Wisdom Quotes

 A loving heart is the truest wisdom. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable. 
Author: William Byrd
Nationality: English
b. December 1543  - d.  December 1623
  
 A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. 
Author: Aristophanes
Nationality: Athenian
b. December 456  - d.  December 386
  
 A man should go on living if only to satisfy his curiosity. 
Author: Jewish Proverb
Nationality: Athenian   
 A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy. 
Author: Sir William Temple
Nationality: English
b. 25 April 1628  - d. 27 January 1699
  
 A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 A short saying oft contains much wisdom. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 A splendid land is never a happy land. Wherever there are palaces there are hovels. It should be our wisdom then in Australia, to have as few of either as possible. 
Author: Charles Harpur
Nationality: Australian
b. 23 January 1813  - d. 10 June 1868
  
 Above all, we must abolish hope in the heart of man. A calm despair, without angry convulsions, without reproaches to Heaven, is the essence of wisdom. 
Author: Alfred Victor de Vigny
Nationality: French
b. 27 March 1797  - d. 17 September 1863
  
 Age doesn't always bring wisdom.Sometimes age comes alone. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 Age is...wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. 
Author: James Garfield
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1831  - d. 19 September 1881
  
 All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope. 
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Nationality: French
b. 24 July 1803  - d. 5 December 1870
  
 Among the virtues some are primary, and some are subordinate to these. The following are the primary: Wisdom, courage, justice, temperance. 
Author: Zeno of Citium
Nationality: Greek
b. December 334  - d.  December 262
  
 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 
Tome: The Bible
Nationality: English   
 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. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 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. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 As long as you watch the way, As long as your steps are steady, As long as your wisdom is unimpaired, So long will you reap profit. 
Author: Acharya Nagarjuna
Nationality: Indian
b. December 150  - d.  December 250
  
 As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: Indian   
 Literatureity without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. 
Author: Anne Bradstreet
Nationality: English
b. December 1612  - d. 16 September 1672
  
 Be humble, if thou would'st attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered. 
Author: H. P. Blavatsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 July 1831  - d. 8 May 1891
  
 Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 Between the amateur and the professional...there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different psychological organization...A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom. 
Author: Bernard de Voto
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1897  - d. 13 November 1955
  
 Books give not wisdom where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more. 
Author: John Harrington
Nationality: English
b. December 1561  - d.  December 1612
  
 Boys are found everywhere - on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. 
Author: Allan Beck
Nationality: English
b. December 1942
  
 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. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 By and by when each nation has 20,000 battleships and 5,000,000 soldiers we shall all be safe and the wisdom of statesmanship will stand confirmed. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 By suffering comes wisdom. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is the easiest; And third, by experience, which is the bitterest. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 By wisdom wealth is won; But riches purchased wisdom yet for none. 
Author: Bayard Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1825  - d. 19 December 1878
  
 Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod, Or Love in a golden bowl? 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 Cleverness is not wisdom. 
Author: Euripides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 480  - d.  December 406
  
 Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. 
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nationality: English
b. 21 October 1772  - d. 25 July 1834
  
 Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 Cunning to wisdom is as an ape to man. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom. 
Author: Boyle Roche
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1736  - d. 5 June 1807
  
 Does the Eagle know what is in the pit? Or wilt thou go ask the Mole? Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod, Or Love in a golden bowl? 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom. 
Author: Dr. Morgan Scott Peck
Nationality: English
b. December 1936
  
 Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. 
Author: George Iles
Nationality: English   
 Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 Experience increases our wisdom but doesn't reduce our follies. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective.Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.Third, adjust all your means to that end. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Folly is wisdom spun too fine. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Force without wisdom falls of its own weight. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; Give me courage to change things which must be changed; And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 God in his wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. 
Author: William Saroyan
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1908  - d. 18 May 1981
  
 Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Gravity is only the bark of wisdom; but it preserves it. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom. 
Author: Greek Proverb
Nationality: Chinese   
 Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Happiness itself is sufficient excuse.Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods.Wise men have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it.The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a man's own breast.Trust thyself. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 He who breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. 
Author: J. R.R. Tolkien
Nationality: British
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 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. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 He's a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness,-an open and noble temper. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Heaven's eternal wisdom has decreed, that man should ever stand in need of man. 
Author: Theocritus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 300
  
 Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of wisdom. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life. 
Author: George Arliss
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1868  - d. 5 February 1946
  
 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. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day. 
Author: Heywood Campbell Broun
Nationality: American
b. 07 December 1888  - d. 18 December 1939
  
 If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn't be any old fools. 
Author: Claudia Young
Nationality: American   
 If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.  
Author: Cyril Connolly
Nationality: English
b. 10 September 1903  - d. 26 November 1974
  
 If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius. 
Author: Walter Savage Landor
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1775  - d. 17 September 1864
  
 If thou would'st have that stream of hard-earn'd knowledge, of Wisdom heaven-born, remain sweet running waters, thou should'st not leave it to become a stagnant pond. 
Author: H. P. Blavatsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 July 1831  - d. 8 May 1891
  
 In idle wishes fools supinely stay; Be there a will and wisdom finds the way. 
Author: George Crabbe
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1754  - d. 3 February 1832
  
 In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool. 
Author: Rabbi Ben Azai
Nationality: Israeli   
 In seeking Wisdom, the first stage is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching. 
Author: Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 1021  - d.  December 1058
  
 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. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. 
Author: George Eliot
Nationality: English
b. 22 November 1819  - d. 22 December 1880
  
 In youth and beauty wisdom is but rare! 
Author: Homer
Nationality: Greek   
 In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 In youth we learn; in age we understand. 
Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 13 September 1830  - d. 12 March 1916
  
 Incredulity is the wisdom of the fool. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 Is wisdom's root. 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 It is a commonplace that the characteristic virtue of Englishmen is their power sustained practical activity, and their characteristic vice a reluctance to test the quality of that activity by reference to principles. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 It is easy for men to write and talk like philosophers, But to act with wisdom, there is the rub! 
Author: Antoine de Rivarol
Nationality: French
b. 26 June 1753  - d. 11 April 1801
  
 It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 It is Genius that gets power; and its prime lieutenants are Force and Wisdom. The unruliest of men bend before the leader that has the sense to see and the will to do. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 It is no little wisdom for a man to keep himself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to him, and to turn his heart to God and not to be troubled with man's judgment. 
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Nationality: German
b. December 1380  - d.  December 1471
  
 It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. 
Author: Menander
Nationality: Greek
b. December 342  - d.  December 291
  
 It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 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. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 It is wonderful how preposterously the affairs of the world are managed. We assemble parliaments and councils to have the benefit of collected wisdom, but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices and private interests: for regulating commerce an assembly of great men is the greatest fool on earth. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss. 
Author: Sir Roger L'Estrange
Nationality: English
b. 17 December 1616  - d. 11 December 1704
  
 It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. 
Author: Walter Lippmann
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1889  - d. 14 December 1974
  
 It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it, and appropriately act on it. 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 Justice without wisdom is impossible. 
Author: James A. Froude
Nationality: English
b. 23 April 1818  - d. 20 October 1894
  
 Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. 
Author: Dr Theodore Isaac Rubin
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1936
  
 Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. 
Author: E. E. Cummings
Nationality: American
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1962
  
 Knowledge is convertible into power, and axioms into rules of utility and duty. But knowledge itself is not Power. Wisdom is Power; and her Prime Minister is Justice, which is the perfected law of Truth. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 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. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. 
Author: Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
Nationality: English
b. 21 April 1926
  
 Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it. 
Author: Robbie Gass
Nationality: English   
 Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Man is never helped in his suffering by what he thinks for himself, but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than his own. It is this which lifts him out of his distress. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Memory is the mother of all wisdom. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars. 
Author: Heraclitus of Ephesus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 540  - d.  December 480
  
 Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom inspite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches him this. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads.One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.The other, to total extinction.Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads.One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction.Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use. 
Author: Antoine Marie de Saint-Exupéry
Nationality: French
b. 29 June 1900  - d. 31 July 1944
  
 Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next. 
Author: Charles Simmons
Nationality: American   
 Mystery is the wisdom of blockheads. 
Author: Horace Walpole
Nationality: English
b. December 1717  - d.  December 1797
  
 Nature is what we know - yet have not art to say - so impotent our wisdom is to her simplicity. 
Author: Emily Dickinson
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1830  - d. 15 May 1886
  
 Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another. 
Author: Juvenal
Nationality: Roman
b. December 60  - d.  December 140
  
 Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom. 
Author: Dee W. Hock
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life. 
Author: Sandra Carey
Nationality: American   
 Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. 
Author: Titus Maccius Plautus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 254  - d.  December 184
  
 Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed; courage to change what should be changed, And wisdom to distinguish one from the other. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 O sacred solitude! divine retreat! Choice of the prudent! envy of the great! By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade, We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 Observation, not old age, brings wisdom. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 There have been four sorts of ages in the world's history. There have been ages when everybody thought they knew everything, ages when nobody thought they knew anything, ages when clever people thought they knew much and stupid people thought they knew little, and ages when stupid people thought they knew much and clever people thought they knew little. The first sort of age is one of stability, the second of slow decay, the third of progress, the fourth of disaster. All primitive ages belong to the first sort: no one has any doubt as to the tribal religion, the wisdom of ancient customs, or the magic by which good crops are to be secured; consequently everyone is happy in the absence of some tangible reason, such as starvation, for being unhappy. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 One cannot have wisdom without living life. 
Author: Dorothy Lawson McCall
Nationality: British   
 One man's justice is another's injustice; one man's beauty another's ugliness; one man's wisdom another's folly. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired. 
Author: Joseph Roux
Nationality: French
b. December 1834  - d.  December 1886
  
 Our feeling of ignorance, vanity, want, weakness, in short, depravity and corruption, reminds us that in the Lord, and none but He, dwell the true light of wisdom, solid virtue, exuberant goodness. 
Author: John Calvin
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1509  - d. 27 May 1564
  
 Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 Our wisdom and deliberation for the most part follow the lead of chance. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. 
Author: John Patrick
Nationality: American
b. 17 May 1905  - d. 7 February 1995
  
 Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Patience is the companion of wisdom. 
Author: Saint Augustine
Nationality: Numidian
b. 13 November 354  - d. 28 August 430
  
 People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older. 
Author: Sydney J. Harris
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1917  - d. 08 December 1986
  
 Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom. 
Author: Bernard de Voto
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1897  - d. 13 November 1955
  
 Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: Roman   
 Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Same-sex marriages. The name implies that the value of heterosexual marriages goes down once you let homosexuals into the institution There goes the neighborhood. I don't buy this realtor's view of relationships. Gay and lesbian couples who want to wed aren't trying to assail the grounds for marriage. They're trying to share them. If anything, they want to stabilize the gay community. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers. 
Author: Sir Arthur Eddington
Nationality: English
b. December 1882  - d.  December 1944
  
 Science says: 'We must live,' and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says: 'We must die,' and seeks how to make us die well. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom. 
Author: Laurence Sterne
Nationality: English
b. 24 November 1713  - d. 18 March 1768
  
 Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence... too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Some people come into our lives and quickly go.Some people move our souls to dance.They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.They stay in our lives for awhile. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Speak to me not of policies, They are but sand in the wind, Speak to me of philosophies, They are the rocks of solid wisdom. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Studies teach not their own use; that is a wisdom without them and above them, won by observation. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 That is indeed twofold knowledge, which profits alike By the folly of the foolish, and the wisdom of the wise. It is both a shield and a sword; it borrows its security from the darkness, and its confidence from the light. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may easily untie. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 The biggest difficulty with mankind today is that our knowledge has increased so much faster than our wisdom. 
Author: Frank C. Whitmore
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1947
  
 The bird of wisdom flies low, and seeks her food under hedges; the eagle himself would be starved if he always soared aloft and against the sun. 
Author: Walter Savage Landor
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1775  - d. 17 September 1864
  
 The clouds may drop down titles and estates, wealth may seek us; but wisdom must be sought. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant, and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind, men and women who are just, and understanding, and generous to others, men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves. For they are the rulers and they must rule themselves. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 The delegation of the government, in a republic, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest... is to refine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The divine essence itself is love and wisdom. 
Author: Emanuel Swedenborg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 8 February 1688  - d. 29 March 1772
  
 The doors of wisdom are never shut. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it. 
Author: William Faulkner
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1897  - d. 06 July 1962
  
 The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.  
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning, we arrive at truth. 
Author: Peter Abélard
Nationality: French
b. December 1079  - d. 21 April 1142
  
 The first sigh of love is the last of wisdom. 
Author: Antoine Bret
Nationality: French
b. 9 July 1717  - d. 25 February 1792
  
 The good want power, but to weep barren tears. The powerful goodness want: worse need for them. The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom; And all best things are thus confused to ill. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 The highest of wisdom is continual cheerfulness: such a state, like the region above the moon, is always clear and serene. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The King of Truth is the king of kings. His ancestry is of the purest and the highest. He not only rules the four quarters of the world, but he is also Lord of Wisdom and Protector of all Virtuous Teachings. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 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. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 The mental disease of the present generation is impatience of study, contempt of the great masters of ancient wisdom, and a disposition to rely wholly upon unassisted genius and natural sagacity. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The middle path is the way to wisdom. 
Author: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi
Nationality: Persian
b. 30 September 1207  - d. 17 December 1273
  
 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.  
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The most evident token and apparent sign of true wisdom is a constant and unconstrained rejoicing. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar judgements - success. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The power is yours, but not the sight; You see not upon what you tread; You have the ages for your guide, But not the wisdom to be led. 
Author: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Nationality: American
b. 22 December 1869  - d. 6 April 1935
  
 The proper method for hastening the decay of error is... by teaching every man to think for himself. 
Author: William Godwin
Nationality: English
b. 3 March 1756  - d. 7 April 1836
  
 The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere. 
Author: Russell Lynes
Nationality: American
b. December 1910  - d.  December 1991
  
 The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 The sayings of the old folks, are compact wisdom. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom. 
Author: Jean Bodin
Nationality: French
b. December 1530  - d.  December 1596
  
 The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying. 
Author: Bishop Jeremy Taylor
Nationality: English
b. December 1613  - d. 13 August 1667
  
 The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 The teachings of elegant sayings Should be collected when one can. For the supreme gift of words of wisdom, Any price will be paid. 
Author: Acharya Nagarjuna
Nationality: Indian
b. December 150  - d.  December 250
  
 The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. 
Author: Hal Glen Borland
Nationality: American
b. 14 May 1900  - d. 22 February 1978
  
 The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. 
Author: Lin Yutang
Nationality: Chinese
b. 10 October 1895  - d. 26 March 1976
  
 The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. 
Author: Andrew Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1767  - d. 8 June 1845
  
 The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages may be preserved by quotation. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. 
Author: William Feather
Nationality: American
b. 25 August 1889  - d. 7 January 1981
  
 The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete skeptics in religion. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 There are more fools than wise men; and even in wise men, more folly than wisdom. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 There are times when fear is good.It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: A man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. 
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 There is gravity in wisdom, but no particular wisdom in gravity. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom. 
Author: Andrew Bonar Law
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1858  - d. 30 October 1923
  
 There is no wisdom like frankness. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; But he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 There's no joy even in beautiful Wisdom, unless one have holy Health. 
Author: Simonides of Ceos
Nationality: Greek
b. December 556  - d.  December 468
  
 They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 They whom truth and wisdom lead Can gather honey from a weed. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 Thou Graybeard, old Wisdom, mayst boast of thy treasures; Give me with young Folly to live; I grant thee thy calm-blooded, time-settled pleasures; But Folly has raptures to give. 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. 
Author: Marilyn vos Savant
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1946
  
 To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know and the best philosophy is to do one's duties, take the world as it comes submit respectfully to one's lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is; and despise affectation. 
Author: Horace Walpole
Nationality: English
b. December 1717  - d.  December 1797
  
 To admit ignorance is to exhibit wisdom. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; But so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, And one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 To know others is wisdom, to know oneself is enlightenment. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To learn moderation is the essence of sound sense and real wisdom. 
Author: Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
Nationality: French
b. 27 September 1627  - d. 12 April 1704
  
 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. 
Author: Archimedes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 287  - d.  December 212
  
 To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it. 
Author: John Churton Collins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1848  - d. 25 September 1908
  
 True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come. 
Author: Terence
Nationality: Roman
b. December 185  - d.  December 159
  
 Truth and the knowledge of the ages are often the hardest and most intangible thing to learn in life. But, once comprehended and fully understood, they will provide the possessor with a wealth of wisdom and insight more valuable than both gold and diamonds combined. 
Author: Joseph P. Martino
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it. Everyone must decide whether he wants the uncompromising truth or a counterfeit version of truth. Real wisdom consists of recommending the truth to yourself at every opportunity. 
Author: Vernon Linwood Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1918  - d.  December 1992
  
 Twenty-four hours: to give relief workers a safe interlude for the provision of vital services; to offer mediators a building block towards a wider truce; to allow all those engaged in conflict to reconsider the wisdom of further violence. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 Virtue consists in avoiding vice, and is the highest wisdom. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 War challenges virtually every other institution of society - the justice and equity of its economy, the adequacy of its political systems, the energy of its productive plant, the bases, wisdom and purposes of its foreign policy. 
Author: Walter Millis
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1899  - d. 17 March 1968
  
 We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 We judge of man's wisdom by his hope. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. 
Author: Stephen Vincent Benét
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1898  - d. 13 March 1943
  
 What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing. 
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Nationality: English
b. December 1343  - d. 25 October 1400
  
 What is strength without a double share of wisdom? Vast, unwieldy, burdensome, proudly secure, yet liable to fall by weakest subtleties; strength's not made to rule, but to subserve, where wisdom bears command. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 What we do upon a great occasion will probably depend upon what we already are; what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline, under the grace of Christ or the absence of it. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 When men have gone so far as to talk as though their idols have come to life, it is time that someone broke them. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. 
Author: Hugh Lawson White
Nationality: American
b. December 1773  - d.  December 1840
  
 Where duty is plain delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. 
Author: Lactantius
Nationality: Latin
b. December 240  - d.  December 3320
  
 Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt. 
Author: St. Francis of Assisi
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1182  - d.  December 1226
  
 Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, Obtained with labour, for mankind employed, And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. 
Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1861  - d. 30 December 1947
  
 Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 Wisdom comes alone through suffering. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means. 
Author: Francis Hutcheson
Nationality: Irish
b. 8 August 1694  - d. 8 August 1746
  
 Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 Wisdom is more precious than rubies. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 Wisdom is oft times nearer when we stoop Than when we soar. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Wisdom is only found in truth. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune. 
Author: Juvenal
Nationality: Roman
b. December 60  - d.  December 140
  
 Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions. 
Author: Cullen Hightower
Nationality: French   
 Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next. 
Author: Herbert Clark Hoover
Nationality: American
b. 10 August 1874  - d. 20 October 1964
  
 Wisdom outweighs any wealth. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity. 
Author: Benno C. Schmidt Jr.
Nationality: American   
 Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 You should always learn, with life comes wisdom and with wisdom comes the courage to live your life selflessly. The more you learn about yourself and the experiences surrounding your life the more opportunities you have to make your life better and more fulfilling. 
Author: Amy Candy
Nationality: German   
 Of all our possessions, wisdom alone is immortal.  
Author: Isocrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 436  - d.  December 338
  
 It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.  
Author: Dee W. Hock
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. 
Author: Dr. Martin Henry Fischer
Nationality: American
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1962
  
 We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice. 
Author: Jack Herbert
Nationality: American
b. December 1891  - d.  December 1957
  
 Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.  
Author: Myrtle Reed
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1874  - d. 17 August 1911
  
 We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance. 
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 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. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.  
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. 
Author: Edith Wharton
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1862  - d. 11 August 1937
  
 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. 
Author: Lin Yutang
Nationality: Chinese
b. 10 October 1895  - d. 26 March 1976
  
 Intellectual life was enormously affected by an understandable revulsion to Nazism, with its pseudoscientific theories of race, and its equally nonsensical glorification of conflict as part of the evolutionary wisdom of nature. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 The old - like children - talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one's secrets are one's own! 
Author: Sean O'Casey
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 March 1880  - d. 18 September 1964
  
 I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it. 
Author: Doug Larson
Nationality: American
b. December 1902  - d.  December 1981
  
 Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. 
Author: Doug Larson
Nationality: American
b. December 1902  - d.  December 1981
  
 The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. 
Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Nationality: English
b. 29 September 1810  - d. 12 November 1865
  
 Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.  
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. 
Author: Isaac Asimov
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 January 1920  - d. 6 April 1992
  
 The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. 
Author: Pierre Charron
Nationality: French
b. December 1541  - d. 16 November 1603
  
 If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. 
Author: Omar Bradley
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1893
  
 The war was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides. 
Author: Robert E. Lee
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1807  - d. 12 September 1870
  
 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. 
Author: Robert E. Lee
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1807  - d. 12 September 1870
  
 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.  
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 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. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation? 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. 
Author: Pietro Aretino
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 April 1492  - d. 21 October 1556
  
 Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.  
Author: Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Nationality: Israeli
b. 17 June 1888  - d. 17 February 1970
  
 Knowledge is the consequence of time, and multitude of days are fittest to teach wisdom.  
Author: Jeremy Collier
Nationality: English
b. 23 September 1650  - d. 26 April 1726
  
 I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom. 
Author: John Barrymore
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1882  - d. 29 May 1942
  
 Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis. 
Author: Mary Kay Ash
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1918  - d. 22 November 2001
  
 In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 Kindness is wisdom. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 Turn your wounds into wisdom. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 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. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 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. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 The wisdom of age: don't stop walking. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 This policy may last some time, but in the end under it we shall have to give way - we are only putting off the evil day; the one real remedy is birth control, that is getting the people of the world to limit themselves to those numbers which they can keep upon their own soil... I do not see how we can hope permanently to be strong enough to keep the coloured races out; sooner or later they are bound to overflow, so the best we can do is to hope that those nations will see the wisdom of Birth Control.... We need a strong international Literatureity. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent 
Author: Dick Cheney
Nationality: British
b. 30 January 1941
  
 Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 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. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.  
Author: William Osler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 July 1849  - d. 29 December 1919
  
 In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. 
Author: Lucille Ball
Nationality: American
b. 6 August 1911  - d. 26 April 1989
  
 Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. 
Author: Phil Douglas Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1945
  
 It's very hard to know what wisdom is. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. 
Author: Leo Buscaglia
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1924  - d. 11 June 1998
  
 A book is a mirror. if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out. We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Beauty and wisdom are rarely conjoined. 
Author: Petronius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 2  - d.  December 66
  
 The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. 
Author: Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 1021  - d.  December 1058
  
 Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 How different is Christianity to the pure and simple profession of Deism! The true Deist has but one Deity, and his religion consists in contemplating the power, wisdom, and benignity of the Deity in his works, and in endeavoring to imitate him in everything moral, scientifical, and mechanical. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 The sayings of Muhammad are a treasure of wisdom, not only for Muslims but for all of mankind. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart. 
Author: Michael Caine
Nationality: British
b. 14 March 1933
  
 It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ''Wisdom.'' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ''Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'' 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 Thanks for the kind words. U do know me, we should get together sometime, so I can show you the path to real wisdom and meditation. 
Author: Dion Paul De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 6 May 1970
  
 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. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel. 
Author: Jane Porter
Nationality: English
b. December 1776  - d.  December 1850
  
 We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. 
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 There is for a free man no occupation more worthy and delightful than to contemplate the beauteous works of nature and honour the infinite wisdom and goodness of God. 
Author: John Ray
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1627  - d. 17 January 1705
  
 The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, Unerring wisdom never dwelt below; Folly in all of every age we see, The only difference lies in the degree. 
Author: Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux
Nationality: French
b. December 1636  - d.  December 1711
  
 The Lord in His wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.  
Author: Sir Arthur Helps
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1813  - d. 7 March 1875
  
 Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. 
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise. 
Author: Quintus Ennius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 239  - d.  December 169
  
 There is a tendency to mistake data for wisdom, just as there has always been a tendency to confuse logic with values, intelligence with insight. Unobstructed access to facts can produce unlimited good only if it is matched by the desire and ability to find out what they mean and where they lead. Facts are terrible things if left sprawling and unattended. They are too easily regarded as evaluated certainties rather than as the rawest of raw materials crying to be processed into the texture of logic. It requires a very unusual mind, Whitehead said, to undertake the analysis of a fact. The computer can provide a correct number, but it may be an irrelevant number until judgment is pronounced. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school. 
Author: Thomas Dekker
Nationality: English
b. December 1572  - d.  December 1632
  
 A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one. 
Author: Lord John Russell
Nationality: English
b. 18 August 1792  - d. 28 May 1878
  
 The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be perpetuated by quotation. 
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
Nationality: English
b. 11 May 1766  - d. 19 January 1848
  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Perhaps we should warn you that there is one thing you won't read, and that is a pat answer for the problems of life. We don't pretend to make this a spiritual or psychological patent-medicine chest where one can come and get a pill of wisdom, to be swallowed like an aspirin, to banish the headaches of our times. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 I have no technical advice or counsel to offer those of you who labor in this vineyard that produces words and pictures. You will forgive me for not telling you that instruments with which you work are miraculous, that your responsibility is unprecedented or that your aspirations are frequently frustrated. It is not necessary to remind you that the fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other. All of these things you know. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.  
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. 
Collaboration: The Beatles
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1970   
 A village in a country which is taking pains to become altogether standardized and pure, which aspires to succeed Victorian England as the chief mediocrity of the world, is no longer merely provincial, no longer downy and restful in its leaf-shadowed ignorance. It is a force seeking to conquer the earth. Sure of itself, it bullies other civilizations, as a traveling salesman in a brown derby conquers the wisdom of China and tacks advertisements of cigarettes over arches for centuries dedicate to the sayings of Confucius. Such a society functions admirably in the production of cheap automobiles, dollar watches, and safety razors. But it is not satisfied until the entire world also admits that the end and joyous purpose of living is to ride in flivvers, to make advertising-pictures of dollar watches, and in the twilight to sit talking not of love and courage but of the convenience of safety razors. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 In the study of the profession to which he had looked forward all his life he found irritation and vacuity as well as serene wisdom; he saw no one clear path to Truth but a thousand paths to a thousand truths far-off and doubtful. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 He preached to himself, as Max Gottlieb had once preached to him, the loyalty of dissent, the faith of being very doubtful, the gospel of not bawling gospels, the wisdom of admitting the probable ignorance of one's self and of everybody else, and the energetic acceleration of a Movement for going very slow. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgement, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Our anti-Communism came to us neither as the fruit of a special wisdom nor as a humiliating awakening from a prolonged deception, but as a natural event, the product of chance and propinquity. One thing followed another, and the will had little to say about it. For my part, during that year, I realized, with a certain wistfulness, that it was too late for me to become any kind of Marxist. Marxism, I saw, from the learned young man I listened to at Committee meetings, was something you had to take up young, like ballet dancing. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 My Prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently daily, and often many times per day to permit me to speak to him through the three great Kingdoms of the world, which he has created, viz. - the Animal, Mineral, and Vegetable Kingdoms; their relations to each other, to us, our relations to them and the Great God who made all of us. I ask him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding and bodily strength to do His will, hence I am asking and receiving all the time. 
Author: George Washington Carver
Nationality: American
b. January 1864  - d. 5 January 1943
  
 Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. 
Author: John Cheever
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1912  - d. 18 June 1982
  
 The subject of philosophy is very ancient. The word means: "The love, study or pursuit of wisdom, or of knowledge of things and their causes, whether theoretical or practical." All we know of science or of religion comes from philosophy. It lies behind and above all other knowledge we have or use. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 I have lived no cloistered life and hold in contempt the wise man who has not lived and the scholar who will not share. There have been many wiser men than I, but few have traveled as much road. I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Convince a man that he is an animal, that his own dignity and self-respect are delusions, that there is no 'beyond' to aspire to, no higher potential self to achieve, and you have a slave. Let a man know he is himself, a spiritual being, that he is capable of the power of choice and has the right to aspire to greater wisdom and you have started him up a higher road. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 A wealth of silence, that is all. The air Lacks life and holds no hint of tender spring, Of flowers wholesome-blowing, birds a-wing, Of any creature much-alive and fair. Perhaps you guess a murmur here and there Among the tomes, each book a gossip thing, And each in her own tongue, -yet slumbering Seems more the bookish fashion everywhere. And yet, could but the souls take flesh again That wrought these words, their hearts all passion-swirled, What companies would flock and fill the stage, Resuming now their old, imperious reign, Knight, noble, lady, priest, the saint, and sage, The valor, bloom, and wisdom of a world! 
Author: Richard E. Burton
Nationality: American
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1940
  
 From the Divine, Eternal Spirit springs Order and Rule and Rectitude of Things, Thro' outward Nature, His Apparent Throne, Visibly seen, intelligibly known, - Proofs of a Boundless Pow'r, a Wisdom's Aid, By Goodness us'd, Eternal and Unmade. 
Author: John Byrom
Nationality: English
b. 29 February 1692  - d. 26 September 1763
  
 Books should to one of these four ends conduce, For wisdom, piety, delight, or use. 
Author: John Denham
Nationality: English
b. December 1615  - d. 10 March 1669
  
 Knowledge comes, but wisdom stays. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 When we see what we were on Earth and what we leave behind Only silence is great; everything else is weakness. 
Author: Alfred Victor de Vigny
Nationality: French
b. 27 March 1797  - d. 17 September 1863
  
 Freedom for the pike is death to the minnows. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Democracy is unstable as a political system as long as it remains a political system and nothing more, instead of being, as it should be, not only a form of government but a type of society, and a manner of life which is in harmony with that type. To make it a type of society requires an advance along two lines. It involves, in the first place, the resolute elimination of all forms of special privilege which favour some groups and depress other, whether their source be differences of environment, of education, or of pecuniary income. It involves, in the second place, the conversion of economic power, now often an irresponsible tyrant, into a servant of society, working within clearly defined limits and accountable for its actions to a public authority. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 If preachers have not yet overtly identified themselves with the view of the natural man, expressed by an eighteenth-century writer in the words, trade is one thing and religion is another, they imply a not very different conclusion by their silence as to the possibility of collisions between them. The characteristic doctrine was one, in fact, which left little room for religious teaching as to economic morality, because it anticipated the theory, later epitomized by Adam Smith in his famous reference to the invisible hand, which saw in economic self-interest the operation of a providential plan. The existing order, except in so far as the short-sighted enactments of Governments interfered with it, was the natural order, and the order established by nature was the order established by God. Most educated men, in the middle of the 18th century, would have found their philosophy expressed in the lines of Pope: Thus God and Nature formed the general frame, And bade self-love and social be the same. Naturally, again, such an attitude precluded a critical examination of institutions, and left as the sphere of Christian charity only those parts of life which could be reserved for philanthropy, precisely because they fell outside that larger area of normal human relations, in which the promptings of self-interest provided an all-sufficient motive and rule of conduct 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 If a man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 Clever men are impressed in their differences from their fellows. Wise men are conscious of their resemblance to them. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Americans once expected parents to raise their children in accordance with the dominant cultural messages. Today they are expected to raise their children in opposition to them. Once the chorus of cultural values was full of ministers, teachers, neighbors, leaders. They demanded more conformity, but offered more support. Now the messengers are violent cartoon characters, rappers and celebrities selling sneakers. Parents are considered "responsible" only if they are successful in their resistance. That's what makes child-raising harder. It's not just that American families have less time with their kids; it's that we have to spend more of this time doing battle with our own culture. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I began to realize that life is a growth stage I'm going through. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 In the biotech revolution, it is the human body, not iron or steel or plastic, that's at the source. Are the biocapitalists going to be allowed to dig without consent into our genetic codes, then market them? 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience- unless they are still up. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Things keep changing and things keep happening. I never really run out of ideas. I guess as long as I'm interested, I'll be interesting. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook? 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We owned what we learned back there; the experience and the growth are grafted into our lives. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . ., not looking for flaws, but for potential. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise. 
Author: Paul Engle
Nationality: American
b. 12 October 1908  - d.  December 1991
  




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