Words of Wisdom Quotes That Enrich Everyday Life

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Wisdom is the distilled knowledge that is created through experience and insight. It is not something only the educated have. Mankind's ancestors left behind a treasure trove of wisdom in the form of scriptures, folklore, and proverbs. Their wise words guide people through the meandering path of life through the legends, folk tales, and sayings that get passed from one generation to another.

These words of wisdom can help guide your life. Read them once, and you will find them interesting. Read them again, and you will perceive their depth.

Sir Winston Churchill

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

Khalil Gibran

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle."

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."

"​Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof."

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Dalai Lama

"When you lose, don't lose the lesson."

Berthold Auerbach

"Years teach us more than books."

A. Maude Royden

"Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal."

Mark Twain

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."


"Decide who you must be, then do what you must do."


"What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now."

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

"We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them."

Thich Nhat Hanh

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."

William James

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

Albert Einstein

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice."


"Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness."

"What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others."

"Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star."

Henry David Thoreau

"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it."

Kurt Vonnegut

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

Ruth Stafford Peale

"Find a need and fill it."

Sun Tzu

"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."

Jimi Hendrix

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."

Chinese Proverb

"The longer the explanation, the bigger the lie."