Wisdom Quotes and Sayings

Wisdom quotes

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. ~Socrates (Plato’s Apology)

Anyone can become angry–that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way–this is not easy. ~Aristotle

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

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

Before God we are equally wise–and equally foolish. ~Albert Einstein

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. ~Chinese proverb

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. ~Albert Einstein

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. ~Confucius

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. ~Baltasar Gracian

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. ~Chinese proverb

Do not ask for fulfillment in all your life, but for patience to accept frustration.
Do not ask for perfection in all you do, but for the wisdom not to repeat mistakes.
Do not ask for more, before saying “Thank You” for what you have already received. ~Brenda Short

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. ~Benjamin Franklin

Fools get things mixed up and wise men straighten them out. ~Scottish proverb

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Cultivate the habit of attention and try to gain opportunities to hear wise men and women talk. Indifference and inattention are the two most dangerous monsters that your ever meet. Interest and attention will insure to you an education. ~Robert Millikan

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~Samuel Coleridge.

A wise man’s question contains half the answer. ~Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. ~Tryon Edwards

The heart is wiser than the intellect. ~Josiah Holland

In seeking Wisdom, the first state is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching. ~Rabbi Solomon Ibn Gabirol

It is so simple to be wise. Think of something stupid to say, and don’t say it. ~Sam Levenson

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. ~Charles Dickens