Last updated March 29th, 2008 at 09:23 am

Words of wisdom from the world’s greatest thinkers are timeless providing advice which is as relevant now as when first spoken. All of these quotes could easily be applied to blogging:

Advice for Bloggers

Albert Enstein quotes

  1. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Carl W. Buechner
  2. When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. Dale Carnegie
  3. Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say. Michael P. Hart
  5. My opponent can compress the most words into the fewest ideas of anyone I’ve ever known. Abraham Lincoln
  6. Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling
  7. You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. Albert Einstein
  8. I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand. Louis Armstrong

Research Tips

  1. First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus
  2. Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. Buddha

Writing Tips

Mark Twain quotes

  1. What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson
  2. Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. Joseph Pulitzer
  3. Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. Albert Camus
  5. I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. Brenda Ueland
  6. When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Communication Tips

  1. Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating. Joel Barish
  2. The art of communication is the language of leadership. James Humes
  3. Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man. Benjamin Franklin
  4. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce
  5. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi.
  6. To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. Anthony Robbins
  7. We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries. Harry S. Truman
  8. Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacyand mutual valuing. Rollo May

Advice on Commentating

Oscar Wilde quotes

  1. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
    Mother Teresa
  2. To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to achieve in the art of conversation. François de la Rochefoucauld
  3. What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication Unknown
  4. You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz
  5. The greastest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau
  6. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity George Orwell.
  7. You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie
  8. One kind word can warm three winter months. Japanese Proverb

Advice on linking

  1. Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
    Benjamin Franklin

Community Building

Plato quotes

  1. A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner
  2. Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers. Howard Thurman
  3. it’s almost impossible for people to change alone. We need to join with others who will push us in our thinking and challenge us to do things we didn’t believe ourselves capable of. Frances Moore Lappe
  4. The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.” Marshall McLuhan
  5. We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race. Cicero
  6. The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. Frederick Buechner
  7. Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May

Bad blogging Advice

  1. Words are a wonderful form of communication, but they will never replace kisses and punches Ashleigh Brilliant
  2. Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. Charles Dickens
  3. Life is far too important a thing ever to talk about. Oscar Wilde.

To Spammers and Plagiarists

  1. So far the only successful substitute for brains is silence. Unknown Author
  2. Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot
  3. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato
  4. Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. Samuel Johnson
  5. Saying nothing…sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson
  6. Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. Mark Twain

Samuel Johnson quotes

Inspiration for this post came from Mary Anne of Maryannaville who tagged me as part of a meme started by Lauren of You Can Be A Part of My Life which asks us to choose a quote that speaks from our hearts.

As am passing this on to new bloggers I chose a quote that encourages us to keep trying.

  1. What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. Dr. Samuel Johnson

The meme:

“Post a quote that speaks from and to your heart and dedicate it to at least three other bloggers.”

I am passing this on to: