Simple Yet Wise

Five Evocative Quotes

Over the years, I have collected quotes which resonate with me.

I use them, whenever they are relevant, in my presentations and in my writing.

In this post, I bring five of my favourites to you.

I believe that they all carry significant meaning in these troubled times.

Please use the Comments section to let me know what thoughts they stir in your mind as you read through them.

WB Yeats

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people”

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

This is relevant to all bloggers. We can only appreciate the true value of your expert opinion and advice if we can understand what you are telling us. The real genius is not in the cleverness of what you have to tell us. It is in your ability to explain it to a bunch of five year-olds.

“Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.”


This quote is generally accredited to Finagle* but is also listed as one of many Murphy’s Laws. Whatever your opinion on the much-discussed Brexit, I think that you’ll agree that this quote is particularly applicable to all the attempts to negotiate ‘an agreement.’

* I am unable to discover Finagle’s identity. Can any readers inform the rest of us?

Henry Ford


“Whether you think that you can or you think that you can’t, you are right.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947)




Almost all of the bloggers that I follow tell me about the positive changes that they make in their lives and I never cease to be inspired. Underlying all of those blogs is a self-belief that the author CAN achieve their goals.



“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910)



I too learned much more out of school, travelling around our wonderful planet, than I ever did inside of school.

Abraham Lincoln on Writing

There is great truth in Lincoln’s words.


About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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6 Responses to Simple Yet Wise

  1. Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo and commented:
    Inspirational quotes for a Wensfriesday.

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  2. veronicabright103 says:

    I like this one best.
    “Whether you think that you can or you think that you can’t, you are right.”
    Henry Ford (1863-1947)
    It’s crossing over from thinking you can’t, to believing you can, that is difficult.

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  3. m3davis says:

    Henry Ford is the favourite here – it strikes a cord which is quite topical at the moment.

    Another one I found, a little different but in the same vein:

    ” The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Nelson Mandela

    Thank you Lance.

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  4. Andy Lyon says:

    Not so much a quote, as a poem filled with them.
    Experience, stoicism, dignity, bravery, persistence and many more qualities the world could use a bit more of today. (Which apply to both Men and Women).
    From the extraordinary writer
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling:

    If – (Brother square toes – rewards and fairies)

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    are loosing theirs and blaming it on you,

    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    but make allowance for their doubting too.;

    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    and yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    and treat those two impostors just the same;

    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    and stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    and lose, and start again at your beginnings
    and never breathe a word about your loss;

    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    to serve your turn long after they are gone,
    and so hold on when there is nothing in you
    except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;

    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    yours is the earth and everything that’s in it,
    and – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

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