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A single conversation across a table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. - Chinese proverb

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. - English proverb

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. - Auguste Rodin

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. - William James

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. - Abraham Lincoln

Much wisdom often goes with fewer words. - Sophocles

Great beginnings are not as important as the way one finishes. - Dr. James Dobson

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. - John Keats

Without haste, but without rest. - Goethe

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them. - Edward R. Murrow

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. - Paul Boese

If you hate a person, you hate something in something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. - Hermann Hesse, Demian

I'm working to improve my methods, and every hour I save is an hour added to my life. - Ayn Rand

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

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: He that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. - Charles Caleb Colton

Wisdom is oftimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. - William Wordsworth

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible to others.  - Jonathon Swift

Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration. Listen carefully.  - Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is no use waiting for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.  - Belgian Proverb

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. - James Bryant Conant

The ear test words as the tongue tastes food. - The Bible, Job 34:3 NIV

Take rest. A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop. - Ovid

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names. - Chinese Proverb

God helps them that help themselves. {Maxims prefixed to Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757} - Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day. - Benjamin Franklin

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.  - Leonardo da Vinci

Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. - Ancient Proverb

The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes... {1871-1922 - French Novelist}  - Marcel Proust

Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands - a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.  - Sidney Lovett

Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside. - Alexander Pope

You got to go there to know there. - Zora Neale Hurston

Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. - Swedish Proverb

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. (from the Metaphysics) - Aristotle

The journey of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes. - Rachel Naomi Remen

A falling drop at last will carve a stone.  - Lucretius

A library may be very large; but if it is in disorder, it is not so useful as one that is small but well arranged. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  - Hal Borland

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. - Aeschylus

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H.L. Mencken

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. - Yogi Berra

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. - Lewis Carroll

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. - George Santayana

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. - Benjamin Disraeli

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - James Allen