50 of the Wisest Quotes of All Time

On the internet there are countless numbers of sources of wisdom that can help us understand the purpose of our life. The quotes from famous musicians, philosophers and authors are one of those sources that can provide us with the understanding that we seek. Even though the truest wisdom comes from our personal experiences, sometimes we all need some inspiration and knowledge from other people too.

In this article you will read some of the wisest quotes in the world that contain great wisdom and perspective about life, happiness, love and much more.


  1. “If you put limits on everything you do – they will reflect on your work and on your whole life too. Life knows no limits. It knows only about plateaus, and you mustn’t stay on one plateau all the time, you have to go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
  2. “If you want to grow, you have to do something beyond what you have already mastered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “You can never gain anything from meditation – you can just lose. Here is what I’ve lost: Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Insecurity and Fear.” – Buddha
  4. “If you want to be a good teacher, then you should show the students where to look, but you should never tell them what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trefor
  5. “Be kind with everyone you meet, because all of them are fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
  6. “If you are crazy enough to think that you can change the world, at the end you will!” – Steve Jobs
  7. “One moment of patience, can save you from hundred days of sorrow.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
  8. “Don’t believe that a small group of wise citizens can change the whole world? Stop for a moment and think – that’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
  9. “People are impractical, irrational and selfish. Love them anyway!” – Mother Teresa
  10. A man came to Buddha and told him: “I want happiness”. Buddha replied: First of all, remove “I” because it represents the ego. Then remove “Want” because it is just a desire. At the end all that remains is “Happiness”.
  11. “Think logically and you will get from A to B. Use imagination and you will get anywhere!” – Albert Einstein
  12. “Pay attention to the things that irritate you about others. That’s how you will understand yourself.” – Carl Jung
  13. “Nobody has come to this world to live to someone else’s expectations.” – Bruce Lee
  14. “Your life is the product of your thoughts. What you think, you become.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  15. “Never let school get in the way of your education.” – Mark Twain
  16. “There are people who die at 25 but aren’t buried until 75.” – Benjamin Franklin
  17. “Good health and sick society never go together.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  18. “Your job is not to search for love, but to search for and find all the barriers within your heart that you have built against it.” – Rumi
  19. “Normal is a fantasy. What the spider sees as normal, the fly sees as a chaos.” – Morticia Addams
  20. “Don’t ask whether there is life after death. Ask whether you are alive before you die.” – Osho
  21. “When you forget what you are, you become what you might be.” – Lao Tzu
  22. “If you love the person you are alone with, you will never be lonely.” – Wayne Dyer
  23. If you’ve never made a mistake in your life, it means that you’ve never tried anything new.” –Albert Einstein
  24. “If you don’t have enemies, it means that you have never stood up for something in your life.” – Winston Churchill
  25. “If you really live, then you are one of the rarest people in the world. Most of the people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde
  26. “You are beautiful when you are being yourself. Nobody needs to accept you, except you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  27. “Life will give you exactly what your consciousness needs in order to grow.” – Eckhart Tolle
  28. “It’s almost impossible to escape failures in life. You simply cannot live without experiencing some failures, unless you live so cautiously that actually you don’t live at all – in this case, you’ve already failed.” – J.K. Rowling
  29. “The best thing about fear is that when you run towards it, it runs away.” – Robin Sharma
  30. “Only people who take a risk and go too far are able to discover how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot
  31. “When I was a child, my mother always told me that happiness is the most important thing in life. One day at school, the teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told her that I wanted to be happy. She told me I didn’t understand the question, I replied that she didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
  32. “Some people believe that we travel just to escape life. I believe that we travel for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
  33. “Be the change that you want to see in the world!” – Gandhi
  34. “A mind that is extended by new experiences cannot go back to its previous dimensions” – Oliver Wendell Homes
  35. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost
  36. “Most of the people don’t listen to you so that they can understand; they listen to you so that they can reply.” – Stephen Covey
  37. You cannot fight darkness with darkness – you need light to do that. You cannot fight hate with hate – you need love to do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  38. “At the end, it’s the life in your years that count and not the years in your life!” – Abraham Lincoln
  39. “We become what we constantly do. So, excellence is not an action but a habit” – Aristotle
  40. “Life is consisted of 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.” – Lou Holtz
  41. “The main purpose in our life is to help other people as much as we can. And if you are not able to help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama
  42. “I am considered to be the wisest man on Earth, but I know only one thing, and that is that I don’t know anything.” – Socrates
  43. “Don’t let people who do so little for you have so much power over your mind, emotions and feelings.” – Will Smith
  44. “We are not born to find ourselves. We are born to create ourselves.” – George Bernard Shaw
  45. “Look upon life as an experiment – make as much experiments as you can” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  46. “Life shrinks or expands depending on your courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  47. “Million candles can be lit from one single candle, and the life of the candle that has lit all those candles won’t be shortened. The same goes with happiness – it never decreases by being shared.” – Budha
  48. “The past can’t alter the present moment” – Eckhart Tolle
  49. “Apologize when you should, laugh whenever you can and let go of what you are not able to change. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love deeply, seize the opportunities, give everything and never regret about anything. Life is too short to feel anything but happiness.” – Unknown
  50. “Don’t worry about reputation – for it is what other people think of you. Worry about your character instead – because it is what you really are.” – John Wooden