Wisdom Quotes

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
Tryon Edwards
Books give not wisdome where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
Sir John Harington

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Titus Maccius Plautus, Trinummus
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
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.
Henry David Thoreau
Bertolt brecht, the life of galileo - the aim of science is not to open the door to...

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.
Samuel Smiles
Nathaniel hawthorne - in youth men are apt to write more wisely than...
All is but lip - wisdom which wants experience.
Sir Philip Sidney
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken
The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom.
Author Unknown
Once I had the strength but no wisdom now I have the wisdom but no strength.
Persian Prove
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens
Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.
Leonardo DaVinci, The notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci by Macurdy
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
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? But the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot go far wrong.
Norman Douglas
Francis quarles - if thou desire to purchase honor with thy wealth,...
It is the part of wisdom to keep your word and the part of folly to count on other people keeping theirs.
Richard Needham
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles, Antigone
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
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
Merry Browne
That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.
Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
Our government sprang from and was made for the people - - Not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.
Andrew Johnson
Wisdom is supreme therefore make a full effort to get wisdom. Esteem her and she will exalt your embrace her and she will honor you.
Proverbs 47 - 8
The extreme limit of wisdom - - That is what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, including the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions.
Edmund Burke
Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.
Woody Allen, "Without Feathers".
Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.
Bias
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
Aldous Huxley
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the insidiousness of self - Praise, and all the ill - Desert of falsehood.
Tyron Edwards
True wisdom is seeing what is beneficial to your eternal life, and managing your life according to that. You do this when you not only know these things and grasp them with your understanding, but also will and do them.
Emanuel Swedenborg, From the book "Apocalypse Explained" #338
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes.
Bhagavad Gita
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
John Henry Cardinal Newman
The sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
Aeschylus
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
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T. S. Eliot, The Rock