The 91 Best Quotes About Wisdom

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We’ve all heard plenty of great words of wisdom, but what about great words about wisdom?

Well, here’s a list of the very BEST quotes we could find about WISDOM from an array of folks who are pretty wise themselves.

One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything—and one’s last is to come to terms with everything. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. - Doug Larson

Be Happy It's Wise

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them. - Paulo Coelho

I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest. - John Buchan

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. - Maya Angelou

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. - Aeschylus

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. - Aristotle

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. - Edward Counsel

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates

Wisdom Grows Quiet Places

To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than you were before. - Unknown

Wisdom is the daughter of experience. - Leonardo da Vinci

There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart. - Charles Dickens

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson

It is strange how often a heart must be broken
Before the years can make it wise. - Sara Teasdale

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it. - Robbie Gass

Every wise man lives in an observatory. - Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. - George Santayana

Wisdom Is Found Wherever

Dare to be wise. - Horace

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

Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling. - C.G. Jung

Humility and wonder equals wisdom. - Unknown

Years teach us more than books. - Berthold Auerbach

Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable. - John Patrick

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. - Confucius

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. - James Boswell

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. - Rumi

He that can compose himself is wiser than he that composes books. - Benjamin Franklin

Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions. - Cullen Hightower

The wise talk to themselves. - Unknown

No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful. - Ernest Hemingway

Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity. - Brian Rathbone

Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth. - Pierre Abelard

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. - Juvenal

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. - John Stuart Mill

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. - James Huneker

Begin Be Bold Be Wise

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. - Buddha

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. - William James

Turn your wounds into wisdom. - Oprah

A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone. - Unknown

Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good. - Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

No man was ever wise by chance. - Seneca

Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom. - Dan Brown

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H.L. Mencken

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. - Martin H. Fischer

The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions. - John A. Simone

Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day. - Zen Proverb

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

Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather. - Czech Proverb

It is wiser to forgive than to hate. - Unknown

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. - Sophocles

Wisdom is a good purchase, though we pay dearly for it. - Dutch Proverb

Wisdom Of The Soul

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. - Walter Lippmann

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. - Horace

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top. - Unknown

The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others. - Tibetan Proverb

No one is wise at all times. - Piny the Elder

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. - Sophocles

Patience Is Wisdom

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. - William Shakespeare

There are many gates to the house of wisdom. - Edward Counsel

All knowledge is not taught in one school. - Hawaiian Proverb

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. - Solomon Ibn Gabirol

To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid. - Unknown

Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom. - William Jordan

The wise do as much as they should, not as much as they can. - French Proverb

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

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. - William Wordsworth

We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. - Michel de Montaigne

To realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell

Wonder Is Wisdom

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it—thou art a fool. - Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field. - Isaac Asimov

It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss. - L. Estrange

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr

Ripe in wisdom was he, but patient, and simple, and childlike. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be. - Unknown

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertran Russell

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. - Unknown

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. - Tobias Smollett

Wise men know each other. - Edward Counsel

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