Wise Quotes

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    His peculiar gift was the power of holding continuously in his mind a purely mental problem until he had seen it through.

    John Maynard Keynes, on Isaac Newton
     



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    Congressman Nixon had asked me why, as the son of immigrants who had been treated so well by Americans, as a man who had been treated like a son and been sent to Harvard by an American capitalist, I had been so ungrateful to the American economic system. The answer I gave him was not original. Nothing about me has ever been original. I repeated what my one-time hero, Kenneth Whistler, had said in reply to the same general sort of question long, long ago. Whistler had been a witness at a trial of strikers accused of violence. The judge had become curious about him, had asked him why such a well-educated man from such a good family would so immerse himself in the working class. My stolen answer to Nixon was this: “Why? The Sermon on the Mount, sir.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.

    The Buddha
     



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    If your spiritual practice and the demands of your everyday life are not in harmony, it means there’s something wrong with the way you are practicing. Your practice should satisfy your dissatisfied mind while providing solutions to the problems of everyday life. If it doesn’t, check carefully to see what you really understand about your religious practice.

    Lama Yeshe
     



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    The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.

    Plato
     



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    We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have, and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks
     



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    There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.

    Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier)
     



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    You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.

    Steven D. Woodhull
     



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    The secret of a long-term relationship? Allowing your partner to be who they are.

    Deepak Chopra
     



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    Yet some things you miss and some things you lose by keeping your arm outstretched.

    Author Unknown
     



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    Listen to the voices inside of you, they will tell you what is right and what is wrong, they will bring you happiness and peace; if you don’t listen to them they can create anxiety, discontentment, and unhappiness.

    Bert Wilson, Quoted in The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, John Izzo
     



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    Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.

    Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook
     



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    Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.

    Brigham Young
     



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    Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

    Chinese Proverb
     



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    Louise (Bourgeois) definitely had a psychological need to work. She needed to record how she was feeling. She worked to understand the sources of her anxiety, to calm herself, to repair or alleviate guilt.

    Jerry Gorovoy, Artist Louise Bourgeois’ chief assistant of 30 years.
     






               

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