Wisdom Quotes

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
Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom.
Greek Prove

If thou desire to purchase honor with thy wealth, consider first how that wealth became thine; if thy labor got it, let thy wisdom keep it; if oppression found it, let repentance restore it; if thy parent left it, let thy virtues deserve it; so shall thy honor be safer, better and cheaper.
Francis Quarles
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
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein
Count oxenstierna - dost thou not know, my son, with how little...

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish".
John buchan - i believe that all wisdom consists in caring...
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.
T. S. Eliot
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next.
Herbert Clark Hoove
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
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles, Antigone
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
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
Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.
Hugo De Groot
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
Horace, odes - force without wisdom falls of its own weight....
He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
Mary Howitt
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
John Patrick
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Epicurus
The sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes.
Bhagavad Gita
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
William Faulkne
The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom.
Author Unknown
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Walter Stegne
Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.
M Scott Peck
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
Aristotle
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to utter hopelessness and despair, the other to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
Benjamin Disraeli
Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.
William Blake
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.
Saint Augustine
In seeking wisdom thou are wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou are a fool.
Rabbi Ben - Azai
Through me you pass into the city of woeThrough me you pass into eternal painThrough me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric movedTo rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save thingsEternal, and eternal I shall endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
Dante Alighieri
Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.
W. M. L. Jay
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Chuang - Tzu, On Leveling All Things
The arts are the servant wisdom its master.
Seneca
Knowledge, without common sense, says Lee, is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death. But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with clarity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.
Austin Farra
Above all, we must abolish hope in the heart of man. A calm despair, without angry convulsions, without reproaches to Heaven, is the essence of wisdom.
Alfred Victor Vigny
From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage. From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought. From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.
Visions of Gregorian Chants