quotations about wisdom
Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.
ECKHART TOLLE, Stillness Speaks
The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
The difference between a wise and foolish man is this--the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Wisdom comes only through suffering.
Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
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.
HERMANN HESSE, Siddhartha
Look about, my son, and see how little wisdom it takes to govern the world.
AXEL OXENSTIERNA, attributed, Day's Collacon
Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
Wisdom is a treasure, the key whereof is never lost.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity.
Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
You may not have very much sense. But if you have enough to keep your mouth shut and look wise, it will not be long before you acquire a wide reputation as a fountain of Wisdom.
ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs
An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
There is a wisdom of the Head, and ... there is a wisdom of the Heart.
CHARLES DICKENS, Hard Times
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
DOUG LARSON, attributed, Meditations for Living in Balance
Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
WALTER LIPPMANN, A Preface to Morals
Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
Wisdom is understanding when to ask questions.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen