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Not till the fire is dying in the grate, Look we for any kinship with the stars. Oh, wisdom never comes when it is gold, And the great price we paid for it full worth: We have it only when we are half earth. Little avails that coinage to the old!
Golda Meir

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

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

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

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Georg Lichtenberg

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles

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

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

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

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

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
Graham Greene

Wisdom sails with wind and time
John Florio

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

A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it.
Richard De Bury

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

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

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

The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin

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

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it.
Mark Twain

Cleverness is not wisdom.
Euripides

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
Josh Billings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 triumphs over chance
Juvenal

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

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

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

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

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
Elizabeth Gaskell

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

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

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

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

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

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation.
Isaac Disraeli

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



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