quotations about wisdom
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
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
Wisdom consists, not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass.
TERENCE, attributed, Day's Collacon
A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy.
SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, The Life and Character of Sir William Temple
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
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
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
Second thoughts are ever wiser.
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"