80 Wisdom Quotes

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

80 Wisdom Quotes

Wisdom is the ability to use one's experiences and the things we know in order to make good judgements and decisions. Each success and each failure become a learning tool to improve and make yourself even wiser. It not only comes with age, but also with experience. 


Read and feel inspired by these Wisdom Quotes

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

Chinese Proverb

2"When our imperfect judgments are aggregated in the right way, our collective intelligence is often excellent."

James Surowiecki

3"To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living."

Henri Frederic Amiel

4"The only thing we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom."

Leo Tolstoy

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

Oliver Wendall Holmes

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

Zen Proverb

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

George Bernard Shaw

8“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.”

Charles Spurgeon

9“It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

Henry David Thoreau

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

Albert Einstein

11“When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.”

Thomas A Kempis

12“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

Bertrand Russell

13“Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.”

Anthony Douglas Williams

14"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

15"Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar."

William Wordsworth

16"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

17"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."


18“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

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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


21“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


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


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

Albert Einstein

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

Fran Lebowitz

25“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

Oprah Winfrey

26“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


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

Paulo Coelho

28“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

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

30“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

31"One head cannot hold all wisdom."


32"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

Greek Proverb

33"Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers."

Alfred Lord Tennyson

34“The door to wisdom is knowing yourself.”


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


36"Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions."

Eckhart Tolle

37"The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue."

Ivan Panin

38"An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half."

Evan Esar

39"Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread."

Austin O'Malley

40"Wisdom is the daughter of experience."

Leonardo Da Vinci

41"Wisdom is a treasure, the key whereof is never lost."

Edward Counsel

42"Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error."

Charles Caleb Colton

43"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."

Doug Larson

44"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: The music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

Walter Lippmann

45"Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools."

Wellins Calcott

46"Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul."

Edward Counsel

47“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

48“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

William James

49“Cleverness is not wisdom.”


50“Wise men make more opportunities than they find.”

Francis Bacon

51“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.”

Cat Cora

52“True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.”

Kiana Tom

53“Wisdom begins at the end.”

Daniel Webster

54“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”

Alexandre Dumas

55“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

Thomas J. Watson

56“Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.”


57“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”

Elbert Hubbard

58“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

Theodore Roosevelt

59"Memory is the mother of all wisdom."


60"To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom."

Bertrand Russel

61"Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more."

William Cowper

62"Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen."

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

63"Great is the number of those who might attain true wisdom if they did not already think themselves wise."

Eliza Cook

64"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer."

Bruce Lee

65"Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs."

Leo Tolstoy

66"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."

Anton Chekhov

67"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

Henry David Thoreau

68"The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle."

Norman MacDonald

69"Wisdom is a safe ship; and we may trust ourselves to it in all weathers."

Edward Counsel

70"True wisdom is knowing what you don't know."


71"Wisdom never comes to those who believe they have nothing left to learn."

Charles De Lint

72"There are many gates to the house of wisdom."

Edward Counsel

73"Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation."

Hosea Ballou

74"When Reason died, then Wisdom was born."

Sri Aurobindo

75“Angry people are not always wise.”

Jane Austen

76"To display courage without wisdom is like firing a rifle blindfolded."

Wil Williams

77"Wisdom consists, not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass."


78"A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy."

Sir William Temple

79"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees."

William Blake

80“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

Thomas Paine