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The phrase "scientia potentia est is a Latin aphorism meaning "knowledge is power". to English as "knowledge is power" or "One who has wisdom is powerful". For science is of that nature, as none can understand it to be, but such as in.

Take a look at a select set of thought provoking and inspirational wisdom quotes and knowledge quotes related to decision making.

"Wisdom: Knowledge rightly applied. We assimilate lots of knowledge. Whether or not we do anything with that knowledge is a measure of our wisdom. That implies some change ... and change can be difficult." - Hyrum W. Smith (1943 - ), Founded the Franklin Quest Company

"Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement." - Peter F. Drucker, (1909 - 2005), Author and Teacher

"The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined by our allowing ourselves to be gripped by the ethical God, who reveals Himself in us, and by our yielding our will to His." - Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), German-French Philosopher and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

"The teacher, if indeed wise, does not bid you to enter the house of their wisdom, but leads you to the threshold of your own mind." - Khalil Gibran (1883 - 1931), Lebanese American Artist, Poet, and Writer

"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability." - Henry Ford (1863 - 1947), American Industrialist and Founder of the Ford Motor Company

"Princeton University, October 13, 1928: There is no saturation point in education if you follow sound principles, and you must apply this motto to business.... You must acquire wisdom in addition to knowledge. Wisdom is the power which enables you to use your knowledge to advantage." - Thomas J. Watson (1874 - 1956), Industrialist, Former President of IBM

"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), 3rd President of the United States

"Even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15% of one's financial success is due one's technical knowledge and about 85% is due to skill in human engineering, to personality and the ability to lead people. " - Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955), American Writer and Lecturer

"Cleverness is not wisdom." - Euripides (480 BC - 406 BC), Greek Playwright

"It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me." - Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), American Author

"Learning without thought is labor lost." - Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), Chinese Thinker and Philosopher

"The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so." - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), American Novelist and Journalist

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone." - Horace (65 BC - 8 BC), Roman Lyric Poet

"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 (551 BC - 479 BC), Chinese Thinker and Philosopher

"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), English poet, Literary Critic and Philosopher

"Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind." - Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955), American Writer and Lecturer

"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts." - Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915), American Educator and Author

"Your earning ability today is largely dependent upon your knowledge, skill and your ability to combine that knowledge and skill in such a way that you contribute value for which customers are going to pay." - Brian Tracy (1944 - ), Canadian Self-help Author

"Humility about how little I know has encouraged me to listen more carefully and more wisely." - Sir John Templeton (1912 - 2008), American-born British Stock Investor, Businessman and Philanthropist

"Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe." - Josh Billings (1818 - 1885). American Humorist and Lecturer

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Philosopher and Poet

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892), English Poet

"If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking." - George S. Patton, Jr. (1885 - 1945), Four Star Army General

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." - Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915) American Writer and Philosopher

"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom." - Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), English Philosopher, Statesman, Scientist, and Author

"Memory is the mother of all wisdom." - Aeschylus (~524 BC - ~455 BC), Greek Playwright

"The technology at the leading edge changes so rapidly that you have to keep current after you get out of school. I think probably the most important thing is having good fundamentals." - Gordon Moore (1929 - ) Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and Author of Moore's Law

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically." - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), American Author, Poet, and Philosopher

"Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education." - B. C. Forbes (1880 - 1954), Founder of Forbes Magazine

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness." - Sophocles (~497 BC - ~406 BC), Greek Playwright

"There is no substitute for knowledge. To this day, I read three newspapers a day. It is impossible to read a paper without being exposed to ideas. And ideas - more than money - are the real currency for success." - Eli Broad (1933 - ), American Philanthropist

"I believe, indeed, that overemphasis on the purely intellectual attitude, often directed solely to the practical and factual, in our education, has led directly to the impairment of ethical values." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom." - James Huneker (1857 - 1921), American Music Writer and Critic

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it." - David Starr Jordan (1851 - 1931), American Educator and Past-president of both Indiana University and Stanford University

"You can't know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide ranging your experience, there is simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive." - Donald Trump (1946 - ), American Businessman, Author and Television Personality

"This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present." - Deepak Chopra (1946 - ), Indian Physician, Public Speaker, Writer, and Philosopher

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." - Juvenal (Late 1st and Early 2nd Century AD), Roman Poet

"Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property." - Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006), American Economist and Statistician

"Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it." - Doug Larson

"He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty." - Mary Wilson Little

"An amazing thing, the human brain. Capable of understanding incredibly complex and intricate concepts. Yet at times unable to recognize the obvious and simple." - Jay Abraham

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

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Wisdom is the power which enables you to use your knowledge to advantage. " Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide.

73 Knowledge Quotes to Inspire Learning and Increase Wisdom

knowledge is power but wisdom is

Most people believe knowledge is power and that success depends on how much a person knows. Knowledge is power but knowledge without action can be useless. Professors and academics of the world, in spite of possessing a great deal of education and knowledge, are not the millionaires of today’s world. You also see people like Steve Jobs who in spite of dropping out of college make it really big in life. Henry Ford, inventor of the automobile and the founder of the Ford Motor Company had only but a few years of schooling. How did these men become successful and do better than other educated men of their time?

Knowing Is Not Understanding

Imagine you had a bucket. If every time you tried to fill this bucket, 90% of the water leaked out, you probably would not fill this bucket until the leak is fixed. All the reading that you do, is like filling a bucket which leaks 90% of the water. You only retain 10% of what you read after a 24 hour period. Knowledge is power but you are wasting time acquiring it if you retain very little of it. This the key finding behind the study that produced the learning pyramid seen in the below picture.

The National Training Laboratories in Bethel Maine measured the retention rate after 24 hours for different types of learning. People retained 90% when they taught someone because when they teach, they instantly make mistakes and see gaps in what they know. By teaching they began to understand.

If you had to extend this to beyond the 24 hour period, you will have to apply what you learn. By applying you will run into difficulty, make mistakes and see gaps in what you know the same way you would if you taught someone. No matter how good the original explanation is in the book or lecture, you will retain very little of it, if you do not understand it through application. Your interpretation of the concept will always be different from that of the speaker/author, because there is a very big difference between knowing something and understanding it. Knowledge is power only when you truly understand it. Understanding something involves internalizing a concept. In the movie Karate Kid, the character Jackie Chan plays has understood Kung Fu and has internalized it which makes him see Kung Fu in everything.

Kung Fu lives in everything we do, Xiao Dre! It lives in how we put on the jacket, how we take off the jacket. It lives in how we treat people! Everything is Kung Fu.

– Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid)

All the reading you do will only have entertainment value if it does not change your behaviour and the way you think. Understanding something brings this change in the way you think and behave, where as merely knowing something makes no difference to your life. Knowledge is power only when it changes your life. To truly understand what you learn, you must apply. A friend of mine wanted to know how I form and stick to new habits so well. When I sent him articles which helped me, he told me he had read the same ideas in a book before. Though he knew the idea behind making and forming new habits, I understood the idea and applied it to my life which has made all the difference. In the second section of this post, we will look at a system to acquire and apply information you consume, so all the learning you do automatically transforms your life.

The Curse of Knowledge

We spend a lot of our time acquiring knowledge and information that we don’t need. When I wanted to build an online business, I spent two years consuming information on making a website and running a business online. I was an expert in everything from social Media to copywriting. Take a guess on how much money I made by becoming an expert over the course of two years?

Not even a single penny. I didn’t make any money because I never created anything. How much I knew did not matter because I never applied what I learnt. Knowledge is power only when you take action. All the knowledge without action only left me overwhelmed. I had been accumulating information without applying and when I wanted to apply there was so much information that I did not know where to begin.

We spend so much time, money and energy acquiring knowledge that we will not use and that will leave us paralyzed from taking any action. We do it through our reading and online consumption. Knowledge is power but time is money. I later discovered something about how successful people acquire knowledge that changed my own personal mindset about learning.

Knowledge Is Power?

Have you ever felt the constant need to consume more information because it feels like you don’t know enough yet to take action? Successful people start before they are ready, with incomplete information. They succeed in spite of lacking advanced degrees and skills by using the knowledge of other men and directing it to a definite purpose. Knowledge is power but by itself it cannot help anybody become successful. It is only potential power which has to be organized and directed to a definite end result, using practical plans of action. A person doing this doesn’t have to possess this knowledge in his own mind. He just has to acquire this knowledge when he needs it or intelligently organize the knowledge of others. We will see how to do this.

Acquiring Knowledge

One of my favourite movie scenes is the one in Good Will Hunting shown in the above picture. To acquire the knowledge that you need, you just have to use the internet these days. Reading books, using the advice of experts in the field, or in some cases going to a college/university will also help. But most information is free and can be easily acquired online. Even advanced concepts like machine learning is available for free in places like Coursera. MIT and Stanford professors post videos of their lectures in YouTube. Highly recommend watching the TEDx video “Can you get an MIT education for $2,000?” by Scott Young. The internet will be able to teach you everything and anything. Knowledge is power that can be easily acquired by trading your time, but does that mean you should invest your time acquiring it?

It is natural to feel the need to acquire more and more information because you think you don’t know enough to get started. But as seen in the learning pyramid, the knowledge that you acquire and don’t use will fade away with time. How fast and how much you lose will depend on how much time you take to apply it. To avoid this you should either learn things only when you need it or start applying what you learn as soon as you can. Remember you do not need to know everything to take action, but you need to be taking action every time you learn something new. Winners are taking imperfect action while losers are still tweaking their plan. Knowledge is power that will quickly fade away if you don’t use it.

Using Knowledge You Don’t Have

You don’t always have to possess the knowledge yourself to use it. You might not understand how a plane works, but that doesn’t mean you cannot use it. You indirectly use the knowledge of others when you fly on a plane. In a similar way, you can use the knowledge of others to help you achieve the end that you desire. Knowledge is power even if you don’t have it in your own mind. Many times this is actually a smarter thing to do. When I wanted to build a website, I thought I had to learn HTML, CSS and PHP. Building a membership website like Ofpad would have taken a lot longer if I had to learn to code. But through my research, I discovered a Content Management System (CMS) called WordPress and I purchased and installed plugins to go along with it. I was able to setup everything in under 30 minutes. This helped me make Ofpad a reality because I built on the work done by others, instead of spending my time acquiring knowledge on how to code.

The other way you can achieve your end result without possessing the knowledge yourself, is by surrounding yourself with men who can get the job done. You simply have to direct them to a definite end or seek out their help when you need their knowledge. By doing this you achieve what you want without possessing the knowledge yourself. If you know where you can get the knowledge you want, when you want it, you are just as smart as someone who has the knowledge to begin with. I used the knowledge and skills of a designer when I wanted to make a logo for my website. It cost $20 and took 24 hours to make. If I had to do all this myself, it would have taken me a year just to make my website’s logo.

Knowledge Without Action is Useless

Knowledge is power but without action is useless. There is no point being a genius if you don’t use your intelligence and knowledge for something. Knowledge is like bullets and action is like a gun. If you don’t have a gun (action), you can’t do much with the bullets (knowledge). But if you don’t have bullets (knowledge), you can still hit your target by throwing the gun (action). So action without knowledge is better than knowledge without action. This is however easier said than done.

It is not easy to take action on everything you read. You have read this post but it is unlikely you will apply the information that you have read so far. To avoid this, every post in Ofpad is split into two sections, where the first part has the idea and the second part has a system to apply the idea. We have come to the second half of this post where we will look at a step by step system to acquire and apply any information you consume. Using this system will ensure that any learning you do transforms your life because you are automatically applying what you learn.

Where to Go From Here

Knowledge is power but what is the point of learning, if it does not change the way you act, think or live your life.Realize that you don’t always have to know everything all the time. Knowledge is power even if you don’t possess it in your own mind. You can build on the work done by others and don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can also intelligently direct people who possess the knowledge you need, to achieve what you want. When you do acquire knowledge or learn something new, keep in mind that knowledge is power only when you apply it. Use the system covered in the second half to effectively acquire knowledge and apply it. Check out the post Create More Than You Consume next. It will change your mind set of consumption and you will end up building a fulfilling life without thinking about it.

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Knowledge Quotes

"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."
- Christopher Morley

"Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."
? David Ben

"Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."
- David Ben-Gurion

"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune."
Jim Rohn


Learning is the begining of wealth.Learning is the begining of health. Learningis the begining of spiritually.Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.



The great Breakthrough in your life comes when you realize it that you can learn anything you need to learn to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself.This means there are no limits on what you can be,have or do.

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein

"The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about."
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

"Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance." William Ellery Channing

"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do." Norman Juster

"Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch." Steve Droke

"Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse." Nigerian Proverb

"The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything."
Oscar Wilde

"Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" T. S. Elliot

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." Thomas Fuller

"The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance." Confucius

"Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement."
Peter F. Drucker

"God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country!" Benjamin Franklin

Throughout the developed world,we have moved from "man power"to "mind power."We have moved from the use of physical muscle to the use of mental muscle.
Brian Tracy


"Knowledge is of two kinds: We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it." Samuel Johnson

"The hunger and thirst for knowledge, the keen delight in the chase, the good humored willingness to admit that the scent was false, the eager desire to get on with the work, the cheerful resolution to go back and begin again, the broad good sense, the unaffected modesty, the imperturbable temper, the gratitude for any little help that was given - all these will remain in my memory though I cannot paint them for others." Frederic William Maitland

Nourish the mind like you would your body.The mind cannot survive on junk food.
Jim Rohn


"It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it." Persian Proverb

"To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." Henry David Thoreau

"The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so." Mark Twain

"We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Archibald Wheeler

"I realized that far beyond the possibilities of bodily thought there were in myself forces, powers and knowledge far transcending all that the body can ever perceive or imagine in its loftiest flights."
The Golden Dawn

Everything you need for your better future and success has already been written.And guess What? It's all available.All you have to do is go to the library.But guess what?Only three percent of the people in America have a library card.Wow,they must be expensive!No, they're free.Probably in every neighborhood.Three percent!
Jim Rohn


"Man's flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge."
U.S. Air Force

"Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse."
African Proverb

"You can out distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you."
Rwandan Proverb

"'How do you know so much about everything?' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant."
John Abbott

"The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country."
John Adams


"It isn't what you know that counts, It's what you think of in time."
Leo Aikman

"It isn't what you know that counts, It's what you think of in time."
Anonymous

"I am what I am and I have the need to be."
Anonymous

"If you want to be somebody, somebody really special, be yourself."
Anonymous

"Insecurity exists in the absence of knowledge."
Anonymous

"Knowledge become power only when we put it into use."
Anonymous

"Knowledge is boundless but the capacity of one man is limited."
Anonymous

"Knowledge is not what you can remember, but what you cannot forget."
Anonymous

"Learning is like rowing upstream. Advance or lose all."
Anonymous

Learn something new.Try something different.Convince yourself that youhave no limits.
Brian Tracy


"Men have a tendency to believe what they least understand."
Anonymous

"Once you've accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it."
Anonymous

"Teachers open the door, but you enter by yourself."
Anonymous

"The more you know, the less you need to show."
Anonymous

"The real key to health and happiness and success is self knowledge."
Anonymous

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things you know nothing about."
Anonymous

"We are drowning in information and starved for knowledge."
Anonymous

"Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it, is like one who ploughs a field but does not sow it."
Anonymous

The great gift of the human imagination is that it has no limits or ending.
Jim Rohn


"If . . . happiness is the absence of fever then I will never know happiness. For I am posessed by a fever for knowledge, experience and creation."
Anais Nin

"All men by nature desire to know."
Aristotle

"Resolve to be thyself: and know that he
- Who finds himself loses his misery."
Mathew Arnold

"The conqueror and king in each of us is the . . . Knower of truth. . . . Let that Knower awaken in us and drive the horses of the mind, emotions, and physical body on the pathway which that king has chosen."
George S. Arundale

"Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge, but as they grow more elaborate, scientists spend ever more time washing the windows."
Isaac Asimov

"To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal."
Saint Augustine

"A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
Jane Austin

"For knowledge, too, is itself power."
Francis Bacon

"Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect."
Francis Bacon

"Knowledge is a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man?s estate."
Francis Bacon

"The images of men?s wits and knowledge remain in books. . . . They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages."
Francis Bacon

"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch."
Ivern Ball

"Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. Know also when you actually have thought through to the nature of the thing with which you are dealing and when you are not thinking at all."
Bernard Mannes Baruch

"Can anything be beyond the knowledge of a man like you?"
Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

"First come I; my name is Jowett.
There?s no knowledge but I know it.
I am Master of this college:
What I don?t know isn't knowledge."
Henry Charles Beeching

"Of all that writ, he was the wisest bard, who spoke this mighty truth?
He that knew all that ever learning writ,
Knew only this?that he knew nothing yet."
Aphra Behn

Be a lifelong student.The moreyou learn ,the more you earn and more self confidence you will have.
Brian Tracy




"It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient."
Josh Billings

"More appealing than knowledge itself is the feeling of knowledge."
Daniel J. Boorstin

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance ? it is the illusion of knowledge."
Daniel J. Boorstin

"Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty."
Catherine Drinker Bowen

"The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.""
Francis Herbert Bradley

"One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself."
Claude M. Bristol

"One of the most common reasons so few people are consistently able to achieve meaningful results is that they are unwilling to experience the discomfort associated with relentlessly pursuing a correct perception of reality."
Stuart Brodie

"To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life."
Albert Camus

"The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer."
Elias Canetti

"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps?you make a life."
Sandra Carey

"That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy."
Thomas Carlyle

"There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off."
Angela Carter

"The more a man knows, the more he forgives."Catherine the Great

"To learn to get along without, to realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important than what we are entitled to demand of it ? this is a hard lesson."
Bruce Catton

"In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it. BEING CLEAR KILLS FEAR. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world."
Miguel de Cervantes

"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-

"A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"You already know enough to go to hell."
David A. Christensen

"I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

"He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads."
Charles Caleb Colton

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
Confucius

"The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance."
Confucius

"When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it?this is knowledge."
Confucius

"Knowledge is proud that he has learn?d so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."
William Cowper

"In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information."
Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months."
Anthony J. D'Angelo

Miss a meal if you have to,but don't miss a book.
Jim Rohn


"Consider your origins: you were not made that you might live as brutes, but so as to follow virtue and knowledge."
Dante Alighieri

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
Charles Robert Darwin

"The dawn of knowledge is usually the false dawn."

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Having reached a point in life where my years of adventure and romance seem well behind me, I often tell people that now I’m “in it” for the wisdom. Which accounts for my interest in locating the best insights to be found on the subject.

In my fairly comprehensive investigation, I probably reviewed something like 1,000 sayings on just what constitutes its essence. And in the process I eliminated the great bulk of them. Some frankly seemed more obscure, or mysterious, than wise. Some were just too simplistic or mundane. And some, to me at least, downright misguided. Others seemed self-contradictory, even though many of the best quotes on the subject are definitely paradoxical (such as wisdom’s having more to do with asking the right questions than providing the right answers).

Still other quotes talked about how wisdom related (positively or negatively) to other qualities, such as power, courage, cowardice, or greed. But because ultimately the point they made had much more to do with these qualities than with wisdom, I didn’t see including them as sufficiently justified. Additionally, many said wise things on various topics but not really about wisdom itself. And finally, some were humorous but not particularly insightful (and certainly not very profound). Such as one author who quipped: “Some men are wise and some are otherwise (!).” Or another who (punning in the same vein) opined: “We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.”

What was most interesting to discover was that many of the best things ever said on wisdom were voiced many times over. And doubtless, this is no coincidence. There’s a universal understanding of the concept that transcends time and place. And while I didn’t want be excessively redundant—and did, in fact, eliminate many “repeating quotes” whose expression seemed less forceful or eloquent than others—I intentionally retained several of these intimately linked quotes in order to sufficiently represent each of wisdom’s major themes. Another purpose I hoped to achieve was emphasizing that wisdom, like truth, is singular. Its articulation may vary but it’s yet unchanging and immortal.

This is why what was said over two thousand years ago—by ancient philosophers, playwrights, and statesmen—might well be repeated by writers today, even though they might be totally unaware that their insights have countless historical precedents.

Although quite a few of the quotes in this collection are originative, that’s probably more the exception than the rule. So, as much as tenable, I’ve endeavored to group by motif many of quotes that follow. Here are the most common wisdom themes I encountered:

  • Wisdom can’t be acquired simply through reading books; knowledge is one thing, wisdom quite another.
  • Wise people continue to doubt themselves (and that’s part of what makes them wise).
  • Wisdom is positively related to happiness.
  • Wisdom must be distinguished from mere cleverness (which frequently “poses” as wisdom).
  • Wise people talk less, are silent more, and listen more than those lacking wisdom.
  • Wisdom is a function of time and experience (which are prerequisites to it).
  • Wisdom derives more from mistakes and failures than from success.
  • Wisdom has as its antonyms foolishness or folly . . . but not always.
  • Wisdom is antithetical to fear. In fact, it’s what enables a person to overcome fear.
  • Wise people are also humble. There’s really no such thing as someone who is both proud or arrogant and wise.
  • Wisdom, and its quest, breed kindness and compassion.

Though it’s a cliché, I hope you’ll enjoy reading (and “assimilating”) these quotes as much as I did assembling them:

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." ~ Juvenal

"More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering". ~ Buddha

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." ~ Saint Augustine

"He that can compose himself is wiser than he that composes books." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone."

"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." ~ Lin Yutang

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." ~ William James

"It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them." ~ Paulo Coelho

"The wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." ~ Francis Bacon

"Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible". ~ Eric Hoffer

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

"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

"The wisest of the wise may err." ~ Aeschylus

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most knows best how little he knows." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"The wisest man is he who does not believe he is wise." ~ Unknown

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance." ~ Gian Carlo Menotti

"Wisdom at times is found in folly." ~ Horace

"[So] Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom." ~ Horace

"There is no wisdom below the girdle." ~ Proverb

"No one acts more foolishly than a wise man in love." ~ Unknown

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it—thou art a fool." ~ Lord Chesterfield

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." ~ Elbert Hubbard

"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom." ~ James Huneker

"The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies." ~ François de la Rochefoucauld

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." ~ Bertran Russell

"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." ~ H. L. Mencken

"Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself." ~ Tom Wilson

"Wisdom is a good purchase, though we pay dearly for it." ~ Dutch Proverb

"When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange—my youth." ~ Sara Teasdale

"Wisdom comes by disillusionment." ~ George Santayana

"Turn your wounds into wisdom." ~ Oprah Winfrey

"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

"From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own." ~ Publilius Syrus

"It is easier to be wise for others than for oneself." ~ La Rochefoucauld

"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." ~ William Shakespeare

"Memory is the mother of all wisdom." ~ Aeschylus

"Wisdom is the daughter of experience." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age." ~ Proverb

"True wisdom consists of tracing effects to their causes." ~ Oliver Goldsmith

"Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences." ~ Norman Cousins

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." ~ Bergen Evans

"Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future." ~ Tryon Edwards

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery." ~ Samuel Smiles

"It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss." ~ L. Estrange

"We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure." ~ Leo Buscaglia

"Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success." ~ William Saroyan

"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom." ~ Francis Bacon

"One's first step in wisdom is to question everything—and one's last is to come to terms with everything." ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

"The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions." ~ John A. Simone, Sr

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." ~ Naguib Mahfouz

"Cleverness is not wisdom." ~ Euripides

"An ounce of wisdom is worth a pound of wit." ~ Thomas Fuller

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh." ~ Kahlil Gibran

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart." ~ Charles Dickens

"There is no wisdom without love." ~  N. Sri Ram

"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness." ~ Sophocles

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise." ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

"There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so, but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool." ~ Francis Bacon

"Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened." ~ Lao Tzu

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." ~ Laozi

"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek." [couldn’t resist including this one: it’s wise and commonsensical, though not really about wisdom as such] ~ Dan Rather

"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf." ~ Walter Lippman

"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it." ~ George Santayana

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." ~ Plato

"The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others." ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol

"Speak less, say more." ~ Unknown

"Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be." ~ Unknown

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

"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone." ~ Horace

"To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal." ~ Saint Augustine

"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." ~ Hermann Hesse

"We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom." ~ Michel de Montaigne

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." ~ Albert Einstein

"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

"No man was ever wise by chance." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge is gained by gathering data, whereas Wisdom is earned by going through actual life experiences." ~ Master Jin Kwon

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." ~ Unknown

"The wise are only once betrayed." ~ German Proverb

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

"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

"Wisdom hears one thing and understands three things." ~ Chinese Proverb

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe." ~ Marilyn vos Savant

"Arrogance diminishes wisdom." ~ Arabian Proverb

"There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself." ~ William Shakespeare

"Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire." ~ Bhagavad Gita

"The highest form of wisdom is kindness." ~ The Talmud

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Theodore Rubin

"As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely." ~ Madame de Stael

"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Philosopher: A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth." ~ Voltaire

"Wisdom never lies." ~ Homer

"Wisdom is found only in truth." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives." ~ Aristophanes

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Half a man’s wisdom goes with his courage." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Bertrand Russell

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men." ~ Confucius

"Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit." ~ Baltasar Gracian

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it." ~ David Starr Jordan

"Being wise doth either make men our friends or discourage them from being our enemies." ~ Marquis of Halifax

"The wise learn many things from their enemies." ~ Aristophanes

"He is wise that can make a friend of a foe." ~ John Ray

"He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority." ~ William Arthur Ward

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while." ~ Albert Einstein

"If we continue to develop out technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner." ~ Omar Bradley

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives." ~ Abba Eban

[and, finally . . . ] "The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations" [ahem]." ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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