Wise & Clever
Sayings To Live By
These clever sayings are all positive and inspirational words of wisdom from Unknown sources.
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Most of these sayings are short, but even just a few words can have a great deal of meaning and inspire us to become more of the person we would like to be. This saying is one of my favourites and helps me to stay focused on my goal for this website. By adding it to this photo of a wild poppy reminds me of all the times I have been driving along noticing the amazing beauty and abundance of nature, when it's just left alone to do its own thing!
Wise, Clever Sayings: A
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A clear conscience is the greatest armour.
A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handles stress exceptionally well.
A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it...
It just blooms.
A grown up is just a child with layers on.
A healthy relationship will never require you to sacrifice your happiness, your family and friends, your dreams or your dignity.
A little preparation saves a lot of frustration.
A person's energy can tell you more about them than their own words.
A person's most useful asset is not the head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.
A pint of example is worth a barrel full of advice.
A powerful person makes others powerful.
A rose can live among the thorns and yet never be injured by them.
A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning.
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Illustration by Sandra Reeves
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
A wise physician said, "The best medicine for humans is love."
Someone asked, "What if it doesn't work?"
He smiled and answered, "Increase the dose."
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold, in settings of silver.
Acceptance is recognising that whatever happens, and however we respond, is precisely what we need for our highest good and learning.
Advice is like snow... the softer if falls, the deeper it sinks into the mind.
All that glitters is not gold.
All the water in the world cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside of it. All of the negativity cannot sink a person unless it gets inside of their mind.
An old woman, when asked why she was always cheerful, replied "Well, I wear this world just as a loose garment."
Anyone can learn to be a good speaker. But how many live in a manner that others can learn from.
Appreciate your loved ones while you can, because none of us are going to be here forever.
At present... how can I see the future, if I live in the past?
Wise, Clever Sayings: B
Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.
Emma and friend
Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eye. It is not something physical.
Before a man can know, he has to be willing to know.
Before enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.
After enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.
Bloom where you are planted.
Wise, Clever Sayings: C
Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself. The only place you can begin is where you are and the only time you can begin is always NOW.
Collect moments... not things.
Wise, Clever Sayings: D
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Do not look to sing another's song, for it is your notes that will make life's sweetest symphony to which we all belong.
Do not pray by heart, but with heart.
Don't be pushed by your problems... Be led by your dreams.
Don't carry mistakes around with you. Instead, lay them on the ground and use them as stepping stones, so you can rise above them.
Don't change so people will like you..
Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
Don't define your world in black and white...
because there is so much hiding in the greys.
Don't let someone dim your Light, simply because it is shining in their eyes.
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Don't miss all the beautiful colours of the rainbow, looking for the pot of gold.
Don't sweat the small stuff... it's all small stuff.
Wise, Clever Sayings: E
Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn't mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn't mean they are bad, it means they are human.
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.
Everything is energy. Your thought begins it, your emotion amplifies it and your action increases the momentum.
Wise, Clever Sayings: F
FATE = From All Thoughts Everywhere
First dream your life, then live your dream.
Wise, Clever Sayings: G
Gentleness - Love - Humility - Forgiveness...
are the greatest powers in the world.
Giving never impoverishes, withholding never enriches.
Wise, Clever Sayings: H
How to stop time... Kiss
How to travel in time... Read
How to escape time... Music
How to feel time... Write
How to release time... Breathe
Wise, Clever Sayings: I
I am another you... You are another me.
I am me. I'm who I'm meant to be.
I am my past, my present and who I wish to be.
I am all three. I am a work in progress.
I am destiny. I am who I choose to be.
I AM ME.
I Aspire to Inspire before I Expire.
If everything is coming your way... you're in the wrong lane.
If I am dependant on anything... what will happen when that thing is no longer available?
If I cling to the past, the present becomes difficult and the future seems impossible.
If I realise that all people are individuals with their unique parts to play, the power of tolerance is easy to develop.
If I throw a stone into a pond, the ripples come straight back to me.
If I wanted something and didn't get it... maybe I don't need it.
If you appreciate someone... let them know.
If you continue to carry the bricks from your past, you will end up building the same house.
In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
In all respects... keep giving respect.
In every walk with nature, you receive far more than you seek.
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
Intuition is the GPS of the Soul.
It is not a mistake to turn back if you are on the wrong road.
It is not the things we get, but the hearts we touch that will measure our success in life.
It is only at the tree laden with fruit that people throw stones.
It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out...
It's the grain of sand in your shoe.
It might take a year, it might take a day, but what’s meant to be, will always find a way.
"It's impossible," said Pride.
"It's risky," said Experience.
"It's pointless," said Reason.
"Give it a try" whispered the Heart
It's nice to be important... but it's more important to be nice.
It's the little memories that will last a lifetime.
Wise, Clever Sayings: L
Let go of everyone who reminds you of your lower energies.
Thank them, Bless them and let them go.
Let go of yourself... And the Universe will catch you.
Life is a school, where you learn how to remember what your Soul already knows.
Life is an echo... what you send out comes back.
Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important, capture the good times and develop from the negative.
Life is not awful. It is Awe Full.
You've just got to look at it right.
Lighthouses don't go running all over the island looking for boats to save... They just stand there Shining.
Love all creation and you will feel Heaven on Earth.
Love is the glue of the Universe.
Love is the harmony that makes the world sing.
Love is what we are born with... fear is what we learn.
Wise, Clever Sayings: M
Mistakes are... Portals of Discovery.
Misunderstanding can be erased by love-full pure thoughts and giving understanding at the appropriate time.
Modern science is still unable to produce a better tranquilliser than a few kind words.
Music is what feelings sound like.
Wise, Clever Sayings: N
Nature... cheaper than therapy.
Never underestimate the influence you have on others.
No beauty shines brighter than... a good heart.
No one needs love more than someone who doesn't deserve it.
Nothing lasts forever. Love it while it's here.
Wise, Clever Sayings: O
Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Somebody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Somebody realized that Nobody would do it. So it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody that Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
One beautiful heart is better than a thousand beautiful faces.
One change in thought, leads to a change in your destiny.
One day, you'll be just a memory for some people.
Do your best to be a good one.
One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.
Wise, Clever Sayings: P
Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others...
Simply accept them as they are.
Pure thoughts and words uplift the atmosphere.
Wise, Clever Sayings: R
Remember, the magnitude of your life is directly proportional to the magnitude of your thoughts.
Wise, Clever Sayings: S
Should one say that something does not exist, merely because we have never seen or heard of it?
Silence is.. the most powerful scream.
Some of the best gifts in life come badly wrapped. Don't let the wrapping put you off.
Some people are going to love you, no matter what you do. And some people will never love you, no matter what you do. Go where the love is.
Some people come into your life as Blessings, others as lessons.
Someday you'll realise that every time you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were just being positioned toward something better.
Sometimes a smile can be like a drop of water in a desert.
Sometimes, just being... is enough.
Sometimes love is allowing someone to make a mistake, so that they can learn the lesson quickly.
Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer... because silence can never be misquoted.
Sometimes those who challenge you most... Teach you best.
Sometimes you fall down because there is something down there you are supposed to find.
Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they're meant to be in your life... they'll catch up.
Sometimes you just need a break, alone in a beautiful place, to figure everything out.
Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.
Sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere...
And sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
Spending money on experiences rather than items, increases happiness.
Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be seen from the top of the mountain. So are many things learned in adversity.
Wise, Clever Sayings: T
Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.
The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.
The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.
The best thing one can do when it's raining is... to let it rain.
The best things in life are free.
The darkest hour is just before dawn.
The day the child realises that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent. The day he forgives then, he becomes an adult. The day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
The difficult is done at once, the impossible takes a little longer.
The 'Earth' without art is just 'Eh.'
The end result of your life here on Earth, will always be the sum total of the choices you made while you were here.
The future is not something we enter... The future is something we create.
The grass isn't greener on the other side... It's greener where you water it.
The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.
The greatest oak was once a nut... who held its ground
The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye, and found by the heart.
The more you thank life, the more life gives you to be thankful for.
The one who knows how to adjust is the one who knows how to survive.
The only definite thing about human beings is that they change.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
The only way to gain respect is firstly to give it.
The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.
The Positive Thinker...
Sees the Invisible - Feels the Intangible - Achieves the Impossible.
The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.
The road is smooth. Why do you throw rocks before you?
The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest of intention.
The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.
The truth is that the truth is.
The wealth of the rich can be stolen or burnt, but the happiness and the wisdom of the wise remains.
The words of the wise are as deep as the ocean, yet as fresh as a flowing stream.
The world is neither good nor bad.. Don't judge, just love it.
The world when seen through a little child's eyes, greatly resembles paradise.
There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...
There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict.
Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn't with you, it is with themselves.
There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy and a grace in forgiveness.
There is a world of difference between searching for happiness and following your joy.
There is great beauty in simplicity. That which is simple is close to the truth.
There is no chance that does not return.
There is no future in the past.
There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Things are not always what they seem.
Things end because something else is ready to begin.
This moment, is as good as any moment, in eternity.
Those who follow the crowd, are quickly lost in it.
Time is like a river, you cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
Times change, and we change with them.
To be rich, is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart.
To change your body, you just change your mind.
To get to the fruit of the tree... you have to go out on a limb.
To understand something... I need knowledge.
But to feel it... I need experience.
Trials are the soil in which faith grows.
True happiness is to no place confined... but still is found in a contented mind.
Truth exists... only lies are invented.
Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
Wise, Clever Sayings: W
We all have problems... The way we solve them is what makes the difference.
We are all one. Only egos, beliefs and fears separate us.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors...
We borrow it from our children.
We have all been placed on this Earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life.
What a person truly believes in, isn't what they think, isn't what they say...
It's what they do.
What goes into the mind comes out in the life.
What is invisible to the eyes, can be seen by the heart.
When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside of you as fate.
When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works...not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.
When it rains... Look for rainbows. When it's dark... Look for stars.
When it starts to rain... let it.
When nothing goes right... go left.
When the past calls... Let it go to voicemail.
It has nothing new to say.
When things aren't adding up in your life... start subtracting.
When you come upon a magic place... listen.
Seth & Lucy
When you look at a field of dandelions...
You can either see a hundred weeds, or a hundred wishes.
When you seek beauty in all people and all things...
You will not only find it, you will become it.
When you through dirt... you lose ground.
Which book you choose to follow is actually less important then the one you write yourself.
Why complicate life?
Missing someone?... Call.
Wanna meet up?... Invite.
Wanna be understood?... Explain.
Have questions?... Ask.
Don't like something?... Say it.
Like something?... State it.
Want something?... Ask for it.
Love someone?... Tell them.
Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, dream or kiss? It's because we know that the most beautiful things in life are not seen, but felt by the heart and Soul.
Without change... there would be no butterflies.
Wise, Clever Sayings: Y
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
You can't tell a book by its cover.
You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion.
You have to do what is right for you. No one walks in your shoes.
You just give folks a key... and they can open their own locks.
You know you're on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.
Your past mistakes are meant to guide you... not define you.
Your Perception of me is a Reflection of you.
My Reaction to you is an Awareness of me.
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