Wisdom Quotes

Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.-Edna Ferber

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.-Rabindranath Tagore

People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.-J. Michael Straczynski

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.-Nelson Mandela

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.-Joan Rivers

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.-Carl Jung

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.-George S. Patton

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.-Napoleon Bonaparte

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.-Jim Rohn

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.-Saint Teresa of Avila

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.-Anton Chekhov

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.-Will Rogers

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.-Robert H. Schuller

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

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.-Archimedes

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.-Owen Feltham

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.-Walter Lippmann

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.-Audrey Hepburn

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.-Michael Jordan

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.-John Lubbock

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.-John Muir

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.-Laurence J. Peter

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.-Henry David Thoreau

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.-Calvin Coolidge

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

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

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.-Khalil Gibran

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.-Pablo Picasso

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.-Sigmund Freud

Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can.-George Allen, Sr.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.-Socrates

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.-Confucius

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.-Honore de Balzac

It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?-Jim Carrey

Patience is the companion of wisdom.-Saint Augustine

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.-Tobias Smollett

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.-Vince Lombardi

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

Never cut what you can untie.-Joseph Joubert

Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.-Lord Byron

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.-Anton Chekhov

Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.-Harvey Mackay

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.-John Muir

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.-Albert Einstein

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.-John F. Kennedy

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.-Henry Ford

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.-Nelson Mandela

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.-John Burroughs

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.-Margaret Thatcher

Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm.-Pope Paul VI

Giving opens the way for receiving.-Florence Scovel Shinn

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.-Abraham Maslow

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.-Friedrich Nietzsche

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.-Aldous Huxley

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

Start wide, expand further, and never look back.-Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Honesty is the best policy.-Benjamin Franklin

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.-Doug Larson

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.-Doug Larson

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

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.-Henry Ward Beecher

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.-George Bernard Shaw

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.-Og Mandino

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.-Confucius

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?-W. Clement Stone

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.-Socrates

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.-Sophocles

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.-John Wooden

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.-Michelangelo

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.-Lao Tzu

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.-Orison Swett Marden

My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.-Marlo Thomas

Turn your wounds into wisdom.-Oprah Winfrey

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.-C. S. Lewis

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

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.-Arthur Helps

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

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.-Swami Vivekananda

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.-John Steinbeck

This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.-Brenda Ueland

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.-Lao Tzu

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.-John C. Maxwell

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.-Phil Jackson

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.-Bertrand Russell

It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.-Elizabeth Kenny

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.-Sydney J. Harris

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.-Daniel J. Boorstin

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.-Colin Powell

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.-William Arthur Ward

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.-Arthur Conan Doyle

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.-Saint Basil

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

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.-Richard M. Nixon

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.-Walt Disney

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.-Lucille Ball

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