52 Weeks of Wisdom of the Masters

1000 Inspirational Quotes Aristotle to Zen


This was a fun and enlightening book to put together. I Googled various quote sites and chose the very best ones to include in the 34 weeks of 20 quotes by famous people. Seven weeks of the quotes where by the Highway Shaman, which is me, David Dakan Allison, and my brand, and eleven weeks by other inspiring sources. The book makes a fabulous bedside companion, and a great gift to anyone you know.

Make your own Bible. 

Select and collect 

all the words and sentences 

that in all your readings 

have been to you

Like the blast of a trumpet. 

 Ralph Waldo Emerson


All 52 weeks include 20 wisdoms, unless otherwise noted.

“The Highway Shaman” is the author David Dakan Allison


The “I” or “My” is used as a personal Affirmation for you, the reader.

Week One



  1.   I promise be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  1. I promise to talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone I meet.
  1. I promise to look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
  1. I promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
  1. I promise to be enthusiastic about the success of others as I would be about my own.
  1. I promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements of the future.
  1. I promise to always wear a cheerful countenance and give every living creature I meet a smile.

Week Two


  1. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
  1. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
  1. No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
  1. Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
  1. Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
  1. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

7.  We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Week Three

The Highway Shaman

Zen Master’s Wisdom #1


  1.   Endowed with a God inspired Spirit, we can manifest whatever we truly desire.
  1.    As the world’s consciousness changes, our altruistic wisdom and skills are needed more than ever.
  1.    A wise man is always a step ahead of others in understanding.
  1.    Instead of trying to resolve challenging situations with the mind, defer to your heart.
  1.   When others are lost in their storm of panic and fear, the wise ones offer a safe harbor of love and harmony.
  1.   A balanced life has healthy natural cycles of being happy alone and being happy with others.
  1.   Our health and vitality will flourish when we’re aligned with other healthy people who share inspirational thinking.
  1.   The people who do not belong in your life are the ones who never really ‘get’ who you are.
  1.   A person’s ultimate success has nothing to do with an approving or disapproving audience.
  1.   Be the channel through whom truly original ideas, insights, and expressions can come into the world. 
  1.   The creative process is far more than an activity; it’s the bridge to spiritual transcendence.
  1.   Our greatest opportunities lie in the shadows, awaiting the perfect time for illumination.
  1. One’s conscious challenge is to find the balance between a spiritual life and a mundane life.
  1. Strong friendships inspire and encourage us to express our uniqueness in unexpected ways.


Week Four

Sun Tzu

Master’s Wisdom from the Art of War 


  1. Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
  1. Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.
  1. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
  1. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
  1. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
  1. Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
  1. When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.

Week Five

Formula for Living

1. I will live in moderation, not extravagance.

2.  I will return everything I borrow.

3.  I will stop blaming other people.

 4.  I will admit it when I make a mistake.

5.  I will give clothing not worn to charity.

6.  I will do something nice and try not to be caught.

 7.  I will listen more and talk less.

Week Six

Personal Success Plan


  1. I will determine what specific goal I want to achieve. Then I’ll dedicate myself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.
  1. I will Develop a Plan for Achieving my Goals, and a Deadline for its Attainment.
  1. I will plan my progress carefully: hour-by-hour, day-by-day, month-y-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the well-springs of my power.
  1. I will Develop a sincere desire for the things I want in life.
  1. My burning desire is the greatest motivator of my every action. My desire for success implants “success consciousness” which, in turn, creates my vigorous and ever-increasing “habit of success.
  1. I will Develop Supreme confidence in Myself and my own abilities.
  1. I will enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. I’ll concentrate on my strengths, instead of my weakness . . . on my powers, instead of my problems.

Week Seven


  1. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
  1. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
  1. Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
  1. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
  1. Only the dead have seen the end of war.
  1. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
  1. Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.