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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.


There are many gems of wisdom and knowledge throughout the Bible. Here are just a few examples of the words of wisdom which can be found in God’s word. If someone wanted to study the concept of wisdom in-depth in the Bible, then starting with the book of Proverbs is recommended. Proverbs was mostly written by Solomon, the man to whom the Bible says God gave great wisdom.

15 Of My Favorite Scripture Passages on Wisdom

Job 12:12 “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.”

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth  forever.”

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 4:5-7Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

Proverbs 11:2He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

Proverbs 14:8The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”

Proverbs 29:15“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

James 1:5 , 6If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

The Bible says in Psalm 1 that a person who meditates on God’s Word will be blessed. The wisdom of the Bible will help guide a person to avoid wrong friends and influences. Meditating—memorizing, studying and thinking about—brings the promise of being like a tree planted by a river. The person will have the life-giving nourishment that God provides through His Word. A further promise to that person is that God will guide their way in life.

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Sources:  Song Above All by Michael W. Smith; The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

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Wisdom begins with the dawn of reason, an understanding of the knowledge and principles whereby we may know the true meaning of things. 2. Pure learning.

Understanding Sayings and Quotes

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Understanding Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old understanding quotes, understanding sayings, and understanding proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.     

Carl Jung

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.     

Dale Carnegie

Everyone hears only what he understands.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.     

Marie Curie

If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.

Lyndon Johnson

A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.     

Samuel Butler

Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Understanding is a two-way street.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.     

John Locke

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.     

Henri Bergson

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.     

Van Gogh

To teach is to understand. To learn is wisdom. To learn together is understanding wisdom.     

Sid Mendenhall

Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn't taken the time adequately to understand...     

Robert R. Brown

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Looking for the best knowledge quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 100 quotes and sayings.

Top 100 Knowledge Quotes


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.” – Robert Anthony


“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Confucius


“Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon


“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein


“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” – Socrates


“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Chekhov


“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.” – Frank Herbert


“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein


“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.” – Louis L’Amour


“The greatest enemy of progress is the illusion of knowledge.” – John Young


“It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.” – Enrico Fermi


“Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.” – William Penn


“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” – Peter Drucker


“Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.” – Daniel J. Boorstin


“It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind’s dignity.” – William Ellery Channing


“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.” – Benjamin Disraeli


“Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.” – Herbert A. Simon


“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs


“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey


“The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It’s the skills you gain about how to learn.” – Adam Grant


“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” – Marilyn vos Savant


“Ignorance is never better than knowledge.” – Enrico Fermi


“In complete darkness, it is only knowledge and wisdom that separates us.” – Janet Jackson


“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


“The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.” – Stephen Ambrose


“Wonder is the desire for knowledge.” – Thomas Aquinas


“Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo


“The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes.” – Avicenna


“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel


“Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.” – Robin Morgan


“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix


“Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.” – Will Durant


“Knowledge is love and light and vision.” – Helen Keller


“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Nicolaus Copernicus


“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” – Ralph W. Sockman


“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” – Shinichi Suzuki


“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant


“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius


“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” – Lao Tzu


“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – John F. Kennedy


“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer


“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan


“Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.” – Arthur Rimbaud


“Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.” – Thucydides


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey


“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” – Brian O’Driscoll


“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffett


“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato


“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller


“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” – John F. Kennedy


“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell


“I would encourage you: be informed – knowledge is power.” – Matt Bevin


“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.” – Calvin Coolidge


“Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.” – Josh Billings


“Knowledge is the life of the mind.” – Abu Bakr


“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” – Khalil Gibran


“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” – Aristotle


“Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other.” – Novalis


“Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.” – Jacob Bronowski


“Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.” – Will Durant


“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.” – Carl Jung


“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” – John Adams


“Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer


“We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.” – H. L. Mencken


“Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.” – Hippocrates


“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.” – Khalil Gibran


“Knowledge is power. You can’t begin a career, for that matter even a relationship, unless you know everything there is to know about it.” – Randeep Hooda


“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” – Khalil Gibran


“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” – Terry Pratchett


“It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.” – Immanuel Kant


“The true method of knowledge is experiment.” – William Blake


“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


“If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.” – Sydney Madwed


“Knowledge is true opinion.” – Plato


“I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.” – Immanuel Kant


“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” – Abu Bakr


“Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.” – Thomas Hobbes


“Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.” – Albert Einstein


“The natural desire of good men is knowledge.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” – Peter Drucker


“No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” – John Locke


“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein


“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle


“As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.” – Charles Morgan


“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” – Thomas Berger


“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.” – Kurt Vonnegut


“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell


“Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with.” – Robert Staughton Lynd


“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” – Plato


“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” – William Shakespeare


“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw


“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” – Wilbur Wright


“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” – Augustus Hare

Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish. Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.

73 Knowledge Quotes to Inspire Learning and Increase Wisdom

quotes for wisdom and knowledge

Wisdom is a great source of power. It’s through others’ stories of failure and success that we learn the most. It’s through their experiences of things we have yet to witness that feeds us the knowledge we need to fly high, to build upon what we already know.

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There is little in life that a wise mind can’t conquer. And it’s the sage-like guidance that inspires us to make our life that much better.

Here are 19 insightful quotes from people who lived exceptional lives.

1. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

2. “You can never plan the future by the past.” —Edmund Burke

3. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” —Dalai Lama

5. “Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin

6. “He that respects himself is safe from others.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

7. “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” —Robert Frost

9. “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

10. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” —Elbert Hubbard

11. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” —Nelson Mandela

12. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” —C. S. Lewis

13. “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” —John D. Rockefeller

14. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

15. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

16. “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

17. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” —George C. Marshall

18. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” —Henry Van Dyke

19. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

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Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

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