Weekly Wisdom

Wisdom Quotes

1.   Ability

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
John Henry Newman

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
John Wooden

2.   Accomplishment

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
Napoleon Hill

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas A. Edison

3.   Accountability

Accountability is the bridge to obedience.

Lisa Fulton

In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate accountability for a breach of faith.
James L. Buckley

When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
David Brin

4.   Achievement

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Francis Kennedy

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a questions he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

5.   Action

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Mark Twain

A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
Tony Robbins

6.   Assignment

"Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity." - Viktor Frankl

"Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment." Baltasar Gracian

7.   Attitude

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
Zig Ziglar

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
Norman Vincent Peale

8.   Authority

In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable.
Tom Robbins

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Ken Blanchard

9.   Balance

A good balance of winning and losing is important. If you just win all the time, you won't get anything out of it; having some tough losses can be really important.
Andrew Shue

Balance is so important in our lives. In our busy world, we can give ourselves balance between thinking and feeling.
Yakov Smirnoff

10.                     Boldness

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.

Norman Vincent Peale

11.                     Capability

If you're playing within your capability, what's the point? If you're not pushing your own technique to its own limits with the risk that it might just crumble at any moment, then you're not really doing your job.
Nigel Kennedy

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.
-Anthony Robbins

12.                     Character

Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
-Edmund Burke

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

13.                     Consistency

Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.

-Horatio Smith

"Part of courage is simple consistency."

Peggy Noonan

14.                     Cooperation

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney

15.                     Courage

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
-Dorothy Bernard

16.                     Creativity

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

 Albert Einstein

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams


17.                     Decision Making

Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.
-Robert H. Schuller

Decision making is the specific executive task.
-Peter Drucker

18.                     Discipline

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.

 Samuel Smiles 

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

19.                     Dreams

You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.

-Walt Disney

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

-James Allen


20.                     Education

"Education is borrowed knowledge, but true wisdom comes from God." WP Morgan

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.

-Joseph Addison

21.                     Excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.
-Max L. Lucado

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.
-Jean De La Bruyere

22.                     Expectation

Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.
-Ralph Charell

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."

Charles F. Kettering


23.                     Faith

Faith is a higher faculty than reason.
-Henry Christopher Bailey

Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.
-Francis Beaumont

24.                     Focus

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
Tony Robbins

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced."

Swami Vivekananda

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.
Marianne Williamson


25.                     Goal Settings

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

  Jim Rohn

A goal properly set is halfway reached.

  Zig Ziglar



26.                     Goals

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not disgrace to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.

Benjamin Mays

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.

Thomas Carlyle


27.                     Health

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.
-Greg Anderson

28.                     Honesty

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.



29.                     Integrity

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

30.                     Intelligence

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
-Edward De Bono

Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.
-Erich Fromm

31.                     Love

A Woman in Love operates at the lowest level of the intellect. - WP Morgan

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

Vincent van Gogh

"We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present."
- Marianne Williamson

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.


-Amy Carmichael

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

32.                     Obedience

It is for each of us freely to choose whom we shall serve, and find in that obedience our freedom.
Mary Richards

Obedience is better than sacrifice.
-Bible I Sam 15:22

No principal is so noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.
-Henry Giles

33.                     Patience

"All good things come to he who waits"


"Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, Never found in man" - unknown

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.
-Danish proverb

34.                     Peace

We war for peace. - unknown

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa


35.                     Perseverance

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
-Newt Gingrich

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
-Julie Andrews

36.                     Persistence

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
-Thomas Carlyle

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Calvin Coolidge

37.                     Potential

There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.
-Rusty Berkus

The graveyards are full of great men and women who never became great because they did not give their ability responsibility. This untapped ability is called potential.

Myles Monroe

38.                     Prayer

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."

Mahatma Gandhi


39.                     Prioritization

Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.

Denis Waitley

God makes Man, His first priority. But, Man makes God his last resort.
-Ceasar Rodriguez, Jr.

With good prioritization (and careful management of deprioritized tasks) you can bring order to chaos, massively reduce stress, and move forwards successfully. Without it, you'll flounder around, drowning in competing demands. - Mindtools

40.                     Purpose

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
Washington Irving

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
-William Shakespeare

41.                     Relationships

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.
Alexandria Penney

In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief.


-John Barrymore

The most effective way to achieve right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.

-Allen J. Boone

42.                     Resourcefulness

You can always find a capable helping hand at the end of your own sleeve. Zig Ziglar

Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. Thomas Jefferson

Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow -- after you have done your best to achieve success today.
-Maxwell Maltz

Resourcefulness is not a means of coping with deprivation; it can be a virtue that opens the door to greater accomplishment. - John Baldoni


43.                     Responsibility

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Abraham Lincoln

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill

44.                     Spirituality

In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body.
-Barbara De Angelis

This latter day work is spiritual. It takes spirituality to comprehend it, to love it, to discern it. Therefore, seek the spirit in all you do. Keep it with you continually. That is our challenge.
-Ezra Taft Benson

45.                     Team Work

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." Ryunosuke Satoro

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford


46.                     Timing

"A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time." - unknown

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

Harvey MacKay


47.                     Trusting God

The highest level of worship is trust. - Jason Upton

"But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." The Bible (Psalms 73:28)

Dependence upon God makes heroes of ordinary people like you and me!

Bruce Wilkinson

48.                     Understanding

He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.
-Bible Ecc. 21:11

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. - Dale Carnegie

49.                     Unity

United we stand, divided we fall.

George Pope Morris

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.  

Mahatma Gandhi

Necessity unites.

German Proverb


50.                     Vision

Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
-Japanese Proverb

Vision looks inwards and becomes duty. Vision looks outwards and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upwards and becomes faith.
-Stephen Samuel Wise

51.                     Wisdom

Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so. ~

  Earl Of Chesterfield 1694


~ God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~

  Serenity Prayer


~ Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~

  Lao-Tzu 604BC

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

52.                     Work

I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.

 Margaret Thatcher

The Devil finds work for idle hands.


-Proverb, 1721


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