Wisdom Quotes

Sophocles - our happiness depends on wisdom all the way....
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

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
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Ron Wild

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Rubin
Until divinity decides to reveal the future to human kind, the sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
Alexandre Dumas, Translation from "The Count of Monte Cristo".
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
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.
T. S. Eliot
Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Titus Maccius Plautus, Trinummus
Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life - Long attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein
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
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant
Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.
Robbie Gass
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - - And stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - - And that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain
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
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Confucius, Analects
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin
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
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
W. R. Inge
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
Igor Stravinsky
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Kahlil Gibran
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
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
Dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?
Count Oxenstierna
He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
Benjamin Franklin
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone? The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang, O Magazine, October 2002
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
The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good.... God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.
Pierre Charron
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
Honore De Balzac
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, Antigone
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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
Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
Mary Howitt
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
Behold, my son, with what little wisdom the world is ruled.
Count Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T. S. Eliot, The Rock