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Some Wise Words from Some Wise People About Wisdom
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
-Ursula K. LeGuin
The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory.
-Truman Capote (Other Voices, Other Rooms, 1948)
Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
-H. G. Wells
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
Thought: Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways, but without material from the external world it is powerless, and unlike the sausage machine it must seize its material for itself, since events only become experiences through the interest we take in them; if they do not interest us, we are making nothing of them. The man, therefore, whose attention is turned within finds nothing worthy of his notice, whereas the man whose attention is turned outward can find within, in those rare moments when he examines his soul, the most varied and interesting assortment of ingredients being dissected and recombined into beautiful and instructive patterns.
-Bertrand Russell (The Conquest of Happiness)
FREE your MIND, your ASS will FOLLOW.
A successful person is a dreamer whom someone believed in.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Many a crown of wisdom is but the golden chamberpot of success, worn with pompous dignity.
There are many methods for predicting the future. For example, you can read horoscopes, tea leaves, tarot cards, or crystal balls. Collectively, these methods are known as 'nutty methods.' Or you can put well-researched facts into sophisticated computer models, more commonly referred to as "a complete waste of time.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
-Martin Luther King
I'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman. I think a poet is a workman. I think Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman.
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.
The size of a man (his wisdom) can be measured by the size of the things that make him angry.
Common sense is not so common.
No man was ever wise by chance.
The wise person questions himself, the fool others.
We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.