Wisdom Quotes

Confucius - by three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by...
Charles dickens - a loving heart is the truest wisdom....

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
C. C. Colton
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
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
I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.
William Frank Buckley, Jr.

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Baltasar Gracian
Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom.
Horace
Once I had the strength but no wisdom now I have the wisdom but no strength.
Persian Prove
To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
William Hazlitt
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Robert Frost
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne
The sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
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
Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom.
Greek Prove
Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life - Long attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.
T. S. Eliot
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.
Simone Weil
All is but lip - wisdom which wants experience.
Sir Philip Sidney
In seeking wisdom thou are wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou are a fool.
Rabbi Ben - Azai
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".
Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another.
Juvenal
Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.
Woody Allen, "Without Feathers".
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
Joseph Addison
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile.
Unknown
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
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 down on a hot stove - Lid again - And that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted.
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason
Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.
Bible, Proverbs, 4: 7
Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Chuang - Tzu
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon
Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.
Bias
Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.
Dee W. Hock, Fast Company
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
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".
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