Wisdom

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley
Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
- Ambrose Bierce
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
- E. O. Wilson
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
- Ansel Adams
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
- Plutarch
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
- William Butler Yeats
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.
- Theodore Dreiser
We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.
- Robert E. Lee
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
- Carl Sandburg
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
- William Blake
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
- Honore de Balzac
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
- George Eliot
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
- Anatole France
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
- George Eliot
Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution.
- Mitt Romney
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
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.
- Greg Anderson
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.
- William Butler Yeats
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 K. Chesterton
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
- Samuel Johnson
The war... was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
- Robert E. Lee
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
- Euripides
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.
- Bo Bennett
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
- James Allen
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
- Samuel Johnson
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
- Aeschylus
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
- Francis Bacon
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
- Anatole France
I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.
- John Keats
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
- William Blake
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
- Theodore Isaac Rubin
I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
- Brigitte Bardot
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
- William Osler
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
- Thomas J. Watson
In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!
- Homer
Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom.
- Rush Limbaugh
If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit.
- Charles Stanley
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
- Walter Scott
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
- Henry Miller
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
- Sophocles
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
- Charles Caleb Colton
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
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
- Zhuangzi
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
- Sophocles
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