WISDOM QUOTES VII

quotations about wisdom

Beware of a leader who doesn't have scars or walk with a limp. One of the characteristics of a great leader is wisdom, and the best way to get wisdom is through experience. Normally that experience includes a few failures -- that's where battle scars and limps come from.

INGAR GREV, "Here's why companies don't want to hire people over the age of 40", The Business Journals, January 26, 2016

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I don't want to share my wisdom, because my wisdom is going to lead you the wrong way. But if you allow me to share God's wisdom, and if that's what you want, I can help you.

BILL NEAL, "Railcar religion: Pastor finds platform on 'The Judge'", The Jackson Sun, February 6, 2016

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Wisdom is less about academic intelligence, cognitive abilities or analytical skills, although these can help significantly. Instead, wisdom refers to the ability to see the "big picture" and translate one's experience and knowledge into good judgment and decisions.

DAVID CHAN, "Why it's not enough for leaders to just be clever", Straits Times, February 6, 2016

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Even when we lose our way, wisdom never leaves us. And when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our relationship with and faith in wisdom is all we need to live a life rich with meaning, purpose, and joy, it gets simpler.

MICHAEL NEILL, "The Hedgehog of Wisdom", Huffington Post, January 14, 2016

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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

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The wise men were all fools, what to do?

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "Last to Die", Magic

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True wisdom is not found in yes-or-no answers, but in the open mind of not-knowing.

MELVIN MCLEOD, "Benefit, Not Benefits", Lion's Roar, April 3, 2017

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Second thoughts are ever wiser.

EURIPIDES, Hippolytus

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Wisdom is the never-failing granary of thought.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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There's little comfort in the wise.

RUPERT BROOKE, Tiare Tahiti

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Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.

EDMUND BURKE, Letters on a Regicide Peace

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It is because the old have forgotten life that they preach wisdom.

PHILIP MOELLER, Helena's Husband

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Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, The Prince

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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Emile

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A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence.

DAVID HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.

DAN BROWN, Angels & Demons

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Justice without wisdom is impossible.

JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Short Studies on Great Subjects

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The wealth of mankind is the wisdom they leave.

JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY, "Rules of the Road"

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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"

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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

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