Pearls of Wisdom

“If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of Earth.”   — Anthony de Mello


 

Words have a power all their own
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“Six humans trapped by happenstance, in bleak and bitter cold,
Each one possessed a stick of wood, or so the story’s told.

Their dying fire in need of logs, the first man held his back,
For the faces ’round the fire, he noticed one was black.

The next man looking ‘cross the way saw one not of his church,
And couldn’t bring himself to give the fire his stick of birch.

The third one sat in tattered clothes, he gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use to warm the idle rich?

The rich man just sat back and thought of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned from the lazy, shiftless poor.

The black man’s face bespoke revenge as the fire passed from sigh,
For all he saw in his stick of wood was a chance to spite the white.

The last man of this forlorn group did naught except for gain,
Giving only to those who gave was how he played the game.

Their logs held tight in death’s still hand was proof of human sin,
They didn’t die from the cold without – they died from the cold within.”

― Anonymous


 

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
— Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind)


 

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
— Mother Teresa


 

“Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of fools and philosophers.”  — William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury)


 

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
— Dr. Seuss


 

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi


 

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
— Abraham Lincoln


 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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


 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

— Mahatma Gandhi


 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)


 

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt


 

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
— Helen Keller


 

“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
— Abraham Lincoln


 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
— Anaïs Nin


 

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
— Sylvia Plath


 

“Life is but a walking shadow; a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And is heard no more; it is a tale

Told by the idiot; full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”

-Macbeth, William Shakespeare


 

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

-Albus Dumbledore


 

“Thus we may see,’ quoth he, ‘how the world wags:
‘Tis but an hour ago since it was nine,
And after one hour more ’twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
And thereby hangs a tale.”
(As You Like It – William Shakespeare)


 

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2 thoughts on “Pearls of Wisdom

  1. OMG! I love the quotes!
    Especially Tolkien! It was most prominent in the LOTR for me, too, despite masses craving the opening poem. It was the first one in my favorite quotes list!

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