Life's Little Lessons

As we go about our lives, we learn the lessons life imparts to us. Sometimes, we learned the hard way, and it can be painful. However, we may be able to get a head start in life, and avoid some of these painful mistakes if we pay attention to the wisdom, the words of those who had been through life's hard knocks. Their wisdom comes to us in the form of aphorisms, maxims, axioms, proverbs.

Take an interest in aphorisms. Understand what they are saying and learn the underlying lesson/lessons in them. Apply them to life, to your life. You will discover not only the wisdom, but also the beauty in words.

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Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment. - Andre Maurois

The heart has its reasons which the mind knows nothing about. - Blaise Pascal

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. - Arnold H. Glasow

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving, but does not make any progress. - Alfred Montapert

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why. - Unknown

A good leader needs to stand behind his or her followers as often as he or she needs to stand in front of them. - Marilyn vos Savant

History teaches us that man and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. - Abba Eban

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. - Walt Disney

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No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. - Unknown

Exercise humility. Keep in mind that there’s always someone superior to you. Even a child can teach you something new. - Unknown

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. - Unknown

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they have stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments. - Kevin Costner

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat. - Louis L'Amour

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of our venture. - William James

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit. - Anton Chekhov

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. - Kahlil Gibran

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