30 Wise Quotes for a Better Life

UPDATED: May 27, 2024
PUBLISHED: February 16, 2017
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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 30 wise quotes for a better life.

1. Be confident in yourself.

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

2. Always be looking forward.

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

3. Live a life of purpose.

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

4. Be brave. Be bold.

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

5. Use your time wisely.

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

Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin

6. Value yourself for who you are.

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

7. Hone your skills.

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

8. Keep your head up.

“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.

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

10. Have fun. You’ll accomplish more.

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

11. Build genuine connections.

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

12. Give more than you take.

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

13. Seek your purpose.

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.

“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.

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

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

16. Unleash your personal momentum.

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

17. Focus on the future.

“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.

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.

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

20. Keep pursuing your dreams.

“Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.” —Jon Bon Jovi

“Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.” —Jon Bon Jovi

21. Maintain a positive mindset.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” —Audrey Hepburn

22. Celebrate who you are.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde

23. Embrace change.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy

24. Learn from your mistakes.

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.” —Jennifer Aniston

25. Move at your own pace.

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

26. Have confidence in yourself.

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

27. Practice gratitude.

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

28. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

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

29. Continue working toward your goals.

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

30. Live your life to the fullest.

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

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

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This article was updated May 2024. Photo by PeopleImages.com – Yuri A/Shutterstock.com

Lydia Sweatt

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