Life is a learning process. We will learn until our last breath, and not have learned all, or enough. However, if we look to the words and experiences of the people who have gone on before us, the gurus and sages... or those who had been through life’s hard knocks, we might be able to speed up our learning process, and at the same time, avoid some heartbreaks and difficult moments.

You can start with this selection of aphorisms. Aphorisms are statements of truth, or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. There are profound lessons in the seemingly simple words. Study, and understand them. They are life lessons.

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The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. - Eric Hoffer

A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering. - Buddha

Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labour into pleasant tasks. - James Baldwin

Nothing sets a person so much out of the devils reach as humility. - Jonathan Edwards

A great man reaches complete understanding of the main issues; a petty man reaches complete understanding of the minute details. - Unknown

Every hero becomes a bore at last. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first test of a truly great man is humility. - Unknown

The best managers and leaders are those who can carve out the excellence in the ordinary people they lead and manage. - Unknown

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

Sincere humility attracts. Lack of humility subtracts. Artificial humility detracts. - Unknown

One measure of leadership is the calibre of people who choose to follow you. - Dennis A. Peer

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. - Rudyard Kipling

A characteristic of great men is that they demand more of themselves than of others. - Unknown

Look for Nature’s beauty all around and surely you will find it. - Unknown

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things. - Frank A. Clark

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of the dream. - Eleanor Roosevelt



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