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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. Joseph Smith, Jr.
People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it. Anna Quindlen
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. Roger Ascham
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli
You can observe a lot by watching. Yogi Berra
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. John F. Kennedy
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. Euripides
The man who runs may fight again. Menander
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. Albert Einstein
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. Francis Bacon
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan
We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish. Friedrich August von Hayek
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. James A. Garfield
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. Felix Frankfurter
Once you label me you negate me. Soren Kierkegaard
We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation. William O. Douglas
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. Thomas Carlyle
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. George Bernard Shaw
Honesty is the best policy. Benjamin Franklin
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean de La Fontaine
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man. Diogenes
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. Edmund Burke
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself. Havelock Ellis
I'm someone who's done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s. Elizabeth McGovern
The result showed the wisdom of your orders. John Bigelow
I know more about what it's like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I'm a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word 'wisdom' has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I'm a little wiser. John Updike
There's a conventional wisdom that says that strategic thinking is much more important than relationship building, which doesn't seem to be nearly as highly valued as it should be, based on what some of the leaders that I've spoken with have said to me. Tom Rath
If people can't acknowledge the wisdom of indigenous cultures, then that's their loss. Jay Griffiths
I'm exploring the maturity, the wisdom that just comes from having gone around the sun 50 times. My experience is, 'Oh, I'm never really going to get it right. I'm never going to get it done. But that's not the point here.' The point is the journey. Melissa Etheridge
Someday in the distant cyborg future, when our internal and external memories fully merge, we may come to possess infinite knowledge. But that's not the same thing as wisdom. Joshua Foer
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal. Nhat Hanh
Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes. Richard Cecil
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means. Francis Hutcheson
The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness. Emanuel Swedenborg
Never cut what you can untie. Joseph Joubert
The idea of victimage is a dreadful thing, a product of a safe middle-class perspective. What people who are not safe develop is a tragic wisdom, a wisdom that embraces contradiction and seeks a sense of balance rather than going to extremes. Gerald Vizenor
You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens. Ethel Barrymore
Clinton is a big personality who has led a big life, and for some of the media conventional wisdom to boil it down to a view that 'all people are really interested in' are a few moments of madness in the Oval Office gets him, the importance of the presidency, and the significance of his life, all wrong. Alastair Campbell
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm not a mom, but I think the word 'mother' is about wisdom. Margaret Cho
I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him. Jesse Helms
I'm now the elder in the position of doling out wisdom and trying to mend fences. Jane Fonda
As great as Ed is, the wisdom out here is that he can't carry a movie. They'll pay him $3 million to be the second banana in Julia Roberts things. But they won't put up $3 million for an Ed Harris movie. George A. Romero
Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it. Jenny Shipley
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things. Tina Turner
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. George Santayana
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Saint Augustine
I think we are evolving rapidly into one world culture. It's certainly one world economy. With billions of people online, I think we'll appreciate the wisdom in many different traditions as we learn more about them. People were very isolated and didn't know anything about other religions 100 years ago. Ray Kurzweil
God has already done everything He's going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you're going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family. Joel Osteen
I think I got a lot of life skills; I got a lot of wisdom; I've seen a lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people. Young Jeezy
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. Charles Caleb Colton
He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little
The 'wisdom of the crowds' is the most ridiculous statement I've heard in my life. Crowds are dumb. Drew Curtis
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. Johann Georg Hamann
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus
Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm. Pope Paul VI
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Isaac Rubin
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. John Burroughs
Around '93, '94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years. Marc Andreessen
Linux is a complex example of the wisdom of crowds. It's a good example in the sense that it shows you can set people to work in a decentralized way - that is, without anyone really directing their efforts in a particular direction - and still trust that they're going to come up with good answers. James Surowiecki
In my fifties, I was still in creation mode. Now I have more of a responsibility to step back and mentor and offer wisdom, offer sign posts on the path. Jodie Evans
A promise made is a debt unpaid. Robert W. Service
Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. Evelyn Underhill
As with many other folk beliefs, 'feng-shui' undoubtedly incorporates some scientifically correct observation or received wisdom based on direct experience of natural phenomena; but it needs to be dealt with skeptically as a credible system of thought. Some feng-shui prescriptions can certainly lead to desirable results. Martin Filler
Knowledge is not just the preserve of the educated elite. Just because someone has not had a formal education, that does not mean he does not have wisdom and common sense. Vikas Swarup
It was the Michael Jordan/Nike phenomenon that really let people see that athletes were OK, and black athletes were OK. Defying a previous wisdom - not only that black athletes wouldn't sell in white America, but that the NBA as a predominantly black sport could not sell in white America. David Stern
To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute. James Buchanan
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse
The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. Milan Kundera
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful. Harvey Mackay
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. Wilhelm von Humboldt
I did learn that some of the things that are great for locker rooms are inappropriate for political discourse. That's a wisdom I've garnered. George Allen
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus
Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions. Laurence Sterne
For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own. Sheri L. Dew
The greater the step forward in knowledge, the greater is the one taken backward in search of wisdom. Stephen Gardiner
We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance. Dora Russell
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary. Octavio Paz
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy. George Santayana
Putting is like wisdom - partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. Arnold Palmer
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. George Eliot
A musical, like most religions, provides the audience or followers with a sense of belonging. Religious services, on the other hand, with their staged performances, invigorating songs, popular wisdom and shared experience, are almost a form of community theater. Lisa Randall
Second, this epic tale allows the audience to actually listen to the Native Americans and receive their wisdom. Spielberg conveys the respect for Native Americans that is normally lacking in Western films. Beau Bridges
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech. Benjamin Franklin
Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. Alice Walker
I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect. Alex Grey
I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients. Gustave Courbet
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care. William Penn
Alas, those six unfortunate souls who have made their way through my books know that every one of them is about Emerson and Thoreau and their dark counters, Melville and Emily Dickinson. Try as I might, I can't get their inspirations, their challenges and sentences and wisdom and questions out of my head. Pico Iyer
The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. Solomon Ibn Gabirol
If you and I desire the blessings of life, of health, of vigor of body and mind; if we desire the destroying angel to pass us by, as he did in the days of the children of Israel, we must obey the Word of Wisdom; then God is bound, and the blessing shall come to us. Heber J. Grant
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil
The conventional wisdom with David Mamet is, you do not change a word. And that agrees with me. If you want to change any of David's words, it's like wanting to change the iambic pentameter in Shakespeare - you should do something else. John C. McGinley
Slow and steady wins the race. Robert Lloyd
Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth. Keith Miller
When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange - my youth. Sara Teasdale
Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned. Thomas Reid
The censors have always had a field day with James Joyce, specifically with 'Ulysses,' but also with his other writings. The conventional wisdom is that this is because of sexually explicit passages (and there certainly are those). I have always thought that what the critics hated and feared about Joyce is his cry for human freedom. Karen DeCrow
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. John F. Kennedy
I'm very accepting with my age. It's like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty. There comes a day when you've become comfortable in your skin. Zoe Saldana
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Swami Vivekananda
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children. William Blake
I feel blessed - I am a woman who has been able to work in the entertainment business for five decades. I don't want to age, but I would never take back a year for the wisdom I've gained in that time. Marie Osmond
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. Samuel Johnson
The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities. Louise L. Hay
I actually don't think that I'm that much smarter than anybody else. It's just that I frequently just seem to know what to do, and I think that's wisdom. Ben Carson
The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso
It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. Michel de Montaigne
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. Herbert Hoover
Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Dr. Seuss
Where can we find greater structural clarity than in the wooden buildings of old? Where else can we find such unity of material, construction and form? here, the wisdom of whole generations is stored. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
First appearance deceives many. Ovid
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. Dale Turner
The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought. Edward Young
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace
The wisdom of age: don't stop walking. Mason Cooley
Given the unprecedented ignorance of the Bible in contemporary America, it is likely that more young Americans will only know the Noah of 'Noah.' We can only hope that the film offers even a fraction of the wisdom of the original. Dennis Prager
Conventional wisdom on government's role in inequality often has it backwards. Tax reforms have resulted in a more progressive federal income tax; government transfer payments have become less progressive. Paul Ryan
Cleverness is not wisdom. Euripides
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. Hippolyte Taine
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore de Balzac
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground. David Icke
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. Arthur Helps
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. Wallace Stegner
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Rollo May
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch
Your art kind of changes as you get older, by nature of the fact that you're hopefully gaining wisdom and you're starting to watch things with a better overview. Sheryl Crow
Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. Josh Billings
Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness. Aleister Crowley
You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is. Will Rogers
If an idea is indeed sensible, it will eventually become just part of the accepted wisdom. Nigel Farage
What I lack in energy, I have in wisdom. Marcia Cross
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. Anton Chekhov
I have the responsibility of over four million people, and I am in a position to do good, to be able to bring about a new life for my people, and I will continue to move in that direction. It's a burden, but it needs to be done, and you have to have the courage and wisdom to see it through. Abdallah II of Jordan
To comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained. Charles Inglis
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. Sophocles
Because of my upbringing, I believe in things like limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal accountability. I believe in the wisdom of our founders and the sanctity of our Constitution. John Thune
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
Better than the strength of men and horses is our wisdom. Xenophanes
To advise is not to compel. Anton Chekhov
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King Jr.
When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way. Morihei Ueshiba
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. Aldous Huxley
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left? Jim Carrey
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. Calvin Coolidge
Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience. H. L. Mencken
Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. Julian Casablancas
There's always a miasma of misinformation emerging from the higher education sector as to which are the 'best' courses to take. My advice would always be to ignore the perceived wisdom and look for the most reliable evidence on the ground. David Puttnam
Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive. William Dunbar
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. Orison Swett Marden
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny
As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. Ben Hogan
Look twice before you leap. Charlotte Bronte
Leave no stone unturned. Euripides
India is known for its sobriety and wisdom, balanced and sensible thinking. We need strong institutions and we need good governance in the country. Pratibha Patil
After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory. Charles Spurgeon
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Reinhold Niebuhr
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. Josh Billings
During the Arab Spring, I learned all sorts of things from Twitter. I wouldn't necessarily trust that information, but it gave me ideas about questions to ask. You can really learn things from the wisdom of crowds. Nicholas Kristof
A wholesome oblivion of one's neighbours is the beginning of wisdom. Richard Le Gallienne
Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom. A. R. Rahman
It used to be, it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier. Ted Cruz
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. Archibald MacLeish
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
Being involved in movies is my passion. What's gotten me off the mat is the sense of the child in all of us. I feel like the same guy as I did back in the mail room, but with more wisdom, from the depths of experience to the heights. Mark Canton
Europeans ridicule Muslim culture because they don't understand the wisdom behind it. Take swine flu for instance: all the sudden you've got Europeans scared of pigs - we've been saying that for years! Riaad Moosa
There is a trade off - as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity. Kenny Rogers
Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you. Tom Hopkins
As a parent and a citizen, I'll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs's example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Eric Alterman
The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom. Ezra Stiles
The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words. Robert South
The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone. Lucretius
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. Zhuangzi
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Henry Ward Beecher
The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom. Gordon Gee
I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is. The younger you are, the more risk you can take on. Maria Bartiromo
To win without risk is to triumph without glory. Pierre Corneille
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
For most of us, wisdom is acquired in the thicket of experience and usually meets us somewhere along the way if we live long enough. But sooner is better than later. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. C. S. Lewis
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Hal Borland
Information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. Reading - even browsing - an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. Patience is a virtue, gluttony a sin. James Gleick
Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. Saadi
Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, 'Just watch!' Bill Bradley
I have devoted my life to uncertainty. Certainty is the death of wisdom, thought, creativity. Shekhar Kapur
I believe that when an elder dies, a library is burned: vast sums of wisdom and knowledge are lost. Throughout the world libraries are ablaze with scant attention. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise. Quintus Ennius
The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly. Stendhal
This society in which we live is radically changing. What previous generations saw as evil is now embraced as being good. It is a dangerous and slippery slope upon which we stand when we reject what Solomon called the beginning of wisdom - the fear of God. Ray Comfort
After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork. James Prescott Joule
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
I knew that I had it tough compared to children around me. But I felt like I needed it. I think I had the wisdom as a child to know that it would help me later on. Troy Polamalu
But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father's power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness. Thomas Traherne
First a piece of Irish wisdom: you should always listen to a bookie. For they have a saying, 'Money tells a good story,' and somewhere in their odds is a kind of science-fiction existentialism that decrees that we, the people, know everything. In other words, betting patterns often make for good, unconscious soothsaying. Frank Delaney
Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest. Pindar
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud
Critical in this process of wisdom being passed down is that you also need to take it in; you need to listen to it. Andrew Zuckerman
Please all, and you will please none. Aesop
When you're young, you wonder what all these old people are droning on about, trying to impart their wisdom. It's not relevant to you because being young is such a specific thing. Thank God for that. Thank God for the young people who go out and demonstrate against rampant capitalism or whatever. Helen Mirren
To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius. Minna Antrim
It's not the having, it's the getting. Elizabeth Taylor
I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God. Yehuda Berg
Tis but a part we see, and not a whole. Alexander Pope
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Khalil Gibran
Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy? Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha
Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise. Euripides
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
To build a great company, which is a CEO's job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom. Carly Fiorina
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself. Sidney Lanier
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. Pietro Aretino
Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Laurence Sterne
The difference between chirping out of turn and a faux pas depends on what kind of a bar you're in. Wilson Mizner
Hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and block a nation's progress to freedom and democracy. Liu Xiaobo
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch
When I speak of family, I immediately think of a support system who can give you a reality check when you need it: a mirror reflection of myself. I believe that we are a result of our family - the people who encourage us and tell us the truth about who we are which helps us to grow through their advice and wisdom. Tasha Smith
The philosophical point is that our happiness and wellbeing is not based on incomes rising. This is not just the wisdom of sages but of ordinary people. Prosperity is more social and psychological: it's about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose. Tim Jackson
Intelligence alone does not get us where we need to go or even necessarily where we want to go. For that, the human creature must exercise harder-won capacities of wisdom, and wise action. Krista Tippett
You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself. Teri Garr
Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis. Mary Kay Ash
One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go. Jane Fonda
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin
None knows the weight of another's burden. George Herbert
Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death. Peter Conrad
We are all responsible to Jesus first, and then, under him, to various other persons and offices. Discerning the path of love and obedience when two or more of these submissive relationships collide is a call to humble, Bible-saturated, spiritual wisdom. John Piper
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. Charlotte Bronte
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson
No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. Walter Benjamin
The war... was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides. Robert E. Lee
The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin
As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the wisdom and lovingkindness of others. Sharon Salzberg
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise. John Henry Newman
In garden arrangement, as in all other kinds of decorative work, one has not only to acquire a knowledge of what to do, but also to gain some wisdom in perceiving what it is well to let alone. Gertrude Jekyll
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. Sigmund Freud
In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and what's behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand. Trent Reznor
I'm particularly interested in black swan events: unprecedented surprises that destroy the conventional wisdom about how the world works. Paolo Bacigalupi
There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived. Amy Grant
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Ayn Rand
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. Buddha
It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously. Logan Pearsall Smith
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. Phyllis Theroux
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Thomas A. Edison
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. John Muir
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher
The blowback against a bailout of Lehman would have been fierce. It is often forgotten, but the prevailing wisdom the day after Lehman fell was that its collapse was a good thing. Andrew Ross Sorkin
Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it. Bruce Lipton
The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true. Lactantius
Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue. James Buchan
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo
Through the years, I, like you, have experienced pressures and disappointments that would have crushed me had I not been able to draw upon a source of wisdom and strength far greater than my own. He has never forgotten or forsaken me, and I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Church. Sheri L. Dew
It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not care why we went to war in Iraq, that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. Adam Schiff
If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness. Vusi Mahlasela
Plodding wins the race. Aesop
If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness. Jane Smiley
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. Lao Tzu
I feel increasingly like age is very irrelevant. Quite often, cynicism is confused with wisdom, and my scorn is confused with a knowing, which I don't have. Laura Marling
A grateful world, nation and cadre of surgeons general who followed in his shadow are forever indebted to Surgeon General Koop's wisdom, fortitude, integrity and selfless service. Richard Carmona
I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time, and wisdom transcends time. Victoria Osteen
The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery. David Brainerd
In complete darkness, it is only knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Janet Jackson
And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we're all sweating it - when we're worried that the bill won't pass, and it seems like all is lost - Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward... with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace. Michelle Obama
We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters. Robert E. Lee
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop
I don't turn to greeting cards for wisdom and advice, but they are a fine reflection of the general drift of the culture. Susan Orlean
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Aristotle
Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists. James Newman
I always told, Sandra Bullock was my student when she was younger, I always told her it's important that we hold on to our insecurity, the wisdom of insecurity. Sally Kirkland
You can only learn so much from books. You can only learn so much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God that will carry you through in the toughest situations of life. Ravi Zacharias
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. Elbert Hubbard
Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it's not such a bad thing. Boy George
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. Thomas Huxley
Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart. William Dean Howells
As a husband, father and public servant, I'm thankful for the counsel and wisdom of my older brothers - Bill, who was a priest, and Kevin, who is a priest. Denis McDonough
Humanity's legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: 'He/she was born, lived, died.' Probably that is the template of our stories - a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds. Doris Lessing
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. Igor Stravinsky
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can't really digest food unless there's hunger. So we can't really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it. Radhanath Swami
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein
In order to predict effectively, we need to use science. And the reason that we need to use science is because then we can reproduce what we're doing; it's not just wisdom or guesswork. And if we can predict, then we can engineer the future. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right. William Hazlitt
And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice. Joseph Story
With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings. Ezra Taft Benson
After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem. Shmuel Yosef Agnon
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. Reinhold Niebuhr
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. e. e. cummings
True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom. Friedrich Schiller
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. Og Mandino
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius
No, I never - no one ever - I never learned anything when I was a kid. Honestly, my parents had nothing to tell me - like, no wisdom, nothing. Bruce Eric Kaplan
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicero
I feel like I've matured more musically than I have personally. But I totally embrace what becoming older has to offer. I find the wisdom that comes with each passing year is a trip. Kirk Hammett
Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can. George Allen, Sr.
Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. Gabriel Marcel
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas Carlyle
My mom calls me an older soul because, growing up, she taught me stuff real early. Now I spend most of my time chasing wisdom, chasing understanding. Ray Lewis
In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit. Deepak Chopra
When I was at drama school, I wanted to change the world, and thought I had some great wisdom to impart to people about humanity. Now that I'm older, I know enough to realise that I know nothing at all. Michael Sheen
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes
My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that's what was expected of me. Sarah Kay
Suffering is one of life's great teachers. Bryant H. McGill
If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements. Mason Cooley
We dwell in the house of the body, but its perfection and intricate life are the work of a wisdom which never relaxes dominion over a single cell. George William Russell
I don't think anybody who has any wisdom regrets a minute of their life, as long as it takes you to the next minute, when things get a little better, and even when it doesn't. Allan Gurganus
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst. Desiderius Erasmus
The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension... Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
As a youngster, I used to try to pick up any bits of wisdom about the guitar I could. It's not like now where you have books and books about every aspect of anything. Any little pearl of wisdom was welcome back then. Johnny Marr
If your writing collides with the conventional wisdom, there's going to be some kind of friction. Pankaj Mishra
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom. Havelock Ellis
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom. Lord Byron
Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Peter Guber
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim. John D. Rockefeller
Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think. Alfred Austin
If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom. Leo Strauss
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. Archimedes
Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It's about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it's about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules. Tom Peters
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. Omar N. Bradley
I know conventional wisdom has always been to go to Europe, and I did that early on, and I tried it, but I realised pretty quickly if I wasn't playing, nothing else mattered - I wasn't going to be happy. Landon Donovan
I don't want to put a pause on the rest of my life; I'm really enjoying getting older and the wisdom that comes from that. Rosemarie DeWitt
While people are quick to praise the wisdom of the crowd, being an old-school journalist, I look at the wisdom of the crowd and know it can quickly turn into a mob mentality. Jason Calacanis
Beauty, the eternal Spouse of the Wisdom of God and Angel of his Presence thru' all creation. Robert Bridges
Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins. David Limbaugh
Our ascendancy of the past two centuries - first Europe and then the U.S. - has bred a western-centric mentality: the West is the fount of all wisdom. We think of ourselves as open-minded, but our sense of superiority has closed our minds. We never entertained the idea that China could surpass the U.S. Martin Jacques
Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order. Johan Huizinga
In the end, the real wisdom of menopause may be in questioning how fun or even sane this chore wheel called modern life actually is. Sandra Tsing Loh
I've always enjoyed doing challenging things and also challenging common wisdom. Stefan Hell
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way. George Crabbe
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure. William Blake
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon
Meditation is the soul's perspective glass. Owen Feltham
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon
The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss. Edward Young
If I can turn the most powerful part of the world into a land of wisdom and compassion, it's going to change the rest of the world. Chade-Meng Tan
You need to have extraordinary wisdom to be the forerunner. Ma Huateng
I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times. Chris Christie
I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. Lucille Ball
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal. Thich Nhat Hanh
Make it your habit not to be critical about small things. Edward Everett Hale
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. H. L. Mencken
What if Barack Obama established a Presidential Advisory Committee that would meet once every couple of months, bringing together the former presidents for a conference in order to seek their collective wisdom? There is a wealth of experience in former presidents that generally goes untapped. Tony Campolo
I have no wisdom to share on dating. Rachel Dratch
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. Elizabeth Gaskell
A mouse does not rely on just one hole. Plautus
Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason. Hal Borland
Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. Kay Redfield Jamison
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. Isaac D'Israeli
Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek. Dan Rather
He read his mind. He's a strange sort of man, isn't he? It's not just the advice and the wisdom that he has. Omar Sharif
Kabbalah is all about change. It isn't about being proud of our good qualities: the wisdom is about transforming our darkness into light. Yehuda Berg
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust. Karl Kraus
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next. Herbert Hoover
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas
The United Nations' founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America's consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades. Vladimir Putin
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Joseph Addison
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues - of my comrades in the movement - who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me. Nelson Mandela
Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn't all have to be by tomorrow! William Eardley IV
Wisdom comes by disillusionment. George Santayana
A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself. Loretta Young
You can only make sense of the online world by going offline and by getting the wisdom and emotional clarity to know how to make the best use of the Internet. Pico Iyer
Being a survivor doesn't mean being strong - it's telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It's paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors. Bernie Siegel
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, 'Let's make a wish on a star,' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom. Rene Russo
I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more. Elizabeth Hardwick
It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom. Dee Hock
I've always shied away from conventional wisdom, though I know the power of it. Peter Jennings
Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature. Paul Ricoeur
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus
In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom. Ezra Stiles
Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying. Johannes Tauler
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton
Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame. Abbott L. Lowell
In particular, for younger researchers on whom the future of mankind may depend. We believe that they are working with all the scientific wisdom at their disposal for the preservation of the inheritance of the earth and for the lasting survival of mankind. Kenichi Fukui
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Publilius Syrus
Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values. Sidney Hook
The wisdom of the crowds has peaked. Web 3.0 is taking what we've built in Web 2.0 - the wisdom of the crowds - and putting an editorial layer on it of truly talented, compensated people to make the product more trusted and refined. Jason Calacanis
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams
America's freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others. Parker Palmer
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done. Amelia Earhart
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato
This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven. Joseph Barber Lightfoot
Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues. Abigail Adams
The sweetest of all sounds is praise. Xenophon
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. Khalil Gibran
Conventional wisdom tells us we'll only be happier after a divorce if the marriage itself was a war zone. Ariel Gore
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland
To keep your secret is wisdom; to expect others to keep it is folly. William Samuel Johnson
There should be a point to movies. Sure, you're giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom. George Lucas
The topic 'Farm Wisdom' is not a gospel doctrine or scriptural topic, although I found considerable scriptural support for the lessons learned on the farm. John Bytheway
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
'Swan,' by Mary Oliver. Poems and prose. Reading from this book is as if visiting a very wise friend. There is wisdom and welcoming kindness on every page. Jessye Norman
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. Rabindranath Tagore
There's a real wisdom to not saying a thing. Willem Dafoe
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Khalil Gibran
The woods were a boon; all too often, the forest offered danger and mystery. Yet it could be liberating. If you entered that wild place on its own terms, you might be accorded wisdom. John Burnside
The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one's power to those humans who deserve it. Apollonius of Tyana
Now, if you notice how the swan, putting its neck down into the deep water, brings up food for itself from below, then you will discover the wisdom of the Creator, in that He gave it a neck longer than its feet for this reason, that it might, as if lowering a sort of fishing line, procure the food hidden in the deep water. Saint Basil
There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source. Brigham Young
The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. Frederick William Robertson
Remarkable contributions are typically spawned by a passionate commitment to transcendent values such as beauty, truth, wisdom, justice, charity, fidelity, joy, courage and honor. Gary Hamel
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate. Friedrich Schiller
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Thomas Paine
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Success is a wonderful thing, but it tends not to be the sort of experience that we learn from. We enjoy it; perhaps we even deserve it. But we don't acquire wisdom from it. Timothy Noah
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own. William Ralph Inge
Normally street children are shown in terms of the tragedy of their lives - which is true - but there's also another dimension: their wisdom, dignity and enormous capacity for survival. Henning Mankell
Remembering is painful, it's difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom. Paul Greengrass
It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself. Richard Dawkins
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. Euripides
Common wisdom dictates that the vice president should provide balance to the ticket by representing a different part of the country, another set of experiences, or a basketful of electoral votes. Madeleine M. Kunin
Silence is true wisdom's best reply. Euripides
The word philosophy sounds high-minded, but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something, you don't just read about it; you hug it, you mess with it, you play with it, you argue with it. Hugh Jackman
Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left. Arianna Huffington
Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense. Joyce Meyer
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the blue blazer's a bit of a loose cannon. A suit decided long ago what it wanted to be, and it doesn't want to hear your ideas, but a blue blazer only got around to half the job. So it leaves it up to you to find its bottoms. Gray slacks, blue jeans, patterns, white pants and different blue shades all work. Willie Geist
F. Lee Bailey had been an inspiration to me. It was my desire to have him behind the scenes, to rely on his great wisdom and his brainpower, but I did not feel he should be in the courtroom. Robert Shapiro
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. Akhenaton
But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere. Origen
No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers. Laurie Colwin
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah. Afrika Bambaataa
Thinking is not enough. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience - any... thing. William S. Burroughs
God in His wisdom has decided that He will reward no works but His own. Johannes Tauler
Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment. Steve Albini
Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom. Rumi
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. Michel de Montaigne
The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. Hal Borland
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. Jimmy Carter
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn
I think there is a complicated side effect to overcoming evil in that we are forever changed by it. I think after we ingest some of the cruelty of the world, it takes years off of our lives, but it also gives us wisdom and a little grace, hopefully a sense of compassion. Adam Rapp
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. Orison Swett Marden
Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency. John Updike
If my wisdom could get support from officials, I think society would move forward 20 years. Chen Guangbiao
I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and the vision to do the things on this earth that I was supposed to do to express His life and love and His will. Billy Ray Cyrus
We don't pray for the land. We pray for the humans, all humans... starting with the president, Mohammed Morsi, and all officials, and for God to give everyone wisdom and responsibility to manage the affairs of this country and its people in true Egyptian spirit. Pope Theodoros II
We all have within us a deep wisdom, but sometimes we don't know we have it. Shakti Gawain
Unhappy is that Grandeur which makes us too great to be good; and that Wit which sets us at a distance from true Wisdom. Mary Astell
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. Colin Powell
Many spiritual teachers - in Buddhism, in Islam - have talked about first-hand experience of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom, to enlightenment. bell hooks
When spirituality is the basis of your life, it gives you the strength, wisdom and courage to surmount the many storms of life that could destroy a weaker person who doesn't have this foundation. Radhanath Swami
For me, the perfect romantic suspense hero has got to be tough on the outside but tender at his core. A take-charge kind of guy who has his own inner strength and a strong sense of right and wrong - which might not dovetail with the conventional wisdom. I mean, he might bend the law if he thinks the ends justify the means. Ruth Glick
All wisdom does not reside in Delhi. P. Chidambaram
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle
As a citizen and someone who was a judge on the constitutional law court for 18 years, I feel whenever I can raise my voice with the hope of being heard I need to do it, but I wouldn't assign a special wisdom and responsibility to writers. Bernhard Schlink
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action. Louis D. Brandeis
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. Phil Jackson
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
Good economic policy requires not so much the bravado to implement drastic change as the strength and wisdom to make reasonable trade-offs over the many years it takes to transform a country's standard of living. Peter Blair Henry
Spiritual teachers and artists that have opened the eye of wisdom for the world, and visionary community builders, have influenced my work. Alex Grey
My company survives because I've learned to respect the ideas of people younger than me and recognize when my wisdom is obsolete. Robert Kiyosaki
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom. Jean Giraudoux
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head. Arthur Schopenhauer
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken
Though I am fascinated by knowledge, I am even more fascinated by wisdom. Abraham Verghese
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. John C. Maxwell
After a gig I always head back to the hotel, remembering granny's words of wisdom. I cancel the late-night pizza and watch the Jonathan Ross show instead. Jimmy Carr
You know, it's sort of common wisdom among New York publishers that short story collections don't make money. Chad Harbach
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! Walter Scott
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. William Cowper
Follow the wisdom of the great actor, James Cagney, you hit your mark, you look the other guy in the eye, and you tell the truth. Larry Merchant
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. Holly Near
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. Henry Ward Beecher
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore de Balzac
All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. Saint Teresa of Avila
With age comes a greater wisdom, an ease and comfort with oneself. Cherie Lunghi
Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure. Lord Byron
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered. Graham Greene
Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit. Chen Shui-bian
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box. Thomas Huxley
To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it. Wilson Mizner
In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people; for who sees not, but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins, who were therefore shut out. Thomas Shepard
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles
One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. Walter Pater
I haven't any wisdom - just a child like everybody else. I'm not as great as Frank Lloyd Wright. Philip Johnson
The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship. Norman Douglas
Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Khalil Gibran
If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink. Sophocles
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence. Jean Paul
Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. Plautus
Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. Samuel Smiles
The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom. Ed Miliband
Only a well-rounded intellect, a spirit nourished in the eternal sources of intelligence and culture, of justice and wisdom, is a safeguard against both indifference and skepticism. Ameen Rihani
Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces. Solon
Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions. Gerald Brenan
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Max de Pree
The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box. The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field. Aubrey de Grey
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. William Feather
There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. Benjamin Franklin
Learning how to get in tune with your field of energy and understand how to create your energy, expand that energy, and move that energy through your body. Coming back to your center, and approaching life from that center-to-line place... That to me gave me strength and understanding and hopefully wisdom to solve life's problems and challenges. Erin Gray
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. Franz Grillparzer
If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world. Antonin Scalia
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom. Samuel Smiles
I'm no expert. I have no psychic powers, and I sure don't possess any secret wisdom. I'm just Janet. I have strengths, weaknesses, fears, happiness, sadness. I experience joy and I experience pain. I'm highly emotional. I'm very vulnerable. Janet Jackson
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. Erma Bombeck
Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise. Paul Engle
If we can return to a government that the Founders, in their wisdom, envisioned for us, we can return to a government that will allow our economy to thrive again, and our people to live in liberty. Nan Hayworth
It's one thing to really dream and have a vision and want all these cool things, but it's a whole other thing when you actually have wisdom and understand things. Then you can truly make the best decisions. Ciara
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel. Jane Porter
Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet. Robert Orben
Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz - a true rhapsody in blue - are hunted to the edge of silence. Jay Griffiths
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. Robert Frost
It's become glib political conventional wisdom in Washington that a massive spending plan will provide a parachute rescue for a cliff-diving economy - landing it safely and with strong enough legs to move toward a healthy future. Nina Easton
Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn't cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older. Kris Kristofferson
You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom. Herbie Hancock
There is often, in the affairs of government, more efficiency and wisdom in non-action than in action. John C. Calhoun
I left school at 16 but I wish I'd gone to university - I think I would have studied English literature. I had a knack for that. But I don't think you have the kind of wisdom at 16 to make that decision. Brendan Coyle
I think it's nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It's a fair exchange. Cherie Lunghi
The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom. Herbie Hancock
Look at anyone's bookcase at home, no matter how modest, and you're going to find a book that contains wisdom or ideas or a language that's at least a thousand years old. And the idea that humans have created a mechanism to time travel, to hurl ideas into the future, it sort of bookends. Books are a time machine. Jonathan Nolan
What's different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It's all part of the suffocating spin cycle we're in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base. John Avlon
I love Winston Churchill. I love the wisdom he had, the sagacity. I like people who are independent-minded. People who aren't part of clans or systems, who are talented and free, and able to do things without being corrupted by the system. Lapo Elkann
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion. Ruth St. Denis
My mother is a great source of advice and wisdom and consolation for me. Katherine Heigl
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
My past is my wisdom to use today... my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides. Gene Oliver
This land, which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and gospel is free. Richard V. Allen
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. Morihei Ueshiba
The conventional wisdom is that people come to the United States, and immigration is so great, and they say, 'America, what a great country.' And a lot of that is true. James Gray
As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building. Jane Byrne
There's something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring. Kazuo Ishiguro
Protection, as we use the word in Buddhism, is actually wisdom, it's insight. Protection is seeing and knowing deeply that all things in our experience arise due to causes, due to conditions coming together in a certain way. Sharon Salzberg
The current wisdom now is that if the three networks are covering the news the same way the difference is the anchor people. I think that won't be true in the future. Roone Arledge
As you walk in God's divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life. Joseph Prince
It's really important, whether you're a conservative or a liberal, to always challenge the conventional wisdom, which is what I've tried to do in all my work. Nina Easton
You lose or you win the fight - and anything in life - in your mind. I can look at how the person walks, how he speaks, his expressions. It's a wisdom. Eyes are the mirror of the soul. So you can read a lot. Wladimir Klitschko
It is good even for old men to learn wisdom. Aeschylus
It's funny, because in deference to conventional wisdom, I spent my struggling writer years trying to suppress my naturally baroque literary voice and write clean, spare prose. I finally gave up and embraced my baroque tendencies when I wrote the Kushiel series. Jacqueline Carey
It's received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly. Julie Burchill
Mothers are supposed to listen and, afterward, to respond with some wisdom and perspective, but these things were not my mother's strong suit. Anne Lamott
It has become part of the accepted wisdom to say that the twentieth century was the century of physics and the twenty-first century will be the century of biology. Freeman Dyson
It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest. Orison Swett Marden
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. Nathaniel Hawthorne
A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. John Lubbock
Conventional wisdom tells us to avoid taking unalterable action while at a low point in life. I have never been conventional. Therese Fowler
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. Herb Caen
Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to. Greg Anderson
Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom. Myrtle Reed
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. Omar N. Bradley
The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense. Dean Inge
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. Aristophanes
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt
Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus
It doesn't matter how much wisdom you have. If you don't have position, you have nothing. That's the tragedy of India. Rahul Gandhi
Conventional wisdom suggests the primary motivator for entrepreneurs is money or wealth creation and, in fact, much of the political debate tends to center around what kind of tax or regulatory policy changes will turn corporate suits into small business adventurers overnight. Chip Conley
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man. John Selden
At 17 years old, STG took me under its wing and shared its resources and wisdom with me, even allowing me to take part in a show at the Edinburgh Festival. Without STG and the Ramshorn Theatre, I would not have found access to the world of drama that I later made my profession. Peter Capaldi
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant
That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. Martin Luther King Jr.
To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence. Adam Clarke
I'm grateful for my lines of wisdom. Of course, there are days when I think: 'Oh my gawd, I look a bit tired.' But I can pull it together if I have to. Twiggy
No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy - well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I'm President, I never will. Barack Obama
I'm very proud of the Rome episode of 'No Reservations' because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You're never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white. Anthony Bourdain
There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
A few years ago you couldn't go from TV to film. It was like a 'no no' but I believe when you find a plan and purpose that God has for your life, there's not anything man can do to you. Especially when your faith is not really standing in the wisdom of man, you're really standing in the wisdom of God. Derek Luke
I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom, that it's more interesting to have an album - or, indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity. Peter Hammill
A mistake is simply another way of doing things. Katharine Graham
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. John Burroughs
The problem lies with us: we've become addicted to experts. We've become addicted to their certainty, their assuredness, their definitiveness, and in the process, we have ceded our responsibility, substituting our intellect and our intelligence for their supposed words of wisdom. Noreena Hertz
Wisdom is found only in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sometimes it might seem like I'm using my songs to give other people pointers. But mainly, they're for me, just little notes to myself that I collected, and the wisdom that I've read. I give myself a lot of advice. Seinabo Sey
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. Jose Bergamin
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous. Ben Elton
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France
If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit. Charles Stanley
The model a lot of companies use is a very pyramidal model which sort of designates that all creativity, all wisdom flows from the top. We think that's the absolute wrong model. Richard Hayne
I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do - and not only for operating, but for everything. Ben Carson
People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. Anton Chekhov
Ending poverty calls for humility, honesty, freedom from ideology and refusal to accept cruel simplicities about anyone's human potential. It requires listening to the wisdom and cutting the nonsense from both the Right and the Left. Donella Meadows
Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes. Christopher Reeve
Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. Plautus
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. James M. Barrie
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. George S. Patton
This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom. Paul Ricoeur
Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda. Bennie Thompson
To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue. William Hazlitt
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another. Adlai Stevenson
I see a wiser person than when I was younger: having babies, and passing 30, were the turning points. What women in their 40s - I am 39 - lack in gorgeousness, they make up for in wisdom. I love ageing, despite the drawbacks - thinner, drier skin. Thandie Newton
The conventional wisdom is that if you are gay, you cannot play the romantic straight lead in a movie. Ian Mckellen
I don't know that you're able to measure your aggregate wisdom as you go through life. I can't say that I ever feel that I'm sitting on top of a growing mound of wisdom. Dylan Moran
History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom. Daisaku Ikeda
What I want is to have people's notion of adulthood no longer be so defined by being a parent. There is some kind of conventional wisdom that you're not really a mature person until you become a parent. Meghan Daum
Focus on the mind and the soul. Read. Study. Enrol in a course of lectures. Pray. Become a member of a religious congregation. Study the Bible or other ancient works of wisdom. Jonathan Sacks
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. Henry Miller
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. Publilius Syrus
I'm at the transition place myself, still playing high school girls but moving to a stage when I'm playing older roles and going to the places of stillness and wisdom and knowledge and weight. It's exciting and scary. Tatiana Maslany
I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide. Elena Kagan
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Norman Douglas
During the long process of history, by relying on our own diligence, courage and wisdom, Chinese people have opened up a good and beautiful home where all ethnic groups live in harmony and fostered an excellent culture that never fades. Xi Jinping
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost
Now it is time to turn to an older wisdom that, while respecting material comfort and security as a basic right of all, also recognises that many of the most valuable things in life cannot be measured. Michael D. Higgins
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato
I love being. There's so much wisdom in it. You wake up in the morning and you think, Hey, isn't it great just being? Gwyneth Paltrow
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. Baltasar Gracian
The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet. William Gibson
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin H. Fischer
In my own personal life, God plays a great role in the risk, because I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do - and not only for operating, but for everything. Ben Carson
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. Mary Browne
Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality. Michael Leunig
It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better. Ella Maillart
My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. William Tecumseh Sherman
Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain. Ray Kurzweil
By the time you've reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom. Terry Pratchett
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicero
What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that's how I approached the part. Christopher Reeve
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
The soul's joy lies in doing. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Khalil Gibran
Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something. Liz Carpenter
Habit is the nursery of errors. Victor Hugo
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives. Cyril Connolly
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin
It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly. John George Nicolay
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever
I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world - a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. Buddha
What is important to me is that when I write something, people listen to me. I provide my wisdom to people, whether they agree or not. Nouriel Roubini
Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. Bodhidharma
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. Doug Larson
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow. William Osler
There's the conventional wisdom, of which I have none, where you get a record deal, you get a publicist, you get a campaign, and you do the tour, but none of that adds up to things like nuance and subtlety and dynamic. Chris Robinson
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phil Jackson
Wisdom is a sacred communion. Victor Hugo
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. Akhenaton
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. Walt Disney
The long-standing wisdom that everyone wins in a single world market has been undermined. Global trade, capital flows, and immigration are declining. Roger Altman
Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness - all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had - outside of us. Guy Finley
An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with. Thomas Fuller
While many of us never knew Ronald Reagan personally, we felt close to him because we shared his lighthearted sense of humor, admired his uncommon virtue, and were moved by his remarkable wisdom. Randy Forbes
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired. Joseph Roux
Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom. Bernard DeVoto
A short saying often contains much wisdom. Sophocles
Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung
A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths. Greg Walden
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. Walter Scott
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius
The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. John Updike
In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them. Thomas Huxley
If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. Lord Salisbury
The wisdom of God's Word is quite clear on believers being unequally yoked. And marrying someone who is not a Christian - who is not a daily disciple of Christ - is being unequally yoked, regardless of what their beliefs might be. Pat Robertson
Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself. W. Clement Stone
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Brian O'Driscoll
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. Samuel Johnson
You want people walking away from the conversation with some kernel of wisdom or some kind of impact. Harry Dean Stanton
Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom. Joseph Stiglitz
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Satchel Paige
If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce. Ignorance does not become wisdom just because you gussy it up with the Gospels. Charlie Pierce
I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals. Brigitte Bardot
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. Khalil Gibran
Just look at what is right in front of you. People don't do that. They see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see. They only hear the music and not the lyrics of human events. Vincent Bugliosi
The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom. George MacDonald
All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth - it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations. Henry Petroski
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Intuition is the wisdom formed by feeling and instinct - a gift of knowing without reasoning... Belief is ignited by hope and supported by facts and evidence - it builds alignment and creates confidence. Belief is what sets energy in motion and creates the success that breeds more success. Angela Ahrendts
People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. A. C. Benson
In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare! Homer
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela
If they can prove that I am wrong by that time, I will give it up to their wisdom, but not after to any one's judgment, till I see the end of another year; for the Lord will begin with a new century; and I will see what he will do, before I will hearken to any man's judgment. Joanna Southcott
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life. Ravi Zacharias
This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will. Stanford Moore
It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always 'Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats.' That's been true for my entire lifetime. Ted Cruz
I'm married. My wife, Stella - a beautiful woman. She's brought a lot of peace to my life, a lot of wisdom. Anthony Hopkins
Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. Ambrose Bierce
How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, partly by popularity. Robert Gottlieb
I always want to be a messenger, a person that, you know, that's not afraid to pass on wisdom. Mary J. Blige
Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure - they can be turned into wisdom. Cat Cora
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
But the law of God came from heaven indeed. God wrote it with his finger, it is the fountain of all wisdom, and therefore shall it continue for ever, and never have an end. John Jewel
Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Alan Kay
Start wide, expand further, and never look back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Champions invariably have fervent philosophical beliefs. Philosophy, in its simplest terms, means 'the love of wisdom.' Zig Ziglar
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. Robert Kennedy
I covered my face because they had taken my wisdom teeth out. Josh Brolin
God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes. Laurence J. Peter
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. John F. Kennedy
Even youngish men can acquire wisdom as time goes by. John Bercow
However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science. Knut Hamsun
Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next. Charles Simmons
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi
As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago... I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time. Mary Chapin Carpenter
Just the simple act of sharing wisdom is something that many parents have left to society to do; however, that is not what God teaches in His word. Monica Johnson
Democracy, loudly upheld as a cure for much of the ailing world, has proved no guarantor of political wisdom, even if it remains the least bad form of government. Pankaj Mishra
War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes. Thomas Paine
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. Anne Bradstreet
Spending two years on my uncle's ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns. Robert Duvall
We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy. Joe Baca
Let deeds match words. Plautus
But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion. Sylvia Plath
Courage is always the surest wisdom. Wilfred Grenfell
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. John F. Kennedy
You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don't see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom. Eric Ries
Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition. Riccardo Muti
I converted to Christianity because I was convinced by Jesus Christ as a character, as a personality. I loved him, his wisdom, his love, his unconditional love. Mosab Hassan Yousef
I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn't taught by men - it's a gift from God. Joyce Meyer
The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment. Christopher Lasch
Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only. Samuel Smiles
Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it. Mary Astell
God knows and sees all. His wisdom and knowledge far outweighs mankind, and whether or not people ever recognize it - He is the creator. He is the giver of life, and only He has the power to take it away. That's why its imperative to submit to Him. Monica Johnson
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. Colin Powell
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris
What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks. Wade Davis
Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass. William Congreve
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. John Patrick
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson
My first paying gig was a play called 'The Voice of the Prairie' at a theater that no longer exists in Chicago called Wisdom Bridge. I played a fast-talking radio huckster - a salesman of crystal sets in the 1920s - and I actually won an award. Look at that! And then promptly didn't get hired for a year. Denis O'Hare
The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. Don Shula
Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. Bo Bennett
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. Franz Kafka
Once I turned 35, I got the bonus of some wisdom and began to accept life on its own terms. Mike Myers
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. George Eliot
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov
The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe. Torquato Tasso
In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance. Theodore Dreiser
The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. Peter Abelard
Blessed are they who seek to learn wisdom. Ezra Taft Benson
After 25-plus years as a lawyer, prosecutor, and defense attorney, I have developed a deep appreciation for both the wisdom of the law and the role that jurists play in framing the rights and responsibilities that define our society. Eliot Spitzer
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival. Thomas Jefferson
Multicolored stones and paintings, walkways, and theaters are useless in a city unless it also contains wisdom and law. Such things are the subject of wisdom and law, not equivalent to them. Apollonius of Tyana
Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps. Elizabeth George
They see me as being this Super Mom on TV who also can more than handle a difficult husband, and they assume I'm going to be just full of wisdom as a mother and wife myself. Patricia Richardson
I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I've probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I've got more experience. But I haven't really changed. I'm still driven by the same philosophy. Ted Turner
Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom. Buddha
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracian
When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don't get wise, but you don't get wise unless you age. Erik Erikson
When you doubt, abstain. Ambrose Bierce
We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We're connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey
Be as you wish to seem. Socrates
When I go out to direct a film, every day we prepare too much, we think too much. Knowledge becomes a weight upon wisdom. You know, simple words lost in the quicksand of experience. Shekhar Kapur
Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform. William Penn
A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one. Lord John Russell
Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times. Chris Christie
I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise. John Keats
The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people's tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away. Michael Azerrad
I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life's wisdom. Wislawa Szymborska
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw
Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom. Ram Dass
But I do think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books. China Mieville
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance. Jean de La Fontaine
So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done. Thomas Jefferson
History does not repeat itself. Nor does it unfold in cycles. The real future is contingent, rich beyond imagining, a perennial gobsmack, tragic and glorious in equal measure; the pundits' future, spun of 'conventional wisdom,' is only a sucker punch to that common-sense fact. Rick Perlstein
If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks. Sidney Lanier
The will to set values and the power to make them law are jointly at the bottom of all operative norms. When linked to divine wisdom, this source of moral law is still in safe hands which man can trust. Hans Jonas
My own feelings of where I am in this world and the questions that I am asking myself, I started to explore them through the story 'Four Feathers' and through this actor called Heath Ledger. I knew that I had to find a 21-year-old who could play wisdom at the end. He's only 21 or 22, and I tested him. Shekhar Kapur
This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say. Brenda Ueland
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. Octavio Paz
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester. Francis Quarles
They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense. George Combe
The wisdom of crowds works when the crowd is choosing the price of an ox, when there's a single numeric average. But if it's a design or something that matters, the decision is made by committee, and that's crap. You want people and groups who are able to think thoughts before they share. Jaron Lanier
Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. Bob Marley
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom. Anatole France
We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice. Arthur Helps
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory? Martin Farquhar Tupper
A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out. Michael Leunig
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Edmund Burke
My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better. Marlo Thomas
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield. Quintilian
Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They're the ones who constantly ask, 'What if?' and 'Why not?' They're not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, and they don't disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better. Travis Bradberry
Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril. Michael Hayden
The tradition is a fence around the law; tithes are a fence around riches; vows are a fence around abstinence; a fence around wisdom is silence. Akiva ben Joseph
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. William Butler Yeats
Quick decisions are unsafe decisions. Sophocles
I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them. Rod Taylor
A lot of people tell me a lot of things about my conduct, my game, my future... but I try to stay away from their words of wisdom. I don't let it distract me. On the field, you will be facing the ball alone. If you fail, you will the only one to blame. So, you should be the one deciding for yourself. Virat Kohli
Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing - it's what comes through. K. D. Lang
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Lewis Carroll
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. Plato
Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age. Paul Klee
If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. Leo Buscaglia
Has Werner Herzog ever said anything that wasn't true? What a brilliant fountain of wisdom. Everything he touches I'm just fascinated by. Dan Gilroy
The difference between a 20-something and a 30-something man? Wisdom. At 20 years old, we don't really get how sensitive and beautiful women are. By 30, we're finally starting to learn. Gilles Marini
With age comes common sense and wisdom. Nas
I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well. Ray LaMontagne
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? Friedrich Nietzsche
If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people. But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together. Kevin McCarthy
Discipline is wisdom and vice versa. M. Scott Peck
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. Charles Caleb Colton
When I wrote Living in the Light, I wanted to share about how I live my own life and to encourage people to tap into their own inner wisdom. Shakti Gawain
It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution. Anthony Trollope
Wit and playfulness represent a desperately serious transcendence of evil. Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival. Tom Robbins
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. Herman Melville
Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak. Charles Hazlewood
It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. Menander
In the beginning, Adam was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow - not Eve. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother's place is in the home! Ezra Taft Benson
It is a remarkable fact in the political history of man that there is scarcely an instance of a free constitutional government which has been the work exclusively of foresight and wisdom. They have all been the result of a fortunate combination of circumstances. John C. Calhoun
It isn't right to judge strength as better than good wisdom. Xenophanes
Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. Joan Rivers
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Evil can be a teacher, if you look at the wisdom of its negative power. Tom Brown, Jr.
At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly. Mason Cooley
This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God. William Law
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. John Kenneth Galbraith
There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment. Shakti Gawain
The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. Pierre Charron
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives. J. Michael Straczynski
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. John Cheever
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. Robert H. Schuller
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Jean Paul
It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci
I do think that the standard media is controlled by the conventional wisdom about global warming. We've come to believe - from reading a lot of articles and talking to a lot of scientists - that there's another side to be heard. Steven Levitt
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. William Cowper
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it. Doug Larson
In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don't accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth. Evangeline Lilly
We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days. Robert Hall (minister)
Women's strength, women's industry, women's wisdom are humankind's greatest untapped resource. The challenge then for U.N. Women is to show our diverse constituencies how this resource can be effectively tapped in ways that benefit us all. Michelle Bachelet
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche
It's very hard to know what wisdom is. James Hillman
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds. Henry Van Dyke
Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. King Solomon
Consensus wisdom has it that all modern commercial fantasy novels fall into two camps: those derived from J.R.R. Tolkien and those derived from Mervyn Peake. The 'Lord of the Rings' template or the 'Gormenghast' mold. Paul Di Filippo
Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose. Herbie Hancock
Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. Cyril Connolly
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune. Horace
It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. Phillips Brooks
Knowledge is going to make you stronger. Knowledge is going to let you control your life. Knowledge is going to give you the wisdom to teach their children. Knowledge is the thing that makes you smile in the face of disaster. Avery Brooks
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back? W. Clement Stone
Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. Sam Walton
Music is the marriage of the feelings of the living to the wisdom of the dead. Cass McCombs
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. Rabindranath Tagore
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. Alexis Carrel
And, if we have any evidence that the wisdom which formed the plan is in the man, we have the very same evidence, that the power which executed it is in him also. Thomas Reid
Not a single illegal immigrant should or need enter the United States, not one. Contrary to the common wisdom, the borders are easy to seal, and controlling entry is hardly totalitarian. Mark Helprin
Consider this point. It is a main point of true wisdom. Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent. Adoniram Judson
Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God. Robert Dale Owen
Personal computers were created by some teenagers in garages because the, the wisdom of the computer industry was that people didn't want these little toys on their desk. Howard Rheingold
Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Herman Hesse
Nothing energizes me more than to burrow myself under a pile of received wisdom and emerge triumphant with the truth. Timothy Noah
When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective. George C. Marshall
When you're used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more. Mayim Bialik
Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom. Terry Pratchett
The best wisdom is earned through experience, particularly mistakes. Sophia Amoruso
Experience is knowledge; but knowledge, when it is sought only as a material resource, is not always a blessing. Experience is wisdom; but wisdom, with those who lack vision, is not always power. Experience is tolerance; but tolerance, when it is induced by apathy, is not in the least a virtue. Ameen Rihani
If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be. Yogi Berra
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men. Eric Clapton
Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use. John Denham
I'd love to spend more time on the Isle of Man. I love the anonymity of putting on a boiler suit and going down to buy parts for the compressor. And Norman Wisdom's a neighbour; I salute him occasionally. John Rhys-Davies
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven
There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking - and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. Daniel Dae Kim
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. Socrates
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease. Josh Billings
India and China have not shied away from addressing boundary questions, have wisdom to find a fair and mutually acceptable solution... We have been able to put all issues on the table. Li Keqiang
You know, many people have said that I'm on the edge and I'm maverick for some of the big operations that I've done. I'm not at all. I pray; I ask God to give me wisdom, 'Should I do it?', guidance in terms of how to do it, who to consult with. All those kind of things are incredibly important. Ben Carson
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. James Huneker
It is impossible to love and to be wise. Francis Bacon
I understand that there's a certain energy in youth, no question, in terms of pursuing jobs. But there is wisdom in age. It's too bad that the two can't come together because I do think that people are dropped from what they're really good at too soon. Rene Russo
The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out. Walter Benjamin
Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon
Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed levees and exploded the conventional wisdom about a shared American prosperity, exposing a group of people so poor they didn't have $50 for a bus ticket out of town. If we want to learn something from this disaster, the lesson ought to be: America's poor deserve better than this. Michael Dyson
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law. Thomas Hobbes
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. William Butler Yeats
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte
Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles. Estelle Getty
We are shallow because we are 'mayabang,' ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom. F. Sionil Jose
Appearances are often deceiving. Aesop
One could surely argue that the Buddhist tradition, taken as a whole, represents the richest source of contemplative wisdom that any civilization has produced. Sam Harris
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust
What I like about graduation speeches is that they're an opportunity for someone to make sense of their life and to impart that wisdom to someone else. It's like a sanctioned self-help moment. Bruce Eric Kaplan
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. Leonard Nimoy
In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. Lucille Ball
One of the advantages of having gone to Penn State was having had a scholar for a mentor - Philip Young. Also, a professional writer named Philip Klass taught there. He was a science fiction writer whose pseudonym was William Tenn. As a professional writer, he brought wisdom to teaching because he'd done it for a living. David Morrell
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu
I don't think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life. Elizabeth Gilbert
You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own. Clarence Day
I always see where I didn't do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That's a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that. Vera Wang
If everything is going well in my life then I start to read the papers more and I start to worry about everything I can't deal with. They say wisdom is knowing what you can fix and what you can't change. I'm very unwise. Josh Hartnett
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. John Steinbeck
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion. Herman Hesse
If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering. Thich Nhat Hanh
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates
My honored father will permit the observation that, though I have not heretofore always appreciated, as I ought, the motives and the feelings of a father, I hope I have learned wisdom in that respect; and my highest earthly gratification would be to make easy the downhill of life of those parents to whom I owe all that I am and most that I have. Elijah Parish Lovejoy
As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values. Edward Levi
Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. Mitt Romney
I don't believe in a golden mean; I don't believe you find policy wisdom between two polar points. I don't dismiss that possibility, but I look at the platform that's so ideologically based, that's so dismissive of facts, of evidence, of science, and it's frankly hard to take seriously. Thomas E. Mann
Of prosperity mortals can never have enough. Aeschylus
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. Milan Kundera
You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements. Denis Waitley
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. Michel de Montaigne
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin
Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom. Alan Paton
Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth. Mikhail Gorbachev
And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face. Venerable Bede
The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes. Mary Astell
What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park. Louie Schwartzberg
Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them. Mo Udall
The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Joseph Smith, Jr.
What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction, mentoring, and leading. Vivek Wadhwa
Giving opens the way for receiving. Florence Scovel Shinn
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius
He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass. Edgar Fiedler
The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day. Sam Mendes
Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. Bill Cosby
While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline. Henry Rollins
This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school. Thomas Dekker
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. Baruch Spinoza
There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years. Doing that job right requires all the intelligence, wisdom, and determination you will be able to muster from day to day. James Dobson
The less you talk, the more you're listened to. Pauline Phillips
A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. Margaret Thatcher
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish. John Henry Newman
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Nelson Mandela
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. Coco Chanel
Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong; love with tenderness, not passion, wisdom, not foolishness, and strength, lest you become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord. Saint Bernard
They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed. William Cowper
There's a lot of wisdom that my dad and my grandparents and my uncle have been able to impart on me, and what I've treasured the most is I've seen examples in my life of people embracing their creativity, not feeling insecure about their artistic inclinations. Bryce Dallas Howard
Every silver lining has a cloud. Mary Kay Ash
It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance. Harold S. Geneen
What evolution tells us is that we are part of a grand, dynamic, and ever-changing fabric of life that covers our planet. Even to a person of faith, in fact especially to a person of faith, an understanding of the evolutionary process should only deepen their appreciation of the scope and wisdom of the creator's work. Kenneth R. Miller
Practical wisdom is what's called for in situations that have a moral dimension to them. Barry Schwartz
Received wisdom is that if you spend time up front getting the design right, you avoid costs later. But the longer you spend getting the design right, the more your upfront costs are, and the longer it takes for the software to start earning. Kent Beck
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. Thomas Babington Macaulay
I would like to do my own daily talk show. Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it. My success was and is self-evident. I'm alive. I've lived. I've thrived and have grown as a person. I'm now healthier than ever. Who can argue with that? Suzanne Somers
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. Tobias Smollett
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying. Norman Douglas
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom. Nina Totenberg
Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness. Sacha Guitry
We live in a culture that doesn't acknowledge or validate human intuition and doesn't encourage us to rely on our intuitive wisdom. Shakti Gawain
The common wisdom is that only about 1 percent of a novelist's research ends up in his or her book. In my experience, it's even less - closer to a tenth of a percent. Gayle Lynds
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present. Joan Rivers
What would help us preserve our natural resources are genetic traits that let us sacrifice the present for the sake of the future. You need wisdom to sacrifice something that is immediately useful or advantageous for the sake of something that will be important in the future. Christian de Duve
No single person can possess the wisdom to chart our course. Jonathan Schell
When we contend, let us contend for all our rights - the doubtful and the certain, the unimportant and essential. It is as easy to contend, or even more so, for the whole as for a part. At the termination of the contest, secure all that our wisdom and valour and the fortune of war will permit. John C. Calhoun
Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom. Chuck Noll
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. Josh Billings
The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society. Daisaku Ikeda
If God had sufficient wisdom and power to construct such a beautiful world as this, then we must admit that his wisdom and power are immeasurably greater than that of man, and hence he is qualified to reign as king. Orson Pratt
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear. Sammy Davis, Jr.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events. John Kenneth Galbraith
For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart. Michael Caine
I have wisdom of a 60-year-old. Also it takes a lot for me to respect a person, so when a person has a body of work behind him, it draws my respect. Rani Mukerji

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