Wisdom Quotes

A leader leads by example, not by force. -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. -Sun Tzu

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. -Sun Tzu

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. -Lewis Carroll

If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later. -Lewis Carroll

But in life we don’t usually get to choose the time of our defining moments. We just have to stand and face them when they come, no matter what sort of a state we’re in. -Darren Shan, Sons of Destiny

First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered… . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly, or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen. -Christopher Paolini

Truth has power. And if we all gravitate toward similar ideas, maybe we do so because those ideas are true…written deep within us. And when we hear the truth, even if we don’t understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us…vibrating with our unconscious wisdom. Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is re-called…re-membered…-re-cognized…as that which is already inside us. -Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne