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This is just a sampling of some of our favorite words from the wise. Click on the name for more of their wisdom.

“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.”  ~William James
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” ~ Maya Angelou
“Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.”  ~Democritus
“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”  ~Charles Dickens
“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”  ~Henry Brooks Adams
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”  ~Aldous Huxley
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”  ~Helen Keller
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”  ~Franklin Roosevelt
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  ~Winston Churchill
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  ~Thomas Edison
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”  ~Napoleon Bonaparte
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”  ~Aesop
“A small error in the beginning is a great one in the end.”  ~Thomas Aquinas
“Violence never settles anything.”  ~Genghis Khan
“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”  ~Saint Augustine
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  ~Sir Isaac Newton
“What worries you, masters you.”  ~John Locke
“I think; therefore I am.”  ~René Descartes
“The bible shows us not how heaven goes, but how to go to heaven.”  ~Galileo Galilei
“Silence is the virtue of fools.”  ~Sir Francis Bacon
“Few sinners are saved after the first 20 minutes of a sermon.”  ~Mark Twain
“Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  ~Robert Frost
“There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman. Neither one works.”  ~Will Rogers
“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. ”  ~C. S. Lewis
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”  ~Henry Ford
“There are two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle — The other is though everything is a miracle.”  ~Albert Einstein
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”  ~Benjamin Franklin
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome.”  ~Isaac Asimov
“Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci
“The secret to getting things done is to act.” Dante
“Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.”  ~Blaise Pascal
“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” Abraham Lincoln
“Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Aristotle
“The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.” George Marian Eliot
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson
“It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.” Will Durant
“In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.” Voltaire
“What lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?” Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant
“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” Francis Bacon
“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” John Wesley
“Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.” Gilbert Chesterton
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” Alexander The Great
“The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” Antisthenes
“To measure the man, measure his heart.” Malcolm S. Forbes
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewing
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Woodrow Wilson
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” Martin Luther
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin
“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.” Baruch Spinoza
“What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.” Henry Van Dyke
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Epictetus
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” ~Thomas Jefferson