The wisdom quotes on this page are all from sources and authors surnames N through to Q. The other pages are: A, B, C & D, E & F, G & H, I – L, M, R & S, T & U, V – Z. There is also a page of Wisdom Sayings and a condensed page of 100 Inspirational Words Of Wisdom (a selection from all of the wisdom pages.)
Wisdom Quotes: N
Mikhail Naimy 1889 – 1988
Ask not of things to shed their veils. Unveil yourselves, and things will be unveiled.
How much more infinite a sea is man? Be not so childish as to measure him from head to foot and think you have found his borders.
Love is the law of God. You live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live. No other lesson is required of man.
So think as if your every thought were to be etched in fire upon the sky for all and everything to see. For so, in truth, it is.
Listen to the wind.. It talks. Listen to the silence.. It speaks. Listen to your heart.. It knows.
The Soul would have no rainbow, if the eye had no tears.
Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors
We borrow it from our children.
Emma with Joey in sling (2012)
Native American – Arapaho
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.
When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
Native American – Cherokee
Listen! Or your tongue will make you deaf.
Native American – Cheyenne
If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.
Our first teacher is our own heart.
Native American – Dakota
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
Native American – Hopi
Wisdom comes when you start living the life the Creator intended for you.
Native American – Lumbee
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past. Wisdom is of the future.
Native American – Shawnee
Do not hurt your neighbor, for it is not him you wrong but yourself.
Reinhold Neibuhr 1892 – 1971
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.
If you are doing things in order to be happy… you’re doing them in the wrong order.
Mark Nepo 1951
The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.
Isaac Newton 1643 – 1727
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.
Joseph Fort Newton 1880 – 1950
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Friedrich Nietzche 1844 – 1900
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way and the only way.. It does not exist.
Leonard Nimoy 1931 – 2015
The miracle is this… the more we share, the more we have.
Isaac of Nineveh 680
Solitude is an ocean with wonderful places hidden in its depths.
Christiane Northrup 1949
Illness is often a sign that you need to make an adjustment in your life path.
Thoughts are an important part of your inner wisdom and they are very powerful. A thought held long enough and repeated often enough becomes a belief. A belief becomes your biology.
Christiane Northrup 1949
True health is only possible when we understand the unity of our minds, emotions, spirits and physical bodies.
Your beliefs are stronger than your genes.
Wisdom Quotes: O
For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes, to someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.
Frank Ocean 1987
We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.
John O’donohue 1956 – 2008
Wisdom is the way that you learn to decipher the unknown; and the unknown is our closest companion. So wisdom is the art of being courageous and generous with the unknown, of being able to decipher and recognize its treasures.
Mary Oliver 1935 – 2019
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
Someone I loved gave me a box full of darkness.. It took me years to understand that, this too, was a gift.
Yoko Ono 1933
We are never alone. We are all aspects of one great Being. No matter how far apart we are… the air links us.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
Ovid 43BC – 17AD
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
Wisdom Quotes: P
Bachya ibn Pakuda
Days are like scrolls.. Write on them what you want to be remembered.
Chuck Palahniuk 1962
You’re a different human being to everybody you meet.
wisdom quote – Tyler
John De Paola
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
The dream we are living has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening.
Dolly Parton 1946
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Blaise Pascal 1623 – 1662
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover, than those given to us by others.
We know that truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
Steve Pavlina 1971
The first hour is the rudder of the day.
Norman Vincent Peale 1898 – 1993
No matter how dark it is.. When you turn on one light, darkness cannot exist.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
M. Scott Peck 1936 – 2005
Love is the free exercise of choice. Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other, but choose to live with each other.
It’s okay to change your route. Along the way of walking your current path, isn’t it rather exciting to think: I have found something more interesting, more fantastic, more me.
Ethel Person 1934 – 2012
People should not judge failed love affairs as failed experiences, but as part of the growth process. Something does not have to end well for it to have been one of the most valuable experiences of a lifetime.
Pablo Picasso 1881 – 1973
Everything you can imagine is real.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Jodi Picoult 1966
Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.
Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality.
Ideas are flights of fancy that change the world.
Robert M. Pirsig 1928
The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present moment is our only reality.
Frank Pittman 1953 – 2012
The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child-raising is not the child but the parent.
Plato 429BC – 347BC
Geometry will draw the Soul toward the truth and create the spirit of philosophy.
Is that which is Holy loved by the Gods because it is Holy, or is it Holy because it is loved by the Gods?
The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.
Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.
Sometimes you become stronger just by turning around and walking away.
Today is the best day of your life. The only thing that will change that is… tomorrow.
Alexander Pope 1688 – 1714
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing. Bless them totally, sincerely, joyful. For such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.
Max de Pree
In the end, it is important to remember that, we can not become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.
We are actors in a play who have forgotten they are in a play.
Elvis Presley 1935 – 1977
Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.
Those who wish to sing.. Always find a song.
To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
The secret to living well and longer is… Eat half. Walk double. Laugh triple. And love without measure.
Pythagoras 570BC – 495BC
There is music in the spacing of the spheres.