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Quotes of Wisdom

Updated on April 10, 2012

What is Wisdom?

Wisdom is a hard word to define. People may think that wisdom only comes with age, but many psychologists define it as the self-knowledge that one gains throughout their life experiences. People will seek out a wise person for advice because they see that they are sincere and stand up for what they believe in.

In general, people who are wise are able to face problems head on in a calm manner with a truly optimistic outlook of life in general. These are many times those that have at one point in their lives hit rock bottom, yet through their own strength managed to come out on top of some pretty difficult life situations.

~ When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

~ Wisdom begins in wonder. ~ Socrates


~ No man ever became wise by chance. ~ Seneca

~ Wisdom sails with wind and time. ~ John Florio

~ The doors of wisdom are never shut. ~ Benjamin Franklin

~ Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.~ Dan Rather

~ Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

~ A mistake is simply another way of doing things. ~ Katharine Graham

~ Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~ Tom Wilson

~ As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. ~ Ben Hogan

~ Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

~ It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

~ We must become the change we want to see. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

~ Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

~ Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn

~ Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~ Henry Ford


~ Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein

~ Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you. ~ Tom Hopkins

~ No man was ever wise by chance. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

~ Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

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

~ The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. ~ Jean Paul

~ We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

~ Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. ~ Alan Kay

~ Winners never quit and quitters never win. ~ Vince Lombardi

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

~ There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. ~ Benjamin Franklin

~ Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~ Tom Wilson

~ To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Bertrand Russell

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

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

~ We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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~ The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.~ William James

~ The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. ~ Oscar Wilde

~ Wise men make more opportunities than they find. ~ Francis Bacon

~ I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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

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

~ When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ~ Confucius

~ Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~ Sandra Carey

~ A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance. ~ Gian Carlo Menotti

~ The wise speak only of what they know. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

~ Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu

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

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

~ A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice. ~ Bill Cosby

~ The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. ~ James Gibbons Huneker

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

~ The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. ~ Albert Einstein

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


~ The fool wonders, the wise man asks. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

~ Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. ~ Robert Gary Lee

~ The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. ~ Saint Augustine

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

~ Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." ~ Charles M. Schulz

~ Wisdom does not come overnight. ~ African Proverb

~ A loving heart is the truest wisdom. ~ Charles Dickens

~ The wise learn many things from their foes. ~ Aristophanes

~ Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives. ~ Aristophanes

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

~ Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

~ Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. ~ William Arthur Ward

~ 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

~ It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either. ~ Mark Twain

~ The fool wanders, a wise man travels. ~ Thomas Fuller


~ Wisdom never lies. ~ Homer

~ To know when to be generous and when to be firm, this is wisdom. ~ Elbert Hubbard

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

~ Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. ~ Margaret Mead

~ Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation. ~ Anonymous

~ Wisdom comes by disillusionment. ~ George Santayana

~ Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.~ Dale E. Turner

~ I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. ~ Antonio Gramsci

~ One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything. ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

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

~ As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely. ~ Madame de Stael

~ It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

~ The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not. ~ Bo Lozoff

~ The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth. ~ Pierre Abelard


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