quotations about wisdom
A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici
The man of wisdom is the man of years.
EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts
Brutes have no wisdom, since they know not his:
Can we divine their world?
GEORGE ELIOT, The Spanish Gypsy
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
Wisdom is not learning merely; it is learning with ability and disposition to use it.
E. P. DAY, Day's Collacon
A word to the wise is -- unnecessary.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
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
The wise are known by their actions; fame and immortality are ever their attendants.
JOHANN GAUDENZ VON SALIS-SEEWIS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.
FRANCIS QUARLES, Emblems: Divine and Moral
Wisdom is at all times the least burdensome traveling pack.
WILLIAM CAMDEN, attributed, Day's Collacon
At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?
JONAS SALK, interview, Academy of Achievement, May 16, 1991
A wise man who stands firm is a statesman; a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.
ADLAI STEVENSON, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
How poor is the wisdom of men, and how uncertain their forecast!
ST. THERESA, attributed, Day's Collacon
Wisdom is oftimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, The Excursion
All wisdom consists in this, not to think that we know what we do not know.
HOUNG-WOU, attributed, Day's Collacon
Many things imperfect by nature are made perfect by wisdom.
NICCOLO UZZANO, attributed, Day's Collacon
The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past.
SOPHOCLES, attributed, Day's Collacon
The first point of wisdom is to discern what is false; the second, to know what is true.
LACTANTIUS, 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