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Such as one author who quipped: “Some men are wise and some "More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.

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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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Sage advice from scientist, theorist, and all-around smart guy Mr. Albert Einstein:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.”

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

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Creative quotes and quotations
On Wisdom...


Wisdom. Now there’s a creative goal. Or perhaps its that deep knowledge that lets you know what is a good idea and what is not. Whatever it is and however much you have, it seems sensible to make judicious use of it in your idea-making sessions.

See also: being, children, common sense*, foolishness, illumination, intuition, judgement*, love, perception, wonder

‘If anyone amongst you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he become wise.’

— I Corinthians 3:18

‘More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.’

Woody Allen

‘True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance.’


‘The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.’

Isaac Asimov

‘Patience is the companion of wisdom.’


‘A prudent question is one half of wisdom.’

Francis Bacon

‘A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.’

Francis Bacon

‘Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.’

Josh Billings

‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom; for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.’

William Blake

‘If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.’

William Blake

‘Be humble, if thou would'st attain to wisdom. Be humbler still, when wisdom thou hast mastered.’

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

‘Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.’

James Boswell

‘I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.’

John Buchan

‘Carpenters bend wood, fletchers bend arrows, wise men fashion themselves.’

Gautama Buddha

‘The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.’

Edmund Burke

‘The wisest man I ever knew taught me something I never forgot. And although I never forgot it, I never quite memorized it either. So what I’m left with is the memory of having learned something very wise that I can’t quite remember.’

George Carlin

‘Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.’

Miguel de Cervantes

‘It should be noted that the seeds of wisdom that are to bear fruit in the intellect are sown less by critical studies and learned monographs than by insights, broad impressions, and flashes of intuition.’

Carl Von Clausewitz

‘The extreme limit of wisdom--that is what the public calls madness.’

Jean Cocteau

‘Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.’

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.’

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.’


‘By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection which is noblest;
second, by imitation, which is the easiest;
and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.’


‘Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.’

William Cowper

‘Wisdom is the daughter of experience.’

Leonardo Da Vinci

‘A loving heart is the truest wisdom.’

Charles Dickens

‘The fool wonders, the wise man asks.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope.’

Alexandre Dumas

‘Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.’

Will Durant

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men.’

Albert Einstein

‘The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.’

Albert Einstein

‘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

‘The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘The foolish man wonders at the unusual; the wise man at the usual.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘We judge of man's wisdom by his hope.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘The years teach much which the days never knew.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.’

Albert Einstein

‘Where is the wisdom that we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’

T. S. Elliot

‘Cleverness is not wisdom.’


‘Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.’


‘To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish.’


‘The doors of wisdom are never shut.’

Benjamin Franklin

‘He's a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.’

Benjamin Franklin

‘The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart.’

Benjamin Franklin

‘Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.’

Kahlil Gibran

‘All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.’

Baltasar Gracian

‘Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.’


‘Of all whose words I have heard, no one attains to this, to know that wisdom is apart from all.’


‘Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot.’

Hermann Hesse

‘It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.’

Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.’

Eric Hoffer

‘The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.’

Eric Hoffer

‘Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom.’


‘Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.’


‘Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next.’

Herbert Clark Hoover

‘Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.’

Elbert Hubbard

‘A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.’

David Hume

‘Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.’

George Iles

‘The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.’

William James

‘Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.’

Thomas Jefferson

‘Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.’

Immanuel Kant

‘Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.’


‘It’s bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.’

D. H. Lawrence

‘The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.’

Claude Levi-Strauss

‘It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.’

Walter J. Lippman

‘Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control.’

Martin Luther King

‘Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat’s ear. But only the wisest of cats would think of looking there.’

Scott Love

‘Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.’

Niccolo Machiavelli

‘We are apt to think that our ideas are the creation of our own wisdom but the truth is that they are the result of the experience through outside contact.’

Konosuke Matsushita

‘The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.’

H. L. Mencken

‘We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.’

Michel de Montaigne

‘Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’

Reinhold Niebuhr

‘You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.’

Mahfouz Naguib

‘A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.’

Alexander Pope

‘That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.’

John Stuart Mill

‘We do not receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.’

Marcel Proust

‘Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.’

Francis Quarles

‘It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary.’

Philippe Quinault

‘Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.’


‘Perhaps the only thing that saves science from invalid conventional wisdom that becomes effectively permanent is the presence of mavericks in every `generation—people who keep challenging convention and thinking up new ideas for the sheer hell of it or from an innate contrariness.’

D. M. Raup

‘It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.’

François de La Rochefoucauld

‘Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.’

Theodore Roosevelt

‘To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.’

Bertrand Russell

‘The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiserpeople so full of doubts.’

Bertrand Russell

‘More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‘It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create.’

John Saxe

‘Luck never made a man wise.’

Lucius Seneca

‘Wisdom comes by disillusionment.’

George Santayana

‘The wisest mind has something yet to learn.’

George Santayana

‘Modest doubt is call’d the beacon of the wise.’

William Shakespeare

‘The fool doth think himself wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.’

William Shakespeare

‘Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.’

George Bernard Shaw

‘Wisdom begins in wonder.’


‘The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.’


‘Wisdom outweighs any wealth.’


‘Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.’


‘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

‘Observation, not old age, brings wisdom.’

Publilius Syrus

‘Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.’

Jonathan Swift

‘Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘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

‘Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.’

Mark Twain

‘A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom when he can no longer be led by the nose.’

Mark Twain

‘He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.’

Lao Tzu

‘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

‘Science says: "We must live," and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable. Wisdom says: "We must die," and seeks how to make us die well.’

Miguel de Unamuno

‘To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.’

Horace Walpole

‘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

‘Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.’

Woodrow Wilson

‘Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.’

William Wordsworth

‘In a sense, knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows: for details are swallowed up in principles.’

Alfred North Whitehead

‘Turn your wounds into wisdom.’

Oprah Winfrey



Famous words of wisdom from sages of history such as Pythagoras, Thomas The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his.


wise words from a wise man

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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