quotations about wisdom
The mouse is wise, but the cat is wiser.
TYCHO BRAHE, attributed, Day's Collacon
A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici
True wisdom is less presuming than folly; the wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
ROBERT DODSLEY, The Economy of Life
The man of wisdom is the man of years.
EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts
It is wisdom to think upon anything before we execute it.
PLAUTUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Brutes have no wisdom, since they know not his:
Can we divine their world?
GEORGE ELIOT, The Spanish Gypsy
Wisdom is the olive that springeth from a heart, bloometh on the tongue, and beareth fruit in the actions.
GRYMESTONE, attributed, Day's Collacon
'Tis held that sorrow makes us wise.
ALFRED TENNYSON, "In Memoriam A. H. H."
Full oft we see
Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well
The clouds may drop down titles and estates, wealth may seek us; but wisdom must be sought.
EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint; Or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality
Wisdom adorneth riches and casteth a shadow over poverty.
SOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon
In an active life is sown the seed of wisdom; but he who reflects not, never reaps.
EDWARD YOUNG, The Centaur Not Fabulous
The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage.
ENNIUS, attributed, De Officii
Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear
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
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
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
Gaining wisdom is a wonderful thing. Giving it back is better.
MIKE BELL, "Canadian jazz great Bob Erlendson set to celebrate his 85th in style with Ironwood show", Calgary Herald, January 16, 2016
Wisdom is a power that allows one to stay on the fountainhead. Fountainhead signifies the origin of water. God is the origin of the living water.
JOSHUA CHOON-MIN KANG, "Return to the Word Repeatedly", Christianity Daily, January 26, 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