Wise Words World

A crowd sourced COLLECTION OF WISDOM to inspire, inform or just put a smile on your face.

Write at least one book in your lifetime.

Welcome to the board. The place where shit flows upwards.

When people advise you that things can’t get any worse, beware, they nearly always do!

Good things happen to good people.

If you are not able to follow, then you won’t be able to lead.

If you want things to change, you have to change things.

Always empty the dishwasher before you go to bed - even if that is 3 am.

It's not the situation that you find yourself in that matters, it's how you react to the situation that you find yourself in that matters.

Always be true to yourself.

If it doesn't kill you, or get you arrested, just do it.

Make things as simple as they need to be, and no simpler.

What matters is what matters to the people that matter.

Do real stuff that real people really value first (and second and third ..), worry about everything else last.

When driving, always treat everyone else on the road as an idiot. Whether walking, on bikes, motorbikes, or in cars always assume those near you will do something amazingly stupid.

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, & they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things.They push the human race forward, & while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Don’t be mean giving credit. There’s plenty of glory for everybody in success.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Make your life you life’s work.

You can’t bin a bus.

Don’t believe everything you think.

Always get into a sports car bottom first (so as not to flash your pants in a skirt).

The human mind is like a parachute. It works much better when it's open.

"I am a rebel." Answer written to the question describe yourself in 3 words.

3 rules of management. 1) Fire the arseholes. 2) Get out of the way. 3) Make everything a learning experience.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

The skill of sculpting is you just chip away everything that isn't David.

Ask yourself what gets you out of bed in the morning?

Less is more.

Avoid buying the best of what you are offered, but instead work out what you need and go find it.

All you need to be is just a little bit better than you were yesterday…now you can manage that more than an Oscar or an Olympic medal.

There are those that can. The rest are can'ts.

Reach for the stars but keep your feet on the ground. 

There are those that write the rules. Those that follow the rules. And those that bend the rules.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Listen to learn. Learn to listen.

Don't just write it, say it.

Before publishing any significant note, publication, deck, or making any big decision, sleep on it. If you're ever told 'I have to have your answer now' ignore it.

Just remember everyone is an expert at their own job, and marketing.

It’s amazing what can be achieved when you don’t care who gets the credit.

I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

There are three constants in life...change, choice and principles.

Be nice to everyone on your way up, for you never know who you will meet on the way down.

Measure twice, cut once.

Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.

Remember that however bad things get they usually turn into a funny story later.

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

If you follow conventional wisdom, all you'll ever be is conventional.

Turn that doubting, critical voice into a supportive one.

Design a life.

Spend time preparing before meeting lawyers. They charge by the hour.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Always face the sun so your shadows will be behind you.

Aways keep a book of potentially good ideas. News clippings, movie scenes, songs, art, whatever really.

Whatever is unconscious to you, happens upon you as fate.

When creating a brand you only need the answers to 3 questions. 1. What is the problem? 2. What is the solution? 3. Why can only they do it?

There is no such thing as a bad idea - only an inappropriate one.

If there is doubt, there is no doubt.

Leadership is about empathy - having the ability to relate and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering them.

You can't polish a turd...but you can roll it in glitter.

How you are to others on the way up is how they will be to you when you plateau, stall or fall. And you will.

Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.

Speak Up. Speak up to inspire others. Speak up to challenge and change. Speak up to celebrate and praise.

The secret of success in advertising is to care passionately but ultimately not give a shit.

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

People won't remember what you said, they won't remember what you did, but they'll never forget how you made them feel.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Near enough is not good enough.

Never stop learning.

You are the only person in your own personal pity party, so the sooner you get out of it and get on with it, the better.

Always look at both sides before you judge.

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

There are those that think with their left brain. The rest are right.

The phone will never ring unless you make the first call.

Good looks opens doors. Good hair blows them off the hinges.

Price is the first indicator of quality.

Don’t just say you don’t do bad things - don’t do them.

Don't just stand there. Do something.

All generalistions are bad.

Always be prepared to apologise when you’re wrong.

Don't take "No" from someone who can't say "Yes".

The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

Seek forgiveness, not permission.

Be decent to people.

Do unto others as you'd like to be done by. But if they screw you, screw them back.

Take worries off your bosses desk.

If you can’t be kind be quiet.

The more you do, the more you do.

You have two choices in life, to sit in the trench and wait for the enemy to come to kill you; or go climb out over the top and come out shooting.

Look for the miracle in everything.

Let them imagine what they want to imagine.

Be nothing but yourself.

Sign your letters in blue pen, so people know it is you and not a photocopy

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. And be kinder than is necessary.

It’s not what you say that counts, it’s what they hear that matters.

It's ok to disagree, but there is no need to be disagreeable about it.

Nobody knows anything.

Never stop reading and always have something to read with you, especially when you travel.

Never move jobs only for the money.

To thine own self be true.

Do as you would be done by.

Work hard and be nice.

Great minds like a think.

Smile first, even if you plan to criticise someone.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Quote curator: Anon

Explanation on joining the board at Saatchi & Saatchi.

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Taught to just about any officer in the UK/US Armed Forces.

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Totally stolen and mildly bastardised from the great ad creative Dave Trott.

Quote curator: Jo Rigby

Based on decades of research, a day that starts having to empty a dishwasher holds less creative promise than using that time to sit and think about what you are going to achieve.

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Quote curator: Chris Rayner/Linda Norris

What Chris's dad always said to him. The one thing Linda says you can still always rely on with me.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Maybe not always great advice but essentially it's all life is better for taking risks

Quote curator: Damien Blackden

Courtesy of Einstein.

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Remember who is making the decision.

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Learned from my father. Be prepared for the worst, in other words. When it doesn't happen, 99.99% of the time you can be pleasantly surprised.

Quote curator: Tim Davis

Written by Rob Siltanen who wrote the Think Different ad campaign for Apple.

Quote curator: Bob Wootton

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Courtesy of Amelia Earhart.

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If something is so big and obvious you can't ignore it.

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Quote curator: Abba Newbury

The advice I got from my mother on leaving Uni into the big wild work of work. Thanks Mum!!

Quote curator: Matin Wickers

Courtesy of Frank Zappa. American composer, guitarist, and satirist.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

When someone asks you to do something you can ask why?

Quote curator: David Wood

Borrowed this from Scott Adams (Dilbert cartoonist) many years ago.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Courtesy Michael Jordon.

Quote curator: David Wood

There is no evidence that this was said by Michelangelo or Ruskin. However, it is still a pretty good thought in how you change and shape companies.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Find your passion and follow it and you'll be a very happy person. Sadly few people follow their passions.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Great advice across all areas. We live in a world that seeks to make the simple complicated, but the person who can simplify the complicated is the greater.

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Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Read that out loud! Slogan Creative Orchestra had painted in big letters on the wall. I have no time for people who give up or say it can't be done before they tried.  

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Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Atributed to fellow dyslexic Henry Ford. Sometimes bend is replaced with break or rewrite. Essentially it divides us into 3 types, the latter being the creative, innovators.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Courtesy of Thomas Edison.

Quote curator: Anthony Clifton

You can't learn when you are talking.

Quote curator: Dave Dye

Next time you come up with an angle or positioning, try it in a conversation first. If you feel uncomfortable saying it face to face, don't say it via an ad. Try telling someone 'you should try that Aperol Spritz because together you'll joy' ?

Quote curator: Brian Jacobs

As a blogger I've experienced the wisdom in this. Many of my original pieces would probably have caused me no end of problems (as well as contradicting my rule - never move jobs for money).

Quote curator: Abba Newbury

From Katie Vanneck Smith, former Global President, Dow Jones - as I entered my first job in marketing. This has helped me hugely in soliciting and listening to a wide range of feedback and knowing when to take it on or not.

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Quote curator: Tim Davis

It's by Mark Twain on the futility of worrying.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Courtesy of Steve Covey's seven success lessons.

Quote curator: Ali Crossley

Early in my career my father gave me this advice. 35 years later I had dinner with one of my old mentees who recalled how she tried to live by it.

Quote curator: Paul Wilson

My father's DIY advice has saved me on many occasions and is applicable beyond carpentry.

Quote curator: Mark Borkowski

I discovered it’s from Voltaire. It’s cherished wisdom handed down to me by my Dad. A great aphorism and a reality check when business gets weird.

Quote curator: David Wheldon OBE

One I would share with my teams at various times along the way from my working experience.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Courtesy of Wayne Gretsky Ice Hockey Legend.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

I picked this up from Simon Woodroff (founder of Yo Sushi!) Basically "Don't do average."

Quote curator: Kathryn Jacob OBE

I think that one of the biggest issues people face is their own inner voice that holds them back.

Quote curator: Jonathan Durden

Don’t aim off what you really want for fear of failure. It’s as easy to to go for it as it is to guarantee missing the mark. Courtesy of Nick Horswell.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Said to me by a CEO before meeting the lawyers. If you want to get the best return from time with someone think what you really need to ask.

Quote curator: Sarah Bussey

From Viktor Frankl. Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor.

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Courtesy of Henry Ford.

Quote curator: Hugh Lindsay

One from my grandfather.

Quote curator: Abba Newbury

Taught to me by Chris Sutcliffe. I still use this today as a problem agitator, to run through some random stimulus to try and solve that problem. I did it today actually.

Quote curator: Mark Holden

From Carl Jung (psychoanalyst) as it requires consideration. Until you make conscious and integrate the hived-off elements of your own psyche you will keep meeting them in your day to day life

Quote curator: Mark Palmer

Advice to me by Steve Richards then COO at brand consultancy Woolf Olins.

Quote curator: Bob Wootton

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Quote curator: Grant Gorrie

One I have increasingly tried to remember the older I get.

Quote curator: Don Barclay

Not philisophical, but comes in handy when you have seen as many ad briefs as I have.

Quote curator: Bob Wootton

Everyone says it but it’s no less true for that.

Quote curator: David Wood

The Fifth habit of Stephen Covey's “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Quote curator: Lindsey Clay

Meant as encouragement originally to women whose voices are heard less frequently. All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to remain silent.

Quote curator: Chris King

Courtesy of Frank Cockman my first Board Account Director in advertising.

Quote curator: James Cooper

That's helped me literally (especially travelling through Africa) as well as figuratively in careers and personal life.

Quote curator: David Wheldon OBE

Paraphrasing Maya Angelou. American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Hollywood’s first female black director.

Quote curator: Tim Davis

From Einstein on the essence of problem solving.

Quote curator: Justin Shill

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

Quote curator: Simon Bowthorpe

From Mark Ormrod MBE. Former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

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From Dr. Seuss. There is a greek word, telos, which means purpose. As in the purpose of a knife is to cut. Your purpose is to be you. Now then, how are you going to change the world or make it a better place?

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

This is one all us dyslexics love.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

From my dad on salesmanship. His philosophy was that you had to go out there and make opportunity.

Quote curator: Damien Burns

Courtesy of Sam Malone (barman in Cheers TV show).

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Courtesy of brand legend Robin Wight and one of my favourites.

Quote curator: Bob Wootton

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Courtesy of George Bernard Shaw

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

My dad said most people (especially bureaucrats) say "no". So just do it and face the music afterwards. 9 times out of 10 no one says anything and if you pull a success off you get the praise.

Quote curator: Greg Grimmer

Media is a ruthless game with not too many principles. Be good, be honest and trust people well and whilst it might cost in the short-term, it pays off in the long-term.

Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

My dad's words of wisdom. He was all about playing fair but said we should never let ourselves be taken advantage of.

Quote curator: Dan Hagen

Advice from my dad. It served me pretty well...but you should probably ask some of my bosses.

Quote curator: Sarah Bussey

From my mum.

Quote curator: Jack Moolark

The reward for great work is more work.

Quote curator: Simon Bowthorpe

Fom my first boss at ad agency Young and Rubicom.

Quote curator: Paul Frampton.

Even a crappy situation has some positive upside! As true in life in general as professionally.

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Quote curator: Abba Newbury

The advice I got from my mother on leaving Uni into the big wild work of work.

Quote curator: Max Sides

Dalai Lama XIV.

Quote curator: Steve Richards

Quote curator: Steve Hobbs

One of the many pieces of wisdom learned from legendary agency leader Nigel Sharrocks.

Quote curator: David Wood

From Adventures in the Screen Trade - William Goldman.

Quote curator: Bob Wootton

Quote curator: Brian Jacobs

Take the job if it advances your career, if it will make you happier by allowing you to fulfill your potential. If it comes with more money, great. But never move only for the money.

Quote curator: Don Barclay

My father told me and I've never forgotten it. I've also passed it on to a few people who had awkward life decisions to make and it really helped them.

Quote curator: Brian Jacobs/Barry Cupples

Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Quote curator: Richard Webb

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Quote curator: Dr Chris Arnold.

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