Edmond Burke
  • A problem well stated is a problem half-solved. - Charles Kettering
  • Bad-mouthing competition is a reflection on you, not on them. - Anonymous
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller
  • Common sense is genius dressed in working clothes. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    *Dreams are only foolish to those who lack them. - Peter Reese
  • Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. - Frank Leahy
  • Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. - Edmund Burke
  • Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. - Theodore Roosevelt
  • Feelings of inferiority and superiority are the same. They both come from fear. - Dr. Robert Anthony
  • Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good things grow. - Anonymous
  • Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't; and a sense of humor to console him for what he is. - Anonymous
  • I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo
  • It is amazing how much you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry Truman
  • It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. - Charles Kettering
  • Keep yourself happy - and tell your face. - Anonymous
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Theresa
  • Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. - Danny Kaye
  • Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. - Will Rogers
  • Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. - Anonymous
  • Management by objectives works if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. - Peter Drucker
  • Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. - Winston Churchill
  • Never confuse motion with action. - Earnest Hemmingway
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin
  • Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand. - George Eliot
  • Obstacles are the things a person sees when he takes his eye off his goal. - Joseph Cossman
  • One should count each day a separate life. - Seneca
  • One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. - James Russell Lowell
  • Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. - English Proverb
  • Plans get you into things, but you've got to work your way out. - Will Rogers
  • Practice is nine-tenths. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  • Sharpen your viewpoint on what's truly important; and keep everything else a blur. - Rachael Snydon
  • Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded. - Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What's in it for me?” - Brian Tracy
  • Talent is wanting something bad enough to work for it. - Anonymous
  • The best way to save face is to keep the lower part of it shut. - Nathan Matteson
  • The displacement of a little sand can change occasionally the course of deep rivers. - Manuel Gonzalez Prada
  • The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. - Hada Bejar
  • The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker
  • There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity. - Gen. Douglas MacArthur
  • The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The secret to good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often. - Anonymous
  • The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. - Larry Eisenberg
  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the reason why so few engage in it. - Henry Ford
  • To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. - Marilyn Vos Savant
  • To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another. - John Boroughs
  • Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. - W. Clement Stone
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
  • Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. - Euripides
  • We cannot hold a torch to another's path without brightening our own. - Ben Sweetland
  • We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip little by little at a truth we find bitter. - Dennis Diedrot
  • What people say behind your back is your standing in the community in which you live. - Edgar Watson Howe
  • What you do everyday should contribute to giving your life meaning. If it doesn't, why are you doing it? - Don Hutcheson
  • Whenever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship. - Harry Truman
  • When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the image of the first. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Words should be weighed, not counted. - Yiddish Proverb
    *Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. - Sholem Asch
  • You know more of the road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. - William Hazlitt
  • Your actions are the picture book of your creeds. - Ralph Waldo Emerson