Words of advice, wisdom, or general truth
Albert Schweitzer: "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
Aldous Huxley: "Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
Andre Gide: "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."
Ben Franklin: “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
Benjamin Franklin: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.“
Bertrand Russell: "War does not determine who is right, only who is left."
Bismarck: “Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others' experience.”
Booker T. Washington: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."
“The sage does not care to hoard. The more he uses for the benefit of others, the more he possesses himself. The more he gives to others, the more he has of his own.”
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
“Peace in a thatched hut—that is happiness.”
“It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.”
"Nothing is impossible to a willing mind."
Chuck Palahniuk: “The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person."
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
“The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks.”
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
“To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know, that is the real wisdom.”
“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.”
“Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity, kindness.”
“When you are labouring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.”
“Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.”
“It is easier for a civilized person to behave as a savage than for a savage to behave as a civilized person.”
Douglas Adams: "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
Eleanor Roosevelt: "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."
Friedrich Nietzsche: “It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.”
George Bernard Shaw: "Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."
Goethe: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter the least.”
I Ching: “You should exercise total discipline over your thought patterns. Cultivate only productive attitudes . . . You are ultimately the product of everything you put into your mind and body.”
Jean-Luc Picard: “Things are only impossible until they are not.”
Jewish (ancient widsom):
“A man does not sin unless there is something in it for him.
"What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth."
John F. Kennedy (President): "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."
John Wayne: "Life is tough. It is tougher if you are stupid."
Jonathon Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him"
Maria Robinson: "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
Marie Sklodowska Curie: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.”
“The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.”
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."
Mencken, H. L: “Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
Napoleon Hill: "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Patton: "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
Russian proverb: “Once a word flies out, you cannot catch it.”
Seneca: "Religion is considered by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
Tacitus: “Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.”
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
"Question with boldness even the existence of God."
Thoreau: “It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are you busy about?”
“A friend's eye is a good mirror.”
“A guest should be blind in another man's house.”
“A foolish woman knows a foolish man's faults.”
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
Viktor Frankl: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Voltaire: “Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.”
William James: “We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
“Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strengths; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."