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.

Proverbs are the daughters of experience.      

Sierra Leone

Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.      


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.      


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.