This is the page you need to see if you are searching for wise words about life! The Wisdom Archive is home to 25,000 great quotations on values & wisdom! I have collected these apt examples of values over a 13-year period. I have spent much money, energy, and time digitizing the collection and making it searchable based on keyword, subject, author name, author gender, value, and author ethnic background. No quotes about “fun” or “dogs” or “cooking” here! Indeed, these are the best quotes, the ultimate in wise words about life when it comes to values, wisdom, and ethics. How much does the Wisdom Archive cost? Nothing! Are there a bunch of ads that cheapen the site and the user experience? Negative!
When I say the wise words about life in this expansive and ingenious collection can be searched by value, I mean this: quotations can be categorized according to the value, virtue, or subject it represents. For example, the famous quote “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by Eleanor Roosevelt, is more than just ten English words. She had something significant and emotional in mind when she wrote those wise words about life. My guess is she was feeling triumphant, or perhaps, stymied. Maybe she just won an argument, received an accolade, or achieved a hard-fought goal. Perhaps she was downtrodden and feeling sorry for herself before she “snapped out of it.” Regardless, she meant to say, essentially: I want to have self-esteem and I don’t want someone else to be in control of that. She was saying: I want to be whole; I desire self-confidence; I deny that others should be so powerful when it comes to how I feel about myself. So, Roosevelt’s scintillating quotation was an affirmation of self; it was about self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence. Those are the values the quotation is about.
I must say that I have a penchant for reading, listening, interviewing, questioning, and developing an ear for what a good quote is (and a lot of practice doing it). Thus, I didn’t just get some robot or nice Indian fellow to search around and grab all the most popular quotes from BrainyQuote and ThinkExist and such. They are fine – for what they’re worth. I did it the old-fashioned way: I earned it. I have read hundreds and hundreds of books – and not just quote books. I keep an eye out whenever I am reading in philosophy, psychology, sociology, personal growth, economics, politics, existentialism, theology, science and the like for wise words about life. They seem to almost pop out at me on the page. I imagine they do for almost anyone.
But what I do that is special is to take the time to highlight them. Then, I got a step further: I record them. I’m not done there, though. I put them into the database I call the Wisdom Archive. Finally, I make them available to the world for no charge. I also publish books that are great, portable, sharp representations of all the wise words about life found in the Wisdom Archive. I don’t sell space to advertisers and I don’t charge a fee. I am taking liberally from the wise individuals, spiritual leaders, thinkers, philosophers, poets, and the like, and I make them available equally-free to you. I try not to take too much of a person’s copyrighted work because after all, I don’t want to subvert their creative endeavors; I want to highlight them so that more people know of them, utilize them. Isn’t it a shame to have quotations about values, or wonderful words of wisdom lost in old books on dusty bookshelves no one ever appreciates?
Words. I love them. You probably do, too, or you wouldn’t have read this far into this blog. Have you seen the fantastic film Dead Poet’s Society? If not you must. Here is one of the first and best clips from the movie. In it, writer Thomas Schulman extols the virtues of wise words about life. His character, a teacher played by Robin Williams, takes a group of under-achieving prep school kids and helps them develop a love of words. He has the teacher say: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” You really come to believe it if you sit down and really get into the movie. The pithy phrase “The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” also makes it into the wonderful movie. Here is another writer’s take on the power of words.
I have contended that Values of the Wise has the best collection of quotations, poetry, proverbs, and lyrics around. I have found great meaning and enjoyment from finding the cream of the crop and putting them here for the world to better utilize. It’s my life’s work. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating. I hope they make you feel something. I think you will find them to be more than “motivational pap” or “glittering.”
Let me show you 1/10th of 1% and see if you agree. If you do, I hope you will conduct your own search, and bookmark The Wisdom Archive. That’s what it’s there for. Enjoy these diverse and unique wise words of wisdom from some of the greatest minds and deepest thinkers (and yes, you might need to sit quietly and think about them for a second or two. Put in the time and you will be rewarded, I firmly believe). From A to Z:
Any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
A true teacher will have the ability to greatly accelerate your journey on your chosen path to personal freedom. But remember, as you grow, don’t become dependent on any one person, philosophy, or methodology. We don’t need more gurus. We must become our own gurus.
By burning Luther’s books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men’s minds of him.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We’re still just a child creature, we’re still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We’re growing up, we’re moving into adolescence now. When we grow up – man, we’re going to be something!
Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
I don’t want to blanket the whole government, but it’s getting scary. Everything is for the wealthy. This used to be a lovely country, but everything is sliding.
The human brain is intensely interactive. You use multiple parts of it in every task you perform. It is in fact in the dynamic use of the brain—finding new connections between things—that true breakthroughs occur.
The thing that makes you exceptional – if you are at all – is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
We receive messages about what constitutes the “good life.” To what extent do we think about these views and to what extent do we absorb them without thinking? To what extent will we decide and to what extent do we allow others to decide for us?
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
Today, the military provides much more aggressive psychological diagnosis and support for veterans, but I can’t help thinking about John Muhammad, the alleged Washington sniper, whose skills were honed in the Army. War inevitably breaks minds as well as bodies.
It is the heart that makes men eloquent.
The revolution of unfettered corporate capitalism led to an era of unfettered corporate greed, which sowed the seeds of its own destruction.
Be happy while you’re living because you’re a long time dead.
Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
The eyes of others, our prisons; their thoughts, our cages.
I’m astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
You don’t make peace with your friends, you make peace with your enemies.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
There you go – 26 examples of wise words about life from a very diverse group of persons! There are 25,000 more where those came from!