WISDOM QUOTES VI

quotations about wisdom

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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What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.

SRI AUROBINDO, Thoughts and Aphorisms

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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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Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

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A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.

THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

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Man thinks
Brutes have no wisdom, since they know not his:
Can we divine their world?

GEORGE ELIOT, The Spanish Gypsy

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We must attain wisdom as we go up stairs, one step at a time.

TSZE-KUNG, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives.

ARISTOPHANES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wisdom is not learning merely; it is learning with ability and disposition to use it.

E. P. DAY, Day's Collacon

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A word to the wise is -- unnecessary.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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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

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The wise are known by their actions; fame and immortality are ever their attendants.

JOHANN GAUDENZ VON SALIS-SEEWIS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.

FRANCIS QUARLES, Emblems: Divine and Moral

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Wisdom is at all times the least burdensome traveling pack.

WILLIAM CAMDEN, attributed, Day's Collacon

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