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Wise Sayings

May you find great value in the wisdom of these wise sayings about life and living.

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

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If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead


 

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
- The Buddha

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

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

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

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

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

For the wise man looks into space
and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

A wise and frugal government,
which shall leave men free to regulate
their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth
of labor and the bread it has earned -
this is the sum of good government.
- Thomas Jefferson

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

Laws are sand, customs are rock.
Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped,
but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
The penalty may be unfair, unrighteous, illogical, and a cruelty;
no matter, it will be inflicted, just the same.
Certainly, then, there can be but one wise thing
for a visiting stranger to do -
find out what the country's customs are,
and refrain from offending against them.
- Mark Twain

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wiser Quotes and Sayings

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
- Ludwig Boerne

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world
doesn't mean you are wiser
than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

I do not think much of a man who is
not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Abraham Lincoln

The whole problem with the world is that
fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell

We are wiser than we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisest Quotes and Sayings

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy,
and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Wisely Quotes and Sayings

The secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
nor to worry about the future,
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- The Buddha

Yesterday is a canceled check;
tomorrow is a
promissory note;
today is the only cash you have;
so spend it wisely.
- Kay Lyons

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
only after they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

Wisdom Quotes and Sayings

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our stories are the window to our emotions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
- Charlotte Bronte

Your inner thoughts reveal your true nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Worry is rust upon the blade.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche


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