Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light. – Bruce Lee
Some say wisdom is gained by keeping an open mind while living a long time so life’s experience have a chance of soaking in. Others say wisdom is acquired by listening more than talking.
Either way, wisdom is a gift that can enlighten our souls and strengthen our spirit – and the spirit of others when it is shared.
If you need some wisdom right now – some enlightenment gained by others, here are 12 wise old sayings that resonant with truth, hope and inspiration:
- “When you are in doubt, be still, and, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelope you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists — as it surely will. Then act with courage.” – Ponca Chief White Eagle
- “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary projects, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali
- “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.” – Thomas Aquinas