Quotes About Wisdom

Is there a difference between wisdom and intelligence? Wisdom, as I see it, is mostly related with making the right decision, and not so much with our intellectual capacity to understand. Wise man does not have to be another Albert Einstein, but only intuitive enough to make the best decision possible within given circumstances. Such ability is a key ingredient for living successfully in today's complex world.

Following quotes and sayings about wisdom offer different perspectives on this key human skill. Also, I like this category of quotes and sayings, as they thought me a lot about priorities. I truly hope you will enjoy them and find these quotes to be yet another mean of learning life's important lessons.

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"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it." Albert Einstein

"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." Kahlil Gibran

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

"The highest wisdom is loving kindness." The Talmud

"Never, no never, did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another." Edmund Burke

"Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be." Lactantius

"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority." William Arthur Ward

"Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so." Lord Chesterfield

"Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious database outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This database is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of your is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part." Michael J. Gelb

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." Lord Alfred Tennyson

"Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much, wisdom is humble that he knows no more." William Cowper

"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life." Sandra Carey

"Ninety percent of all human wisdom is the ability to mind your own business." Robert Anson Heinlein

"The highest wisdom is loving kindness." The Talmud

"Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means." Francis Hutcheson

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

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

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." Naguib Mahfouz

"We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom." Michel de Montaigne

"One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things." Henry David Thoreau

"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

"The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so." Francois La Rochefoucauld

"There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom." Democritus

"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." Akhenaten

"Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom." Terry Pratchett

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." Lao Tzu

"It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen." Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought." Basho

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs ch. 4, v. 7, Holy Bible

"Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart." Alan Alda

"He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise." Lao Tzu


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