171+ Most Famous Wisdom Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Wisdom is a constant process. No matter how sure of your own wisdom you are, there’s something out there left to learn. Powerful wisdom quotes will inspire you to to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements.

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Best Wisdom Quotes

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. John C. Maxwell

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. Wayne Dyer

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Gandhi

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama

There are three constants in life change, choice and principles. Stephen Covey

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein

When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor. Eleanor Roosevelt

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. John F. Kennedy

There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C. S. Lewis

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. Vince Lombardi

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. Brian Tracy

Today is life the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. Tony Robbins

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. Les Brown

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle

Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. Billy Graham

Each person must live their life as a model for others. Rosa Parks

My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose somehow we win out. Ronald Reagan

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. Rick Warren

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. Matt Cameron

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Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. Dale Turner

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

Cleverness is not wisdom. Euripides

Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon

The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue. Ivan Panin

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure they can be turned into wisdom. Cat Cora

True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles

Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas

The difference between a wise and foolish man is this the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks. William Scott Downey

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. Eckhart Tolle

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. Plato

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. Elbert Hubbard

Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. Lucille Ball

Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck

When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more. Mayim Bialik

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Herman Hesse

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. William Wordsworth

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being. Orison Swett Marden

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus

Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy. William Temple

Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise. Paul Engle

The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. Franz Grillparzer

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles

There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived. Amy Grant

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant

We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters. Robert E. Lee

Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values. Sidney Hook

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. Euripides

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary. Octavio Paz

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus

Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do. Charles Stanley

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. Walter Benjamin

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. Zhuangzi

I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom. Nina Totenberg

With age comes common sense and wisdom. Nas

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith, Jr.

Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. William Butler Yeats

To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch

Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death. Peter Conrad

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean Jacques Rousseau

Remembering is painful, it’s difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom. Paul Greengrass

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. Sophocles

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it. Wilson Mizner

I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange. Cherie Lunghi

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte

Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions. Yoko Ono

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens

Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Brian O’Driscoll

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Khalil Gibran

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. Plautus

Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. Oprah Winfrey

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self actualization. Bo Bennett

The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. Reinhold Niebuhr

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. Saadi

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. Liu Xiaobo

Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. Euripides

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities. Louise L. Hay

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Publilius Syrus

Who is wise in love, love most, say least. Alfred Lord Tennyson

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. Samuel Johnson

We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel. Marcia Fudge

Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn’t all have to be by tomorrow! William Eardley IV

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus

No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom. Herbie Hancock

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. Isaac D’Israeli

If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles

Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. William J. Clinton

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Laurence Sterne

We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice. Arthur Helps

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