100 Enlightening Quotes About Wisdom & Life Lessons

When we are young and naive, little do we honor experience and wisdom. It is only after we ourselves reach a certain age do we realize how much meaning and sensibility the words of those much older than we are holds. From the time we are little, we are told stories of wise old men and women, but what exactly is wisdom and how does one acquire it? Simply put, wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. Often confused with knowledge, wisdom is a far wider term. A person needs to possess more than just knowledge to be considered truly wise.

As a popular saying goes, knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living. The more we live, the more we learn from our experiences. Wisdom doesn’t come easy to anyone! All the wise people we know have been through great struggles and have overcome immense challenges to emerge with the wisdom they now possess. This collection of quotes about wisdom will enlighten you and provide you with the wisdom of several learned persons from the ancient times to the modern era—all at one place.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

- This is My Story, Eleanor Roosevelt

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

- Mark Twain

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

- Maurice Switzer

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

- As You Like It, William Shakespeare

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.

- The Intern, Jess C. Scott

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

- Socrates

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

- Aristotle

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

- Isaac Asimov

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

- John Lennon

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

- Mark Twain

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.

- Langston Hughes

May you live every day of your life.

- Jonathan Swift

Never laugh at live dragons.

- J.R.R. Tolkien

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.

- Abigail Van Buren

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

- Metaphysics, Aristotle

If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.

- Monsters Under Your Head, Chad Sugg

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

- Oprah Winfrey

Think before you speak. Read before you think.

- The Fran Lebowitz Reader, Fran Lebowitz

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

- Albert Einstein

The unexamined life is not worth living.

- Socrates

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

- Foundation, Isaac Asimov

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

Angry people are not always wise.

- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.

- Elbert Hubbard

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

- A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr.

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

- The Kreutzer Sonata, Leo Tolstoy

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

- Albert Einstein

There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

- The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

- Colette

I'm not young enough to know everything.

- The Admirable Crichton, J.M. Barrie

The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.

- Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.

- Bob Marley

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

- Truman Capote

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens

- Jimi Hendrix

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

- Albert Einstein

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.

- Kahlil Gibran

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

- Albert Einstein

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection

- Gautama Buddha

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

- Joseph Campbell

The past has no power over the present moment.

- Eckhart Tolle

Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.

- Paulo Coelho

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

- Rumi

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

- Masnavi i Man'avi, Rumi

The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.

- A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America, Thomas Paine

Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.

- The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.

- The Fifth Mountain, Paulo Coelho

Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy

- Ludwig van Beethoven

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.

- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.

- Maya Angelou

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.

- Bruce Lee

You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

- A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

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

- H.L. Mencken

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

- Abraham Lincoln

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.

- Thomas Jefferson

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

- The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Oscar Wilde

Time is a game played beautifully by children.

- Fragments, Heraclitus

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.

- The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

I ask not for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within.

- Louisa May Alcott

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.

- Rumi

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.

- In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950, George Orwell

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

- Theodore Roosevelt

Wise? No, I simply learned to think.

- Eldest, Christopher Paolini

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?

- Brian Tracy

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

- Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

Don't sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there's nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.

- Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Richard Bach

Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

- The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!

- Robert T. Kiyosaki

Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.

- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

- The Art of Worldly Wisdom, Baltasar Gracián

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Lost Time is never found again.

- Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin

Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.

- Book of a Thousand Days, Shannon Hale

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

- Alfred Tennyson

I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.

- Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

Don't go looking for boys in the dark They will say pretty things then leave you with scars. Do go looking for boys in the park For that is where the true gentlemen are.

- The Luxe, Anna Godbersen

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

- Gautama Buddha

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

- Niels Bohr

Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.

- Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.

- Ludwig van Beethoven

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

- Ernest Hemingway

It is strange how often a heart must be broken Before the years can make it wise.

- The Collected Poems, Sara Teasdale

Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it...Don't allow his anger to become your anger.

- Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Bohdi Sanders

We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged

- Heinrich Heine

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Hard Times, Charles Dickens

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

- Steve Jobs

It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.

- Brian Tracy

The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.

- Confucius

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