WISDOM QUOTES II

quotations about wisdom

Wisdom quote

Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

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

BERTOLT BRECHT, The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Wisdom grows in quiet places.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Mortals and Others

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Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

WILLIAM COWPER, The Task

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Wisdom is the perception of the unimportance of the things we call great, and of the importance of the things we call small.

CHARLES EDWARD JERNINGHAM, The Maxims of Marmaduke

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Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, The Literary Remains: Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit

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The wisdom of our parents, grandparents, ancestors. In each individual life, it seems, we must first reject that wisdom, then later come to appreciate it.

TAD WILLIAMS, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow

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Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wisdom is mostly the fruit of experience.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

BIBLE, Proverbs 16:16

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There is no man ... however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived a life, the memory of which is so unpleasant to him that he would gladly expunge it. And yet he ought not entirely to regret it, because he cannot be certain that he has indeed become a wise man -- so far as it is possible for any of us to be wise -- unless he has passed through all the fatuous or unwholesome incarnations by which that ultimate stage must be preceded.

MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove

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Learned men fall into error oftenest by mistaking knowledge for wisdom.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Whosoever would be wise, and consequently happy, must raze out of his mind all those false mistaken notions that have been imprinting there from his infancy; and endeavour to expel that pernicious infection of error, which it has been so long hatching from erroneous customs and examples, and, which will prove fatal to it, if too long neglected.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, The Waste Books

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A simple realization that there are other points of view is the beginning of wisdom.

GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs

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Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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You know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing you don't put tomato in a fruit salad.

GENE KESSELMAN, "The secrets of a 95-year-old man", New Jersey, February 5, 2016

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