Words of the Wise

I am a serial quotation collector.

I have two and a half mini-notebooks full of them, with many more that I’ve copied, pasted, and emailed to myself or jotted down. I’m hoping that one day I’ll find some creative and orderly way to organize them, but for now they are jumbled together. This page is a collection of my favorites.

“Little by little, one travels far.”
J. R. R. Tolkein

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
Soren Kierkeggard

“Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.”
Henry James

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.”
Native American Proverb

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
Eric Butterworth

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on wear you want to get to,” said the Cheshire Cat.
“I don’t much care where–”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
John Howard Payne

“If you’re not prepared to look stupid, then nothing great is ever gonna happen, right?
House, MD

“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.”
Hannah Green

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
Anais Nin

“If you want to improve, be content to be though foolish and stupid.”
Epictetus (featured in movie Serendipity)

“We’re all scared! If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention…”
Grey’s Anatomy

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
Maria Edgeworth

“We turn not older with years, but newever every day.”
Emily Dickinson

“Know first who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly.”

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
Winnie the Pooh

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A. A. Milne

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
e. e. cummings

“Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.”
Wally Lamb

“What you desire is always possible. It will come to you.”
Fortune Cookie

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”
Ron White

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may see like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
Thomas Moore

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brault

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Miriam Beard

“You can’t choose the ways in which you’ll be tested.”
Robert J. Sawyer


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