Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
—Bernard M. Baruch (American Financier)
Experience is what you get looking for something else.
—Mary Pettibone Poole ((fl.1938) American Aphorist)
When your heart becomes the grave of your secrets, that desire of yours will be gained more quickly. The prophet said that anyone who keeps secret his inmost thought will soon attain the object of his desire. When seeds are buried in the earth, their inward secrets become the flourishing garden.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (Persian Muslim Mystic)
Measure a man by his actions fully, from the beginning to the end. Don’t take a piece out of my life or a song out of my music and say this is what I’m about, because you know better than that.
—Tupac Shakur (American Rapper, Actor)
The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (American Humorist)
Taking responsibility means never blaming anyone else for anything you are being, doing, having, or feeling.
—Susan Jeffers (American Self-Help Author)
I don’t pick subjects because I know about them. I pick subjects because I want to know about them … Everything comes with a blizzard of new things you learn.
—Ken Burns (American Documentary Filmmaker)
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
—Pablo Picasso (Spanish Painter)
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
—Norman Vincent Peale (American Clergyman, Self-Help Author)
Go first to your highest thought about yourself. Imagine the you that you would be if you lived that thought every day. Imagine what you would think, do, and say, and how you would respond to what others would do and say … Do you see any difference between that projection and what you think, do, and say now?
—Neale Donald Walsch (American Spiritual Writer)
Youth covets; let not this covetousness seduce you.
—Friedrich Schiller (German Poet)
It is only when the maker of things is a maker of things by vocation, and not merely holding down a job, that the price of things is approximate to their real value.
—Ananda Coomaraswamy (Indian Art Historian)
The excellence of the soul is understanding; for the man who understands is conscious, devoted, and already godlike.
—Hermes Trismegistus (Greek-Egyptian Author)
Any truth is only true up to a certain point. When one oversteps the mark, it becomes a non-truth.
—Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher, Theologian)
What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.
—Lucretius (Roman Epicurean Philosopher)