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Wisdom is a rare commodity highly praised and cherished through all the centuries of the human history. Here is the collection of the words of wisdom;  clever phrases and famous quotes and citations that you might find interesting.

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Last update: 27th of August, 2002
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Truth
Universe
War
Wealth and Poor
Wise Advices
Wisdom and Foolishness
With Smile about Serious
Women
Work
World around Us
Writing
SOMETHING ABOUT ADVICES...
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Erica Jong

Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.
Josh Billings

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.
Karl Von Knebel
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Whatever advice you give, be short.
Horace

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
G. B. Shaw
SOMETHING ABOUT ANIMALS...
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler

Creatures which, lacking mankind's superior brain power, did not concern themselves with finding someone to blame, and instead tried to find someone to eat.
Terry Pratchett "Jingo"

Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and get back to you.
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Experimental animals, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, do what they damned will please.
Harvard Law of Animal Behavior

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.
Albert Schweitzer

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
Dereke Bruce
SOMETHING ABOUT CHILDREN...
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
Michael Levine

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. 
Robert Fulghum
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You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going. 
P. J. O'Rourke

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore Kesbourgh

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Franklin P. Adams

Sometimes we can be so anxious to provide our children with what we did not get in our childhood, that we might forget to give them what we did get.
SOME CLEVER OBSERVATIONS...
How easy it was to produce scape-goats and how readily they were accepted! This was especially true when the alternative was to find yourself either guilty or stupid or both.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint Exupery

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Lena Horne

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
George Canning

Quality is not an act. It is a habit.
Aristotle

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Ludwig Van Beethoven

People who cannot bear to be alone are generally the worst company.
Albert Guinon

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
James Rogers
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It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.
Alfred Adler

There's a mighty big difference between good sound reasons, and reasons that sound good.
Burton Hillis

A law guaranteeing privacy simply insures that bugs are that much harder to spot.

Bad hunter chases, good hunter waits.

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Mark Twain

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

There is nothing about a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

A Gresham's Law: the fakes would undermine the value of the real.

Everything enjoyable is either immoral, illegal, or fattening.
Oscar Wilde

Everything is idiocy if you choose to look at it in the proper light.
David Eddings  "Belgarion"
SOMETHING ABOUT COMMUNICATION...
Demagogues are so easy to identify. They gesture a lot and speak with pulpit rhythms, using words that ring of religious fervour and god-fearing sincerity. Sincerity with nothing behind it takes so much practice. The practice can always be detected. Repetition. Great attempts to keep your attention on words.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Silence is often the best thing to say.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

When strangers meet, great allowance should be made for differences of custom and training.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.
Samuel J. Hurwitt

Setting an example is not the main mean of influencing another, it is the only mean.
Albert Einstein

A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start one, but to end it requires considerable skill.
Lord Mancroft

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt.
Orlando A. Battista

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation, for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
Seneca
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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Peter F. Drucker

Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.
Frank Herbert "Dune Messiah"

Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"

Surely it's no coincidence that the word "listen" is an anagram of the word "silent"!

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people go right on talking when you're interrupting.
Mark Twain

Nothing so much needs reforming as other people's habits.
Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
Mark Twain

You can see a lot just by listening.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they won't forget the way you made them feel.

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
Jean Paul Richter

Nothing improves a person's hearing better than praise.

For someone to be taken seriously it was valuable to have the appearance of someone who deserved to be taken seriously.
Frederik Pohl "Starburst"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEATH...
If you're going to risk dying, there's no sense doing it wet, cold and hungry unless absolutely necessary.
Raymond E. Feist "Silverthorn"

Despite rumor, death isn't cruel - merely terribly, terribly good at his job.
Terry Pratchett

To that which is born, death is certain; to that which is dead, birth is certain.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
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Every man dies. Not every man lives.
Tim Robbins

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror; to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"

SOMETHING ABOUT EXPERIENCE...
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
Miguel de Cervantes

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Epictetus

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
Thaddeus Golas

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.
F. P. Jones
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Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. 
Chinese Proverb

Some of us learn from the mistakes of others; the rest of us have to be the others.

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley
SOMETHING ABOUT THE FAMILY...
By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Socrates

Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your children.

Any married man should forget his mistakes - there's no point in two people remembering the same thing...
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Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage: he didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked.

You have finally grown up when you can have a good laugh - at yourself.

You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without.
SOME FAMOUS QUOTES...
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Santayana

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.
Julius Caesar

He that does good to another does good also to himself.
Seneca

He who has begun has half done.
Horace

If a man would move the world, he must first move himself.
Socrates

We will either find a way, or make one.
Hannibal

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I would rather die on my feet than continue to live on my knees.
Zappatta

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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I think, therefore I am.
Decartes

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world.
Archimedes

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
Heraclitus

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Confucius

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.
Winston Churchill

The truth is the only one thing that nobody will believe.
George Bernard Shaw

Ultimately, no one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows. What one has no access to through experience one has no ear for.
Nietsche

That which does not destroy us makes us stronger.
Nietsche
SOMETHING ABOUT FRIENDS AND ENEMIES...
An ignorant friend is worse than a learned foe.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Corrino"

The true warrior often understands his enemy better than he understands his friends. A dangerous pitfall if you let understanding lead to sympathy as it will naturally do when left unguided.  Most perilous are the unconscious sympathies directing you to preserve your enemy intact because the enemy is your justification for existence.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Benjamin Franklin

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
Antisthenes

The wise learn many things from their enemies.
Aristophanes

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Napoleon Bonaparte

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
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Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.
Euripedes

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Do not count a human dead until you've seen his body. And even then you can make a mistake.

One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.
Heinrich Heine

Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which one you need more.

Most victories came from instantly exploiting your enemy's stupid mistakes, and not from any particular brilliance in your own plan.
O.S. Card "Shadow of the Hegemon"

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
Charles Caleb Colton

People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose.
Terry Goodkind "Wizard's First Rule"

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain
SOMETHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT...
Major flaw in government arise from a fear of making radical internal changes even though a need is clearly seen.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Democracy is susceptible to being led astray by having scapegoats paraded in front of the electorate.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Wrong. Power attracts the corruptible.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

We should grant power over our affairs only to those who are reluctant to hold it and then only under conditions that increase the reluctance.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation which produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman

No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity.
Rush Limbaugh

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
H. L. Mencken

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Voltaire
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By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
Albert Camus

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau

He said that there was death and taxes and taxes was worse, because at least death didn't happen to you every year.
Terry Pratchett "Reaper Man"

Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.
Frank Herbert "Dune Messiah"

Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality and fall.
Frank Herbert "Dune Messiah"

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class  whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"
SOMETHING ABOUT HAPPINESS...
People who are busy and happy don't write diaries; they are too busy living.
Robert A. Heinlein "Friday"

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. 
Albert Einstein

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everyone has the power to make others happy. Some do it by entering the room, others by leaving it.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer
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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire

The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now.
Robert Ingersoll

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
Victor Hugo

Happiness is wanting what you have, not getting what you want.

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
William Ralph Inge
SOMETHING ABOUT HELP AND KINDNESS...
Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find it out.
Frank A. Clark

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.
Publilius Syrus

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Confucius
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We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Abraham Lincoln

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Aesop

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.
Mother Theresa
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