Chip Conley

Wisdom is about pattern recognition. And the older you are, the more patterns you’ve seen. There’s an old saying I love: “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” In the digital era, libraries — and elders — aren’t quite as popular as they used to be. But wisdom never grows old.

Harry Browne

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.

Alan Weiss

Money is not wealth. Discretionary time is wealth. You can always make more money. You can’t make more time.

Nido Qubein

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.

Plato

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily.

Anaïs Nin

We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.

David Starr Jordan

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

Napoleon Hill

An educated person is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. Any person is educated who knows where to get knowledge when it is needed and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action.

Paul B. Sears

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

David Allen

There are only two problems in life: you know what you want and you don’t know how to get it; or you don’t know what you want.

Robert Frost

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep saying it.

Seneca

For many, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

Sigmund Freud

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement—that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.

Neem Karoli Baba

There are people who get exactly what they want. You think they’re the lucky ones, but they’re not. The lucky ones are those who do what they are meant to do.

Tom Morris

There are two kinds of dissatisfaction in life: One is what I call the “dissatisfaction of acquisition.” The other is the “dissatisfaction of aspiration.” The dissatisfaction of acquisition centers on the drive to have more things. We live in a competitive culture—a culture of more. And in such a culture, it’s hard to set limits. The dissatisfaction of acquisition is an unhealthy dissatisfaction; it’s caused … [ Read more ]

Tom Morris

The greatest case of mistaken identity in modern society relates to the four marks of public success: money, power, fame, and status. I have no problem with money, power, fame, or status—as long as they’re treated as resources, rather than as goals in themselves. But that’s precisely the problem for most people—and that’s why it’s so hard for people to answer the question “How much … [ Read more ]

Diogenes

He has the most who is most content with the least.

Ken Blanchard

Where we get in trouble in this world is that people are pushing and shoving for three things: money, recognition, and power and status. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things—except if you define yourself by them. See, the opposite of money as a drive is generosity, generosity of time, talent, and treasure. The opposite of recognition is service, and the opposite of power … [ Read more ]

Caroline Ingalls

If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak,
Of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.

Charles Handy

I often say that life is like an apple—it falls into your hands. But it won’t fall into your hands unless you stand under the tree. You have to find the orchard, find the tree, and then something may happen.