Wisdom Quote

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

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

Anton Chekhov

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

Lao Tzu

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.

Amelia Earhart

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

The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.

Torquato Tasso

Plodding wins the race.


The less you talk, the more you're listened to.

Pauline Phillips

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.


Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.


Suffering is one of life's great teachers.

Bryant H. McGill

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


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

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

Lord Byron

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

Franz Kafka

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Slow and steady wins the race.

Robert Lloyd

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

The sweetest of all sounds is praise.


A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.

Herb Caen

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Walter Lippmann

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

Ben Hogan

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Thomas Paine

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.

Joseph Addison

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

William Arthur Ward

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.


Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.

Abraham Cahan

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Jean Paul

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

Walter Benjamin

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

It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest.

Orison Swett Marden

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

John Muir

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.

Satchel Paige

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

John F. Kennedy

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.

Publilius Syrus

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Charlotte Bronte

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

Thornton Wilder

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Sigmund Freud

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

Robert Frost

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

H. L. Mencken

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison

You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.

Clarence Day

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

George S. Patton

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

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.

Jean de La Fontaine

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

Og Mandino

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

Jim Carrey

To advise is not to compel.

Anton Chekhov

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

Josh Billings

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

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

Thomas A. Edison

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

Aldous Huxley

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

Pierre Corneille

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Giving opens the way for receiving.

Florence Scovel Shinn

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

Richard Whately

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

Rabindranath Tagore

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

Theodore Roosevelt

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

John Burroughs

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

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Baruch Spinoza

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

Arthur Helps

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Lao Tzu

The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet.

William Gibson

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

John Wooden

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

Honore de Balzac

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

John Muir

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

Ayn Rand

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

Saint Teresa of Avila

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

Henry Ward Beecher

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.

John Cheever

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.

Tobias Smollett

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.

Khalil Gibran

Start wide, expand further, and never look back.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.

William Cowper

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

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.

Owen Feltham

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan

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

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

Margaret Thatcher

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.

Omar N. Bradley

Please all, and you will please none.


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

Walt Disney

First appearance deceives many.


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

Margaret Thatcher

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.

A. C. Benson

Honesty is the best policy.

Benjamin Franklin

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

George Bernard Shaw

Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.

Edward Everett Hale

When you doubt, abstain.

Ambrose Bierce

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

Publilius Syrus

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

Charles Dickens

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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.

The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.

Don Shula

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.


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

Arthur Conan Doyle

Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness - all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had - outside of us.

Guy Finley

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.

D. H. Lawrence

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


Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I praise loudly. I blame softly.

Catherine the Great

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

Napoleon Bonaparte

It is better to rust out than wear out.

Edwin Markham

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

Eleanor Roosevelt

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.

Ezra Taft Benson

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


You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.

Teri Garr

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Khalil Gibran

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

Once you label me you negate me.

Soren Kierkegaard

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

Lucille Ball

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.


Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.

Joan Rivers

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

Abraham Maslow

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

Leo Buscaglia

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

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.

William Penn

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.

Arthur Schopenhauer

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Francis Bacon

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

Sammy Davis, Jr.

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

Michel de Montaigne

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.

Dr. Seuss

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


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

Colin Powell

It's not the having, it's the getting.

Elizabeth Taylor

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.


I didn't get where I am today by worryin' about how I'd feel tomorrow.

Ron White

A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself.

Loretta Young

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Daniel J. Boorstin

None knows the weight of another's burden.

George Herbert

Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.

Dan Rather

Wisdom begins in wonder.


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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

Katharine Graham

Never cut what you can untie.

Joseph Joubert

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.

Sidney Lanier

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

Carl Jung

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Saint Augustine

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

Albert Einstein

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

Harvey Mackay

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.

Will Rogers

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

Anton Chekhov

A promise made is a debt unpaid.

Robert W. Service

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


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

The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.


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

Elizabeth Kenny

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Lewis Carroll

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

William Blake

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Jim Elliot

He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.

Edgar Fiedler

It isn't what you do, but how you do it.

John Wooden

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

Francis Bacon

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

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn

No man was ever wise by chance.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

Marcus Aurelius

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.

Alexis Carrel

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

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


Trouble shared is trouble halved.

Lee Iacocca

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.

Colin Powell