Wisdom Quotes

Emanuel swedenborg, from the book
Wisdom is harder to DO than it is to know.
Yula Moses

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
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
G. K. Chesterton
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry david thoreau - it is characteristic of wisdom not to do...

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
Horace, Epistles
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The Scripture vouches Solomon for the wisest of men; and his proverbs prove him so, The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame each of them by a single sentence, consisting of two or three words.
South
The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.
Hal Borland
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Chuang - Tzu, On Leveling All Things
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles
Joseph roux - our experience is composed rathery of illusions...
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Epicurus
It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland.
Horace, Odes
Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Kahlil Gibran
A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. - From Live Without Principle.
Henry David Thoreau
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.
Author Unknown
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Walter Stegne
The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted.
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Sigmund Freud
Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Saint Francis of Assisi
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Thomas Carlyle
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
Joseph Addison
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?
Martin Tuppe
The extreme limit of wisdom - - That is what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
John Patrick
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuh
Books give not wisdome where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
Sir John Harington
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
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
C. C. Colton
To acquire knowledge, one must study but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
Benjamin Franklin
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
John Stuart Mill