Nuggets of Wisdom – Summer 2022

Every quarter I like to share quotes that I have encountered in my reading and research that have been meaningful to me. I call them “Nuggets of Wisdom.”


“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”



“A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to choose Him to find her.”



“It took me a long time to understand what it means to forgive someone. I always wondered how I could forgive someone who chooses to hurt me. But after a lot of soul searching, I realized that forgiveness isn’t about accepting or excusing behavior . . . it’s about letting it go and preventing their behavior from destroying my heart.”



“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”



“Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe—a spirit vastly superior to man, and one in the face of which our modest powers must feel humble.”



“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”



“We are the first civilization that does not know why we exist. Every past civilization has had some religious answer to that question. The essence of modernity is the abandonment of that religious foundation.”



“I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”



“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened, and maintained.”



“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”


Richard E Simmons III is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Executive Leadership and a best-selling author.


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