Wisdom Quotes

Most popular wisdom quotes

Science may be learned by rote, but Wisdom not. - Laurence Sterne quote.
Science may be learned by rote, but Wisdom not.

education

The true mark of a well-educated man is that he never tries to answer a question before being asked to do so.
To question a wise man is the beginning of wisdom.

asking questions

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

asking questions

If a wise man's way you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.

conversation

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
A wise man is superior to any insults which may be put upon him. - Molière quote.
A wise man is superior to any insults which may be put upon him.

insults

We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.
— Talmud

character

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

food for thought enemies

When we shift attention from experience to the spacious consciousness that knows, wisdom arises. - Jack Kornfield quote.
When we shift attention from experience to the spacious consciousness that knows, wisdom arises.
Jack Kornfield The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

experience buddhist

Wisdom knows what feelings are present without being lost in them. - Jack Kornfield quote.
Wisdom knows what feelings are present without being lost in them.
Jack Kornfield The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

buddhist feelings

Hope resides in the future, while perspective and wisdom are almost always found by looking to the past. - Greg Mortenson quote.
Hope resides in the future, while perspective and wisdom are almost always found by looking to the past.

the past future

The most important things in life aren't things.

life

A wise man turns chance into good fortune. - Thomas Fuller quote.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

fortune

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

kindness

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

kindness

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. - William Wordsworth quote.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
Wisdom at times is found in folly. - Horace quote.
Wisdom at times is found in folly.
Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates quote.
Wisdom begins in wonder.

wonder

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. - George Santayana quote.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering. - Aeschylus quote.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

suffering

It is the duty of a wise man to foresee evil and to prevent it.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. - William James quote.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body.
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 quote.
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.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. - William Shakespeare quote.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

Fools

We do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention. - Gautama Buddha quote.
We do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention.

knowledge and wisdom

Even death is not to be feared by he who has lived wisely. - Gautama Buddha quote.
Even death is not to be feared by he who has lived wisely.

death

The wise man reads both books and life itself. - Lin Yutang quote.
The wise man reads both books and life itself.

reading

Patience is the companion of wisdom. - Augustine of Hippo quote.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.

patience

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton quote.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

inspirational how to live life

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. - Juvenal quote.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
There's no joy even in beautiful Wisdom, unless one have holy Health.

health

True strength is the flower of Wisdom, but its seed is action.

action Strength

To admit you don't know everything is the first step on the road to wisdom.

know-it-alls

Some children are wiser than adults. - Lama Thubten Yeshe quote.
Some children are wiser than adults.

children

Cleverness is not wisdom. - Euripides quote.
Cleverness is not wisdom.
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. - Confucius quote.
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.

experience introspection

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

failure

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell quote.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

fear

There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment.

judging

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
— African proverb

know-it-alls African proverbs proverbs

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

knowledge

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. - Walter Lippmann quote.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely. - William Osler quote.
The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.

experience

Experience is what you get looking for something else. - Mary Pettibone Poole quote.
Experience is what you get looking for something else.

experience

We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience.

experience

When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

persuasion communication empathy

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

responsibility action

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
I know no wise person who doesn't read a lot. - Charlie Munger quote.
I know no wise person who doesn't read a lot.

reading

Acknowledging what you don't know is the dawning of wisdom. - Charlie Munger quote.
Acknowledging what you don't know is the dawning of wisdom.

knowledge

Never bet your money on another man's game. - Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.
Never bet your money on another man's game.

money

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 quote.
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.

experience

Old age, they say, is the seat of wisdom. The old ones have the wisdom that they have earned from walking through life, like old Simeon and Anna at the temple, whose wisdom allowed them to recognize Jesus. Let us give with wisdom to the youth: like good wine that improves with age, let us give the youth the wisdom of our lives. - Pope Francis quote.
Old age, they say, is the seat of wisdom. The old ones have the wisdom that they have earned from walking through life, like old Simeon and Anna at the temple, whose wisdom allowed them to recognize Jesus. Let us give with wisdom to the youth: like good wine that improves with age, let us give the youth the wisdom of our lives.

age

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.

human nature

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.

contentment

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

listening talking

No man was ever wise by chance. - Seneca quote.
No man was ever wise by chance.
Science at best is not wisdom; it is knowledge. Wisdom is knowledge tempered with judgment.

science knowledge judgment

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself he becomes wise.

life

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late. - Felix Frankfurter quote.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
The wise person questions himself, the fool others.
The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.
The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey. - Sydney Harris quote.
The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. - Norman Cousins quote.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it. - Doug Larson quote.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

funny

The more a man knows, the more he forgives. - Catherine the Great quote.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.

forgiveness

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 quote.
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.

how to live life greatness philosophy

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

human nature

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

happiness

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. - Josh Billings quote.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

learning knowledge and wisdom

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.
— “SMILE” ZINGERS in Chicago Tribune

maturity

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

age

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. - Tom Wilson quote.
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

age

The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don't talk much.

aging

Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying. - Mary Browne quote.
Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.

relationships how to live life

It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. - Dr. Laurence J. Peter quote.
It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.
There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. - Aristotle quote.
There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
— African proverb

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Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. - Mary Browne quote.
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

beliefs ignorance

He who truly knows has no occasion to shout. - Leonardo da Vinci quote.
He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

conceit

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. - Herb Caen quote.
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.

experience

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.

experience mistakes

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going. A perfect traveler does not know where he came from. - Lin Yutang quote.
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going. A perfect traveler does not know where he came from.

Travel

Fools live to regret their words, wise men to regret their silence.

silence action

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 quote.
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.

doing nothing

Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its present owner. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its present owner.

contentment happiness

The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance; the wise person grows it under his feet.

happiness

Silence is true wisdom's best reply. - Euripides quote.
Silence is true wisdom's best reply.

silence

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. - Theodore Roosevelt quote.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. - Robert C. Savage quote.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Colette quote.
Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. - E. E. Cummings quote.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.

kiss

When you know how to listen everyone is the guru. - Ram Dass quote.
When you know how to listen everyone is the guru.

listening

The wise don't expect lo find life worth living; they make it that way.

attitude purpose of life

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

failure Goodness virtue

A short saying oft contains much wisdom. - Sophocles quote.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. - Victor Hugo quote.
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms. - Socrates quote.
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.
In order to act wisely it is not enough to be wise. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky quote.
In order to act wisely it is not enough to be wise.
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. - Marcel Proust quote.
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.
Self reflection is the school of wisdom.
Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom. - Cyril Connolly quote.
If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.
It is better to be wise than to seem wise.
Wisdom is greater than knowledge, for wisdom includes knowledge and the due use of it.

knowledge

To my extreme mortification I grow wiser every day. - Lady Mary Montagu quote.
To my extreme mortification I grow wiser every day.
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. - Oscar Wilde quote.
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

socialism

LEST FOOLS SHOULD FAIL

True wisdom knows
it must comprise
some nonsense
as a compromise,
lest fools should fail
to find it wise.
The road to wisdom? -- Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
Err
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.

mistakes

Wisdom is
the booby prize
given when you've been
unwise.
For many system shoppers it's
a good-for-nothing system
that classifies as opposites
stupidity and wisdom.
because by logic-choppers it's
accepted with avidity:
stupidity's true opposite's
the opposite stupidity.

stupidity

If you knew
what you will know
when your candle
has burnt low,
it would greatly
ease your plight
while your candle
still burns bright.

future

To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel quote.
To know how to grow old is the masterwork of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

aging

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

happiness change

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences—and I remind you that consequences can be both good and bad. - Norman Cousins quote.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences—and I remind you that consequences can be both good and bad.

consequences

Curiosity is the beginning of wisdom. - Francois Sagan quote.
Curiosity is the beginning of wisdom.

curiosity

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 quote.
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.

success & failure success failure

The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom spun too fine.

folly

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. - William Blake quote.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

foolishness trees

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day.  Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day.  Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.

foolishness

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. - C. C. Colton quote.
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.

moderation genius

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. - William Cowper quote.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

knowledge and ignorance

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 quote.
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.

knowledge and ignorance

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

knowledge and wisdom knowledge and ignorance

Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. - Alfred North Whitehead quote.
Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.

knowledge and ignorance

Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.

moderation

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while. - Albert Einstein quote.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein Essays Presented to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday

power

A wise man's question contains half the answer. - Solomon Ibn Gabirol quote.
A wise man's question contains half the answer.

asking questions

Science is organized knowledge, wisdom is organized life. - Will Durant quote.
Science is organized knowledge, wisdom is organized life.

science

I am on the side of those who believe that vice comes from stupidity and consequently that the nearer one draws to wisdom the farther one gets from vice.

vice stupidity

People get wisdom from thinking, not from learning.

thinking

Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one. - Oliver Goldsmith quote.
Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.

trouble

Whether the succeeding generation is to be more virtuous than their predecessors, I cannot say; but I am sure they will have more worldly wisdom, and enough, I hope, to know that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
Whether the succeeding generation is to be more virtuous than their predecessors, I cannot say; but I am sure they will have more worldly wisdom, and enough, I hope, to know that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

virtue

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. - James Allen quote.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
Wisdom that don't make us happier ain't worth plowing for. - Josh Billings quote.
Wisdom that don't make us happier ain't worth plowing for.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. - Bertolt Brecht quote.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Youth is harmed by having wisdom thrust upon it. Youth must gather wisdom slowly, in laughter and tears. - Mrs. Patrick Campbell quote.
Youth is harmed by having wisdom thrust upon it. Youth must gather wisdom slowly, in laughter and tears.

youth

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. - Chuang Tzu quote.
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
All human wisdom is summed up in these two words—Wait and Hope. - Alexandre Dumas quote.
All human wisdom is summed up in these two words—Wait and Hope.
I wish there were shortcuts to wisdom and self-knowledge: cuter abysses or three-day spa wilderness experiences.  Sadly, it doesn't work that way.  I so resent this. - Anne Lamott quote.
I wish there were shortcuts to wisdom and self-knowledge: cuter abysses or three-day spa wilderness experiences.  Sadly, it doesn't work that way.  I so resent this.
Anne Lamott Stiches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
It is easier to be wise for others than for one's self. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
It is easier to be wise for others than for one's self.
The steadfastness of the wise is but the art of keeping their agitation locked in their hearts. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
The steadfastness of the wise is but the art of keeping their agitation locked in their hearts.
Wisdom is a solid and entire building, of which every piece keeps its place and bears its mark. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
Wisdom is a solid and entire building, of which every piece keeps its place and bears its mark.
Humanity has to travel a hard road to wisdom, and it has to travel it with bleeding feet. - Nellie McClung quote.
Humanity has to travel a hard road to wisdom, and it has to travel it with bleeding feet.
People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise.
The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.
To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell quote.
To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.
Wisdom never kicks at the iron walls it can't bring down. - Olive Schreiner quote.
Wisdom never kicks at the iron walls it can't bring down.
Wisdom is experience employed effectively.
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Wisdom—meaning judgment acting on experience, common sense, available knowledge, and a decent appreciation of probability. - Barbara W. Tuchman quote.
Wisdom—meaning judgment acting on experience, common sense, available knowledge, and a decent appreciation of probability.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.
The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy, is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities. - Frances Wright quote.
The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy, is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities.
Frances Wright A Few Days in Athens: Being the Translation of a Greek Manuscript
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. - Gautama Buddha quote.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

virtue

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune, and favour cannot satisfy him.
Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart. - Alan Alda quote.
Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

intelligence

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.
Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge. - Confucius quote.
Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.

knowledge and wisdom

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. - Confucius quote.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.

names

The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. - Confucius quote.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. - Thomas J. Watson quote.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.

time

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.

Chinese proverbs proverbs

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

common sense

Every wise man lives in an observatory.

learning

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can change, And wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr quote.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can change, And wisdom to know the difference.
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest. - Sir John Buchan quote.
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.

caring

If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. - Martin H. Fischer quote.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

knowledge and wisdom

Remedy it, or welcome it: a wise man's only two choices.

problems

There is a wisdom of the head, and ... a wisdom of the heart. - Charles Dickens quote.
There is a wisdom of the head, and ... a wisdom of the heart.
We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

knowledge and wisdom

Wisdom begins at the end. - Daniel Webster quote.
Wisdom begins at the end.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. - Sophocles quote.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.
A fool is no less a fool when a wise man errs.
Science asks, "What can we know?" Practicality asks, "What can we do?" Morality asks, "How shall we behave?" Religion asks, "What will we believe?" Wisdom alone is silent.
Wisdom never comes from thinking. Wisdom comes from silence.
To be respected as you advance in age, you must be independent, preferably rich, physically strong, and threatening to those who f**k with you. If you're not powerful they will never call you "wise".
Real sagacity is when you know what your enemy will try to do to you even before he or she comes up with the thought.
Wisdom is knowing what to worry about and what to ignore.