How fortunate we are to learn from others. Here are valuable wisdom quotes made by well-respected African-Americans.

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
Bill Cosby

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
Lena Horne

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Barbara Jordan

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Oprah Winfrey

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things.
Tina Turner

If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway.
Stanley Crouch, Stanley Crouch Interview

It is the mind that makes the body.
Sojourner Truth

Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.
Mary McLeod Bethune, Last Will & Testament of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey's back.
Zora Neale Hurston

Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.
Marcus Garvey

Minds ripen at very different ages.
Stevie Wonder

Muffle your rage. Get smart instead of muscular.
Roy Wilkins

Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again.
Zora Neale Hurston

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
Audre Lorde

People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
Alice Walker

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Maya Angelou

There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
Pearl Bailey

There's no rehab for stupidity.
Chris Rock

This country can ill afford to continue to function using less than half of its human resources, brain power, and kinetic energy.
Barbara Jordan

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Oprah Winfrey

Your mind is what makes everything else work.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar