Wisdom Quotes

Ralph waldo emerson - the wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool....
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
Pearl Buck

Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Chuang - Tzu
Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.
Seymour Britchky
The extreme limit of wisdom - - That is what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau
Author unknown - it is impossible to make wisdom hereditary....

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.
Henry David Thoreau
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.
Henry Mille
Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.
Jonathan Swift
It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Reinhold Niebuhr, in a sermon in 1943
Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe.
Christine Lane
Gene oliver, life and the artistry of change - my past is my wisdom to use today... my future is...
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
John Kenneth Galbraith
If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price.
Author Unknown
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - - And stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - - And that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain
Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.
Alan Stewart Paton
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.
Sophocles
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.
Simone Weil
The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
Socrates, In "Apology, " sct. 21, by Plato.
One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.
Wilfrid Sheed
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
Francis Hutcheson
Our wisdom comes usually from our experience, and our experience comes largely from our experience.
Author Unknown
Between the amateur and the professional... there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different psychological organization... A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.
Bernard De Voto
An nescis mi fili, quantilla prudentia regitur orbis? Dost thou not know, my son, with what little wisdom the world is governed?
Count Oxenstierna, letter to his son, 1648
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Sir Francis Bacon
Wisdom comes with winters.
Oscar Wildedmissions literature at Colby College.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet, Litany for Dictatorships, 1935
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein
It is the province of knowledge to speak, It is the privledge of wisdom to listen.
Christine Lane
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Ron Wild
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
Honore De Balzac
Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
Sid Taylo
Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.
Hermann Hesse
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 Sergeyevich Gorbachev
Wisdom is harder to DO than it is to know.
Yula Moses
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles