Wisdom Sayings of the Heart

We all have aphoristic sayings stored away in our memory bank. Sometimes they spontaneously pop up at the right time in conversation. Often they help us to make sense of a particular event, or they may caution us to act more carefully. Either way it is good to know that deep down in each of us there is a wellspring of wisdom sayings.

Assuming there is truth to this, it would be to our advantage to test the waters so as to determine the quality and pragmatic value of such inner wisdom. In other words it may be to our benefit to examine our personal aphorisms for their practical good. But first we need to recall them, and what a better way than to write them down in order.

To assist you with this operation, I’ve provided a list of aphorisms below, and I’ve taken the liberty to form them into a concise yet traditional manner. Some of these sayings will be familiar to you no doubt, and even though many of them are embedded in Western culture, in truth, they are what you might call universal in scope.

Challenge yourself: Choose 5 aphorisms from my list that personally resonate with you the most and share them with us in the comment section below. Click here to access a copy of my aphorisms in Google docs, or if you prefer to hear them instead, then click here or on the image above to listen & view them through video.

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8 Responses to Wisdom Sayings of the Heart

  1. JC says:

    This is cool. Thanks for the copy.

  2. Andrew Tulloch says:

    Let your aim be true
    Assess to make improvements
    Evaluate the quality of things
    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say

    Alleviate suffering at the root
    Tame bodily impulses & cravings
    Choose your aversions & desires
    Compensate for your weakness
    Enter into constructive dialogue

    Face difficulty with grit
    Empathize deeply with others
    Discern needs from wants
    Console a friend in grief
    Live & die without regret

    Exercise prudence with integrity
    Know what’s within your control
    Turn problems into solutions
    Create self-sustaining conditions
    Safeguard virtues with care

    Provide advice with caution
    Bestow an abundance of kindness
    Take counsel from the wise
    Land your ideas with precision
    Listen more and talk less

  3. Andrew Tulloch says:

    I have empathize deeply with others at the top because I think our ability to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, whilst also acknowledging when we don’t (at least completely) understand someone else’s circumstances is a key component of moral and ethical life.

    Clear and effective speech second because I (although don’t always succeed) try my best to make knowledge accessible to everyone. And the best way I find to do that is with clarity.

    Hone skill with applied knowledge third because I’m a big believer in ‘practice makes permanent’. It is the combination of consistent practice of correct application that improves skill. One can spend their life practicing putting a square into a round hole with no improvement.

    Build relationships on trust fourth because I am very strict on honesty. I will forgive dishonesty (I am rather forgiving, some may say to a fault) but do hold myself to a standard to Norton’s “I meant what I say and I say what I meant, an elephant’s promise 100%” 😉

    And listen more and talk less because I find we learn the most not only when we allow others to speak more, but actually listen. If we take away our intention to speak, we will be more likely to listen to what’s being said, rather than just waiting for our opportunity to say what we want to say.

    • Yes! Your reasons are rock solid! Allow me to summarize and rephrase your responses so that you might know that your ideas are getting through; this may indirectly prod you to amend, augment, and/or modify your answers.

      1. Our capacity to personally relate with all kinds of people is conducive to getting along with others.

      2. Lucidity enables effective communication.

      3. Right practical reason provides results.

      4. Because deceit, manipulation and schemes tear apart the cords that bind people together, it is better to work contrary to these selfish tendencies for the well being of the whole.

      5. By opening both ears we take on a sincere spirit of curiosity, thus affirm the other person, and learn all the more.

      Would you agree that my rephrasing of your answers is an alternative yet fair representation of yours? If not, please show how my judgement, or interpretation, has failed to reveal the truth in this matter?

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