230 Wise Quotes

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 230 of the best wise quotes. Hope you’ll find some new wisdom and feel a little calmer and inspired after reading them. Enjoy!

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The intelligent come to know the world. The wise come to know themselves. James Pierce

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Wise? No, I simply learned to think. Christopher Paolini

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The wise man knows it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world. Chuang Tzu

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If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. African proverb

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A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. Albert Einstein


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Great doubts, deep wisdom. Small doubts, little wisdom. Chinese proverb

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When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man. Zen proverb

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Awareness, not age, leads to wisdom. Publilius Syrus

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Knowledge is discovered by all of us, each adding to the whole. Wisdom is rediscovered by each of us, one at a time. Naval Ravikant

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Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Lao Tzu


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Ignore what won’t impact your life. @orangebook_

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Knowledge wants to talk. Wisdom wants to listen. Haemin Sunim

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Most things will seem important and urgent. You become wise when you realize most are not. Maxime Lagacé

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When a situation is within your control, take action. When a situation is outside your control, make preparations. James Clear

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Stay centered by accepting whatever happens to you. This is the ultimate. Zhuangzi

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The Best Wise Quotes

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It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely. Ambrose

Don’t go in and hide; don’t come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle. Zhuangzi

The sage rests. Nothing unpleasant can disturb him, his virtue is complete and his spirit is not stirred up. Zhuangzi

The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang

The coolest people don’t try to look cool. The happiest people don’t try to look happy. The smartest people don’t try to look smart. If you can’t love yourself sufficiently to not live for others, you will be miserable. @orangebook_

In the dojo, aim for truth. At home, aim for harmony. At work, aim for progress. Among friends, aim for trust. In the world, aim for sincerity. Awa Kenzô

The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why she is one with them. Because she has let go of herself, she is perfectly fulfilled. Lao Tzu

The person seeking to learn wins what the person seeking to impress loses. Angela Jiang

One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. Simone de Beauvoir


Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Marcus Aurelius

The busy walk quickly. The healthy walk daily. The happy walk slowly. Maxime Lagacé

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. Marya Mannes

Wisdom cannot be learned from a book. It is acquired only in a living formation…It is “lived”. And unless one “lives” it, one cannot “have” it. Thomas Merton

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed. George Henry Lewes

When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you face. Robert Greene

There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for. John Keating (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives but does not keep. Chuang Tzu

Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Dass

Genius is finding the invisible link between things. Vladimir Nabokov

The sage battles his own ego. The fool battles everyone else’s. Sufi proverb

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Part 2. Wise Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Wise Quotes (Einstein, Tolstoy, Aristotle, etc.)

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Wisdom leads us back to childhood. Blaise Pascal

The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men. Blaise Pascal

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. Yoda

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Winston Churchill

Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form. Leonardo da Vinci

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. Lewis

The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy

The best math you can learn is how to calculate the future cost of current decisions. Wesley Snipes

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Romans 1:22

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant

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

Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)

Fools and wise folk are alike harmless. It is the half-wise and the half-foolish, who are the most dangerous. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. François de La Rochefoucauld

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. 14th Dalai Lama

Excellence is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny. Aristotle

It is one thing to be clever, but quite another to be wise. George R.R. Martin (Games of Thrones)

Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. Nelson Mandela

There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still. Chinese proverb

What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. Albert Einstein

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Short Wise Quotes

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What you possess, you lose. Zen proverb

Be a mountain or lean on one. Somali proverb

Only the autodidacts are free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile, Amazon book)

No man was ever wise by chance. Seneca (Moral Letters to Lucilius, Amazon book)

To get lost is to learn the way. African proverb

Chasing happiness chases it away. Maxime Lagacé

Bad happens fast. Good happens slow. Jack Butcher

You will find only what you bring in. Yoda

When walking, walk. When eating, eat. Zen proverb

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince. Edgar Allen Poe

How you do anything is how you can do everything. Ryan Holiday

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete. Lao Tzu

Fools stand in dread of fortune, wise men bear it. Publius Syrus

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. William of Occam

The first rule of fishing is to fish where the fish are. Charlie Munger

When learning, explore widely. When mastering, focus narrowly. James Clear

When failure is expensive, plan carefully. When failure is cheap, act quickly. James Clear


Inspirational Wise Quotes

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No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice. C.S. Lewis (The Magician’s Nephew)

To be popular add to the consensus/narrative. To help society leave it behind and explore. @AmuseChimp

The fools are preoccupied by things they can’t control. That’s why they are tense. The wise are indifferent to things they can’t control. That’s why they are calm. Maxime Lagacé

Conquer the angry man by love. Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness. Conquer the liar with truth. The Dhammapada

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting. John Cage

Opportunity knocks at the door only once. Chinese proverb

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpotts

Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract. James Clear

Getting exceptional outcomes in life is often about knowing when to turn it on and when to turn it off. When to rest v. when to train hard. When to save v. when to invest. When to talk v. when to listen. When to act v. when to wait. It’s not the act, but the timing of the act. James Clear

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men. John Locke

Be wise; soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise. Philip Massinger (Duke of Milan)

Comfort makes you weaker. We need some variability, some stressors. Not too much, but just enough. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. Epictetus

If I had just a little bit of wisdom, I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it. Lao Tzu

We know what we are, but not what we may be. William Shakespeare

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See also: 10 Daily Rituals of the Most Intelligent People (inc.com)

Funny And Surprising Wise Quotes

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The smartest person is often the one who skips the meeting. Shane Parrish

Idiots want to be smart, smart people try not to be idiots. @AmuseChimp

When I think of all I have said, I envy the mute. Seneca

The emptier the head, the louder the mouth. Stephen King

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Miles Kington

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12

It is easy to find a logical and virtuous reason for not doing what you don’t want to do. John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

An erudite is someone who displays less than he knows; a journalist or consultant, the opposite. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)

Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination. Lin Yutang

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already. Baltasar Gracián

Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap. Albert Einstein

Deep Wise Quotes

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Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Borne

The wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. Zhuge Liang

Teaching without words and working without doing are understood by very few. Lao Tzu

What the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end. Warren Buffett

A rational person understands people can act irrationally. An irrational person believes people always act rationally. Angela Jiang

Wisdom is an iron shield against the tumult and monotony of a domestic existence. Kapil Gupta

Intelligence lies in recognizing one’s own ignorance. Wisdom lies in the indifference to the pride of this realization. Kapil Gupta

Truth lies in the indifference to self-image. Kapil Gupta

The only thing you control is how you respond. Anything else is just pure coincidence. Maxime Lagacé

Those who talk should do and only those who do should talk. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Skin in the Game)

You don’t become completely free just by avoiding to be a slave; you also need to avoid becoming a master. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

People are much less interested in what you are trying to show them than in what you are trying to hide. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

The element move upward, downward, in all directions. The motion of virtue is different – deeper. It moves at a steady pace on a road hard to discern, and always forward. Marcus Aurelius

I have to tell jokes because you are all religious people, you tend to be serious. I have to tickle you so sometimes you forget your religiousness, you forget all your philosophies, theories, systems, and you fall down to earth. I have to bring you back to the earth again and again, otherwise you will tend to become serious, more and more serious. And seriousness is a canceric growth. Osho

The sage is still not because he takes stillness to be good and therefore is still. The ten thousand things are insufficient to distract his mind – that is the reason he is still. Zhuangzi

In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still. Thibaut

Whenever you feel rooted and established in place, that is when you should be truly afraid. Robert Greene

Either you create your circumstances or they will be created for you. The wise man creates, the fool ponders. Carlos Del Valle

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice. Lin Yutang

The most important piece of information there is on the battlefield is where you are. Jocko Willink

Silence is that menacing sage that haunts you with its wisdom. Roy Gillett

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann

A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom. Joe Dispenza

Related quotes: Deep Quotes That Will Make You Think (In New Ways)

Wise Quotes And Proverbs (Words of Wisdom)

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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Zhuangzi

You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit and meditate for an hour. Zen proverb

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. Lumbee (Native American proverb)

In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. Nigerian proverb

Happiness is what people seek. Reality is what hits them. Disappointment is what they get. Detachment is what they need. Maxime Lagacé

Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles. Chinese proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. Chinese proverb

Gardening is not outcome-oriented. A successful harvest is not the end of a gardener’s existence, but only a phase of it. As any gardener knows, the vitality of a garden does not end with a harvest. James P. Carse

Progress, like evolution, must be neither too slow nor too fast. Too slow means extinction from lack of adaptation. Too fast prevents retaining the benefits of past improvements, hence, again, extinction. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

They think that intelligence is about noticing things that are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns). Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

Intuition is unconscious accumulated experience informing judgement in real time. Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life)

Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. Henepola Gunaratana

Wise men don’t need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren’t wise. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

The foolish reject what they see. The wise reject what they think. Huang Po

When hungry, eat your rice; when tired close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean. Lin-Chi

The wise man is naturally quiet, subdued, and largely silent. Kapil Gupta

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Pema Chödron

See also: 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day (huffingtonpost.ca)

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Wise Quotes About Life

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey

Be crazy. But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be wise. But learn that wisdom is sometimes the art of behaving like a fool. Paulo Coelho

Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants. Augustine of Hippo

Whatever you’re feeling, accept it. Whatever you’re thinking, ignore it. Maxime Lagacé

Decisions: If you can’t decide, the answer is no. If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality). Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term. Naval Ravikant

Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Leo Tolstoy (A Calendar of Wisdom, Amazon book)

Among the most necessary knowledge is the knowledge of how to live well, that is, how to produce the least possible evil and the greatest goodness in one’s life. Leo Tolstoy

Intelligence comes from meditation, intelligence comes from rebellion, intelligence does not come from memory. Osho

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

People undervalue their time because it can’t be traded. As if pricelessness were the same as valuelessness. Michael

Modern society is defined by an excess of opportunity. We have more information, more products, and more options than ever before. As a result, curating, filtering, and refining are more important skills than ever before. Those who edit best will find the signal in the noise. James Clear

A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do. Osho

Wise Quotes About Education, Learning

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You learn a lot when you learn to be humble. Wesley Snipes

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. Galileo Galilei

We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge. Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Amazon book)

Getting wiser is a combination of humility and diligent curiosity. Without the first, the second is useless: You won’t truly learn anything. Shane Parrish

Smart people tend to ask clarifying questions, listen, put things in their own words, and change their mind. Shane Parrish

True education starts when you laugh at what you already know and realize all the things you don’t. Maxime Lagacé

Someone who says ‘I don’t know’ to a question might know more than someone who answers with elaborate opinions. @AmuseChimp

The novice gets excited when he knows the answer; the master gets excited when he doesn’t. Thibaut

You can learn a lot from a lot of people if you’re willing to listen and never think you know it all. Ed Latimore

Save your wisdom for people who come looking for it. People would rather drown in ignorance than hop on an unsolicited life raft of knowledge. Ed Latimore

I do not belong to the category of the learned. My whole life has been based on a fundamental truth which can only be called unlearning. Osho

Do not look down on other schools, but take from them whatever is good. Drop anything bad, even if it comes from your own school. Bukuyo Takeda

Everything must be questioned. Then the mind becomes extraordinarily sensitive, alive and intelligent. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When failure costs are low, it’s mathematically better to accelerate iteration speed than decrease error rate. David Perell

We’re too concentrated on having our children learn the answers. We should teach them how to ask questions because that’s how you learn. Thibaut (See also: How To Learn Faster)

The more primitive your building blocks, the more complex the structures are that you can build. Think from first principles. Michael

The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others. Publius Syrus

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato the Elder

We don’t get wise by staying in a room with all the doors and windows closed. Pema Chödrön

Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. Heraclitus

All I can do for you is help you to unlearn. Anthony de Mello

Wise Quotes About Happiness, Peace Of Mind

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A truly wise man is always joyful. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness does not depend on outward things but on the way we see them. Leo Tolstoy

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. Cameroon proverb

A symptom of inner peace is a smile. The evidence is calmness. The consequences are meaning and happiness. The causes are curiosity, solitude and understanding. Maxime Lagacé

It is perhaps wise to ask little of life and its people, to live as a gentle and inconspicuous human who is here for a short while. Weaves in and out of the lives of a few, asks nothing from them. Then one day, quietly retreats into the beyond. Kapil Gupta

You’ll find more robust wisdom studying what the lives of happy people don’t include. Sever the negative tails rather than chase happiness. Shane Parrish

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

Your conscious action creates your future. Your unconscious reaction recreates your past. @TheInnerPractitioner

If you understand things, if you see things properly, you will naturally, slowly develop peace from mind. Naval Ravikant

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. Lin Yutang

It is important that man dreams, but it is perhaps equally important that he can laugh at his own dreams. Lin Yutang

On the whole, the enjoyment of leisure is something which decidedly costs less than the enjoyment of luxury. All it requires is an artistic temperament which is bent on seeking a perfectly useless afternoon spent in a perfectly useless manner. Lin Yutang

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. Lin Yutang

My path is the path of stopping, the path of enjoying the present moment. It is a path where every step brings me back to my true home. It is a path that leads nowhere. I am on my way home. I arrive at every step. Thich Nhat Hanh

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. Epictetus

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi

If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering. Taoist proverb

The happy man is one who is freed from both fear and desire because of the gift of reason. Seneca

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Wise Quotes About Friendship, Relationships

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A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself. Dogen

The wise person finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends. Baltasar Gracián

Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities. Plutarch

The words of the proud man impose silence on all others so that he alone may be heard. The humble man speaks only in order to be spoken to. Thomas Merton

Fools aim for fame. The wise aim for respect. Jack Peach

Praise others. It will bring them peace of mind. Do not expect others to praise you. It will bring you peace of mind. James Clear

Remember: You have only so much energy and so much time. Every moment wasted on the affairs of others subtracts from your strength. Robert Greene

Focus, not on the rudenesses of others, not on what they’ve done or left undone, but on what you have and haven’t done yourself. The Dhammapada

Don’t ask people what matters to them, watch how they live. Shane Parrish

Wise Quotes About Success

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Understand that half the game is keeping quiet, and carefully watching those around you. Robert Greene

You never win an argument until they attack your person. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

I am inclined to think that the power of wisdom is better shown by a display of calmness in the midst of provocation. Seneca

Trade fear for courage and you obtain progress. Trade ambition for detachment and you obtain peace. The wisest are able to be both. Maxime Lagacé

You don’t have to be brilliant, only a little bit wiser than the other guys, on average, for a long, long time. Charlie Munger

We try more to profit from always remembering the obvious than from grasping the esoteric. It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent. Charlie Munger

The easy path is only easy in the short term and the long path is only hard in the short term. If you stick with them over time, the paths switch. The short game becomes a headwind and the long game becomes a tailwind. This is difficult to appreciate. Shane Parrish

The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes. Robert Greene

In the long-run, adaptation is more useful than optimization. At some point, the environment you optimized for will shift. The rules of the game will change. The flexible prevail. James Clear

All learning is dependent on feedback. The faster the feedback, the faster you can learn. Thus, in many domains, the individual, team, or organization with the fastest feedback cycle is the one that wins. James Clear

You cannot be skilled at everything. You need to play to your strengths and not imagine you can be great at whatever you put your mind to. Robert Greene

Your time is the most valuable resource you have. It’s finite in amount, always depleting, and can never be regained back if its lost in any way. Much of success in life can be reduced to who used their time wisely, and who did not. Your life is your time, so protect it as such. Alexander J.A Cortes

Success is the result of right decisions. Right decisions are the result of experience. Experience is the result of wrong decisions. Thibaut

If you feel uncomfortable around people smarter than you, you’re status-seeking. If you feel lucky, you’re wealth-seeking. Johnny Uzan

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear

See also: 7 Proven Ways Meditating Prepares You for Success (entrepreneur.com)

Wise Quotes About Work

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The harder you work, the more confidence you get. But you may be working hard on something that is false. Charlie Munger

Working hard is overrated. Choosing what to work on and who to work on it with is underrated. Naval Ravikant

It’s smart to emulate what works. It’s smarter to find out what works for you. Maxime Lagacé

Creative ideas will come to you in the quiet moment in between your thoughts. You are wiser than you think. Be still and see what happens. Haemin Sunim

Focused on the process, our creative life retains a sense of adventure. Focused on the product, the same creative life can feel foolish or barren. Julia Cameron

A large part of problem-solving is the ability to see a problem in its true form. If you’re able to describe a problem in a sufficiently clear and precise fashion, most of the solution will become evident. Writing helps. Write about your problems. It’s more precise than thinking. François Chollet

The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. Bhagavad Gita

A wise doctor is one who never lets his knowledge predominate over his humanity. Thibaut

When you have one eye focused on an outcome, you get drawn to secrets and shortcuts. The shortcut won’t make you better. The secret won’t get you there faster. One eye on the outcome means you only have one eye on the process. You control the process, not the outcome. Shane Parrish

We choose outcomes as goals and treat processes as chores. A wiser approach is to set processes as goals and treat outcomes as by-products. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing. James Clear

In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. Robert Greene

Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do. Lin Yutang

To act with a minimum of effort and obtain the maximum results, such is the way of the wise man. Zhuangzi

See also: Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit (inc.com)

Part 4. Conclusion

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Without understanding yourself, what is the use of trying to understand the world? Ramana Maharshi

A person who know little likes to talk, and one who knows much mostly keeps silent. This is because a person who knows little thinks that everything he knows is important, and wants to tell everyone. A person who knows much also knows that there is much more he doesn’t know. That’s why he speaks only when it is necessary to speak, and when he is not asked questions, he keeps his silence. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Call to action: Read 7 Traits That Separate a Wise Person from a Smart Person (learning-mind.com)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

July 15, 2021

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