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Wisdom of the Ages

Sometimes, we think we are so advanced, that we know more than those who preceded us.  In science and information, that’s probably true. In wisdom and knowledge about living, probably not. From the Bible and the words of Jesus to Greek and Roman philosophers, to Confucius and Buddha, great wisdom has been handed down to us. Here is but a sampling of that wisdom.

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” - Plato

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” - Aesop

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” - Socrates

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” - Socrates

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” - Aristotle

“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.” - Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius

“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” - Buddha

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” - Jesus, recorded in the Book of Matthew 7:12

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” - Socrates

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made; what's a sundial in the shade?” -  Benjamin Franklin

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." - Jesus, recorded in Matthew 12:30-31

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” - Groucho Marx

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” - Confucius

“If you want to be successful, it's just this simple.  Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” - Will Rogers

“Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” - William Shakespeare

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” - Buddha
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” - Leonardo Da Vinci
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle
“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” - Confucius

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - George Bernard Shaw



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