Wisdom Quotes

Wilfrid sheed - one reason the human race has such a low opinion...
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
Merry Browne

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles
Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.
Bible, Proverbs, 4: 7
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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
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
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Rubin
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet, Litany for Dictatorships, 1935
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Louis D. Brandeis
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T. S. Eliot, The Rock
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
Pierre Abelard
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Sophocles
A prudent question is one - Half of wisdom.
Francis Bacon
Our humanity is trapped by moral adolescents. We have too many men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom and power without conscience.
General Omar Bradley
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Walter Stegne
I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet for calmness to remember or courage to forget.
Charles Hamilton Aide
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Robert Frost
A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.
Primo Levi
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".
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
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
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
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
John Buchan
Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.
Jonathan Swift
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
The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names.
Chinese Prove
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
Margaret Fulle
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine
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
He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
Mary Howitt
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
Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
Joseph Roux
Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.
M Scott Peck