To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

— Marilyn vos Savant

The most blissful Marilyn vos Savant quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.


Know how and how much to tip people who expect gratuities, even in the case of poor service.


Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Marilyn vos Savant quote Being defeated is often a temporary cond

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.


Working in an office with an array of electronic devices is like trying to get something done at home with half a dozen small children around. The calls for attention are constant.


Be able to hiccup silently, or at least without alerting neighbors to your situation. The first hiccup is an exception.


Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors.

Behind one door is a car, the others, goats. You pick a door, say #1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, say #3, which has a goat. He says to you: 'Do you want to pick door #2?' Is it to your advantage to switch your choice of doors?


Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.


Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to support or undercut almost any argument.


Know the official post office abbreviations for all 50 states without having to consult a list.


Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society, and we don't know the cause.


Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.


Many people feel they must multi-task because everybody else is multitasking, but this is partly because they are all interrupting each other so much.


About Marilyn vos Savant

Quotes 144 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Stop asking for directions so much. Assuming that you're in a safe environment, pay attention and figure things out for yourself. Have the nerve to take a wrong turn now and then. You'll develop better working instincts and have more self-esteem too.


The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.


Be able to suffer wearing a necktie or slightly high heels for an entire evening without complaint or early removal.


If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.


Be in the habit of getting up bright and early on the weekends. Why waste such precious time in bed?


Know why certain foods, such as truffles, are expensive. It's not because they taste best.


Be able to correctly pronounce the words you would like to speak and have excellent spoken grammar.


What women want is what men want. They want respect.


Know what to do if you feel faint or dizzy, especially if you might fall and hit your head.


I believe that one becomes stronger emotionally by taking life less personally.

If your employer criticizes your report, don't take it personally. Instead, find out what's needed and fix it. If your girlfriend laughs at your tie, don't take it personally. Find another tie or find another girlfriend.


Almost all of the finer things in life are free or nearly free.

You don't have to pay for the sky at night or snow in the morning or a kiss on the nose when you're sick. Forgetting that may put you at the mercy of those who seek to profit by convincing you to want whatever it is they have to sell.


A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.


Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and note how the sky looks at those times, at least once.


Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself.


Revenge feels right only to those directly involved. Justice feels right even to outsiders.


Be able to cite three good qualities of every relative or acquaintance that you dislike.


The squeaky wheel may get the most oil, but it's also the first to be replaced.


Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending wax flying across the table.


Be able to sneeze without sounding ridiculous.

That means neither stifling yourself or spraying your immediate vicinity.


Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized.


Know how to travel from your town to a nearby town without a car, either by bus or by rail.


The difference between talking on your cell phone while driving and speaking with a passenger is huge. The person on the other end of the cell phone is chattering away, oblivious.


Common sense comes from experience, and kids need to fail as well as succeed in order to learn it. It's difficult to develop common sense when you spend a lot of time in your room where nothing much happens.


It is a lot easier to prove that you don't love someone than it is to prove that you do, but one of the best 'proofs' I know is the desire to devote time to the person with no expectation of any sort of compensation, including gratitude, in return.


Have enough sense to know, ahead of time, when your skills will not extend to wallpapering.


Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate.

It doesn't. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.


Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.


I believe a 'talented' person is one who has learned how to effectively cultivate and polish any of the many desirable capabilities with which most of us are born but few of us nurture.


Know how to drive safely when it's raining or when it's snowing. The two conditions are different.


Just because you're unemployed doesn't mean you're not doing anything useful.

You are, for example, at least keeping your mother-in-law's wit sharp.


Be able to decline a date so gracefully that the person isn't embarrassed that he or she asked.


[When asked if the voice is an instrument:] Yes, of course.

Some are violins, some are fountain pens and some are stethoscopes. And others are just washboards.


One of the few articles of clothing that a man won't try to remove from a woman is an apron.


I?d rather be rejected than used because they both amount to the same thing in the end, but being used takes a lot longer.


An act of justice closes the book on a misdeed; an act of vengeance writes one of its own


I believe that love--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery.

Your imitator thinks that you can be duplicated; your lover knows you can't.


If you never heard opportunity knock, maybe you're never at home.