Words of Wisdom

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

As a kid I kept a notebook where I jotted down the best quotes, proverbs and aphorisms I could find. I would go through quote anthologies and faithfully transcribe every piece of wisdom that spoke to me.

Much of it was pretty saccharine, like, “Good things come to those who wait” or “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Remember that one?

Today, I’m looking for something more, something to get me through.  As you’ve likely observed, life is hard.  When I’m having a tough day or week, I reach for my beloved quotes. As I curated them for this blog I realized that currently I’m drawn to the “kick you in the pants” variety of inspiration. 

Here is my top ten list of favourite quotes.  May they give you a boost on a bleak day or at the very least, a chuckle or a knowing nod.  And if you have any to add to the list, please do.  It’s always a good time to hear new words of wisdom. 

1. Fall down seven times get up eight.

Japanese proverb


2. Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison


 3. Are you going to cowboy up or just lie there and bleed?

Bumper sticker


4. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Attributed to Margaret Mead


5. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. 

Nelson Mandela


6. You can’t take back stupid.

Dr. Phil


7. Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Dr. Martin Luther King


8. All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

James Russell Lowell


9. One of these days is none of these days.

English Proverb


10. One of the secrets to a happy life is continuous small treats.

Iris Murdoch 



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  • Lindsay

    I heard a good one just recently! “Get out of your own way” So true!

  • Anna Wallner

    “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” (although I don’t actually believe it. And if you think about it, it isn’t true. It’s darkest in the middle of the night. Dawn is a long way off.)

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      I like the happy corollary, it’s always darkest before it’s pitch black.

  • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

    Someone told me this one recently: Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. By then, you’ll be a mile away and you’ll have his shoes. 🙂

  • Patricia Enns

    “When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • mike simpson

    OK , Here’s one

    “It’s a day in your life , not your life in a day”

    Author , ME! .

    Came to me in a nightmare .

  • Tracy Dawn

    I love these, especially the last one. Mine: 1. Stop letting people who do so little for you, control so much of you; 2. Never waste your feelings on people who don’t value them

  • CocoDiva

    I love this . . . .
    Lead from your heart with authenticity, humility & love and people will follow with loyalty and passion. ~ Jon Gordon