70 Wisdom Poems to Encourage You

Wisdom, as Plato once said, “is the source of all virtue.”

It is an ageless pursuit, cherished by scholars, philosophers, and those seeking a deeper understanding of life’s complexities.

The significance of wisdom, both in philosophy and psychology, has been an area of intense study, often yielding invaluable insights into human well-being.

As we journey through life, wisdom poems serve as beacons of enlightenment, offering profound lessons, guidance, and encouragement.

These poems about wisdom are like keys that unlock the doors to our inner worlds and broaden our horizons.

We also explore the harmonious world of wisdom poetry with rhyme, a literary symphony that captivates both the heart and mind.

Best Wisdom Poems

Best poems about wisdom are a repository of profound insights, providing guidance and encouragement. These verses, celebrated for their wisdom, offer lessons that resonate deeply with those seeking enlightenment.

1. An Essay on Man

       by Alexander Pope

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Plac’d on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic’s pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas’ning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much …

2. The Village Schoolmaster

by Oliver Goldsmith

The village all declar’d how much he knew;
’Twas certain he could write, and cipher too:
Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage,
And e’en the story ran that he could gauge.
In arguing too, the parson own’d his skill,
For e’en though vanquish’d he could argue still;
While words of learned length and thund’ring sound
Amazed the gazing rustics rang’d around;
And still they gaz’d and still the wonder grew,
That one small head could carry all he knew …

3. On Virtue

       by Phillis Wheatley

O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach.
I cease to wonder, and no more attempt
Thine height t’explore, or fathom thy profound.
But, O my soul, sink not into despair,
Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand
Would now embrace thee, hovers o’er thine head.
Fain would the heaven-born soul with her converse,
Then seek, then court her for her promised bliss …

4. The Tables Turned

       by William Wordsworth

Books! ’tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There’s more of wisdom in it.

And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher …

5. Ode on a Grecian Urn

       by John Keats

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know …’

6. Locksley Hall

       by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore,
And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and he bears a laden breast,
Full of sad experience, moving toward the stillness of his rest …

7. Song of Myself

       by Walt Whitman

Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the argument of the earth,
And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own,
And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own,
And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers,
And that a kelson of the creation is love,
And limitless are leaves stiff or drooping in the fields,
And brown ants in the little wells beneath them,
And mossy scabs of the worm fence, heap’d stones, elder, mullein and poke-weed …

8. The True Knowledge

       by Oscar Wilde

Thou knowest all; I seek in vain
What lands to till or sow with seed –
The land is black with briar and weed,
Nor cares for falling tears or rain.

Thou knowest all; I sit and wait
With blinded eyes and hands that fail,
Till the last lifting of the veil
And the first opening of the gate.

Thou knowest all; I cannot see.
I trust I shall not live in vain,
I know that we shall meet again
In some divine eternity.

10. Old Men’s Counsel

       by Amos Russel Wells

Young men’s counsel breathes desire,
Ardent passion, raging fire.
Old men’s counsel utters truth,
Governing the fires of youth.
Young men’s counsel leaps on high,
Like a rocket in the sky.
Old men’s counsel will be found
Firmly fixed upon the ground.
Young men’s counsel bravely dares,
And a lordly front it wears.
Old men’s counsel, brave yet wise,
Tests its wings before it flies.
Young men’s counsel looks afar
Where the shining mountains are.
Old men’s counsel seeks to know
Safest ways and best to go.
Young men’s counsel, over-hold,
Grasps a prize, but does not hold.
Old men’s counsel, rich in deeds,
Plans, persists, and then succeeds.

11. Experience is the Father of Wisdom

       by Hannah Flagg Gould

Wit was fairly tired of play;
And the little archer lay
On a grassy bank, one day,
By a gurgling river.
Here, he thought he’d take a nap,
And to guard them from mishap,
In his mantle he would wrap
His golden bow and quiver.
Scarce a moment had he slept,
Ere upon his finger stepped
Some one, who was no adept
In the art of creeping.
Wit was ever quick to feel,
Soon he knew the heavy heel—
Folly came his bow to steal,
While he thought him sleeping.
He arose, and, “now,” said he,
“Let my bow and arrows be,
Till their use you learn of me,
Folly, I beseech you!
But, if you would know my art,
And be skilful with the dart,
Let’s a moment stand apart,
So that I may teach you.”
Folly moved a pace or two;
Wit took aim, and quickly drew—
“Whiz!” the arrow went, and flew,
Fastening in his shoulder.
“Oh!” cried Folly, “Oh! I’m dead!
Wounded both in heart and head!”
“You will live,” Wit smiling said,
“To be ages older.
“Banish every vain alarm,
You receive no other harm
Than a useless, palsied arm,
For an hour of fooling.
Hence, of that right hand bereft,
Folly, you must use your left,
A memento of your theft,
And my timely schooling!”
Wisdom saw the war begin
‘Twixt the two so near akin,
And she would, by stepping in,
Fain have made them wiser.
But, she was repelled by both,
Who, alike incensed and loth
To be tutored, took an oath
Ever to despise her.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

12. I Worked for Chaff, And Earning Wheat

       by Emily Dickinson

I worked for chaff, and earning wheat
Was haughty and betrayed.
What right had fields to arbitrate
In matters ratified?
I tasted wheat, — and hated chaff,
And thanked the ample friend;
Wisdom is more becoming viewed
At distance than at hand.

13. King Solomon and the Ants

       by John Greenleaf Whittier

Out from Jerusalem
The king rode with his great
War chiefs and lords of state,
And Sheba’s queen with them.
Proud in the Syrian sun,
In gold and purple sheen,
The dusky Ethiop queen
Smiled on King Solomon.
Wisest of men, he knew
The languages of all
The creatures great or small
That trod the earth or flew.
Across an ant-hill led
The king’s path, and he heard
Its small folk, and their word
He thus interpreted:
“Here comes the king men greet
As wise and good and just,
To crush us in the dust
Under his heedless feet.”
The great king bowed his head,
And saw the wide surprise
Of the Queen of Sheba’s eyes
As he told her what they said.
“O king!” she whispered sweet,
“Too happy fate have they
Who perish in thy way
Beneath thy gracious feet!
“Thou of the God-lent crown,
Shall these vile creatures dare
Murmur against thee where
The knees of kings kneel down?”
“Nay,” Solomon replied,
“The wise and strong should seek
The welfare of the weak;”
And turned his horse aside.
His train, with quick alarm,
Curved with their leader round
The ant-hill’s peopled mound,
And left it free from harm.
The jeweled head bent low;
“O king!” she said, “henceforth
The secret of thy worth
And wisdom well I know.
“Happy must be the State
Whose ruler heedeth more
The murmurs of the poor
Than flatteries of the great.”

14. The King’s Ring

       by Theodore Tilton

Once in Persia reigned a king
Who upon his signet ring
Graved a maxim true and wise
Which, if held before his eyes,
Gave him counsel at a glance
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words; and these are they:
“Even this shall pass away.”
Trains of camels through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand,
Fleets of galleys through the seas
Brought him pearls to match with these;
But he counted not his gain—
Treasurer of the mine and main,
“What is wealth?” the king would say;
“Even this shall pass away.”
In the revels of his court
At the zenith of the sport,
When the palms of all his guests
Burned with clapping at his jests,
He, amid his figs and wine,
Cried: “O loving friends of mine!
Pleasures come, but not to stay,
Even this shall pass away.”
Fighting on a furious field
Once a javelin pierced his shield;
Soldiers with loud lament
Bore him bleeding to his tent,
Groaning with his tortured side.
“Pain is hard to bear,” he cried;
“But with patience day by day,
Even this shall pass away.”
Struck with palsy, sere and old,
Waiting at the gates of gold,
Spake he with his dying breath:
“Life is done, but what is death?”
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sunbeam on his ring,
Showing by a heavenly ray:
“Even this shall pass away.”

15. True Wisdom

       by Lydia Howard Sigourney

Why break the limits of permitted thought
To revel in Elysium? thou who bear’st
Still the stern yoke of this unresting life,
Its toils, its hazards, and its fears of change?
Why hang thy frostwork wreath on Fancy’s brow,
When Labour warns thee to thy daily task,
And Faith doth bid thee gird thyself to run
A faithful journey to the gate of Heaven?
Up, ’tis no dreaming-time! awake! awake!
For He who sits on the High Judge’s seat
Doth in his record note each wasted hour,
Each idle word. Take heed thy shrinking soul
Find not their weight too heavy when it stands
At that dread bar from whence is no appeal.
For while we trifle the light sand steals on,
Leaving the hour-glass empty. So thy life
Glideth away. Stamp wisdom on its hours.

16. Heaven

       by Rupert Brooke

“Oh love is fair, and love is rare;” my dear one she said,
“But love goes lightly over.” I bowed her foolish head,
And kissed her hair and laughed at her. Such a child was she;
So new to love, so true to love, and she spoke so bitterly.
But there’s wisdom in women, of more than they have known,
And thoughts go blowing through them, are wiser than their own,
Or how should my dear one, being ignorant and young,
Have cried on love so bitterly, with so true a tongue?

17. The Doves

       by Harriet McEwen Kimball

Pretty doves, so blithely ranging
Up and down the street;
Glossy throats all bright hues changing
Little scarlet feet!
Pretty doves! among the daisies
They should coo and flit!
All these toilsome, noisy places
Seem for them unfit.
Yet amidst our human plodding,
They must love to be;
With their little heads a-nodding,
Busier than we.
Close to hoof and wheel they hover,
Glancing right and left,
Sure some treasure to discover;
Rapid, shy, and deft.
Friendliest of feathered creatures,
In their timid guise;
Wisdom’s little silent teachers,
Praying us be wise.
Fluttering at footsteps careless,
Danger swift to flee,
Lowly, trusting, faithful, fearless,—
Oh, that such were we!
In the world and yet not of it,
Ready to take wing,—
By this lesson could we profit
It were everything!

18. The Hustling Pumpkin Vine

       by Ed. Blair

Say boy, don’t go a mopin’ ’round ‘n’ talkin’ in a whine,
But go out in the field and view the hustling pumpkin vine.
It has the kind o’ stuff in it that’s needed, boy, in you,
A kind o’ get there quality thet most folks say will do.
The weeds may grow around it but the pumpkin vine don’t stop,
It shows it’s there fer business an’ it climbs right out on top.
An’ if it strikes a big stone fence or ditch that may be wide,
It jes’ lines out ‘n strings the pumpkins on the other side.
So boy, don’t let the weeds or ditches drive you from your way,
But go ahead and get on top—do something every day.
An’ if things look discouraging, don’t ever mope or whine,
But go and learn a lesson from the hustling pumpkin vine.

19. Patient with the Living

       by Margaret E. Sangster

Sweet friend, when thou and I are gone
Beyond earth’s weary labor,
When small shall be our need of grace
From comrade or from neighbor,
Past all the strife, the toil, the care,
And done with all the sighing,
What tender ruth shall we have gained,
Alas, by simply dying!
Then lips too chary for their praise
Will tell our merits over,
And eyes too swift our fault to see
Shall no defect discover.
Then hands that would not lift a stone
Where tones were thick to cumber
Our steep hill path, will scatter flower
Above our pillowed slumber.
Sweet friend, perchance both thou and I,
Ere love is past forgiving,
Should take the earnest lesson home—
Be patient with the living.
To-day’s repressed rebuke may save
Our blinding tears to-morrow;
Then patience, e’en when keenest edge
May whet a nameless sorrow.
‘Tis easy to be gentle when
Death’s silence shames our c1amor,
And easy to discern the best
Through memory’s mystic glamour;
But wise it were for thee and me,
Ere love is past forgiving,
To take the tender lesson home—
Be patient with the living.

20. The Longest Day

       by Lydia Sigourney

From us, if every fleeting hour,
Improvement’s boon may ask,
The longest day must surely claim,
The most important task.
But since the longest day must end,
The happiest life decay,
Let wisdom’s hand, and wisdom’s voice,
Direct our youthful way.
And when we rise, let morning’s eye
Convey the lesson sweet,
And ere we sleep, an angel’s sigh
The sacred rule repeat:
Patient to render good to all,
Within our bounded sphere,
The active deed, the grateful word,
The sympathizing tear:
To raise the heart to Him who gives
Our path with hope to shine,
Meekly receive the cup of joy,
Or tranquilly resign:
To let no fear disturb the breast,
No doubt obscure our sky,
Since Virtue cannot live unblest,
Or unrewarded die.

Famous Wisdom Poems

Famous poems about wisdom are the pillars of sagacity in the world of literature. These verses, authored by renowned poets, have become timeless classics, celebrated for their profound insights.

1. The Smith

       by John Henton Carter

Once a worker in iron stood at his anvil and wrought,
Proud to think that his labor brought the reward that he sought;
Singing, with no thought of sorrow, lo! he hammered away,
Till the king and his courtiers paused at the smithy one day.
Marked he the man and metal, brought from the furnace aglow;
Watched he the sparks that scattered, saw he it yield to the blow,
Then said he to his courtiers, “Note you the smith, and then learn;
Mind shall rule over matter, bring it to service in turn.
“Both are the same in nature, hammer and slug are but one,
And yet one serves the other, obeying, though all undone.
Take you then heed in the future, be on the battle field—
Like to the blacksmith’s hammer, compelling all else to yield.”
Then they went forth to conquer; the king and his valiant crew
Stood like a wall, undaunted, like their bright blades tempered, too—
Smote as the smith had smitten, every blow made to tell,
Driving the foe before them. Then said the king, “It is well.”
This is the lesson the smith taught to the world with his blow:—
“Lo! mind shall rule all matter; man shall continue to grow;
All nature’s forces shall serve him—serve him and not ask why—
Until he gain his birthright, lord of all under the sky.”

2. Wisdom Teaches

       by William Arthur Ward

Wisdom teaches:
The fruits of silence;
The blessings of health;
The rewards of self-discipline;
The satisfaction of achievement;
The responsibility of power;
The beauty of nature;
The miracle of love;
The meaning of friendship;
The privilege of prayer;
The power of faith;
The joy of sharing;
The treasure of integrity.

3. Wisdom Finds Us

       by Catherine Pulsifer

Easy is as easy does,
Who hasn’t heard that phrase?
But what really does that mean,
If you don’t do, easy never finds the way?

There are so many different ways,
That messages are tangled in.
Find a quote or poem you like,
Then make sense of what is says.

Sometimes you may not understand,
But then there will be times you do.
And those times are when we truly benefit,
And bring the message into view.

Wisdom finds us in many ways,
It’s up to us to allow it to help.
Many people benefit from these thoughts,
And it’s a way to allow yourself to self-help.

4. Wisdom’s Ways

       by Anonymous

If wisdom’s ways you’d wisely seek.
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.

5. Silence

       by Anonymous

If you stand very still in the heart of a wood –
you will hear many wonderful things –
The snap of a twig and the wind in the trees
and the whirr of invisible wings…

If you stand very still in the turmoil of life –
and you wait for the voice from within –
you’ll be led down the quiet ways of wisdom and peace –
in a mad world of chaos and din…

If you stand very still and you hold to your faith –
you will get all the help that you ask –
You will draw from the Silence the things that you need –
Hope and courage, and strength for your task.

6. If You Are Wise

       by William Arthur Ward

If you are wise, you will forget yourself into greatness.
Forget your rights, but remember your responsibilities.
Forget your inconveniences, but remember your blessings.
Forget your own accomplishments, but remember your debts to others.
Forget your privileges, but remember your obligations.
Follow the examples of Florence Nightingale,
of Albert Schweitzer, of Abraham Lincoln, of Tom Dooley, and forget yourself into greatness.

If you are wise, you will empty yourself into adventure.
Remember the words of General Douglas MacArthur:
“There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity.”
Empty your days of the search for security; fill them with a passion for service.
Empty your hours of the ambition for recognition; fill them with the aspiration for achievement.
Empty your moments of the need for entertainment; fill them with the quest for creativity.

If you are wise, you will lose yourself into immortality.
Lose your cynicism. Lose your doubts. Lose your fears. Lose your anxiety. Lose your unbelief.
Remember these truths: A person must soon forget himself to be long remembered.
He must empty himself in order to discover a fuller self. He must lose himself to find himself.
Forget yourself into greatness. Empty yourself into adventure. Lose yourself into immortality.

7. The Wise Choice

       by Lorain McLain

“Oh, give me fame!” a youth once cried
When touched by Fortune’s wand,
“A fame that shines from shore to shore
And is known in every land,
And I will never ask again
Or seek more from thy hand.”
Through years he grew and grew in fame
A lawyer great was he,
That wielded well the legal power
For gain and petty fee
Until bound down by greed of gain,
No longer was he free.

“Oh! give me power,” an artist cried,
“To paint with steady hand
A picture that shall far excel
All others in the land,
And I shall have the riches all
That aught could e’er demand.”
He painted then a picture true;
Folks marveled at the deed.
He soon won fame and wealth and power.
But, seized upon by greed,
All slipped away — power, wealth, and fame —
And left him sore in need.

“Oh! give me power to rule the land,
To sway affairs of state,
And I’ll have wealth and power and fame,
And will be truly great,
And never, never will deplore
Or wish to change my fate.”
Time passed, and power was given him;
Of state he held the rein,
Until upon his conscience clear
Was left full many a stain,
For ah! so many deeds of shame
He did alone for gain.

“Oh! give me wealth, on every hand
To gain me thousand fold;
Take fame, take power, take honor all,
But give me yellow gold.
My heart will be as light and free
As was the gods of old.”
Then wealth was given to the youth;
Without his least endeavor,
It quickly gained a thousandfold.
Wealth proved a powerful lever
That robbed the youth of honor bright
And doomed his soul forever.

“Oh! give me wisdom, grace, and peace,
A heart of purity,
An honest word that’s always good
For any surety,
And I will always live content
Throughout futurity.”
The youth was given wisdom grand
And purity of thought;
Then honor came, with fame and wealth
And glory all unsought.
Yet he despised the baser things,
For which the weaker sought.

O youth, choose wisdom while you may;
Let those who will choose pelf.
Contentment’s yours with fame assured,
And these alone are wealth;
While conscience clear will loud proclaim
You are an honor to yourself.

8. Be Wise Today

       by Edward Young

Be wise today; ’tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life.
Procrastination is the thief of time;
Year after year it steals, till all are fled.
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene.

9. Men Are Four

       by Anonymous

Men are four:

He who knows, and knows he knows
He is wise – follow him.

He who knows, and knows not he knows
He is asleep – wake him.

He who knows not, and knows not he knows not –
He is a fool – shun him.

He who knows not, and knows he knows not –
He is a child – teach him.

10. Little Things

       by Anonymous

The first bite of a Mallomar,
Crunching like a boot,
On a fresh sheet of snow.

The sip of Ginger Ale,
On crushed ice,
With the squeeze of a lemon wedge

The smell of crisp Autumn air,
In September,
Just before the leaves change.

A puff of rich tobacco,
Rolled in Maduro,
With a glass of Scotch.

A salty, fatty, crispy steak,
Dripping of meat juice,
As it swims in steak sauce.

The lips of a beautiful woman,
Inside and out,
Pressing up against mine.

My fingers flicking,
Through fresh paper,
Of a brand new hardcover.

The feeling you get,
When seeing prints developed,
From your own 35mm roll of film.

A big, salty, garlicky pickle,
After a deli sandwich,
On a Saturday afternoon.

The palette punch,
Of a salt and vinegar chip,
From a fresh bag.

Looking at all that gives me joy,
One can see the truth,
In the meaning of life.

Little things,
Oh so grand,
In a world of big woes.
Not my favorite poem but the sentiment is important.

Deep Wisdom Poems

Deep poems about wisdom are the philosophical gems of the poetic world. These verses dive into the profound aspects of existence, offering contemplation and enlightenment for those who seek depth.

1. The Guest House

       by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

2. Desiderata

       by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

3. Invictus

       by William Ernest Henley

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

4. A Psalm of Life

       by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

5. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

       by T.S. Eliot

I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

6. The Man in the Glass

       by Peter Dale Wimbrow

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.

7. Footprints in the Sand

       by Mary Stevenson

One night I dreamed a dream.
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one belonging to my Lord.

8. If You Think You Can

       by Napoleon Hill

If you think you can, you can.
If you think you can’t, you’re right.

Short Wisdom Poems

Short poems about wisdom may be brief, but their impact is immense. In a few lines, they deliver thought-provoking lessons, making wisdom accessible and impactful for all.

1. A Wise Old Owl

       by Edward Hersey Richards

A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?

2. The Voice of the Rain

       by Anonymous

And the voice of the rain is a soft,
And the mist of the meadows is sweet,

3. The Journey

       by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice.

4. The Summer Day

       by Anonymous

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

5. Fire and Ice

       by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.

6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

       by Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

7. All That Is Gold Does not Glitter

       by J.R.R. Tolkien

Not all those who wander are lost.

8. No Man Is an Island

       by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.

9. The Serenity Prayer

       by Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Spiritual Wisdom Poems

Spiritual poems about wisdom offer a transcendent journey through the world of the soul. These verses provide not only wisdom but a connection to the divine, guiding the spirit towards enlightenment.

1. A Dream Within a Dream

       by Edgar Allan Poe

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

2. The Prophet

       by Kahlil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.

3. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

       by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

4. The Tao Te Ching

       by Lao Tzu

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

5. The Silent Eye

       by Kahlil Gibran

Beyond words, there is a language,
And beyond the mind, there is a knowing.

In the realm of the silent eye,
All secrets are revealed.

6. The Sum of All Things

       by Rabindranath Tagore

He came to me, the sum of all things,
And asked me, “What do you want?”

I said, “Nothing.”

And he replied, “That is the only way to have everything.”

7. The Way to God

       by Rumi

There is a way to God,
But it is not like any other way.

It is not a path,
It is not a journey.

It is a state of being.

8. The Dance of Life

       by Hafiz

The dance of life is a mystery,
But it is also a gift.

So open your heart and embrace it,
For it is yours to live.

9. The One

       by Shankara

There is only one,
And that one is you.

You are the universe,
You are the stars,
You are the moon,
You are the sun.

10. The Path of the Heart

       by Lao Tzu

The path of the heart is the path of love.
It is the path of compassion,
The path of forgiveness.

It is the path of peace.

11. The Light Within

       by Buddha

Within you is a light that guides you.
It is the light of your own wisdom,
The light of your own truth.

12. The Mystery of Being

       by Eckhart Tolle

The mystery of being is not a problem to be solved.
It is a reality to be experienced.

Open your heart and mind to the mystery,
And let it transform you.

13. The Love of God

       by Teresa of Ávila

The love of God is a fire that burns in the heart.
It is a fire that purifies,
A fire that transforms,
A fire that consumes.

14. The Dance of the Soul

       by Rumi

The soul is a dancer,
And the universe is her dance floor.

She dances to the rhythm of her own heart,
And she is free.

Wisdom Poems That Rhyme

Poems about wisdom with rhyme are a harmonious blend of wisdom and poetic artistry. These verses create a melodic experience, making the lessons of wisdom resonate with lyrical beauty.

1. To a Mouse

       by Robert Burns

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

2. Eternity

       by William Blake

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

3. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

       by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;

4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree

       by William Butler Yeat

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

5. Song of Myself

       by Walt Whitman

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom belonging to it is edible and nutritious,
It is composed of the juices of the earth.

I am in love with song,
Because it advances to face the unknown and mocks death.

I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,
And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.

I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,
And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.

I have heard the spokesmen of the schools,
And they say that man is the master of woman,
But I say that woman is the equal of man.

I have heard the preachers preach,
And they say that man is born in sin,
But I say that man is born pure.

I have heard the poets sing,
And they sing of love and death,
But I sing of life and joy.

I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,
And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.

6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

       by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Wisdom Poems about Life

Wisdom poems about life are profound reflections on the human experience. These verses encapsulate the lessons and insights that shape our existence, offering valuable guidance along life’s journey.

1. The Road not Taken

       by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

2. If

       by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

3. Desiderata

       by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
And remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
Be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
And listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant;
They too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
They are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
You may become vain or bitter;
For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
For the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to real virtue;
Many persons are noble and sincere;
Have faith in them, and try to find the best in others.

Give of your time to the world;
For it is the way of life.
Nourish your spirit with joy,
For it is the strength of life.

Do not be afraid of death;
It is the natural end of life.
Approach death with dignity,
Knowing that it is the common way of all living things.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
Be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
No less than the trees and the stars;
You have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
Whatever you conceive Him to be,
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
In the noisy confusion of life keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Final Thoughts

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The pursuit of wisdom is an ongoing endeavor, and these verses have provided glimpses into its timeless wisdom.

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