quotations about wisdom
The fact that so many of us are so out of touch with [our] inner wisdom is simply a function of a lifetime of "fox training" . We've been innocently taught from the time we were born that the "right" answers to our most important questions are in the world around us, already out there waiting if only we can find them. So we search and we seek, and sure enough, there are thousands of people only too willing to share their best advice on how to find happiness, get everything we want, and outfox the other foxes to make our way in the world.
MICHAEL NEILL, "The Hedgehog of Wisdom", Huffington Post, January 14, 2016
Second thoughts are ever wiser.
Wisdom is the never-failing granary of thought.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
There's little comfort in the wise.
RUPERT BROOKE, Tiare Tahiti
Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.
EDMUND BURKE, Letters on a Regicide Peace
It is because the old have forgotten life that they preach wisdom.
PHILIP MOELLER, Helena's Husband
Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, The Prince
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Emile
A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence.
DAVID HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.
DAN BROWN, Angels & Demons
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"
Few and precious are the words which the lips of Wisdom utter:
To what shall their rarity be likened? What prices shall count their worth?
Perfect, and much to be desired, and giving joy with riches,
No lovely thing on earth can picture their fair beauty.
They be chance pearls, flung among the rocks by the sullen waters of Oblivion.
MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
ALFRED TENNYSON, Locksley Hall
It's a beautiful thing, the blossoming of Wisdom. Like a flower in spring.
MICHAEL RUDD, Clothes for their Souls
When wisdom leaves the house folly enters it.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.
GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera
A man remains ignorant because he loves ignorance, and chooses ignorant thoughts; a man becomes wise because he loves wisdom and chooses wise thoughts.
JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
HOMER, The Odyssey