23 Timeless Quotes About Wisdom

1. If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, don’t drag your feet. – Arnot L. Sheppard

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2. We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. – Henry Ward Beecher

3. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

4. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain

5. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

6. The less you talk, the more you’re listened to. – Abigail Van Buren

7. Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. –  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.? – Aristotle

9. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.? – Isaac Asimov

10. May you live every day of your life.? – Jonathan Swift

11. Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one we have. – Alain

12. A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. – Moliere

13. It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. – Elizabeth Kenny

14. Think before you speak. Read before you think.? – Fran Lebowitz

15. Turn your wounds into wisdom.? – Oprah Winfrey

16. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

17. Great achievements involve great risk!

18. The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.? – Abigail Van Buren

19. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something – Plato

20. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. – Matsuo Basho

21. It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of Wisdom to listen. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

22. A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. – Herb Caen

23. The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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