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Top inspirational wisdom quotes

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Aldous Huxley

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.

— Audrey Hepburn

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

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

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

— Socrates

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

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

— Nelson Mandela

Wisdom begins in wonder.

— Socrates

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

— Lucille Ball

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.

— Khalil Gibran

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Henry David Thoreau

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

— Jim Rohn

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

— William Arthur Ward

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

— Vince Lombardi

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Albert Einstein

Beware of false knowledge it is more dangerous than ignorance.

— George Bernard Shaw

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

— Confucius

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

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

— Phil Jackson

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

— John F. Kennedy

Silence is a source of great strength.

— Lao Tzu

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

— Khalil Gibran

Honesty is the best policy.

— Benjamin Franklin

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

— Abraham Maslow

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

— Katharine Graham

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

— Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

— Lao Tzu

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

— Henry Ward Beecher

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

— George Bernard Shaw

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

— Elbert Hubbard

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

— Confucius

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

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

— John Muir

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

— Ben Hogan

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

— Henry Ford

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

— Socrates

We can’t command our love, but we can our actions.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Herb Caen

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

— Benjamin Franklin

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.

— Plato

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

— Benjamin Franklin

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

— William James

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.

— Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

— Oprah Winfrey

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

— Publilius Syrus

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

— Robert Frost

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

— Benjamin Franklin

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

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.

— Khalil Gibran

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

— Archimedes

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

— Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

— Doug Larson

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

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.

— Vince Lombardi

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

— George S. Patton

The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.

— Abigail Van Buren

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

— John Muir

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

— Elizabeth Kenny

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

— Henry Ward Beecher

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

— Charles Dickens

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

— Jim Carrey

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

— John Wooden

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

— Saint Augustine

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Ayn Rand

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never let a fool kiss you, or a kiss fool you.

— Joey Adams

Cleverness is not wisdom.

— Euripides

If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

— Leo Buscaglia

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

— Lord Byron

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

— Arthur Conan Doyle

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.

— Akhenaton

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

— Dan Rather

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

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is impossible to love and to be wise.

— Francis Bacon

Wisdom is found only in truth.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is the highest wisdom that I own freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

— Bertrand Russell

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

— H. L. Mencken

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.

— William James

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

— Anton Chekhov

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

— Epictetus

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

— William Blake

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

— Walter Lippmann

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

— Alan Kay

I didn’t get where I am today by worryin’ about how I’d feel tomorrow.

— Ron White

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

— Daniel J. Boorstin

Man is only great when he acts from passion.

— Benjamin Disraeli

No man was ever wise by chance.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

— Francis Bacon

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

— Aesop

It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.

— Logan P. Smith

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

— Anton Chekhov

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

— Baltasar Gracian

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

— Arthur Helps

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

— Jean Paul

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

— Horace

If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.

— Mason Cooley

Wisdom is a sacred communion.

— Victor Hugo

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

— Og Mandino

In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

You have to find out what’s right for you, so it’s trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.

— Teri Garr

You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements.

— Denis Waitley

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

— George Santayana

Start wide, expand further, and never look back.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

— Josh Billings

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself.

— W. Clement Stone

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.

— Joseph Smith, Jr.

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

— Horace

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

— Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

— Hermann Hesse

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

— Tom Wilson

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

— Aeschylus

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

— Francis Bacon

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

— John Burroughs

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

— Robert H. Schuller

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

— James Huneker

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.

— Tobias Smollett

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

— Sophocles

Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.

— Alexander Pope

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

— Sophocles

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

— William Cowper

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

— Josh Billings

Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.

— Tom Hopkins

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

— Doug Larson

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

— Edgar R. Fiedler

When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.

— Morihei Ueshiba

Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.

— Aeschylus

Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.

— Alan Kay

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange – my youth.

— Sara Teasdale

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.

— Jean Paul

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

— Sidney Lanier

Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.

— Alfred Austin

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

— Richard Whately

What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.

— Shinichi Suzuki

Every silver lining has a cloud.

— Mary Kay Ash

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

You can’t sweep other people off their feet, if you can’t be swept off your own.

— Clarence Day

The difference between chirping out of turn and a faux pas depends on what kind of a bar you’re in.

— Wilson Mizner

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.

— William Penn

Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.

— John D. Rockefeller

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

— David Herbert Lawrence

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn’t have it, to fear and suspect the worst.

— Desiderius Erasmus

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

— Jane Wyman

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.

— Harold S. Geneen

Wise kings generally have wise counselors and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.

— Diogenes

The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.

— William Gibson

Wisdom begins at the end.

— Daniel Webster

Wisdom is knowing what to do next virtue is doing it.

— David Starr Jordan

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

— William Ralph Inge

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

— Phil Jackson

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

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

— Walter Benjamin

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

— Juvenal

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.

— Dean Inge

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.

— Sidney Lanier

You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

— Ethel Barrymore

Man’s wisdom is his best friend folly his worst enemy.

— William Temple

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

— Evelyn Underhill

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

— Thomas B. Macaulay

The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.

— Torquato Tasso

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.

— John Cheever

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.

— Buddha

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.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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

— Khalil Gibran

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.

— Buddha

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

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

— Albert Einstein

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.

— Khalil Gibran

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

— Charles Dickens

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

— Socrates

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

— Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

— Jimi Hendrix

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

— Thomas Jefferson

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

— John F. Kennedy

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.

— Thomas Jefferson

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

— Francis Bacon

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

— Ludwig van Beethoven

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.

— Socrates

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.

— Aeschylus

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

— Benjamin Franklin

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

— Confucius

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

— Khalil Gibran

Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

— Confucius

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Most of these inspirational wisdom quotes’ meanings are straight forward and easy to understand probably due to their simplicity or nature of their authors, and other inspirational wisdom quotes may sound like parables or proverbs which might be difficult to understand their meanings. When you come across difficult inspirational wisdom quotes, Please read the quote more than once or repeatedly until you get the meaning.

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