250 Famous Age Quotes and Age Sayings Collection [Part 1]

I came back to work when my children were two months old. At that early age, they seem to have little awareness of anybody but their Raggedy Ann dolls, so it wasn’t a matter of them missing me. I was missing them.

Jane Pauley

At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. The name Cage came from a comic book character called Power Man.

Nicolas Cage

Age is a terrible avenger. The lessons of life give you so much to work with, but by the time you’ve got all this great wisdom, you don’t get to be young anymore.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

I’m asked all the time in interviews about who I am, and I know a few people my age who have a strong sense of self, but I couldn’t say I know myself and sum it up and give it to you in a little package. I don’t know myself at all yet.

Kristen Stewart

We can no longer waste time and money. Every day, more than 2,000 girls in America, age 15-19, give birth – in the wealthiest, most educated nation in the world! Neither you nor I should accept this statistic.

Jane Fonda

You should not consider a man’s age but his acts.

Sophocles

I hope to find the roles that are age appropriate but not yearning to be younger, or parenting ad nauseam.

Debra Winger

And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

Michelle Obama

At a certain age it just became apparent to me that this was probably the work that I would have to do.

Daniel Day-Lewis

If you love somebody, you love them. My parents had a 25-year age gap between them and my mum was the breadwinner, my dad the house husband. I’m a strong believer that a good relationship can work, whatever the situation.

Katherine Jenkins

Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them.

Russell Baker

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.

Doris Day

To me – old age is always ten years older than I am.

John Burroughs

I always thought that I might retire from any form of sexuality by the age of 40 and just become a dignified older person.

Jarvis Cocker

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.

Richard M. Nixon

You need some insecurity if you’re an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven’t yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers.

Al Pacino

Here comes 40. I’m feeling my age and I’ve ordered the Ferrari. I’m going to get the whole mid-life crisis package.

Keanu Reeves

No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.

John Ruskin

We’re still living with the old paradigm of age as an arch. That’s the old metaphor: You’re born, you peak at midlife and decline into decrepitude.

Jane Fonda

I can’t get my knickers in a twist about my age and ageing in an industry that caters to the ids of 14-year-olds.

Vera Farmiga

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

Joseph Addison

I just yesterday returned from a trip where I photographed a woman with two children whom I photographed first when she was the age of the older of the two children.

Jock Sturges

To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.

Earl Warren

Your 40s are a major trough. About the age of 50, feelings of satisfaction begin to rebound and keep rising into your 50s, 60s and 70s, with health being a major factor.

Jane Pauley

Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm.

Terry Eagleton

I get all fired up about aging in America.

Willard Scott

Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

Pope John XXIII

I’ve an enormous respect for my mother who at the age of 39 raised three children, and I grew up with my grandmother in the household. And so it was a really strong household of women – my poor brother! It was great growing up with so many generations of women.

Cate Blanchett

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

J. K. Rowling

Confidence is something you’re born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.

Hedy Lamarr

I love my kids, and the moments I have with them, and it’s kind of weird, it’s such an age old cliche, but the way that my sons, the way they make me feel when I look at them, the way they say things, no one else would probably react to them, but it’s a special thing for me.

Michael Rapaport

There is an anti-aging possibility, but it has to come from within.

Susan Anton

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.

Soren Kierkegaard

I’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.

Rodney Dangerfield

I never played much golf as a kid. I caddied quite a bit but never got serious into golf until about age 15.

Lee Trevino

It is not the young people that degenerate they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.

Charles de Montesquieu

At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.

Satyajit Ray

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.

Barbara de Angelis

The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.

Colleen McCullough

But I think it’s a little different in Europe, because 40 is really the best age for a woman. That’s when we hit our peak and become this ripe fruit.

Juliette Binoche

Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.

Gary L. Francione

As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.

Gore Vidal

From an early age I didn’t buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

Adam Clayton

At my age, I don’t think anyone is untouched by cancer.

Bryan Cranston

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

A woman my age is not supposed to be attractive or sexually appealing. I just get kinda tired of that.

Kathleen Turner

Life expectancy in many parts of Africa can be something around the age of thirty five to thirty eight. I mean you’re very fortunate if you live to that age. In fact when I went to Uganda for the first time one of the things that occurred to me was that I saw very few elderly people.

Annie Lennox

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age.

Nadia Comaneci

It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I was a mixture of being incredibly old for my age and incredibly backwards. I was born quite old, but then I stopped growing. I lived with my mum and dad till I was 30.

Helena Bonham Carter

I feel more mature than most people my age.

Leighton Meester

I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.

Henry James

English people don’t have very good diction. In France you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly, and learning French at an early age helped me enormously.

Vivien Leigh

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.

Jonathan Swift

Old age is a special problem for me because I’ve never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself – a lad of about 19.

E. B. White

Another belief of mine that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Atwood

There’s a vintage which comes with age and experience.

Jon Bon Jovi

I am a grandmother now, and that means age is creeping on, creeping on.

Lillie Langtry

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.

William Hazlitt

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.

Bernard Baruch

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

Jonathan Swift

A woman telling her true age is like a buyer confiding his final price to an Armenian rug dealer.

Mignon McLaughlin

Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.

H. L. Mencken

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.

Denis Diderot

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.

Bob Hope

I don’t look my age, I don’t feel my age and I don’t act my age. To me age is just a number.

Joan Collins

Each age, it is found, must write its own books or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things.

Joshua Lederberg

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Frank Lloyd Wright

I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it’s writing time, I write.

Jodi Picoult

I saw how many people were poor and how many kids my age went to school hungry in the morning, which I don’t think most of my contemporaries in racially segregated schools in the South thought very much about at the time.

Charles Kuralt

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline… because you need to be alone to find out anything.

Vivienne Westwood

The kids are old enough now – I just want to let them be kids. I don’t want to comment on them too much. They’re at an age where I just want to let them be kids.

Eminem

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.

Mahatma Gandhi

Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed.

A. N. Wilson

I’m 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her, I’d also be marrying her former life, her past. It might be OK for some people – I don’t want to judge it or anything – but it’s not for me. It would destroy my creativity.

Henry Rollins

I do think I feel it but you don’t think you are cause at a certain time you are no age but you don’t think you are anything. You feel the life you have lived. I feel that. It’s been a long fifty years.

Bob Geldof

I can feel the 60S looming. In my profession, I’ve just moved along with my age. By thinking in decades, rather than whether someone’s 42 or 47, you can give yourself a whole 10 years to turn yourself around in.

Francesca Annis

Maybe I’ll be a feminist in my old age.

Bjork

One problem with age is that patience begins to ebb.

Carl Hiaasen

Many women my age have known the experience of giving up crucial parts of themselves to please the man they love.

Joyce Maynard

Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.

Clarence Day

Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, ‘Why not?’ and the other, ‘Why bother?’

Sydney J. Harris

There are a lot of downsides to being male. We age faster and die younger. But give us this: we’re lifetime baby-making machines. Women’s reproductive abilities start to wane when they’re as young as 35. Men? We’re good to go pretty much till we’re dead.

Jeffrey Kluger

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.

Satchel Paige

In a spiritually sensitive culture, then, it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.

Rowan D. Williams

One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.

Walter Scott

‘Bombing Afghanistan back into the Stone Age’ was quite a favourite headline for some wobbly liberals. The slogan does all the work. But an instant’s thought shows that Afghanistan is being, if anything, bombed out of the Stone Age.

Christopher Hitchens

You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you’re in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that.

Salma Hayek

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.

George Sand

There’s no way to approach anything in an objective way. We’re completely subjective our view of the world is completely controlled by who we are as human beings, as men or women, by our age, our history, our profession, by the state of the world.

Charlie Kaufman

I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.

Princess Diana

It begins and ends with money. It’s absurd in this day and age when we need so much money for education, health, for people, that a $100 million dollars can be spent on a film. It’s obscene.

Kathleen Turner

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.

Denis Diderot

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.

Margaret Mead

Look, demanding somebody do anything in this day and age is not going to fly.

John Mayer

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

Francis Bacon

Craziest thing I’ve done for love is getting married. I think it’s crazy. I think it’s crazy, crazy, crazy. I’m never going to say I wouldn’t do it again but I have to make sure it’s love and not settling for the ‘I have to do this by a certain age,’ which is kind of what I did.

Jenny McCarthy

Those who love deeply never grow old they may die of old age, but they die young.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A man growing old becomes a child again.

Sophocles

People pay to see movies with women looking beautiful, but I think there will be a place for me to play women looking my own age.

Debra Winger

I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.

Josh Billings

A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.

Baltasar Gracian

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.

Graham Greene

I’ve been going through photos of my mother, looking back on her life and trying to put it into context. Very few people age gracefully enough to be photographed through their aging.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Tom Stoppard

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can’t construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.

John Polkinghorne

Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about, and were.

Russell Baker

Well, I’m in my 60s now. I finally look it, I think. People until I was 60 would always say they thought I looked younger, which I think, without flattering myself, I did, but I think I certainly have, as George Orwell says people do after a certain age, the face they deserve.

Christopher Hitchens

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I hope to have one more boxing match at the age of 55. Given that demographic at the age of 55 to 65, you’ve got to make a statement with your life. Otherwise, you are just existing.

George Foreman

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.

Luis Bunuel

Age for me is just a number.

Haile Gebrselassie

You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.

Norman Douglas

My acting career began at age three and my parents got me into it. I was in a McDonald’s commercial.

Corey Feldman

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.

Sam Ewing

Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.

Eleanor Roosevelt

People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.

Helen Hayes

Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.

Alanis Morissette

Old age is a shipwreck.

Charles de Gaulle

The whole business of marshaling one’s energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.

Hume Cronyn

The greatest writers of this age… are aware of the mystery of our existence.

J. B. Priestley

Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!

Pierre Corneille

No Congress ever has seen fit to amend the Constitution to address any issue related to marriage. No Constitutional Amendment was needed to ban polygamy or bigamy, nor was a Constitutional Amendment needed to set a uniform age of majority to ban child marriages.

Judy Biggert

Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth.

Mason Cooley

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.

Florence King

In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.

Francis Schaeffer

We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.

Fred Allen

My notion of a wife at 40 is that a man should be able to change her, like a bank note, for two 20s.

Warren Beatty

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.

Thomas Carlyle

People until I was 60 would always say they thought I looked younger, which I think, without flattering myself, I did, but I think I certainly have, as George Orwell says people do after a certain age, the face they deserve.

Christopher Hitchens

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

Sinclair Lewis

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.

Gore Vidal

I am rediscovering the whole sexual dimension of life at the age of 86, really. And that also means discovering the feminine. So the whole of this dimension, which I had been seeking for a very long time, is now sort of opening itself up to me.

Bede Griffiths

The 19th century was the age of Individualism the 20th and 21st are the ages of Socialism.

Francis Parker Yockey

Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.

Johnny Ball

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there.

Birch Bayh

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap.

Bob Hope

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

Washington Irving

Almost all of your life is lived by the seat of your pants, one unexpected event crashing into another, with no pattern or reason, and then you finally reach a point, around my age, where you spend more time than ever looking back. Why did this happen? Look where that led? You see the shape of things.

Ron Perlman

In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.

Julius Erving

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

W. Somerset Maugham

I think the sport of wrestling, which I became involved with at the age of 14… I competed until I was 34, kind of old for a contact sport. I coached the sport until I was 47. I think the discipline of wrestling has given me the discipline I have to write.

John Irving

The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.

William Wordsworth

I was very successful from a very early age, and I want to keep it.

John Mayer

Maybe it is something to do with age, but I have become fonder of poetry than of prose.

Aung San Suu Kyi

You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.

Harrison Ford

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

Will Durant

There’s a small club of women who are willing to age.

Debra Winger

After you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.

Helen Gurley Brown

A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience.

Diane Keaton

I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me.

Clint Eastwood

With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself.

Hugh Jackman

In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.

Timothy Leary

You get to a certain age and you can’t judge yourself on your dad or your parents.

Ellie Goulding

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

Don Marquis

It was Julie Burchill who decreed that, beyond a certain age, a man should not be seen in a leather jacket.

Arthur Smith

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.

Muriel Spark

I could always sing, from a really young age, but my voice was really weird. I used to make my mum turn up the radio every day in our house. She was well into music so I got that from her.

Ellie Goulding

I never felt totally, 100%, patriotically English… I’d seen a lot of the world by an early age – sort of spent a lot of time traveling around Lebanon and I’d seen Babylon, and Damascus, and all sorts of places in the Middle East by the time I was ten. Then we’d return to Ruslip in West London… Done a fair bit of traveling really.

Andy Serkis

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.

Charlotte Bronte

We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology.

Jeremy Rifkin

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.

J. B. Priestley

I wear clothes that most people in the Midwest would probably deem inappropriate at my age. And I rock a bikini all summer long. I know that it’s not normal, but I just don’t care. I live once.

Liz Phair

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

Tom Peters

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

Dale Carnegie

We are always the same age inside.

Gertrude Stein

This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.

Stendhal

I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don’t believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be.

Morgan Freeman

There’s a very small group of elite actresses who are my age, who people want to work with. It’s not easy to get a good job with good actors.

Amanda Peet

The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.

John Jay Chapman

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Albert Einstein

I feel like women are asked their age more than men.

Kristen Wiig

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life’s parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

Simone de Beauvoir

You can fake your age or mask it, but the passion that moves the characters has to be real.

Victoria Abril

I’m never overawed by a situation and I think that’s because I’ve always looked several years older than I am. So because people were treating me like I was 40 when I was 29, I’ve always felt in control of a situation. People used to say, when you’re 32, you’ll look 32. I’m still waiting for that moment, where my age catches up with my appearance.

Chris O’Dowd

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

Abdul Kalam

With the song ‘This Christmas’ I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they’ll be like ‘OK, he did his thing with that record.’ It’s like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.

Chris Brown

Age is the first limitation on roles that I’ve ever had to encounter, and I hit that awhile ago.

Jack Nicholson

Everyone takes pause at 40. It’s the age you have to assess everything in your life. It’s the fictitious marker that’s always coming up when you’re young. The world really does look at you to kind of have it together by 40, and be successful by 40. Whatever success means.

Paul Feig

This is the first convention of the space age – where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it.

David Brinkley

Filth and old age, I’m sure you will agree, are powerful wardens upon chastity.

Geoffrey Chaucer

I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.

Fidel Castro

Pretend to be dumb, that’s the only way to reach old age.

Friedrich Durrenmatt

The secret of long life is double careers. One to about age sixty, then another for the next thirty years.

David Ogilvy

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Douglas MacArthur

I began to understand my sensations, to know what I wanted, at around the age of forty – but only vaguely.

Camille Pissarro

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.

Don Marquis

Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

Washington Irving

I am happy being able to play roles with people my age because once you do something really mature there is no turning back.

Lindsay Lohan

Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.

Julius Erving

I’ve been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line.

Maria Sharapova

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

Joseph Addison

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.

Salvador Dali

It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.

Amanda Seyfried

There’s also some element of coming of age during the Reagan administration, which everybody has painted as some glorious time in America, but I remember as being a very, very dark time. There was apocalypse in the air the punk rock movement made sense.

John Cusack

Old minds are like old horses you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

John Adams

Error is acceptable as long as we are young but one must not drag it along into old age.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But look, I was born in 1956, the peak year for births in US history. I think I’m very representative of many of the thought processes my generation have been through and, by and large, people of my age have had their imprint planted on the consciousness of western society for a long time.

Tom Hanks

The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.

Edmond de Goncourt

We’re saying no changes for Medicare for people above the age of 55. And in order to keep the promise to current seniors who’ve already retired and organized their lives around this program, you have to reform it for the next generation.

Paul Ryan

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.

James Joyce

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.

Andre Maurois

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

Aldous Huxley

I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don’t want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.

James Ellroy

There are no college courses to build up self-esteem or high school or elementary school. If you don’t get those values at a early age, nurtured in your home, you don’t get them.

T. D. Jakes

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.

Mary Schmich

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Albert Einstein

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

I think that everyone at any age should ask themselves, ‘where do I want to be today, where do I want to be tomorrow, and where do I want to be in a hundred years?’ We all have clear answers to those questions. We only have so much time. It’s a real shame if we don’t spend our lives trying to do that.

Jack Antonoff

You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are 20-something, or the new crop of actresses, and think, Aren’t we kind of the same age?

Jennifer Aniston

At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.

Flannery O’Connor

I would like to see more airplay for all artists, no matter what age. I think there’s a lot of money being spent toward the young guys, but a lot of the older guys are the ones who blazed the trail for those young guys.

Willie Nelson

I’m very pleased to be here. Let’s face it, at my age I’m very pleased to be anywhere.

George Burns

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.

Johan Huizinga

Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.

Mason Cooley

You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock – that you’ve still got it.

Jarvis Cocker

I’ve always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.

Michael Stipe

Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.

Aphra Behn

Women lie about their age men lie about their income.

William Feather

A woman has the age she deserves.

Coco Chanel

But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave.

William Wordsworth

At my age, no one is married, no one has kids, no one has a career.

Lena Dunham

I was always obsessed with being famous. I had Marilyn Monroe paper dolls as a child, and I was always obsessed with her. I’ve just been really driven in that direction, and none of my friends were. So, I don’t know what put that bug in me at a young age.

Holly Madison

Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.

Brigitte Bardot

High expectations weren’t nurtured in my neck of nowhere back then – children weren’t fawned over from an early age as ‘gifted’ and groomed for a prizewinning future self-esteem was considered something you had to pick from the garden yourself.

James Wolcott

This is what I asked for, and in this day and age that’s what actually goes on. But what hurts me the most is that I work just as hard as any other actress around my age, like Scarlett Johansson, but I just don’t get the opportunities that they get because people are so distracted by the mess that I created in my life.

Lindsay Lohan

In fact, my courage and my bravery at a young age was the thing I was bullied for, a kind of ‘Who do you think you are?’

Lady Gaga

My view is pensioners don’t have the one option that people of working age have. They can’t really increase their income, because they are no longer able to work.

Iain Duncan Smith

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

Matthew Arnold

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.

Adlai E. Stevenson

A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn’t always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I’m interested in now, particularly at my age.

Annie Lennox

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.

Thomas B. Macaulay

Age gives you a great sense of proportion. You can be very hard on yourself when you’re younger but now I just think ‘well everybody’s absolutely mad and I’m doing quite well’.

Steven Morrissey

It’s really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn’t even more fraud. After all, with no God, there’s no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it.

Ben Stein

I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.

Queen Latifah

As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.

Jean Paul

I’m not afraid of aging.

Shelley Duvall

Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age.

Jennifer Aniston

I’m not busy… a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn’t think my schedule looked so busy.

Garrison Keillor

I started auditioning when I was about 10 and I didn’t get my first job until I was 12, and two years at that age is really hard.

Anna Kendrick

You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.

Judith Viorst

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

William Osler

Does age matter? Time doesn’t matter.

Sandra Bullock

We tried not to age, but time had its rage.

Patti Smith

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.

Bill Vaughan

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A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out.

Michael Leunig

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

Anatole France

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.

Riccardo Muti

Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.

Solange Knowles

God in His wisdom has decided that He will reward no works but His own.

Johannes Tauler

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.

Buddha

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.

Anne Bradstreet

It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.

Anthony Trollope

Once you label me you negate me.

Soren Kierkegaard

What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that’s how I approached the part.

Christopher Reeve

Never say never, but the thought of electively cutting oneself is beyond my grasp, and I also object to it politically. Denying the lines on our faces makes a comment about age and wisdom I don’t care to make.

Debra Winger

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.

Thomas Huxley

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

Charles Dickens

No single person can possess the wisdom to chart our course.

Jonathan Schell

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Women are stronger than men – they do not die of wisdom.

James Stephens

Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.

Pope Paul VI

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom.

Herbie Hancock

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius

Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.

Paul Engle

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Sydney J. Harris

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell

The more I draw and write, the more I realise that accidents are a necessary part of any creative act, much more so than logic or wisdom. Sometimes a mistake is the only way of arriving at an original concept, and the history of successful inventions is full of mishaps, serendipity and unintended results.

Shaun Tan

We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.

Marcia Fudge

For all my education, accomplishments, and so called ‘wisdom’… I can’t fathom my own heart.

Michael Caine

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.

Henry Van Dyke

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

Saadi

The long-standing wisdom that everyone wins in a single world market has been undermined. Global trade, capital flows, and immigration are declining.

Roger Altman

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.

John F. Kennedy

I’ve always enjoyed doing challenging things and also challenging common wisdom.

Stefan Hell

Conventional wisdom on government’s role in inequality often has it backwards. Tax reforms have resulted in a more progressive federal income tax; government transfer payments have become less progressive.

Paul Ryan

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

Aeschylus

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

Confucius

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Charlotte Bronte

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.

Quintilian

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

H. L. Mencken

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

Thomas Carlyle

There’s something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

Og Mandino

Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.

Herman Hesse

The soul’s joy lies in doing.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Spending two years on my uncle’s ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns.

Robert Duvall

I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God.

Yehuda Berg

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.

Aleister Crowley

It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.

Richard Dawkins

Common wisdom dictates that the vice president should provide balance to the ticket by representing a different part of the country, another set of experiences, or a basketful of electoral votes.

Madeleine M. Kunin

My mom calls me an older soul because, growing up, she taught me stuff real early. Now I spend most of my time chasing wisdom, chasing understanding.

Ray Lewis

There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.

Shakti Gawain

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

John F. Kennedy

You know, many people have said that I’m on the edge and I’m maverick for some of the big operations that I’ve done. I’m not at all. I pray; I ask God to give me wisdom, ‘Should I do it?’, guidance in terms of how to do it, who to consult with. All those kind of things are incredibly important.

Ben Carson

Once I turned 35, I got the bonus of some wisdom and began to accept life on its own terms.

Mike Myers

If you want to go east, don’t go west.

Ramakrishna

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

George Santayana

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

Ben Hogan

Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.

Arianna Huffington

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.

A. C. Benson

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

John F. Kennedy

Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.

William Temple

Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There is often, in the affairs of government, more efficiency and wisdom in non-action than in action.

John C. Calhoun

The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.

Emanuel Swedenborg

Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.

Dan Rather

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Thomas Hobbes

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be as you wish to seem.

Socrates

If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.

Sophocles

What evolution tells us is that we are part of a grand, dynamic, and ever-changing fabric of life that covers our planet. Even to a person of faith, in fact especially to a person of faith, an understanding of the evolutionary process should only deepen their appreciation of the scope and wisdom of the creator’s work.

Kenneth R. Miller

One of the advantages of having gone to Penn State was having had a scholar for a mentor – Philip Young. Also, a professional writer named Philip Klass taught there. He was a science fiction writer whose pseudonym was William Tenn. As a professional writer, he brought wisdom to teaching because he’d done it for a living.

David Morrell

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

William Tecumseh Sherman

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

Saint Teresa of Avila

The will to set values and the power to make them law are jointly at the bottom of all operative norms. When linked to divine wisdom, this source of moral law is still in safe hands which man can trust.

Hans Jonas

First appearance deceives many.

Ovid

The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.

Euripides

In the beginning, Adam was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow – not Eve. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother’s place is in the home!

Ezra Taft Benson

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.

Charlie Parker

The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people’s tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away.

Michael Azerrad

The key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.

Peter Abelard

Democracy, loudly upheld as a cure for much of the ailing world, has proved no guarantor of political wisdom, even if it remains the least bad form of government.

Pankaj Mishra

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

Margaret Thatcher

Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.

Alice Walker

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.

Khalil Gibran

It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

Dee Hock

But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father’s power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

‘Focusing’ is no conventional repackaging of self-help wisdom. It is at once a manual and a philosophy. It talks about the body’s wisdom, the steps of the focusing technique, how to discover the richness in others by learning to listen.

Marilyn Ferguson

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Martin H. Fischer

The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one’s power to those humans who deserve it.

Apollonius of Tyana

Wisdom is not acquired save as the result of investigation.

Sara Teasdale

Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.

Johannes Tauler

Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.

Plato

Everyone has always underestimated a company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The New York boys thought they could take me on, that nobody out here has any knowledge or wisdom.

Jon Huntsman, Sr.

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.

Samuel Smiles

Knowledge is not just the preserve of the educated elite. Just because someone has not had a formal education, that does not mean he does not have wisdom and common sense.

Vikas Swarup

I’m particularly interested in black swan events: unprecedented surprises that destroy the conventional wisdom about how the world works.

Paolo Bacigalupi

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Archimedes

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

Benjamin Franklin

They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.

William Cowper

In my fifties, I was still in creation mode. Now I have more of a responsibility to step back and mentor and offer wisdom, offer sign posts on the path.

Jodie Evans

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Max de Pree

Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it.

Jenny Shipley

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

Epictetus

For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own.

Sheri L. Dew

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden

If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.

Ausonius

After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists.

James Newman

Kindness is wisdom.

Philip James Bailey

The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb.

Drew Curtis

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Confucius

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

William Arthur Ward

Information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. Reading – even browsing – an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. Patience is a virtue, gluttony a sin.

James Gleick

What I want is to have people’s notion of adulthood no longer be so defined by being a parent. There is some kind of conventional wisdom that you’re not really a mature person until you become a parent.

Meghan Daum

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.

Bodhidharma

I’ve led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I’ve learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I’ve learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.

Elena Kagan

Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.

Cat Cora

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.

Charles Caleb Colton

The philosophy I love is very selective. It is really just the bit that is involved in a search for wisdom, and this means a short roll call of names; Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche.

Alain de Botton

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.

Charles Caleb Colton

Ending poverty calls for humility, honesty, freedom from ideology and refusal to accept cruel simplicities about anyone’s human potential. It requires listening to the wisdom and cutting the nonsense from both the Right and the Left.

Donella Meadows

In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people; for who sees not, but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins, who were therefore shut out.

Thomas Shepard

I know more about what it’s like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I’m a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word ‘wisdom’ has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I’m a little wiser.

John Updike

If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people. But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together.

Kevin McCarthy

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.

James M. Barrie

If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit.

Charles Stanley

I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.

Alex Grey

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.

Herbert Hoover

History does not repeat itself. Nor does it unfold in cycles. The real future is contingent, rich beyond imagining, a perennial gobsmack, tragic and glorious in equal measure; the pundits’ future, spun of ‘conventional wisdom,’ is only a sucker punch to that common-sense fact.

Rick Perlstein

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.

Henry Miller

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Lewis Carroll

It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.

Roger Ascham

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

William Blake

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Saint Augustine

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.

William Penn

I listen to the older people who talk to me. I call them my old heads, people with a lot of wisdom. They’ll teach you a lot if you listen.

Stefon Diggs

Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive.

William Dunbar

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.

Akhenaton

Arianna Huffington has exercised her renowned wisdom to give journalism another boost along the ever busier Internet. Her blog site promises to be an interesting challenge for those of us lucky enough to be invited to participate with our occasional contributions.

Walter Cronkite

If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.

Leo Strauss

Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better.

Kay Redfield Jamison

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

Mary Browne

It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly.

John George Nicolay

A musical, like most religions, provides the audience or followers with a sense of belonging. Religious services, on the other hand, with their staged performances, invigorating songs, popular wisdom and shared experience, are almost a form of community theater.

Lisa Randall

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Thomas Paine

We live in a culture that doesn’t acknowledge or validate human intuition and doesn’t encourage us to rely on our intuitive wisdom.

Shakti Gawain

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Saint Augustine

In world mythology, there are countless examples of tragic characters whose greatest strength is also the source of their undoing. But the ancient Greeks and Romans also held the view that acceptance is the beginning of wisdom.

Simon Van Booy

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

Aeschylus

There should be a point to movies. Sure, you’re giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.

George Lucas

Nothing energizes me more than to burrow myself under a pile of received wisdom and emerge triumphant with the truth.

Timothy Noah

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.

Amelia Earhart

I’m at the transition place myself, still playing high school girls but moving to a stage when I’m playing older roles and going to the places of stillness and wisdom and knowledge and weight. It’s exciting and scary.

Tatiana Maslany

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Brian O’Driscoll

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.

William Cowper

The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.

Robert E. Lee

God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

There’s always a miasma of misinformation emerging from the higher education sector as to which are the ‘best’ courses to take. My advice would always be to ignore the perceived wisdom and look for the most reliable evidence on the ground.

David Puttnam

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.

William Dean Howells

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr

It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’

Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.

Margaret Fuller

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

Doug Larson

Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda.

Bennie Thompson

This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will.

Stanford Moore

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.

Orison Swett Marden

The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box. The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field.

Aubrey de Grey

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

When you doubt, abstain.

Ambrose Bierce

Slow and steady wins the race.

Robert Lloyd

I’m married. My wife, Stella – a beautiful woman. She’s brought a lot of peace to my life, a lot of wisdom.

Anthony Hopkins

Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.

Elizabeth George

You can’t sweep other people off their feet, if you can’t be swept off your own.

Clarence Day

Wisdom sails with wind and time.

John Florio

Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz – a true rhapsody in blue – are hunted to the edge of silence.

Jay Griffiths

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery.

David Brainerd

We can’t really digest food unless there’s hunger. So we can’t really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it.

Radhanath Swami

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

John Muir

Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.

Edna Ferber

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.

Aristotle

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.

Julian Casablancas

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Phil Jackson

Has Werner Herzog ever said anything that wasn’t true? What a brilliant fountain of wisdom. Everything he touches I’m just fascinated by.

Dan Gilroy

Spiritual teachers and artists that have opened the eye of wisdom for the world, and visionary community builders, have influenced my work.

Alex Grey

‘Swan,’ by Mary Oliver. Poems and prose. Reading from this book is as if visiting a very wise friend. There is wisdom and welcoming kindness on every page.

Jessye Norman

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.

George Crabbe

Beauty, the eternal Spouse of the Wisdom of God and Angel of his Presence thru’ all creation.

Robert Bridges

Conventional wisdom is not always the best wisdom.

Doug Ducey

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.

Euripides

Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn’t all have to be by tomorrow!

William Eardley IV

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

Hermann Hesse

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.

Sidney Lanier

To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.

James Buchanan

I understand that there’s a certain energy in youth, no question, in terms of pursuing jobs. But there is wisdom in age. It’s too bad that the two can’t come together because I do think that people are dropped from what they’re really good at too soon.

Rene Russo

In my own personal life, God plays a great role in the risk, because I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do – and not only for operating, but for everything.

Ben Carson

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

Plato

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.

Francis Quarles

To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.

Thomas Traherne

Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won’t primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

David Limbaugh

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.

Sophocles

‘Star Trek’ was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.

Gene Roddenberry

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We all have within us a deep wisdom, but sometimes we don’t know we have it.

Shakti Gawain

Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak.

Charles Hazlewood

If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness.

Jane Smiley

Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.

Francis Quarles

We are wiser than we know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.

Franz Grillparzer

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

Francis Bacon

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

Plutarch

Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.

Alfred North Whitehead

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

Edmund Burke

The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.

Robert Frost

What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.

Shinichi Suzuki

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

I did learn that some of the things that are great for locker rooms are inappropriate for political discourse. That’s a wisdom I’ve garnered.

George Allen

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

Colin Powell

And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face.

Venerable Bede

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

John Muir

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

Josh Billings

Courage is always the surest wisdom.

Wilfred Grenfell

In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom.

Ezra Stiles

Practical wisdom is what’s called for in situations that have a moral dimension to them.

Barry Schwartz

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

William Osler

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.

John Updike

They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense.

George Combe

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.

Cyril Connolly

When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don’t get wise, but you don’t get wise unless you age.

Erik Erikson

Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.

Chris Christie

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.

Joseph Addison

I don’t think I really have any wisdom. Stay out of trouble. Good luck. Stay away from women because they will burn you, haha.

Jason Aldean

Man is only great when he acts from passion.

Benjamin Disraeli

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.

Benjamin Franklin

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and what’s behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand.

Trent Reznor

One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go.

Jane Fonda

Many spiritual teachers – in Buddhism, in Islam – have talked about first-hand experience of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom, to enlightenment.

bell hooks

I know conventional wisdom has always been to go to Europe, and I did that early on, and I tried it, but I realised pretty quickly if I wasn’t playing, nothing else mattered – I wasn’t going to be happy.

Landon Donovan

Remarkable contributions are typically spawned by a passionate commitment to transcendent values such as beauty, truth, wisdom, justice, charity, fidelity, joy, courage and honor.

Gary Hamel

Age is a terrible avenger. The lessons of life give you so much to work with, but by the time you’ve got all this great wisdom, you don’t get to be young anymore.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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