Quotes and Sayings about Wisdom



"Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues."
- Abigail Adams
(Related: Wisdom, Experience, Leisure, Retirement)

"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
- Ansel Adams
(Related: Experience, Time, Wisdom, Exploration)

"Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Animals, Lies, Sons)

"He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Wisdom, God, Heart, Despair, Forget, Grace, Pain, Sleep, Will)

"Wisdom comes alone through suffering."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Wisdom, Suffering)

"It is good even for old men to learn wisdom."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Old)

"Memory is the mother of all wisdom."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Wisdom, Mother, Memory)

"After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Wisdom, God, Possessions)

"To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Wisdom, Mind, Treasure, Trouble)

"True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Wisdom, Folly, Fool, Ignorance, Man, Mind)

"Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment."
- Steve Albini
(Related: Wisdom, Doubt, Reason)

"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."
- James Allen
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Success, Influence, Jewels, Man, Mind)

"This land, which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and gospel is free."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Wisdom, Mother, Blood, Country, Land, Now, Tears)

"Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to."
- Greg Anderson
(Related: Experience, Life, Love, Wisdom, Creativity, Wellness, Day, Expectations, Worth)

"To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Wisdom, Genius, Neighbors, Self)

"I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
- Pietro Aretino
(Related: Friendship, Wisdom, Misers, Treasure)

"A man may learn wisdom even from a foe."
- Aristophanes
(Related: Wisdom, Man, May)

"The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom."
- Aristotle
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Justice, Moderation)

"Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it."
- Aristotle
(Related: Wisdom, Being, Choice, Excellence, Lying, Man, Reason, State)

"The current wisdom now is that if the three networks are covering the news the same way the difference is the anchor people. I think that won't be true in the future."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: Wisdom, People, Difference, Future, News, Now)

"Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life."
- George Arliss
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Humility)

"It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Experience, Wisdom)

"Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Wisdom, Quality, Banks)

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Life, Science, Society, Wisdom, Knowledge, Right)

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Charity, Ignorance)

"The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Wisdom, Love, Father, Son, God, Dignity, Eyes)

"Unhappy is that Grandeur which makes us too great to be good; and that Wit which sets us at a distance from true Wisdom."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Wisdom, Wit)

"Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Men, Women, Wisdom, Acting, Folly, Malice, Wit)

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Wisdom, Patience)

"We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy."
- Joe Baca
(Related: War, Power, Wisdom, Morality, Democracy, Fight, Nation, Right, World, World war)

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Wisdom, Silence, Sleep)

"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Wisdom, Question)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Difference, Fool, Man)

"There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Health, Wisdom, Hurt, Man, Observation, Rules)

"Kindness is wisdom."
- Philip James Bailey
(Related: Wisdom, Kindness)

"In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Wisdom, Life)

"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Chivalry)

"Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Spirit)

"I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals."
- Brigitte Bardot
(Related: Beauty, Experience, Wisdom, Men, Animals, Youth)

"I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom."
- John Barrymore
(Related: Wisdom, Wife, Thinking, Wives)

"I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is. The younger you are, the more risk you can take on."
- Maria Bartiromo
(Related: Money, Wisdom, Manager, Risk)

"And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face."
- Venerable Bede
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Day, Delight, Words)

"What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Wisdom, Old, Past, Result, Trees)

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Related: Music, Wisdom, Philosophy)

"We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom."
- Stephen Vincent Benet
(Related: Wisdom, Power, Thought)

"The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Art, Wisdom, Truth, Dying, End)

"Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Life, Wisdom)

"Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

"To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom."
- Jose Bergamin
(Related: Wisdom, God, Devil, Light)

"Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Acquaintance, Folly, Old)

"The result showed the wisdom of your orders."
- John Bigelow
(Related: Wisdom, Result)

"Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Wisdom, Learning)

"Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Wisdom, Learning, Libraries)

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."
- William Blake
(Related: Wisdom, Excess, Road)

"The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure."
- William Blake
(Related: Wisdom, Folly, Measure)

"What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children."
- William Blake
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Wife, Dance, Experience, Children, Man, Song)

"Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Wisdom, Ignorance)

"The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom."
- Jean Bodin
(Related: History, Wisdom, Beginning, Study)

"Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Wisdom, Mother, Infinite)

"The truest wisdom is a resolute determination."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Wisdom, Determination)

"The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason."
- Hal Borland
(Related: Faith, Time, Wisdom, Beginnings, Deals, Fact, Lies, Reason, Universe)

"Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason."
- Hal Borland
(Related: Faith, Time, Wisdom, Beginnings, Deals, Fact, Lies, Man, Quest, Reason, Universe)

"Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!""
- Bill Bradley
(Related: Imagination, Wisdom, Saying)

"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."
- Omar N. Bradley
(Related: Technology, Wisdom, May, Prudence)

"The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
- Omar N. Bradley
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Conscience, Giants, World)

"Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish."
- Anne Bradstreet
(Related: Wisdom, Authority)

"The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Wisdom, Father, God, Heart, Eye, Infinite, Pity, State)

"In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Wisdom, Action, Expression, Lies, Opinions, Promise)

"Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Wisdom, Mistake, May, Old)

"Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions."
- Gerald Brenan
(Related: Wisdom, Fallibility, Opinions, Sense)

"Second, this epic tale allows the audience to actually listen to the Native Americans and receive their wisdom. Spielberg conveys the respect for Native Americans that is normally lacking in Western films."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Wisdom, Americans, Native Americans, Respect)

"Beauty, the eternal Spouse of the Wisdom of God and Angel of his Presence thru' all creation."
- Robert Bridges
(Related: Wisdom, Beauty, God, Creation)

"I covered my face because they had taken my wisdom teeth out."
- Josh Brolin
(Related: Wisdom)

"Knowledge is going to make you stronger. Knowledge is going to let you control your life. Knowledge is going to give you the wisdom to teach their children. Knowledge is the thing that makes you smile in the face of disaster."
- Avery Brooks
(Related: Wisdom, Life, Knowledge, Control, Children, Disaster, Smile)

"Evil can be a teacher, if you look at the wisdom of its negative power."
- Tom Brown, Jr.
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Negative, Evil)

"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
- Merry Browne
(Related: Wisdom)

"To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute."
- James Buchanan
(Related: Wisdom, Policy, Maxim, Washington, Will)

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."
- Buddha
(Related: Happiness, Peace, Wisdom, Family, Health, Control, Discipline, Virtue, First, Man, Mind, Will)

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."
- Buddha
(Related: Wisdom, Life, Virtue, Deeds, Earth, Guidance, Light, Mind, Needs)

"But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Folly, Liberty, Madness, Restraint, Vice)

"Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Politics, Wisdom)

"If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Wisdom, Ignorance)

"As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building."
- Jane Byrne
(Related: Wisdom, Mistake, Building, Problems)

"If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom."
- George Byron
(Related: Wisdom, Certainty, Envy, Fool, Self)

"Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Wisdom, May, Pleasure, Treasure)

"A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew."
- Herb Caen
(Related: Time, Wisdom, First, Man)

"For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Education, Heart, Accomplishments)

"I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Wisdom, Ignorance)

"In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Government, Wisdom, People, Symbol)

"Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something."
- Liz Carpenter
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Want)

"As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago... I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Career, Feeling, Freedom, Now, Years)

"Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Government, Wisdom, People, Right, Will)

"Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense."
- Julian Casablancas
(Related: Wisdom, Common sense, Vanity)

"Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes."
- Richard Cecil
(Related: Wisdom, Day, Folly)

"The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good."
- Pierre Charron
(Related: Wisdom, Study)

"Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two."
- John Cheever
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Strength, Evil)

"Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two."
- John Cheever
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Strength, Evil)

"The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent."
- Dick Cheney
(Related: Wisdom, Military)

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Art, Wisdom, Fool)

"Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Men, Wisdom, God, Man, Strangers, Talk)

"Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Philosophy)

"The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Wisdom, Evil)

"Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Cunning, Justice, May)

"To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence."
- Adam Clarke
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Being, Existence, Infinite)

"Strength and wisdom are not opposing values."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Wisdom, Strength, Values)

"Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Wisdom, Mistake, American, Iraq, Troops)

"The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Wisdom, Extreme, Madness, Public)

"I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity."
- Arthur Cohn
(Related: Wisdom, Experience, Integrity, Marketing)

"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Wisdom, Common sense, World)

"Knowledge is the consequence of time, and multitude of days are fittest to teach wisdom."
- Jeremy Collier
(Related: Wisdom, Time, Knowledge)

"Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Wisdom, Genius, Acquaintance, Moderation)

"There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Happiness, Difference, Fool, Man)

"Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Wisdom, Temple, Doubt)

"They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense."
- George Combe
(Related: Wisdom, EnglForce, Nation, Nonsense, Visit)

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men."
- Confucius
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Courage, Compassion)

"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
(Related: Experience, First, Imitation, May, Reflection)

"There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest."
- Confucius
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, First, Reflection)

"They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom."
- Confucius
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom, Change)

"Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass."
- William Congreve
(Related: Business, Time, Wisdom, Father, Occupation, Pleasure, Wit)

"Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Wisdom, Darkness, Folly, Ignorance, Infatuation, Passion, Purity)

"There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning, Lovers, Pain, Rest)

"Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death."
- Peter Conrad
(Related: Death, Faith, Wisdom, First, Losing)

"The wisdom of age: don't stop walking."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Wisdom, Walking)

"At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Wisdom, Folly)

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face 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
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Work, Time, Knowledge, Discipline, Ability, Hard work, Maturity, May, Mind, Quantity)

"Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Business, Wisdom, Children, Mistakes)

"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients."
- Gustave Courbet
(Related: Wisdom, Quest)

"Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences."
- Norman Cousins
(Related: Wisdom, Anticipation, Consequences)

"Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."
- William Cowper
(Related: Wisdom)

"They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed."
- William Cowper
(Related: Wisdom, Truth)

"Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more."
- William Cowper
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge)

"Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way."
- George Crabbe
(Related: Wisdom, Will)

"Your art kind of changes as you get older, by nature of the fact that you're hopefully gaining wisdom and you're starting to watch things with a better overview."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Art, Nature, Wisdom, Fact)

"Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: Science, Wisdom, Cleverness)

"Now all the knowledge and wisdom that is in creatures, whether angels or men, is nothing else but a participation of that one eternal, immutable and increased wisdom of God."
- Ralph Cudworth
(Related: Wisdom, Men, God, Knowledge, Angels, Nothing, Participation)

"Kisses are a better fate than wisdom."
- e. e. cummings
(Related: Wisdom, Fate, Kisses)

"Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Wisdom, Books)

"I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and the vision to do the things on this earth that I was supposed to do to express His life and love and His will."
- Billy Ray Cyrus
(Related: Life, Love, Wisdom, God, Vision, Earth, Will)

"This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school."
- Thomas Dekker
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Fool, School)

"Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use."
- John Denham
(Related: Wisdom, Books, Delight, Piety)

"Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion."
- Ruth St. Denis
(Related: Art, Life, Religion, Wisdom, Nature, Fact)

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Wisdom, Heart)

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Wisdom, Heart)

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Quotations)

"The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation."
- Isaac D'Israeli
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, May, Quotation)

"The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation."
- Isaac D'Israeli
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, May, Quotation)

"What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?"
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Wisdom)

"The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Wisdom, Dying, Living)

"The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Wisdom, Hardship, Winter)

"We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation."
- William O. Douglas
(Related: Wisdom, Legislation)

"In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance."
- Theodore Dreiser
(Related: Wisdom, Ignorance, Order)

"I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Wisdom, Funny, Writers)

"All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope."
- Alexandre Dumas
(Related: Wisdom, Hope, Words)

"Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive."
- William Dunbar
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Habits, Law, May, Profession, Pursuit, Skill)

"Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom."
- Will Durant
(Related: Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Philosophy)

"Spending two years on my uncle's ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: Wisdom, Man, Montana, Years)

"Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn't all have to be by tomorrow!"
- William Eardley IV
(Related: Wisdom, Ability)

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Successful)

"The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Wisdom, First)

"More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us."
- George Eliot
(Related: Wisdom, Pity, Will)

"In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause."
- George Eliot
(Related: Wisdom, Applause, Folly, Laughter)

"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. Eliot
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Knowledge, Information, Living)

"Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Fools)

"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Wisdom)

"Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Wisdom, Goodness)

"The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Work)

"Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Power, Wisdom)

"Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise."
- Paul Engle
(Related: Wisdom)

"He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise."
- Quintus Ennius
(Related: Wisdom, Being, Help)

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship."
- Epicurus
(Related: Friendship, Wisdom, Possession)

"It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Prosperity)

"Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise."
- Euripides
(Related: Wisdom)

"Silence is true wisdom's best reply."
- Euripides
(Related: Wisdom, Silence)

"Cleverness is not wisdom."
- Euripides
(Related: Wisdom, Cleverness)

"Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom."
- Euripides
(Related: Success, Wisdom, Reputation)

"The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Wisdom, Dream, End)

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations."
- William Feather
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Folk, Nation, Quotations, sayings)

"Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification."
- Martin Henry Fischer
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Facts, Lies)

"Wisdom sails with wind and time."
- John Florio
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Wind)

"While many of us never knew Ronald Reagan personally, we felt close to him because we shared his lighthearted sense of humor, admired his uncommon virtue, and were moved by his remarkable wisdom."
- Randy Forbes
(Related: Wisdom, Humor, Virtue, Remarkable, Sense)

"I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Wisdom, Enthusiasm, Folly, Indifference)

"Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Wisdom, Irony, Joy, Reflection)

"Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Wisdom)

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Temple, Ignorance)

"The doors of wisdom are never shut."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Wisdom)

"Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Business, Wisdom, Execution, Projects, Public, Trouble)

"Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom, Concern)

"The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Confusion, Delight)

"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Wisdom, Delight)

"In particular, for younger researchers on whom the future of mankind may depend. We believe that they are working with all the scientific wisdom at their disposal for the preservation of the inheritance of the earth and for the lasting survival of mankind."
- Kenichi Fukui
(Related: Wisdom, Survival, Earth, Future, Inheritance, Mankind, May)

"It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."
- Margaret Fuller
(Related: Wisdom, Being, Force, Purity)

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it."
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning, Desire)

"One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Wisdom)

"The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Wisdom, Ideas, Enemy, Events, March)

"A wholesome oblivion of one's neighbours is the beginning of wisdom."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning)

"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."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Wisdom)

"The greater the step forward in knowledge, the greater is the one taken backward in search of wisdom."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge)

"All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Wisdom, People, Folly)

"Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom."
- Elizabeth Gaskell
(Related: Wisdom, People, Folly)

"Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps."
- Elizabeth George
(Related: Art, Wisdom, Talent, Encouraging, America, Dying, Footsteps, Necessity, Writers, Writing)

"Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles."
- Estelle Getty
(Related: Age, Wisdom)

"Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Wisdom, Road)

"Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Wisdom, Grave)

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Wisdom, Greatness, Children, Philosophy)

"Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Foolishness, Nothing, Pain, Sun)

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Wisdom, Mind)

"Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom."
- Jean Giraudoux
(Related: Education, Wisdom)

"Wisdom is found only in truth."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Wisdom, Truth)

"This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Day, Freedom)

"Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth."
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Related: Wisdom, God, Earth, Improvement, Nations)

"Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Wisdom, Courage)

"There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived."
- Amy Grant
(Related: Beauty, Experience, Wisdom)

"Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Wisdom, Age, Morality, Curiosity, Sense)

"Remembering is painful, it's difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom."
- Paul Greengrass
(Related: Wisdom, Inspiring)

"Courage is always the surest wisdom."
- Wilfred Grenfell
(Related: Wisdom, Courage)

"I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect."
- Alex Grey
(Related: Wisdom, Thoughts, Being, Body, Emotions, Memories, Mind, Privilege, Senses, Space)

"Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Wisdom, Genius, Sun)

"Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness."
- Sacha Guitry
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Foolishness)

"We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days."
- Robert Hall
(Related: Wisdom, Understanding)

"All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Wisdom, Grief, Reward)

"I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom, that it's more interesting to have an album - or, indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity."
- Peter Hammill
(Related: Wisdom, Song, Variety)

"However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science."
- Knut Hamsun
(Related: Science, Wisdom)

"You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Practice)

"Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Wisdom, Purpose, Future, Meaning)

"The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Wisdom, Ability, Machines)

"Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more."
- Elizabeth Hardwick
(Related: Wisdom, Books, Reading)

"The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Wisdom, Being, Doubt, Fool, Heroism, May, Self)

"The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Wisdom, Heart, Knowledge, Right, Wrong)

"To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Mankind)

"I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Business, Wisdom, God, Decisions)

"We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Wisdom, People, Advice)

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge)

"Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: Art, Life, Wisdom, Soul, Thoughts, Feeling, Nothing, Preparation, Thinking, Unity)

"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: Religion, Wisdom, Life, Philosophy)

"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
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Wonders)

"It's very hard to know what wisdom is."
- James Hillman
(Related: Wisdom)

"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Wisdom, Authority, Law)

"It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Wisdom, Trust, Ability, Humility, Judgment, Perspective, Reward, Tolerance)

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Privilege)

"Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Beauty, Wisdom, Future, Past, Promise)

"In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!"
- Homer
(Related: Wisdom, Beauty, Youth)

"Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values."
- Sidney Hook
(Related: Wisdom, Nature, Knowledge, Values, Career, Consequences)

"Many spiritual teachers - in Buddhism, in Islam - have talked about first-hand experience of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom, to enlightenment."
- Bell Hooks
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Islam, Buddhism, First, Spiritual, Teachers, World)

"Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Wisdom)

"Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Wisdom)

"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone."
- Horace
(Related: Wisdom, Books)

"Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom."
- Julia Ward Howe
(Related: Wisdom, Theology)

"Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart."
- William Dean Howells
(Related: Wisdom, Heart, Goodness, Sisters)

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Wisdom, Day, Fool, Man)

"Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Wisdom, Media, Right)

"Wisdom is a sacred communion."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Wisdom)

"Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Wisdom, Wealth, Earth, Heaven, Order, Pursuit, Security)

"However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue."
- Wilhelm von Humboldt
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Virtue, Consequences, Evil, Extremes, Forget, May)

"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom."
- James Huneker
(Related: Wisdom, Direction, First, Fool)

"Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means."
- Francis Hutcheson
(Related: Wisdom)

"The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Wisdom, Crime, Man, Mankind, Medicine, Open, Suffering)

"In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Wisdom, Art, Science, May)

"The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense."
- Dean Inge
(Related: Wisdom, Common sense)

"It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Wisdom, Mankind)

"To comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained."
- Charles Inglis
(Related: Government, Happiness, Wisdom, Duty)

"Of all our possessions, wisdom alone is imortal."
- Isocrates
(Related: Wisdom, Possessions)

"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Equality, Wisdom, Man, Taxation)

"In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."
- Janet Jackson
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Darkness, Eyes)

"Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength."
- Phil Jackson
(Related: Wisdom, Strength)

"Wisdom is learning what to overlook."
- William James
(Related: Wisdom, Learning)

"So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, Wisdom, Intentions)

"Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Beauty, Wisdom)

"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Hope, Will)

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Wisdom, Honesty, First)

"In garden arrangement, as in all other kinds of decorative work, one has not only to acquire a knowledge of what to do, but also to gain some wisdom in perceiving what it is well to let alone."
- Gertrude Jekyll
(Related: Wisdom, Work, Knowledge, Gain, Garden)

"I've always shied away from conventional wisdom, though I know the power of it."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Power, Wisdom)

"But the law of God came from heaven indeed. God wrote it with his finger, it is the fountain of all wisdom, and therefore shall it continue for ever, and never have an end."
- John Jewel
(Related: God, Wisdom, End, Heaven, Law)

"To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Wisdom, Folly)

"Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Folly, Fool)

"To keep your secret is wisdom; to expect others to keep it is folly."
- William Samuel Johnson
(Related: Wisdom, Folly)

"No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks."
- Erica Jong
(Related: Wisdom, Being, Fool, Fools, Public, Race, Rest, Writers)

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."
- David Starr Jordan
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue)

"After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork."
- James Prescott Joule
(Related: God, Power, Wisdom, Knowledge, Goodness, Obedience, Will)

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."
- Juvenal
(Related: Nature, Wisdom)

"I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Legal, Wisdom, Truth, Progress, Debate, Law, Listening, School, Students)

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Life, Science, Wisdom, Knowledge)

"I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise."
- John Keats
(Related: Wisdom, Man, Vanity, Will)

"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Purpose, Strength, Wealth, America, Country, Future, Military, Restraint, Will)

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
- Robert Kennedy
(Related: Wisdom, Gain, Living, Tragedy)

"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Power, Religion, Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Control, Man)

"I always told, Sandra Bullock was my student when she was younger, I always told her it's important that we hold on to our insecurity, the wisdom of insecurity."
- Sally Kirkland
(Related: Wisdom, Insecurity)

"Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age."
- Paul Klee
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Ability, Children, Corruption)

"Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Wisdom, Inheritance, Miser)

"Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race."
- Stanley Kunitz
(Related: Wisdom, Gods, Heroes, Mind, Myths, Old, Race, Waiting)

"Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain."
- Ray Kurzweil
(Related: Wisdom, People, Dream)

"Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be."
- Lactantius
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Present)

"The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true."
- Lactantius
(Related: Wisdom, First)

"Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Wisdom, Quality)

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Wisdom, Listening, Reward, Talk)

"The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Wisdom, Progress, Common sense, Community)

"This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God."
- William Law
(Related: Wisdom, Life, God, Christianity, Actions, Devotion, Holiness, Piety, Spirit, Temper, World)

"We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: Wisdom, Disasters, Prudence)

"The war... was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: Wisdom, War)

"As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values."
- Edward Levi
(Related: Wisdom, Time, Action, Values, Law, May, Memory, Opposition, Passion, Wrong)

"We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Wisdom, Words)

"It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Wisdom, Rest)

"This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven."
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Beginning, Consciousness, Heaven, Sin)

"Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Wisdom, Liberals)

"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Music, Wisdom, Nothing)

"Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame."
- Abbott L. Lowell
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Fame, Glamour, Will)

"The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom."
- George MacDonald
(Related: Wisdom, Work, Body, Disease, Logic, State)

"Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words."
- Archibald MacLeish
(Related: Life, Poetry, Wisdom, Football, Man, Reason, Weight, Words)

"Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors."
- James Madison
(Related: Wisdom, Policy, Loss, May, Nation, Neighbors, Stability, Want)

"It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom."
- Maurice Maeterlinck
(Related: Wisdom, Goodness, Justice, Reason)

"Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them."
- Gabriel Marcel
(Related: Home, Wisdom, Contemplation, Man)

"Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Being)

"To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living."
- Herman Melville
(Related: Art, Work, Wisdom, Living, Old)

"It is not white hair that engenders wisdom."
- Menander
(Related: Wisdom, Hair)

"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Distrust, Doctrine)

"Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Experience, Men, Wisdom, Women, Woman)

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Wisdom, Belief, Democracy, Ignorance)

"The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Love, Movies, Wisdom, People, Day, Numbers, Shame)

"Follow the wisdom of the great actor, James Cagney, you hit your mark, you look the other guy in the eye, and you tell the truth."
- Larry Merchant
(Related: Wisdom, Truth, Actor, Eye)

"The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Progress)

"Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Wisdom, Body, Sense)

"Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Wisdom, Truth, Pain)

"But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father's power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Father, Creation, Poverty)

"God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Home, Wisdom, Father, God, Temple, Laws)

"To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Wisdom, Advice, Profit)

"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Wisdom, Cheerfulness)

"We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Wisdom, Men, Knowledge)

"This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will."
- Stanford Moore
(Related: Wisdom, Ceremony, Prizes, Remarkable, Will)

"Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery."
- Thomas Moore
(Related: Intelligence, Wisdom, Appreciation, Deep, Mystery)

"Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition."
- Riccardo Muti
(Related: Wisdom, Wealth, Ambition, Commitment, Nobility, Ostentation, Simplicity, Spirit)

"If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum."
- Holly Near
(Related: Intelligence, Wisdom, Mistakes)

"Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists."
- James Newman
(Related: Wisdom, Children, Scientists, Words)

"A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Wisdom, Memory)

"It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly."
- John George Nicolay
(Related: Wisdom, Folly, May, Party, Providence)

"The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Achievement, Serenity)

"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: Change, Wisdom, God, Courage, Grace, Serenity)

"God 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
(Related: Change, Wisdom, God, Courage, Difference, Serenity)

"Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?"
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Wisdom, Earth)

"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Wisdom, Body, Philosophy)

"Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."
- Leonard Nimoy
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning, End, Logic)

"My past is my wisdom to use today... my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides."
- Gene Oliver
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Experience, Future, Past, Present, Today)

"Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet."
- Robert Orben
(Related: Wisdom, Feet)

"But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere."
- Origen
(Related: Change, Wisdom, Quality, Son, God, Being, Glory)

"The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow."
- William Osler
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Foolishness, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: God, Wisdom, Courage, Consequences, Prudence, Right)

"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: War, Wisdom, Progress, Circumstances, End, Taxes)

"Putting is like wisdom - partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience."
- Arnold Palmer
(Related: Experience, Wisdom)

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker
(Related: Art, Music, Experience, Wisdom, Thoughts, Man)

"One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Art, Love, Beauty, Wisdom, Desire, Literary, Passion, Sense)

"Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."
- Alan Paton
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Purpose, Books, End, Struggle, Words)

"Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable."
- John Patrick
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Thought, Man, Pain)

"Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two."
- Octavio Paz
(Related: Wisdom, Change, Lies)

"Discipline is wisdom and vice versa."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Wisdom, Discipline, Vice)

"He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care."
- William Penn
(Related: Wisdom, Father, Care)

"Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest."
- Pindar
(Related: Wisdom, Self, Yield)

"There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain."
- Plato
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Gain, Honor, Lovers)

"The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom."
- Plato
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom, Men, Character, Living, Man, Moderation)

"Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences."
- Plato
(Related: Science, Wisdom)

"Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom."
- Plato
(Related: Wisdom, Cunning)

"Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom."
- Plato
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Cunning, Justice)

"Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Wisdom, Ability, Years)

"Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Age, Wisdom)

"Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech."
- Plutarch
(Related: Wisdom, Silence, Speech)

"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future."
- Plutarch
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Errors, Future, Man, Mistakes)

"Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel."
- Jane Porter
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Country, Glory)

"If God had sufficient wisdom and power to construct such a beautiful world as this, then we must admit that his wisdom and power are immeasurably greater than that of man, and hence he is qualified to reign as king."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Power, Wisdom, God, Man, World)

"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
(Related: Wisdom, Journey)

"Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Wisdom, Cards, Fortune)

"Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Wisdom)

"People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Wisdom, People, Blame, Boys)

"Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom."
- Myrtle Reed
(Related: Wisdom, Reputation, Silence, Will)

"Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned."
- Thomas Reid
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Effect)

"And, if we have any evidence that the wisdom which formed the plan is in the man, we have the very same evidence, that the power which executed it is in him also."
- Thomas Reid
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Man)

"They see me as being this Super Mom on TV who also can more than handle a difficult husband, and they assume I'm going to be just full of wisdom as a mother and wife myself."
- Patricia Richardson
(Related: Mom, Wisdom, Mother, Wife, HusbBeing)

"This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Wisdom, Example, Job, Meaning)

"Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Wisdom, Expression, Literary, Literature)

"The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it."
- Frederick William Robertson
(Related: Wisdom, Earth, Evil, Prayer)

"We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Wisdom, Advice, Profit)

"However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Wisdom, Action, Effect, Intention)

"Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Wisdom, People, Criticism, Praise)

"There is a trade off - as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity."
- Kenny Rogers
(Related: Wisdom, Gain, Spontaneity, Trade)

"As great as Ed is, the wisdom out here is that he can't carry a movie. They'll pay him $3 million to be the second banana in Julia Roberts things. But they won't put up $3 million for an Ed Harris movie."
- George A. Romero
(Related: Wisdom)

"Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Being)

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?"
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Wisdom, Kindness)

"Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained."
- Joseph Roux
(Related: Experience, Wisdom)

"Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired."
- Joseph Roux
(Related: Experience, Wisdom)

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom."
- Theodore Isaac Rubin
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning, Kindness)

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Beginning)

"Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Time, Wisdom, Thought, Feeling)

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Beginning, Cruelty, Superstition)

"We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance."
- Dora Russell
(Related: Wisdom, Guidance)

"A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one."
- Lord John Russell
(Related: Wisdom, Wit)

"Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance."
- Saadi
(Related: Wisdom, Ignorance, May, Order, Will)

"I'm very accepting with my age. It's like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty."
- Zoe Saldana
(Related: Beauty, Age, Experience, Wisdom)

"Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Wisdom, Defeat, Laughter)

"Wisdom comes by disillusionment."
- George Santayana
(Related: Wisdom, Disillusionment)

"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy."
- George Santayana
(Related: Wisdom, Hunger, Philosophy)

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Study)

"It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not care why we went to war in Iraq, that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: War, Wisdom, Americans, Care, Iraq, Now, World)

"They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Order)

"Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Wisdom, Fate)

"Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Wisdom, Time, Liberal, School)

"Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity."
- Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Opportunity, Achievement, American, Ideals, Justice)

"Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Wisdom, Poetry, Children, Grace, Mind)

"No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man."
- John Selden
(Related: Wisdom, Work, Learning, Man, May, Wit)

"Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom, Man, Needs, Nothing, Will)

"Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Actions, Appetite, Firmness, Mind, Talk, Words)

"He read his mind. He's a strange sort of man, isn't he? It's not just the advice and the wisdom that he has."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Wisdom, Advice, Man, Mind)

"One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers."
- Wilfrid Sheed
(Related: Wisdom, Opinion, Race, Reason, Writers)

"In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people; for who sees not, but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins, who were therefore shut out."
- Thomas Shepard
(Related: Love, Wisdom, People, Grace)

"My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom."
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Related: Wisdom, Fear, Beginning, Pride)

"Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Peace, Wisdom, Courage)

"Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Wisdom, Peace, Cooperation, Goodwill, Leaders, Sincerity, Stability, Understanding)

"Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Wisdom, Age, Folly)

"Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Nature, Wisdom, Experience, Life, Discipline, School, Theory)

"Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Perseverance, Attention, Observation, Old, Possession, Road, Understanding)

"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
(Related: Wisdom, Success, Mistake, Failure, Discovery, Will)

"The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Experience, Life, Nature, Wisdom, Books, Learning)

"The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: Wisdom, God, Truth, Books, Prayer, Teaching)

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
- Socrates
(Related: Wisdom, Nothing)

"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us."
- Socrates
(Related: Wisdom, Life, World)

"Wisdom begins in wonder."
- Socrates
(Related: Wisdom, Wonder)

"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean."
- Socrates
(Related: Wisdom, Poetry, Inspiration, Instinct, Poets)

"Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning."
- King Solomon
(Related: Wisdom, God, First, Fools, Learning, Noses)

"Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces."
- Solon
(Related: Wisdom, People, Learning, Sheep)

"Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way."
- Sophocles
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom)

"Much wisdom often goes with fewest words."
- Sophocles
(Related: Wisdom, Words)

"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness."
- Sophocles
(Related: Happiness, Wisdom)

"Wisdom outweighs any wealth."
- Sophocles
(Related: Wisdom, Wealth)

"A short saying often contains much wisdom."
- Sophocles
(Related: Wisdom, Saying)

"If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink."
- Sophocles
(Related: Wisdom, Man)

"The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words."
- Robert South
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Fame, Famous, Greece, Words, World)

"If they can prove that I am wrong by that time, I will give it up to their wisdom, but not after to any one's judgment, till I see the end of another year; for the Lord will begin with a new century; and I will see what he will do, before I will hearken to any man's judgment."
- Joanna Southcott
(Related: Time, Wisdom, End, Judgment, Man, Will, Wrong)

"There was endless action - not just football, but sailboats, tennis and other things: movement. There was endless talk - the ambassador at the head of the table laying out the prevailing wisdom, but everyone else weighing in with their opinions and taking part."
- Charles Spalding
(Related: Wisdom, Action, Football, Opinions, Talk, Tennis)

"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 Spurgeon
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Knowledge, Fool, Fools, Right)

"The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions."
- John A. Simone, Sr.
(Related: Wisdom, Key, Questions, Right)

"The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it."
- Konstantin Stanislavisky
(Related: Wisdom)

"You want people walking away from the conversation with some kernel of wisdom or some kind of impact."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Wisdom, People, Conversation, Walking, Want)

"Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus."
- Wallace Stegner
(Related: Life, Wisdom)

"Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Heart)

"Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Wisdom, May)

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Wisdom, Absurdity)

"I do interviews because it's a chance to be myself. I sometimes wonder what I could have to say that would be of any interest. I don't have any great wisdom."
- Parker Stevenson
(Related: Wisdom, Chance, Interest, Wonder)

"Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Wisdom, People, Mediocrity)

"Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Wisdom, Results)

"The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom."
- Ezra Stiles
(Related: Wisdom)

"A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments."
- Ezra Stiles
(Related: Wisdom, Benevolence, Infinite)

"In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom."
- Ezra Stiles
(Related: Society, Wisdom, Justice, May, World)

"Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom."
- Clifford Stoll
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Information, Understanding)

"And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice."
- Joseph Story
(Related: Wisdom, Integrity, Justice, Property, Rest, Security, Stability)

"If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom."
- Leo Strauss
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Man)

"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
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Knowledge, Mistakes)

"The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness."
- Emanuel Swedenborg
(Related: Happiness, Love, Wisdom, Intelligence, Peace, Heaven, Reason)

"I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life's wisdom."
- Wislawa Szymborska
(Related: Wisdom, Sympathy, People, Life)

"Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Wisdom, Tongue)

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
- Hippolyte Taine
(Related: Wisdom, Cats)

"God in His wisdom has decided that He will reward no works but His own."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: Wisdom, God, Reward, Will)

"Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Dying, Humility, Man, School, Silence, Spirit)

"I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them."
- Rod Taylor
(Related: Wisdom, Artist, Day, Feet, Giants, May, Poor, Yearning)

"Wisdom is not acquired save as the result of investigation."
- Sara Teasdale
(Related: Wisdom, Investigation, Result)

"Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy."
- William Temple
(Related: Wisdom, Friend, Enemy, Folly, Man)

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge)

"Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom."
- Phyllis Theroux
(Related: Wisdom, Mistakes)

"Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda."
- Bennie Thompson
(Related: Wisdom, Successful, Court, Rights, Justice, Law, Temperament)

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Wisdom, Heresy, Man)

"Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Love, Wisdom, Ignorance, Skill)

"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Wisdom)

"True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people."
- Kiana Tom
(Related: Wisdom, People)

"I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom."
- Nina Totenberg
(Related: Age, Wisdom)

"To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness."
- Thomas Traherne
(Related: Happiness, Imagination, Present, World)

"It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Thought, Dying, May, Question, Resolution, Results, Temptation, Years)

"Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?"
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Wisdom, Idiots, Memory)

"Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future."
- Dale Turner
(Related: Success, Wisdom, Error, Future, Mistakes, Past)

"I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Wisdom, Acceptance, Beginning)

"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Wisdom)

"Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them."
- Mo Udall
(Related: Wisdom, May, Tomorrow, Words)

"Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment."
- Morihei Ueshiba
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Thoughts, Body, Light, Mind, Ocean, Sky)

"Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency."
- John Updike
(Related: Wisdom, Idea, Now)

"The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education."
- John Updike
(Related: Education, Wisdom, Children, Fathers, Founding, Parents, Schools)

"Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom."
- Bernard De Voto
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Pessimism, Name, Nerves)

"A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths."
- Greg Walden
(Related: Peace, Wisdom, Inspiration, Encouraging, Strength, Freedom, Generations, Man, World)

"Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use."
- Thomas J. Watson
(Related: Power, Time, Wisdom, Knowledge)

"He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Wisdom, Instinct, Self)

"Wisdom begins at the end."
- Daniel Webster
(Related: Wisdom, End)

"For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom."
- John Webster
(Related: Wisdom, Folly)

"Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue."
- Edith Wharton
(Related: Experience, Life, Wisdom)

"I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth."
- Barry White
(Related: Wisdom, Truth, Knowledge, Gifts)

"I think in conventional magazine wisdom, you need to have a redesign every decade or so."
- Timothy White
(Related: Wisdom)

"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge)

"Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Ambition, Fame, Mankind)

"Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed."
- William Whitehead
(Related: Wisdom, Virtue, Ambition, Fame, Mankind)

"The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: Wisdom, Greatness, Being, Lies, Mind)

"The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it."
- Esther Williams
(Related: Time, Wisdom)

"And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God's loving wisdom become actualities - interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Wisdom, God, World)

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Time, Wisdom, People, Choices, Information, Right, Will, World)

"Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself."
- Tom Wilson
(Related: Age, Wisdom)

"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Wisdom, Wounds)

"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Wisdom)

"But no, I've just been very lucky. But I've worked hard, and the harder you work, the luckier you seem to get."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Work)

"At my age, the radiation will probably do me good."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Age, Will)

"All my boyhood, all I ever wanted was to be loved."
- Norman Wisdom
"I was in the band as a boy and was taught music and learned to compose."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Music)

"I've always had a sense of humour, and I still do, so I just want to go on performing as long as I can. It's as simple as that."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Sense, Want)

"I've an idea for doing a Situation Comedy myself but its always difficult to get people to listen to you because they like to put their own ideas forward."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: People, Idea, Ideas, Comedy)

"I've been extremely lucky having been in the army when I was a boy of fourteen."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Army)

"I've done seven shows at the Palladium - long running shows I'm talking about."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Running, Talking)

"I've got one idea I want to do for a film and you know I just enjoy myself doing bits and pieces."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Idea, Film, Want)

"In fact, one was so booked out we went from March and were to go till November, but the pantomime was booked so they transferred the show to the Prince of Wales Theatre because it was so packed out, and it ran on from there."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Fact, March, Theatre)

"Of course I've done musicals here in London."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: London)

"Such is life and life is such and after all it isn't much. First a cradle. Then a hearse. It might have been better, but it could have been worse."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Life, First)

"Well if I was going to describe my audience, it's going to take longer than you'd ever expect, hundreds of years in fact, because there's many of them, all over the world."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Fact, World, Years)

"As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: First, Memory)

"You know I've got a chum, a smashing mate, he's got a dog with no legs, and he calls it a cigarette. It's true, yeah, because at nighttime he has to take it out for a drag."
- Norman Wisdom
"I'm still constantly thinking of ideas. I don't feel 90. I think I'm about 12."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Ideas, Thinking)

"I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Circumstances, Parents)

"I was born in very sorry circumstances."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Circumstances)

"I was born in London, and went to school in Scotland - I used to be dead tired when I got home at night."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Home, London, Night, School, Scotland)

"I used to first go on to entertain an audience. But now I go, and this is really true - I go on to have fun with a crowd of my chums."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: First, Fun, Now)

"I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Play)

"I owe everything to the army."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Army)

"I like consistency. If you've had a childhood like mine, you want some things you can rely on to stay the same."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Consistency, Childhood, Want)

"I don't know nothing about communism. But I know the Albanians loved me. Same reason as anyone else loves me. Because I made them laugh."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Communism, Nothing, Reason)

"I do play drums when I'm on tour."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Play)

"It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed "Wisdom." And then I know exactly what is going to follow: "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.""
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(Related: Culture, Vanity)

"Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Wisdom, People, Television)

"I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others."
- John Woolman
(Related: God, Men, Wisdom, Truth, Cause, Fool, Simplicity)

"Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar."
- William Wordsworth
(Related: Wisdom)

"If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Wisdom, Suffering)

"Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Design, Wisdom, Thought, Action, Books, Conversation, Living, May, Nothing, Pride, Waste)

"There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source."
- Brigham Young
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Light, Possession)

"The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought."
- Edward Young
(Related: Wisdom, Wealth, Clouds, May, Titles)

"The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss."
- Edward Young
(Related: Wisdom, Remedies)

"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
(Related: Art, Life, Wisdom)

"Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious."
- Zhuangzi
(Related: Wisdom)

"Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous."
- Zhuang Zi
(Related: Wisdom, Speech)