Wisdom Quotes

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. - Satchel Paige

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. - Jim Rohn

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. - George Bernard Shaw

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. - Archimedes

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. - John Wooden

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. - John Wooden

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you. - John Wooden

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. - Immanuel Kant

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law. - Thomas Hobbes

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. - Walt Disney

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. - Ludwig van Beethoven

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. - Nelson Mandela

Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. - Bob Marley

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. - Confucius

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear. - Sammy Davis, Jr.

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. - Lewis Carroll

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. - George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. - Lao Tzu

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. - Marilyn vos Savant

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be as you wish to seem. - Socrates

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. - Iris Murdoch

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. - Thomas A. Edison

Patience is the companion of wisdom. - Saint Augustine

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. - Elizabeth Kenny

Silence is true wisdom's best reply. - Euripides

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. - John Lubbock

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. - Napoleon Bonaparte

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. - Jimi Hendrix

Commitment is an act, not a word. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. - Dr. Seuss

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. - Francis of Assisi

Honesty is the best policy. - Benjamin Franklin

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. - Rabindranath Tagore

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. - Benjamin Franklin

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. - Benjamin Franklin

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. - Omar N. Bradley

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. - Francis Bacon

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. - Robert H. Schuller

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. - Marcus Aurelius

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. - Og Mandino

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. - Epictetus

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. - Socrates

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - H. L. Mencken

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. - Plato

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. - Aldous Huxley

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. - William James

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. - Joseph Campbell

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. - Lucille Ball

A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself. - Loretta Young

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! - Walter Scott

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. - Thomas Paine

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

You can observe a lot by watching. - Yogi Berra

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. - Friedrich Nietzsche

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. - Anton Chekhov

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When in doubt, don't. - Benjamin Franklin

Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. - D. H. Lawrence

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. - C. S. Lewis

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting. - Elizabeth Bibesco

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. - Leonardo da Vinci

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. - Ayn Rand

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. - John F. Kennedy

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. - Abraham Maslow

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. - Oprah Winfrey

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. - Phil Jackson

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. - Max de Pree

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. - Judy Garland

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done. - Amelia Earhart

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. - Pablo Picasso

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. - John Muir

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin

The doors of wisdom are never shut. - Benjamin Franklin

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. - Napoleon Bonaparte

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. - Arthur Conan Doyle

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance. - Jean de La Fontaine

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. - Charles Dickens

Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm. - Pope Paul VI

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. - Henry David Thoreau

Start wide, expand further, and never look back. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. - Don Shula

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - William Blake

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. - Alexandre Dumas

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is. - Will Rogers

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass. - Owen Feltham

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. - Robert Frost

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. - Robert Kennedy

It isn't what you do, but how you do it. - John Wooden

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. - Publilius Syrus

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. - Xenophon

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. - Khalil Gibran

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. - Charles Dickens

Appearances are often deceiving. - Aesop

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. - Yogi Berra

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. - Coco Chanel

Turn your wounds into wisdom. - Oprah Winfrey

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. - Pierre Corneille

Once you label me you negate me. - Soren Kierkegaard

Never find fault with the absent. - Alexander Pope

Applause is a receipt, not a bill. - Dale Carnegie

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. - John Burroughs

Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. - Plato

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. - William Butler Yeats

Every silver lining has a cloud. - Mary Kay Ash

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. - John F. Kennedy

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Alan Kay

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. - e. e. cummings

First appearance deceives many. - Ovid

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. - James M. Barrie

It is better to rust out than wear out. - Edwin Markham

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. - William Wordsworth

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Giving opens the way for receiving. - Florence Scovel Shinn

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. - John Burroughs

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. - Arthur Helps

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. - Aeschylus

The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship. - Norman Douglas

It is impossible to love and to be wise. - Francis Bacon

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground. - David Icke

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. - Thornton Wilder

Please all, and you will please none. - Aesop

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. - Aeschylus

When you doubt, abstain. - Ambrose Bierce

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. - Franz Kafka

You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own. - Clarence Day

When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective. - George C. Marshall

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. - Publilius Syrus

A promise made is a debt unpaid. - Robert W. Service

This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say. - Brenda Ueland

To advise is not to compel. - Anton Chekhov

No man was ever wise by chance. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center. - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. - Confucius

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds. - Henry Van Dyke

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. - Euripides

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. - Theodore Roosevelt

To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius. - Minna Antrim

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants. - Joseph Addison