Wisdom Trove is primarily a collection of quotes

  • Trove (n):  A store of valuable or delightful things. Oxford Dictionary
  • Most collectors collect tangibles. As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink. Terri Guillemets
  • A proper collection of quotations is the whole world digested. Terri Guillemets
  • Curation is more than packaging-it is to help readers discern what is important in the world.  Maria Popova
  • Quotes about quotations

The quotes are curated (selected, grouped, ordered, titled, and distilled) to create wisdom and insight

  • Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your reading have been to you like the blast of triumph out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John and Paul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • So seemingly perfect were Ptolemy’s masterworks that they dominated scientific research for 1,400 years! Although Ptolemy was the most celebrated ancient authority, he was not the most gifted or creative mathematician, astronomer, or geographer. His genius lay rather in his extraordinary ability to assemble the research data of his predecessors, to introduce improvements of his own, and to present the results as a logical and complete system, written in a readily intelligible form. John Marks Templeton
  • An artist observes, selects, guesses, and synthesizes. Anton Chekhov
  • Synthesis: The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. Oxford Dictionary
  • Quotations to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged. James Ramsay
  • Content curation, WisdomInsight

The wisdom in Wisdom Trove is primarily focused on the art of living a fulfilled life

  • All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life. C. Richards 
  • My life is a creative act – like a painting, or a concerto. Ram Dass
  • What would it be like if you lived your life as a work of art in progress? If each breath and each action were part of an unfolding masterpiece? If you saw the shadows and light areas as part of the composition? Accepted it all? Found joy in the beauty of it? Stephen Covey
  • Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. Danny Kaye
  • Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Life is an art

Wisdom Trove unapologetically uses the words of others …

  • I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that tied them together.  Michel Eyquem de Michel de Montaigne
  • The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use? Dale Carnegie
  • People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first. David H Comins
  • When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple: take it and copy it. Anatole France
  • Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author. André- Marie Ampère
  • It’s such a pleasure to write down splendid words—almost as though one were inventing them. Rupert Hart-  Davis
  • Anatole France frankly advised, “When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.” Yes, indeed, but do more. Copy many well-said things. Pierce them together. Assimilate them. Make the process of reading them a way to form the mind and shape the soul. As anthologies can never be complete, we will never exhaust the ways quotations can enrich our lives. Gary Saul Morson

… for the wisdom of those who have journeyed before us offers priceless guidance on how to live

  • If we know anything about a path at all, it’s only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow. Krishna Das
  • To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you. Elie Wiesel
  • Collections of quotations are an elemental model of how culture is perpetuated, the wisdom of the tribe passed on to posterity, to be added to, edited, and modified by subsequent generations. Robert Andrews
  • Quotations embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong. Norman Douglas
  • There is hardly a mistake which in the course of our lives we have committed, but some proverb, had we known and attended to its lesson, might have saved us from it. Richard Chenevix Trench
  • Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life’s most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders. Chriswell Freeman
  • Wise sayings are the light-towers along the journey of life. Charles F. Schutz
  • All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever. There are men whose phrases are oracles; who can condense in one sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character, or illustrates an existence. Benjamin Disraeli

Quotes and the wisdom they contain is true wealth

  • Good quotations, like good thoughts, are true wealth. Annie E. Lancaster
  • Good sayings are like pearls strung together. Chinese Proverb
  • The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. Edward Thorndike
  • In phrases as brief as a breath worldly wisdom concentrates. Willis Goth Regier
  • The teachings of elegant sayings should be collected when one can. For the supreme gift of words of wisdom, any price will be paid.  Nāgārjuna
  • Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. El Amir Abdelkader
  • True wealth

Wisdom Trove aims to integrate many different perspectives, both past and present…

  • Integrative simply means that this approach attempts to include as many important truths from as many disciplines as possible-from East as well as the West, from premodern and modern and postmodern, from the hard sciences of physics to the tender sciences of spirituality. Ken Wilber
  • An integral approach acknowledges that all views have a degree of truth, but some views are more true than others, more developed, more evolved, more adequate. Ken Wilber
  • I sought a world philosophy-or an integral philosophy-that would believably weave together the many pluralistic contexts of science, morals, aesthetics, Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and the world’s great wisdom traditions. Not on the level of details-that is finitely impossible; but on the level of orienting generalizations: a way to suggest that the world really is one, undivided, whole, and related to itself in every way: a holistic philosophy for a holistic Kosmos, a plausible Theory of Everything. Ken Wilber
  • It is in fact one of the charms of this book, that it has gathered its contents from almost every latitude and longitude, and sometimes from the opposite poles of thought. Jew, Pagan, and Christian—classic and patristic—primitive and recent authors—furnish each his quota to the design. Men are here found standing side by side who were wide apart in time, space, and character—agreeing in nothing, except that they thought on the same subject, and thought well. James Elmes
  • Taking an integral approach to wisdom

… in order to create new insights…

  • In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles. Maria Popova
  • Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness. Stephen Covey

… providing a body of wisdom that forms a harmonious, interrelated whole.

  • We move from part to whole and back again, and in that dance of comprehension, in that amazing circle of understanding, we come alive to meaning, to value, and to vision: the very circle of understanding guides our way, weaving together the pieces, healing the fractures, mending the torn and tortured fragments, lighting the way ahead — this extraordinary movement from part to whole and back again, with healing the hallmark of each and every step, and grace the tender reward. Ken Wilber
  • Integrated: Combining separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole.  Oxford Dictionary

Wisdom Trove embraces the fact that much of life can be paradoxical

  • Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true. Ram Dass
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. Niels Bohr
  • True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. Winston Churchill
  • Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman
  • The point is to unify the opposites, both positive and negative, by discovering a ground which transcends and encompasses both. Ken Wilber
  • Paradox

If Wisdom Trove believes anything, it is that we would do well to relinquish all our illusions of certainty and thereby loosen our relationship with belief

  • One can acquire certainty only by amputating inquiry. Marvin Minsky
  • Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one. Voltaire
  • That’s the real lesson that you get from science, is about the vastness of our ignorance. David Eagleman
  • He who knows most knows how little he knows. Thomas Jefferson
  • BeliefLetting go of the need for certainty

Wisdom Trove aims to explore possibilities with an open and curious mind

  • Let’s have a creativity for new narratives and a comfort level with holding multiple possibilities in mind. David Eagleman
  • Possibilianism emphasises the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to a particular story. David Eagleman
  • To be a Possibilian is to be simply open to the power of ideas that one has no means of testing right now. This emphasises the necessity of holding multiple positions at once if there is no available data to privilege one over the others. Vithal C Nadkarni
  • The creativity of Science is coming up with new hypotheses. David Eagleman
  • The goal of possibilianism is to discourage certainty. Sam Brinson
  • Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion. A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true. But with Possibilianism I’m hoping to define a new position – one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to any particular story. David Eagleman
  • You need to search your awareness and consider the limitless possibilities of existence in all things and not be so narrow-minded in your self-discovery. Frederick Lenz
  • Open-mindednessCuriosity

Wisdom Trove is a virtual encyclopaedia of wisdom.  Choose to apply only that wisdom which resonates deeply with you.

  • Read and listen with an open mind, an open heart, but with a firm belief that you are the only final authority on what you choose to believe and accept. Take what feels right to you and just leave what doesn’t. Amanda Harvey
  • Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Buddha
  • Accept nothing as true that is not your truth. Vernon Howard
  • Your inner knowing is your only true compass. Joy Page
  • The best expert you’ll ever find in the whole world is your own instincts. John C. Parkin
  • There is no truth except the truth that exists within you. Everything else is what someone is telling you. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Inner wisdom

Wisdom Trove has taken 9 years to create its first edition and it will be a life-long project

  • To do anything of magnitude takes at least five years, more likely seven or eight. Rightfully or wrongfully, that’s how I think.  Steve Jobs
  • Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!  Tony Robbins
  • Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.  Debbie Millman
  • Flowers do not force their way with great strife.  Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun.  Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters.  Go step by step, and be very sure.  White Eagle

Some might say Wisdom Trove is a tad obsessive and they would be right!

  • I think it is nice to be crazy sometimes. If you are absolutely normal, you can’t create something incredible. Russian mural artist
  • You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. Henry Rollins
  • Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.  Michel de Montaigne
  • You need to be a little crazy to change the world, and you can’t really fake it.  Peter Diamandis