Wisdom - Quotes & Sayings

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ellen Glasgow

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Bob Marley

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

Nelson Mandela

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


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.


Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

Phil Jackson

Silence is true wisdom's best reply.


Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Saint Augustine

Wisdom begins in wonder.


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

John Wooden

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

Lao Tzu

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

Walt Disney

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

Elizabeth Kenny

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Will Rogers

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Sigmund Freud

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

Henry Ford

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


Honesty is the best policy.

Benjamin Franklin

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.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

Og Mandino

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

Walter Scott

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Lao Tzu

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

H. L. Mencken

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.

Christopher Reeve

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

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

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

Thomas Paine

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

John C. Maxwell

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

Rabindranath Tagore

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

Lewis Carroll

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

Anton Chekhov

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

Ayn Rand

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

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

Benjamin Franklin

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon

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

Omar N. Bradley

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

Jim Elliot

Be as you wish to seem.


Commitment is an act, not a word.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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.


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

Lucille Ball

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

Robert H. Schuller