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Quotations on Wisdom

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Turn your wounds into wisdom.

~ Oprah Winfrey

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

~ Saint Augustine

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

~ William James

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

~ Edith Wharton

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

~ Helen Keller

To know when to be generous and when firm - that is wisdom.

~ Elbert Hubbard

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

~ George Santayana

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

~ Groucho Marx

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

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

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

~ Norman Cousins

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.

~ Rachel Carson

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.

~ Sam Levenson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.

~ Sam Levenson

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

~ Sophocles

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

~ Sydney J. Harris

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

~ Mark Twain

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.

~ Tyron Edwards

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

~ The Bible

- Proverbs 17:28

The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.

~ Seneca

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