Wisdom Quotes by Great Philosophers

People often seek the ultimate wisdom; they want to live a purposeful and enriching life. Fortunately, there have been many great teachers and philosophers who offer such wisdom. This compilation features wisdom quotes by great philosophers like Jesus, Buddha, Aristotle, Confucius, Plato and Lao Tzu. 

"A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad." Jesus Christ (Christianity)

“All that we are is the result of our thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him.” Gautama Buddha (Buddhism)

“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become honest by doing honest acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” Aristotle (Metaphysics)

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, then proceeds to knowledge, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” Immanuel Kant (Reason)

“When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” Confucius (Confucianism)

“Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.” Plato (Greek philosophy)

“Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them.” Muhammad (Islam)

“When virtue is lost, benevolence appears; when benevolence is lost, right conduct appears; when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.” Lao Tzu (Taoism)

“Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by.” John Locke (Empiricism)

“You have your way; I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” Nietzsche (Atheism)

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