Wisdom Quotes

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

Anger is blood, poured and perplexed into froth; but malice is the wisdom of our wrath.
William Davenant

Who knows for what we live, 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

Wisdom triumphs over chance
Juvenal

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

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

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

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

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

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 Keith Chesterton

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

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Democracy is cumbersome, slow and inefficient, but in due time, the voice of the people will be heard and their latent wisdom will prevail.
Anonymous

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 Haddon Spurgeon

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

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
Henry Miller

Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.
Walt Whitman

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

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

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
Wilson Mizner

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

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
Thomas J Watson

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent-that is what Wisdom wants us to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter J Lippmann

Effective questioning brings insight, which fuels curiosity, which cultivates wisdom.
Chip Bell

Pope Benedict XVI assumes leadership at a critical time in which the world's collective wisdom and leadership including that of the religious community is most important to face up to challenges of deepening poverty and under-development afflicting many people of the world.
Thabo Mbeki

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.
Sir Arthur Eddington

Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
John Denham

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

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Imannuel Kant

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles

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

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
George Eliot

Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.
Bergen Evans

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

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

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

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

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

Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure
Hannah More

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

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

It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says 'there is no wisdom without leisure.'
W B Yeats

Wisdom is oftimes nearer when we stoop, then when we soar.
William Wordsworth

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Besides the noble art of getting things done there is the art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang



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