Favorite Quotes



Living by the Wisdom of the Ages


“He that has never known adversity is but half acquainted with others, or with himself. Constant success shows us but one side of the world. For as it surrounds us with friends who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects.”
Charles Caleb Colton

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”
John of Salisbury, in the treatise: Metalogicon (1159)

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
Randy Pausch

“A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.”
Tim Cahill

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
C.S. Lewis

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

“The Happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
Neil Armstrong

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
Matsuo Basho

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
Carl Jung

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (“Seneca the Younger”)

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
Ludwig van Beethoven

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau

“What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship? The bonds and ties of the life we know break easily, but through eternity one bond remains – the bond of fellowship – the fellowship of atoms, of star dust in its endless flight, of suns and worlds, of gods and men. The clasped hands of comradeship unite in a bond eternal – the fellowship of spirit.”
Manly P. Hall

“Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the ability to handle fear and press on.”
Gen. John Paxton, USMC, Cornell University Class of ’73

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.”
Daniel Burnham

“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Faith can be religious, but doesn’t have to be. And faith is not hope. Hope is the belief that things will get better. Faith is the understanding that things may not get better, and they may not be fair, but that things aren’t random, and that everything happens for a reason. Some of which we may not understand until later. Faith brings with it immense strength. Strong faith is something you can lean against when things are tough.”
Rob Shaul

“Inflexible as Fate and Exacting as Necessity, Rising with us in the morning and Watching at our pillows at night. Duty is with us always, imperative as Destiny.”
from “A Bridge to Light”

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor Frankl

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
John Irving

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Max Planck

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

“If it’s worth the emotion tomorrow, then it’s worth it now. Conversely, if it won’t bother me tomorrow, why let it get to me now? Spread the love, not the hatred or sadness.”
Kevin Ballantine

“If instead of concerning yourself with the score of the game, you concentrate your whole-hearted efforts on doing the best that you possibly can in your role that moment, regardless of your task – living in that moment, that minute, that second – when it comes to the end of the game, you will have achieved more and scored more than you previously thought possible.”
Daniel Herr

“A healthy mind is characterized by a sense of equilibrium, and is driven by the pursuit of furthering one’s understanding of the physical and metaphysical forces that govern his awareness. It constantly questions, is repeatedly challenged, and is full of compassion.”
Nicholas Engerer

“Complacency is the key to mediocrity.”
Kegan Ogletree

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form…All [things] are empty in character, neither arising nor ceasing, neither impure nor pure, neither increasing nor decreasing…With no hindrances, there is no fear.”
The Heart of Prajna-Paramita Sutra

“To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night—brothers who see now they are truly brothers.”
Archibald MacLeis

“Storm observing on the Great Plains entails moments of beauty and uniqueness that go far beyond the hopelessly misleading TV portrayals of “storm chasing” as thrill-a-second adrenaline rushes. So much of the experience, taken to its deepest level of authenticity, involves a thoughtful serenity of immersive appreciation, as the four-dimensional canvas of brilliant grandeur evolves above us. These fluidly painted skies command grateful cognizance, in turn coloring within us an indelible measure of amazed wonderment that enriches an entire lifetime.”
Roger Edwards

“People may not remember what you do for them, and people may not remember what you say to them, but everyone remembers how you make them feel – forever.”
Oliver Wang

“Wine and music rejoice the heart, but the love of wisdom is above them both.”
Ben Sira 40:20

“Semper Fidelis”
U.S. Marine Corps

“Never stop exploring.”
The North Face

“There is nothing more stress relieving than walking through the woods and experiencing nature… until you have to go #2… and you have no toilet paper.”
Jake Thiem