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The 200 best life wisdoms for more happiness and success

There are wisdoms about (almost) every topic, occasion, problem. They contain knowledge that has matured over years and decades as well as the accumulated experience of many lives and clever, wise minds. These wisdoms give us comfort in difficult times. They motivate, inspire or just make you think. So do not be fooled by some (apparently) simple sayings: they contain enormous power. They are great truths, clad in a few words ...

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More than 200 quotes and sayings about and for life

The following selected wisdoms can (and should) give you valuable impulses and suggestions - for life, love, friendship, success, work and happiness. Take a little time to read it: some of the wisdom of life only becomes apparent the second time you read it.










Life wisdom for motivation

Sometimes it only takes a few words to jump over your own shadow. Isn't it comforting to know that even wise and famous people grapple with the same problems? And their wisdom about motivation often still fits today as they did then:

  • "Nothing is more helpful than a challenge to bring out the best in a person." (Sean Connery)
  • "He who is not brave enough to take risks will never achieve anything in life." (Muhammad Ali)
  • "Suffering, error and resilience keep life alive." (Gottfried Keller)
  • "You have to see a task ahead of you and not a leisurely life." (Leo Tolstoy)
  • "Live your life, not that of others." (Unknown)
  • "Small steps are better than no steps." (Unknown)
  • "Be the change you want to see in the world." (Unknown)
  • “He who fights can lose. Who doesn't fight has already lost. "(Bertolt Brecht)
  • "Tell‘ a person that they are brave and you will help them to be brave. "(Thomas Carlyle)
  • “All change creates fear. And the best way to combat them is to improve your knowledge. "(Ihno Schneevoigt)
  • "Even a disappointment, if it is only thorough and final, means a step forward." (Max Planck ")
  • "I wouldn't compare the joy of discovery to sex, because it lasts longer." (Stephen Hawking)
  • "If you want to build high towers, you have to linger on the foundations for a long time." (Anton Bruckner)
  • "We don't dare because it is difficult, but because we do not dare, it is difficult." (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  • “Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and maybe I'll keep it. Let me do it and I will be able to. "(Confucius)
  • "You cannot teach a person anything, you can only help him to discover it within himself." (Galileo Galilei)
  • "Whoever regards a failure as a small detour never loses sight of the goal." (Martin Luther)
  • "Even in the alphabet, effort comes before success." (German proverb)
  • "If you go slowly, you will also reach your goal." (Unknown)
  • "Those who trust themselves to do everything will surpass others." (Chinese proverb)

Life wisdom about love

Closely linked to love are not only happiness and being in love, but also pain and lovesickness. Wisdom about love can give courage, comfort or give hope. They show that where there is shadow, there must always be light. And the beautiful moments predominate.

  • “Love is not all we need. But we need them to have everything. "(Unknown)
  • "The only important thing in life are the traces of love that we leave behind when we go." (Albert Schweitzer)
  • “Reason can only talk. It is love that sings. "(Joseph de Maistre)
  • "When you are quiet, only people who feel you will understand you." (Unknown)
  • "Love is the strongest power in the world, and yet it is the most humble one can imagine." (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "There is nothing more beautiful than to be loved, loved for one's own sake or rather in spite of oneself." (Victor Hugo)
  • "A drop of love is more than an ocean of mind." (Blaise Pascal)
  • "Love is a glass that breaks if you grasp it too insecurely or too tightly." (Russian proverb)
  • "Let go, what you love. If it comes back, it's yours forever. "(Confucius)
  • "If love reigned on earth, all laws would be dispensable." (Aristotle)
  • “Love is not a solo. Love is a duet. If it disappears in one, the song falls silent. "(Adelbert von Chamisso)
  • “As much as love grows in you, so much does beauty grow in you. Because love is the beauty of the soul. "(Augustine)
  • "The most beautiful thing a person can leave behind is a smile on the face of those who think of him." (Unknown)
  • "Love is in those who love, not in those who are loved." (Plato)
  • "The sum of our lives are the hours we love." (Wilhelm Busch)

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Life wisdom about the family

Even if you sometimes want to pull your hair out: The microcosm of the family is an occasion for numerous funny wisdoms. Hilarious situations, but in any case also significant moments of a special kind:

  • Family means to be loved despite the roof damage. (Unknown)
  • The first thing a person finds in life, the last thing he reaches out for, the most precious thing in life is the family. (Adolph Kolping)
  • Family means never being alone again for the rest of your life. (Unknown)
  • Family is where the mountains of laundry never get smaller. Where crumbs the floor, and handprints decorate the windows. Where the fan club follows you to the toilet. And you learn to sleep in the most impossible positions in the smallest of spaces. (Unknown)
  • Family is the home of the heart. (Unknown)

Life wisdom about happiness and contentment

Who is not looking for (great) happiness? Numerous wise and clever minds have already racked their brains over this and thought about the question: How can one become (more) happy? The results are as complex as earth sediment:

  • "Never allow yourself to meet someone who is not happier after meeting you." (Mother Teresa)
  • "Time lingers long enough for those who want to use it." (Leonardo da Vinci)
  • "Endurance is rewarded sooner or later - but mostly later." (Wilhelm Busch)
  • "The highest thing that a person can achieve is astonishment." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • "The happiness in life does not consist in having little or no difficulties, but in overcoming them all victoriously and gloriously." (Carl Hilty)
  • "Worries are like ghosts: if you are not afraid of them, they cannot harm you." (Unknown)
  • “An optimist always finds a way. A pessimist always finds a dead end. "(Napoleon Hill)
  • "The happiness of your life depends on the nature of your thoughts." (Marc Aurel)
  • "If you are happy, you shouldn't want to be even happier." (Theodor Fontane)
  • "Satisfaction does not mean having everything, but making the best of everything." (Unknown)
  • "Happy is not someone who appears so to others, but whoever thinks they are." (Seneca)
  • "The greatest pleasure consists in being satisfied with oneself." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • "It is better to light a single little light than to curse the darkness." (Confucius)
  • "Satisfaction with one's situation is the greatest and surest wealth." (Cicero)
  • “You rarely feel what happiness is, but you mostly know what happiness was.” (Françoise Sagan)
  • "As soon as one has become a master in one thing, one should become a new student in another." (Gerhart Hauptsmann)
  • "Just as iron rusts out of use and the still water spoils or freezes in the cold, so the mind goes to waste without practice." (Leonardo da Vinci)
  • "It is difficult to find happiness in us and it is quite impossible to find it anywhere else." (Nicolas Chamfort)
  • "Comparing is the end of happiness and the beginning of dissatisfaction." (Søren Kierkegaard)
  • "If enough is not enough for whom, nothing is enough." (Epicurus)
  • "You are only unhappy because you have time to consider whether you are unhappy or not." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "Everyone has a board in front of their heads - it only depends on the distance." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Brief wisdom to think about

Some wisdoms only make us think for a moment, they seem obvious. Others get stuck in the head. Simply because they absolutely fit. They help us to reflect on our situation and, if possible, to rethink. Packed in compact quotes, we still benefit today from geniuses like Cicero or Albert Einstein:

  • "No character is formed without suffering." (Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben)
  • "Stupidity is also a natural talent." (Wilhelm Busch)
  • “Experience is the best teacher. Only school fees are expensive. "(Thomas Carlyle)
  • "With knowledge, doubts grow." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • "Everyone complains about their memory, nobody about their intellect." (François de La Rochefoucauld)
  • "Have the courage to use your own understanding." (Immanuel Kant)
  • "The greatest enemy of progress is not error, but inertia." (Henry Thomas Buckle)
  • "The mind and the ability to use it are two kinds of skills." (Franz Grillparzer)
  • "It is not the beginning that is rewarded, but only perseverance." (Katharina von Siena)
  • "Work is the best cure for despair." (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • "If you don't lose your mind about certain things, you don't have anyone to lose." (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
  • "If you don't try, you will never know if you can." (Hans Kammerlander)
  • "I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Curiosity always comes first in a problem that needs to be solved." (Galileo Galilei)
  • "Enthusiasm is fertilizer for the brain." (Gerald Hüther)
  • "Detours also broaden our horizons." (Ernst Ferstl)
  • "Intelligence cannot be determined by the way, but only by the result." (Garri Kasparov)
  • "The brain is an organ with which we think that we think." (Ambrose Bierce)
  • "The head is round so that thinking can change direction." (Francis Picabia)
  • "Anyone who has straw in their head fears the spark of truth." (Jupp Müller)
  • "A truth can only work when the recipient is ripe for it." (Christian Morgenstern)
  • "As you have sown, you will reap." (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  • "Never start to stop - and never stop to start." (Cicero)
  • "The goal of life is not to be a successful person - but a valuable one." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Whoever heaven has assigned a great task, his heart and will he only wears down through suffering." (Mengzi)
  • "There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." (Aristotle)
  • "Dont dream. Do! "(Unknown)
  • "New paths arise by walking them." (Franz Kafka)
  • "Pay attention to your thoughts, because they are the beginning of your actions." (Chinese proverb)
  • "If you're looking for a helpful hand, you'll find it at the bottom of your arm." (Unknown)
  • "Before you want to hit the wall with your head, ask yourself: What do I want in the next room?" (Unknown)
  • "The deed distinguishes the goal from the dream." (Unknown)
  • “True words are not beautiful. Nice words are not true. "(Laotse)
  • “Live in the past when you want to be sad. Live in the future if you want to be fearful. But if you want to be happy, live in the here and now. "(Unknown)
  • "Do what you want, but not because you have to." (Buddha)
  • "There are only two days in your life when you cannot change anything: one is yesterday and the other is tomorrow." (Dalai Lama)
  • "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Don't think so often of what you lack, but of what you have." (Marc Aurel)
  • "In the long run the soul takes on the color of your thoughts." (Mark Aurel)
  • "Dream big and dare to fail." (Norman Vaughan)
  • "You always see each other twice in life." (Unknown)
  • “Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever. "(Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "Our point of view determines our satisfaction." (Unknown)
  • "In anger, people lose their intelligence." (Dalai Lama)
  • "The real job of humans is to find oneself." (Hermann Hesse)
  • "If a kite wants to climb, it has to fly against the wind." (Unknown)
  • "Everybodys Darling is Everybodys Depp." (Unknown)
  • “You can't give life more days, but you can give more life to days.” (Unknown)
  • "If nobody gets upset about your work, it is meaningless." (Unknown)
  • "Love yourself as if your life depends on it." (Book title)
  • "The highest good is the harmony of the soul with itself." (Seneca)
  • "A path arises when you walk it." (Unknown)
  • "Let go, what you love. If it comes back, it's yours forever. "(Confucius)
  • “One day or the first day. You decide. "(Unknown)
  • "Every minute of anger we lose 60 seconds of joie de vivre." (Unknown)
  • "Arrogance is the self-confidence of the inferiority complex." (Unknown)
  • "You cannot be grateful and unhappy at the same time." (Unknown)
  • "Where there's a will, there's a way; who doesn't want reasons. "(Unknown)

Life wisdom for friendship

What would life be without friends? Pale, boring, and often bleak. Friendship helps us through dry spells. With lovesickness. Or moving abroad. In life crises. Friends inspire us, share experiences and support us. Or they just make us happy and have a lot of fun:

  • "A friend is someone I am allowed to think out loud in front of." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Really good friends are people who know us very well and still stick to us." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  • "Friendship, that is one soul in two bodies." (Aristotle)
  • "Friends don't ask for your way, they just walk it with you." (Unknown)
  • "One recognizes a safe friend in an uncertain matter." (Cicero)
  • "Friendship is a door between two people. Sometimes it can creak, it can jam, but it is never locked. ”(Baltasar Gracián)
  • "Words only connect where our wavelengths coincide for a long time." (Max Frisch)
  • "For the friendship of two, the patience of one is necessary." (Indian proverb)
  • "Only those who have real friends are rich." (Thomas Fuller)
  • "People are interested in our external fate, the internal only in the friend." (Heinrich von Kleist)
  • "The best way to have a friend is to be one yourself." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "A friend is a person who knows the melody of your heart and plays it for you when you've forgotten it." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Best friends are those with whom you can keep quiet about the same things." (Unknown)
  • “A little friendship is worth more to me than admiration from the whole world”. (Otto von Bismarck)
  • "Friends are people who accept your past, like you in the present and stand by you in the future." (Unknown)

10 life wisdoms and quotes from Buddha

In the 6th century BC The prince Siddhartha Gautama was born. In search of enlightenment, he left his privileged life behind, traveled and meditated. Prince Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha. And today various are enjoying themselves Wisdoms and quotes from the founder of Buddhism great popularity:

  • "It's no use just being a good person if you don't do anything."
  • “Repay evil with good. Overcome the stingy with gifts, with truth the liar. "
  • “When you have a problem, try to solve it. If you can't solve it, don't make a problem out of it. "
  • "There is only one time when it is essential to wake up - that time is now."
  • “There is no way to be happy. The way is to be happy. "
  • “Never in the world does hatred end with hatred. Hatred ends with love. "
  • "You smile - and the world changes."
  • “The carpenter works the wood. The archer bends his bow. The wise forms himself. "
  • "Because will I call working, because if the will is there, then one works, be it in works, words or thoughts."
  • "We are what we think. Everything we are arises from our thoughts. We form the world with our thoughts."

Life wisdom for success

In their search for quick success, everyone wants an easy key to success that always works for everyone. Unfortunately, in reality it is not that easy. Success is seldom the result of a single action, but rather the combination of numerous keys to success, which in their entirety open all doors. The following wisdoms give at least some orientation on the way there ...

  • “There is no failure. Either you succeed or you learn. "(Kevin Kruse)
  • "If you want to be successful, you have to learn that failure is a healthy, inevitable step on the way to the top." (Joyce Brothers)
  • "I have often learned more from my setbacks than from my successes." (Boris Becker)
  • "Even a heavy door only needs a small key." (Charles Dickens)
  • "The solution is always simple, you just have to find it." (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
  • "All things are difficult before they become easy." (Thomas Fuller)
  • "Once you learn to accept defeat, you can have joy and success." (Rickey Henderson)
  • “Develop success from mistakes. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. ”(Dale Carnegie)
  • "The price of success is dedication, hard work and relentless commitment to what you want to achieve." (Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • “Our greatest weakness is giving up. The surest way to success is always to try again. "(Thomas Alva Edison)
  • "Obstacles and difficulties are steps on which we climb up." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • "If you stop getting better, you have stopped being good." (Philip Rosenthal)
  • "The best training is still in doing it yourself." (Cyril Northcote Parkinson)
  • "Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness at the end." (Democritus)
  • "The surest way to success is always to try again." (Thomas Alva Edison)
  • "Those who want to find ways, those who don't want to find reasons." (Career Bible Credo)
  • "Success consists in having exactly the skills that are required at the moment." (Henry Ford)
  • “Every success you achieve creates an enemy. You have to be mediocre if you want to be popular. "(Oscar Wilde)
  • “Knowing is not enough, you have to apply; it is not enough to want, one also has to do. "(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • "Don't be afraid to give up the good in order to achieve the great." (John D. Rockefeller)
  • "Obstacles and difficulties are steps on which we climb up." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • "Not the fastest and strongest wins, but the one who thinks he can." (Unknown)
  • "If you stop wanting to get better, you stop being good." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  • "Even in the alphabet, effort comes before success." (German proverb)
  • "Whoever does what he can already do, always remains what he already is." (Henry Ford)
  • “It is pointless to say: we are doing our best. You must succeed in doing what is required. "(Winston Churchill)
  • "I'm just as proud of what we don't do as I am of what we do." (Steve Jobs)
  • "The price of success is dedication, hard work and relentless commitment to what you want to achieve." (Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • "You learn a line from a victory and a book from a defeat." (Paul Brown)

Life wisdom about learning

  • "A head without a memory is a fortress without an occupation." (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowing." (Stephen Hawking)
  • “Questions stay young. Answers age quickly. "(Burt Lancaster)
  • "It is two different things to have received understanding and to have learned to apply the understanding that one has received." (Dorothea Erxleben)
  • "Especially people who do not learn anything do not learn anything from the fact that they have not learned anything." (Erhard Blanck)
  • "The mind is like a ticket: it only makes sense when it is used." (Ernst Reinhold Hauschka)
  • "A book is a mirror, if a monkey looks into it, no apostle can look out." (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)
  • "Man should learn, only oxen." (Erich Kästner)
  • "Education is what is left when we forget what we have learned." (Edward Frederick Lindley Wood)
  • "You have to have learned a lot to be able to ask about what you don't know." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • "If you stop making mistakes, you won't learn anything." (Theodor Fontane)
  • "The disadvantage of intelligence is that you are constantly forced to learn." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "Experience is an expensive school, but fools don't want to learn elsewhere." (Benjamin Franklin)
  • "You don't learn anything without making a mistake." (Romain Rolland)
  • “Nobody gets everything right the first time. What defines us is how we learn from our mistakes. "(Richard Branson)
  • "There is no shame in not knowing anything, but certainly not wanting to learn anything." (Plato)
  • "Learning is like rowing against the current. If you stop doing that, you drive back. "(Loazi)
  • "Anyone who knows how to read has the key to great deeds, to unimaginable opportunities." (Aldous Huxley)
  • "An untrained brain is more harmful to health than an untrained body." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "A bit of education adorns the whole person." (Heinrich Heine)
  • "Education does not come from reading, but from thinking about what has been read." (Carl Hilty)
  • “I'm not afraid of storms. I'm learning how to steer my ship. "(Louisa May Alcott)
  • "The successful learns from their mistakes and will start all over on new paths." (Dale Carnegie)
  • "Don't look for mistakes, look for solutions." (Henry Ford)
  • “It's easy to learn from defeat. It is more difficult to learn from victories. "(Gustav Stresemann)
  • "When curiosity is focused on serious things, it is called a thirst for knowledge." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  • "As long as you are curious, age cannot affect you." (Kurt Marti)
  • "We can learn the most from what we do not yet know." (Emil Kahlenberg)
  • “Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever. "(Mahatma Ghandi)
  • "Learn for your life, but don't forget to live." (Martin Gerhard Reisenberg)
  • "In three words I can summarize everything I learned about life: It goes on." (Robert Frost)
  • "We don't live to believe, but to learn." (Dalai Lama)
  • “Education is a wonderful thing. But one should remind oneself from time to time that something really worth knowing cannot be taught. ”(Oscar Wilde)
  • "To educate oneself means to want to learn how everything happens." (Epictetus)
  • "You cannot know the world by learning all its details." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Learning always annoys you when you don't want it, but you have to." (Heinz Erhardt)
  • "An investment in knowledge still pays the best interest." (Benjamin Franklin)
  • "I prefer a gram of knowledge to a hundred tons of opinion." (Manès Sperber)
  • “It's amazing what you can learn if you want to. Every habit can be changed. "(Salman Rushdie)
  • “You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by falling down. "(Richard Branson)
  • “Learning without thinking is vain; thinking without learning, dangerous. "(Confucius)
  • “The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you learn, you are not old. "(Rosalyn Yalow)
  • "Anyone who has made one mistake and does not correct it, commits a second." (Confucius)
  • "Thinking is the hardest task there is. That is probably also the reason why so few people are concerned with it. "(Henry Ford)
  • "Anyone who deals too long with tomorrow's problems at night is too tired to solve them the next day." (Rainer Haak)
  • “I want to change by learning. I would like to die a little less stupid than I was born. "(André Heller)
  • "Those who do not learn from the past will be punished for it by the future." (Adele Elisa Countess von Bredow-Görne)
  • "It is a great advantage in life to make the mistakes from which one can learn as early as possible." (Winston Churchill)
  • "You shouldn't go to sleep without being able to say that you learned something that day." (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)
  • "The World is a Book. Those who never travel only see one side of it. "(Aurelius Augustinus)
  • "Even the worst book has its good side: the last." (John Osborne)

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