Best Wisdom Quotes About Life

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A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

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.

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

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

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

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

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.

Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

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

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.

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.

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.

Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn’t cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older.

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

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers.

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.

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

If you want to go east, don’t go west.

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

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

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.

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.

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

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

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

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

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

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

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.

I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time, and wisdom transcends time.

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

America’s freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.

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

The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah.

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

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

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

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

With age comes common sense and wisdom.

We learn from each other. We learn from others’ mistakes, from their experience, their wisdom. It makes it easier for us to come to better decisions in our own lives.

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

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

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

Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues – of my comrades in the movement – who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me.

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

Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.

The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.

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

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

Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

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

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.

Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.

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

None knows the weight of another’s burden.

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

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

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.

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

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

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.

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

Champions invariably have fervent philosophical beliefs. Philosophy, in its simplest terms, means ‘the love of wisdom.’

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.

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

As you walk in God’s divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life.

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.

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

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

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.

There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

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

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

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

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

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

We all grow up. Hopefully, we get wiser. Age brings wisdom, and fatherhood changes one’s life completely.

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.

Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut, that held its ground.

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.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

When in doubt, don’t.

After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork.

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

Every silver lining has a cloud.

They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.

We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

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

To know one’s self is wisdom, but not to know one’s neighbors is genius.

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

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

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Never cut what you can untie.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

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.

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.

Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.

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

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

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

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

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.

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

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

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.

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

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.

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

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

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

Consider this point. It is a main point of true wisdom. Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent.

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.

Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.

An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.

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

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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

Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.

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

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.

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

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted. It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for, and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions. Because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

People usually compare the computer to the head of the human being. I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom. And data is the knowledge.

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

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.

Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

You can only learn so much from books. You can only learn so much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God that will carry you through in the toughest situations of life.

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

Commitment is an act, not a word.

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.

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

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

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don’t get wise, but you don’t get wise unless you age.

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.

To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

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

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.

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

If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.

Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.

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

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.

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

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

It is better to rust out than wear out.

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

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.

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

The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.

Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.

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

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

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

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

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

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.

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.

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

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

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

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

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

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

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

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

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

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

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

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

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.

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

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

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

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

Lion sounds that have not grown from the mouse may exude naked power… but cannot convey any wisdom or understanding… The initial steps on the path to courageous speech then are the first tentative steps into the parts of us that cannot speak.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.

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

No man was ever wise by chance.

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.

Honesty is the best policy.

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

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

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

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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

Start wide, expand further, and never look back.

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.

I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.

Appearances are often deceiving.

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

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

Leave no stone unturned.

To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

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

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

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!

What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that’s how I approached the part.

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.

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

Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.

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

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

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.

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

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.

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

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

No one wants advice – only corroboration.

First appearance deceives many.

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

When you’re young, you wonder what all these old people are droning on about, trying to impart their wisdom. It’s not relevant to you because being young is such a specific thing. Thank God for that. Thank God for the young people who go out and demonstrate against rampant capitalism or whatever.

Be as you wish to seem.

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

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

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

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.

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.

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

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

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

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

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.

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

Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.

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

What has history said of eminence without honor, wealth without wisdom, power and possessions without principle? The answer is reiterated in the overthrow of the mightiest empires of ancient times. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome! The four successive, universal powers of the past. What and where are they?

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, ‘Let’s make a wish on a star,’ there’s one thing I wish for: wisdom.

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

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

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

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

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.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

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

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.


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