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120 Inspirational Quotes About Wisdom


120

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine


119

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


118

“Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” – Dale Turner


117

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James


116

“Cleverness is not wisdom.” – Euripides


115

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


114

“The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.” – Ivan Panin


113

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


112

“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.” – Cat Cora


111

“True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.” – Kiana Tom


110

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.” – Sophocles


109

“Wisdom begins at the end.” – Daniel Webster


108

“He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.” – Mary Wilson Little


107

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.” – Alexandre Dumas


106

“The difference between a wise and foolish man is this–the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.” – William Scott Downey


105

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” – Thomas J. Watson


104

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.” – Eckhart Tolle


103

“Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.” – Plato


102

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


101

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” – Elbert Hubbard


100

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” – Theodore Roosevelt


99

“In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.” – Lucille Ball


98

“Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.” – M. Scott Peck


97

“When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more.” – Mayim Bialik


96

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


95

“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.” – Herman Hesse


94

“It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” – Henry David Thoreau


93

“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” – William Wordsworth


92

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” – Ansel Adams


91

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon


90

“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius


89

“Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.” – Orison Swett Marden


88

“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” – Aeschylus


87

“Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.” – William Temple


86

“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.” – Paul Engle


85

“The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


84

“Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.” – Sophocles


83

“Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.” – Franz Grillparzer


82

“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.” – Sophocles


81

“There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived.” – Amy Grant


80

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant


79

“We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.” – Robert E. Lee


78

“Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values.” – Sidney Hook


77

“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


76

“Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.” – Euripides


75

“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary.” – Octavio Paz


74

“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.” – Epictetus


73

“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” – Charles Stanley


72

“Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.” – Walter Benjamin


71

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.” – Zhuangzi


70

“I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom.” – Nina Totenberg


69

“With age comes common sense and wisdom.” – Nas


68

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey


67

“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


66

“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.


65

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates


64

“Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.” – Aesop


63

“Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.” – Samuel Smiles


62

“If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.” – William Butler Yeats


61

“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


60

“Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.” – Peter Conrad


59

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens


58

“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” – Francis Bacon


57

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau


56

“Remembering is painful, it’s difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom.” – Paul Greengrass


55

“Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.” – Sophocles


54

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins


53

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


52

“To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.” – Wilson Mizner


51

“I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange.” – Cherie Lunghi


50

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates


49

“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


48

“Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions.” – Yoko Ono


47

“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” – Benjamin Franklin


46

“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” – Charles Dickens


45

“Wisdom sails with wind and time.” – John Florio


44

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” – Brian O’Driscoll


43

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” – Khalil Gibran


42

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix


41

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


40

“Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability.” – Plautus


39

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey


38

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw


37

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” – Marilyn vos Savant


36

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu


35

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates


34

“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” – Bo Bennett


33

“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.” – Reinhold Niebuhr


32

“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


31

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha


30

“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” – William Blake


29

“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus


28

“Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.” – Saadi


27

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius


26

“Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.” – Liu Xiaobo


25

“Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.” – Plato


24

“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


23

“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.” – Euripides


22

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


21

“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


20

“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.” – Publilius Syrus


19

“Who is wise in love, love most, say least.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


18

“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


17

“To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.” – Samuel Johnson


16

“We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.” – Marcia Fudge


15

“Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn’t all have to be by tomorrow!” – William Eardley IV


14

“Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” – Aeschylus


13

“No man was ever wise by chance.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


12

“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


11

“Wisdom is found only in truth.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


10

“You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom.” – Herbie Hancock


9

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” – Isaac D’Israeli


8

“If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.” – Leo Buscaglia


7

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


6

“Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


5

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles


4

“Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.” – William J. Clinton


3

“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 Jefferson


2

“Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.” – Laurence Sterne


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“We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.” – Arthur Helps

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100 Wise Sayings, Wisdom Sayings and Life Quotes

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What are ... Proverbs, Sayings, Aphorisms, Idioms, Puns, etc.

Here is a list of definitions (with examples), which helps to understand the difference between these terms.

It is common to find different words existing in English to represent similar ideas. It is an frequent characteristic of a language with a long history. There are a number of specific types of saying, of which proverb is probably the best known. However, the distinction between them is often pretty vague.

Adage
An aphorism that has that has gained credit through long use.
Example: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Aphorism
A tersely, memorable phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.
[from Greek aphorismos, from aphorizein, to delimit, define. Apo- (1. Away from; off; Separate. 2. Without 3. Related to) + Horizein (limit, boundary)]
Example: He's a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.
Cliché
An overly commonplace, banal or trite saying, expression or idea. Sometimes the terms stereotype or platitude are used as a synonym.
Clichés can be defined as preconceived twists, hackneyed and worn out by too frequent use of images, modes of expression, speech and thought patterns. These are often used thoughtlessly and without individual conviction.
Example: All Americans are very open.
Epigram
A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement, thought or observation; sometimes expressed as a short, witty poem.
Example: The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
Epithet
A descriptive term (= word or phrase) used to characterize a person or thing, that has become popular is commonly understood.
Example: The Great Emancipator — as a term for Abraham Lincoln.
Folklore
The term in the narrower sense means oral lore of a group of people. In the broader sense folklore describes the totality of " demotic " traditions. It often has religious or mythical elements.
See also: myth, (urban) legend, tale, oral tradition.
[From Old English - folk = "people" and lore = "tradition" or "knowledge"]
Therefore folklore literally means "knowledge of the people" or "tradition of the people".
Gnome
A pithy saying that expresses a general truth, fundamental principle or an instruction in a compact form (usually taken from ancient literature or poems); an aphorism.
[Greek: from gignoskein, to know]
Example: Moderation is the best thing (by Cleobulus of Lindos; circa 600 BC)
Idiom
An expression that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of the words. Quite a few idioms are language specific, and thus diificult to translate.
Example: A cold day in Hell
Hyperbole
A figure of speech (or any rhetorical device) in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, mostly beyond credibility.
[Greek huperbol, exaggeration, from: huper (= beyond) and ballein (= to throw)]
It is encountered in casual speech, as in — “I could sleep for a year” — “This book weighs a ton.”
Mantra
Originated in the Vedic tradition of India; a mantra is now a religious or mystical sound, syllable or poetic phrase used in prayers and during meditation.
Example: Haro Hara [huh'-roh huh'-ruh] — bestows knowledge of intuitive truth.
Maxim
Compared with its approximate synonyms: saying, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism, the term maxim stresses the succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.
[Latin: maximus, "greatest", via the expression maxima propositio, "greatest premise".]
Example: Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
Motto
A brief statement used to express a principle, a motivation, a goal, or an ideal.
Examples: Be Prepared (Girlguiding UK); Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity (FBI).
Phrasal verb
An English verb and one or more following particles (e.g. a preposition or adverb); the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb thus acting as a complete syntactic and semantic unit.
Example: The new teacher passes for a linguist.
Proverb
A simple and short saying, widely known, often metaphorical, which expresses a basic truth or practical precept, based on common sense or cultural experience.
Example: Honesty is the best policy.
Pun
This is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of words (or of similar-sounding words) for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.
Example: A fool with a tool is still a fool.
Quip
A clever or witty observation or remark, with a tendency to descend into sarcasm, or otherwise is short of point.
[Latin: quippe = "indeed" - meaning: smart remark]
Example: Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Quotation
This is a repetition — literally taken over from another text or speech and explicitly attributed by a citation. Quotes, whose original context is lost and can no longer be reconstructed, are named fragments.
Example: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." (Abraham Lincoln)
Saying
A short well-known expression — a pithy remark of wisdom and truth or a general advice.
Example: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Saw
An old familiar saying that is commonplace, longstanding and occasionally trite (sometimes through repetition).
[Old English: synonym for "saying" - meaning: uneducated wisdom, often based in supersititions]
Example: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Slogan
This is a memorable motto or phrase used as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose. Also called tagline or one liner.
Example: Make learning fun.
Winged Word
A popular saying which can be attributed (as a citation) to a specific source. These phrases have found entrance into general usage. Among them are often terse descriptions of complex matters or those of life experiences.
Example: Writing on the wall (Biblical book of Daniel)
Witticism
Witty remarks can be intentionally cruel and are more ingenious than funny.
Lady Astor said to Churchill, "If you were my husband, I'd poison your tea," Churchill replied "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink it!"

Axiom
An axiom (or postulate) is a principle of a theory, scientific model, or an axiomatic system that is and cannot be justified from within the system or derived by deduction.
Example: Law of the Excluded Middle [also: principle of the excluded third - this is the third of the three classic laws of thought; it states, that any statemet or proposition is either true or wrong]
In everyday language, the term Axiom is used to describe a fundamental simple truth; like a circle is round.
Dogma
A Dogma is a principle or set of principles, which serve as a definition or as a basic (normative) doctrine. Its inherent truth claim cannot be refuted, without affecting the very system's central paradigms and the (belief) systems stability. The content of a dogma has at least no proven or recognizable counterpart in reality. It is also often laid down by an authority as an incontrovertibly truth.
Paradox
A paradox is a statement that seemingly or actually contains an irresolvable contradiction. Thus it contradicts itself and yet might be true.
Example: All Cretans are liars. [from Epimenides (a Cretan) who made this immortal statement]
Nota bene: Self-referentiality or self-reference, is a term that describes how a symbol, an idea or statement (or a model, image, or story) refers to itself.

 



 

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The 50 most important English proverbs

What are proverbs?

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called "proverbs".

How can you use proverbs to learn English?

It's good to know the really common English proverbs because you hear them come up in conversation all the time. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a friend. More often, someone will say just part of a proverb like this:

You know what they say: when the going gets tough...

(Read #5 below to learn the rest of this proverb and what it means.)

Learning proverbs can also help you to understand the way that people in English-speaking cultures think about the world.

Proverbs can also give you good example sentences which you can memorize and use as models for building your own sentences.

The most important English Proverbs

This is a list of some of the most important and well-known English proverbs. Below each one, there's a simple explanation.

The meanings of some of these phrases have shifted over the years, so a proverb might have originally had a different meaning than the one I explain.

  1. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

     Tweet This! When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

  2. "The pen is mightier than the sword."

     Tweet This! Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
  3. "When in Rome, do as the Romans."

     Tweet This! Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you're traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you're used to.
  4. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

     Tweet This! You can get better service if you complain about something. If you wait patiently, no one's going to help you.
  5. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

     Tweet This! Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
  6. "No man is an island."

     Tweet This! You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.
  7. "Fortune favors the bold."

     Tweet This! People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.
  8. "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."

     Tweet This! Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.
  9. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."

     Tweet This! Bad things might happen, so be prepared.
  10. "Better late than never."

     Tweet This! It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.
  11. "Birds of a feather flock together."

     Tweet This! People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
  12. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

     Tweet This! If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.
  13. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

     Tweet This! Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations. That's why PhraseMix has illustrations :)
  14. "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

     Tweet This! Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.
  15. "There's no place like home."

     Tweet This! Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
  16. "Discretion is the greater part of valor."

     Tweet This! Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.
  17. "The early bird catches the worm."

     Tweet This! You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
  18. "Never look a gift horse in the mouth."

     Tweet This! If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.
  19. "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."

     Tweet This! When you try to do something great, you'll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don't worry about those people; just focus on the good results.
  20. "God helps those who help themselves."

     Tweet This! Don't just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.
  21. "You can't always get what you want."

     Tweet This! Don't whine and complain if you don't get what you wanted.
  22. "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

     Tweet This! Be clean. God likes that.
  23. "A watched pot never boils."

     Tweet This! If something takes time to finish, don't watch it too closely because it will seem like it's taking forever.
  24. "Beggars can't be choosers."

     Tweet This! If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.
  25. "Actions speak louder than words."

     Tweet This! Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.
  26. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

     Tweet This! Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing new problems.
  27. "Practice makes perfect."

     Tweet This! You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.
  28. "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

     Tweet This! When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it's confusing and leads to bad results. Jobs and projects should have one or two strong leaders.
  29. "Easy come, easy go."

     Tweet This! When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it's easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
  30. "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

     Tweet This! If someone's paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.
  31. "All good things must come to an end."

     Tweet This! You can't keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it will stop.
  32. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

     Tweet This! When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you're trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
  33. "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

     Tweet This! Different people have different ideas about what's valuable.
  34. "There's no time like the present."

     Tweet This! If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.
  35. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

     Tweet This! Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.
  36. "Necessity is the mother of invention."

     Tweet This! When you're really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
  37. "A penny saved is a penny earned."

     Tweet This! Save your money. Saving money is just like making money.
  38. "Familiarity breeds contempt."

     Tweet This! When you're around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.
  39. "You can't judge a book by its cover."

     Tweet This! Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.
  40. "Good things come to those who wait."

     Tweet This! Be patient. Eventually something good will happen to you.
  41. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

     Tweet This! Have a backup plan. Don't risk all of your money or time in one plan.
  42. "Two heads are better than one."

     Tweet This! When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.
  43. "The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill."

     Tweet This! People tend to want whatever they don't have.
  44. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

     Tweet This! Don't do mean things to people.
  45. "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

     Tweet This! If one member of a team doesn't perform well, the whole team will fail.
  46. "Honesty is the best policy."

     Tweet This! Don't lie.
  47. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

     Tweet This! Sometimes it's good to be away from your partner, because it makes you want to see each other again.
  48. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

     Tweet This! If you try to help someone, but they don't take your advice or offers, give up. You can't force someone to accept your help.
  49. "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

     Tweet This! Your plans might not work out, so don't start thinking about what you'll do after you succeed. Wait until you've already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.
  50. "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."

     Tweet This!Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.

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The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. Sometimes people say the entire proverb to give advice to a friend.

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