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“The sun shone brightly on a stack of cauldrons outside the nearest shop. Cauldrons- All Sizes- Copper, Brass, Pewter, Silver- Self-Stirring- Collapsible, said a sign hanging over them.
"Yeah, you'll be needin' one," said Hagrid, "but we gotta get yer money first."
Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping. A plump woman outside an Apothecary was shaking her head as they passed, saying, "Dragon liver, seventeen Sickles an ounce, they're mad...."
A low, soft hooting came from a dark shop with a sign saying Eeylops Owl Emporium- Tawny, Screech, Barn, Brown, and Snowy. Several boys about Harry's age had their noses pressed against a window with broomsticks in it. "Look," Harry heard one of them say, "the new Nimbus Two Thousand- fastest ever-" There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens and eels' eyes, tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon....”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Many children have grown up with nursery stories of wise old owls. From the ancient Greek legends to the wise owls in Wini the Pooh and The Owl and The.
Here are all of the wisdom quotations that create our Wise Owl design! They basically all boil down to the concept that we don’t know much and that’s ok! There is always more to learn!
“If a [hu]man can control [their] mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~ Buddha
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” ~ Doug Larson
‘Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” ~ Aldous Huxley ~
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” ~ Socrates ~
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James
“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.” ~Publilius Syrus
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~ Socrates
“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” ~ Charles Dickens
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix
“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him.” ~ Moliere
“All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” ~ George Santayana
“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” ~ Saint Augustine
“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.” ~Sophocles ~
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” ~ Immanuel Kant
“The aim of life is happiness. While ignorance leads beings into endless frustration and suffering, wisdom frees them.” ~ The 14th Dalai Lama
“Knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ” Eleanor Roosevelt
“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” Katharine Graham
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” ~ Francis Bacon
“Wise men make more opportunities than they find.” ~ Francis Bacon
I recognize the other person is me.
I breathe, find center, & let go of me.
“[T]he skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom.” ~ Daisaku Ikeda
“A wise old owl
lived in an oak
The more he saw
the less he spoke
The less he spoke
the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”
~ From the Round Folksong Index ~ “There Was an Old Owl”
We hope you enjoyed reading through this collection of quotations about wisdom that we used within our “Wise Owl” design. If you have any favorite quotes about wisdom or your own ideas on wisdom you would like to share, then please leave them in a comment below 🙂
There was an old owl who sat in an oak.
The more he watched; the less he spoke.
The less he spoke; the more he heard.
Why can’t we be like that wise old bird?
That’s an interesting hoot that deserves some pondering.
One of the biggest causes of stressed or broken relationships is ineffective communication. Both people speak but nobody sits quietly, watches, and listens.
“He (or she) just doesn’t listen to me!”
In our business, we hear this frequently about spouses, children, bosses, and colleagues. This seems to be particularly true when there are disagreements or conflict. In “The Couples’ Comfort Book,” author Jennifer Louden says, “when in conflict, people listen for a maximum of 14 seconds.”
What occurs then? When the listening stops, here are some things that begin: interrupting, yelling, ignoring, escaping, cowering, probing, and preaching.
Is it possible this “lack of listening” is the reason for the disagreement, misunderstanding, and conflict?
I think so, and I believe this “lack of listening” phenomenon occurs far more regularly in our relationships than most of us would care to admit, whether there is conflict or not.
As I strive to become more consciously aware of my thinking, speaking, and behavioural habits, I see it in myself. How do I know this?
• My mother-in-law recently stayed with us for a week. Immediately after several different conversations, I realized I couldn’t recall exactly what she just said. My mind was wandering elsewhere. Hmmm!
• A client was explaining something to me about his business and I assumed I knew what he thought and felt. In reality, I found later that I had no flippin’ idea. A mind-reader I am not.
• I interrupted my son, Jamie, before he was finished speaking. I was going to fix-it for him, or defer to my own autobiographical story.
• Carol was explaining something to me and I became aware that I already had a rebuttal formed to prove that I was right and she was wrong, and yet I hadn’t listened effectively, or asked for clarification to totally understand her perspective.
Am I afflicted with an extremely bad case of psychological defection (please humour me!), or do similar things occur for you?
I believe comparable situations are why many conversations seem to go round and around, tempers flare, feelings get hurt, and directions get misconstrued – neither person has actually listened to understand.
Maybe this is “normal” in society. However, when I look at statistics on marital breakdown, family violence, employee retention and satisfaction, workplace stress, and mediation battles, it helps me to recognize that I don’t want to be “normal.” I’d rather be different – stand out on a positive, effective limb, like the owl.
Here are my easy “observant-owl” strategies, and I challenge you to apply these too. Naturally it’s your choice, just as it is mine.
• Attention – focus on the other person. Set aside all other thoughts and actions. Avoid distractions: other people or conversations, nearby activities, phone calls, e-mails, TV, music.
• Connection – pace, or match to build greater rapport and trust. Make eye contact, notice facial expressions, eye movement, breathing rate, other body language, and then match these. I’m not meaning you should imitate him/her. Sit in a similar way (not exactly the same), match their breathing rate, smile when they smile, etc. When you are subtle with this, they feel comfortable speaking with you because you are “just like them.”
• Listen – to understand the words and the associated feelings. Ask for clarification on anything you don’t totally understand. It is not important that you agree; it is vitally important to understand.
• Wait – allow silence. When the other person ends his/her statement, wait and count – one wise old owl, two wise old owls, three wise old owls…. The silence is golden and indicates to the other person that you care about him/her, and want to ensure they have completed what they wanted to say.
• Think – in this silence-time, ponder on your understanding of the conversation and formulate your thoughts proactively, rather than reactively.
• Reply respectfully – either with clarifying questions or with your own wise thoughts. Use inclusive, engaging statements such as, “Yes, and I feel…,” “I respect your opinion and I see that…,” “I hear what you are saying and….” Avoid “No,” “But,” “You’re wrong,” “That’s stupid,” or any other statement that sets up invisible walls of defence or separation.
• Verbalize your complete thought and repeat the cycle.
When I give the other person this “psychological air-time” (it is a gift), and really listen to understand, they will usually return the gift to me. They may not be consciously aware of the process; they will feel valued and respected. It’s a win/win conversation.
I believe that every person has exceptional knowledge and wisdom, and most people are happy to share their expertise with others, when someone will listen. I continue to learn so many valuable things from others when I close my mouth and open my eyes, ears, and heart.
I have finally learned that I am not the “king of the beasts.” I do realize that I am an important and valuable member of this forest community – where cooperativeness, helpfulness, respect and love will help us all to survive and thrive.
You are a member of the community too. What are joy and happiness worth to you? If you want to eliminate or minimize arguments, sarcasm, disrespect, anger, resentment, and heartache, these easy “observant-owl” strategies will work for you too. I guarantee it is worth the effort.
I’m investing more of my time perched on a good sturdy branch, watching, listening, and learning. I’d be honoured to have you join me and the view is great.
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We all can agree that owl is one of the most beautiful animals out there. They awake in the night, they can rotate their neck, amazing predator instinct, and of course assertive-looking face that you will never find on other birds.
I have selected 18 out of hundreds of quotes about an owl, and these are the best owl-themed quotes you can find on the internet.
When the owl sings, the night is silent.
– Charles de Leusse
It was great to see the owls. They’re wild things, of course. Killers, savages. They’re wonderful.
– David Almond
Do not trap yourself into an owl’s hooting sound
where sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound.
– Munia Khan
The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.
– Urjit Patel
Sometimes an owl is just an owl.
– Mark Frost
Those who drink whiskey with the owls at night, cannot soar with the eagles the next day.
– Brian D. Ratty
The wailing owl screams solitary to the mournful moon.
– David Mallet
A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
– Ernest Hemingway
I’m a bit of a night owl because that’s when I feel the most creative and alive.
– Christina Aguilera
You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may be came from different species but as long as you’re a bird, I’m a bird too.
– Glad Munaiseche
People say the darkness is where secrets are best hidden. Night time brings clarity and focus to owls, even if the aperture of this vision comes with a stigma.
– Kimberly Morgan
A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren’t we like that wise old bird.
– Edward H. Richards
At home, I love reaching out into that absolute silence, when you can hear the owl or the wind.
– Amanda Harlech
The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that everything was white.
– William Blake
My friends call me an owl. Apparently, it’s a combination of being wise and having big eyes.
– Romy Madley Croft
There’s always a hidden owl in “knowledge”.
– E.I. Jane
“The owl,” he was saying, “is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps.
– M.J. Rose
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Some famous quotes referring to wise owls: “Can grave and formal pass for wise when men the solemn Owl despise?” => Benjamin Franklin. “A wise old owl sat.