Weekly Positive Quotes – May 10 – May 16, 2021

These positive quotes are for the week of May 10 – May 16, 2021, and are famous quotes about wisdom. weekly positive thoughts
I prepare and publish a video for Youtube and a post for a website with new positive daily thoughts, proverbs, or quotes from famous writers, poets, philosophers, celebrities every Sunday. And I’m happy to read your feedback on which quote you like best, which one you find great inspiration, which one brightened your day.

Weekly positive Quotes – May 10 – May 16, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


Aristotle (384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. Taught by Plato, he was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition. His writings cover many subjects including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics, and government. Aristotle provided a complex synthesis of the various philosophies existing prior to him. It was above all from his teachings that the West inherited its intellectual lexicon, as well as problems and methods of inquiry. As a result, his philosophy has exerted a unique influence on almost every form of knowledge in the West and it continues to be a subject of contemporary philosophical discussion.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”


Socrates ( 470 – 399 BC) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. Socrates exerted a strong influence on philosophers in later antiquity and in the modern era. Depictions of Socrates in art, literature, and popular culture have made him one of the most widely known figures in the Western philosophical tradition.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

“The fool do think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “the Bard”).

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Thursday, May 13,  2021

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882).

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho de Souza (born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

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15 additional quotes about wisdom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
Lao Tzu

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
Thomas Painewise eyes
“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
Rick Riordan

“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
Patrick Rothfuss

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
Paulo Coelhowise eyes
“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”
Anne Bradstreet

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridgewise eyes
“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”
Elizabeth Gaskell

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. The wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
Hermann Hesse

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
Albert Einsteinwise eyes
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
Umberto Eco

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”
William Arthur Ward

“A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.”
Roy T. Bennett

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Weekly Positive Thoughts (May 10  – May 16, 2021)

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Thank You

Thank you for reading my post – Weekly Positive Quotes – May 10 – May 16, 2021, with famous quotes about wisdom.

Do you have a favorite quote on the topic or which one touched you the most in the collection of quotes for this week? I look forward to your reflections on these quotes that you share with me in the comments.

Have a wonderful week,

22 comments on “Weekly Positive Quotes – May 10 – May 16, 2021”

  1. MIchel Reply

    Some of these quotes are so true, like the one that says he who talks too much knows little. I know so many people who talk so much on a subject, but actually don’t seem to know what they are talking about, or make so little sense that people give up listening.

    Mastering yourself and your own wisdom is key when it comes to being successful and happy in life. At least wisdom is something that can never be taken away from you, unlike materialistic possessions.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for your thoughts, you wrote this very nicely, and I agree. No one can take away our wisdom.

      Have a nice happy week,


  2. Michael Reply

    One that resonated with me is “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Umberto Eco.

    Another, which is a twist of common sense is ” Common sense is not very common” . Who said it first I have no idea, but it so often describes many of the decisions made on our behalf by bureaucracies. 

      I like reading quotes and sometimes reading through the old masters works. One other quote I will leave you with is, “There is nothing new under the sun” which is referring to people and their actions.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for these interesting quotes you shared with me, I especially like this “Common sense is not very common”.

      Have a nice happy week,


  3. shishir Reply

    Hi Nina,

    It was a wonderful read indeed. Totally motivating and eye-opening.

     “Knowing others is intelligence;

    knowing yourself is true wisdom.

    Mastering others is strength;

    mastering yourself is true power.”

     This one won my heart. It’s like finding clues to repair the mechanism of life to make it easy to go on.

    and wisdom is what it takes.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and kind words.

      Have a nice happy week,


  4. DashDNations Reply

    These quotes all seem very similar, but maybe there’s a theme. It’s mostly about how you don’t know everything and the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know anything. Don’t boast, don’t brag for only fools beat their own chest. It’s true though, sometimes people need to think before they speak.

    • admin Reply

      True, you have very perfectly grasped the essence of the meaning of these quotations on the subject of wisdom. Thanks for the kind comment.

      Have a nice happy week,


  5. Kwidzin Reply

    I was just having a read at your thread of quotes here. There are some good lines there that are words of wisdom. here indeed. It can be a good thing to have a quote like this every day for you to ponder on for the rest of the day. They give you food for thought and something to focus on for that day.

    • admin Reply

      Even before I started posting these weekly posts, I chose a quote of the day for myself and delved into it throughout the day. So I very much agree with you!

      Have a nice happy week,


  6. Kokontala Reply

    Good day, I am pleased to meet you. The information you shared is very important and interesting. I have noted the quotes I like and saved them. Positive quotes give inspiration and keep us going with our daily work energized and motivated. I hope to be getting more of these quotes as you share, thanks.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind words. We can really find great motivation and messages in quotes.

      Have a nice happy week,


  7. Calvin Reply

    Yes I do have a favorite quote from this list. ” A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.” but I have heard a couple of the other quotes on this list before and I have found a couple new ones to keep in mind. Thank you

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for pointing out the comment that’s your favorite, and I’m glad you found some of the ones you read for the first time.

      Have a nice happy week,


  8. Tania Reply

    Hi Nina

    A lot of work and beautiful too. Remember to take advantage of Keywords, If you have in mind to increase your page views, I would say ( or this seems to be the stereotype ) make the colours more attractive, add more and different pictures to break the monotony and spark it a little, perhaps that is your style and that is how you want to be perceived in which case it is great too. The vibe I get is one of being extra conservative, quiet, which is fine, however, consider that you have or want a broad audience and so perhaps you may want to be a little bold and louder? Hope this makes sense. Don’t be afraid to shine but mostly shine Bright. Stay Blessed

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for your suggestions and tips, I will consider them!

      Have a nice happy week,


    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment and for sharing with me which is your favorite quote!
      I wish you a wonderful week,

  9. Lyanna Soria Reply

    Those are all wonderful selections of weekly positive quotes to keep in mind. My fave would be “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

    • admin Reply

      Thank you for your kind words. I really like this quote too!
      I wish you a wonderful week,

  10. CA Reply

    Yes, it is true wisdom to truly get to know one’s self. And to realize that you know nothing or not much of a vast Universe. There is still so much to learn every day.

    • admin Reply

      You wrote this very nicely, thanks for the wonderful comment!
      I wish you a wonderful week,

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