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Quotations about Wisdom
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~Elbert Hubbard
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
~William Cowper, "The Winter Walk at Noon"
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. ~Sophocles
If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911
The toughest test of good judgment is to know when to withhold your better judgment. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~East African Proverb
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. ~William Shakespeare, As You Like It
One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly. ~Edward C. Steadman
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~William James
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. ~Bertolt Brecht
Mothers, teach your children this. Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere. In pieces. Some of the Wisdom is in the trees, some of the Wisdom is with the animals. Some of the Wisdom is with the planets and the stars and the moons and the sun. Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters. Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors. Some of the Wisdom is in our minds. All of the Wisdom is from the Spirit of God. ~Esther Davis-Thompson, MotherLove: Re-Inventing a Good and Blessed Future for Our Children, "Spiritual Nourishment," 1999
[I cannot believe this isn't quoted anywhere else online, it is so beautiful. If you want a piece of your heart to be tattooed forever by a few words, I suggest getting yourself a copy of this book and reading the dedication / opening poem before the Preface. I can't quote it because it is three amazingly poetic pages that cannot be broken up, but I wept. I wept, in such a joyous and terrible way, and if you are a woman or a mother or have ever known pain in your life, I think you might too.
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. ~Zen Proverb
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. ~Josh Billings
There are subjects in which I wish to become knowledgeable, and subjects in which I wish to remain wise. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The prince who would know all, must ignore much. ~Domitius Afer, translated from Latin
When the wisdom speaks, be silent. Do not waste your candle when the sun is there. ~Mehmet Murat ildan
The child, offered the mother's breast,
Will not in the beginning grab it;
But soon it clings to it with zest.
And thus at wisdom's copious breasts
You'll drink each day with greater zest.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every wise man lives in an observatory. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. ~Martin H. Fischer
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. ~Herb Caen
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart. ~Charles Dickens
Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
No man was ever wise by chance. ~Seneca
Life is one long experiment in learning. Who can be perfect all the time? Sometimes I feel half-wise, sometimes half-stupid. ~Terri Guillemets
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. ~George Bernard Shaw