Wisdom Quotes

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Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
Samuel Smiles

We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.
William O Douglas

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Cleverness is not wisdom.
Euripides

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

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise
Quintus Ennius

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Dave Barry

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
Edmund Burke

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

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.
W B Yeats

Evil can be a teacher, if you look at the wisdom of its negative power.
Tom Brown Jr

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

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Titus Maccius Plautus

Do you know how to establish, regulate and direct the metabolism of your body? The assimilation of foodstuff so that it builds muscles, bones and flesh? No, you don't know how consciously, but there is a wisdom within you that does know.
Donald Curtis

The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
Norman Douglas

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
Orison Swett Marden

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
Havelock Ellis

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

He is a man of great wisdom and knowledge. He is a man who serves the Lord.

We remember well a sermon at the pope's funeral in Rome. His words touched our hearts and the hearts of millions. We join with our fellow citizens and millions around the world who pray for continuous strength and wisdom. [on Pope Benedict XVI]
George Bush

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

Books of quotations are an elemental model of how culture is perpetuated, the wisdom of the trite passed on to posterity, to be added to, edited, and modified by subsequent generations.
Robert Andrews

Might I have had my own will, I would not have married Wisdom herself, if she would have had me
Montaigne

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Aristotle

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Ansel Adams

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. [Including music?]
Billy Ray Cyrus

Old age deprives the intelligent man only of qualities useless to wisdom
Joseph Joubert

Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.
William R Alger

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

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

The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
Peter Abelard

Tell me what you find better, or more honourable than age. Is not wisdom entailed upon it? Take the pre-eminence of it in everything; and in an old friend, in old wine, in an old pedigree
Shackerley Marmion

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.
Kahlil Gibran

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
Adlai Stevenson

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
Lord John Russell

Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another
Juvenal

Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
Francis Hutcheson

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

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful to seek other than itself.
Kahlil Gibran

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.
Francis Quarles

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure
William Saroyan

Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
Lord Byron

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe (The Birds)
Aristophanes

The increasing influence of the Bible is marvelously great, penetrating everywhere. It carries with it a tremendous power of freedom and justice guided by a combined force of wisdom and goodness
David Moir

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
Lucille Ball

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Sir Walter Scott

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Bertolt Brecht



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