Wisdom Quotes

Best selected wisdom quotes by some famous people of their times for you. These wisdom quotes will motivate and inspire you and will make you much wiser about the subject.


Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times. Bible

The extreme limit of wisdom --that's what the public calls madness. Jean Cocteau

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean Jacques Rousseau

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Ibn Gabirol

There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana

Some folks are wise and some otherwise. Josh Billings

Life is a festival only to the wise. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life. Aristophanes

To be wise and love exceeds man's might. William Shakespeare

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. [Proverbs 3:13-15] Bible

It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ''Wisdom.'' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ''Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'' Ludwig Wittgenstein

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. William Saroyan

The wise person has long ears and a short tongue. German Proverb

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon

You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God. Anonymous

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books. Chinese Proverb

Some men are wise, and some are otherwise. Tobias G. Smollett

Wisdom is better than weapons of war. [9:18b, Ecclesiastes] Bible

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster

Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it. Samuel Butler

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran

More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world. Charles Caleb Colton

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. Chinese Proverb

A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity. Niccolo Machiavelli

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. Socrates

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake

The end result of wisdom is... good deeds. The Talmud

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. Orison Swett Marden

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas

The price of wisdom is eternal thought. Frank Birch

By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well. Eleanor Marx

If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it. Zenrin

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone. Napoleon Bonaparte

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding. Bible

Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. Arthur Schopenhauer

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phaedrus

Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything. African Proverb

Behold, my son, with what little wisdom the world is ruled. Count Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna

Wisdom overcomes fortune. Juvenal

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. [Proverbs 15: 31] Bible

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. Abba Eban

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are clever people. Anonymous

Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end. Oliver Goldsmith

It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? Friedrich Nietzsche

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. Miguel De Cervantes

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Camerounian Proverb

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser. Thomas Carlyle

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Bible

Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings. Ibn Gabirol

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

The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it. Konstantin Stanislavisky

Wisdom is learning what to overlook. William James

The wisdom of a learned man comet by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. [Ecclesiasticus 38:25] Bible

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. Turkish Proverb

Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Robert E. Lee

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves. Thomas Hobbes

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace

Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life. R. I. Fitzhenry

A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense. James Thurber

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. Buddha

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche

Who is wise? One who learns from all. The Talmud

He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty. Samuel Johnson

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. St. Francis of Assisi

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust. Karl Kraus

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. Hal Borland

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is a tonic. Tribulation is a test tube. Anonymous

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Bible

Wise care keeps what it has gained. Danish Proverb

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

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way. Georg C. Lichtenberg

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life -- in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. Seneca

The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. Nicholas Boileau

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. John Kenneth Galbraith

Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, --something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. Cyril Connolly

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. Oliver Goldsmith

The foolish sayings of a rich man pass for wise ones. Spanish Proverb

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty. Georges Clemenceau

By others faults the wise correct their own. Proverb

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. Samuel Levenson

It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss. Sir Roger L'Estrange

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. John Stuart Mill

The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us. Eric Hoffer

Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it. Hermann Hesse

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper. Friedrich Nietzsche

Action should culminate in wisdom. Bhagavad Gita

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato The Elder

Wise men still seek Him today. Dan Bell

No man is wise enough by himself. Titus Maccius Plautus

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool. Rabbi Ben Azai

When you move amidst the world of sense, free from attachment and aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrows end, and you life in the wisdom of the self. Bhagavad Gita

The days that are still to come are the wisest witnesses. Pindar

Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men. The Talmud

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her. Helen Rowland

Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men. Chinese Proverb

Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next. Herbert Clark Hoover

Better to get wisdom than gold. Bible

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight. H. L. Mencken

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech. Evangel

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. Sigmund Freud

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

Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning. Bergen Evans

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. Samuel Smiles

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

Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains. Francis Quarles

The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person. Thomas Carlyle

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. Euripides

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences. Plato

Many people might have attained wisdom had they not assumed they already had it. Anonymous

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht

The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around in it until he's completely draped in it. Then he'll stand up and go hey, I'm Vine Man. Jack Handey

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. Voltaire

Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. Queen Elizabeth

Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. John Patrick

The man who questions opinions is wise. The man who quarrels with facts is a fool. Frank Garbutt

The wisest have the most authority. Plato

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be lead by the nose. Mark Twain

They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. William Blake

The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. Count Leo Tolstoy

True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by. E. S. Bouton

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. Bible

Without wisdom, knowledge is more stupid than ignorance. Anonymous

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. Basho

A nation's treasure is its scholars. Yiddish Proverb

It is not wise to be wiser than necessary. Philippe Quinault

I have known it for a long time but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. Hermann Hesse

If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price. Anonymous

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it. Publilius Syrus

So wise so young, they say, do never live long. William Shakespeare

Understanding the limitations of human beings as well as understanding your own is the beginning of true wisdom. Anonymous

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. Woodrow T. Wilson

Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation. Sid Taylor

Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall every room be filled with precious and pleasant riches. Bible

The wise man says it cannot be done, but the fool goes and does it. Anonymous

The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people. Geoffrey Chaucer

What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children. William Blake

Everyone is wise until he speaks. Irish Proverb

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God. Epictetus

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult. John Churton Collins

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever

The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom. Anonymous

The live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart. Bhagavad Gita

The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting. Benjamin Franklin

He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream. Latin Proverb

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau

Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. Titus Maccius Plautus

Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom. William A. Ward

Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. George Bernard Shaw

Look at those they call unfortunate and at a closer view, you'll find many of them are unwise. Andrew Young

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning. Chuck Noll

Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied. Anonymous

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

The testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple. [Psalms 19:7] Bible

We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before. James Truslow Adams

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. Samuel Smiles

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. Georg C. Lichtenberg

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. Felix Frankfurter

As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. Buddha

It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom. Maurice Maeterlinck

Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be. Anonymous

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