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67 Inspirational Wise Quotes (WORDS OF WISDOM)

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Top 14 Ancient Wisdom Quotes to Inspire You

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. - Confucius
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. – Confucius
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. - Seneca
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. – Seneca
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. - Plato
The greatest wealth is to live content with little. – Plato
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. - Marcus Aurelius
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. - Sun Tzu
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. – Sun Tzu
Happiness and freedom begin with one principle. Some things are within your control and some are not. - Epictetus
Happiness and freedom begin with one principle. Some things are within your control and some are not. – Epictetus
Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly. - Plutarch
Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly. – Plutarch
Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in few. - Pythagoras
Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in few. – Pythagoras
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind and has given up worrying once and for all. - Ovid
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind and has given up worrying once and for all. – Ovid
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. - Zen Proverb
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. – Zen Proverb
So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. - Jesus Christ
So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Jesus Christ

53 Motivational Wisdom Quotes About Love & Life

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. - Sandra Carey
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. – Sandra Carey
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. - Benjamin Franklin
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. – Benjamin Franklin
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. - Viktor Frankl
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. – Viktor Frankl
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela
Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined. - Henry David Thoreau
Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined. – Henry David Thoreau
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. - Mark Twain
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. - Friedrich Nietzsche
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. - Albert Einstein
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. – Albert Einstein
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. - Vince Lombardi
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. – Vince Lombardi
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. - Barack Obama
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – Barack Obama
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. - Benjamin Disraeli
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. – Benjamin Disraeli
Live simply so others may simply live. - Mother Teresa
Live simply so others may simply live. – Mother Teresa
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. - Winston Churchill
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. – Winston Churchill
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. - Steve Jobs
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute. - Zig Ziglar
Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute. – Zig Ziglar
It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things. - Angela Duckworth
It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things. – Angela Duckworth
He who wants a rose must respect her thorn. - Andre Gide
He who wants a rose must respect her thorn. – Andre Gide
All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. - Robin Sharma
All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. – Robin Sharma
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
I know that if things were going to improve, I was the one responsible for making it happen. - James Clear
I know that if things were going to improve, I was the one responsible for making it happen. – James Clear
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. - Brene Brown
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. – Brene Brown
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. - Leo Buscaglia
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. - Leo Tolstoy
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. - Napoleon Hill
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. - Wayne Dyer
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne Dyer
It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. - Keanu Reeves
It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. – Keanu Reeves
I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind. - Kobe Bryant
I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind. – Kobe Bryant
In most aspects of life, try to find the thing you can go all in on with compound interest. - Naval Ravikant
In most aspects of life, try to find the thing you can go all in on with compound interest. – Naval Ravikant
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there no longer any ‘if’ or ‘but’. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there no longer any ‘if’ or ‘but’. – Napoleon Bonaparte
Life goes by very fast. And the worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, and have no energy and creativity in. - Robert Greene
Life goes by very fast. And the worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, and have no energy and creativity in. – Robert Greene
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ - Muhammad Ali
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali
The more we learn, the more we discover how much we do not know. - Yoda
The more we learn, the more we discover how much we do not know. – Yoda
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this. - Homer
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this. – Homer
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. – Eleanor Roosevelt
You've heard that it's wise to learn from experience, but it is wiser to learn from the experience of others. - Rick Warren
You’ve heard that it’s wise to learn from experience, but it is wiser to learn from the experience of others. – Rick Warren
Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard
Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. - Dalai Lama
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. – Dalai Lama
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. - Ron Wild
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. – Ron Wild
You can never plan the future by the past. - Edmund Burke
You can never plan the future by the past. – Edmund Burke
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. - Aristotle
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle
Don't waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. - Paulo Coelho
Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. – Paulo Coelho
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. - Paulo Coelho
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. – Paulo Coelho
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. - John D. Rockefeller
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. – John D. Rockefeller
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. - Immanuel Kant
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. – Immanuel Kant
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. - C.S. Lewis
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. – C.S. Lewis
Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally. - Hillary Clinton
Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally. – Hillary Clinton
Turn your wounds into wisdom. - Oprah Winfrey
Turn your wounds into wisdom. – Oprah Winfrey

Conclusion

We think in words. We speak in words. Words directly influence the way our brain are wired. And what our brain thinks ultimately determines the quality and outcome of our lives.

Therefore, it is wise that we feed our brain some of the most inspiring words of wisdom so we can increase the quality of our lives and positively impact people in our day-to-day living.

It is said that wisdom is for more valuable than intelligence because being wise means knowing why you do what you do whereas intelligence serves you in how you do.

Knowing how is important but understanding why is incredibly more powerful. We all understand the power of why. If our whys are strong enough, we can bear almost any how.

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