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96 Great Wisdom Sayings

Wisdom Sayings



Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.  (Aristotle)


We begin to learn wisely when we’re willing to see world from other people’s perspective.  (Toba Beta)


The longer the explanation, the bigger the lie.  (Chinese Proverb)


A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.  (William Blake)


Angry people are not always wise.  (Jane Austen)


 The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so.  (Nicolas Boileau)


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


 Wisdom comes only through suffering.  (Aeschylus)


Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.  (Czech Proverb)


Patience is the companion of wisdom.  (Saint Augustine) 


Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.   (Jimi Hendrix)


To know you are ignorant is the beginning of wisdom.  (Marion Zimmer Bradley)


Turn your wounds into wisdom.  (Oprah Winfrey)


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.  (Francis Bacon)


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  (leanor Roosevelt)


Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread.  (Austin ‘OMalley) 


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


Wisdom is to live in the present, plan for the future and profit from the past.  (Unknown)


Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.  (Sun Tzu)


Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.  (Jalaluddin Rumi)


In silence there is wisdom.  (Hap Hagood)


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


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


Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.  (Lawrence J. Peter)


Wisdom is the daughter of experience.  (Leonardo Da Vinci)


Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.  (Chinese Proverb)


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.      (Unknown)


 An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.  (Evan Esar)


If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.  (Leo Buscaglia)


 Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.  (Unknown)


Be quick to learn and wise to know.  (George Burns)


 A wise man cares not for what he cannot have.  (Jack Herbert) 


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


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


Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools.   (Unknown)


 True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.  (Socrates) 


Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.  (Sophocles) 


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


 Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.  (Earl of Chesterfield)


A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom.  (Joe Dispenza)


 We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.  (Benjamin Franklin) 


Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.  (Unknown)


 No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.  (Erica Jong) 


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


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


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)


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


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


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


 To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.  (Bertrand Russell)


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


We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.  (Michel de Montaigne)


 Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.   (Rick Riordan) 


Wisdom is mostly the fruit of experience.  (Edward Counsel)


Wise it is to comprehend the whole.  (Edward Young)


Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.  (William Shakespeare)


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


A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.  (Bruce Lee)


Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten.   (Pythagoras)


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.  (Juvenal)


Wisdom is having things right in your life and knowing why.  (William Stafford)


The doors of wisdom are never shut.  (Benjamin Franklin)


A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.  (Dalai Lama)


When you make a choice, you change the future.  (Deepak Chopra)


In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.  (Octavia E. Butler)


We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.  (Samuel Smiles)


Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.  (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)


The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.         (Napoleon Bonaparte)


Wisdom begins in wonder.  (Socrates)


A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.  (Henry David Thoreau)


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


 Wise men don’t judge: They seek to understand.  (Wei Wu Wei)


The wise do as much as they should, not as much as they can.  (French Proverb)


You can only die once.  (Portuguese Proverb)


No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.  (Theodore Roosevelt)


Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.  (Chuang Tzu)


Knowledge is power; power is corrupt. Therefore, one must seek wisdom.  (Curtis S. Spevak)


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


Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.  (William Butler Yeats)


Imagination is more important than knowledge.  (Albert Einstein)


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)


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


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


Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.  (Confucius)


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  (John Muir)


Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.  (Brian Tracy)


You can observe a lot by watching.  (Yogi Berra)


Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.  (Brian Rathbone)


Be as you wish to seem.  (Socrates)


When in doubt, choose to live.  (Terry Pratchett)


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


There is no escape,we pay for the violence of our ancestors.  (Frank Herbert)


 The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.  (Unknown)


Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.  (Oprah Winfrey)


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)


In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.  (Ansel Adams)