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Wisdom Quotes

As much as you may hate to admit it, you are only as wise and smart as your gravest act of foolishness. You may think that you are the smartest person in the world, but when you actually do get conned, you are only as smart as what it may have taken to get you hoodwinked. Wisdom does not come easy, it comes with the right kind of experience and the right kind of education. Read on to gain access to famous knowledge/intelligence quotations and sayings.

Carl Jung

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

William Blake

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.

Thomas Hobbes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Robert Louis Stevenson

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

John Stuart Mill

In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.

William Butler Yeats

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

George Burns

Be quick to learn and wise to know.

Sun Tzu

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.


Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee

Ayn Rand

Do not ever say that the desire to do good by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Bertrand Russell

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Norman Vincent Peale

Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!

Thomas Moore

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

John Greenleaf Whittier

You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.

Napoleon Bonaparte

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.


A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.

Charles Dickens

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.


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

William Blake

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Marcel Proust

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.


Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

Napolean Hill

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.

Michel de Montaigne

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.

John Dryden

Successful crimes alone are justified.

Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

Henry Ward Beecher

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

John Greenleaf Whittier

One brave deed makes no hero.

Douglas MacArthur

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Alan Watts

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

William Blake

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

Walt Whitman

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

Benjamin Disraeli

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

D. H. Lawrence

All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed wastepaper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.


A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.

Christopher Morley

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.

Jimmy Carter

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.

Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Billie Jean King

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

Toni Morrison

If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Les Brown

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

Christopher Morley

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.

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.

Drew Barrymore

I don't know anybody's road who's been paved perfectly for them, there are no manuals, you don't know what life has in store for you.

Maya Angelou

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.

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Thomas More

What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.

Michel de Montaigne

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

Laurence Sterne

Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

Carl Jung

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

Coco Chanel

Great loves too must be endured.

Henry James

Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Sun Tzu

If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.

Benjamin Disraeli

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.

Nikki Giovanni

If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.

Joseph Addison

Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

Judy Garland

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Billie Jean King

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.

Victor Hugo

A library implies an act of faith.

Groucho Marx

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

Arthur Ashe

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.

David Lloyd George

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired.

Benjamin Disraeli

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.

Norman Vincent Peale

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.

Walter Scott

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

Margaret Mead

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.

Nikki Giovanni

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.

Dwight L. Moody

Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.

Leo Buscaglia

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

Paul McCartney

At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life. Until then, I really was a kind of cocky sod.

Albert Camus

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.

Carl Sandburg

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.

Dwight L. Moody

Character is what a man is in the dark.

Alexander Hamilton

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

Theodore Roosevelt

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Douglas MacArthur

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.

Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Thomas More

To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life.

Bertrand Russell

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

D. H. Lawrence

All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.

Chuck Palahniuk

Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.

James M. Barrie

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.

Baltasar Gracian

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic.


Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.

Ayn Rand

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

Andrew Carnegie

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.

Saint Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Francis Bacon

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

Coco Chanel

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.


Better is the enemy of good.

Khalil Gibran

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.

Joseph Campbell

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

Horace Mann

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.