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Here are some delightful quotations and quotes that convey profound truth about wisdom as distilled by famous writers and the world religions:-


We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
G. C. Lichtenberg



 

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter Lippmann



 

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
Thomas Hobbes



 


A brief resume of some Wisdom Quotes that may even qualify as being " Central Poetry Insights " now follows:-
A Disdain for Materialism
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Shakespeare

A Distrust of Intellect
The intellectual power, through words and things,
Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way!

Wordsworth

A Yearning for Divine Edification
God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;

Yeats

Charity
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.

Wordsworth

Purity of Heart
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

Shakespeare

Humility
The best of men
That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breathed.

Thomas Dekker

Meekness
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh'hath sealed thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff'ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta'en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgement are so well co-medled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please: give me that man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.

Shakespeare



 

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust



 

A brief resume of some Pearls of Wisdom that may even qualify as being " Central Spiritual Insights " now follows:~
A Disdain for Materialism
Chuang Tzu put on cotton clothes with patches in them, and arranging his girdle and tying on his shoes, (i.e. to keep them from falling off), went to see the prince of Wei.
"How miserable you look, Sir!" Cried the prince. "It is poverty, not misery", replied Chuang Tzu. "A man who has TAO cannot be miserable. Ragged clothes and old boots make poverty, not misery".

Chuang Tzu - (Taoism)

A Distrust of Intellect
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment; Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.

Rumi - (Islam)

A Yearning for Divine Edification
The intelligence of the mean man does not rise beyond bribes and letters of recommendation. His mind is beclouded with trivialities. Yet he would penetrate the mystery of TAO and of creation, and rise to participation in the ONE. The result is that he is confounded by time and space; and that trammelled by objective existences, that he fails apprehension of that age before anything was. But the perfect man, - he carries his mind back to the period before the beginning. Content to rest in the oblivion of nowhere, passing away like flowing water, he is merged in the clear depths of the infinite.

Chuang Tzu - (Taoism)

Charity
He that does everything for Me, whose supreme object I am, who worships Me, being free from attachment and without hatred to any creature, this man, Arjuna!, comes to Me.

Bhagavad Gita ~ (Hinduism) ~ also known as ~ (Vedanta).

And my soul is absorbed
In the Love of My Lord.
Bow humbly to the saint
That is a pious act.
Bow to the ground before him
That is devotion, indeed.

The faithless know not,
The joy of the love of the Lord;

From Sohila-Arti ~ a bed-time prayer
This section of which is attributed to Guru Ram Das - (Sikhism)

Purity of Heart
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Solomon - (Judaism)

Humility
Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.

Ansari of Herat - (Islam)

Meekness
Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth! Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

Dhammapada - (Buddhism)



 

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Bertolt Brecht



 

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Cicero



 

Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson



 

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin Fischer



 

There is one mind common to all individual men.
Of the works of this mind history is the record. Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. All the facts of history pre-exist as laws. Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man. Epoch after epoch, camp, kingdom, empire, republic, democracy, are merely the application of this manifold spirit to the manifold world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From his Essay 'History'



 

History is for human self-knowledge ... the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.
R. G. Collingwood



 

Whatever concept one may hold, from a metaphysical point of view, concerning the freedom of the will, certainly its appearances, which are human actions, like every other natural event, are determined by universal laws. However obscure their causes, history, which is concerned with narrating these appearances, permits us to hope that if we attend to the play of freedom of the human will in the large, we may be able to discern a regular movement in it, and that what seems complex and chaotic in the single individual may be seen from the standpoint of the human race as a whole to be a steady and progressive though slow evolution of its original endowment.
Immanuel Kant
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)

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Words of Wisdom: Top 25 Motivational Quotes

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Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better person. Each experience--good and bad--makes you grow. Get along with life and surely, things will become easier for you. Live for today and enjoy every moment. Capture the best that life has to offer you.

Here's a collection of valuable quotes about life to inspire you to make the best out of it:

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John C. Maxwell

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Soren Kierkegaard

"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." Wayne Dyer

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." Lou Holtz

"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." William James

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Mahatma Gandhi

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucius

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." Dalai Lama

"There are three constants in life...change, choice and principles." Stephen Covey

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them--that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." Lao Tzu

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." John F. Kennedy

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Albert Einstein

"When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor." Eleanor Roosevelt

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Voltaire

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou

"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life." John F. Kennedy

"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." Oprah Winfrey

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." C. S. Lewis

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." Henry Ford

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." Amelia Earhart

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." Thomas Jefferson

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." Vince Lombardi

"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life." Brian Tracy

"Today is life--the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto." Dale Carnegie

"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you." Tony Robbins

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." Robert Frost

"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner." Les Brown

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller

"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." Aristotle

"Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive." Elbert Hubbard

"Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent." Billy Graham

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." Rosa Parks

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose--somehow we win out." Ronald Reagan

"Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce." Vivian Komori

"Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery--there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair." Rick Warren

"Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive." Matt Cameron

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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.

I moaned because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

Keep smiling… It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. :)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr

Never argue with an idiot they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you through experience

Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong???

Opportunities slide away like clouds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Revenge is a Poison meant for others, which we end up swallowing ourselves.
Vengence is a Dark Light that blinds all who seek it.
Don’t argue with Idiots.. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up!!

If you argue with an idiot, after a while it is hard to tell who the real idiot is.

Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways.

Victory is gained by resolution and determination. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Empty cans make the most noise.

The wisest of people in this world are those that admit when they are wrong.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I learn from all these things to make me a better person.

Those who fail to prepare, are preparing to fail.

When you point a finger at someone you also have 3 fingers pointing at yourself, that means you must have a look at yourself at least 3 times before judging someone else.

LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today, and HOPE for tomorrow.

He who indulges in a task without proper knowledge will deteriorate rather than improve the case. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
– Lao Tzu

Never hate people who are jealous of you, but respect their jealousy because they’re the ones who think you’re better than them.

There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Never expect anything.
This way, you’ll never be disappointed.

Never challenge an old man, because if you lose, you’ve lost to an old man, and if you win, so what?

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it.

If you can’t cook don’t tell someone their food needs salt.

Never wrestle with a pig- you both get dirty but the pig likes it.

Better slow going somewhere than fast going nowhere.

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WISDOM QUOTES

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Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

ECKHART TOLLE, Stillness Speaks

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The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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The difference between a wise and foolish man is this--the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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Wisdom comes only through suffering.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

HERMANN HESSE, Siddhartha

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Wisdom is the daughter of experience.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

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Look about, my son, and see how little wisdom it takes to govern the world.

AXEL OXENSTIERNA, attributed, Day's Collacon

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There is a wisdom of the Head, and ... there is a wisdom of the Heart.

CHARLES DICKENS, Hard Times

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The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

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Wisdom is a treasure, the key whereof is never lost.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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You may not have very much sense. But if you have enough to keep your mouth shut and look wise, it will not be long before you acquire a wide reputation as a fountain of Wisdom.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Meditations for Living in Balance

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An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

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It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

WALTER LIPPMANN, A Preface to Morals

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Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Wisdom is understanding when to ask questions.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

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Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

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