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Motivational Wise Quotes

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

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The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

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

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


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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

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


 

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

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

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

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

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

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

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

It is noted that a stopped clock is correct twice each day.
In a similar manner, a person who is unchanging appears wise occasionally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

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

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

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

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

It cannot be wisdom to assert the truth of one faith over another.
In our troubled world so full of contradictions,
the wise person makes justice his guide and learns from all.
- Akbar the Great (1542-1605)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are wiser than we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Life's real lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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