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Words of Wisdom

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Wise quotes across the ages from Socrates to Paulo Coelho.

Notice board with a selection of quotes on it

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” Socrates

“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” E.A. Bucchianeri

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?” Benjamin Franklin

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Sharon Salzberg

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” Leo F. Buscaglia

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson

“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” Maurice Switzer

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” A.A. Milne

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Albert Einstein

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Umberto Eco

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” William James

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” Paulo Coelho


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