Wisdom Quotes (104) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions (the "passions") so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action.


Gratitude is a form of wisdom. It is patient, loving, hopeful, and rigorously honest. It denies nothing, and it overlooks nothing. It looks reality full in the face and says: This is true, this is me, this is my situation, and I have the opportunity to build from here. This is my starting point, and I will succeed!
~ Phil Humbert

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
~ Aristotle

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

Meditation brings wisdom – lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
~ Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
~ Buddha

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

Grief should be the instructor of the wise. Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most must mourn the deepest.
~ Lord Byron

Be afraid of nothing. You have within you all wisdom, all power, all strength, all understanding.
~ Eileen Caddy

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds most grow.
~ Rachel Carson

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
~ Confucius

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

To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is real wisdom.
~ Confucius

Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.
~ Will Durant

Trusting yourself is trusting the wisdom that created you.
~ Wayne Dyer

We judge a man’s wisdom by his hope.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
~ Anatole France

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

How bright and transparent the moonlight of wisdom.
~ Hakuin

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
~ Robert A. Heinlein

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
~ Jimi Hendrix

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

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, virtue is doing it.
~ David Star Jordan

Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
~ Lao Tzu

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

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
~ Charlie Parker

Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.
~ Wilferd Peterson

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
~ Plato

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

A fool wonders, the wise man wanders.
~ Susan Rea

Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating – the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to – you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide.
~ Sogyal Rinpoche

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
~ Bertrand Russell

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
~ Saint Augustine

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
~ William Saroyan

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
~ Socrates

Wisdom begins with wonder. Be as you wish to seem.
~ Socrates

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.
~ Mark Twain

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
~ Mark Twain

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
~ Marilyn vos Savant

When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.
~ Marianne Williamson

Follow your instincts. That is where true wisdom manifests itself.
~ Oprah Winfrey

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
~ Aristotle

“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

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“When you know better you do better.”
~ Maya Angelou

“He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
~ Alexander Hamilton

“The past has no power over the present moment.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

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

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
~  Socrates

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
~ Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.”
~ William Edgar Stafford

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

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”
~ Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”
~ Confucius

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.”
~ Richard Bach, Illusions

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”
~ Alfred Tennyson

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else. Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
~  Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”
~ Anthony Robbins

“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

“Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”
~ C.G. Jung

“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”
~ Leo Babauta

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

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
~ Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.
(translated by Brooks Haxton)”
~  Heraclitus, Fragments

“If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.”
~ Brian Tracy

“A desire not to butt into other people's business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

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

“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

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”
~ Horace

“When you make a choice, you change the future.”
~ Deepak Chopra

“To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
~ Marilyn Vos Savant

“One way to define wisdom is the ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present. That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like.”
~ Andy Andrews, The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective.

“The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.”
~ Zhuangzi

“To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To know you are ignorant is the beginning of wisdom.”
~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

“The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one's own follies.”
~ Madeleine De Souvre Sable

“You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”
~ Andrew Davidson

Perhaps wisdom is simply a matter of waiting, and healing a question of time. And anything good you've ever been given is yours forever.
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
~ George Eliot

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.”
~ Brian Rathbone, Regent

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards.”
~ Stuart Connelly

“Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.”
~ Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept.”
~ Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

“Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“You must become the producer, director and actor in the unfolding story of your life.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature.”
~ Mortimer Jerome Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

“The secret, or innermost, level of wisdom is pure intuition, clarity, lucidity, innate wakefulness, presence, and recognition of reality. This transcendental wisdom is within all of us—it just needs to be discovered and developed, unfolded and actualized.”
~ Surya Das

“Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

“We must not only obtain Wisdom: we must enjoy her.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Selected Works

“There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human knowing and thinking. Wisdom is fortified, not destroyed, by understanding its limitations. Ignorance does not make a fool as surely as self-deception.”

~ Mortimer Jerome Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Bestselling Guide to Reading Books and Accessing Information

“ When you love you give meaning to this world. ”
~ Sorin Cerin

“I came to set fire to the earth. And I am watchful that the fire grow.
May the fire of love grow in our hearts.
May the fire of transformation glow in our movements.
May the fire of purification burn away our sins.
May the fire of justice guide our steps.
May the fire of wisdom illuminate our paths.
May the fire that spreads over the Earth never be extinguished.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“The source of wisdom and power, of love and beauty, is within ourselves, but not within our egos. It is within our consciousness. Indeed, its presence provides us with a conscious contrast which enables us to speak of the ego as if it were something different and apart: it is the true Self whereas the ego is only an illusion of the mind.”
~ Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

“Compassion for others is a mark of wisdom.”
~ Tadahiko Nagao

“Only wise men look for new wisdom.”
~ Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Be first the master of yourself”
~ Balthasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

“Man will never reach the higher wisdom,
If he can't yet accept the pain of change.”
~ Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Every life has a destiny... the trick is to discover it before then end of your life. Otherwise, you will have too many regrets.”
~ Kevin J. Anderson, A Forest of Stars

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