170+ Wisdom Quotes

Do you sometimes feel like you could use a bit of guidance in life? Or perhaps you just want some positive reinforcement and deep inspirational quotes? If so, look no further than wisdom quotes. Here, you can find the right words of wisdom to give your day a boost and to help you navigate the complexities of life. Whether you are looking for wise quotes to start your day off on the right foot or one to help you focus and stay motivated, you’ll find it here.

Best Wisdom Quotes

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

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

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

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. Maurice Switzer

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

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform or pause and reflect. Mark Twain

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

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable. Jess C. Scott

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo

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

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. A. C. Benson

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

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

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. John Lennon

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

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. Mark Twain

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

May you live every day of your life. Jonathan Swift

Once you label me you negate me. Soren Kierkegaard

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Albert Einstein

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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

Never laugh at live dragons. J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

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

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, Wait and Hope. Alexandre Dumas

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

Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz

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

The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back. Abigail Van Buren

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

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. Isaac Asimov

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

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. Paulo Coelho

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

There are three things all wise men fear the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man. Patrick Rothfuss

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

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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. Confucious

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

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

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

You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do. Patrick Ness

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

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. Elbert Hubbard

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

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein

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

Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance. Roy T. Bennett

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success or are they holding you back? W. Clement Stone

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

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

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Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think. Roy T. Bennett

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

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness. Kahlil Gibran

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

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein

That old law about an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Colette

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. Margaret Thatcher

Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear. Paulo Coelho

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

The past has no power over the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

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

The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache. Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

I’m not young enough to know everything. J.M. Barrie

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

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote

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

Don’t Gain The World Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold. Bob Marley

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

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Sharon Salzberg

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

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy

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

Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes. Rick Riordan

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

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark. Thomas Paine

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

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

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

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

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

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? John Keats

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. George S. Patton

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. Maya Angelou

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

Music is A higher revelation than all Wisdom  Philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli

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The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H.L. Mencken

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Khalil Gibran

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Oscar Wilde

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

Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it. Margaret Drabble

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

All knowledge hurts. Cassandra Clare

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes. Oscar Wilde

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

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. Helen Keller

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

There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don’t help them by doing the job yourself. Laurell K. Hamilton

My father said there were two kinds of people in the world givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better. Marlo Thomas

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. Harper Lee

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. Ben Hogan

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life you just hang around until you get used to it. Charles Schultz

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

Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times. Patrick Rothfuss

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

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Sharon Salzberg

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. Stephen Hawking

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

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society. Alan Watts

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell

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

Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Leo F. Buscaglia

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. Thomas Huxley

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses. Brian Tracy

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

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

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. Abraham Lincoln

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. Doug Larson

Time is a game played beautifully by children. Heraclitus

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

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

Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self given; be careful. Harvey Mackay

It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise. George R.R. Martin

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

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. A.A. Milne

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

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings. Ezra Taft Benson

Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that’s the result of a chance meeting too. You’re damned right. Drink up. We’ll have another. Charles Bukowski

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. Rumi

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. Lord Byron

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. Michael Levine

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

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris

As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. J.K. Rowling

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

Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt

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

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. George Orwell