Famous Quotes About Wisdom and Success

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Wisdom and knowledge are the foundation of all progress. Without the thinkers, scientists, and leaders of the past, we would not be where we are today. The quotes below capture some of their insights about wisdom and success.

Sir Winston Churchill

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."


"The life which is unexamined is not worth living."

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Benjamin Disraeli

"I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?"

Walter Scott

"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability."

Thomas Jefferson

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."

Albert Einstein

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."

Bill Gates

"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

John Keats

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter."

Henry David Thoreau

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man."

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

Lord Chesterfield

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it—thou art a fool."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."

Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?"


"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

George Bernard Shaw

"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future."

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."

William Wordsworth

"Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar."

Saint Augustine

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."

Anton Chekhov

"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."


"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile."

Henry David Thoreau

"Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other."

Charles Dickens

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts."

John Muir

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."


"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."

Lao Tzu

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

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