quotations about wisdom
On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
EDWARD YOUNG, Love of Fame
The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past.
SOPHOCLES, attributed, Day's Collacon
Wisdom is the only thing which can relieve us from the sway of the passions and the fear of danger, and which can teach us to bear the injuries of fortune itself with moderation, and which shows us all the ways which lead to tranquility and peace.
CICERO, The Academic Questions: Treatise De Finibus, and Tusculan Disputations of M. T. Cicero
The disadvantage of becoming wise is that you realize how foolish you've been.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Beware of a leader who doesn't have scars or walk with a limp. One of the characteristics of a great leader is wisdom, and the best way to get wisdom is through experience. Normally that experience includes a few failures -- that's where battle scars and limps come from.
INGAR GREV, "Here's why companies don't want to hire people over the age of 40", The Business Journals, January 26, 2016
I don't want to share my wisdom, because my wisdom is going to lead you the wrong way. But if you allow me to share God's wisdom, and if that's what you want, I can help you.
BILL NEAL, "Railcar religion: Pastor finds platform on 'The Judge'", The Jackson Sun, February 6, 2016
Wisdom is first and foremost needed to discern when to speak, and when not to.
RENE CAMILLERI, "The wisdom not to speak", Malta Today, January 28, 2016
Wisdom is the first and mother of all stocks for the market maker.
JIMANZE EGO-ALOWES, "Is the leadership question Nigeria's gold card?", The Sun, February 4, 2016
Wisdom, in biblical terms, is not simply the accumulation of information. Rather, it encompasses the practical knowledge of how to regulate one's relationship with God, prudence in dealing with others, judiciousness in the handling of circumstances and skill or expertise in the application of knowledge to the diverse areas of life. Wisdom is such an important theme in Scripture that in the book of Proverbs the very voice of God is personified as wisdom, and Christ himself, in Paul's letters, is described as the one in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
NOT ASHAMED, "Wisdom and government", Christian Concern, January 27, 2016
Have you ever wondered exactly what wisdom is? Nowadays, most people don't think about it at all. It's a rather old-fashioned concept, yet one that we need in this modern age, probably more than ever.... After all, aren't our senators intended to be wise older people who have the good judgement to take a sober second look at legislation before it finally becomes law? Today's news makes us wonder how that concept has become lost in political hubris.
DOROTHY TURCOTTE, "The world in 2016 could use a little more wisdom", Niagara This Week, January 12, 2016
True wisdom is not found in yes-or-no answers, but in the open mind of not-knowing.
MELVIN MCLEOD, "Benefit, Not Benefits", Lion's Roar, April 3, 2017
Full wise is he that can himself know.
GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales
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
Justice without wisdom is impossible.
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Short Studies on Great Subjects
The wealth of mankind is the wisdom they leave.
JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY, "Rules of the Road"
The wise may find in trifles light as atoms in the air, some useful lesson to enrich the mind.
JOHN GODFREY SAXE, "King Solomon and the Bees"
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