Wisdom Quotes

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Wisdom Quotes

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”


“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon

“May you live every day of your life.”

Jonathan Swift

“Never laugh at live dragons.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

Albert Einstein

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Angry people are not always wise.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”

Elbert Hubbard

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”


“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Albert Einstein

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

Albert Einstein

“I’m not young enough to know everything.”

J.M. Barrie, The Admirable Crichton

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”

Bob Marley

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”

Jimi Hendrix

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”

Bruce Lee

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

Maya Angelou

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”


“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”


“We learn from failure, not from success!”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Never, never, never give in!”

Winston S. Churchill

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

Oscar Wilde

“All knowledge hurts.”

Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.”

Charles Schultz

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”


“Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”

Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Literary Remains, Vol. 1

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

Stephen Hawking

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

Leo F. Buscaglia

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.”

George R.R. Martin

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”

Heraclitus, Fragments

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”

Michael Levine

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

Francis Bacon, The Essays

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”


“Guard well your thoughts when alone and your words when accompanied.”

Roy T. Bennett

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Wise? No, I simply learned to think.”

Christopher Paolini, Eldest

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Albert Einstein

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“It takes a very long time to become young.”

Pablo Picasso

“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”

Jess C. Scott, Wicked Lovely

“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”

William James

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

“Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.”

Joss Whedon

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

“A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.”

Roy T. Bennett

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”

Abraham Lincoln

“wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.”

Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”

Milton Berle

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Lost Time is never found again.”

Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”

Heinrich Heine

“Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”

Octavia Butler

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

Leonardo da Vinci

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

Cornel West

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”


“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

Niels Bohr

“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.”

Charles Dickens, Hard Times

“Education is no substitute for intelligence.”

Frank Herbert

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.”

Isaac Newton

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

William James

“Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.”

Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

“My soul is in the sky.”

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

Theodore Roosevelt

“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.”

Anton Chekhov

“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”

William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

“I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.”

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Bruce Lee

“My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.”

Jess C Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“These violent delights have violent ends.”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“When you make a choice, you change the future.”

Deepak Chopra

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”


“Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.”

Mark Twain, Notebook

“When in doubt, choose to live.”

Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.”

Dante Alighieri

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”


“Hate is… It’s too easy. Love. Love takes courage.”

Hannah Harrington, Speechless

“I do not know everything; still many things I understand.”

Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”

Lois Lowry, The Giver

“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”


“Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.”

“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

Walt whitman

“There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

“A man without words is a man without thought.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.”

Dejan Stojanovic

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”

Calvin Coolidge

“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.”

Holly Black, Tithe

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”

Isaac Newton

“Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse”

Joseph Brodsky

“It’s always hard to lose somebody. It leaves a hole in you heart that never grows back. ”

Kevin Brooks, Lucas

“Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect.”


“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.”

Lisa Lutz, The Spellmans Strike Again

“So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”

William Shakespeare, Richard III

“The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.”

Imam Al-Ghazali

“It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.”

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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