Wisdom Quotes

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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

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
Tryon Edwards
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
It is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that a man is never more a man than when he is striving for what is beyond his grasp.
James Ramsey
If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Common sense in an uncommon degree and is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
Sophocles
Sophocles - surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and...
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
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Bible, Colossians 3: 16
Sophocles, tiresias. oedipus the king 315 - how terrible it is to have wisdom when it does...
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next.
Herbert Clark Hoove
I was very strange back then. I could see I had problems. I would sit in a closet a lot of the time and not come out, or I would sit up on top of my desk, or under my desk, or do weird things like get my wisdom teeth out and bleed all over the hallways.
Tim Burton, Burton On Burton
Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.
Jane Austen, from a letter to her niece, November 18, 1814
Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
Cato the Elde
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
John Patrick
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds - - Success.
Edmund Burke
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Felix Frankfurte
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey
Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life - Long attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
W. R. Inge
Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.
Woody Allen, "Without Feathers".
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former.
Samuel Smiles
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.
T. S. Eliot
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
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard
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
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Walter Stegne
Life is the only real counselor wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Newbold Jones Wharton
Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.
William Blake
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
Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another.
Juvenal
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
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
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
John Henry Cardinal Newman
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
Sophocles
The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names.
Chinese Prove
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