Character And Wisdom Quotes


Though these may not ‘fit in’ with the category of ‘Business Communication Tools’ I wanted to add these quotes. I unashamedly love quotes and find them very powerful and thought provoking. When I have spare time I often find myself looking for them. The fact that some people are able create such power from, sometimes, just a handful of words, make them awe inspiring to me. I hope you enjoy them, as I do, and come back and read them often too. Here I look at those which fall into the category of ‘Character and Wisdom’.

I have ‘grouped’ them by author and underneath each group I provide a link where you can find out more information about the author. Enjoy

“He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty”.

“He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.”
Quotes by Lao Tzu


“Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.”

“The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.”

“There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.”
Quotes by Orison Swett Marden


“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
Quote by Naguib Mahfouz


“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
Quote by Abraham Lincoln


“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

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


“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
Quotes by Confucius


The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.”
Quote by Don Herold


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Quote by Oscar Wilde


“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
Quote by James Barrie


“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”
Quote by Sydney Harris


“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
Quote by Mark Twain


“When asked what single event was most helpful in developing the Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein replied, ‘Figuring out how to think about the problem’.”

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”
Quotes by W. Edwards Deming


“Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.”
Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes


“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”

“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.”
Quote by Henry Miller


Life is not fair; get used to it.
Quote by Bill Gates


Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Quote by Steve Jobs


“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

“No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.”
Quotes by Booker T Washington


“Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit.”
Quote by Plato


“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.”
Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt


“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
Quote by Bertrand Russell


“You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.”
Quote by John Addison


“Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else’s footsteps.”
Quote by Eileen Caddy


“The history of the world is the history of a few people who had faith in themselves.”
Quote by Swami Vivekananda



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I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones - Albert Einstein


“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Quotes by the genius Albert Einstein


“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Quote by Danny Thomas


“No man is ever whipped until he quits – in his own mind.”
Quote by Napoleon Hill


“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”
Quote by Andrew Carnegie



Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Poem by William Henley