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Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo Click to tweet
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte Click to tweet
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant Click to tweet
Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. Witold Gombrowicz Click to tweet
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein Click to tweet
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson Click to tweet
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca Click to tweet
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself. Michel de Montaigne Click to tweet
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon Click to tweet
Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck Click to tweet
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The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix Click to tweet
To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu
Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Hermann Hesse
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy
There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. Leonard Nimoy Click to tweet
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau Click to tweet
Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait. Leo Tolstoy
A lot of wisdom is just realizing the long-term consequences of your actions. The longer term you’re willing to look, the wiser you’re going to seem to everybody around you. Naval Ravikant
A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. Pythagoras
A weak reaction is to rush things. A strong reaction is to go slow and steady. Maxime Lagacé
Never say no twice if you mean it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Kahlil Gibran
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. David Elton Trueblood
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore De Balzac
He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. Mark Twain
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory? Martin Farquhar Tupper
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. Michel de Montaigne
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson Click to tweet
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. Thomas Moore (This is one of my favorite wisdom quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
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Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise. Paul Engle Click to tweet
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. Epictetus
Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. Walt Whitman
Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles
Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions. Gerald Brenan
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles Click to tweet
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He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become. Edmund Waller
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way. George Crabbe
Reality – Dreams = Animal Being. Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache (usually called Idealism). Reality + Humor = Realism (also called Conservatism). Dreams – Humor = Fanaticism. Dreams + Humor = Fantasy. Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom. Lin Yutang
Do now what your future you will thank you for. Maxime Lagacé
Fast thinking looks cool but it’s deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking. The Ancient Sage
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. Horace
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace Click to tweet
Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason. Hal Borland
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Do what you will, withdraw to the mountains, sit in a forest, you cannot live in isolation. You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action. Right action comes in understanding relationship, which reveals the process of oneself. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, it is a field of affection, warmth, and love, therefore a field rich with flowers. Jiddu Krishnamurti
First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone. No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values. No one can lead you to wisdom. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness. Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind’s limits. That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one’s own mind and heart. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of wisdom. Havelock Ellis
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. Herbert Hoover
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go. Jane Fonda
Seek wisdom along with knowledge. Knowledge is words. Wisdom is silent. Knowledge is understanding what is seen. Wisdom is knowing what is not seen. Without knowledge, one could not play the violin. Without wisdom, one could not play the music. Thibaut
We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring. Alicia Keys
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. Kahlil Gibran
The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities. Louise L. Hay
True wisdom is remembering that in the end, no matter what, everything will be fine. Maxime Lagacé
Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. Oprah Winfrey
Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey
Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Peter Guber
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch
There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment. Shakti Gawain
Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do. Sri Sathya Sai Baba Click to tweet
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. William Blake
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Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. Alfred North Whitehead Click to tweet
Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson
One principle eliminates a thousand decisions. Johnny Uzan
Don’t even try to become, just be. (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)
Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster
Wise it is to comprehend the whole. Edward Young
Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana
Wisdom never lies. Homer
Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio
Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. Josh Billings
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
The wisest of the wise may err. Aeschylus Click to tweet
Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. Kay Redfield Jamison
Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth. Keith Miller
No man was ever wise by chance. Seneca
It is wiser to find out than to suppose. Mark Twain
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being. Orison Swett Marden
Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey
Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato
Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. Plautus
Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates
The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles Click to tweet
The wise are those who know the Self. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. Victor Hugo
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Zhuangzi
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The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension. Ezra Pound
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. Francois de La Rochefoucauld Click to tweet
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. George Eliot
Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things. Heraclitus
Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying. Johannes Tauler
True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom Click to tweet
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost
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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. Aeschylus Click to tweet
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France
Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg Click to tweet
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. Charles Caleb Colton
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. Doug Larson
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France
The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb. Drew Curtis
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. E. E. Cummings
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. Erma Bombeck
I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom. John Barrymore
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool. Lord Chesterfield
It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. Menander
He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato
I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing. Neil Gaiman (On Twitter)
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. Rabindranath Tagore
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. Samuel Johnson
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. William Butler Yeats Click to tweet
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. William Osler
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I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France Click to tweet
The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom. Ed Miliband
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. Johann Georg Hamann
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven Click to tweet
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. Swami Sivananda
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I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Click to tweet
To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. Terry Pratchett
The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world. Democritus
If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens. Edward de Bono
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. Ernest Hemingway
The animal acts and does not reflect. The indecisive man reflects and does not act. The average man reflects after he acts. The wise man reflects before he acts. The Stoic Emperor
Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire. Bhagavad Gita
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. Bhagavad Gita
It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi
The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought. Edward Young
The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true. Lactantius
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. Dakota (Native American saying)
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester. Francis Quarles
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R. Tolkien
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. Franz Grillparzer Click to tweet
Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target… which others cannot even see. Arthur Schopenhauer
Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. Gabriel Marcel
Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Leo Tolstoy
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher
It’s wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. J. R. R. Tolkien
We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. Michel de Montaigne
The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable. Rabindranath Tagore
We can’t really digest food unless there’s hunger. So we can’t really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it. Radhanath Swami
Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance. William Blake
If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. Walter Benjamin
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it. William Faulkner
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. George Eliot
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Who is wise in love, love most, say least. Alfred Lord Tennyson Click to tweet
Life is about execution rather than purpose. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living. Anthony Douglas Wiliams
There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived. Amy Grant
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life. Aristophanes
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. Arnold Palmer
You can’t be wise and in love at the same time. Bob Dylan
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi Click to tweet
There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens
If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit. Charles Stanley
Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not something you do just to advance in life. Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. As a corollary to that proposition which is very important, it means that you are hooked for lifetime learning. And without lifetime learning, you people are not going to do very well. You are not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you learn after you leave here. Charlie Munger
The good and the wise lead quiet lives. Euripides
It is necessary to take what is common as our guide; however, though this logic is universal, the many live as if each individual has his own private wisdom. Heraclitus
Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own. Heraclitus
Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose. Herbie Hancock
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore De Balzac
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. Josh Billings
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Kahlil Gibran
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color. Seneca
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying. Norman Douglas
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. Samuel Johnson
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. Samuel Smiles
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. Samuel Smiles
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The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind. Ella Wheeler Wilcox Click to tweet
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton
The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss. Edward Young
No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides. Baruch Spinoza
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. Epicurus
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. Reinhold Niebuhr
Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom. Sophocles
The wise are cheerful and content with their lot in life. Sri Sathya Sai Baba Click to tweet
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal. Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into – and an acceptance of – things. Tina Turner
Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them. That is the wisdom of life. W. Somerset Maugham
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Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet
Complexity is enemy of execution. Tony Robbins
People don’t need more stuff, they need more wisdom. Maxime Lagacé
The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd. Kevin Barnett
Fools ignore complexity. Geniuses remove it. Alan Perlis
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind. Albert Einstein
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton Click to tweet
It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. Amelia Barr
Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus. Ann Voskamp
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. Akhenaton
Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Isaac Newton
I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. Henry David Thoreau
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. Henry David Thoreau
As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. Henry David Thoreau
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding
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To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. Jose Bergamin Click to tweet
Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do. Charles Stanley
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King Jr
If we believe in a God at all, we must surely ascribe to him perfection of wisdom and perfection of goodness; we are then forced to conceive of Him – however strange it may sound to those who believe, not only without seeing but also without thinking – as without will, because He must always necessarily pursue the course which is wisest and best. Annie Besant
The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. Frederick William Robertson
God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion. Hermann Hesse
There is no such thing as human wisdom; all is the providence of God. John Adams
This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven. Joseph Barber Lightfoot
As you walk in God’s divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life. Joseph Prince
The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith Jr
The just man loves God for nothing, neither for this nor for that, and if God gave him wisdom or anything else he had to give, except himself, the just man would not look at it, nor would it be to his taste; for he wants nothing, seeks nothing, and has no reason for doing anything. Meister Eckhart
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
Your task is to build a better world, God said. I answered, How? This world is such a large, vast place, and there’s nothing I can do that seems to matter. But God in all His wisdom said, just build a better you.
The harder you ask for something, and work for it, the better your chances of getting it. The question is, are you working hard and asking for it? Maxime Lagacé
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A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. Aristophanes Click to tweet
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli
The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin
Learning happens at the edge of your ability. Endurance builds at the edge of your stamina. Breakthrough comes at the edge of your patience. Anything worthwhile is found on the edge. Johnny Uzan
Uncertainty is the root of all progress and all growth. We cannot learn anything without first not knowing something. Mark Manson
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell
The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan
Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. Bertrand Russell
Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. Bodhidharma
Wisdom is not words written in some book. Wisdom is a costly acquisition. It comes from personally paying the price for one’s actions. It is iterated learning from years of experience. The Ancient Sage
Wisdom is achieved by keeping an open mind and a closed mouth. Ignorance is exposed by having an open mouth and a closed mind. Jim Stovall
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. Milan Kundera
There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source. Brigham Young
Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next. Charles Simmons
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon
There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. Daniel Dae Kim
No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Erica Jong
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy. George Santayana
Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. George William Curtis
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. James Altucher
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. Heraclitus Click to tweet
You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom. Herbie Hancock
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace
When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more. Mayim Bialik
An educator is not merely a giver of information; he is one who points the way to wisdom, to truth. Truth is far more important than the teacher. The search for truth is religion, and truth is of no country, of no creed, it is not to be found in any temple, church or mosque. Without the search for truth, society soon decays. Jiddu Krishnamurti
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Kahlil Gibran
Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Laurence Sterne
If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. Nikki Giovanni Click to tweet
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle
A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments. Ezra Stiles
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. H. L. Mencken
I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done. Hillary Clinton
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. Jimmy Carter
History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom. Daisaku Ikeda
The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society. Daisaku Ikeda
What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do. Neil Strauss
We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. Joe Baca
I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. John F. Kennedy
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action. Louis D. Brandeis
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas JeffersonClick to tweet
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All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas Click to tweet
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. Augustine of Hippo
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. Elbert Hubbard
The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it. Esther Williams
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. Felix Frankfurter
Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains. Francis Quarles
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered. Graham Greene
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. Herb Caen Click to tweet
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. Herman Melville
No wise man ever wished to be younger. Jonathan Swift
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)
At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly. Mason Cooley
The wisdom of age: don’t stop walking. Mason Cooley
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. Miguel de Cervantes
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure. William Blake
The wise man does not grow old, but ripens. Victor Hugo
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Action should culminate in wisdom. Bhagavad Gita Click to tweet
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
Wisdom comes only through suffering. Aeschylus
He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus
When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you face. Robert Greene
Advice for nearly everything: start slowly and maintain traction. Michael
The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami
If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible. T. Harv Ecker
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance. Akhenaton
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men. Alphonse de Lamartine
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracian
Only in recent history has “working hard” signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth. Archimedes
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. Bill Clinton
Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom. Cat Cora
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. Charles Caleb Colton
I don’t think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life. Elizabeth Gilbert
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom. George Byron
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise. Homer
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go. Jean de La Fontaine
He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. J. R. R. Tolkien
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained. Joseph Roux
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. Lactantius
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The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life. Larry Ellison
In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. Lucille Ball
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. Seneca
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch
Wisdom thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten. Pythagoras
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. Roald Dahl Click to tweet
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. Roger Ascham
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. Winston Churchill
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Truth builds trust. Marilyn Suttle Click to tweet
A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions. Arthur Ashe
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller
Wisdom comes from experience, experience can be accelerated through short iterations. Naval Ravikant
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Malcolm X
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville Click to tweet
If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. Steve Jobs
You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. Sun Tzu
Done is better than perfect. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)
Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. Criss Jami
To build a great company, which is a CEO’s job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom. Carly Fiorina
Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction. Sam Walton (Wal-Mart)
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. E. O. Wilson
The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won’t work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom. Larry Ellison (Oracle)
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all. Malcolm Forbes
The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things. Dean Inge
If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully. Thomas Fuller
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Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. Erich Fromm Click to tweet
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. Henry David Thoreau
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all. Eleanor Roosevelt
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Henry David Thoreau
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson
Frugality includes all the other virtues. Cicero
Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley
Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value. Joe Biden
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus Click to tweet
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Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein Click to tweet
If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Albert Einstein
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. Albert Einstein
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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle Click to tweet
The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Aristotle
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle
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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius
Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius
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A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee Click to tweet
In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. Bruce Lee
I cannot teach you, only help you to explore yourself, nothing more. Bruce Lee
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Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha Click to tweet
The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. Buddha
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius Click to tweet
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius
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By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. Democritus Click to tweet
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. Democritus
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus
Men find happiness neither by means of the body nor through possessions, but through uprightness and wisdom. Democritus
Believe not everything, but only what is proven: the former is foolish, the latter the act of a sensible man. Fools are shaped by the gifts of chance, but those who understand these things, by the gifts of wisdom. Democritus
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions. Democritus
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The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. Desiderius Erasmus Click to tweet
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. Desiderius Erasmus
Prevention is better than cure. Desiderius Erasmus
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He who overreaches will, in his overreaching, lose what he possesses, betray what he has now. Euripides Click to tweet
Cleverness is not wisdom. Euripides
Experience, travel. These are an education in themselves. Euripides
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. Euripides
Knowledge is not wisdom: cleverness is not, not without awareness of our death, not without recalling just how brief our flare is. Euripides
Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise. Euripides
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To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche Click to tweet
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei Click to tweet
Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Galileo Galilei
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. Henry David Thoreau
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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Click to tweet
Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. King Solomon Click to tweet
A fool is wise in his eyes. King Solomon
Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. King Solomon
Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. King Solomon
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Here's a great collection of Chinese sayings and idioms with Chinese characters, pinyin pronunciation, and English translations and explanations, to help you learn and enjoy the Chinese language, while understanding Chinese people's attitudes, life, and values more deeply.
Chinese people have traditionally been good at drawing lessons from the ordinary things of life. Below are some of the most common wisdom sayings that give practical life advice.
The most time-honored and popular Chinese sayings present wisdom or a concept in short pithy idiom. Many have just four Chinese characters.
1. 不作不死。(Bù zuò bù sǐ. 'Not do not die.') — If you don't do stupid things you won't end up in tragedy.
This Chinese web saying is recorded in the Urban Dictionary. It's like: "Don't poke the bear."
2. 塞翁失马，焉知非福。(Sài Wēng shī mǎ, yān zhī fēi fú. 'Sai Weng [legendary old man's name] lost horse, how know not blessing'.) — Blessings come in disguise.
According to the book "Huainanzi — Lessons of the Human World", an old man living in a border region lost his horse and people came to comfort him. But he said, "This may be a blessing in disguise, who knows?" Indeed, the horse later returned to the man and brought him a better horse.
3. 小洞不补，大洞吃苦。(Xiǎodòng bù bǔ, dàdòng chī kǔ.'small hole not mend; big hole eat hardship') — If small holes aren't fixed, then big holes will bring hardship.
This proverb tells us that if a trivial problem is not solved in time, it will become a serious and knotty one. Similar to: "A stitch in time saves nine."
4. 水满则溢。(Shuǐmǎn zé yì. 'water full but overflows') — Water flows in only to flow out.
Similar to "what comes up must come down", this proverb points out that: things reverse when they reach their extremes. It's from the 18th century novel "A Dream of Red Mansions".
5. 读万卷书不如行万里路。 (Dú wànjuànshū bù rú xíng wànlǐlù. 'reading 10,000 books, not as good as walking 10,000 li road') — It's better to walk thousands of miles than to read thousands of books.
I.e. 'doing beats reading' or 'experience beats theory'.
6. 三个和尚没水喝。 (Sān gè héshàng méi shuǐ hē. 'three monks have no water to drink') — Too many cooks spoil the broth.
I.e. if too many people try to do something, like three monks trying to carry one bucket of water, they make a mess of it.
7. 一笑解千愁。 (Yī xiào jiě qiānchou. 'one smile undoes 1,000 worries') — A smile dispels many worries.
8. 笑一笑,十年少。 (Xiào yī xiào, shínián shào. 'laugh,ten years younger') — Happiness is the best cosmetic.
9. 美名胜过美貌。 (Měimíng shèng guò měimào. 'beautiful name beats beautiful looks') — A good name is better than a good face.
10. 不善始者不善终。 (Bú shànshǐzhě bù shànzhōng. 'not good starter not good end') — A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
11. 大处着眼，小处着手。(Dàchù zhuó yǎn, xiǎochù zhuó shǒu. 'big points apply eye; small points apply hand') — Keep the general goal in sight while tackling daily tasks.
This proverb advises us to always keep the overall situation in mind, and be far-sighted, while we set our hands to mundane business.
12. 一步一个脚印。 (Yībù yīgè jiǎoyìn. 'one step one footprint') — Every step makes a footprint.
Work steadily and make solid progress.
13. 一个萝卜一个坑儿。 (Yīgè luóbo yīgè kēngr. 'one turnip one hole') — Each has his own task, and nobody is dispensable.
I.e. "each to his own", "horses for courses", or "every kettle has its lid".
14. 留得青山在，不怕没柴烧。 (Liú dé qīngshān zài, búpà méi chái shāo. 'remain green hills present, not fear no firewood burn') — While there are green hills, there'll be wood to burn.
I.e. "Where there is life, there is hope."
15. 一鸟在手胜过双鸟在林。 (Yī niǎo zài shǒu shèng guò shuāng niǎo zài lín 'one bird in hand beats pair birds in forest') — A bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush.
16. 人无完人，金无足赤。(Rén wú wánrén, jīn wú zúchì. 'man lackperfect man; gold lack enoughred') — No man is a perfect man; no gold is sufficiently bare.
It is as impossible to find a perfect man as it is to find 100 percent pure gold.I.e. "no-one's perfect".
17. 千军易得, 一将难求。 (Qiānjūn yìdé, yī jiang nánqiú. 'thousand army easy obtain; one general hard request') — It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.
This proverb notes the difficulty of finding an outstanding leader.
18. 宰相肚里好撑船。 (Zǎixiànɡ dùlǐ hǎo chēnɡchuán. 'prime minister stomach inside good-to pole boat') — A prime minister's mind should be broad enough for poling a boat.
This can be used to praise someone a magnanimous person. The saying is from the novel "Officialdom Unmasked" (官场现形记) by Li Baojia (李宝嘉1867–1906)
19. 难得糊涂。 (Nándé hútu. 'hard get confusion') — Ignorance is bliss.
Or: "Where ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise."
20. 祸从口出。 (Huò cóng kǒu chū. 'disaster from mouth exits') — Disaster comes from careless talk.
21. 三人一条心，黄土变成金。(Sānrén yìtiáoxīn, huángtǔ biàn chéng jīn. 'three people one heart; yellow earth become gold') — If people are of one heart, even loess can become gold.
This proverb tells us that as long as people are unified, any goal can be achieved.
22. 身正不怕影子斜。(Shēnzhèng búpà yǐngzi xié. 'body straight not fear shadow slanting') — One who stands straight doesn't fear a crooked shadow.
Similar to: "A straight foot is not afraid of a crooked shoe." i.e. A righteous man is not afraid to seem unrighteous.
23. 有借有还，再借不难。(Yǒu jiè yǒu huán, zài jiè bùnán. Have loan have repayment; again loan not hard.) — Timely return of a loan makes it easier to borrow a second time.
24. 蜡烛照亮别人，却毁灭了自己。 (Làzhú zhàoliàng biérén, què huǐmiè le zìjǐ. 'candle illuminates others, yet destroys itself') — A candle lights others and consumes itself.
This refers to self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.
25. 种瓜得瓜, 种豆得豆。 (Zhòngguā dé guā, zhòngdòu dé dòu. 'sow melons reap melons; sow beans reap beans') — You reap what you sow.
This proverb warns that one receives just returns for one's actions; good for good, and evil for evil. It's similar to the Biblical: "…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
26.欲速则不达。 (Yù sù zé bùdá. 'Desire speed but not attain.') — Those who just want speed don't succeed.
This saying from "The Analects of Confucius" teaches that patience and the right method achieves the right result, where trying to do the same thing too quickly (by cutting corners) does not. It's similar to: "More haste, less speed." Tweet
Rare as true love is, true friendship is rarer. Chinese people have always thought very highly of friendship, so there are many old sayings about it.
1. 近水知鱼性, 近山识鸟音。 (Jìn shuǐ zhī yúxìng; jìn shān shí niǎoyīn. 'near water know fish shape, near mountain know bird sound') — To know a fish go to the water; to know a bird's song go to the mountains.
This verse from 'Expanding Virtue Literature' (增广贤文) teaches that to know someone you should go to his or her home.
2. 听君一席话，胜读十年书。(Tīng jūn yīxíhuà, shèng dú shíniánshū 'hear gentleman remarks, beats reading ten year books') — Listening to a lord's remarks is better than reading books for ten years.
3. 凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量。 (Fánrén bù kě màoxiàng, hǎishuǐ bù kě dòuliàng. 'mortals can't judge by appearance, sea water can't cup measure') — Man cannot be judged by looks; seas cannot be measured by cup.
In short: "don't judge by appearances".
4. 有缘千里来相会。(Yǒuyuán qiānlǐ lái xiānghuì. 'Have fate 1,000 li [or a long way] together meet') — Fate brings people together from far apart.
This proverb espouses that human relationships are decreed by fate.
5. 君子之交淡如水。 (Jūnzǐ zhī jiāo dàn rú shuǐ 'gentleman's friendship bland like water') — A gentleman's friendship is insipid as water.
6. 入乡随俗。 (Rù xiāng suí sú 'enter district follow custom') — When entering a locality follow the local customs.
Like: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
7. 患难见真情。 (Huànnàn jiàn zhēnqíng 'Hardship see true situation') — In hardship we see true friendship.
Similar to: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."
8. 知音难觅。 (Zhīyīn nánmì. 'soul mate hard find') — An intimate friend is hard to find.
9. 广交友，无深交。 (Guǎng jiāoyǒu, wú shēnjiāo. 'widely make friends, no deep friendship') — Numerous friends means no deep friendship.
Similar to: "A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody." Tweet
10. 道不同，不相为谋。 (Dào bùtóng, bù xiāng wéi móu. 'principles different, not harmonious for schemes') — Men of different principles don't work well together.
Love is an eternal theme for sayings, and it's no different in China. Here are some Chinese idioms about love and romance.
These old sayings usually espouse love or commitment to love.
1. 一见钟情。 (Yíjiàn zhōngqíng. 'one look fall-in-love') — Love at first sight.
It's generally used for people, but you can also use it for other physical things/activities... Tweet
2. 愿得一人心，白首不相离。(Yuàndé yīrénxīn, báishǒu bùxiānglí. 'wish get a person heart, white head not one-another apart) — Long for a heart, never be apart.
3. 执子之手，与子偕老。 (Zhí zǐ zhī shǒu, yǔ zǐ xiélǎo. 'grasp your hand, with you grow-old-together) — Hold hands with you, grow old with you.
Like 2., this expresses lifelong commitment in love.
爱不是占有，而是欣赏。 (Ai bú shì zhànyǒu, ér shì xīnshǎng. 'love isn't having, but is appreciating') — Love isn't about having, it's about enjoying (what you have).
4. 爱屋及乌。(Ai wū jí wū. 'love house and crow') — Love the house and its crow.
It means that love encompasses everything connected with somebody: "Love me, love my dog." Tweet
5. 萝卜青菜，各有所爱。 (Luóbo qīngcài, gè yǒu suǒ ài. 'radishes greens, each have that-which loves') — Radishes and greens, each have those who love them.
I.e. "one man's meat is another man's poison" or "each to his own". Tweet
6. 在天愿作比翼鸟，在地愿为连理枝。 (Zài tiān yuàn zuò bǐyìniǎo, zài dì yuàn wéi liánlǐzhī. 'in sky wish be fly-wing-to-wing birds; on earth wish be grow-together branches.) — Birds flying in the sky as one; branches growing on the earth as one.
This is a wish for conjugal bliss.
7. 有情人终成眷属。 (Yǒuqínɡrén zhōnɡ chénɡ juànshǔ. 'in-love people finally become spouses') — People in love become spouses in the end.
I.e. love will find a way.
8. 情人眼里出西施。 (Qínɡrén yǎnlǐ chū xīshī. 'lover eye inside appears Xishi [name; foremost of the Four Legendary Chinese Beauties]) — In a lover's eye is the foremost Beauty.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
9. 爱之深，责之切。(Ài zhī shēn zé zhī qiē. 'love's deep, discipline's cutting') — Love deep, chastise deep.
This is the Chinese proverb for "tough love".
10. 有情饮水饱，无情食饭饥。 (Yǒuqínɡ yínshuǐbǎo, wúqínɡ shífànjī. 'Have affection drink water full; no affection eat food hungry') — With love water is enough; without love food doesn't satisfy.
It's similar to Proverbs 15:17 — "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred there with."
1. 月到中秋分外明，每逢佳节倍思亲。 (Yuè dào zhōngqiū fènwài míng, měi féng jiājié bèi sīqīn. 'moon reach Mid-Autumn exceptionally bright, every holiday multiply homesick') — The harvest moon is brightest; every festival homesickness multiplies.
Familial longing is greatest in China on its traditional family reunion festivals, like Mid-Autumn, the harvest moon festival. More of the meaning behind this saying is revealed in Mid-Autumn Festival's Traditions.
2. 儿行千里母担忧。 (Er xíng qiānlǐ mǔ dānyōu. 'son travels 1,000 li [a long way; 500 km] mother worries') — When children travel far, mothers worry.
3. 但愿人长久，千里共婵娟。(Dànyuàn rénchángjiǔ, qiānlǐ gòngchánjuān. 'Yet wish personlong-time, 1,000 li [a long way; 500 km] share moon[beauty]') — Wishing us long life, though sharing moonlight from afar.
This poetic verse expresses (familial) love and homesickness, and is one of many Popular Mid-Autumn Festival Sayings.
4. 家和万事兴。 (Jiāhé wànshìxīnɡ. 'family harmonious everything prospers') — If a family is harmonious everything will go well.
It's like the Biblical: "if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."
5. 家家有本难念的经。 (Jiājiā yǒu běn nán niàn de jīnɡ. 'Every-family has own difficult remembered experience.') — Every family has its problems.
Or: "There're skeletons in every family's closet."
6. 清官难断家务事。 (Qīnɡɡuān nán duàn jiāwùshì. 'honest-official difficult judge household affairs.) — Even an upright official finds it hard to settle a family quarrel.
7. 有其父，必有其子。 (Yǒuqífù，bìyǒuqízǐ. 'have his father, must have his son') — Where there's a father, there's his son.
I.e. "Like father, like son."
8. 家丑不可外扬。 (Jiāchǒu bù kě wài yánɡ. 'family shame can't outside propagate') — Family shames must not be spread abroad.
I.e. "Do not wash your dirty linen in public."
9. 不当家，不知柴米贵。 (Bù dānɡjiā，bù zhī cháimǐ ɡuì. 'Not manage household, not know firewood rice precious') — If you don't run the family, you don't know the value of fuel and rice.
He who heads a family knows the responsibility involved.
10. 金窝，银窝，不如自家的狗窝。 (Jīnwō, yínwō, bùrú zìjiā de ɡǒuwō. 'gold nest, silver nest, not-as-good-as own family's kennel') — Gold and silver nests can't beat one's family kennel.
I.e. "East, west, home is best."
Positive phrases that make us visualize success are the foundation of morale. In Chinese, there are many old sayings to encourage others to continue (to work hard) despite (or because of) the trials of life.
1. 冰冻三尺，非一日之寒。 (Bīngdòng sān chǐ, fēi yīrì zhī hán. 'freeze 3 chi [3 chi = 1 meter], not one day's cold') — It takes more than one cold day for a river to freeze a meter deep.
This means: "Rome wasn't built in a day." I.e. If you keep working you'll achieve your goal.
2. 机不可失，时不再来。(Jī bùkě shī, shí búzài lái. 'Opportunity can't lose, time not again come') — Don't miss opportunities: time doesn't come round again.
Opportunity knocks but once.Tweet
3. 人心齐，泰山移。(Rénxīn qí, Tàishān yí. 'people heart together, Mount Tai move') — When people work with one heart, they can even move Mount Tai. Tweet
4. 万事开头难。(Wànshì kāitóu nán. 'everything start difficult') — All things are difficult at the start.Tweet
I.e. Things always get easier if you persevere.
5. 失败是成功之母。(Shībài shì chénggōng zhī mǔ. 'failure is success's mother') — Failure is the mother of success.
6. 只要功夫深，铁杵磨成针。 (Zhǐyào gōngfū shēn, tiěchǔ mó chén gzhēn. 'just need effort deep, iron rod grind become needle') — It just needs hard work to grind an iron rod into a needle.
This proverb encourages us to persevere to succeed.
7. 水滴石穿，绳锯木断。 (Shuǐ dī shí chuān, shéng jù mù duàn. 'water drop stone pierce, rope saw wood sever') — Water drops pierce stone; rope saws cut wood.
Patience and persistence can break through anything, no matter how great the difficulty. Similar to Ovid's "Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence."
8. 一日之计在于晨。 (Yīrì zhī jì zàiyú chén. 'a day's plan lies in dawn') — A day's planning is done at dawn.
I.e. make your plans early, or get up early, as this will affect the whole day/undertaking.
9. 千里之行，始于足下。(Qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zúxià. 1,000-li [500 km or a long way] journey, start with foot down.) — A thousand-li journey starts with a footfall.
10. 否极泰来。 (Pǐ jí tài lái. 'evil extreme peace come') — Peace replaces extreme evil.
I.e. all nightmares end.
11. 青出于蓝而胜于蓝。 (Qīng chūyú lán ér shèngyú lán. 'green come-from blue moreover surpasses blue') — Green is from blue, and better than blue.
This is used to describe when a disciple has surpassed his master.
12. 老骥伏枥，志在千里。 (Lǎojì fúlì, zhì zài qiānlǐ. 'old warhorse lie stable, ambition at 1,000 li [500 km; a long way]) — An old warhorse in the stable still longs to gallop a thousand li.
This describes one who still cherishes high aspirations in spite of age. Or: "You're never too old to live your dream."
13. 吃得苦中苦，方为人上人。 (Chī dé kǔzhōngkǔ, fāng wéi rénshàngrén. 'eat gain pain in pain, method for man on man') — Enduring deepening pain is how man ascends.
I.e. "No pain, no gain."
14. 先到先得。 (Xiān dào xiān dé. 'first arrive first get') — The first to arrive is the first to succeed.
I.e. "the early bird catches the worm."
15. 守得云开见月明。 (Shǒu dé yún kāi jiàn yuèmíng. 'keep-watch gain cloud open see moonlight') — Watch till clouds part to see moonlight.
I.e. "Every cloud has a silver lining" or trouble will pass.
16. 逆境出人才。 (Nìjìng chū réncái. 'adversity produces talented-person') — Adversity yields flair.
17. 吃一堑，长一智。(Chī yīqiàn, zhǎng yízhì. 'eat a moat, grow a wisdom') — Suffer a moat, grow in wisdom.
Having gone through a setback, one will have gained experience and wisdom, which will be useful if only one can take warning and learn something from the setback. "A fall in a pit, a gain in your wit."
18. 不能一口吃成胖子。(Bùnéng yīkǒu chī chéng pàngzi. 'can't one mouthful eat become fat-person') — You can't get fat with one mouthful.
I.e. Some things aren't accomplished in a moment. Don't give up!
19. 风无常顺，兵无常胜。(Fēng wú chángshùn, bīng wú chángshèng. 'wind not always favorable; soldiers not always win') — Wind isn't always favorable; soldiers aren't always victorious.
This proverb urges us to be fully prepared for difficulties and setbacks: it is impossible to have smooth sailing all the time.
20. 星星之火，可以燎原。 (Xīngxīng zhī huǒ, kěyǐ liáoyuan. 'star's fire, can shine far') — Starlight shines far.
Translated as: "A single spark can start a prairie fire." Seemingly small actions have far-reaching consequences.
21. 哀兵必胜。 (Āibīng bì sheng. 'sorrowful soldiers must win') — An aggrieved army is sure to win.
It means an army burning with righteous indignation is bound to win.
The Chinese have always attached importance to study, so there are also many idioms to promote study.
1. 书是随时携带的花园。(Shū shì suíshí xiédài de huāyuán. 'book is at-all-times carried garden') — A book is a pocket garden.
2. 活到老，学到老。(Huó dào lǎo, xué dào lǎo. 'live till old, study till old.) — Live till you're old, and study till you're old.
"Don't stop studying" or "you're never too old to learn." Tweet
3. 好书如挚友。(Hǎoshū rú zhìyǒu. 'good book as-good-as close-friend') — A good book is like a good friend.
4. 一寸光阴一寸金，寸金难买寸光阴。(Yícùn guāngyīn yícùnjīn, cùnjīn nán mǎi cùnguāngyīn. '1 cun [Chinese inch, 1/30 m] time 1 cun gold, cun gold difficult buy cun time') — An inch of time is worth an inch of gold, but an inch of gold may not buy an inch of time.
I.e. time is money, but it's difficult to buy time.
5. 好记性不如烂笔头。(Hǎojìxìng bù rú lànbǐtóu. 'good memory not-as-good-as rotten pen') — A good memory can't beat a bad pen.
I.e. "The palest ink is better than the best memory." Tweet
6. 花有重开日，人无再少年。 (Huā yǒu chóng kāi rì, rén wú zài shào nián. 'flower has again open day, people no again youth') — Flowers may bloom again; you're never young again.
I.e. don't waste your youth.
7. 学而不思则罔，思而不学则殆。(Xué ér bùsī zé wǎng, sī ér bùxué zé dài. 'study but not think then deceive, think but not study then dangerous') — Learning without thought is deceptive; thought without learning is perilous.
8. 书到用时方恨少。 (Shū dào yòngshí fāng hènshǎo. 'books till use time just-when hate few') — When using books, you'll regret reading few.
This proverb reminds us that we can never read widely enough.
9. 读书须用意，一字值千金。 (dúshū xū yòngyì, yīzì zhí qiānjīn. 'reading books needs use attention, one word worth 1,000 gold') — Reading requires concentration; a word may be worth a fortune.
This proverb stresses the fact that study requires undivided attention. No single word should be passed over before we fully understand it. Only in this way can study be rewarded.
10. 严师出高徒。 (Yánshī chū gāotú. 'strict teacher produces brilliant student') — Strict teachers produce fine students.
Proverbs are eloquent and tell the naked truth in a quick turn of phrase, and so make excellent literary devices. Here are 30 literary quotes most frequently used in Chinese daily life.
1. 事实胜于雄辩。 (Shìshí shèng yú xióngbiàn.) — Facts beat eloquence.
From Lu Xun's "Hot Wind" (鲁迅《热风题记》), it's like, "Actions speak louder than words."
2. 一言既出，驷马难追。(Yìyán jì chū, sìmǎ nán zhuī. 'a word already produced, team-of-4-horses difficult chase') — A team of horses will struggle to chase down a spoken word.
From "The Analects of Yan Yuan" (《论语·颜渊》), it means a word spoken can never be taken back, or a promise must be kept. Tweet
3. 路遥知马力，日久见人心。(Lùyáo zhī mǎlì, rìjiǔ jiàn rénxīn. 'road distant know horse strength, days old see man heart') — As distance tests a horse's strength, time reveals a person's character.
From the anonymous work "Fight Gratitude" (《争报恩》) of the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368), when Mongol horsemen ruled China, this saying tells us that a long period of testing is needed to understand someone's nature and capabilities.
4. 无规矩不成方圆。(Wú guīju bù chéng fāngyuán. 'no standards not become perimeter') — Without standards no boundaries are set.
From the works of Mencius and his students (《孟子·离娄上》), it means: nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards; or: without rules, we're nothing but savages.
5. 惩前毖后。 (Chéngqiánbìhòu. 'punish before prevent after') — Punishing those who come before stops those who come after from doing something.
From "Sacrificial Odes of Zhou" (《周颂》) in the Confucian classic "Book of Songs" (《诗经》), it means: to criticize former mistakes firmly to prevent them happening again; or: learn from past mistakes to avoid future ones.
6. 三思而后行。 (Sānsī ér hòu xíng. "three thoughts and after act") — Think thrice before you act.
From "The Analects" (《论语》), it's like: "Look before you leap."
7. 良药苦口。 (Liángyào kǔ kǒu 'good medicine bitter mouth') — Good medicine tastes bitter.
It means: frank criticism is hard to swallow.
8. 有理走遍天下，无理寸步难行。(Yǒulǐ zǒubiàn tiānxià, wúlǐ cùnbù nánxíng. 'have truth walk all land-under-heaven; no truth cun [Chinese inch; 1/30 m] step difficult walk') — With truth on your side, you can go anywhere; without truth, you can't take a tiny step.
From the philosophical work "White Horse Thesis" (白马论) by Gong Sunlong (公孙龙), this stresses the fact that righteousness will see you through all difficulties, whereas without it your progress will be hampered from the very start.
9. 当局者迷，旁观者清。(Dāngjúzhě mí, pángguānzhě qīng. 'player confused; spectator clear') — The player is lost; the watcher is lucid.
From the "Biography of Yuan Xingchong" in the Old Book of Tang (《旧唐书·元行冲传》), this points out that a person involved in a matter usually does not have a comprehensive overview of it, due to too much concentration on the details, while the onlookers, who have a calmer and more objective attitude, have a better grasp of what is going on.
10. 十年树木，百年树人。 (Shínián shù mù, bǎinián shù rén. '10 years cultivate wood, 100 years cultivate man') — Ten years to cultivate wood, a hundred years to cultivate a man.
From the work of Guan Zhong (《管子·权修 第三》) who was a politician in the Spring and Autumn Period, it means that (though 10 years to grow a tree that's ready to be used as wood is a long time,) a person's education is a life-long process or most time-consuming.
11. 民以食为天。 (Mín yǐ shí wéi tiān. Subjects think food is heaven.) — Food is the first priority of the people.
From "Records of the Grand Historian" (《史记》), it means 'hunger breeds discontent', and it's full form is "王者以民人为天，而民人以食为天。" — 'Kings treat the people as heaven, moreover people treat food as heaven.' … meaning a ruler's first priority is his subjects; the subjects first priority is food.
12. 善有善报。 (Shàn yǒu shànbào. 'good have good recompense') — Repay good with good.
From the Southern Dynasties work "New Wine and Meat" (《新酒肉文》) by Emperor Wu of Liang (464–549), it means: virtue has its rewards; or: one good turn deserves another.
13. 顾左右而言他。(Gù zuǒyòu ér yán tā. 'deliberately approximate and talk something-else') — Deliberately vague and deflective.
From "King Hui of Liang" in the Book of Mencius (《孟子·梁惠王下》), it means to be vague and elusive under questioning.
14. 几家欢喜几家愁。(Jǐjiā huānxǐ jǐjiā chou. 'few families happy few families worried') — While some are happy, some are anxious.
It means: one man's disaster is another man's delight.
15. 人过留名，雁过留声。(Rén guò liúmíng, yàn guò liúsheng. 'man passes leaves name, swallow passes leaves sound') — A person leaves a reputation, as a swallow leaves its call.
From the 32nd chapter of Legend of Heroes (《儿女英雄传》), it means that someone's reputation is easily remembered.
16. 万事俱备，只欠东风。(Wànshì jù bèi, zhǐ qiàn dōngfēng. 'all ready, only lack east wind') — Everything's ready except the east wind.
From the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (《三国演义》), this means that everything is ready except what is crucial.
17. 麻雀虽小，五脏俱全。(Máquè suī xiǎo, wǔzàng jù quán. 'sparrow although small, five organs entirely complete') — Small as it is, the sparrow has all the vital organs.
From Qian Zhongshu's work "Fortress Besieged" (《围城》), it means that although something looks small, its content is very comprehensive.
18. 桂林山水甲天下。(Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎtiānxià. Guilin mountains-and-water best under-heaven) — Guilin's scenery's best on earth.
It was written by Song Dynasty governor of Guilin, Wang Zhenggong (王正功,1133–1203) as part of a poem in 1201, and has been so often quoted in Chinese culture that Guilin has become the image of scenic beauty in China.
19. 哑巴吃饺子，心里有数。 (Yǎba chī jiǎozi, xīnlǐ yǒushù. 'mute eats dumplings, heart inside has number') — When a mute eats dumplings, he knows how many he has eaten.
This is used to point out that someone knows the situation quite well, yet says nothing… as is common in Chinese culture. Chinese tend to keep their thoughts to themselves… see more on Chinese and Western Thought.
20. 人逢喜事精神爽。 (Rén féng xǐshì jīngshén shuǎng. 'man meet happy-occasion spirit invigorated') — A happy occasion gladdens the spirit.
From "Journey to the West" (《西游记》), it means that everyone likes a happy occasion.
21.一举两得。(Yī jǔ liǎng dé. 'one move two gains') — Two benefits from one action.
Variously attributed to "History of the Later Han Dynasty" (c. 200), "The Book of Jin" (420), "Stories to Caution the World" (1624, Feng Menglong), and Lu Xun's collected letters, this is the Chinese version of "to kill two birds with one stone" (一石二鸟。Yīshíèrniǎo. 'one stone two birds'), possibly of Ovid.
22. 如坐针毡。 (Rú zuò zhēnzhān. 'like sit needle felt') — Like sitting on a carpet of needles.
It means to feel tense and uneasy.
23. 逆来顺受。 (Nì lái shùn shòu. 'adversity come follow receive') — When adversity comes, receive it favorably.
It means to take things as they come.
24. 化干戈为玉帛。 (Huà gāngē wéiyùbó. 'change shield spear for jade silk') — Replace weapons with jade and silk.
From the first chapter of the "Huainanzi" (《淮南子·原道训》), i.e. to "bury the hatchet" and work for peace.
25. 此地无银三百两。 (Cǐ dì wú yín sānbǎi liǎng. 'this ground no silver 300 taels') — This ground doesn't have 300 taels of silver.
It comes from a folk story about a man who buried a lot of silver and, because people suspected that's what he had done, put up a sign saying, "300 taels of silver are not in this ground." His neighbor King Two then stole the silver and put up a sign saying: "Your neighbor King Two did not steal it."
It means to reveal what one intends to hide, i.e. don't try to prove what people suspect, or you'll make your guilt still more obvious.
26. 兵不厌诈。 (Bīng bù yàn zhà.) — Soldiers don't hate deceit.
From an ancient Chinese political philosopher Master Han Fei's work "Han Feizi" (《韩非子》), it means: nothing is too deceitful in war, or: there can never be too much deception in war, or: all's fair in war
27. 木已成舟，生米煮成熟饭。 (Mù yǐ chéng zhōu, Shēngmǐ zhǔ chéng shúfàn. 'timber already become boat;raw rice boiled into cooked rice') — The timber's already a boat; the rice is cooked.
It means: what's done cannot be undone.
28. 身体力行。 (Shēn tǐlì xíng. 'body physical-strength acts') — A body acts according to physical strength.
From the "Huainanzi" (《淮南子·原道训》), it means: practice what you preach.
29. 大智若愚。 (Dàzhì ruò yú. 'great wisdom seem stupid') — Great wisdom can seem foolish.
From "Laozi" (《老子》), it means: great intelligence may appear to be stupidity, and is sometimes used to describe a situation where "he knows most who speaks least".
30. 捷足先登。 (Jiézú xiān dēng. 'quick foot first climb') — The quick footed climb first.
From the Historical Records (《史记》), i.e. "first come, first served", or "the early bird gets the worm", this is the old version of "先到先得" (Encouragement #14 above).
Dragons are found in many aspects of Chinese culture, including sayings. Chinese dragons are seen as lucky and good — quite different to dragons in most Western stories.
1. 龙飞凤舞。 (Lóng fēi fèn gwǔ. 'dragon flies phoenix dances') — The dragon flies and the phoenix dances.
It refers to a flamboyant style of calligraphy, and writing devoid of content.
2. 龙马精神。 (Lóng mǎ jīngshén. 'dragon horse spirit') — A dragon's and a horse's spirit.
It refers to a vigorous spirit in old age.
3. 鱼龙混杂。(Yú lóng hùnzá. 'fish dragons muddle mix') — A muddled mix of fish and dragons.
It refers to crooks mixed in with honest folk.
4. 龙腾虎跃。 (Lóng téng hǔ yuè. 'dragon soars tiger leaps') — Dragons soaring and tigers leaping.
It refers to a scene of bustling activity.
5. 车水马龙。 (Chē shuǐ mǎ long. 'carriage water horse dragon') — Carriages like a stream and horses like a dragon.
It refers to a scene of heavy traffic (Chinese dragons have very long bodies).
6. 龙潭虎穴。 (Lóng tán hǔ xué. 'dragon pool tiger cave') — A dragon's pool and a tiger's den.
It refers to a very dangerous spot.
7. 画龙点睛。 (Huàlóngdiǎnjīng. 'paint dragon dot eye') — Paint a dragon and dot the eye.
It refers to adding the vital finishing touch; the crucial point that brings the subject to life.
8. 叶公好龙。 (Yè Gōng hào long.) — Lord Ye loves dragons.
It refers to someone who pretends to like something that he really fears.
9. 鲤鱼跳龙门。 (Lǐyú tiào lóng mén. 'carp jump dragon gate') — A carp has jumped the dragon's gate.
It refers to someone who has successfully passed the civil service examination.
10. 强龙难压地头蛇。 (Qiáng lóng nán yā dìtóu shé. 'strong dragon difficult suppress local snake') — Even a dragon struggles to control a snake in its native haunt.
This means: powerful outsiders can hardly afford to neglect local villains.
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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball
“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller
“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell
“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik
“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville
“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican
“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau
“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen
“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis
“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum
We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum
“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato
“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein
“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau
“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann
“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld
“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov
“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4
“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron
“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker
“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca
“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu
The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller
“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis
“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens
“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones
“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald
“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin
There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles
“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde
“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom
“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde
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What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.
Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:
“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire
“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw
“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”– Abraham Lincoln
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates
“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
“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro
“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen
“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori
“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis
“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley
“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi
One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?
Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.
In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.
All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost
“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone
“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”– Jimmy Connors
“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng
“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore
“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind
“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats
“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”– Friedrich Nietzsche
“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle
“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung
“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Auguste Rodin
“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner
“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren
“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner
“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner
One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.
Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.
To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.
Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.
The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.
When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.
However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:
“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie
“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde
“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison
“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry
“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson
“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides
“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham
Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.
When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.
This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.
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Love is all around us! Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion. Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.
And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:
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Enjoy this list of inspirational quotes to motivate you. Motivational sayings that will add a positive uplifting mood to your day. feel better.
Wisdom is a great source of power. It’s through others’ stories of failure and success that we learn the most. It’s through their experiences of things we have yet to witness that feeds us the knowledge we need to fly high, to build upon what we already know.
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There is little in life that a wise mind can’t conquer. And it’s the sage-like guidance that inspires us to make our life that much better.
Here are 19 insightful quotes from people who lived exceptional lives.
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Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.
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