Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Wisdom quotes, Wisdom sayings, and Wisdom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.      -- Iranian (on wisdom)
A crown's no cure for a headache.      -- English (on basic truths)
A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.      -- Virgin Islander (on friendship)
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.      -- American (on proverbs)
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.      -- Lord John Russell (1792-1878)
All's well that ends well.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.      -- Chinese Proverb
Economy is the wealth of the poor and the wisdom of the rich.      -- French (on thrift)
Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.      -- Korean (on common sense)
Everything in moderation.      -- unknown
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever.      -- Chinese Proverb
He that respects himself is safe from others.      -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
He who flees at the right time can fight again.      -- Marcus Trentius Varro (c.116-27 BC)
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.      -- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Health is better than wealth.      -- unknown
In bad things be slow; in good things be fast.      -- Afghan (on time and timeliness
Just because something is common sense doesn't mean it's common practice.      -- unknown
Justice is truth in action.      -- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Life is a journey, not a destination.      -- Cliff Nichols, acrafts@wf.net
Life is what you make it.      -- Grandma Moses (1860-1961)
Live and let live.      -- Dutch Proverb
Lost time is never found again.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Money buys everything but good sense.     -- Yiddish (on money)
Nothing is impossible to the willing mind.      -- Books of the Han Dynasty
One head cannot hold all wisdom.      -- Maasai(East African)(on wisdom)
One should speak little with others and much with oneself.      -- Danish (on the conduct of life)
Out of sight, out of mind.      -- unknown
Plan your life at New Year's, your day at dawn.      -- Japanese (on planning)
Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.      -- unknown, courtesy of Bryan Sullivan
Proverbs are the daughters of experience.      -- Sierra Leone
Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.      -- unknown
The errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.      -- William Blake (1757-1827)
The more things change, the more they stay the same.      -- Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)
The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.      -- Yiddish (on conscience)
The wise do as much as they should, not as much as they can.      -- French (on wisdom)
The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others.      -- Tibetan (on wisdom)
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.      -- John Ray "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."
When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.      -- Chinese (on wisdom)
Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather.      -- Czech (on wisdom)
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.      -- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Wisdom is to live in the present, plan for the future and profit from the past.      -- unknown
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom,      -- Greek Proverb
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
You can never plan the future by the past.      -- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
You can only die once.      -- Portuguese Proverb
You have to take the bitter with the sweet.      -- unknown