Wisdom Quotes

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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

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
Charlie Parker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another
Juvenal

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

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
Phyllis Theroux

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

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

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

Cleverness is not wisdom.
Euripides

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

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
William James

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

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

Wisdom triumphs over chance
Juvenal

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

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

The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin

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

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

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

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

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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



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