Words of Wisdom (a.k.a. Quotes)

There are few things I enjoy more in life than a couple simple words which kindle much thought. I’ll update this page whenever I come across one which inspires me to improve myself.


Chewbacca or “Chewie”, Hairy Beast and Non-English-Speaking Co-pilot of Han Solo (Star Wars):

“Uuuuuuuuuur Ahhhhrrrrrr Uhrrr Ahhhhrrrrrr Aaaarhg…”

Mahatma Gandhi, Activist, Peacemaker and Revolutionary:

“First they ignore you, then laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Albert Einstein, Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist and Philosopher of Science:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance Polymath:

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who when they are shown, those who do not see.”

Voltaire, French Enlightenment Writer, Historian and Philosopher

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must never forget to sing in the lifeboats.”

Anatole France, French Poet, Journalist, and Novelist:

“If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”

Some Unknown People:

“When quitting is no longer an option, you’re halfway there.”

“I am better than I was yesterday, but not as good as I will be tomorrow.”

Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Martial Artist, Actor, Martial Arts Instructor and Filmmaker:

“What you habitually think largely determines what you ultimately become.”

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Vince Lombardi, American Football Player and Coach:

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.”

African Proverb:

“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.”

“The owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees, the less it talks.”

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.”

Arabic Proverb:

“Man’s politeness is far better than his gold.”

“When the mind matures the talk becomes less.”

“What is destined to reach you will reach you, even if it be underneath two mountains. What is not destined to reach you will not reach you, even if it’s already between your two lips.”

Guy Who Wrecked Himself:

“If I had only checked myself.”

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet, Jurist, Islamic Scholar, Theologian:

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Ali ibn Abi Talib, Cousin on Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Fourth Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate:

“Be like the flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushes it.”

“Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.”

Chinese Proverb:

“A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.”

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”

Confucius, Chinese Philosopher:

“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.”

Extract from The Imitation Game (2014):

“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

Abu Tammam, Abbasid era Arab poet:

“Let me scale the heights that cannot be scaled, for reaching high things is difficult whilst reaching low thing is easy. You want to scale the heights without any effort, but honey cannot be gathered without bee stings.”

Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi’i, Muslim Jurist:

“If a person were wise, his concern over his own sins would distract him from seeing the faults of others.”

Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), Human Rights Activist:

“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”

Aristotle, Greek Philosopher & Scientist:

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Umar ibn al Khattab (RA), Companion of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and Second Caliph of Islam:

“I have never regretted my silence. As for my speech, I have regretted it over and over again.”

Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher:

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

Hasan of Basra (Hasan al-Basri), Muslim Preacher, Theologian and Scholar of Islam:

“The world is three days: As for yesterday, it has vanished. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it.”

Salahuddin al-Ayyubi (Saladin), First Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the Founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty:

“Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents through gentleness and kindness.”

Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short story writer and Journalist:

“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.”

Michael Phelps, Competitive Swimmer and the Most Decorated Olympian of All Time:

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”

Fernando, owner of Uma Cafe in Cusco, Lima:

“Just one more smile makes the world a happier place.”

One thought on “Words of Wisdom (a.k.a. Quotes)

  1. Guy Who Wrecked Himself:
    “If I had only checked myself.”

    “Be like the flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushes it.”
    “Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.”
    There is no other like Ali


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