As a boat on the waters is carried off course by a gale, so an individual's discrimination is driven from its intended path when the mind succumbs to the wandering senses.
I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
He who is undisturbed by anxiety under afflictions, nor attached to happiness under favorable circumstances; he who is free from worldly loves, fears & anger- is called a sage of steady wisdom
He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.
The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
He who is everywhere nonattached, neither joyously excited by encountering good nor disturbed by evil, has an established wisdom
Short + Wisdom quotes ⇑Short Quotes
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Life + Wisdom quotes ⇑Life Quotes
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.
Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?"
The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.
This should be your new attitude toward life: no matter what your experiences are, you are going to enjoy them, in the same way, that you enjoy viewing the pleasant or painful experiences of another person in a motion picture.
Everyone you meet is a part of your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay in your life. Some people are just passing through to bring you gifts; either they're blessings or lessons.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.
Inspirational + Wisdom quotes ⇑Inspirational Quotes
Don't depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.
Newt Scamander: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
There's no such thing as ruining your life. Life's a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.
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.
When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.
Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
We all make mistakes... so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Philosophy + Wisdom quotes ⇑Philosophy Quotes
Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
For those who have conquered the mind, the mind is their friend. For those who have failed to do so, the mind acts like an enemy.
To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.
The ideas of heat & cold, pleasure & pain, are produced by the contact of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning & an end, they are transitory, bear them with patience
One who has restrained the senses from their objects is firmly established in wisdom.
Undoubtedly the mind is fickle and unruly; but by yoga practice and by dispassion, the mind may nevertheless be controlled.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;!
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Truth + Wisdom quotes ⇑Truth Quotes
If you knew how quickly people forget the dead... you would stop living to impress people.
The world is big enough to satisfy everyones needs, but will always be too small to satisfy everyones greed
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
This show has a purpose: that you learn how to play the various parts of the life movie without identifying your Self with your role
I am ignorant of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.
The truth is embodied in the wisdom of the great ones that reveal to us the world as it really is.
Happiness + Wisdom quotes ⇑Happiness Quotes
If you're betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become
Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.
Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.
Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You'll definitely be happier.
Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
The happiness that comes by fits and starts is only tantalizing; pleasures that become monotonous are tiresome; joy that comes momentarily and then flits away, sinking you in a state of deepening indifference, by contrast, is torturing.
Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige, and power. None of these bestow happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one must possess wisdom and love for God and man.
All Wisdom Quotes ⇑
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself.
He who withdraws his senses from the objects of perception, just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, is established in steady wisdom
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
I ask not for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within.
Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.
If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.
It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
People swallow the bitter pill of evil because it is sugarcoated with immediate pleasure.
The trouble is that instead of living only in the present, we try to live in the past and in the future at the same time.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present! Live supremely well now! It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of the wise
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.
Do not dispute with anyone in any matter as far as possible. For in argumentation lies much harm and its evil is greater than its benefit.
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
A leader is best When people barely know he exists, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, "We did this ourselves."
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.
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.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
I think I've discovered the secret of life -- you just hang around until you get used to it.
To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.
You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.
You should never give up a happy 'middle' in the hopes of a happy 'ending', because there is no such thing as a happy ending
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.
Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
Surrendering to the demands of the senses does not satisfy them, but rather creates insatiable desires for further sense experiences.
Does money upset the hearts of learned men? He answered, "men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned"
Suffering is a good teacher to those who are quick and willing to learn from it. But it becomes a tyrant to those who resist and resent.
Meditation is "active calmness." Passive calmness, as in sleep or idle daydreaming, is essentially different from active calmness—the positive state of peace found in scientific meditation.
Fulfilled desire is "pleasure" and contradicted desire is "pain" or "sorrow". They are inseparable
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.
He who is wise does his best to overcome difficulties, but he smiles, first, last, and all the time. There is no better panacea for sorrow, no better revivifying tonic, than smiles.
But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep - into evil.
In the end, it's not what you do for your children but what you've taught them to do for themselves.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.
The beginning of all beings is veiled, beings manifest in the middle, and unmanifest again on death. Then, why lament this truth?
Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.
Every choice comes with a consequence. Once you make a choice, you must accept responsibility. You cannot escape the consequences of your choices, whether you like them or not.
He is full with contentment who absorbs all desires within, as the brimful ocean remains unmoved by waters entering into it
The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.
He is a wise man whose pursuits are all without selfish plan or longings for results, and whose activities are purified by the fire of wisdom.
When you realize there is something you don't understand, then you're generally on the right path to understanding all kinds of things.
The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.
There are three signs of a knowledgeable person: knowledge, forbearance and silence.
Self-realized sages behold with an equal eye a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater.
Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.
People are running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.
Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
If you have to keep a secret, it's because you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
I don't think anybody's necessarily ready for death. You can only hope that when it approaches, you feel like you've said what you wanted to say. Nobody wants to go out in mid-sentence.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not make the same mistake twice.
If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.
Knowing thyself, that is the greatest wisdom.
It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Sometimes you weren't supposed to share pain. Sometimes it was best just to deal with it alone.
To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much, Just remember two main rules for the beginning: You better starve, than eat whatever And better be alone, than with whoever.
If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it's fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there's an arrow in your heart
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.
The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.
Don't sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there's nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
When suffering comes it is more difficult to detach your consciousness from identification with the body; so be wise and make the effort now, while you have strength and health
Live without being attached. Wherever you are, carry within your bosom a portable heaven of joy. Remember that you are here in this world to be entertained.
These loads (of past) are too heavy for the mind to carry, so we must restrict the amount of the load. The past is gone. Why continue to carry it in the mind?
Only when one pleasure after another fails him does man finally begin to wonder if, after all, happiness is possible through the senses. This thought has a liberating effect
Since you alone are responsible for what goes on in your mind, only you can change your thoughts.
That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.
Of all qualities the purest is wisdom. Its unpollutable flame of light is the only effective adversary of darkness, ignorance
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.
Knowledge of the scriptures is beneficial only when it stimulates a desire for practical realization; otherwise, theoretical knowledge gives one false conviction of wisdom
Your experiences bring wisdom according to the measure of the cup of your receptivity
You have control over the activity you perform, never the resultant fruit of your actions. Do not consider yourself the creator of the fruits of your activities, nor be attached to inaction
When a man completely relinquishes all desires of the mind and is entirely contented in the self, by the self, he is then considered to be settled in wisdom
Even if you are the chief sinner among all sinners, yet by the sole raft of wisdom you shall safely cross the sea of sin
As enkindled flame converts firewood into ashes, so does the fire of wisdom consume to ashes all karma.
Verily, nothing else in this world is as sanctifying as wisdom. In due course of time, the devotee who is successful in yoga will spontaneously realize this within his Self.
The greatest sin is ignorance — not knowing what life is all about. And the greatest virtue is wisdom — to know the meaning and purpose of life and its Creator... that we are one with Him, is wisdom
It is not necessary to go through every kind of human experience in order to attain the ultimate wisdom. You should be able to learn by studying the lives of others.
There is no greater power with which to overcome failure than a real smile. There is no more beautiful ornament one can wear than a genuine smile of peace and wisdom glowing on the face.
Material things cannot be owned by anybody, for at death they must be left behind & given to others. We are only allowed the use of things. It shows a lack of wisdom to be 'possessed' by material things.
One who looks from the cinema booth through the beam sees the villain and the hero both as pictures. When one is united with God, then and then only he sees no difference between good and evil.
Never concentrate on your faults. By doing so you identify yourself with them. You are the one who puts the veil of delusion in front of your wisdom's eyes. Whatsoever you think, that is what you are.
Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.
You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.
His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.
Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Dear friend, Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it clean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.
A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more.
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.
True wisdom: understanding how the One Consciousness becomes all things
Relinquishing attachment to the fruits of work, always contented, independent of material rewards, the wise do not perform any binding action even in the midst of activities
The senses naturally experience attachment and aversion to the sense objects but do not be controlled by them, for they are one's enemies
To the knower of Brahman (spirit), all the Vedas (scriptures) are of no utility than is a reservoir when there is a flood from all directions
Even wise people act according to their natures, for all living beings are propelled by their natural tendencies. What will one gain by repression?
The truly wise mourn neither for those who are living nor for those who have passed away
Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom. The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge
Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.
The secret of true religion lies in the cave of stillness, in the cave of wisdom, in the cave of the spiritual eye.
God, the perfect ever-new unending Bliss, is the greatest temptation to the soul of man. He tests His children first with inferior temptations of the senses; when the man has rejected those in a proper spirit of wisdom, the superior divine treasures are revealed to him.
He who realizes that happiness is the highest goal, and who seeks happiness in God, follows the path of wisdom
The greatest thing you can do to cultivate true wisdom is to practice the consciousness of the world as a dream
It is not a pumping-in from the outside that gives wisdom; it is the power and extent of your inner receptivity that determines how much you can attain of true knowledge, and how rapidly
The wisdom-manifesting yogi fills his mind with scriptural studies and spiritual meditative perceptions that contribute to soul-realization.
Realize that you are not really a fleshly being; neither categorize yourself as a Hindu nor as an American, or any other conception you may have of yourself that is limiting and sense-bound.
The yogi who roasts in a fire of wisdom all seeds of new desires becomes free from the thralldom of reincarnation
Every unfulfilled active desire, unless roasted by wisdom, plants a new desire-seed in the mind.
...Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.
By concentration, you can condense each experience and garner whatever wisdom is to be learned from it.
"But that's how memory works," Bitterblue said quietly. "Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission." And sometimes they came back incomplete and warped.