The following are a collection of aphorisms I have gleaned over the course of my life.
Some are direct quotes, attributed to whomever spilled their wisdom for the rest of us to soak up.
Those without attribution are either ascertained from my personal observations, experiences and reflections or built upon the wisdom of others.
These short quotes provide a personal gateway to much, much thought, and are, quite often, the culmination of hours upon hours of pondering, written word, discussion and realisation.
This list isn’t in any way exhaustive, and I have written pages upon pages for each, but, for now, I offer them to you as inspiration to a place of deep pondering.
We are what we repeatedly do, therefore, excellence is a habit, not an act.
I do not fear the man has practiced 10,000 kicks once, I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
— Bruce Lee
Solving problems, organisational efficiency and exceeding expectations are the keys to successful business enterprise.
Subjectivity is Emotional; Objectivity is Rational.
Management means getting the best out of people.
Expectation is the root of all frustration.
Vanity well fed is benevolent, vanity hungry is spiteful.
- Mason Cooley
I belong wherever I am.
The way to love anything is to realise it might be lost.
— GK Chesterton
If you are too adamant, action is unlucky, even if you are right.
— Sun Tzu
The unexamined life is not worth living, however, ignorance is bliss.
-gleaned from Socrates (through the words of Plato) and anon.
Use your words to paint a picture in the mind of your listener.
— Perveen Kaur
As humans, our infinite complexity lies in our subjectivity.
If your freedom to possess a thing becomes limited, your mind will respond by wanting the thing more.
Knowledge isn’t power, knowledge is potential. Action unlocks potential. Knowledge + Action = Power
Curiosity is the spirit of consciousness.
Logic is a linguistic construct; logic can only exist in the conscious mind, exercised via deliberate thought using symbols anchored to meanings.
In order to receive, one must first give. To whom something is given, something in return is expected.
‘Racism’ is an incorrect term. We are of one race; the human race, ‘racism’ would mean discrimination against another race. ‘Ethnicism’ is a more accurate term to describe discrimination on grounds of ethnicity.
Self-interest is the lever that will move people.
The principle of reciprocity and the concept of fairness are symbiotic.
We are far more willing to repay an injury than a kindness, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.
— Robert Greene
From our greatest adversity comes our greatest education.
Failure is the Mother of all Success.
Respect is the ultimate currency; knowledge the ultimate commodity.
What you do not say gives others the space to imagine.
Mystery is the lifeblood of seduction.
A woman is much better persuaded that she is loved by what she guesses than by what she is told.
The cunning warrior attacks neither mind nor body.
True expression divides opinion.
People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.
In studying quantum mechanics we are a bunch of particles trying to make sense of themselves.
No one can stop you from success, except yourself.
Love is natural, hate is learnt.
Hate is a product of unmet expectations in the extreme.