quotations about wisdom
Many things imperfect by nature are made perfect by wisdom.
NICCOLO UZZANO, 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 casts a more sparkling color than the ruby, it makes us shine as angels.
THOMAS WATSON, attributed, Day's Collacon
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
As we get older, we should get wiser automatically, as the result of our experiences and learning throughout life. That doesn't always happen. Even when we try hard, we sometimes make errors in judgement. Learning from those errors is part of becoming wiser.
DOROTHY TURCOTTE, "The world in 2016 could use a little more wisdom", Niagara This Week, January 12, 2016
Knowledge is horizontal; it's the accumulation of facts. Wisdom is vertical; it sees life from God's perspective.
BOB RUSSELL, "Praying for political leaders", Church Central, January 26, 2016
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
The wise men were all fools, what to do?
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "Last to Die", Magic
Wisdom is seen to come from God; indeed, it is seen to have a divine quality itself. The Bible encourages people of faith to seek wisdom. It is important to do whatever it takes to gain wisdom, because those who were wise were seen to be closer to God, because they were seen as having the Spirit of God within them.
KENNETH TAYLOR, "Avoid foolishness ... seek wisdom", Indianapolis Recorder, March 30, 2017
Crime is the entertainment of the fool; so is wisdom for the man of sense.
BIBLE, Proverbs 10:23
When we ignore wisdom, we then embrace foolishness.
KILTON MOYO, "Teaching our children wisdom", NewsDay, March 30, 2017
One could argue that judgment and wisdom are the same; certainly wisdom is enhanced by judgment, but neither can be taught in the sense that knowledge can. If wisdom and judgment were learnable attributes as, say, algebra, much heartache of maturation could be avoided. Alas, it is not so.
HAYDEN HOLLINGSWORTH, "Knowledge Versus Wisdom", The Roanoke Star, April 3, 2017
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is safe.
BIBLE, Proverbs 28:26
Wisdom is the wealth of emotional intelligence.
SAJID KHAN, "Wisdom", EIN Presswire, March 15, 2017
It is true that wisdom has wealth in the one hand and pleasure in the other, that her ways are ways of pleasantness, her paths are paths of peace; but she will never come to one who follows her for the sake of the wealth in the one hand or the pleasure in the other.
LYMAN ABBOTT, Seeking After God
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