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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

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Wise Quotes about Life

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
- Carl Jung

What you resist persists.
- Carl Jung

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

We are what we believe we are.
- C. S. Lewis

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
- Benjamin Franklin

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Do not mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- The Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Openheim

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.
- Anonymous

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

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

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
- Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain


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