You may have heard lots of wisdom quotes. Proverbs and wise sayings are often age-old sayings that have been transferred from generation to generation for centuries. The reason why some of these wisdom quotes have survived for years is that no matter color, race, religion, or even country, these quotes will always be relatable. Wisdom, inspirational and motivational quotes are there for a reason.
Life in itself is one of turmoil, one problem to another, and challenges. We need a constant supply of all the knowledge, wisdom, and motivation we can get. Some people say motivation doesn’t last. And that’s true. Motivation is meant to get you started. You stay and play the game of life, you need a reason: you need a reason to live which gives your life meaning.
These wisdom quotes are a boost of knowledge and perspective that give you fresh resolve and strength to live to your fullest.
Quotes Of Ancient Wisdom
1. “There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain” – Aeschylus
The traditional setting in most indigenous regions permits the use of taboos and superstitions to preserve life and live in unity. A typical example in the Ghanaian rural setting is the taboo to fish on Tuesdays which is still practiced to this day. The rationale behind this taboo is to preserve the fish species for more harvest. It’s like a rest day for them. Our ancestors made us believe it was a bad omen and something bad could happen.
You need to know what is good for you and what can destroy you. True wisdom is knowing what you know, what you don’t know, and what you need to know. For some things, all you need to know is to understand them but maintain your distance.
2. “Aboa bi beka wo a, ne ofiri wo ntoma mu” – Twi Proverb
This literally means that “if someone would hurt you then it would be someone who is close to you.” In most of our relationships, there is a level of familiarity or trust. Those you don’t trust or consider as unimportant wouldn’t hold much power over you.
Instead, those you love and feel a strong attachment to. I remember the first time I actually liked a guy, I was always expecting his text. I got annoyed when he didn’t even send a hi and it influenced my mood the whole day. I had given him so much power and priority in my life that he could hurt me unintentionally. It would be best if you evaluate your circle and know who to give it to and who to take it from. The relationship has to be mutual, you can’t always give out of yourself without receiving anything m you will run out sooner than later.
3. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca
“Lucky you” is the phrase used when something good happens in your life. The sacrifices you might have made, late-night studies do not pass through the minds of the people who utter these words. I’m not disputing the fact that some events happen by a stroke of luck. I’m just saying how do you maintain the lucky train if prior preparation has not been made.
4. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates
There is this attitude with children where they are reluctant to share new information for the purpose of keeping them so they wouldn’t forget. When the other colleagues realize that you’re selfish with the information they tend to keep things from you too and this extends to even important things like your mother leaving an urgent message in school. When you humble yourself enough to learn always and not feel as if you are the new ‘Google’ that’s true wisdom.
5. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” – Sun Tzu
When everything seems to be going downhill, pause and reflect there might be your turning point in that disaster. The story is told of a postpartum doctor, who helps mothers battle postpartum depression by eating their placenta.
She went through a difficult postpartum depression, thought the pain she researched, and found out that the placenta could be pulverized and blended into smoothies or capsules. This helps women generally fight postpartum depression after pregnancy. Do you think she would have ever done this if she hadn’t experienced it?
6. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu
You start to enjoy your life greatly when you are content and happy being yourself. Comparing and competing with others steal your joy.
Low self-esteem esteem thoughts run through your mind on a daily basis if you always think of others better than you. You should be able to appreciate people for their beauty, intelligence, or leadership skills but don’t wish to be that person.
For what’s it worth, you could set a time range and discipline yourself to become a pro in that particular field.
7. “This too shall pass” – Sufi teachings
This was quite the popular quote during the peak of the COVID-19. In that dark period, we all ran to find solace in this particular quote. It serves as a reminder that seasons change. The opportunity you have right now will come to an end someday make the most out of your present situation.
8. “Praye se woyi baako a na ebu; wokabomu a emmu” – Akan proverb
This means that when you take a broomstick out of the bundle, it can be easily broken but when you try breaking the whole bundle, it will never budge. In our daily interactions, we have to be conscious of how we relate to people. We will need them someday.
9. “Whoever Walks With The Wise Becomes Wise, But The Companion Of Fools Suffer Harm” – King Solomon
Your immediate circle is really important. Who do you run to when you have relationship issues? Can you discuss your financial situation with the same person? How about your healthy lifestyle? Who would you think of when you’re in dire need of help? Will they come through for you? Ponder on these questions and make structural arrangements for your friendship circle.
10. “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” – George S. Patton
You go through a lot in this life and sometimes some trials or mistakes could be easily avoided if you just study a bit of history. No no, don’t be scared I don’t mean enroll in a history class. You could always talk to your parents or the elderly, people who have been where you are now so they could counsel you.
11. “Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become” – Heraclitus
Who are you becoming? It’s really popular on social mean now to see people caption their pictures ‘I love the woman/man I’m becoming. Even if it’s just to follow a trend, take stock of the content of the sentence and analyze yourself thoroughly.
12. “The sage is ready to use all situations and doesn’t waste anything. This is called embodying the light” – Lao Tzu
Time is of the essence and should be put to good use. Most of the time spent complaining and whining could be invested in getting you one mile closer to where you envision yourself to be.
13. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
Are all parts of your life in sync? Do you constantly receive and act on criticisms ? Are you the same individual you were one year ago? Socrates is reminding us that we need to constantly check on ourselves the same way we see faults about people and remind them. In this regard you could find an accountability partner and schedule “growth strategies”.
14. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds” – Patanjali
I remember one time when my uncle reviewed my results, he just set a fire in me to work harder. All that while, I thought I was on top of my game, I found out the embarrassing way that I wasn’t because I really admired my uncle. Remembering the look on his face caused me to learn harder. My grades became much better. I would have continued in the same light if he hadn’t asked to see my results. Thank you, Uncle.
15. “Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain.” – Nagarjuna
One truth that eludes many people is that we become strong by knowing our inner self and gaining self-discipline. Truth mastery is the mastery of oneself. If you want to become successful, start with yourself. By seeking out people you call enemies, you are giving in to a desire which you seem not to have control over. Most people lose themselves this way. They lose focus, their sense of direction, and their passion die simply because they have made enemies the focus of their lives.
Life was not designed to be done alone. You need people and you need ideas. People and ideas will enable you to live your best life. We hope these wisdom quotes have given you the ideas you need to move your life to the next level. Got some quotes we didnt cover? Leave them in the comments below.