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Wise Quotes

When you are looking to be wise, it is a must to be as less foolish as you possibly can be. When you are looking to be wise, a few wise quotes can help you get as wise as you possibly can be. However, you shouldn’t really stop at reading these quotes. What you should be looking at doing is coating the wisdom found in these quotes onto your life. Go right ahead and read on for famous quotations and sayings on cleverness.

Walt Whitman

Be curious, not judgmental.

John Stuart Mill

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

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.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

Chanakya

As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?

Napoleon Bonaparte

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Plato

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.

William Blake

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

Paulo Coelho

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.

Samuel Johnson

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Albert Schweitzer

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.

Dorothy Day

They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.

William Osler

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

Halle Berry

I wish all men were like dogs.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Norman Vincent Peale

Change yourself and your work will seem different.

Lee Iacocca

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.

William Osler

The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.

Baltasar Gracian

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.

Walt Disney

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

Ulysses S. Grant

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their execution.

Ayn Rand

Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Pearl S. Buck

Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Epictetus

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Horace Mann

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

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.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.

Billie Jean King

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

Thomas More

Ask a woman's advice, and whatever she advises, Do the very reverse and you're sure to be wise.

Victor Hugo

A library implies an act of faith.

Arthur Ashe

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.

Ayn Rand

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Omar Khayyam

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.

Horace Mann

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.

Douglas MacArthur

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

Thomas Hobbes

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them, but they are the money of fools.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Socrates

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.

Walt Whitman

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?

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.

James Russell Lowell

True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

James Madison

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Francis Bacon

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.

Blaise Pascal

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.

John Dryden

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

William Arthur Ward

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.

Napoleon Bonaparte

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

Charlie Chaplin

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.

Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Helen Keller

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Aristotle

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.

Walt Whitman

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

William Butler Yeats

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

Samuel Johnson

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

Elbert Hubbard

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

Henry David Thoreau

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

William Blake

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

Chanakya

The rain water enlivens all living beings of the earth both movable (insects, animals, humans, etc.) and immovable (plants, trees, etc.), and then returns to the ocean it value multiplied a million fold.

John Dryden

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.

Hillaire Belloc

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

Alexander Hamilton

In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

John Lennon

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

Nicole Kidman

I'd like to be wise. You have to go through a lot to get there, but I'm willing to go through a lot.

Thomas Hobbes

Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.

Sun Tzu

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.

Epicurus

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.

Brian Tracy

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.

Nelson Mandela

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Gloria Steinem

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Martin Luther

If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old.

Joseph Campbell

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.

Epicurus

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.

Anatole France

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it.

William Makepeace Thackeray

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.

Helen Rowland

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.

Andrew Jackson

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.

Michel de Montaigne

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.

Norman Vincent Peale

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

H. L. Mencken

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.

Plato

He was a wise man who invented beer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.

Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.

William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

Gautama Buddha

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Gautama Buddha

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.

The foolish man conceives the idea of 'self.' The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of 'self;' thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.

I know Elon, we're very like minded in many ways. We're not conceptual twins. One thing I want us to do is go to Mars, but for me it's one thing. He's singularly focused on that. I think motivation wise, for me I don't find that Plan B idea motivating. I don't want a plan B for Earth, I want Plan B to make sure Plan A works.

Life is a festival only to the wise.