Wisdom Nugget


"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."

-- Joan Baez, Singer, Songwriter and Activist

Nuggets of Wisdom

Enjoy these nuggets of wisdom. We hope they enrich your mind and improve your thinking. These are famous quotes from great minds on the subject of true wealth.

"Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Author

"You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy."

-- Lydia M. Child, 1802-1880, Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist

"Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete other tasks."

-- Brian Tracy, Speaker and Author

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

-- Voltaire, 1694-1778, Philosopher and Writer

"As for worrying about what other people might think - forget it. They aren't concerned about you. They're too busy worrying about what you and other people think of them."

-- Michael le Boeuf, Speaker and Author

"Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow."

-- Maria Mitchell, 1818-1889, Astronomer

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

-- Katherine Mansfield, 1888-1923, Author

"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."

-- W. Clement Stone, 1902-2002, Businessman, Philanthropist and Author

"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world."

-- Harold Kushner, Rabbi and Author

"Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that's a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect."

-- Rob Reiner, Director

"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships."

-- Stephen R. Covey, Author

"Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time."

-- Sara Paddison, Author

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible."

-- Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Author

"The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal."

-- Deepak Chopra, Author and Speaker

"You never know what you can do until you have to do it."

-- Betty Ford, 1918-2011, Former First Lady

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."

-- Michael J. Fox, Actor

"Every individual has the power to change his or her material or financial status by first changing the nature of his or her beliefs."

-- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author

"The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money."

-- Benjamin Jowett, 1817-1893, English Scholar, Classicist and Theologian

"Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory."

-- J. Donald Walters, Author, Lecturer and Playwright

"What can you do right now to begin to turn your life around? The very first thing is to start making a list of things to be grateful for."

-- Joe Vitale, Author and Speaker

"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds."

-- John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946, Economist

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, Poet, Novelist and Philosopher

"The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help."

-- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author

"Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone around you, and it won't matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won't matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you'll be competing with yourself."

-- Rick Pitino, Basketball Coach, Author and Speaker

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."

-- Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004, Actor, Director and Producer

"Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it."

-- A Burmese Saying

"Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get. Set your sights higher."

-- Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

"Let's start with what we can be thankful for, and get our mind into that vibration, and then watch the good that starts to come, because one thought leads to another thought."

-- Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."

-- Jim Henson, 1936-1990, Creator of The Muppets

"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling."

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, Poet and Philosopher

"And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut."

-- Little Richard, Singer/Songwriter

"None of us has the power to make someone else love us. But we all have the power to give away love, to love other people. And if we do so, we change the kind of person we are, and we change the kind of world we live in."

-- Rabbi Harold Kushner, Author

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips."

-- Oliver Goldsmith, 1730-1774, Writer and Poet

"Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease... Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals."

-- Samuel Ullman, 1840-1924, Businessman and Poet

"See that any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn't work. Dare to let go and you won't lose a thing except for a punishing idea."

-- Guy Finley, Author

"One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you'll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do."

-- Earl Nightingale, 1921-1989, Author and Speaker

"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, or so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere through which we look - to affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts."

-- Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, Author, Poet and Abolitionist

"One of the greatest things in life is that no one has the authority to tell you what you want to be. You're the one who'll decide what you want to be."

-- Jaime Escalante, 1930-2010, Educator

"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."

-- Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, Author

"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Author

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."

-- Dolly Parton, Singer/Songwriter

"It is now long ago that I resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."

-- Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator and Author

"Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible."

-- Hannah Arendt, 1906-1975, Political Theorist

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."

-- Helen Keller, 1880-1968, Author and Lecturer

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."

-- Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, Astrophysicist and Author

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."

-- Willie Nelson, Singer-Songwriter

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

-- Mother Teresa, 1910-1997, Catholic Nun

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."

-- Mark Caine, Author

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."

-- Richard Bach, Author

"I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down."

-- Allen H. Neuharth, Founder of USA Today


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