These 100 inspirational words of wisdom quotes are all thoughtful expressions from ancient times to today.
All of the quotes are from the wisdom quotes & sayings pages on this site, but as there are so many entries on these pages (and always increasing), I have taken what I believe to be the most inspirational wisdom quotes to form this page. There were many quotes that could have been used, but are also suitable for other quote collections that I will be creating. The quotes are listed in order of the authors surname and the unknown authors/sources are after.
This collection is available to download and print as small quote cards (as in picture) from my Spiritual Quotes.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: A
Your life is right now. It’s not later. It’s not in that time of retirement. It’s not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. It’s not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now.. Until it gets better right now!
Mitch Albom 1958
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
The things you say about others, also say a lot about you.
St Francis of Assisi 1181 – 1226
A man who uses his hands is a labourer. One who uses his hands and mind is a craftsman. But he who uses his hands, his mind and his heart is an artist.
Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: B
Richard Bach 1936
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.
What you are able to think and perceive, defines the limitation of what you are able to achieve.
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 – 1850
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.
Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see clearly.
And when he sees Me in all and he sees all in Me, then I never leave him and he never leaves Me.
William Blake 1770 – 1850
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Ray Bradbury 1920
Until you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 – 1861
Light tomorrow with today.
Buddha 624BC – 543BC
If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: C
Deepak Chopra 1946
For nearly one hundred years we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid – a rock, a tree, your body – is actually 99.999% empty space.
Paulo Coelho 1947
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 – 1834
What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: D
Roald Dahl 1916 – 1990
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Ram Dass 1931
The quieter you become.. The more you hear.
Emily Dickinson 1830 – 1886
Sometimes says the most.
Benjamin Disraeli 1804 – 1881
The greatest good you can do for another, is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own.
Wayne Dyer 1940 – 2015
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
Loving people live in a loving world.
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
But, it’s the same world.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: E
Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955
Everyone is a genius, but, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Lucy & Seth
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882
Common sense is genius dressed in it’s working clothes.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
The wise man in the storm prays God, not from safety from danger, but from deliverance for fear. It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
Epictetus 55 – 135
He is a wise man, who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?
Yet the river flows on.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: F
Anatole France 1844 – 1924
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: G
Seth Godin 1960
Just because the tide is out, doesn’t mean there is less water in the ocean.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: H
Heraclitus 535BC – 475BC
There is nothing permanent..
Robert Holden 1964
To have time for what is valuable, you have to stop giving time to what isn’t.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: J
Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: L
Hugh Latimer 1485 – 1555
The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
C. S. Lewis 1898 – 1963
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
When hungry.. Eat rice. When tired.. Close your eyes.
Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.
Max Lucado 1955
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back to the crowd.
The world is..
As you are.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: M
E. C. McKenzie
The courage to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen.
Felix Mendelssohn 1809 – 1847
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
Michel de Montaigne 1533 – 1592
The only thing certain is..
Nothing is certain.
Movies – The Matrix
If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
John Muir 1838 – 1914
When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the Universe.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: N
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past. Wisdom is of the future.
Wisdom comes when you start living the life the Creator intended for you.
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
Isaac of Nineveh 680
Solitude is an ocean with wonderful places hidden in its depths.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: O
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.
The wise grows it under his feet.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: P
Dolly Parton 1946
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
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.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: R
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882 – 1945
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 1926 – 2004
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 – 1273
Close both eyes and see with the other eye.
What strikes the oyster does not damage the pearl.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: S
SaLuSa (Mike Quinsey)
Sow the seeds of truth and one day they will grow and become the flowers of understanding.
Dr Seuss 1904 – 1991
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Socrates 470BC – 399BC
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Barry Stevens 1902 – 1985
Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.
Jonathan Swift 1667 – 1745
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: T
Nikola Tesla 1856 – 1943
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that in all the previous centuries of existence.
Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862
Man emulates Earth.
Earth emulates Heaven.
Heaven emulates The Way.
The Way emulates Nature.
J.R.R. Tolkien 1892 – 1973
Not all who wander are lost.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
TV – Fringe
Real is just a matter of perception.
TV – Star Trek Next Generation
There are things we do not understand and yet they exist non the less.
Lao Tzu c.600BC
Nature does not hurry.. Yet everything is accomplished.
Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: V
Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: W
Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oprah Winfrey 1954
Follow your instincts.
That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom: Y
Adam Yauch 1964 – 2012
Everything we do affects other people.
Edward Young 1683 – 1765
Procrastination is the thief of time.
Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:
Before enlightenment – chopping wood, carrying water.
After enlightenment – chopping wood, carrying water.
Collect moments, not things.
Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
I am another you.
You are another me.
If I throw a stone into a pond, the ripples come straight back to me.
Intuition is the GPS of the Soul.
It is not a mistake to turn back if you are on the wrong road.
It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out..
It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
Lighthouses don’t go running all over the island looking for boats to save..
They just stand there shining.
Mistakes are.. Portals of discovery.
Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Somebody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Somebody realised that Nobody would do it. So, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody that Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
One moon shines in every pool, in every pool the one moon.
Should one say that something does not exist, merely because we have never seen or heard of it?
Sometimes those who challenge you most… teach you best.
Sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
And sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye, and found by the heart.
To get to the fruit of the tree, you have to go out on a limb.
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