458 Fascinating Wisdom Quotes From The Best Minds (Ever)

Here are 458 of the best words of wisdom I could find. When I tried to sum them up, I came up with this: slow down, and keep going. What is your summary?

Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. Witold Gombrowicz

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

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself. Michel de Montaigne

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Zhuangzi

Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio

A symptom of wisdom is curiosity. The evidence is calmness and perseverance. The causes are experimentation and understanding. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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The Best Wisdom Quotes

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. Thomas Moore

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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 travelling 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

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Inspirational And Motivational Wisdom Quotes

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He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

Short Wisdom Quotes

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Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. Alfred North Whitehead

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson

One principle eliminates a thousand decisions. Johnny Uzan

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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 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

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles

Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. Victor Hugo

The wise are those who know the Self. Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Uplifting, Beautiful And Encouraging Words Of Wisdom

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The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension. Ezra Pound

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. George Eliot

Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things. Heraclitus

Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying. Johannes Tauler

True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba

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

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost

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Funny Words Of Wisdom That Will Make You Smile

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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. Aeschylus

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France

Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France

The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb. Drew Curtis

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. E. E. Cummings

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. Erma Bombeck

I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom. John Barrymore

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

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. Menander

He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato

I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing. Neil Gaiman (On Twitter)

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. Rabindranath Tagore

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. Samuel Johnson

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. William Butler Yeats

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. William Osler

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Quotes Against!? Wisdom

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I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France

The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom. Ed Miliband

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell

All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. Johann Georg Hamann

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven

Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. Swami Sivananda

Deep, Profound And Zen Wisdom Quotes

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I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. Terry Pratchett

The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world. Democritus

If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens. Edward de Bono

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. Ernest Hemingway

The animal acts and does not reflect. The indecisive man reflects and does not act. The average man reflects after he acts. The wise man reflects before he acts. The Stoic Emperor

Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire. Bhagavad Gita

Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. Bhagavad Gita

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

The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought. Edward Young

The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true. Lactantius

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. Dakota (Native American saying)

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester. Francis Quarles

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Marcus Tullius Cicero

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R. Tolkien

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. Franz Grillparzer

Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target… which others cannot even see. Arthur Schopenhauer

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. Gabriel Marcel

Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Leo Tolstoy

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher

It’s wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. J. R. R. Tolkien

We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. Michel de Montaigne

The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable. Rabindranath Tagore

We can’t really digest food unless there’s hunger. So we can’t really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it. Radhanath Swami

Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance. William Blake

If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. Walter Benjamin

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

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

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it. William Faulkner

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. George Eliot

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