Wisdom quotes

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
– Jimi Hendrix

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
– Buddha

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.
– Rumi

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

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
– Audrey Hepburn

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

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

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
– Buddha

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

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

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
– Calvin Coolidge

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

You can observe a lot by watching.
– Yogi Berra

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
– Socrates

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
– John Steinbeck

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
– Saint Augustine

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
– Confucius

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

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
– Aeschylus

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

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

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.
– Bo Bennett

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
– Dale Turner

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
– Jean Paul

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

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
– Charles Dickens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
– Richard M. Nixon

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

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

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

A charming woman… doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.
– Loretta Young

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
– Confucius

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
– Saint Basil

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.
– Euripides

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

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

When in doubt, don’t.
– Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.
– Joan Rivers

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

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
– Thomas A. Edison

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
– John C. Maxwell

I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.
– Buddha

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

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
– Brian O’Driscoll

Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.
– Alfred Austin

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

We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.
– Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
– Swami Vivekananda

Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.
– Liu Xiaobo

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

Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It’s about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it’s about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules.
– Tom Peters

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

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

After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.
– Charles Spurgeon

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

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