There are many different ways to be wise. Some people are born with an innate wisdom, while others have to learn it through experience. Life is full of challenges and roadblocks, but if you have wisdom, you’ll be able to overcome anything. Here are 130 wise quotes to help you on your journey to becoming a wise person. These quotes come from a variety of sources, including philosophers, religious texts, and famous authors.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke

“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” —John D. Rockefeller

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” —C. S. Lewis

“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

Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” —Robert Frost

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”  ― Gautama Buddha

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron

“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

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” — Dalai Lama

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

 “He that respects himself is safe from others.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” – Albert Einstein

“In simple manners all the secret lies. Be kind and virtuous, you’ll be blest and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I not only use all the brains that I have but all that I can borrow.” – Woodrow Wilson

“We never have more than we can bear. The present hour we are always able to endure.” – H. E. Manning

 “Which way you choose to see your life in the future depends on your attitude today.” – Amy E. Dean

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump

“Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.” – Maxime Lagacé

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – St. Augustine

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Happiness and freedom begin with one principle. Some things are within your control and some are not.” – Epictetus

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”– Henry Ford

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”– Henry Ford

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

“Advantages never come free. You have to create it the way you want it!”― Ashish Patel

“True beauty is measured by the number of pearls within you, not those around your neck.”― Suzy Kassem

“The wisest men follow their own direction.”― Euripides

“No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don’t have.”― Michael Bassey Johnson

“Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable reading about in the newspaper the next day.”― Joel Osteen

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

“The choice to make good choices is the best choice you can choose. Fail to make that choice and on most choices you will lose.”― Ryan Lilly

“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”― Karl Lagerfeld

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”― J.K. Rowling

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“A wise person says well what he or she thinks, but is wary of himself or herself and what he or she says.”― Lamine Pearlheart

 “If you do not have control over your mouth, you will not have control over your future.”― Germany Kent

“Wake up to realities! Real life is all about real things!”― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

 “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”– Richard Branson

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”– Abraham Lincoln

“When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.”— Blaise Pascal

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” – Thomas J. Watson

“Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love.” – Maxime Lagacé

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.” – Lord Chesterfield

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke

 “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall

“If we manage ego wisely, we get the upside it delivers followed by strong returns.” – Dave Marcum

“Each of us experiences defeats in life. We can transform defeat into victory if we learn from life’s whippings.” – Les Brown

“Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – Andre Gide

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

 “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

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

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Wise men make more opportunities than they find.” – Francis Bacon

“A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” – Latin Proverb

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice “—Anton Chekhov

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” —Immanuel Kant

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”—Marcus Garvey

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” —Confucius

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”—B. B. King

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” ― Charles Dickens

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ”― Immanuel Kant

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”― Francis of Assisi

“The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.”― Shakti Gawain

“Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.” ― Anthony Douglas Williams

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”― Marilyn vos Savant

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

“The only thing we can know is that we know nothing – and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.”― Leo Tolstoy

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” ― Alexandra K. Trenfor

“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.” ― Henri Frederic Amiel

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ― Dalai Lama

“Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them.”― Gabriel Marcel

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”― Peace Pilgrim

“Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.” ― Laurence Sterne

“Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.” ― Ron Wild

“Nothing is impossible for those who act after wise counsel and careful thought.” ― Thiruvalluvar

“When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.”― Thomas a Kempis

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be  careful.” ― John Wooden

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Theodore Isaac Rubin


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