WISDOM QUOTES III

quotations about wisdom

Wisdom quote

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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Wisdom is ever fresh; other things grow stale, but this is the evergreen flower of nature.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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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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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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The road to true wisdom has seldom been spanned by mortals.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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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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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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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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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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There are many gates to the house of wisdom.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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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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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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