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"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."
  • Thomas Alva Edison
"Whatever strengthens and purifies the affections, enlarges the imagination, and adds spirit to sense, is useful."
  • Mary Shelley

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"The problem with people who have no vices is that you can be fairly certain that they have some pretty annoying virtues."
  • Elizabeth Taylor
"[Sir Stafford Cripps] has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
  • Winston Churchill

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"There's many a boy here who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell."
  • General William Tecumseh Sherman, Address (1880)

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"Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it."
  • Benjamin Franklin
"Who is rich?  He that rejoices in his portion."
  • Benjamin Franklin
"Money is like an arm or a leg — use it or lose it."
  • Henry Ford, Interview (8 November 1931)

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"A fool will learn nothing from a wise man, but a wise man will learn much from a fool."
  • Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551 - c. 479 BC).
"We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge."
  • John Naisbilt
"1500 years ago, everyone knew that the sun revolved around the earth. 500 years ago, everyone knew the world was flat. Yesterday you knew that we were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."
"Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is incapable; precisely the balance and wisdom that comes from long perspectives and broad foundations."
  • George Santayana, My Host the World (1953)
"Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked."
  • Viktor Frankl
"The wise man understands equity;  the small man understands only profits."
  • Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551 - c. 479 BC).
"The beginning of intelligence is discrimination between the probable and improbable, and acceptance of the inevitable."
  • Solomon ibn Gabirol, Spanish poet and grammarian (1021 - 1069).
"There are the people that learn from other peoples' mistakes, and there are the other people...."
  • S. Cole
"Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge."
"[We] can best understand learning as growth, an expanding of ourselves into the world around us. We can also see that there is no difference between living and learning, that living is learning, that it is impossible, and misleading, and harmful to think of them as being separate."
"A modern commentator made the observation that there are those who seek knowledge about everything and understand nothing. It is wonder — not mere curiosity — a sense of enchantment, of respect for the mysteries of love for the other, that is essential to the difference between a knowing that is simply a gathering of information and techniques and a knowing that seeks insight and understanding. It is wonder that reveals how intimate is the relationship between knowledge of the other and knowledge of the self, between inwardness and outwardness."
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
  • Marcel Proust
"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 a hot stove-lid again and that is well;  but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
  • Mark Twain
"There are four sorts of men:
  • He who knows not and knows not he knows not:  he is a fool-shun him.
  • He who knows not and knows he knows not:  he is simple-teach him.
  • He who knows and knows not he knows:  he is asleep-wake him.
  • He who knows and knows he knows:  he is wise-follow him."
"The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
  • Muhammed Ali
"A man lies in his bed in a room with no doors.  He waits, hoping for a presence, something, anything, to enter.  After spending half his life searching, he still felt as blank as the ceiling at which he stares.  He is alive, but feels absolutely nothing, so is he?  When he was six, he felt that the moon overhead followed him, by nine he had deciphered the illusion, trading magic for fact.  No tradebacks.  So this is what it's like to be an adult.  If he only knew now what he knew then."
  • Eddie Vedder


"Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."
  • Justice Felix Frankfurter, dissenting, Henslee v. Union Planters Bank (1948)
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
  • Mark Twain (Senior Page)
"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact."
"Pain makes man think.  Thought makes man wise.  Wisdom makes life endurable."
"Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and the man from all sides." 
  • Russian Proverb
"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. But in the expert's mind, there are few."
  • Shunryu Suzuki, Zen philosopher
"Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so." 
  • Lord Chesterfield (1694 - 1773), English statesman, Letter (29 November 1745).
"He is wise that can make a friend of a foe."
"To prophesy is extremely difficult-especially with respect to the future."
  • Chinese Proverb
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one had data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Never eat more than you can lift."
  • Miss Piggy
"Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time."
  • Theodore Roosevelt
"Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. We can not learn men from books."
  • Benjamin Disraeli, former English Prime Minister and novelist (1804 - 1881).
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
  • Mahfouz Naguib

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Gifts 3

"She cried. I cried. She threw things. They hit me."
  • David Schwimmer as Ross from Friends
"The great question which I have not been able to answer is, 'What does a woman want?'"
  • Sigmund Freud
"You shall always keep the magic and mystery all women share.  And I fear that Taran [the protagonist of the story], like all men, shall be often baffled by it."

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"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
  • Unknown
"I have learned in the great University of Hard Knocks a philosophy that no woman who has had an easy life ever acquires. I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us."
  • Dorothy Dix, Dorothy Dix, Her Book (1926)
"Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you... Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think is necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question ... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use."
  • Carlos Casteneda, American writer and mystic

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"I am not young enough to know everything."
  • Oscar Wilde

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