WISDOM QUOTES IV

quotations about wisdom

Wisdom quote

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

MENANDER, attributed, Day's Collacon

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, wisdom is the "Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct" and "sound judgement". My goodness, think if wisdom were a modern concept, regularly practiced, how much less shocking news we would have every day! If only celebrities didn't make such silly displays of themselves on late-night television shows; if tourists didn't insist on taking naked selfies on sacred mountains; if Justin Bieber could only behave like a sensible young man; if politicians were once again filled with serious integrity. Then our lives would not be spinning out of control with nonsense. What if Donald Trump had the wisdom to keep his mouth shut? What if scientists realize that just because they can create robot soldiers doesn't mean they should?

DOROTHY TURCOTTE, "The world in 2016 could use a little more wisdom", Niagara This Week, January 12, 2016

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Wisdom and folly are equal before the face of Infinity, for Infinity knows them not.

LEONID ANDREYEV, "Lazarus"

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Of all the forms of wisdom, hindsight is by general consent the least merciful, the most unforgiving.

JOHN FLETCHER, attributed, Words of Wisdom

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The most exquisite Folly is made of Wisdom spun too fine.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746

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Wisdom is often counted folly by the unwise.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Cunning is seeing a hundred yards ahead--wisdom, fifty miles in advance.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos

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Be wise before the storm.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Wisdom is an endless tower. Who but One hath ever attained the summit?

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Was not this ... what we spoke of as the great advantage of wisdom -- to know what is known and what is unknown to us?

PLATO, Charmides

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Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

ZEN PROVERB

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For such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned, yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves, for they see their own wit at hand, and other men's at a distance. But this proveth rather that men are in that point equal, than unequal. For there is not ordinarily a greater sign of the equal distribution of any thing than that every man is contented with his share.

THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

WILLIAM JAMES, Principles of Psychology

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Wisdom is of God; folly is of men.

CHARLES HAMMOND, Light From the Spirit World

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The man of wisdom is the man of years.

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.

ISAAC ASIMOV, The Roving Mind

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The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused in but a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Citizen of the World; Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher

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A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy.

SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, The Life and Character of Sir William Temple

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