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Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being.

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.

1. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


2. “You can never plan the future by the past.” —Edmund Burke


3. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” —Friedrich Nietzsche


4. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” —Dalai Lama


5. “Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin


6. “He that respects himself is safe from others.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


7. “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


8. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” —Robert Frost


9. “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


10. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard


11. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” —Nelson Mandela


12. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” —C. S. Lewis


13. “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” —John D. Rockefeller


14. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

15. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle


16. “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt


17. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall


18. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke


19. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

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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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Wise Thought Quotes

wise thoughts on life

They say that wisdom comes with age, and these wise sayings will give you better judgement and a sense of purpose in life.

What is wisdom exactly? Wisdom is defined as, “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement.”

If we’re lucky enough to have parents, mentors and advisors, then we have heard plenty of wise sayings about life.

We also know that you can’t just hear it once.

Life’s wisdom can often miss us because life moves so fast, that we have to practice standing still.

In many cultures and religions across the world, gaining wisdom is the ultimate goal.

Wisdom is seen as the highest form of understanding, which can lead you towards enlightenment.

Something I’ve learned in life is that my favorite quotes and sayings can often become principles to live by.

I hope these wise sayings about life can serve as guidelines for greater happiness, fulfillment, connection, and meaning.

Inspiring and wise sayings about life

Wise Sayings

1.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”― Gautama Buddha

Before you pour your love into someone else, fill yourself up first.

2.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

Start with you. Start where you are. Changing the world is an exciting idea. Changing yourself makes it possible.

3.) “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Everything you do and have done has gotten you closer to who you really are and who you aspire to be. So in essence, even if you disagree with what you have done, it was never time wasted.

4.) “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” 
― Gautama Buddha

Words only go so far, we must live our message. Our true wisdom is displayed through our actions.

5.) “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.” ― Bob Dylan

Being wrong is just as powerful as being right. Sometimes, it’s even more powerful.

6.) “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ― Alan Wilson Watts

Let’s be mindful of what we identify with and hold on to. Many times we think, “That’s just who I am, that just what I think…” But the truth is, many things we think and desire are not our own. Since our childhood, we’ve been looking for attention and acceptance and most of the time that came from ‘following directions’. Take some time to think about how you think.

7.) “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” ― Gautama Buddha

Once you’re angry, the harm is already done.

8.) “If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.” ― Miguel Ruiz

 The only thing worse than making assumptions is to believe them.

9.) “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. ”  ― Anthony Robbins

Don’t let your pain stay as pain. Get something from it. Let your pain push you towards growth.

10.) “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom doesn’t have to be bleak. Let your understanding help you recognize the unexplainable.

11.) “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”  ― Gautama Buddha

Growing isn’t something that happens once. It happens again and again, and again!

12.) “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”― Dalai Lama XIV

Life = Love

13.) “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

14.) “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

15.) “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.” – Al Franken

16.) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

17.) “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

18.) “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

19.) “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Wise sayings about life and living it to your best

20.)  “You can never plan the future by the past.” — Edmund Burke

21.) “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

22.) “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

23.) “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

24.) “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

25.) “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

26.) “Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.” – Rebecca West

27.) “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

28.) “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

29.) “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

30.)  “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

Wise sayings about life lessons

31.) “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

32.) “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”―Paulo Coelho

33.) “I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.” – Drew Barrymore

34.) “You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” – The Notebook

35.) “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” ―Rumi

36.) “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ―Irving Berlin

37.) “No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.” ― Haruki Murakami

38.) “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato

39.) “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

40.) “A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” – Latin Proverb

Wise sayings to help us learn

41.) “On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows. In every rill a sweet instruction flows.” – Edward Young

42.) “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s how you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis

43.) “The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.” – William Hazlitt

44.) “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” – Harper Lee

45.) “To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.” – Unknown

46.) “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

47.) “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

48.) “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

49.) “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

50.) “Wise men make more opportunities than they find.” – Francis Bacon

More wise sayings to enlighten you

​51.) “In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

52.) “Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

53.) “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

54.) “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

55.) “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​56.) “No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

57.) “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

​58.) “An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

59.) “Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​60.) “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

61.) “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

62.) “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

63.) “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

64.) “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

75.) “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

Did you learn from these wise sayings?

Words of wisdom from individuals of all different backgrounds can teach us important life lessons. Through the years, great men and women have imprinted their wisdom on us by way of their wise words. And because of them, their contributions have made this world a better place to live in.

Hopefully, these wise sayings will guide you towards greater happiness, fulfillment, connection, and meaning.

Did you enjoy these wise sayings? What other wise sayings about life would you like to share with us? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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55 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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We kill time. We save time. We rob and get robbed of time, we lose time, and we have all the time in the world. But no one of us is powerful enough to stop the march of time or slow it down.

Is it something far beyond our control? In fact, no. While we cannot influence the flow of time, we still can get the most out of it. Becoming a wise time manager sometimes is similar to mastering a sorcery, but the results are worth the effort.

Being the master of your time means getting more done, staying energized, and doing more things you enjoy. We’ve collected the best time quotes from the greatest minds of the world – use them as an inspiration or as guidelines for improving your time management.

10 Most Popular Time Quotes

Great minds of different nations and centuries have been wondering how time flows and figuring out better ways to use it for our benefit. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom and sometimes humor. We definitely have something to learn from them!

1. – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.

Leo Tolstoy, the greatest humanist, put these words in General Kutuzov’s mouth. And, actually, it is a combination of two quotes. In book ten, the General says:

Later, he repeats this idea in his thought: .

By the way, check out more Leo Tolstoy’s quotes in Twitter @TolstoySays and find humanistic wisdom and daily insights.

2. – Benjamin Franklin.

Probably, the most famous quote about time by Benjamin Franklin, a person known by his productivity and various talents. In his 84 years, he became not only a prominent politician and diplomat, but also an actor, musician, inventor, and satirist.

As for his famous saying, it refers to the concept of opportunity cost. This means, each choice you make has its cost, and delays (as a choice to not take action) usually lead to decrease in output.

3. – Folklore.

The earliest record of this phrase is dated 1225 – before English was shaped in the modern form. The origin is uncertain, so it’s considered to be a proverbial wisdom. It means that no man has enough power to stop time or to change its course.

4. – William Shakespeare.

Better spend time waiting for the opportunity to take an action than miss the chance. In Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, the phrase is said by a character who suspects his wife’s infidelity, but in fact, it can be applied to any situation when you need to take a chance to change things.

5. – Benjamin Franklin.

You can’t keep today’s hour for tomorrow – we all know that, but still tend to procrastinate. Benjamin Franklin warns that time is a scarce resource, and if it’s wasted, it cannot be recovered later. This is why mindful planning and work on productivity are so important.

6. – Theophrastus.

Ancient Greek philosophy is known by its combination of merely theoretical thoughts and practical approach. Theophrastus understood time as an accident of motion that cannot be stopped or reversed, and he said that waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.

7. – Pericles.

Pericles, the influential ancient Greek statesman and general, was a rationalist and knew the value of time. His famous phrase was said as a warning for Tolmides, the young Athenian general who intended to invade Boeotia. Eventually Tolmides failed to listen to Pericles’ words, his army suffered a heavy defeat and he died in the battle. This quote is a warning against premature decisions and poor judgement caused by the lack of time.

8. – Stephen R. Covey.

A quote by Stephen R. Covey, the author of the famous time management matrix. You can spend time on useful and useless things, but if you call it “investing”, you’ll definitely invest it in something that has value and importance for you. So choose your goals wisely so that time you spend on them becomes an investment, not an expense.

9. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

If we truly love something, we spend (or invest?) time in it. As time is a valuable resource, when invested, it makes the person, goal or activity even more important for us. But there’s a negative side too. Sometimes we hold on to the past and to the irrelevant goals just because we already spent too much time on them.

10. – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The phrase that looks like a joke for most of us, is the truth of a complete hedonist. Oscar Wilde is being at his best: the meaning of his quote is that when you invest effort in someone else’s comfort (like hurrying because someone is waiting), you sacrifice your own time that you could spend on much more pleasant things.

The Relentless Time

People have always been considering time as a relentless and cruel force, a robber, and a killer. Looks like a depressive poetic phrase, and the realization that it is not possible to control the course of time is even more sad. But good news is that time is a valuable resource that each of us has, and we can use it at our own discretion and for our benefit.

  1. Harvey Mackay
  2. Jack Kornfield
  3. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
  4. John Updike
  5. Aeschylus
  6. Dion Boucicault
  7. Napoleon I
  8. Jim Morrison
  9. Stephen King, The Green Mile
  10. William Carlos Williams

The Irreversible Time

How often do we understand that we could use our time better, and regret that we didn’t spend it wisely? How often do we dream of how good it would be to amend things we did or didn’t do long ago? The older we get, the longer and thicker are the shadows of the past, and what’s important here is not holding on to them. We cannot turn the clock back, but we can do our best today to make tomorrow a happier time.

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Charles F. Kettering
  3. Mason Cooley
  4. Ashley Ormon
  5. Dr. Seuss

The Time We Waste

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day – and later realizing that you never make up for the lost time: the cycle familiar to any of us. While it is not possible to completely avoid it, we should never forget that we can’t reclaim the time we wasted, and spend it on things we love and need.

  1. Leo Christopher
  2. Bruce Lee
  3. William Penn
  4. Jonathan Estrin
  5. Robin Sharma
  6. Colette
  7. Charles Darwin
  8. Mason Cooley
  9. Jean De La Bruyere
  10. Thomas Jefferson
  11. Bill Watterson
  12. Seneca

The Time We Control

While we cannot do anything about how fast the time flows, we still can control how we use it. Being more energized and productive helps us live to the fullest. Always remember what your goals are, get more done, and try new things to find all of your talents.

  1. Jim Rohn
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Eric Thomas
  4. Andy Warhol
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. John F. Kennedy
  8. Maria Edgeworth
  9. Bil Keane
  10. Shoppenhauer
  11. Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
  12. Martin Luther

The Elusive Time

The nature of time is a complex thing. Scientists, poets, and philosophers explain it differently, and many of us have our own understanding of what it is and how it works, and – what’s more important from the practical point of view – how it influences us and how we influence it.

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Thomas Hardy
  3. Albert Einstein
  4. C.S. Lewis
  5. Jeremy Irons
  6. Charles Dickens
  7. J.K. Rowling
  8. Stephen Hawking
  9. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Summary

Time, poetically depicted as a relentless thief, scientifically explained as the fourth dimension, and practically seen as a valuable and limited resource, is one of the biggest riddles of the universe. The truth is, our decisions and actions define whether it is our enemy or ally. Taking control of our time means living our own life – not someone else’s – and getting the most out of it.

May these quotes inspire you to improve yourself and your life so that you may be “We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought. “A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.

The Ultimate Collection of Best Time Quotes for Inspiration and Mindfulness

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Thoughts Sayings and Quotes

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


What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.     

Buddha

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Allen

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.     

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.

Chinese Proverb

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Socrates

It is almost impossible to think of something no one has thought of before, but it is always possible to add different frills.

Isaac Asimov

Thought is what makes humans human ... It's the luminous spark of reason that grants us lordship over the animals, endows us with cell phones, and offers hope, even in our darkest hours, that our species will somehow calculate the way forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Bruno Maddox

Experience is the child of Thought, and Thought is the child of Action. We cannot learn men from books.

Benjamin Disraeli

To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.     

Henri Poincare

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.

James Allen

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

Willie Nelson

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Buddha

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

Soren Kierkegaard

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