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Quotations: Wisdom

The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
Pierre Abelard

Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another.
Mary Catherine Bateson

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benét

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
George Burns

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
Rachel Carson

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Cicero

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Cooper

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Norman Cousins

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.
Stephen Covey

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.
Marlene Dietrich

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.
Isaac D'Israeli

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
Tryon Edwards

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin Fischer

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.
Mohandas Gandhi

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Baltasar Gracian

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sydney J. Harris

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil.
Robert Heinlein

To know when to be generous and when firm—that is wisdom.
Elbert Hubbard

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Robert Green Ingersoll

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson

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

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Helen Keller

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. On Being a Teacher
Jonathan Kozol

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Sam Levenson

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

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Groucho Marx

Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.
William Menninger

The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.
Marcel Proust

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

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Rubin

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
George Santayana

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
William Saroyan

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
George Bernard Shaw

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.
Stephen Sigmund

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Wallace Stegner

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
Henry David Thoreau

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.
Mark Twain

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Wharton

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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