Wisdom Quotes

Bertrand russell, unpopular essays (1950),
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
Karl Kraus

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far - Seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.
Joseph Wood Krutch
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
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

Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force... If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.
Martin Luther King Jr., The Christmas Sermon On Peace in on Dec 24, 1967
I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet for calmness to remember or courage to forget.
Charles Hamilton Aide
J. r. r. tolkien, spoken by gandalf - he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has...
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
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
Hugo de groot - ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of...
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Sophocles
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
Books give not wisdome where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
Sir John Harington
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
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
Tryon Edwards
Many a crown of wisdom is but the golden chamberpot of success, worn with pompous dignity.
Joey Adams
He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
Benjamin Franklin
It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - In firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Seneca
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds - - Success.
Edmund Burke
It is impossible to make wisdom hereditary.
Author Unknown
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard
In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Wisdom comes with winters.
Oscar Wildedmissions literature at Colby College.
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
W. R. Inge
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
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
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan, The Philosophy of Despai
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
Margaret Fulle
The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom.
Jean Bodin
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.
Charles Dickens
Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
Sir John Denham