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Pearls of Wisdom

on:  Art and Beauty * Human Relations * Life and Happiness * Politics * Women * Work and Success 

"The universe is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

"Dance like no one's wathching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like no one's listening, live like it's heaven on earth"

"If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides" Yiddish proverb 

"Christianity gave Eros poison to drink. He did not die of it, but degenerated into a vice." Nietzsche 

Art and Beauty

"A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines." Frank Lloyd Wright 

"You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe." James Abbott McNeill Whistle 

"All day long I add up columns of figures and make everything balance. I come home. I sit down. I look at a Kandinsky and it's wonderful! It doesn't mean a damn thing!" Solomon Guggenheim 

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." Oscar Wilde 

"Only those knowing the value of the useless can talk about the useful" Taoist proverb 

"Beauty provokes thieves sooner than gold" Shakespeare 

Human Relations

"It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one" Oscar Wilde 

"The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right." Mark Twain 

"To save yourself much pain, the bigger your plans the smaller the group of friends that should share in them." Hesiod

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Oscar Wilde 

"Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass." Benjamin Franklin 

"Three people that are hardest to talk to: a king bent on conquest, a Viking in his armour, and a low-born man protected by patronage." from Celtic Book of Days by Caitlin Matthews

Life and Happiness

"Here is a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't." Ridod Bach

"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." Lao-Tse

"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance." Oscar Wilde 

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." Alfred Adler 

"Every man desires to live long but no man would be old." Jonathan Swift

"Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it." Oscar Wilde

"Man must take responsibility for himself... There is mo meaning to life except meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers." Erich From 

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." George Bernard Shaw 

"Men can be all things they will." Leon Battista Alberti 

"The basic problem is that our civilization, which is a civilization of machines, can teach man everything except how to be a man." Andre Maleaux 

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives." William James 

"There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval." George Santayona 

"Man, unlike animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it." Samuel Butler 

"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." Margaret Lee Runbeck 

"Happiness lies in the taste, and not in the things; and it is from having what we desire that we are happy - not from having what others think desirable." Duc de la Rochefoucauld 

"If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want" 

"The real voyage of discovery lies not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes." Marcel Proust 

"My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot." Ashleigh Brilliant


"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease to be popular." Oscar Wilde 

"... democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." Oscar Wilde 

"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." Walter Lippman 

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." Oscar Wilde 

"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." Bertrand Russell 

"Everything is controlled by a small evil group to which, unfortunately, nobody I know belongs." Ashleigh Brilliant


"The god Tvastri used up all material to create the world, but he forgot to create a woman. Then he had an idea: he took the curve of the Moon, the suppleness of a snake, the slenderness of brushwood, the flickering of leaves, the softness of flowers, the lightness of a feather, the smile of the morning Sun, the humbleness of a doe's eyes, the timidity of a rabbit, the capriciousness of the wind, the vanity of a peacock, the cruelty of a tiger, the hardness of a diamond, the heat of glowing coals, the coldness of snow, the cooing of a dove and the chattering of a parrot. The woman delighted Tvastri with the combination of all these characteristics so much, that he decided: The woman will be the adornment of the entire world!" Hindu legend 
"Women like victors: that is why they allow to be conquered." Novales 

"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it." Marilyn Monroe 

"...I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain. In the movies there is always one with red red lips who is beautiful and cruel. She is the one who drives the men crazy and laughs them all away. Her power is her own. She will not give it away." Sandra Cisneros - The House On Mango Street

Work and Succes

"Any job worth doing is worth doing well." Lizzie Borden 

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Mao Tse-tung 

"If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded." 

"If you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life" 

"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts."

"We are all manufacturers - some make good, others make trouble and still others make excuses." 



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