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Knowledge Speaks, but Wisdom Listens: Quotes on New Beginnings and Meeting New People

Regardless of whether you count my series on quotes from religious/spiritual traditions, it’s been some time since I last did a post that was dedicated to quotes. As August draws to a close and September creeps closer, many students will be heading back to school (or are already back at school). Not only that, many who have been on summer vacations are returning to work. As a result, I thought I’d share some quotes that folks might find inspiring as they reembark (or embark, for some!) on their [new] journey. Enjoy!

“It is never to late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E. E. Cummings

“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” – Benjamin Franklin

And a few on interacting/meeting new people…

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix

[Note: The title of this post comes from a quote that is often attributed to Jimi Hendrix. However, as I’ve done in the past, a little bit of internet sleuthing tells me that he might not have actually said this.]

How To Get What You Want: Use the “As If” Principle

I don’t remember how many books I’ve included in the section that use the “As If” principle, but I do remember that Dooley’s books do ( and ). I’m a big proponent of Twitter as it’s where I get most of my news and updates on the topics that I’m interested in (, , , etc.).

I saw a this morning (from my psychology stream) of a psychologist in London, Richard Wiseman. The tweet included a video of the “As If” principle and the preview made it look like the video was going to be animated in the same way that the are animated (with a hand writing down words/pictures, etc.). This was part of the reason that I had bookmarked it to view later.

After having just watched the short (1+ minute) video, I felt compelled to write a quick note about it. Why? Well, I had forgotten that the “As If” principle started with William James (famous psychologist) from the late 1800s. Additionally, the narrator mentions that there is decades of research to support James’ “As If” principle.