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Quotes on Wisdom and Living Life

Updated on June 15, 2013
Qiu Ying, from the 16th Century.
Qiu Ying, from the 16th Century.

Quotes to Ponder

There have been so many wonderful quotes down the ages, and I think many are worth remembering. Some help to bring a smile, while others stir up thoughts about things we ought to be thinking about. So often, quotes help me to get a much needed or desired perspective, as life can get busy and we can forget the more important things that really mean the most to us. Perhaps in this hub, you will see some quotes you haven't seen before, or maybe you will see an old favorite. Thank you for stopping by and make sure to check back as I may add more at a later date. You can never find or have too many great quotes. I hope these maybe spark some inspiration or encouragement in you, like they did for me.

"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." Washington Irving

"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Lord Chesterfield

"Wonder...is the seed of knowledge." Francis Bacon

"Do not seek pleasure everywhere but be ready to find it." John Ruskin

"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth or power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible." Soren Kierkegaard.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

"But what is strength without a double share of wisdom." John Milton

"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards." Baltasar Gracian

"The spirit of delight comes in small ways." Robert Louis Stevenson

"Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see." Martin Luther"

"Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks." Samuel Johnson

"Celestial Wisdom calms the mind." Samuel Johnson

"Passion colors all that it touches in its own hues." Baltasar Gracian

"It is a beauteous evening, calm and free...." William Wordsworth

"Saying nothing, sometimes says the most." Emily Dickinson

"There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Nehru

"To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands." Anne-Sophie Swetchine

"The possible's slow fuse is lit by the imagination." Emily Dickinson

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort." Jane Austen

"Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility." Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Without even going out of the door, one can know the whole world." Lao Tzu

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." Thoreau

"Our own heart, and not others' opinions of us, forms our true honor." Friedrich von Schiller

"We must accept truth even if it changes our point of view." George Sand

"Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health of every man's spirit." Harriet Martineau

"The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed." Sebastian-Roch Chamfort

"It is sweet to let the mind unbend on occasion." Horace

"There is a fullness of all things, even of sleep and love." From Homer's Iliad, Greek Epic Poet

"There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep." Homer


My hope is that you have found a quote here that may stimulate your thoughts or ideas. They can be great added to greeting cards of many kinds. I have often added a quote or a verse to a greeting card for a friend or family member. It is very often just the right final touch that was needed to make something nearly perfect.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Thelma, I am so glad you liked that Jane Austen quote, I thought it was a good one too! So glad to share, and I hope you have a good weekend also.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I like the Jane Austen quote: " Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, a real comfort." Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Agvulpes, that is a great one, I like it a lot too and I am like you in that I wonder what many people were thinking when they wrote a particular quote. Glad to share it, and glad you stopped by, thank you.

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      Peter 6 years ago from Australia

      Ah you saved one of my favorite quotes till last:

      "There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep." Homer

      I wonder just what he meant by this remark?

      Great Hub thanks for sharing :-)

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Phoenix!

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Great quotes!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Awcase, thanks for your comment!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Habee, Yes, thats a good one! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment

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      awcase 7 years ago

      great hub ocean thx for sharing. =)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful quotes. I also like Mark Twain's - "When in doubt, tell the truth." lol