Ready for something that's going to make you feel great? Like scratching off a lottery ticket and finding out that you won $50 or $100? Visualize that excitement, because it's how you're going to feel in about five minutes after reading this column. We are pretty confident that you will recognize most of these "pearls of wisdom" quotes
and say to yourself, "Wow, I feel so smart!" And you will be right. What a shame that it's almost physic ally impossible to properly pat oneself on one's back.
Let's get to it. "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
These pearls of wisdom are claimed to have been written by more than a half dozen well-known writers and wannabes, so it's less important that you know who originally authored it, and more important to give that self-esteem of yours a little boost. Plus it's a very true statement that we should all strive to live by. Remember this one the next time an elderly person wants to chat with you on the city bus or subway or in the local grocery store. You may be the only friend they've got."No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
If you think you recognize this from an episode of Oprah, you are probably right, but is was originally coined by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Think of Eleanor as a paler version of Oprah
without the appreciation for fine food. You have to love a woman who enjoys a good chicken pot pie, and Oprah's recipe is one of the best. But this is not about exquisite epicurean images. Back to the quotes. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Reinhold Niebuhr's immensely popular Serenity Prayer, written in 1942, contains enough sage advice to get you through the rest of your life without any further pearls of wisdom quotes
. What you may not know is that many modern politicians adhere to Niebuhr's
social and ethical ideals. He was a deep thinker and a pretty smart cookie. No, this is not about food. I promise.
Our next pearls of wisdom quote, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger"
is attributed to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
. Now, it might seem easy to get your Niebuhr's and your Nietzsche's confused, but remember that the latter was a German philosopher born in the 19th century, while the former was a 20th century American theologian. You get a pass if you thought pop diva Kelly Clarkson
penned this pearls of wisdom quote. We can't give her credit for writing it, but she sure can belt it out better than pretty much anyone. And I'll bet Nietzsche isn't seeing any of those royalties.
Although I'm familiar with the quote, "There is more to life than increasing its speed"
I was surprised to learn that it was credited to Mahatma Gandhi.
Do you think if the software giants ever spent a few days fasting, they would come to the same conclusion? Something tells me they wouldn't be able to put down their electronic devices long enough to contemplate Gandhi's pearls of wisdom. But I hope I'm wron
Our final quote is a bit of a mystery; we're not sure who gave us the motivational quote: "There's no next time. It's now or never." I'm pretty sure it was Yoda
and that it's a loose translation of his immortal, "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."
Wow, I feel so smart I could pat myself on the back ... unfortunately, I would probably slice myself in half with my ever-present Jedi light saber!