A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no
Age does not bring wisdom. Often it merely changes simple stupidity into
-Robert A. Heinlein
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to
bruise than polish.
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if
But what is strength without a double share
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is
noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by
experience, which is the bitterest.
Cleverness is not wisdom.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Consistently wise decisions can only be made by those whose wisdom is
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.
Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self- imposed
blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt
us or disappoint us.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual
Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?
-Axel Oxenstierna (1583-1654)
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call
to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom
consists of not exceeding the limit.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of
cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We
get very little wisdom from success, you know.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.
Half of wisdom is learning what to unlearn.
He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I almost think there is no wisdom comparable to that of exchanging what
is called the realities of life for dreams.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less
we use our power the greater it will be.
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
If our wisdom fails to match our science, we will have no second chance.
For there will be no one to carry our dreams across another Dark Age,
when the dust of all our cities incarnadines the sunsets of the world.
-Arthur C. Clarke
If youth is wasted on the young, wisdom is wasted on the old.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
It is astonishing what force, purity and wisdom it requires for a human
being to keep clear of falsehoods.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of
wisdom to listen.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the
audience is deaf.
It's amazing how much mature wisdom resembles being too tired.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
Knowledge tells us that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom prevents us from
putting it into fruit salad.
Many a man might have known if he had but been aware that he did not
know. A sense of ignorance is the doorstep of the palace of wisdom.
-Charles H. Spurgeon
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix
Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent.
-Hunter S. Thompson
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
Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
No state can be strong which excludes from its expressed wisdom, the
knowledge possessed by mothers, wives and daughters.
Now that I am 60, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not
-John Kenneth Galbraith
One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is
often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.
Our age has robbed millions of the simplicity of ignorance, and has so
far failed to lift them to the simplicity of wisdom.
Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our
Ours is a world in which knowledge accumulates and wisdom decays.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
-Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine)
So when you pray, ask for wisdom and understanding. Don't bother asking
for anything else, because if you have wisdom and understanding you
don't need anything else.
Solomon made a great mistake when he asked for wisdom.
Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
That is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise.
They grow careful.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes
the height of wisdom in another.
-John Stuart Mill
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to
set a limit to infinite error.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful,
and then only for a short while.
The beginning of wisdom is the awareness that there is insufficient
evidence that a god or gods have created us and the recognition that we
are responsible in part for our own destiny. Human beings can achieve
this good life, but it is by the cultivation of the virtues of
intelligence and courage, not faith and obedience, that we will most
likely be able to do so.
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The essence of wisdom is to know when to be doing, and when it's useless
even to try.
The fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches
from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you
greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice
reached only from one end of the bar to the other.
-Edward R. Murrow
The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the
death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation,
and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but
the achievement of serenity within and above it.
The first sigh of love is the last of wisdom.
The founding fathers, in their wisdom, devised a method by which our
republic can take one hundred of its most prominent numbskulls and keep
them out of the private sector where they might do actual harm.
The hope of the world is that wisdom can arrest conflict between
brothers. I believe that war is the deadly harvest of arrogant and
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can
The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience
for the benefit of the public.
The most certain sign of Wisdom is a constant cheerfulness.
-Michel de Montaigne
The old- like children- talk to themselves, for they have reached that
hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it
in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one's
beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one's secret are one's own.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age
The possession of facts is knowledge, the use of them is wisdom.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge
faster than society gathers wisdom.
The saddest words of pen or tongue are wisdom's wasted on the young.
The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good
grace in changing circumstances.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
The wisdom of the masses is not always... wise.
The wisdom of winter is madness in May.
There are compensations for growing older. One is the realization that
to be sporting isn't at all necessary. It is a great relief to reach
this stage of wisdom.
-Cornelia Otis Skinner
There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and
holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world.
-Henry Ward Beecher
There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right
and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge.
There are two statements about human beings that are true: that all
human beings are alike, and that all are different. On these two facts
all human wisdom is founded.
-Mark Van Doren
There is a tendency to mistake data for wisdom, just as there has always
been a tendency to confuse logic with values, intelligence with insight.
There is a time to battle against Nature, and a time to obey her. True
wisdom lies in making the right choice.
-Arthur C. Clarke
There is a wisdom of the Head, and... there is a wisdom of the Heart.
There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and
that is character.
There is wisdom in madness and strong probability of truth in all
accusations, for people are complete and everybody is capable of
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must
-Marilyn vos Savant
To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.
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.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel
To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish.
Understanding is knowing what to do; wisdom is knowing what to do next;
virtue is actually doing it.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a
journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who
understands the wise is wise already.
We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the
-Daniel J. Boorstin
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
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the
United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not
violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward
one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer
within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.
-Robert F. Kennedy
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries.
Whether a young man shall reap pleasure or pain from winning the objects
of his choice, depends, not only upon his wisdom or folly in selecting
those objects, but upon the right or wrong methods by which he pursues
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave
to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up
all by itself.
Wisdom is essential in a president, the appearance of wisdom will do in
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to
Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
-Thomas J. Watson
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where
you need it.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have
preferred to talk.
Wisdom is the strength of the weak.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely
because it comes late.
Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail
conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
-John Maynard Keynes