What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

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  1. Vellur profile image88
    Vellurposted 5 years ago

    What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

  2. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    Although both can be used interchangeably, knowledge comes from academic study or experience. Wisdom is knowing how to utilize that knowledge to make it meaningful in life.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that is true.

  3. Victoria Lynn profile image88
    Victoria Lynnposted 5 years ago

    Neat question, Vellur. I think the simplest answer is that knowledge is the accumulation of what a person learns (history, facts, etc . . . ) over time, while wisdom is a another type of knowing developed through knowledge and/or experiences. A person can have a lot of knowledge through simply learning things but have little wisdom if he or she doesn't learn from experiences and actions. A person can acquire knowledge in life and through college, while wisdom can be acquired through experiences, often without formal education. Knowledge is simply knowledge without wisdom. Wisdom is discerning, as it can take knowledge or experiences and learn from them. A person can share facts through knowledge but advice through wisdom.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well said, advice does need wisdom.

  4. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is just a collection of facts and information. Wisdom is knowing how to apply those facts to solve daily problems. You can have knowledge without wisdom; so also can you can have wisdom without knowledge. Many successful people, knowing that they do not have the knowledge, have the wisdom to engage those who do.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for answering.

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    ctnahdaposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is something that you understand of or information on a particular subjects which you gain through observations,Q&A sessions,experiences either known by one person or by people generally. Wisdom is the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments.

    For me, wisdom without knowledge is useless and vise versa.In order to be wise,you need to have knowledge.

    1. WalterPoon profile image79
      WalterPoonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      QUOTE: "For me, wisdom without knowledge is useless and vise versa.In order to be wise,you need to have knowledge."

      I beg to differ. Many are the wise men who don't have knowledge but knew how to engage people who have them. Henry Ford, for example.

    2. profile image58
      ctnahdaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry Walter,I did a mistake when I said that, it suppose to be "wisdom without knowledge is useless and vise versa,you need to have both".

    3. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you ctnahda for answering.

      Walter Poon I totally agree with you.

  6. SidKemp profile image92
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge gives us understanding of how the world works and some power to control what will happen. It is an understanding of specific causes and effects. It gives us answers to questions such as: How does X work? Why does Y happen? What will happen if I do Z?

    Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge for the benefit of all, including oneself and others, the ability to see cause and effect (karma) and choose actions that will cause only beneficial and harmless effects.

    Knowledge is ethically neutral - it can give us power to do good or harm. Wisdom is ethically positive. For example, knowledge of how to build a bomb can be used for harm (as in war or terrorism), or in digging a tunnel, or in tracking parts that can be used to create a bomb to prevent terrorism. The choice to use that knowledge beneficially and harmlessly is wisdom.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes, I totally agree.

  7. tirelesstraveler profile image79
    tirelesstravelerposted 5 years ago

    I agree with everyone else.  You can have all sorts of knowledge and still do very silly things.  Wisdom allows you to use what you know in a productive manner,

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      How true we do silly things even though we have knowledge.

  8. stanwshura profile image74
    stanwshuraposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is the acquiring of facts, information, technical and/or artistic facility and/or proficiency and skill refinement.

    Wisdom is the acquisition of experience which informs and provides contextual breadth and the gestalt and judgment most often acquired by learning from mistakes. 


    Knowledge often comes in the form of knowing the what, where and when things have happened or like to act in a certain fashion (the rules of 18th century 4-part harmony, for example). 

    Wisdom has more to do with knowing when, if and why to do something, for example, when to break those precious rules of classical musical composition.

    The mathematical/arithmetic fact that 1 + 1 = 2  is knowledge. 

    Wisdom is knowing that there are many aspects of life that are not NEARLY so simple.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very true, many aspects in life are not that simple.

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    athurionposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge:  Knows how to destroy the world

    Wisdom:  Never thinks of destroying the world

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image88
      Victoria Lynnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I love this response!

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      athurionposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you mam

    3. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Another great answer.

  10. vocalcoach profile image96
    vocalcoachposted 5 years ago

    I remember this quote from years ago by Alfred Lord Tennyson - ‘Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.’   I recently read that knowledge is an accumulation of facts and various information.  Einstein said "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the attempt to acquire it."

    This is a good and thought-provoking question.  You have some excellent answers.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image88
      Victoria Lynnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is a good answer, too!

    2. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great quote and a great answer.

  11. alancaster149 profile image84
    alancaster149posted 5 years ago

    There's no interchangeability between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is what the first four letters means, you know it or you don't. There are some around who use guesswork or hearsay as a subsitute for knowledge, and sometimes they're accredited as being wise.
    Lets' have an example: British people are reserved and cold. That's acquired wisdom you can get from anyone who's either a) never been here, or b) been here and never mixed with the locals (By local I don't mean 'Hooray Henries' in bars who'll give you a load of 'guff' about the rest of us).
    Knowledge: a great number of Yanks and other assorted nationalities have been here as guests of ordinary people, and mixed with their friends/neighbours. They usually come away with the opinion that us Brits are a lot warmer than 'acquired wisdom' will allow.

    1. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome read, sharing with a bow to knight of wisdom, this I know . . . I ponder, this? If I drank a beer, while reading of Inklings drinking, of conversations in a pub, did I not enjoy a beer with mentors who, too, are friends? Hello! Alan of Caster

    2. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for writing and answering my question in detail with examples.

    3. alancaster149 profile image84
      alancaster149posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's Alan Lancaster, or A. Lancaster [A Lan-caster]. My lot originally started off in the north west and migrated across England to East Anglia, then up to North Yorkshire. (Lancaster's not a very Yorkshire name, you'd guess)

    4. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I ask forgiveness Alan Lancaster. Not respectful may be presumed, of memory and being confused at times. A coincidence of oddity only, I lived once at Palmdale, California. The neighboring city is Lancaster, California. Home to Boeing & NASA too.

  12. tsmog profile image83
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    As stated previously, I declare today a holiday, therefore jovial is the theme. I defer to the wisdom of Forrest of the last being Gump. He learned this from his mom, and Gene Simmons shares "mom" is the source of all inspiration, really he said so in an interview with a nod and a smile. Any hoot as Athena's owl shares now and then, Forrest's mom said, ""stupid is as stupid does," and I only ponder if wisdom or knowledge? Maybe a bit more of a byte.

    Looking closer this observer sees:
    1) There is credibility being from Forrest's mom. Who can deny the wisdom and knowledge of mom?
    2) Seems Forrest repeated this to others and always attributing that, which is being pondered not knowing if wise or a known, with grace being from his mom. Some say maybe an attribute of respect.
    3) Well, a bit and a byte more, since he did say that to others, then certainty says without uncertainty that was an interaction at the social level being sociable.
    4) A question arises as I ponder how many times did Forrest say that of his mom in that film of his life? Then I ponder of being inspiration having an affect leading to an effect with the audience of that film. I guess we could say we can count those times Forrest said those words making it measurable.
    5) Ponder? Do those words from a mom to a son repeated often in a film of that son, even though fictional, having truths bear the condition of repeatable? I know I cannot count how many times I have repeated that quote of Forrest's Mom. How about you or many?

    If you feel all those are possible or at minimum probable then the theory shared by WOMMA seems to bear both wisdom and knowledge. All of the criteria regarding marketing is met with their theme.

    However, does that answer the question proposed - What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Well, honestly I do not know for sure, yet I did declare today a holiday and jovial being the theme.

    Yet, seeking integrity of an answer I would share this of difference anyway, of my perspective, which may change, since change is constant, and that is that difference is the not of between, it is of betwixt too. So, with today declared a holiday, and jovial a theme I repeat the question and will answer honestly.

    What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? The betwixt of stuff shares with me it is "and."

    Next, thank you Vellur for a gift of a moment of ponder and wondering.

    Mitch

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for taking the time to answer my question in detail.

    2. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome. Sharing I see a wise person, wiser than I at least with comments. I see a respectful reply to all comments, of yourself, Vellur. Wise, indeed, from my perspective, I hope to learn from that knowledge you have imparted. Tim

  13. Lor's Stories profile image61
    Lor's Storiesposted 5 years ago

    Anyone who goes to school can gain knowledge.
    Wisdom is seeking truth whether it be through knowledge or a deeper understanding of oneself.
    Wisdom takes knowledge to a higher plane.
    Not by abusing it but rather by using it for the good of others or for yourself.
    You can have plenty of knowledge on anything but wisdom is greater because it takes thought.
    I think knowledge is wonderful as long as you know how to use it.
    That's where wisdom comes in.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, as you say wisdom needs thought, thank you,

  14. Beata Stasak profile image82
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    You are born as a thirsty sponge ready to soak all the knowledge possible from your surrounding environment, getting older teaches you to test this knowledge and by countless practice you learn to use it to your advantage to grow and excel in your area of expertise, Once old enough to slow down and reflect on the past experience, your knowledge transforms to wisdom, just like sand, water and cement  are mixed together into the right consistence, left to harden and make the base on which a house will once stand.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Beautifully explained, thank you.

  15. StanTheLifeguard profile image72
    StanTheLifeguardposted 5 years ago

    Wife: "Honey, does this dress make me look big around the bottom?" Knowledge is knowing that maybe it does make her look big, but wisdom, or fear I suppose, tells you to say "No honey, you look prettier than the say I met you."

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Aha!! that is wisdom indeed!!

  16. sginteractive4 profile image58
    sginteractive4posted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is information of which someone is aware.it is also used to mean the understanding of a subject.
    Wisdom is the ability to make correct judgments and decisions. It is an intangible quality gained  through experience.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      sginteractive4 yes that is right. I agree with you.

  17. SeanBrook profile image57
    SeanBrookposted 5 years ago

    As I see it wisdom is the truth (the real truth) and the discernment to see that truth while knowledge  is  the personal experience with that truth.

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    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is know a lot of information. Wisdom is knowing how to apply the information you have learned from books along with your life experiences and presenting them in a mature manner.

    1. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Got called away before finishing or proofing this answer. No need for me to offer any additional information. Several good answers have been posted.

    2. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very well said. Thank you.

  19. taburkett profile image58
    taburkettposted 5 years ago

    perception - followed by a flip of the coin.

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    MysticMoonlightposted 5 years ago

    Great question. Knowledge is something that you seek and gain, purposely. Wisdom is something gained by trial and error, often accidently, but worth it in the end.

  21. Savio Dawson profile image91
    Savio Dawsonposted 5 years ago

    I had read this somewhere:

    Knowledge is knowing Tomato is a fruit but

    Wisdom is knowing not to use tomato in a fruit salad..

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well said!!! How very true.

  22. erorantes profile image53
    erorantesposted 5 years ago

    Knowledge is what you already know. And wisdom is the process of what you know. What ever memory  you process. In your brain have to come out in a rational speech form. If the speech is not rational . You do not have a wisdom.

 
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