Wisdom

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon
So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
- Thomas Jefferson
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
- Khalil Gibran
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
- Jimi Hendrix
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates
He who learns must suffer. 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
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
- Aristotle
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
- Aristotle
Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.
- Benjamin Franklin
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
- Plato
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Plato
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
- Plato
Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
- Bill Cosby
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
- Robert Frost
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
- Plato
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 Spurgeon
Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
- Plato
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
- H. L. Mencken
Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.
- Clifford Stoll
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
- Robert Kennedy
In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
- Lucille Ball
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- Francis of Assisi
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
- Erma Bombeck
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
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
- e. e. cummings
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
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
- Calvin Coolidge
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
- Epicurus
Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
- King Solomon
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
- Plutarch
Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.
- Johannes Tauler
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
- Rabindranath Tagore
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
- Immanuel Kant
Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.
- H. L. Mencken
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
- Thomas Carlyle
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
- Thomas Carlyle
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
- Thomas Paine
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
- Morihei Ueshiba
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
- Sigmund Freud
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.
- Henry Ward Beecher
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
- Andrew Jackson
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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