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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

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

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

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
Sophocles

Dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?
Count Oxenstierna

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

Cleverness is not wisdom.
Euripides

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way (A Tale of Two Cities)
Charles Dickens

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

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Kahlil Gibran

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

Union of the weakest develops strength not wisdom. Can all men, together, avenge one of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.
Wallace Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.
Josh Billings

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

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

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

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

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late
Felix Frankfurter

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

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
Galbraith

Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles.
Estelle Getty

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

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

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

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
William James

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

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

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

The young boys that went to Athens, the first year, were wise men; the second year, philosophers, lovers of wisdom; the third year, mere orators; and the fourth but plebeians, and understood nothing but their own ignorance.
Menedemus

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. [Thus speaks the great philosopher]
Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
Francis Quarles

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

Wisdom triumphs over chance
Juvenal

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

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Epicurus

They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.
Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realises that his wisdom is worthless
Plato

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

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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



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