Wisdom quotes

When the wisdom speaks, be silent. Do not waste your candle when the sun is there. ~Mehmet Murat ildan

Silence is wisdom’s sentinel. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

The child, offered the mother’s breast,
Will not in the beginning grab it;
But soon it clings to it with zest.
And thus at wisdom’s copious breasts
You’ll drink each day with greater zest.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every wise man lives in an observatory. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827



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

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No man was ever wise by chance. ~Seneca

Life is one long experiment in learning. Who can be perfect all the time? Sometimes I feel half-wise, sometimes half-stupid. ~Terri Guillemets

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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. ~Herb Caen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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



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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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