Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

Wisdom comes with age and experience. Each misstep and accomplishment is a learning opportunity, providing problem-solving tools we can store for later use. Feeling like a ship without mooring? Let the below collection of wise quotes help guide the way.


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

Justice is truth in action.      

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.      

Virgin Islander (on friendship)

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 who has a why to live can bear almost any how.      

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.      

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Lost time is never found again.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others.      

Tibetan (on wisdom)

When our imperfect judgments are aggregated in the right way, our collective intelligence is often excellent.     

James Surowiecki

The goal of human nature, of any nature is blessedness. If we do not reach this goal, it is a sign that we are headed in the wrong direction.     

Raimon Pannikar

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

Henri Frederic Amiel

One should speak little with others and much with oneself.      

Danish (on the conduct of life)

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.      

Chinese (on wisdom)

The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen.

Russian Proverb

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

Leo Tolstoy

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.      

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Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.     

Cervantes

Desires are brought to live depending on one’s wisdom. Wisdom gives direction to desires.

Takuan Soho

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.      

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.      

Lord John Russell (1792-1878)

A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.      

Iranian (on wisdom)

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.      

American (on proverbs)

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)

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)

A crown's no cure for a headache.      

English (on basic truths)

Life is a journey, not a destination.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson



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