Selected Quotes about Wisdom

The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth. -- Pierre Abelard

We will go there with an extremely open mind. If they are really serious... we should be able to find an agreement without too much difficulty. -- Bernard Arnault

Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another. -- Mary Catherine Bateson

Doing a job badly and then getting someone in to sort it out can be much more expensive than getting someone in to do the job properly in the first place. -- Sarah Beeny

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. -- Stephen Vincent Bent

Do I know I'm right? Judgements aren't the same as facts. Instinct is not science. I'm like any other human being, as fallible and as capable of being wrong. I only know what I believe. -- Tony Blair

To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You can't dig a different hole by digging the same one deeper. -- Edward de Bono

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. -- James Boswell

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. -- Abigail Van Buren

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. -- George Burns

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. -- Rachel Carson

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. -- Cicero

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. -- Confucius

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. -- Vernon Cooper

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. -- Norman Cousins

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. -- Norman Cousins

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power. -- Stephen Covey

If I blame you, in effect I have empowered you. I have given my power to your weakness. Then I can create evidence that supports my perception that you are the problem. -- Stephen Covey

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately. -- Stephen Covey

Wisdom is a variable possession. Every man is wise when pursued by a mad dog, fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. -- Robertson Davies

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself. -- Marlene Dietrich

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations. -- Isaac D'Israeli

Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you. -- Wayne Dyer

Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. -- Martin Fischer

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

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. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it. -- Robbie Gass

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. -- Kahlil Gibran

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. -- Andre Gide

Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire. -- Bhagavad Gita

Both Jim and I are interested in the limits of conventional decision-making. The idea that an expert will give you the best outcome -- we think that's inadequate. You need a whole palate of different strategies. We're critiquing the same narrow ideology. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western World. Simplistic popularization of their ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence. -- William Golding

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. -- Sydney J. Harris

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil. -- Robert Heinlein

Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions. -- Cullen Hightower

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight. -- Horace

To know when to be generous and when firmthat is wisdom. -- Elbert Hubbard

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own. -- W. R. [William Ralph] Inge

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. -- Robert Green Ingersoll

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. -- Thomas Jefferson

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

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. -- Immanuel Kant

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. -- Immanuel Kant

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. -- Helen Keller

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -- Jonathan Kozol

The time has come to educate people, to cease all quarrels in the name of religion, culture, countries, different political or economic systems. Fighting is useless. Suicide. -- Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. -- Dalai Lama

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. -- Sam Levenson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything. -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. -- Walter Lippmann

It is literally true that millions come easier to a trader after he knows how to trade, than hundreds did in the days of his ignorance. -- Jesse Livermore

If I hadn’t made money some of the time I might have acquired market wisdom quicker. -- Jesse Livermore

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. -- Naguib Mahfouz

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. -- Menander

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. -- H. L. Mencken

Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity. -- William Menninger

There are three rules for running a business; fortunately, we don't know any of them. -- Paul Newman

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. -- Alex Noble

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. -- Jean Paul

No man is wise enough by himself. -- Titus Maccius Plautus

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. -- Titus Maccius Plautus

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. -- Marcel Proust

The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people. -- Marcel Proust

You are wise to climb Mt. Fuji, but a fool to do it twice. -- Japanese Proverb

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. -- Quintilian

I have ways of making money that you know nothing of. -- John Rockefeller

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. -- Theodore Rubin

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. -- George Santayana

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. -- George Santayana

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. -- William Saroyan

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. -- William Saroyan

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. -- Marilyn vos Savant

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. -- William Shakespeare

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. -- George Bernard Shaw

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant. -- Stephen Sigmund

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. -- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder. -- Socrates

A short saying often contains much wisdom. -- Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. -- Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. -- Sophocles

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. -- Sophocles

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. -- Wallace Stegner

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. -- Wallace Stegner

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language. -- J. Michael Straczynski

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. -- Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. -- Mother Teresa

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. -- Henry David Thoreau

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. -- Henry David Thoreau

No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide-ranging your experience, there's simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive. -- Donald Trump

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people. -- Mark Twain

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. -- Mark Twain

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. -- Sam Walton

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. -- Edith Wharton

Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. -- Walt Whitman

The temporary good is enemy to the permanent best. -- Bill Wilson

These are weighty secrets, and we must whisper them. -- Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. -- Lin Yutang

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. -- Lin Yutang

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