5 Wisdom Poems

Be encouraged by these wisdom poems. Inspirational verses about insight and understanding. Wisdom is often gained by doing and experiencing choices that we make. Or by observing other people and the results of their example. Many times you hear people say, "you are wise for your years." What exactly does this mean? What does having wisdom or being wise look like?

Do you only attain wisdom when you are old? Can a young person be wise? Do you have to attain a high level of knowledge and education to have wisdom? Does being rich make you wise? May the poems in our collection give you answers to these questions.

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  1. 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.

  2. Wisdom Finds Us
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2012

    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.

  3. Wisdom's Ways
    Poet Unknown

    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.

  4. Silence
    Poet: Patience Strong

    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.

  5. If You Are Wise
    Poet: 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.

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