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50 Wise Quotes and Words of Wisdom About Life

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Many great things have been said since the beginning of time. Many are Wise, many are funny, and some are both. Wise words and quotes present classic sayings that encourage, inspire and entertain. 

Wise Quotes and sayings are vital when passing down life experiences from one generation to another. Life is a constant back and forth that everyone alive goes through with the main aim of finding their purpose on earth. Some Wise Quotes come a long way in directing someone down the right path to self-discovery. Wisdom comes with experience and the more one has experienced the more their level of wisdom. Of course, one can be young and wise depending on how they live and the experiences they have had, the more we share our experiences the more we make for a better generation as they are at a position to choose wisely and in essence live a more productive life.

Wise words of wisdom that were selected from the best phrases of all time. These are wisdom saying that teach you about life, success, family, friendship, love etc.


50 Best Ancient Wise Quotes About Life



1. Give a woman fine foods 
and clothes, ornaments as well; and be nice;
most of all, approach her at proper times,
but never ask her for advice. 
~ Panchatantra

2.  Greed alone befuddles the minds
of even the learned and the rich;
it drives them to do horrendous deeds
and roam in strange, impassable regions.
Panchatantra 

3.  Possessing mere book-learning 
men remain fools;
the man who acts using his knowledge, he is wise;
however, carefully selected
nor drug can care the sick by mere 
mention of its name.
~ Panchatantra 

4.   Far better than a man have no sons born or, 
that born they die; though there be grief, if passes
 soon; But, to have living sons, who turn out fools,
and obstinate fools at that, that indeed
is a lifelong misery hard to bear?
~ Panchatantra 

5.   Let the wealth you earn circulate and you keep it still.
 Water in a full tank, lacking an outlet
spills over and goes to waste. 
~ Panchatantra

6.   Wealth lures wealth as tame elephants the wild;
wealth cannot be earned by wishful thinking;
there can be no trade without wealth.
~ Panchatantra

7.   The man who lets the wealth that Fortune showers on him, 
 sit idle, finds no happiness in this world, nor in the next.  
What is he then?   
A confounded fool performing 
a watchman's role.'
~ Panchatantra

8.   If a man does not hold dear the well-being of parents,
 kin,  dependents, and himself, 
what good is his living in the world of men?
A crow to lives long eating 
Ritual offerings.
~ Panchatantra

9.  If a father or brother, a son or friend, 
 is intent on practising on your life,  he doubtless deserves to be slain, 
if you wish to survive and prosper. 
~ Panchatantra

10.  A man who acts with condor towards a foe, 
a false friend, or toward women,
especially those for sale,
will not long survive.
~ Panchatantra

11.   A lone tree firmly rooted, and mighty,
is no match even for a moderate wind;
whereas trees densely packed in groves,
firmly rooted. Stand still.
~ Panchatantra

12.  Warriors and scholars,
and beautiful young women 
make a home for themselves
wherever they go. 
~ Panchatantra

13.  Kill a foe when he is down
before he grows in strength;
once he gains his fullest vigour
he will become invincible.
~ Panchatantra

14.  Do only that which it is right to do;
even as the breath struggles in the throat,
what is not right do not attempt to do,
even as the breath struggles in the throat.
~ Panchatantra

15.  When you do not know someone's strength,
or his lineage and conduct, it is not wise to trust him,
and that is in your best interest.
~ Panchatantra

16.   Words should be used wisely and well;
spoken where they would yield rich fruit.
Colours take the firmest hold and brightest,
on whitest cloth.
~ Panchatantra

17.   If a man should undertake something, 
lacking knowledge of resources and energies,
his best efforts will not shine forth, 
even as moonlight on the snow mountain,
though brilliant does not.'
~ Panchatantra

18.   Servants and ornaments are to be placed
each in the position right for them: to say, 
'I can do this, so I shall,' and fasten a crest-jewel 
on the foot- that's not done.
~ Panchatantra

19.  The weak, if wary and mistrustful
can easily withstand the strongest; 
the strong who are foolish and trustful,
 maybe, overwhelmed by the weakest.
~ Panchatantra

20.   Where no distinction is made between the right hand and the left,
there, no gentlemen will care to stay an instant, 
if he has another way.
~ Panchatantra

21.   In a place where no difference is perceived
between a priceless gem with an eye of fire and a fragment
 of pale crystal, how can a gem-trade flourish there?
~ Panchatantra

22.   A horse, a weapon, a text, a lute,
a voice, a man and women-they perform ill, or well,
 according to who masters them. 
~ Panchatantra

23.   A man might confide some things to his wife,
some to his close friends, and some to his son;
these deserve his trust: but not reveal
all matters to everyone in sight.
~Panchatantra 

24.   A true and tested friend, a faithful wife, a loyal servant,
 a powerful master, disclosing his troubles to those a man
 discover great relief.'
~Panchatantra 

25.   The wise man puts one foot forward while
 he stands firm on the other: he'll not forsake his former home 
until he finds another.
~ Panchatantra

26.  A fine gem fit to grace a gold jewel, 
if mounted in a cheap tin setting, doesn't scream, nor refuses to gleam. 
it's the jeweller who's put to shame.
~ Panchatantra 

27.   A blade of grass bends low, powerless,
tosses about, light, lacking inner strength,
A man who lacks a sense of honour and pride,
is like a pitiful blade of grass.
~Panchatantra 

28.   The weak, if wary and mistrustful, 
can easily withstand the strongest; the strong who are foolish 
and trustful may be overthrown 
by the weakest.
~ Panchatantra 

29.  A person's state of mind makes known,
what manner of man he is; entering it, 
one with experience quickly gains control over that man.
~ Panchatantra 

30.   The learned, the brave, and he who well knows how to serve, 
they are the three who plucks the flower of
 Gold in the world.
~ Panchatantra 

31.   A hurricane does not uproot the plant grass
that bends low before its fury; it snaps only proud, lordly trees;
 A man of might lets his valour speak
only to others of equal might.'
~ Panchatantra  

32.  With the greatest effort are stones carried uphill,
and with the greatest ease, do they tumble down;
so too with our own self, through virtue and vice.
~ Panchatantra  

33.   What a man watches or does or yearns
 for during the day, he does the same
 at night in his sleep.
He talks about it; he acts it out.
~ Panchatantra 

34.   One without ambition does not hold office;
one fallen out of love does not care to adorn himself; 
one who lacks learning displays no eloquence; 
one who is blunt in speech is never a cheat.' 
~ Panchatantra 

35.  A chalice of trust and affection, a sanctuary from sorrow, 
anxiety and fear-who created this priceless gem-a friend.
~ Panchatantra 

36.  Those who enjoy happy times, friends with dear friends, 
lovers with their beloved, joyful with the joyous only they 
'live life to the fullest' they are the salt of the earth.
~ Panchatantra 

37.   The man whose days come and go undistinguished 
by righteousness is like a blacksmith's bellows; 
he breathes but doesn't live. 
~ Panchatantra 

38.   Falsehood and daring, folly and deceit,
uncleanness of body and spirit too, excessive greed,
 and lack of compassion, these vices are inborn in women.
~ Panchatantra 

39.   Altered speech, changing complexion,
eyes darting from side to side in alarm, drooping, broken in spirit: 
such a man has committed a crime is afraid of his own act.
~ Panchatantra 

40.   The man who appears in open court
calm and cheerful, with a smiling face, defiant eye,
and speaks in clear, firm tones with confident pride,
know him to be true and upright.
~Panchatantra

41.  Never grant asylum to any person,

whose character is not known to you;
it was Drone's mistake, we know
that led to poor crawly's death.
~Panchatantra

42.  The fruit of action good and bad,

done in the previous life still attend us,
put in place by fate,
without further effort on our part.
~Panchatantra

43. By no man's smile in any man raised high;
by no man's frown is any man cast down;
up or down, a man rises or falls in life,
by the true worth of his actions and conduct.
~Panchatantra

44.  Whoever clasps stranger close to his heart,

forsaking those in his close counsels,
will assuredly meet his death.
~Panchatantra

45.   Better take a walk with a snake;

or share your home with rogues or foes;
never put your trust in evil friends,
false, fickle and foolish.
~Panchatantra

46.   Fear danger while it's still to come;

once you're face to face with danger,
strike hard, with no hesitation.
~Panchatantra

47.   The sinful acts the ignorant commit for the sake of a single life, 
bring them only sorrows 
that extend over a thousand recurring lives.
~Panchatantra

48. 
A wise person takes a man's true measure 
at one shrewd glance, as an expert jeweller gauges
 the true weight  of metal by simply 
holding it on his palm.
~Panchatantra

49.   Land, friends, or gold are the triple fruits of war;
 in the absence of even one of these a war.
a man is foolhardy to star.
~Panchatantra

50. He has no sense of time and place,

and of what is right and proper;
who doesn't know a thing beyond himself;
who acts without due deliberation;
he is a fool who reaps no reward.
~Panchatantra






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