19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

‘It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.’
February 16, 2017

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.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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


19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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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