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

One man's justice is another's injustice one man's beauty another's ugliness one man's wisdom another's folly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

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

Science says 'We must live,' and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says 'We must die,' and seeks how to make us die well.
Socrates

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

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Sophocles

A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Sophocles

Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.
Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sophocles

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
Sophocles

To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
Confucius

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

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Confucius

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
John Henry Cardinal Newman

Accuse not nature, she hath done her partDo thou but thine, and be not diffidentOf wisdom, she deserts thee not, if thouDismiss not her, when most thou needest her nigh,By attributing overmuch to thingsLess excellent, as thou thyself perceivest.
John Milton

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

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

Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.
M Scott Peck

In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Louis D. Brandeis

Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.
Mark Twain

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain

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

Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
Joseph Roux

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
W. R. Inge

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.
Abraham Lincoln

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

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair we had everything before us, we had nothing before us we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.
Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. . . . God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.
Pierre Charron

Through me you pass into the city of woeThrough me you pass into eternal painThrough me among the people lost for aye.Justice the founder of my fabric movedTo rear me was the task of power divine,Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.Before me things create were none, save thingsEternal, and eternal I shall endure.All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
Dante Alighieri

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Kahlil Gibran

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Kahlil Gibran

Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Kahlil Gibran

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.
Sir Arthur Eddington

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
Benjamin Disraeli

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.
William Blake

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
Buddha

Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion.
Lao Tzu

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

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
John Kenneth Galbraith

The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Benjamin Franklin

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

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

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Epicurus

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

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
Charlie Parker

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. - from Live Without Principle
Henry David Thoreau

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.
Henry David Thoreau

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Baltasar Gracian

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.
Dave Barry

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undoneThe wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.
Jonathan Swift

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Thomas Carlyle

Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being and only suffering teaches him this.
Simone Weil

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Francis Bacon

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
Aldous Huxley

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar.
William Wordsworth

Wisdom and spirit of the Universe Thou soul is the eternity of thought That giv'st to forms and images a breath And everlasting motion Not in vain By day or star-light thus from by first dawn Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me The passions that build up our human soul, Not with the mean and vulgar works of man, But with high objects, with enduring things, With life and nature, purifying thus The elements of feeling and of thought, And sanctifying, by such discipline Both pain and fear, until we recognize A grandeur in the beatings of the heart.
William Wordsworth

There are times when fear is good It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
John Updike

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 education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you.
John Updike

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.
Henry Miller

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

Wisdom is supreme therefore make a full effort to get wisdom. Esteem her and she will exalt your embrace her and she will honor you.
Proverbs 47-8

You shall go with me, newly-married bride,And gaze upon a merrier multitude.White-armed Nuala, Aengus of the Birds,Feachra of the hurtling form, and himWho is the ruler of the Western Host,Finvara, and their Land of Heart's Desire.Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.
William Butler Yeats

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

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
Elbert Hubbard

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
Karl Kraus

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

Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
Bertrand Russell

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

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
Orison Swett Marden

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
Sydney Harris

The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.
Edmund Burke

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, including the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions.
Edmund Burke

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

Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence ... too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom.
Horace

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
Horace

It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland.
Horace

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
Horace

If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge Where is the knowledge we have lost in information
T. S. Eliot

The arts are the servant wisdom its master.
Seneca

It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
Margaret Fuller

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names.
Chinese Proverb

To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
William Hazlitt

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men.
Albert Einstein

The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that which is impenetretrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
Albert Einstein

The extreme limit of wisdom--that is what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau

Many a crown of wisdom is but the golden chamberpot of success, worn with pompous dignity.
Joey Adams

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.
William Adams

The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.
Kurt Herbert Alder

There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
Aeschylus

I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet for calmness to remember or courage to forget.
Charles Hamilton Aide

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

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
Aristophenes

Lord 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.
Saint Francis of Assisi

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
George Baker

Boys are found everywhere-on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.
Alan Marshall Beck

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet

Be humble, if thou would'st attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered.
H Hahn Blavatsky

The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom.
Jean Bodin

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Phyllis Bottome

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
General Omar Nelson Bradley

Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.
Seymour Britchky

I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day.
Heywood

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
Merry Browne

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

I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.
William Frank Buckley, Jr.

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

There's no joy even in beautiful Wisdom, unless one have holy Health.
Simondes of Ceos

Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Chuang-tzu

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
Churton Collins

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Cooper

Intelligence is when you spot a flaw in your boss's reasoning. Wisdom is when you refrain from pointing it out.
James Dent

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
Tryon Edwards

Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.
Paul Engle

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

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Felix Frankfurter

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and wisest might err.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
James Abram Garfield

As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes.
Bhagavad Gita

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 Sergeyevich Gorbachev

God, give me courage to do what I can, humility to admit what I can't, and wisdom to know the difference.
B. J. Gupta

Books give not wisdome where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
Sir John Harington

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 to be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. 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 W. Hock

A child's hand in yours -- what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.
Marjorie Holmes

Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next.
Herbert Clark Hoover

For this is Wisdom to love, to live To take what fate, or the Gods may give. To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go
Laurence Hope

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

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
William Ralph Inge

Of all possessions wisdom alone is immortal.
Isocrates

Our government sprang from and was made for the people -- not the people for the government. To them it owes an allegiance from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.
Andrew Johnson

Wisdom is know what to do next virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan

Nature never says one thing, Wisdom another.
Juvenal

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius

It is the province of knowledge to speak, It is the privledge of wisdom to listen.
Christine Lane

Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe.
Christine Lane

A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.
Primo Levi

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.
Menander

Six essential qualities that are the key to success Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.
Dr. William Claire Menninger

We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is the part of wisdom to keep your word and the part of folly to count on other people keeping theirs.
Richard Needham

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

Who knows why 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 Stewart Paton

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

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Mary Pickford

We don't receive wisdom we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

Gray hair is a sign of age, not wisdom.
Greek Proverb

Once I had the strength but no wisdom now I have the wisdom but no strength.
Persian Proverb

Under a ragged coat lies wisdom.
Romanian Proverb

It is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that a man is never more a man than when he is striving for what is beyond his grasp.
James Ramsey

Science at best is not wisdom it is knowledge. Wisdom is knowledge tempered with judgment.
Lord Ritchie-Calder

If you leave home for a while ... you question the conventional wisdom you've grown up with. That doesn't mean you have to change your opinions or who you are, but it's good to ask the questions.
Molly Ringwald

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.
Lord John Russell

It has been said that God's gift is also indescribable because of the grace by which it is given. God, who is rich in mercy, gave the world the gift of His dear Son while we were at enmity with Him. Paul says 'But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Rom. 58). Therefore, in Him we are freely given all things redemption, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, peace, hope, wisdom and knowledge.
Paul Sadler

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man's papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive.
Dr. Jonas Salk

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
William Saroyan

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

To acquire knowledge, one must study but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

History's lessons are no more enlightening than the wisdom of those who interpret them.
David Schoenbrun

Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.

No man is wiser for his learning, wit and wisdom are born with a man.
John Selden

The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former.
Samuel Smiles

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

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Walter Stegner

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
Laurence Sterne

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
Sid Taylor

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one's mind when occasion demands it.
Terence

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.
Dr. Dale E. Turner

Science says 'We must live,' and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says 'We must die,' and seeks how to make us die well.
Miguel de Unamuno

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile.
Unknown

If your prayers were always answered, you'd have a reason to doubt the wisdom of God.
Unknown

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
Abigail Van Buren

Above all, we must abolish hope in the heart of man. A calm despair, without angry convulsions, without reproaches to Heaven, is the essence of wisdom.
Alfred Victor Vigny

Philosopher A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Between the amateur and the professional...there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different psychological organization...A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.
Bernard De Voto

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

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Hugh White

It is the first step of wisdom to recognize that the major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the society in which they occur.
George Whitehead

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
Alfred Whitney

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Ron Wild

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.
Woodrow Wilson

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Oprah Winfrey

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
Aristophanes

There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
Pearl Buck

Make wisdom your provision for the journey from youth to old age, for it is a more certain support than all other possessions.
Bias

Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
Cato the Elder

Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.
Hugo De Groot

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

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

Age iswisdom, if one has lived one's life properly.
Miriam Makeba

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Titus Maccius Plautus

There is no wisdom without love.
N. Sri Ram

Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat.
Caecilius Statius