WISDOM QUOTES VI

quotations about wisdom

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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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

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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

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How poor is the wisdom of men, and how uncertain their forecast!

ST. THERESA, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wisdom is oftimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, The Excursion

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All wisdom consists in this, not to think that we know what we do not know.

HOUNG-WOU, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Many things imperfect by nature are made perfect by wisdom.

NICCOLO UZZANO, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past.

SOPHOCLES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The first point of wisdom is to discern what is false; the second, to know what is true.

LACTANTIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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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

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The disadvantage of becoming wise is that you realize how foolish you've been.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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Wisdom casts a more sparkling color than the ruby, it makes us shine as angels.

THOMAS WATSON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Some people look to religion. Others, great works of classical art. For most of us though, life lessons are to be found in the movies (or even its unruly, younger sibling: Television), where guiding wisdom is dispensed by sages as undoubtable as Yoda, Don Corleone or Hannibal Lector.

MATTHEW PRIEST, "21 nuggets of cinematic wisdom", Esquire, January 14, 2016

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