Wise quotes help you learn from others not only of this generation but also going back in time. There is an old saying that a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. Wisdom comes to a human through years of experience.
Great men and women have left words of wisdom for everyone to make this world a better place to live, yet it often requires that you trudge your own path to find your own wisdom. This is perhaps because, despite all the wisdom of this world in the works of great men and women, no one could ever define the purpose of life. It is something that you will have to discover for yourself.
Here are some of the most beautiful wise quotes that can help you in your journey to guide your life and discover its purpose. These are the words of great people who made a huge difference to others and their own lives.
Best Wise Quotes
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.
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
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.
Good Wise Quotes and Proverbs
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat forever.
Plan your life as you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.
Money buys everything but good sense.
All I know is that I do not know anything
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Inspirational Wise Quotes
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.
John C. Maxwell
You can never plan the future by the past.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear almost anyhow.
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Lost time is never found again.
Benjamin Franklin – see other Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
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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.
Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
When what you hear and what you see don’t match, trust your eyes.
My philosophy is it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Life is a constant process of dying.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis
No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.
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.
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Intelligent Quotes and Reflections
You can do anything, but not everything.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
In bad things be slow; in good things be fast.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Notable Wise Quotes
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
There are three constants in life…change, choice, and principles.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
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Inspiring Wise Quotes
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
C. S. Lewis
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Be wise today so you don’t cry tomorrow.
He that respects himself is safe from others.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
One should speak little with others and much with oneself.
He who flees at the right time can fight again.
Marcus Terentius Varro
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
A crown’s no cure for a headache.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
The economy is the wealth of the poor and the wisdom of the rich.
Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have.
— Liz Olson
Liz is a poet and writer who lives in Minneapolis.
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