Common Wisdoms


The more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within. Dietrich Bonhoeffer - German Lutheran theologian (Confessing Church) and resistance fighter (1906-1945), from his letter to Renate and Eberhard Bethge,...


I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens - English writer (1812-1870), from ""A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas", stave four (1843)

Stay positive

Staying positive doesn't mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know there are better days to come. motivation

Felt from heart

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart. Anne Sullivan Macy -  born Johanna Mansfield Sullivan, American teacher for blind children (1866-1936), to her later known student Helen Keller (American deaf-blind writer, 1880-1968), from a letter to Reverend Phillips Brook (8. June 1891), published in "The Story of My Life"...

Get the point

If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter. saying, based on a quotze by Blaise Pascal - French mathematician and philosopher, (1623-1662), from "Lettres Provinciales" (1657): Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. I only made this one (letter) longer because I didn't have the leisure to make it shorter. Quotations...

Solid base

Roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land. Pearl S. Buck - American writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1938 (1892-1973), from "The Good Earth", chapter XXX (1931)


Creativity is contagious, pass it on. wisdom, falsely attributed to Albert Einstein - German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Darkness is followed by sunshine

It is always darkest just before the day dawneth. Thomas Fuller - English monk and author (1608-1661), from "A Pisgah-Sight Of Palestine And The Confines Thereof", book II, chapter 2) (1650), Quotations book 2024

Home in Heaven

My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. wisdom of a British street performer - quoted by Billy Graham (born William Franklin Graham jr., American evangelist, 1918-2018) in "The Enduring Classics of Billy Graham" (2004), Quotations book 2023


Responsibility is the price of freedom. Elbert Hubbard - American writer ("Message to Garcia") and publisher (1856-1915), quoted by his wife Alice Moore Hubbard (American writer and feminist, 1861-1915) in "An American Bible" (1912)


The beauty of the world is the order of the world that is loved. Simone Weil - French philosopher and social reformer (1909-1943), from "Awaiting God" ("Attente de Dieu," 1950) La beauté du monde, c’est l’ordre du monde aimé. Simone Weil - philosophe et réformatrice sociale française (1909-1943), extrait de "Attente de Dieu" (1950)


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Wisdom, often falsely attributed to Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize (1910-1997), could not be verified by the Mother Teresa Center

Sabiduría de la vida

The wisdom of the Camino (pilgrimage) is the wisdom of life: Learn to overcome obstacles. wisdom of the pilgrims of the way of St. James La sabiduría del Camino es la sabiduría de la vida: Aprender a superar los obstáculos. sabiduría de los peregrinos del Camino de Santiago


Лишний порядок - это тоже беспорядок. Русская мудрость - котировочный буклет 2023 Excessive order is also disorder. Russian wisdom - Quotations book 2023


A good half of the art of living is resilience. Alain de Botton – British-Swiss philosopher and author (b. 1969), Quotations book 2023


A friendly word does not cost anything and yet it is the most beautiful gift. attributed to Daphne du Maurier - English writer (1907-1989), Quotations book 2012


Anyone who doesn"t believe in miracles isn"t a realist. .כל [יהודי] שאינו מאמין בנסים אינו ריאליסטי David Ben-Gurion - born David Grün, Israeli politician, 1948-1953 and 1955-1963 Premie Minister (1886-1973), quoted in "Years of Crisis Years of Hope" (1973), Quotations book 2022


Better is the enemy of good. French proverb Le mieux est l"ennemi du bien. proverbe français

Sans dette

Beware of bankers. Freedom is priceless. French bon mot Méfiez-vous des banquiers. La liberté n"a pas de prix. bon mot français


Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all. Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), from his speech on receiving the "London Times Literary Award" (November 2, 1949), Quotations book 2022