One Year Wiser: 365 Illustrated Meditations

by Mike Medaglia

This book provides an illustrated thought to ponder for each day of the year.  Each page features words of wisdom from a writer, poet, scientist, spiritual leader, or other historical figure. Pages are labeled January 1 through December 31, without a year so the book can be referred to indefinitely. Below are some sample quotes and illustrations.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“Reality is like a face reflected in the blade of a knife; its properties depend on the angle from which we view it.” – Master Hsing Yun

“Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost

“Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.” – Dalai Lama XIV

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” – Marie Curie

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.” – Baltasar Gracián

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

“Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.” – Elbert Hubbard

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.” – Oscar Wilde

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“Greatness exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked details.” – Leonard Koren

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“Do not learn how to react, but how to respond.” – Buddha

“The way to overcome something is not to avoid it but to move into it.” – Arnie Kozak

“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“The future is made of the same stuff as the present.” – Simone Weil


“What I stand for is what I stand on.” – Wendell Berry

“There is no passion to be found in playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“You cannot think one thing and produce another.” – Emmet Fox

“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” – Frances E. Willard

“If you do not understand, things are just as they are. If you understand, things are just as they are.” – Zen proverb


Medaglia, Mike. One Year Wiser: 365 Illustrated Meditations. London: SelfMadeHero, 2015. Buy from Amazon.com