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Words to Live By

My firm is updating the website, which means a new bio and a quote.  Being a financial advisor, and from Nebraska, I like Warren Buffet.  Doesn't have to be soul bearing, but what are some quotes you live by, or take to heart, in either work, or life.

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#15 | 2246 days ago

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."


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#1 | 2246 days ago

Here is what I'm using:


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 years to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”  Warren Buffett



#2 | 2246 days ago

"The superior man sets not his heart either for anything, or against anything.  What is right, he will follow."

#3 | 2246 days ago

"Be careful of the toes you are stepping on, because they might be attached to the butt that you are kissing one day."


Unknown.  But one of my favorites.

#4 | 2246 days ago
Anthonyg7575 (+)

A banker is a person who lends you an umbrella when it is dry and wants it back when it is raining.

If you give a woman an inch, and she will try to park her car in it.

If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.

#5 | 2246 days ago

Life is a one-way street and we're not coming back! (Anon)
#6 | 2246 days ago

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of thier dreams.


Without faith nothing is possible, with it nothing is impossible.

#7 | 2246 days ago

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain

"Maybe this world is another planet's Hell."
-Aldous Huxley
The Other  
#8 | 2246 days ago

Live each day like it was your last.
#9 | 2246 days ago

Get on Faniq as much as possible...time is only a number (that you run out of)...Derms33

#10 | 2246 days ago

"Every open eye is not seeing and every closed eye is not sleeping."



"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

~(I am unsure of the source and was too lazy to look it up)~


#11 | 2246 days ago
Kerri (+)

If you don't run your own life, someone else will.

#12 | 2246 days ago

A financial advisor gives "advice" and therefore here are some of my favorite quotes on ADVICE:

Alfonso the Wise (attributed):

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.

13th century


Anna Quindlen:

Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? "Keep her," I replied.... The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

Bessie Stanley (adapted; erroneously attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson):

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley. No version of it has been found in Emerson's writings. For more information see

Bill Cosby:

A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice.

Carolyn Wells:

Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

Charles A. Beard:

All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Erica Jong:

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Francis Bacon, sr.:

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

G. K. Chesterton:

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

Georg C. Lichtenberg:

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

George Burns:

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

Gloria Steinem:

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.


Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Harry S Truman:

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

Heinrich Heine:

He only profits from praise who values criticism.

Henri Nouwen:

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.


Whatever advice you give, be brief.

James Callaghan:

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.

Karl Barth:

Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.

Lillian Hellman:

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

Louisa May Alcott:
When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it, and if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if it fails, they generously give her the whole.
in Little Women

Marcus Aurelius:

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

Margaret Fuller:
Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.
Mark Twain:

Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

message to Young People's Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York, February 16, 1901


Nelson Algren:

Never play cards with any man named "Doc."
Never eat at any place called "Mom's."
And never, never, no matter what else you do in your whole life, never sleep with anyone whose troubles are worse than your own.

Oscar Wilde:

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

Pamela Glenconner:

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.

Pete Seeger:

"Do-so" is more important than "say-so."

Rabindranath Tagore:

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Go put your creed into the deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (probably erroneously):
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ramona L. Anderson:

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Robert Frost:

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Samuel Smiles:

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

Thomas Fuller:
If better were within, better would come out.
Thomas Jefferson:

A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life:
1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have it.
4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8. How much pain have cost us the evils which never have happened.
9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
(letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, 1825)

#13 | 2246 days ago

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes ~ Sir Winston Churchhill


Whenever you do something that only you will ever know about, ask yourself if you would do the same thing if the whole world were watching ~ (it's paraphrased but the thought is by Thomas Jefferson)

#14 | 2246 days ago
Missie (+)

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. 
#15 | 2246 days ago

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."


The Other  
#16 | 2246 days ago
Southern Lion (+)

If everything you try works, you're probably not trying hard enough.
The Other  
#17 | 2246 days ago

"When leaving a parking lot on a busy road, always go to the traffic light if one is available"  my Dad  when teaching me to drive. 

"It's often easier to get forgiveness than permission." a former boss of mine.

#18 | 2246 days ago

Never leave an amateur to do a job that requires a pro!
#19 | 2246 days ago

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..."

#20 | 2246 days ago

"No one dies a virgin, because life screws us all." (no idea)


"If you don't stand behind your troops, go stand in front of em." (sounds like something I said in a past poll)


"If you sit on your ass and get nothing done today, you have a helluve alot more sh*t to do tomorrow." (my dad)


"Men who are tall, are just that. Women who are short have several advantages above them only the short women know about." (no idea)


"The best part about lying is the persons face you tell the lie to. The worst part about lying is the conciquence." (not sure)


"The bigger you get, the bigger the head, also the dumber you think." (Kaelii Noelle Johnston, age 3.)

The Other  
#21 | 2246 days ago

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

#22 | 2245 days ago
irbe38 (+)

 He Who Speaks Does Not Know

 He Who Knows Does Not Speak

#23 | 2245 days ago

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Stop pointing the finger and start pointing the thumb.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

What one generation sees as a luxury, the next generation sees as a necessity.

Ham and eggs.  A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

#24 | 2245 days ago
wmwalker1 (+)

"make the mistakes of yesterday your lessons for today"...we should learn by our mistakes. Some do, some don't...
#25 | 2245 days ago

If the mountain won't come to Mohamid. then Mohamid go to the mountain. 


Don't trust the person next you in the passenger seat to tell you it is safe to go!

#26 | 2242 days ago

If it is not broke don't fix it

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