Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wisdom quotes, wisdom sayings, and wisdom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.      

Chinese Proverb

Justice is truth in action.      

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.      

Virgin Islander (on friendship)

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

Chinese Proverb

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.      

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.      


Lost time is never found again.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others.      

Tibetan (on wisdom)

One should speak little with others and much with oneself.      

Danish (on the conduct of life)

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.      

Chinese (on wisdom)

Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.      

unknown, courtesy of Bryan Sullivan

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

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.      

Lord John Russell (1792-1878)

A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.      

Iranian (on wisdom)

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.      

American (on proverbs)

Economy is the wealth of the poor and the wisdom of the rich.      

French (on thrift)

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.      

Korean (on common sense)

He that respects himself is safe from others.      

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

He who flees at the right time can fight again.      

Marcus Trentius Varro (c.116-27 BC)

A crown's no cure for a headache.      

English (on basic truths)

Life is a journey, not a destination.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money buys everything but good sense.

Yiddish (on money)

In bad things be slow; in good things be fast.      

Afghan (on time and timeliness

Just because something is common sense doesn't mean it's common practice.      


Nothing is impossible to the willing mind.      

Books of the Han Dynasty

One head cannot hold all wisdom.      

Maasai(East African)(on wisdom)

Plan your life at New Year's, your day at dawn.      

Japanese (on planning)

Proverbs are the daughters of experience.      

Sierra Leone

Wisdom is to live in the present, plan for the future and profit from the past.