Some Thoughts On Experience From Various Authors

“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”

Veronica Roth

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”

Paulo Coelho

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

Randy Pausch

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

Rita Mae Brown

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

Some Thoughts On Wisdom From Various Authors

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.”

Eckhart Tolle

“The difference between a wise and foolish man is this–the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.”

William Scott Downey

“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish…. Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”

Hermann Hesse

“You may not have very much sense. But if you have enough to keep your mouth shut and look wise, it will not be long before you acquire a wide reputation as a fountain of Wisdom.”

Robert Elliott Gonzales

“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.”

Bertolt Brecht

Some Thoughts On Flexibility From Various Authors

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Albert Einstein

“That which yields is not always weak.”

Jacqueline Carey

“The measure of a person’s strength is not his muscular power or strength, but it is his flexibility and adaptability.”

Debasish Mridha

“Develop flexibility and you will be firm; cultivate yielding and you will be strong.”

Liezi

“I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out.”

Kevin Thoman

Some Thoughts On Self-Discipline From Various Authors

“What lies in our power to do,lies in our power not to do.”

Aristotle

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”

Anonymous

“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”

Louis XIV

“The man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.”

Chinese proverb

Some Thoughts On Giving From Various Authors

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”

Brian Tracy

“Secrets. Funny how, when you’re about to be given something precious, something you’ve wanted for a long time, you suddenly feel nervous over taking it.

Everyone wants more than anything to be allowed into someone else’s most secret self. Everyone wants to allow someone into their most secret self. Everyone feels so alone inside that their deepest wish is for someone to know their secret being, because then they are alone no longer. Don’t we all long for this? Yet when it’s offered it’s frightening, because you might not live up to the desires of the one who bestows the gift. And frightening because you know that accepting such a gift means you’ll want-perhaps be expected- to offer a similar gift in return. Which means giving your *self* away. And what’s more frightening than that?”

Aidan Chambers

“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.”

Steve Maraboli

“Gracious acceptance is an art – an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving…. Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.”

Alexander McCall Smith

Some Thoughts On Excellence From Various Authors

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

Charles Dickens

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

John Wooden

Some Thoughts On People From Various Authors

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

Albert Einstein

“People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.”

James Hilton

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

Dale Carnegie

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”

Will Smith