quotations about wisdom
He who understands the wise is wise already.
GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook E", Aphorisms
When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves.
It's surprising how much wisdom every man possesses -- if not for his own affairs, then for the affairs of others.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
The wise man is but a clever infant spelling letters from a hierographical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity.
THOMAS CARLYLE, attributed, Day's Collacon
In much wisdom is much grief.
BIBLE, Ecclesiastes 1:18
Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield
The mouse is wise, but the cat is wiser.
TYCHO BRAHE, attributed, Day's Collacon
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
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