19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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. Be confident in yourself.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

2. Always be looking forward.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

3. Live a life of purpose.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

4. Be brave. Be bold.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

5. Use your time wisely.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin

6. Value yourself for who you are.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

7. Hone your skills.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

8. Keep your head up.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

9. Learn to speak well and listen better.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

10. Have fun. You’ll accomplish more.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

11. Build genuine connections.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

“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. Give more than you take.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

13. Seek your purpose.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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. Pique your curiosity.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

15. Search for more meaning.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

16. Unleash your personal momentum.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

17. Focus on the future.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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

18. Excel in your own way.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

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. Don’t forget to live.

19 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

“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 a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

14 Comments

  1. Avatar Trevor Reeby on September 18, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Thank Lydia..Love them!

    • Avatar Kelvin on November 19, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Very wise

  2. Avatar jessica jessi on March 19, 2019 at 8:56 am

    nice Artical

  3. Avatar k romaniw on July 20, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Life is to short to take seriously.

  4. Avatar Jonah Owori on September 18, 2019 at 3:16 am

    very educative

  5. Avatar Saif on September 19, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Nobody can make you inferior until you permit

  6. Avatar Rutger on September 22, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Yeah i felt the words deeply in me.. It touch me..

  7. Avatar JOSEPH DADI on September 24, 2019 at 4:25 am

    LET BE LIKE LION, LION LOOKS BACK AFTER EVERY FIVE STEPS JUST TO MAKE SURE NOTHING IS BEHIND

  8. Avatar Charles Violin on September 25, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks dear. This are life changing.
    Kisses.

  9. Avatar Hellen Ngoya on November 18, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks really inspiring

  10. Avatar seth on November 19, 2019 at 12:26 am

    inspiring quotes in deed!

  11. Avatar njeru on November 27, 2019 at 7:36 am

    good and inspiring words

  12. Avatar Mukwaya owen on November 28, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Fantancy

  13. Avatar Gilberto Banze on September 8, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Amazing,

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