The Wisdoms Project


Words really are cheap. The value of them comes with the action….the fulfillment of the words, the statement, the promise.  My favorite action words are, “Let’s get on with it!  Let’s do something!”

One of my four favorite wisdoms is the first one below.  German poet and dramatist Johann von Goethe’s 19th-century linking of a personal, solitary action (commitment) to the outpouring of unforeseen assistance has proven to be true for me every time that I have “definitely committed” myself.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy….the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.
That truth is:
           The moment one definitely commits oneself,
                   then providence moves, too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no person could have dreamed would have come their way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can….begin it!
Boldness brings genius, power and magic.
Begin it now!

Johann von Goethe

Those who have begun are half done.  Be wise...begin!

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

Talk doesn't cook rice.
Chinese Proverb

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

                 All the beautiful sentiments in the world
                                  ….weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell

The world is a dangerous place.
Not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein


           Thanks is sometimes a mask for ingratitude.
                    True gratitude is expressed in deeds rather than words.

Love is to be behaved; not just said.

It is far better that we should err in action than completely refuse to perform.

Fix the mistake, not the blame.

A mistake at least proves that somebody stopped talking
long enough to do something.

A good plan executed right now is quite often far better
                                                   ….than a perfect plan executed next week.
    George Patton

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    Will Rogers

We don't need more strength or more ability or more money or more time or more help or more opportunity. What we need is to use what we have.
Basil Walsh

A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
     Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
                                               You have to get off your butt and do something.
    Dail West

There always comes a time when one must choose between
contemplation and action.
Albert Camus

Never mistake motion for action.
    Ernest Hemingway

Sometimes you have to disregard the rules to get things done.
                        I didn't say disrespect the rules. I said disregard them.
    Willie Brown

Surely this must be an ancient proverb:
           If the situation is killing you, get the hell out of it.    
Hugh Prather

Stress doesn’t hurt you.
Failure to properly handle stress
….that’s what can hurt you.

Your dreams come true when you act to turn them into realities.

It is said that time changes things,
but actually more often than not,
you have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

It’s not enough just to believe in something.
You have to work for it.
The future belongs to the people
who are passionate and do the work.
Paul Wellstone

I couldn't wait for success….so I went ahead without it.
    Jonathan Winters

Those who wish to sing always find a song.
    Swedish Proverb

To reach the port we must sail,
sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it,
but we must sail….not drift or lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The impossible is what no one can do until someone does it.

Inexperience is what makes a young person do
what an older one said is not possible.

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
    Calvin Coolidge

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because
you can only do a little.
Sydney Smith

Do what you can….with what you have….where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Too often people handle life as they handle bad weather.
       They just while away their time as they wait for it to stop.
                                                              Alfred Polgar

The haves and the have-nots
can often be traced back
to the dids and the did-nots.
D.O. Flynn

Shun idleness.
It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant of metals.
Gustave Flaubert

The good thing about a deadly disease is that it speaks in short sentences.
I listen attentively as the disease whispers:

                                  Applaud yourself.      Hold his hand longer.      Hug her more.
                                                    Buy it now.      Say it today.     Touch.    Kiss.       Smile.
                                 Scream.      Laugh.     Cry.     Enjoy.     Live.
Patsy Barrineau


    Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez


    The Best of Times   
Lyrics and music by  Jerry Herman
                                                            (From the musical “La Cage aux Folles.”)
Sung by Perry Como

The best of times is now.
As for tomorrow, well who knows?

So hold this moment fast.
   And live and love as hard as you know how.
                                                                    And make this moment last.
                                                                 Because the best of times is now.