What Are Some Examples of Old Wise Sayings?

The Latin proverb, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" and the Roman proverb, "Better late than never" are examples of wise old sayings. Other old wise sayings are William Shakespeare's, "Better three hours soon than a minute too late" and Aesop's, "Don't believe everything you hear."

Wise old sayings are used to impart life lessons, moral lessons and advice for living well. They are also sources of humor and inspiration. The Latin proverb teaches the importance of valuing what you have at hand other than what you currently do not possess. William Shakespeare's saying aims at teaching the importance of punctuality by implying that being early by hours is better than being late for a minute.

Another wise old saying that teaches punctuality is, "A stitch in time saves nine." Furthermore, "Wish not so much to live long as to live well" is some advice from Ben Franklin. This saying advises people to have a quality life instead of living for many years. This message is similar to, "Live life to the fullest because you may not have it tomorrow." The Scottish saying, "A penny saved is a penny earned," advises people to save their earnings.