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.


There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.     

Manly P. Hall

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.     

Mark Twain

You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.     

Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.     

Patrick Ness

The knight of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.     

Patrick Rothfuss

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.     

Paulo Coelho

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.     

Paulo Coelho

Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.     

Proverbs

Failure is the condiment which gives success its flavor.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.     

Ron Wild

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.     

Roy T. Bennett

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.     

Roy T. Bennett

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.     

Rumi

Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.     

Socrates

Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.     

Socrates

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.     

Sophocles

Turn your wounds into wisdom.     

St. Augustine

Let your actions demonstrate your wisdom.     

Truman Capote

Wisdom is more precious than jewels, nothing else is so worthy of desire.     

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Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.     

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If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.     

William Shakespeare

A wise owl sat on an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?     

Zen Proverb