Quotations From Wise Men

Wisdom is the main thing; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

(Proverbs 4:7)

I have been collecting thought-provoking quotes that are meaningful to me since I was in high school. I have forgotten who was responsible for most of these wise statements. I have put all of them together on this page. A reading of my unorganized collection will aid in understanding more about my own thinking. Though nothing said is wiser than the statements of the Bible, I have not attempted to share any of my favorite passages of Scripture for this list.

We become wiser when we learn from our own bad judgements.
I am convinced that the most painless way that wisdom can
be gained is by learning from the judgements of wise men.

 God is Greater . . .
 Christ paid a debt He did not owe,
because we owed a debt we could not pay.
 It is as much the business of a physician to alleviate pain . . .
as to cure the diseases.
-- John Gregory (1725-1773), "Lectures on the Duties and Qualifications of a Physician"
 There is just one way to bring up a child in the way he should go,
and that is to travel that way yourself.
-- Abraham Lincoln
 It takes all kinds of people to make up the world.
-- Gerald W. Kelley, math teacher, Harrison (Ark.) High School
 Opportunity + Ability = Responsibility
 Put your best voice forward.
 Stop giving directions;
just say, "Follow me."
 There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man.
The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
-- Hindu proverb
 Love is a temporary emotional condition brought on by a
physical reaction to a biological urge. [too many think]
-- Abigail Van Buren
 A ship in harbor is safe . . .
but that is not what ships are for.
-- Thomas Aquinas
 Pride is our national heritage,
and even those Americans who have overcome it
manage, nevertheless, to be proud of their humility!
-- Mark Twain
 The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient
while nature cures the disease.
-- Voltaire
Key of the Day,
Lock of the Night
 If two people agree on everything,
only one person is doing the thinking.
 If you can't have what you want,
change your mind.
 No Jesus = No Peace
Know Jesus = Know Peace
 He who implants courage in the human soul is the best physician.
-- Karl von Knebel
 You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean itself does not become dirty.
-- Mohandas Gandhi
 Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them.
It makes joys more intense, because you share them.
 The happiest people are those who are
too busy to wonder whether they are or not.
 People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
 Happiness is only found by those who are
striving to make others happy.
 All the flowers
of all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today.
 Optimism is man's passport to a better tomorrow.
 Four things do not come back:
the Spoken Word,
the Sped Arrow,
the Past Life,
and the Neglected Opportunity.
-- Arabian proverb
 Were it not for the perpetual succession of rebellious sons,
we would still be gnawing bones in the caves of Mousterian man.
-- Dean Sperry of Harvard
 Doing nothing is the most tiresome thing in the world
because it is impossible to quit and take a rest.
 Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka
 One must have a dream if one
is to have a dream come true.
-- from the musical "South Pacific"
 The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.
-- Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere
 Vice, like virtue, advances by degrees.
-- Jean Racine
 A man can go to Hell a thousand different ways . . .
but he can only go to Heaven just one way.
 The purpose of the doctor:
To cure sometimes,
To relieve often,
To comfort always.
-- Socrates
 For profit, Americans will sell the rope to hang themselves.
-- Lenin
 The young close their ears to our advice
and open their eyes to our example.
 The only person who got all his work
done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
 Take pride in America's past;
take part in America's future.
 You have to pay twice for cigarettes --
once when you get them,
and again when they get you.
 It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended,
but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
-- Plutarch (AD 46-120)
 It is wise for us to recur to the history of our ancestors;
those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting
the past with the future do not perform their duty to the world.
-- Daniel Webster
 Good judgment comes from experience and, unfortunately,
experience often comes from bad judgment.
 Often we need not so much to be taught as to be reminded.
-- C. S. Lewis
 Small wonder our lives have so little of God in them,
when we come in touch with so little that God has made.
--Harold Bell Wright, in Shepherd of the Hills
 A physician should be in the business of prolonging life,
not prematurely ending it.
 Life is full of surprises.
Don't insist on everything being predictable.
 Anyone can count the seeds in an apple,
but only God can count the apples in a seed.
 Don't do anything that one day you will want to forget.
God can forgive you, but He can't make you forget.
 God is the True Healer.
God deserves your praise, not me.
 Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.
 Every day is fishing day;
not every day is catching day.
 Understand what the will of the Lord is.
 People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
 The seven states of man:

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