No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story



“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, Mrs. Goose, Her Book



William Shakespeare

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

― William Shakespeare, As You Like It



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

― Mark Twain



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

― Jess C. Scott, The Intern




“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

― Aristotle




“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

― Socrates


“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



“Hold fast to dreams,

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.”

― Langston Hughes



“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




“May you live every day of your life.”

― Jonathan Swift




“Never laugh at live dragons.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien



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

― Aristotle, Metaphysics



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

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist



“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.

” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”

― Alexandre Dumas


“If you’re reading this…

Congratulations, you’re alive.

If that’s not something to smile about,

then I don’t know what is.”

― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head



“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

― Albert Einstein




“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


We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility. Albert Einstein


Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. Dan Brown


The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost


If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. Toni Morrison


Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway. Robert Downey Jr


Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus. Naval Ravikant


The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats


It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn Click to tweet


Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. John C. Maxwell


Great things never came from comfort zones. Neil Strauss


I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. Sylvia Plath


When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath


If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Thomas Jefferson


There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway


Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness. Robert Greene


You are the person you have been waiting for. Joe Dispenza


If you’re willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later. Naval Ravikant


Extreme people get extreme results. Sam Altman


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne


The easiest way to change the world is to change yourself. Maxime Lagacé


Take your time, play the long game, embrace the boring, the difficulties, the uncomfortable. This is how it will happen. Maxime Lagacé


Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac


Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli


Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius


Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci


Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin


Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix Click to tweet


To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu


Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Hermann Hesse


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


There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes


Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. Leonard Nimoy Click to tweet


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau Click to tweet


Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait. Leo Tolstoy


A lot of wisdom is just realizing the long-term consequences of your actions. The longer term you’re willing to look, the wiser you’re going to seem to everybody around you. Naval Ravikant


A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. Pythagoras


A weak reaction is to rush things. A strong reaction is to go slow and steady. Maxime Lagacé


Never say no twice if you mean it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust


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


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. Kahlil Gibran


A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. David Elton Trueblood


The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore De Balzac


He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. Mark Twain


Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory? Martin Farquhar Tupper


Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu


The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. Michel de Montaigne


Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson Click to tweet


The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates


Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. Thomas Moore (This is one of my favorite wisdom quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)


What Is Wisdom?


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Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise. Paul Engle


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins


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


The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. Epictetus


Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. Walt Whitman


Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by traveling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles


Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions. Gerald Brenan


Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles


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.


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


“The older you get, the more quiet you become. Life humbles you so deeply as you age. You realize how much nonsense you’ve waste time on.” Anonymous



“Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom say another.” Edmund Burke


“Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.” Anonymous


“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” Oliver Wendall Holmes


“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.” Anonymous


“It is said that wisdom lies not in seeing things, but seeing through things.” Manly P. Hall

“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” Zen Proverb


“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon


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


“The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.” Ivan Panin


“Honesty is the first book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” Saint Augustine


“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” George Bernard Shaw


“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.” Anonymous


“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix


“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.” Anonymous

“Wisdom is knowledge that is guided by understanding; we have to have the wisdom and the knowledge to understand why certain things happen in our lives and trust that God will lead us over any obstacles that comes in our way.” Anonymous


“It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” Henry David Thoreau


“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles”


“A wise owl sat on an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren’t we like the wise old bird?” Charles M Schulz


“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.” Charles Spurgeon


“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” Socrates


“Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.” Anonymous


“If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.” Holly Near


“Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.” Debbie Ford


“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Albert Einstein

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey


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


“Let your actions demonstrate your wisdom.” ATGW


“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” Bertrand Russell


“The door to wisdom is knowing yourself.” Anonymous



Stronger by weakness, wiser men become. Edmund Waller


Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way. George Crabbe


Reality – Dreams = Animal Being. Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache (usually called Idealism). Reality + Humor = Realism (also called Conservatism). Dreams – Humor = Fanaticism. Dreams + Humor = Fantasy. Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom. Lin Yutang


Do now what your future you will thank you for. Maxime Lagacé


Fast thinking looks cool but it’s deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking. The Ancient Sage


Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. Horace


He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace Click to tweet


Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason. Hal Borland


Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Do what you will, withdraw to the mountains, sit in a forest, you cannot live in isolation. You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action. Right action comes in understanding relationship, which reveals the process of oneself. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, it is a field of affection, warmth, and love, therefore a field rich with flowers. Jiddu Krishnamurti


First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone. No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values. No one can lead you to wisdom. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness. Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind’s limits. That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one’s own mind and heart. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of wisdom. Havelock Ellis


Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. Herbert Hoover


If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near


The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen


One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go. Jane Fonda


Seek wisdom along with knowledge. Knowledge is words. Wisdom is silent. Knowledge is understanding what is seen. Wisdom is knowing what is not seen. Without knowledge, one could not play the violin. Without wisdom, one could not play the music. Thibaut


We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring. Alicia Keys


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


The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities. Louise L. Hay


True wisdom is remembering that in the end, no matter what, everything will be fine. Maxime Lagacé


Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. Oprah Winfrey


Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey


Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Peter Guber


Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch


There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment. Shakti Gawain


Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do. Sri Sathya Sai Baba Click to tweet


If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. William Blake


Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. Alfred North Whitehead Click to tweet


Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson


One principle eliminates a thousand decisions. Johnny Uzan


Don’t even try to become, just be.


Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster


Wise it is to comprehend the whole. Edward Young


Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana


Wisdom never lies. Homer


Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio


Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. Josh Billings


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal


The wisest of the wise may err. Aeschylus


Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. Kay Redfield Jamison


Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth. Keith Miller


No man was ever wise by chance. Seneca


It is wiser to find out than to suppose. Mark Twain


Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being. Orison Swett Marden


Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey


Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato


Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. Plautus


Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates


The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Solomon Ibn Gabirol


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

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Alexandre Dumas

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.

” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”

― Alexandre Dumas

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Chad Sugg

“If you’re reading this…

Congratulations, you’re alive.

If that’s not something to smile about,

then I don’t know what is.”

― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

tags: alive, congratulations, hope, humanity, inspiration, inspirational, inspire, life, poetry, smile, wisdom




Albert Einstein

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

― Albert Einstein


“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


“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

― Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader


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

― Isaac Asimov, Foundation


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

― Oprah Winfrey


“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

― Socrates


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

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“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.”

― Confucious


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

― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear


“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.”

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


“Angry people are not always wise.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice




“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.”

― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls



Martin Luther King Jr.

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

― Martin Luther King Jr.,



Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom. Dalai Lama




When looking for wise words, the best ones often come from our elders. Catherine Pulsifer




You’ve heard that it’s wise to learn from experience, but it is wiser to learn from the experience of others. Rick Warren




Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. Hermann Hesse

Letting Go




But what I’ve discovered over time is that some of the wisest people I know have also been some of the most broken people. James Prescott, Mosaic of Grace




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





To make difficult decisions wisely, it helps to have a systematic process for assessing each choice and its consequences – the potential impact on each aspect of your life. Stedman Graham, You Can Make It Happen Every Day




Each of us experiences defeats in life. We can transform defeat into victory if we learn from life’s whuppings


A crown’s no cure for a headache.


A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.


A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.


A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.


All’s well that ends well.


Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.


Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.


Economy is the wealth of the poor and the wisdom of the rich.


Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.


Everything in moderation.


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat forever.


Chinese Proverb


He that respects himself is safe from others.


He who flees at the right time can fight again.


He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.


Health is better than wealth.


In bad things be slow; in good things be fast.


Just because something is common sense doesn’t mean it’s common practice.


Justice is truth in action.


Life is a journey, not a destination.


Life is what you make it.


Live and let live.


Lost time is never found again.


Money buys everything but good sense.


Nothing is impossible to the willing mind.


Books of the Han Dynasty




One head cannot hold all wisdom.


One should speak little with others and much with oneself.



Plan your life at New Year’s, your day at dawn.





Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.

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