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.
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