WISDOM QUOTES III

quotations about wisdom

Wisdom quote

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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The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Bobok

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The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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Wisdom is a safe ship; and we may trust ourselves to it in all weathers.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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There are many gates to the house of wisdom.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Man's highest blessedness,
In wisdom chiefly stands;
And in the things that touch upon the Gods,
'Tis best in word or deed
To shun unholy pride;
Great words of boasting bring great punishments,
And so to grey-haired age
Teach wisdom at the last.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

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Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation.

HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech

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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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Let not wisdom be an occasional visitor--let it ever dwell with thee.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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When Reason died, then Wisdom was born.

SRI AUROBINDO, Thoughts and Aphorisms

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Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Words from the Wise

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The extreme limit of wisdom -- that's what the public calls madness.

JEAN COCTEAU, Le Coq et l'Arlequin

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Each step, each strain of the eye
Opens out a new horizon;
And every day throws in our way
Something new, to grow more wise on.

ROBERT LEIGHTON, "No End"

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For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

BIBLE, PROVERBS 8:11

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A whetstone is no carving instrument,
And yet it maketh sharp the carving tool;
And if you see my efforts wrongly spent,
Eschew that course and learn out of my school;
For thus the wise may profit by the fool,
And edge his wit, and grow more keen and wary,
For wisdom shines opposed to its contrary.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, Troilus and Cressida

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He's a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1745

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It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Harijan, February 17, 1940

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Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

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Wisdom never comes to those who believe they have nothing left to learn.

CHARLES DE LINT, "The Forest is Crying", The Ivory and the Horn

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It is not hoary hairs that bring wisdom; some have an old head on young shoulders.

MENANDER, attributed, Day's Collacon

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