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