“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– J. Krishnamurti

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
― Socrates

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
― Mark Twain

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
― Aristotle

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ― John Lennon

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

“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.” ― Confucius

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
― Jimi Hendrix

“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.” ― Bob Marley

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote

“The past has no power over the present moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
― Albert Einstein

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi, Masnavi i Man’avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ― Gautama Buddha

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain

“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.” ― Charles M. Schulz

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” ― Maya Angelou

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don’t help them by doing the job yourself.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
― Leo Buscaglia

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
― John Keats, Letters of John Keats

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Socrates

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
― George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

“Luck is when preparedness meets with opportunity.”
– Og Mandino

“It is support that sustains us on the journey we’ve started.”
– Marci Shimoff

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

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”
― Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”
― Rumi

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
― Milton Berle

“Transformation is my favorite game and in my experience, anger and frustration are the result of you not being authentic somewhere in your life or with someone in your life. Being fake about anything creates a block inside of you. Life can’t work for you if you don’t show up as you.”
― Jason Mraz

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”
― Gautama Buddha

“For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.”
― Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz

“The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgmental you become towards others.”
― Tariq Ramadan

“Happiness is created and not found, it’s a state of mind and in its best form, it stands independent of life circumstances.”
― Jaeda DeWalt

“Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

“It’s not about getting over things, it’s about making room for them. It’s about painting the picture with contrast.”
― Brianna Wiest

“To sense which gifts to accept & which to leave behind is our path to discovering freedom.”
― Sharon Salzberg

“Fufillment has nothing to do with circumstances.”
— Gangaji

“We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enought, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.”
— Gangaji

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
— Pema Chödrön

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”
— Pema Chödrön

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
– Pema Chödrön When Things Fall Apart

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”
— Pema Chödrön

“A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us.”
— Pema Chödrön The Places that Scare You

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
— Pema Chödrön

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”
— Pema Chodron

“It’s a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately fill up the space. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness.
– Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

“True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.”
— Pema Chödrön Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

“The real thing that we renounce is the tenacious hope that we could be saved from being who we are.”
— Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
— Pema Chödrön

“It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves that meditation becomes a transformative process. Only when we relate with ourselves without moralizing, without harshness, without deception, can we let go of harmful patterns. Without maitri (metta), renunciation of old habits becomes abusive. This is an important point.”
— Pema Chödrön

“Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.”
— Pema Chödrön

“To do the impossible, one must first see the invisible.”
– Machaelle Small Wright


“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.”
– William Temple

“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

“One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.”
– Robert Brault


“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless
garden when the flowers are dead.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”
– Jean Anouilh

“You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from.” – Werner Erhard

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
– Charles Dickens

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
– Rumi

“Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It’s a matter of what’s happening in your heart.”
– Ken Keyes

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu

Love is the law of life.
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“Love means nothing in tennis, but it’s everything in life.”
– Author Unknown

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”
– Robert Fulghum, True Love

“In a deep moment of love, thinking stops. The moment is so intriguing, the moment is so tremendously powerful, the moment is so intensely alive, that thinking stops. You are simply in awe, a great wonder surrounds you.”
– Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

“Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.”
– Author Unknown

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.”
– Jack Handey

“It’s not that I’m a Type‑B personality. It’s that I’m driven by a passionate, all-consuming desire to take it easy.”
– Robert Brault

“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.”
– Carl Zwanzig

“There are truths of which I have an inkling, but of most I have only a penciling.”
– Robert Brault


“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”
– Garrison Keillor

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.”
– Author Unknown

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
– William Shakespeare, Othello

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
– M. Kathleen Casey

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.”
– Uncle Remus

“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.”
– The Houghton Line, November 1965

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
– Frank A. Clark

“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.”
– Author Unknown

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
– Walt Disney

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”
– Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”
– Barbara Bloom

“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.” – Lou Reed, Magic and Loss

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
– Mary Engelbreit

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
– Theodore Rubin

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
– Agatha Christie

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.”
– Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Flower, Fruit, and Thorn

“Smoothe seas do not make skillful sailors.”
– African Proverb

We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.”
– Frank A. Clark

“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
– John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959

“It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.”
– Ashleigh Brilliant

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.”
– John Vance Cheney

“If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.”
– Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”
– Edwin Markham

“We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.”
– John Updike

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”
– Horace

“The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.”
– Sophocles

“Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.”
– Stanislaus I, Maxims

“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.”
– Robert Service

“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”
– Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820

“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”
– Quintus Horatius Flaccus

“When life gives you lemons, please, just don’t squirt them in other people’s eyes.”
– J. Andrew Helt

“Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.”
– William James

“At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall. The true test, however, is whether you can put your arms up and enjoy the feel of the water.”
– Aviva Kaufman

“Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.”
– Maltbie D. Babcock

“Aversion is a form of bondage. We are tied to what we hate or fear. That is why, in our lives, the same problem, the same danger or difficulty, will present itself over and over again in various prospects, as long as we continue to resist or run away from it instead of examining it and solving it.”
– Patañjali


“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”
~John Updike

“It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf.”
~Robert Lynd

“Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.”
~A.A. Milne

“Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious.”
~P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.”
~Arnold Palmer

“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course — the distance between your ears.”
~Bobby Jones

“I’m about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That’s the distance my left ear is from my right.”
~Ben Crenshaw

“Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.”
~Arthur Daley

“Golf is a fascinating game. It has taken me nearly forty years to discover that I can’t play it.”
~Ted Ray, Golf – My Slice of Life, 1972

“The number of shots taken by an opponent who is out of sight is equal to the square root of the sum of the number of curses heard plus the number of swishes.”
~Michael Green, The Art of Coarse Golf, 1975

“If there is any larceny in a man, golf will bring it out.”
~Paul Gallico New York Times, 1977 March 6th

“Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.”
~Author Unknown

“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.”
~Horace G. Hutchinson (1859-1932) British golfer, writer, and golf historian

“They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.”
~Gardner Dickinson

“I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.”
~Will Rogers

“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”
~Sam Snead

“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”
~William Wordsworth

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”
~Arnold Palmer

“The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.”
~Phyllis Diller

“The sport of choice for the urban poor is basketball. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is bowling. The sport of choice for front-line workers is football. The sport of choice for supervisors is baseball. The sport of choice for middle management is tennis. The sport of choice for corporate officers is golf. Conclusion: The higher you are in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become.”
~Author Unknown

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.”
~Dean Martin

“Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent’s.”
~Grantland Rice

“They throw their clubs backwards, and that’s wrong. You should always throw a club ahead of you so that you don’t have to walk any extra distance to get it.”
~Tommy Bolt, about the tempers of modern players

“Man blames fate for other accidents but feels personally responsible for a hole in one.”
~Martha Beckman

“When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit.”
~Author Unknown

“I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they’d come up sliced.”
~Miller Barber

“Duffers who consistently shank their balls are urged to buy and study Shanks – No Thanks by R.K. Hoffman, or in extreme cases, M.S. Howard’s excellent Tennis for Beginners.”
~Henry Beard, Golfing, 1985

“If I can hit a curveball, why can’t I hit a ball that is standing still on a course?”
~Larry Nelson

“A passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand, and water.”
~Bob Ryan

“I’ve spent most of my life golfing — the rest I’ve just wasted.”
~Author Unknown

“They call it golf because all of the other four-letter words were taken.”
~Raymond Floyd

“My handicap? Woods and irons.”
~Chris Codiroli

“The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.”
~John Updike

“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top.”
~Pete Dye

“If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”
~Lee Trevino The Tonight Show, January 1985;

“I’m hitting the woods just great, but I’m having a terrible time getting out of them.”
~Harry Toscano

“I know I am getting better at golf because I’m hitting fewer spectators.”
~Gerald Ford

“I can airmail the golf ball, but sometimes I don’t put the right address on it.”
~Jim Dent

“It is more satisfying to be a bad player at golf. The worse you play, the better you remember the occasional good shot.”
~Nubar Gulbenkian, 1972

“Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues, some on golf courses.”
~Adlai Stevenson

“I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.”
~Gerald Ford

“The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.”
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I’ll shoot my age if I have to live to be 105.”
~Bob Hope

“After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye.”
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

“My swing is so bad I look like a caveman killing his lunch.”
~Lee Trevino

“It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”
~Hank Aaron, 1971

“Golf isn’t like other sports where you can take a player out if he’s having a bad day. You have to play the whole game.”
~Phil Blackmar

“The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don’t really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did.”
~Robert Browning, A History of Golf

“Golf is the cruelest game, because eventually it will drag you out in front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around.”
~Rick Reilly, “Master Strokes,” Sports Illustrated

“These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.”
~Sam Snead

“Golf is a game in which you yell “fore,” shoot six, and write down five.”
~Paul Harvey Golf Digest

“The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is the pencil.”
~Author Unknown

“One under a tree, one under a bush, one under the water.”
~Lee Trevino, describing how he was one under during a tournament

“Golf is a game where white men can dress up as black pimps and get away with it.”
~Robin Williams, 1986

“It’s so bad I could putt off a tabletop and still leave the ball halfway down the leg.”
~J.C. Snead, on his putting

“There are two things you can do with your head down — play golf and pray.”
~Lee Trevino

“Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance… a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.”
~Harold Segall

“A “gimme” can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well.”
~Author Unknown

“Golf is a game in which the ball lies poorly and the players well.”
~Art Rosenbaum

“Art said he wanted to get more distance. I told him to hit it and run backward.”
~Ken Venturi, on Art Rosenbaum

“Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?”
~Al Boliska

“If I’m on the course and lightning starts, I get inside fast. If God wants to play through, let him.”
~Bob Hope

“Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.”
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”
~Billy Graham

“His driving is unbelievable. I don’t go that far on my holidays.”
~Ian Baker-Finch, on John Daly

“John certainly gives it a good hit, doesn’t he? My Sunday best is a Wednesday afternoon compared to him.”
~Nick Faldo, on John Daly

“I never pray to God to make a putt. I pray to God to help me react good if I miss a putt.”
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

“If you wish to hide your character, do not play golf.”
~Percey Boomer

“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.”
~Ben Hogan

“Yeah, after each of my downhill putts.”
~Homero Blancas, asked if he had any uphill putts

“Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.”
~Author Unknown

“What’s nice about our tour is you can’t remember your bad shots.”
~Bob Bruce, about the senior tour

“Everybody can see that my swing is homegrown. That means everybody has a chance to do it.”
~Bubba Watson

“To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly.”
~Author Unknown

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”
~Jack Lemmon

“I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play.”
~Joe E. Lewis

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”
~Will Rogers

“It’s good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling.”
~Mark Twain

“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.”
~Harry Vardon

“Golf is an ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill-adapted to the purpose.”
~Woodrow Wilson

“A golfer’s diet: live on greens as much as possible.”
~Author Unknown

“Gone golfin’… be back dark thirty.”

“My body is here, but my mind has already teed off.”
~Author Unknown

“Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them.”
~Jimmy DeMaret

“If I hit it right, it’s a slice. If I hit it left, it’s a hook. If I hit it straight, it’s a miracle.”
~Author Unknown

“If you call on God to improve the results of a shot while it is still in motion, you are using “an outside agency” and subject to appropriate penalties under the rules of golf.”
~Henry Longhurst

“The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.”
~George Deukmejian