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Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo


The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte


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


Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. Witold Gombrowicz


Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein


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


It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca


A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself. Michel de Montaigne


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon


Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck


The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli


Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius


Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci


Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin









Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix


To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu


Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Hermann Hesse


We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy


There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes


Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. Leonard Nimoy


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait. Leo Tolstoy


A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. Pythagoras


Never say no twice if you mean it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust


Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Kahlil Gibran








Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. William A. Ward


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. Kahlil Gibran


A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. David Elton Trueblood


The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore De Balzac


He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. Mark Twain


Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory? Martin Farquhar Tupper


Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu


The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. Michel de Montaigne


Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers


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


The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates


Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. Thomas Moore




Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise. Paul Engle


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins


Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever


The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. Epictetus


Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof. Walt Whitman


Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles


Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions. Gerald Brenan


Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles




He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book. Benjamin Franklin


Stronger by weakness, wiser men become. Edmund Waller


Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way. George Crabbe


Reality – Dreams = Animal Being. Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache (usually called Idealism). Reality + Humor = Realism (also called Conservatism). Dreams – Humor = Fanaticism. Dreams + Humor = Fantasy. Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom. Lin Yutang


Fast thinking looks cool but it’s deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking. The Ancient Sage


Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. Horace


He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace


Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but 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 forth faith rather than reason. Hal Borland


Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Do what you will, withdraw to the mountains, sit in a forest, you cannot live in isolation. You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action. Right action comes in understanding relationship, which reveals the process of oneself. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, it is a field of affection, warmth, and love, therefore a field rich with flowers. Jiddu Krishnamurti


First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone. No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values. No one can lead you to wisdom. Jiddu Krishnamurti


Our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness. Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind’s limits. That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one’s own mind and heart. Jiddu Krishnamurti


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


Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. Herbert Hoover


If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near


The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen


One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go. Jane Fonda


Seek wisdom along with knowledge. Knowledge is words. Wisdom is silent. Knowledge is understanding what is seen. Wisdom is knowing what is not seen. Without knowledge, one could not play the violin. Without wisdom, one could not play the music. Thibaut


We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring. Alicia Keys


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


The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities. Louise L. Hay


Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself. Oprah Winfrey


Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey


Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Peter Guber


Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch


There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment. Shakti Gawain


Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do. Sri Sathya Sai Baba


If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. William Blake




Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. Alfred North Whitehead


Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson


One principle eliminates a thousand decisions. Johnny Uzan


Wisdom begins at the end. Daniel Webster


Wise it is to comprehend the whole. Edward Young


Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana


Wisdom never lies. Homer


Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio









Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. Josh Billings


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal


The wisest of the wise may err. Aeschylus


Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. Kay Redfield Jamison


Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth. Keith Miller


No man was ever wise by chance. Seneca


It is wiser to find out than to suppose. Mark Twain


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


Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey


Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato


Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. Plautus


Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates


The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Solomon Ibn Gabirol


Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles


The wise are those who know the Self. Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. Victor Hugo


Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Zhuangzi




The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension. Ezra Pound


As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. George Eliot


Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things. Heraclitus


Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying. Johannes Tauler


True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom


Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba


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


Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes


A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost




It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. Aeschylus


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France


Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht


Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg


Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. Charles Caleb Colton


Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. Doug Larson


It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. Anatole France


If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France


The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb. Drew Curtis


Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. E. E. Cummings


Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. Erma Bombeck


I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom. John Barrymore


In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool. Lord Chesterfield


It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. Menander


He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato


I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing. Neil Gaiman


Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. Rabindranath Tagore


To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. Samuel Johnson


If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. William Butler Yeats


Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. William Osler




I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France


The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom. Ed Miliband


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


All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. Johann Georg Hamann


Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven


Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. Swami Sivananda




I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. Terry Pratchett


The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world. Democritus


Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens. Edward de Bono


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. Ernest Hemingway


The animal acts and does not reflect. The indecisive man reflects and does not act. The average man reflects after he acts. The wise man reflects before he acts. The Stoic Emperor


Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire. Bhagavad Gita


Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. Bhagavad Gita


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. Mahatma Gandhi


The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought. Edward Young


The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true. Lactantius


We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. Dakota (Native American saying)


Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester. Francis Quarles


We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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








All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R. Tolkien


Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. Franz Grillparzer


Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target… which others cannot even see. Arthur Schopenhauer


Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. Gabriel Marcel


Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Leo Tolstoy


What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher


It’s wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. J. R. R. Tolkien


We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. Michel de Montaigne


The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable. Rabindranath Tagore


We can’t really digest food unless there’s hunger. So we can’t really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it. Radhanath Swami


Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance. William Blake


If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh


Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. Walter Benjamin


It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann


Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever


The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it. William Faulkner


In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. George Eliot




Who is wise in love, love most, say least. Alfred Lord Tennyson


Life is about execution rather than purpose. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived. Amy Grant


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


Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life. Aristophanes


A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens


Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. Arnold Palmer


You can’t be wise and in love at the same time. Bob Dylan


Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi


There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens


If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit. Charles Stanley


Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It’s not something you do just to advance in life. Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. As a corollary to that proposition which is very important, it means that you are hooked for lifetime learning. And without lifetime learning, you people are not going to do very well. You are not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you learn after you leave here. Charlie Munger


The good and the wise lead quiet lives. Euripides


It is necessary to take what is common as our guide; however, though this logic is universal, the many live as if each individual has his own private wisdom. Heraclitus


Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own. Heraclitus


Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose. Herbie Hancock


Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore De Balzac


The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov


Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. Josh Billings


Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Kahlil Gibran


Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color. Seneca


The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying. Norman Douglas


Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. Samuel Johnson


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. Samuel Smiles


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. Samuel Smiles




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


It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus


There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton


The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss. Edward Young


No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides. Baruch Spinoza


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus


It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. Epicurus


The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. Reinhold Niebuhr


Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


There is no happiness where there is no wisdom. Sophocles


The wise are cheerful and content with their lot in life. Sri Sathya Sai Baba


We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal. Thich Nhat Hanh


I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into – and an acceptance of – things. Tina Turner


Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them. That is the wisdom of life. W. Somerset Maugham




Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Complexity is enemy of execution. Tony Robbins


The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic


The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius


Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd. Kevin Barnett


Fools ignore complexity. Geniuses remove it. Alan Perlis


Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind. Albert Einstein


Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton


It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. Amelia Barr


Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus. Ann Voskamp


To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. Akhenaton


Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Isaac Newton


I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. Henry David Thoreau


Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. Henry David Thoreau


As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. Henry David Thoreau


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


In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding




To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. Jose Bergamin


Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do. Charles Stanley


Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King Jr


If we believe in a God at all, we must surely ascribe to him perfection of wisdom and perfection of goodness; we are then forced to conceive of Him – however strange it may sound to those who believe, not only without seeing but also without thinking – as without will, because He must always necessarily pursue the course which is wisest and best. Annie Besant


The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. Frederick William Robertson


God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola


The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion. Hermann Hesse


There is no such thing as human wisdom; all is the providence of God. John Adams


This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven. Joseph Barber Lightfoot


As you walk in God’s divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life. Joseph Prince


The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith Jr


The just man loves God for nothing, neither for this nor for that, and if God gave him wisdom or anything else he had to give, except himself, the just man would not look at it, nor would it be to his taste; for he wants nothing, seeks nothing, and has no reason for doing anything. Meister Eckhart


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr


Your task is to build a better world, God said. I answered, How? This world is such a large, vast place, and there’s nothing I can do that seems to matter. But God in all His wisdom said, just build a better you.




A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. Aristophanes


The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli


The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin


Uncertainty is the root of all progress and all growth. We cannot learn anything without first not knowing something. Mark Manson


The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell


The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr


The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan


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. Bertrand Russell


Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. Bodhidharma


Wisdom is not words written in some book. Wisdom is a costly acquisition. It comes from personally paying the price for one’s actions. It is iterated learning from years of experience. The Ancient Sage


Wisdom is achieved by keeping an open mind and a closed mouth. Ignorance is exposed by having an open mouth and a closed mind. Jim Stovall


The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. Milan Kundera


There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source. Brigham Young


Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next. Charles Simmons


Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon


There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. Daniel Dae Kim


No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Erica Jong


A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon


The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy. George Santayana


Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. George William Curtis


The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. James Altucher


Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. Heraclitus


You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom. Herbie Hancock


Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse


Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace


When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more. Mayim Bialik


An educator is not merely a giver of information; he is one who points the way to wisdom, to truth. Truth is far more important than the teacher. The search for truth is religion, and truth is of no country, of no creed, it is not to be found in any temple, church or mosque. Without the search for truth, society soon decays. Jiddu Krishnamurti


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. Kahlil Gibran


Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Laurence Sterne


If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia


There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. Ralph Waldo Emerson




If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. Nikki Giovanni


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


A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments. Ezra Stiles


Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. H. L. Mencken


I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done. Hillary Clinton


Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. Jimmy Carter


History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom. Daisaku Ikeda


The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society. Daisaku Ikeda


What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do. Neil Strauss


We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. Joe Baca


I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. John F. Kennedy


In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action. Louis D. Brandeis


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




All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas


To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. Augustine of Hippo


Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. Bertrand Russell


Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. Elbert Hubbard


The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it. Esther Williams


Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo


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


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


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


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken


A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. Herb Caen


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. Herman Melville


No wise man ever wished to be younger. Jonathan Swift


Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)


At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly. Mason Cooley


The wisdom of age: don’t stop walking. Mason Cooley


Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. Miguel de Cervantes


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


The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure. William Blake


The wise man does not grow old, but ripens. Victor Hugo




Action should culminate in wisdom. Bhagavad Gita


Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln


Wisdom comes only through suffering. Aeschylus


He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus


When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you face. Robert Greene


Advice for nearly everything: start slowly and maintain traction. Michael


The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami


If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible. T. Harv Ecker


True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance. Akhenaton


Experience is the only prophecy of wise men. Alphonse de Lamartine


Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracian


Only in recent history has working hard signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth. Archimedes


Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell


Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. Bill Clinton


Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom. Cat Cora


Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. Charles Caleb Colton


I don’t think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life. Elizabeth Gilbert


If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom. George Byron


How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise. Homer


Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go. Jean de La Fontaine


He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. J. R. R. Tolkien


Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained. Joseph Roux


Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. Lactantius


The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life. Larry Ellison


In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. Lucille Ball


We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. Seneca


To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch


Wisdom thoroughly learned, will never be forgotten. Pythagoras


A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. Roald Dahl


It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. Roger Ascham


All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. Winston Churchill




Truth builds trust. Marilyn Suttle


A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions. Arthur Ashe


Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller


Wisdom comes from experience, experience can be accelerated through short iterations. Naval Ravikant


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville


If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn


If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Malcolm X


If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass


If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. Steve Jobs


You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs


In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. Sun Tzu


Done is better than perfect. Sheryl Sandberg


Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. Criss Jami


To build a great company, which is a CEO’s job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom. Carly Fiorina


Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction. Sam Walton (Wal-Mart)


The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. Dwight D. Eisenhower


We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. E. O. Wilson


The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides


Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won’t work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom. Larry Ellison (Oracle)


Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all. Malcolm Forbes


The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things. Dean Inge


If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully. Thomas Fuller




Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. Erich Fromm


That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. Henry David Thoreau


Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt


He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all. Eleanor Roosevelt


Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Henry David Thoreau


The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson


Frugality includes all the other virtues. Cicero


Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley


Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value. Joe Biden


Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus






Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein


If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Albert Einstein


A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. Albert Einstein




Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle


The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Aristotle


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle


The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle


The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle




To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. Marcus Aurelius


You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius


Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius




A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee


In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. Bruce Lee


I cannot teach you, only help you to explore yourself, nothing more. Bruce Lee




Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha


The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha


Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. Buddha




They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius


By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius


Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius




By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. Democritus


Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. Democritus


Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus


Men find happiness neither by means of the body nor through possessions, but through uprightness and wisdom. Democritus


Believe not everything, but only what is proven: the former is foolish, the latter the act of a sensible man. Fools are shaped by the gifts of chance, but those who understand these things, by the gifts of wisdom. Democritus


Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions. Democritus




The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. Desiderius Erasmus


The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. Desiderius Erasmus


Prevention is better than cure. Desiderius Erasmus




He who overreaches will, in his overreaching, lose what he possesses, betray what he has now. Euripides


Cleverness is not wisdom. Euripides


Experience, travel. These are an education in themselves. Euripides


Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. Euripides


Knowledge is not wisdom: cleverness is not, not without awareness of our death, not without recalling just how brief our flare is. Euripides


Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise. Euripides




To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche


There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche


That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche




You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei


Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Galileo Galilei


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei




Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. Henry David Thoreau


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


Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. Henry David Thoreau




As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe




As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. King Solomon


A fool is wise in his eyes. King Solomon


Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. King Solomon


Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. King Solomon




Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu


He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. Lao Tzu


More Lao Tzu quotes




As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo Da Vinci


Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo Da Vinci


Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment. Leonardo Da Vinci


Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occasion of folly. Leonardo Da Vinci




Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo


Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. Michelangelo


If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo




Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato


Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato


Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato


The wisest have the most authority. Plato




Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well. Ralph Waldo Emerson


The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. Ralph Waldo Emerson




Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. Rene Descartes


I think; therefore I am. Rene Descartes


Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes




Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates


True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates


I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates




He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. Voltaire


Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother. Voltaire


Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? Voltaire




Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare


A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare


Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. William Shakespeare


It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare


There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself. William Shakespeare


Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise. William Shakespeare


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