WISDOM QUOTES V

quotations about wisdom

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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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Full wise is he that can himself know.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales

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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

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The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Regained

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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

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Wisdom is also a deeper consciousness of ignorance.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Who knows whence he comes, where he is, and whither he tends, he, and he alone, is wise.

JOHANN CASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man

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Wisdom's door is ever open.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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A word to the wise isn't as good as a word from the wise.

GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs

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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

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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

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Wisdom is wisdom, wherever found.

G. DAVID NORDLEY, "The Fountain", Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1, 2013

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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

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Better to be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

AESOP, "Juno and the Peacock", Aesop's Fables

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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

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