quotations about wisdom
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground.
ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd
The wisdom of this world is idiotism.
THOMAS DEKKER, Old Fortunatus
The knowledge and experience which produce wisdom can only become a man's individual possession and property by his own free action; and it is as futile to expect these without laborious, painstaking effort, as it is to hope to gather a harvest where the seed has not been sown.
SAMUEL SMILES, Self-Help
Wisdom is wisdom, wherever found.
G. DAVID NORDLEY, "The Fountain", Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1, 2013
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
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
Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear
In much wisdom is much grief.
BIBLE, Ecclesiastes 1:18
A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici
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
A word to the wise is -- unnecessary.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
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
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