quotations about wisdom
Wisdom and folly are equal before the face of Infinity, for Infinity knows them not.
LEONID ANDREYEV, "Lazarus"
In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, preface, The Snow-Image
The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Regained
The sun of the mind, and the life of the heart is Wisdom.
She is pure and full of light, crowning grey hairs with lustre,
And kindling the eye of youth with a fire not its own.
MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy
Wisdom is also a deeper consciousness of ignorance.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Who knows whence he comes, where he is, and whither he tends, he, and he alone, is wise.
JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
Wisdom's door is ever open.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
A word to the wise isn't as good as a word from the wise.
GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs
Wisdom is a right understanding, a faculty of discerning good from evil, what is to be chosen and what rejected; a judgment grounded upon the true value of things, and not the common opinion of them.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
There are few who would need advisers, if they were only accustomed to appeal to themselves in their calmest, holiest moments. If, when embarrassed with doubt as to any course of action, they would turn aside from the immediate tumult of the world, and from the vain speaking of those who "darken counsel by words without knowledge;" and would then commune with their hearts alone, at night, the heavens their silent counsellors, they would act not always in accordance with the wise men of this world, but with that wisdom which bringeth peace.
ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd
Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
Wisdom is wisdom, wherever found.
G. DAVID NORDLEY, "The Fountain", Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1, 2013
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
WILLIAM JAMES, Principles of Psychology
My wisdom has long accumulated like a cloud, it becomes stiller and darker. So does all wisdom which shall one day bear lightnings.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Better to be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
AESOP, "Juno and the Peacock", Aesop's Fables
True wisdom is knowing what you don't know.
CONFUCIUS, Sayings of Confucius
Only fools think they're wise; the rest of us just muddle through as we can.
CHARLES DE LINT, "Where Desert Spirits Crowd the Night", The Ivory and the Horn
Wisdom is of God; folly is of men.
CHARLES HAMMOND, Light From the Spirit World
We must attain wisdom as we go up stairs, one step at a time.
TSZE-KUNG, attributed, Day's Collacon
Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives.
ARISTOPHANES, attributed, Day's Collacon