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Wise Old Sayings and Quotes: Introduction. Welcome to Wise Old Sayings, one of the oldest collections of wise quotes, proverbs and sayings gathered from all.

1Having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgement.

  1. 1.1Sensible or prudent.
    ‘it would be wise to discuss the matter with the chairman’
    • ‘He added: ‘There are times when a prudent silence is wise.’’
    • ‘It was a wise concession to Russian sensibilities.’
    • ‘We have to do this in a very smart, wise, sensible way.’
    • ‘This is a wise and prudent course, but it will be politically difficult to achieve.’
    • ‘In a dangerous world, wise leadership requires a prudent anticipation of untoward events and preparations to prevent them or mitigate their effects.’
    • ‘Through sensible saving and wise investment choices, I have some money that I'll be willing to advance you in the form of plane tickets.’
    • ‘Other times, she was calmer and seemed almost wise, sensible, and compassionate to their plight.’
    • ‘They had to be as tough as nails to get that job done, as well as wise and prudent - if not downright practical.’
    • ‘Given his overwhelming majority, this is a wise and sensible move designed to promote unity.’
    • ‘That's a wise tactic for a politician who's likely to set his sights on another public job.’
    • ‘A compassionate, wise, sensible man who always craves another adventure.’
    • ‘If that does not indicate wise and sensible stewardship, I do not know what does.’
    • ‘A wise teacher was discussing life with a young student one day.’
    • ‘Seriously, this is really more character assassination and it's disturbing to see wise and intelligent people discussing this in these terms.’
    • ‘Bruce has often sounded astute before, but rarely has he sounded so wise.’
    • ‘He's a wise sage, a joker, a politico, an eccentric artist, a culture buff and a visionary rolled into one.’
    • ‘Even if you can't meet the target the World Health Organisation recommends - five servings of fruit and vegetables a day - moving in that direction is a wise strategy.’
    • ‘This is both constitutionally mandated and politically wise.’
    • ‘Still, its ideal is a judicial system which dispenses objective, appropriate, rational, and wise justice.’
    • ‘They say you're not supposed to say it, it's not politically wise.’
  2. 1.2Having knowledge in a specified subject.
    ‘he is wise in the ways of haute couture’
    • ‘Is pine conversion economically wise in the long run - the real long run?’
    • ‘Be wise in your handling of this precious knowledge; its secrecy is imperative.’
    • ‘My friend had worked in ‘the Industry’ and was wise in the ways of Hollywood.’
    • ‘May they be wise in the paths they choose to follow.’
    • ‘Now, it may not be always the case that a commander in chief has served or that it was necessary that they served to be wise in the deployment of the military.’
    • ‘We also have to be wise in where we choose to attack.’
    • ‘He had been wise in his career choices, guided by his sprawling but close-knit family and his pugnacious agent.’
    • ‘My mother told me my grandmother was wise in ways lots of so-called educated people were not.’
    • ‘As manufacturers know all too well, gun magazine editors are wise in all things concerning how to make guns - they always have lots of suggestions.’
    • ‘Pro football fans evidently are wise in their television-viewing ways.’
    • ‘You know that we are weak, but you are wise in seeing our strengths.’
    • ‘Don't be in a hurry in purchasing replacement parts, be wise in choosing the parts you are going to use in your Ford car or truck.’
    • ‘However, I fear these men are too wise in the ways of War to permit that.’
    • ‘A man who was wise in policy, valiant in action and distinctive in leadership.’
    • ‘Also, some missionaries have not always been wise in their methods, even inducing people to come to church for needed material help.’
    • ‘She was wise in some ways, foolish in others, strong and yet weak, stubborn and yet compliant.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, though he was wise in certain matters, he seemed to blind to other matters.’
    • ‘They are a genuinely friendly people, full of interest in the outside world and consummately wise in the ways of the desert.’
    • ‘A feudal prince must be wise in controlling the nobles and keeping the people content.’
    • ‘Its theme is expectation, and it shows an artist infinitely wise in the ways of horses.’
  3. 1.3wise toinformal Aware of, especially so as to know how to act.
    ‘fortunately I was already wise to the approach used in this scam’
    • ‘Burglars rarely took stolen gear back to their homes, were wise to police interviewing techniques and rarely left evidence at the scene of their crimes, Mr Blowers said.’
    • ‘On April 10, the forestry police finally became wise to the situation and raided the restaurant, arresting the owner and 20 employees.’
    aware of, familiar with, acquainted with, cognizant of
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‘she seems kind and wise’
‘a wise precaution’
  • ‘There, with a bit of good advice and wise judgement, you'll eat some of the most fascinating and memorable food you could ever hope to experience at a fraction of the price.’
  • ‘Both are now doing the tour of duty around company boardrooms as non-executive directors, lending a bit of experience here and a wise word there.’
  • ‘I know because I was 18 and keeping a diary of my experiences, wise thoughts and bad poetry.’
  • ‘Half of them did not have enough data about side effects to allow people to make wise decisions if they experience one.’
  • ‘Howard is old, boring and stuffy… or wise, experienced and reliable, depending on your viewpoint.’
  • ‘This is a wise precaution before trying anything you feel uncomfortable with.’
  • ‘But, although we undoubtedly assume that one becomes wise through experiences of life and death, this process is not a matter of course.’
  • ‘She was so worldly and wise, and experienced in the world of theater and beyond, and in the short time I'd known her, she sort of took me under her wing as a mother would.’
  • ‘Not all of them were as experienced or as wise as they made themselves out to be, but it was a learning experience, certainly.’
  • ‘His eyes were gray, and piercing, and were perceived as wise, and experienced.’
  • ‘Allow some leeway on return times since trips often take longer than expected, but having someone ready to call for help if your group is overdue is a wise precaution.’
  • ‘The dive boat had a recompression chamber on board, too, which I thought might be a wise precaution!’
  • ‘It was one of the few things we could really get deep about and I loved to hear his wise and experienced opinion on the subject.’
  • ‘I think they are very wise in regards to experience with our intelligence.’
  • ‘It would not be wise to reveal his knowledge to these people.’
  • ‘An increasing number of wise consumers are shunning the shop-rage experience for a simpler, calmer and efficient alternative.’
  • ‘With that experience under her belt, she should be wise enough to do herself full justice tomorrow.’
  • ‘It's wise to begin experimenting early with these different preventive techniques.’
  • ‘David agreed to be interviewed by Ron and was delighted to listen to the wise words of someone with so much experience in the game.’
  • ‘Some of the more advanced moves take longer to master, but this was a wise design decision since it rewards more experienced players.’
sage, sagacious, intelligent, clever, learned, showing great knowledge, with great knowledge, knowledgeable, informed, enlightened
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English, these 19 motivational quotes to help you get motivated to learn English. Starting early with your learning will mean that you have time to deal with.

Wisdom Quotes

in the wise words of meaning

We are all here to live, but our individual missions aren’t always the same. Some are explorers, searching for adventure in all that they do. Others choose to build a life of service through innovation and creativity. There is truly no shortage of destinies, roles or dreams to fill; we’re a planet of healers, givers, teachers… the list goes on and on.

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The meaning of it all, including why we’re here, is truly based on your perspective, but these 15 wise quotes are a good place to start building your philosophy—your own meaning of life.

1. “The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” ―Joseph Campbell

2. “Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have—and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life.” ―Philip Appleman

3. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ―The Dalai Lama

4. “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” ―Anais Nin

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

6. “The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” ―Arnold Schwarzenegger

7. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” ―Whoopi Goldberg

8. “Life is meant to be fun, and joyous and fulfilling. May each of yours be that.” ―Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

9. “The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with truth.” ―Eliza Farnham

10. “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” ―George Bernard Shaw

11. “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” ―Pablo Casals

12. “The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it.” ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13. “It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” ―Hermann Hesse

14. “Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.” ―Seneca

15. “Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

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65 Wise Sayings About Life To Expand Your Understanding

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When you’re down on motivation, it’s a great idea to get some advice from an expert. We don’t always have experts on hand, though. If that’s the case and you need some advice to help you get motivated to learn English, turn to some of the greatest thinkers of the past with these 19 quotes to help you get motivated to learn English.

1. The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be a fluent speaker of English in the future, you need to make it happen.

2. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S.Lewis

Many people say it’s easier to learn a language when you are young but there are advantages to learning a language when you are older.

3. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Gandhi

Enjoy living in the moment but remember that learning English will prepare you for the future.

4. Learning is not a spectator sport. – D. Blocher

If you want to master English, get involved and practise as much as possible.

5. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison

Learning any language is hard work so prepare well, put in the hours and you will achieve your goals.

6. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Starting early with your learning will mean that you have time to deal with things in small steps. Even a large goal is more approachable if you break it down into smaller ones and just get started.

7. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

Reading is not just important for acquiring knowledge, it will help you build your vocabulary and range in English, too.

8. Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back. – Chinese Proverb

In a world where everyone else is learning, if you don’t take your learning seriously you will fall behind.

9. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

Like the Lao Tzu quote earlier, this one is a great way to help you stop procrastinating. Anything you can do right away will help you get ahead with your goal of leaning a language.

10. If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

Walt Disney was well known as a man who made dreams come true, and you can, too. It just takes plenty of hard work.

11. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

Learning a skill such as a new language can take a long time. If you feel like your progress is slow, bear in mind these wise words from Confucius. The important thing is to keep going and you will get there in the end.

12. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

Earlier in the year, we shared some tips on how to plan your studies for the coming year. Planning is important when you are learning a language so don’t be afraid to put some time into it.

13. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Making mistakes is a natural part of the language learning process. The key is to learn from these mistakes. Don’t be afraid to try out new things in English but always remember to reflect on them and decide what was successful and what you need to keep working on.

14. Language is “the infinite use of finite means.” – Wilhelm von Humboldt

Remember, it is possible to communicate big ideas with relatively limited language. Don’t feel like you need perfect English before you can go out and have interesting conversations with other people.

15. Is it not enjoyable to learn and practise what you learn? – Confucius

Using your English skills is fun. Make time just to enjoy speaking English.

16. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

More wise words on reading here. Reading will also help you improve your English writing by introducing you to new, interesting sentence structures.

17. To have another language is to possess a second soul. – Charlemagne

Learning a new language gives you the chance to be a different person if you want to. Make the most of that chance.

18. Language is wine upon the lips. – Virginia Woolf

When you are learning a language, remember to slow down and enjoy the process. The language itself is often as enjoyable as the end goal.

19. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Very sensible advice. Now it’s time for you to get involved.

Which of the quotes was your favourite? Share it on with your friends and inspire them to improve their English, too!

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Wil is a writer, teacher, learning technologist and keen language learner. He’s taught English in classrooms and online for nearly 10 years, trained teachers in using classroom and web technology, and written e-learning materials for several major websites. He speaks four languages and is currently looking for another one to start learning.

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19 motivational quotes to keep you learning English

in the wise words of meaning

Idioms are common to most, if not all, languages. Often, they share meanings with idioms in other languages, yet every place has its own funny phrases to express universal sentiments and experiences. Japan is no exception. Countless idioms have become staples of everyday conversation, and though they may sound strange to American ears at first, many of them sound just as cool translated into English. Here are 30 Japanese idioms we should all start using.

1. 自業自得

Translation: “One’s act, one’s profit”

Meaning: Similar to “you reap what you sow.” Everyone eventually faces the consequences of their actions.

2. 十人十色

Translation: “Ten men, ten colors”

Meaning: Similar to “different strokes for different folks.” People have different tastes and preferences — and that’s okay.

3. 起死回生

Translation: “Wake from death and return to life”

Meaning: To take a bad or desperate situation and turn it into a successful one.

4. 我田引水

Translation: “Pulling water to my own rice paddy”

Meaning: To do or say things for your own benefit.

5. 悪因悪果

Translation: “Evil cause, evil effect”

Meaning: Another iteration of “you reap what you sow.” This one is a tad more specific and almost suggests a karmic outcome.

6. 見ぬが花

Translation: “Not seeing is a flower.”

Meaning: In Japan, flowers can be used to represent imagination, beauty, and sometimes politeness. In this case, the idiom means, “Reality cannot compete with imagination.”

7. 弱肉強食

Translation: “The weak are meat; the strong eat.”

Meaning: This one’s pretty straightforward, meaning something like “survival of the fittest.” Bonus points because it rhymes.

8. 海千山千

Translation: “Ocean thousand, mountain thousand”

Meaning: A reference to the sly old fox, someone who’s seen everything and can therefore handle any situation, usually through cunning.

9. 酔生夢死

Translation: “Drunken life, dreamy death”

Meaning: To dream your life away or have your head in the clouds. To spend all your time daydreaming without accomplishing anything.

10. 一期一会

Translation: “One life, one encounter”

Meaning: Every encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Sometimes used as a reminder to cherish every moment because you’ll only experience it once.

11. 異体同心

Translation: “Different body, same mind”

Meaning: Refers to kindred spirits or like-minded people, somewhat similar to calling someone a “brother from another mother.”

12. 羊頭狗肉

Translation: “Sheep head, dog meat”

Meaning: False advertising, similar to the phrase “crying wine and selling vinegar,” only the Japanese idiom paints a more graphic picture.

13. 会者定離

Translation: “Meeting person always separated”

Meaning: Perhaps the most Confucius-esque idiom of the bunch, this one simply means that every meeting must end in a parting.

14. 美人薄命

Translation: “Beautiful person, thin life”

Meaning: More superstition than anything else, this one really means that a “beautiful woman is destined to die young” but is more analogous to “beauty fades.”

15. 自業自得

Translation: “Work of self, obtainment of self”

Meaning: Similar to “you get what you give,” only the Japanese version sounds way more fulfilling.

Other idiomatic phrases that relate to English idioms or proverbs

16. 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず。

Translation: “If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.”

Meaning: You can’t achieve anything without taking risks, or “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

17. 猿も木から落ちる。

Translation: “Even monkeys fall from trees.”

Meaning: A considerably more hilarious way to say, “Everybody makes mistakes.”

18. 蓼食う虫も好き好き

Translation: “There are even bugs that eat knotweed.”

Meaning: A roundabout way of saying, “There’s no accounting for taste” or “to each his own.” Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s worst invasive species.

19. 蛙の子は蛙。

Translation: “Child of a frog is a frog.”

Meaning: “Like father, like son.”

20. 覆水盆に帰らず。

Translation: “Spilt water will not return to the tray.”

Meaning: A way of saying, “No use crying over spilled milk,” only water fittingly seems like way less of a significant loss than milk.

21. 知らぬが仏

Translation: “Not knowing is Buddha.”

Meaning: A more mystical way of saying “Ignorance is bliss.” Bust this one out on the beach or at a party, trust me.

22. 猫に小判

Translation: “Gold coins to a cat.”

Meaning: Same as “pearls before swine,” meaning to give a gift to someone who can’t appreciate it.

Other idiomatic phrases that don’t relate to anything in English

23. 井の中の蛙大海を知らず。

Translation: “A frog in a well does not know the great sea.”

Meaning: People make judgments based on their own limited experiences with no knowledge of the world outside of those experiences.

24. 二兎を追う者は一兎をも得ず。

Translation: “One who chases after two hares won’t catch even one.”

Meaning: If you try to do two things at once, you will fail at both. Or, in the words of Ron Swanson, “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

25. 門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。

Translation: “An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught.”

Meaning: Like saying, “People are a product of their environment.”

26. 七転び八起き

Translation: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

Meaning: This one rolls “if at first you don’t succeed” and “perseverance is better than defeat” into one idiom.

27. 案ずるより産むが易し。

Translation: “Giving birth to a baby is easier than worrying about it.”

Meaning: Stressing out about something is usually worse than the thing you’re stressing out about. And it certainly doesn’t help.

28. 馬鹿は死ななきゃ治らない。

Translation: “Unless an idiot dies, he won’t be cured.”

Meaning: A harsh way of saying, “Only death will cure a fool.” Or maybe, “You can’t fix stupid.”

29. 秋茄子は嫁に食わすな。

Translation: “Don’t let your daughter-in-law eat your autumn eggplants.”

Meaning: Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of.

30. 花より団子

Translation: “Dumplings rather than flowers.”

Meaning: This one is used to refer to someone who prefers substance over style, a practical person. There’s that use of “flower” again.

A version of this article was previously published on May 18, 2014 by Alex Scola, and was updated on October 1, 2019 by Alex Bresler.

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