Wise and inspiring saying and quotes
On this page there is a list of famous wise and inspiring sayings and quotes that I like, or that mean a lot to me. I also put some of my own quotes on this page that I tried to translate from Dutch to English. I like inspiring sayings and quotes for as long as I live, and I have collected a lot of books filled with inspiring sayings and quotes. Most sayings and quotes are short powerful sentences, somtimes with some humor, somtimes cynical, and thay are able to explain complex matters in a simple way. An inspiring saying or quote can be used in powerpoint presentations or speaches to make them more poweful and inspiring. Regards, Hein Pragt
My favorite saying and quotesIts food for thought that with every new invention, we first try to use it for sex.
You cannot demand freedom, but based on trust you can be very free.
The number of millionaires does not measure the quality of a society, the way it treats the weak and the elderly does.
Cheating on your partner is actually deceiving yourself.
A big difference between men and women is that men have other body parts in mind when they offer a shoulder to cry on.
A person who knows all the answers, has an opinion on everything, has a certainty backed up by rational argument, has very little possibility of further progress. Such a person is unlikely to walk away from a discussion with anything more than a reaffirmation of how right he or she has been all along
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns
in order to look at things in a different way.
(Edward De Bono )
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
(Edward De Bono)
The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals,
not spewed out by groups.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
(Mary Lou Cook )
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
The things we fear most in organizations like fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances are the primary sources of creativity.
(Margaret J. Wheatley)
Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum.
The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Humor is always based on a modicum of truth.
Have you ever heard a joke about a father in law.
There are things of deadly earnest that can only be mentioned under the cover of a joke.
(J. J. Procter)
One never needs their humor as much as when they argue with a fool.
The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
The mind is like a parachute,
it only functions when its open.
Destiny is not a matter of chance,
it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for,
it is a thing to be Achieved!
Those we loved but lost
are no longer where they were
but are always where we are.
These simple words you can believe
If you will give, you shall receive
So share your heart in all you do
And all good will come right back to you.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand
more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success,
than to take the lead in the introduction of
a new order of things.
(Niccolo Machiavelli, The prince, 1513)
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance.
We don't know because we don't want to know.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
When you stop learning you start dying
(M. Scott Adams)
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
A man can be happy with any woman, so long as he does not love her.
A man cannot be too careful in his choice of enemies.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
All women become like their mothers, that is their tragedy; no man does, that is his.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend; it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friends' success.
Crying is the refuge of plain women and the ruin of pretty ones.
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.
Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
(Norman Vincent Peale)
Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
(Franklin P. Jones)
Experience is the name we all give to our mistakes.
Fashion is what one wears oneself; what is unfashionable is what other people wear.
For fascinating women, sex is a challenge; for others, it is merely a defence.
Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
I can resist everything except temptation.
I don't want to make the wrong mistake.
I have always been of the opinion that a man about to get married should know either everything or nothing.
I like men who have a future, and women who have a past.
I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.
I sometimes think that God, in creating man, rather overestimated His ability.
When God created the man, she made a big mistake.
If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.
If politicians and scientist were lazier, how much happier we should all be.
If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.
If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.
In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would take many men many months to equal it.
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.
It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
It's your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
(Theodore Isaac Rubin)
Learning makes the wise wiser and the fool more foolish.
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious; both are disappointed.
One fool can ask more questions in a minute than twelve wise men can answer in an hour.
Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.
People who don't take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year.
Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.
Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
(Henry Van Dyke)
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty, they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.
(Stanley Baldwin )
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
The beginning of wisdom is silence. The second step is listening.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
The fool wanders, a wise man travels.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
(Charles Caleb Colton)
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
The proper basis for a marriage is mutual misunderstanding.
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.
There are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field than their own hearts in their closet.
(Charles Caleb Colton)
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
There are three things I always forget, names, faces and the third I can't remember.
There are three ways to get something done - do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or ask your kids not to do it.
(Malcolm L. Kushner)
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth, not going all the way, and not starting.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Two roads diverged in a woods, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
We can only learn to love by loving.
We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
When it's all over, it's not who you were. . . it's whether you made a difference.
When we know to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the heartsof others.
Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.
(H. G. Bohn)
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
( Cato the Elder)
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.
Women are meant to be loved, not understood.
Women give to men the very gold of their lives; but they always want it back in small change.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery,today is a gift… that is why it is called “present”
The more we know, the better we know, how little we know.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Soldiers who want to be heroes, number practical zero.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
You can't separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
The difference between what we do and we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
(Edward de Bono)
A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.
Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Art is the proper task of life.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.
But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens.
(Edward de Bono)
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.
I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.
I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Man is the cruelest animal.
Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
Morality is herd instinct in the individual.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.
To be feared is much safer then to be loved.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
We must become the change we want to see.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.
When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.
When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
Last update: 20-08-2021