Every few months or so I like to share quotes that I have encountered in my reading and research that have been meaningful to me. I call them “Nuggets of Wisdom.”
The root of all sin is the suspicion that God is not good.
– Oswald Chambers, 20th Century Evangelist and Teacher
Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it.
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves.
– T.S. Eliot, poet and playwright
Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is . . . You find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.
– C.S. Lewis, writer and theologian
Comparison is the enemy of contentment.
– Ken Boa, author and speaker
There is a hunger in us for more than the money standard – for assurance that our lives have not been merely successful, but valuable – that we have accomplished something grander than just another well-heeled, loudly publicized journey from the diaper to the shroud. In short, that our lives have been consequential.
– Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of autobiography Growing Up
Every now and then go away, even briefly, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power.
– Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.
– C.S. Lewis, writer and theologian
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do it differently.
– Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who don’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren Buffett reads – and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.
– Charles T. Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
– Mother Teresa, nun and missionary devoted to serving the impoverished
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
– John Maxwell, American author, speaker, and pastor
If we are performance driven people, we empower the opinion of others to guide and control us. We gear our lives to meet the expectations of others.
– Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The sin of the ages is the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, and therefore enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose I nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive, because there is nothing for which it will die.
– Dorothy Sayers, English writer and poet
You are at your very best when you are investing yourself in others.
– Bob Buford, businessman, philanthropist, and inspirational author