More Words of Wisdom

Stone pebbles each with an uplifting word

Amid all the nonsense of day-to-day living, both today and throughout history, thankfully, there are remarkable people: the thinkers, from every culture and corner of the globe, who create light simply by sharing wonderful, inspiring ideas and opinions. My thanks especially to all the authors below. Enjoy!

  • You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl, 1916-1990, British Novelist, Pilot and Screenwriter.
  • The seasons do not push one another; neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own good time. Dan Millman, American Author, Martial Artist and Gymnastics Coach.
  • Listen up: the number one force that you fight against in the marketplace today is not your competitors, the economy, Microsoft, or foreign imports. Instead, your toughest battle is against skepticism and cynicism. Perry Marshall.
  • Words not numbers are the true currency of business. Ted Nicholas.
  • There are always two voices sounding in our ears: the voice of fear and the voice of confidence. One is the clamor of the senses, the other is the whispering of the higher self. Charles B. Newcomb, inspirational Author.
  • If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher.
  • "It's impossible" said pride. "It's risky" said experience. "It's pointless" said reason. "Give it a try" whispered the heart. Author Unknown (and thank you).
  • Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen. Bradley Whitford, American Actor.
  • Life is short. Build stuff that matters. Siqi Chen, CEO of HereLabs.
  • If there is a secret to writing, I haven't found it yet. All I know is sit down, clear your mind, and hang in there." Mary McGrory.
  • You've done well. You've made great stuff happen, and you will make more great stuff happen. You've been scared and you overcame. You've been knocked down and you rose. And you've been lost, or so you thought, only to discover it was just the calm before another storm of creativity, love, and fun. Mike Dooley (Slightly Adapted), Inspirational Author, Speaker.
  • Life itself is a gift. It's a compliment just being born: to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, make love, for this particular lifetime. Today, let's give thanks for life. For life itself. For simply being born! Daphne Rose Kingma, Inspirational Author and Teacher.
  • It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly … Even though you’re feeling deeply … Lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. On tiptoes and with no luggage ... Completely unencumbered. Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963 (Adapted), English Author and Poet.
  • Never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes in the world come about. So be that person. Buckminster Fuller, American Designer, Inventor and Author.
  • Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way. Eileen Caddy, 1917-2006, Spiritual Teacher and Author.
  • No matter how intelligent or able you may be, if you don’t have a sense of urgency, now is the time to start developing it. The world is full of very competent people who honestly intend to do things tomorrow, as soon as they can get around to it. Their accomplishments, however, seldom match those of the less talented who are blessed with a sense of the importance of getting started now. Author Unknown (and thank you)!
  • You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspaper that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987, American Mythology Professor and Author.
  • There are things you do because they feel right, and they may make no sense, and they may make no money, and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other, and to eat each others' cooking and say it was good. Brian Andreas, American Artist and Storyteller.
  • Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher.
  • In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice. Richard Bach, American Author of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'.
  • Spring has its hundred flowers. Autumn its many moons. Summer has cool winds. Winter its snow. If useless thoughts do not cloud your mind, each day is the best of your life. Wu Men Hui Kai, Zen Poet.
  • Our customers want stuff. They want more and better service. They want to enrich their lives. They want to achieve their goals, personally and in business. People will always buy goods and services if they believe the purchase will serve them, at a price they are willing to pay. Phil Humbert, Author.
  • We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand. Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Author and Lyricist.
  • The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served. Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910-2008, American Religious Leader and Author.
  • Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things... I am tempted to think... there are no little things. Bruce Barton, 1886-1967, American Author.
  • People forget what you say, but they remember how you made them feel. Warren Beatty.
  • The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Author Unknown (and thank you).
  • Christmas reminds us we are not alone. We are not unrelated atoms, bouncing and ricocheting amid aliens, but are a part of something which holds and sustains us. As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. Christmas shows us the ties that bind us together, threads of love and caring, woven in the simplest and strongest ways. Donald E. Westlake, 1933-2008, American Author.
  • Always seek less turbulent skies. Hurt. Fly above it. Betrayal. Fly above it. Anger. Fly above it. You are the one who is flying the plane. Marianne Williamson, American Author, Lecturer and Social Activist.
  • Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Author Unknown (and thank you).
  • Everybody does better when everybody does better. Jim Hightower (Quoting his father), American Author, Speaker and Radio Personality.
  • If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951, Austrian-British Philosopher.

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