Wisdom Quotes

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

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

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
Katharine Graham

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Robert Frost

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Francis Bacon

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

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

Cleverness is not wisdom.
Euripides

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
John Muir

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

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn

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


Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
Thomas B. Macaulay

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

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

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

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
James Huneker

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
Mary Wilson Little

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

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

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.
Josh Billings

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

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.
Lord Salisbury

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

If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.
Sidney Lanier

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

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.
Lord Chesterfield

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

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

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
William Ralph Inge

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
Harold S. Geneen

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

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

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

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


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