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"Wit and wisdom differ; wit is upon the sudden turn, wisdom is bringing about ends." - John Selden

"In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life." - Oliver Sacks

"Im not a mom, but I think the word mother is about wisdom." - Margaret Cho

"True wisdom lies in one's confession about the limits of one's knowledge." - Socrates

"Look about, my son, and see how little wisdom it takes to govern the world." - Count Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna

"He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God." - Epictetus

"Denying the lines on our faces makes a comment about age and wisdom I don't care to make." - Debra Winger

"Much as I honor the wisdom of the princess-there is something more dashing about a man." - Franz Grillparzer

"Wisdom is partly innate and partly developed and practised. It's about a lot more than just knowledge: experience, involvement, communication, interaction with people. Wisdom is a way of being." - Hazel Hawke

"Perfect goodness can never debate about the end to be attained, and perfect wisdom cannot debate about the means most suited to achieve it." - C S Lewis

"All wisdom is not new wisdom." - Winston Churchill

"Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it. A person must be prepared to receive wisdom, or else it will do him more harm than good. Moreover, a lout thrashing about in the clear waters of wisdom will dirty those waters for everyone else." - Tom Robbins

"Intelligence complicates. Wisdom simplifies." - Mason Cooley

"After wisdom comes wit." - Evan Esar

"Knowledge talks, wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix

"Incredulity is not wisdom." - Charles Spurgeon

"APHORISM, n. Predigested wisdom." - Ambrose Bierce

"Wisdom cometh by suffering." - Aeschylus

"Wisdom overcomes fortune." - Juvenal

"There's wisdom in wine." - Jack Kerouac

"Wisdom subdues bigotry." - John Wooden

"Science is not wisdom." - Fulton J Sheen

"Intellect is not wisdom." - Thomas Sowell

"Culture is coded wisdom" - Wangari Maathai

"By suffering comes wisdom." - Aeschylus

"Wisdom triumphs over chance." - Juvenal

"Knowledge descries; wisdom applies." - Francis Quarles

"When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ." - Ambrose

"One of the saddest things about US education is that the wisdom of our most successful teachers is lost to the profession when they retire." - John Dewey

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

"Of the Seven Dwarfs, the only one who shaved was Dopey. That should tell us something about the wisdom of shaving." - Tom Robbins

"A wise and clear-eyed book, Future Hype challenges the conventional wisdom about technological change and provides a fresh perspective on our so-called computer age." - Nicholas G. Carr

"In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that truth sooner rather than later." - Rick Warren

"...remember and think about the closeness of the Creator. If you live in this wisdom, it will give you endless strength and hope." - Frank Fools Crow

"All the crap they tell you about... getting joy and having a kind of wisdom in your golden years - it's all tripe." - Woody Allen

"Write about just one thing, I have said, and there is wisdom in this advice...And yet, there is wisdom also in William Sloanes contrary observation: Almost all effective writing above the level of the soup can turns out to be about quite a lot of things fused or laced or linked together." - Lucy Calkins

"As a youngster, I used to try to pick up any bits of wisdom about the guitar I could. Its not like now where you have books and books about every aspect of anything. Any little pearl of wisdom was welcome back then." - Johnny Marr

"The kids are the ones that have a clarity about what they want. They don't have any wisdom, but they do have a clear understanding about what they want to have happen." - Wes Anderson

"It comes down to a doubt about the wisdom Of having children after having had them, So there is nothing we can do about it But warn the children they perhaps should have none." - Robert Frost

"Al was cruel, vindictive, angry, elegant, powerful. He gave me strength, he gave me wisdom, not only about magic, but about myself. He was a lot like Trent, only harsher around the edges." - Kim Harrison

"To the extent that experience is the sum of our memories and wisdom the sum of experience, having a better memory would mean knowing not only more about the world, but also more about myself." - Joshua Foer

"Traditional wisdom is long on tradition and short on wisdom." - Warren Buffett

"There is wisdom in the selection of wisdom...." - Bergen Evans

"Asking doesn't mean you lack wisdom - it's evidence of wisdom." - Andy Stanley

"It is wisdom that is seeking for wisdom." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Power without wisdom is tyranny; wisdom without power is pointless," - Iain Pears

"Wisdom comes only with innocence." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Liberty, without wisdom, is license." - Edmund Burke

"Don't mistake knowledge for wisdom." - Lil B

"Fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Solomon

"Wisdom married to immortal verse." - William Wordsworth

"The wisdom of our ancestors." - Edmund Burke

"All wisdom ends in paradox." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"Epigrams delight us into wisdom." - Michael R. Burch

"The primary wisdom is intuition." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied." - Anonymous

"Wisdom grows in quiet places." - Austin O'Malley

"Justice without wisdom is impossible." - James Anthony Froude

"Even the wise need wisdom." - Sara Evans

"Celestial wisdom calms the mind." - Samuel Johnson

"No mind, no wisdom-tempora ry mind, temporary wisdom-eternal mind, eternal wisdom." - Adoniram Judson

"I speak about universal evolution and teleological evolution; because I think the process of evolution reflects the wisdom of nature. I see the need for wisdom to become operative. We need to try to put all of these things together in what I call an evolutionary philosophy of our time." - Jonas Salk

"Webster never goes behind government, and so cannot speak with authority about it. His words are wisdom to those legislators who contemplate no essential reform in the existing government; but for thinkers, and those who legislate for all time, he never once glances at the subject.... Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical. Still, his quality is not wisdom, but prudence." - Henry David Thoreau

"New Self, New World is an extraordinary work-an awesome display of wisdom distilled from the world's great wisdom traditions and the majestic individuals who have experienced them. This book is about achieving the highest dimensions of which humans are capable. Highly recommended." - Larry Dossey

"There's nothing good about getting older-absolutely nothing-because the amount of wisdom and experience you gain is negligible compared to what you lose. You do gain a couple of things-you gain a little bittersweet and sour wisdom from your heartbreaks and failures and things-but what you lose is so catastrophic in every way." - Woody Allen

"There is no wisdom save in truth. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas about truth are changeable. Only a little of the first fruits of wisdom, only a few fragments of the boundless heights, breadths and depths of truth, have I been able to gather." - Martin Luther

"My good friend, you are a citizen of Athens, a city which is very great and very famous for its wisdom and power - are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?" - Plato

"Free trade holds much of the blame for continued international conflict. Markets are said to possess wisdom that is somehow superior to man. Those of us in business who travel in the developing world see the results of such western wisdom and have a rumbling disquiet about much of what our economic institutions have bought into." - Anita Roddick

"Wisdom is not about what you know, but how you know it. If knowledge is a measure of the grasp an individual has of a given subject, wisdom is a measure of his grip. Does he hold his ideas lightly or loosely? Will he let go when they show signs of wear or inappropriateness?" - Andrew Hargadon

"New Self, New World is an extraordinary work-an awesome display of wisdom distilled from the world's great wisdom traditions and the majestic individuals who have experienced them. This book is about achieving the highest dimensions of which humans are capable. Highly recommended." - Larry Dossey

"The ultimate decision about what is accepted as right and wrong will be made not by individual human wisdom but by the disappearance of the groups that have adhered to the "wrong" beliefs." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"With such wisdom has nature ordered things in the economy of this world, that the destruction of one continent is not brought about without the renovation of the earth in the production of another." - James Hutton

"I was a long time learning that wisdom and experience are things apart; that to taste life is not to be confused with understanding what life is really all about." - Wallis Simpson

"Actually, we have no problems-we have opportunities for which we should give thanks... An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes courage to face one's own shortcomings and wisdom to do something about them." - Edgar Cayce

"Take a brilliant, creative social scientist, without any respect for conventional wisdom and you get Ellen Langer. She is a fantastic storyteller, and Counterclockwise is a fascinating story about the unexpected ways in which our minds and bodies are connected." - Dan Ariely

"I've often thought that if planners were botanists, zoologists, geologists, and people who know about the earth, we would have much more wisdom in such planning than we have when we leave it to the engineers." - William O Douglas

""What's that?" the Unbeliever asked. "Wisdom from the Western Taoist,"I said. "It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh ," he said. "It is," I said. "That's not about Taoism," he said. "Oh, yes it is," I said."" - Benjamin Hoff

"Life does not seem to present itself to me for my convenience, to box itself up nicely so I can write about it with wisdom and a point to make before putting it on a shelf somewhere." - Anne Lamott

"There are three things about Barack that really stand out for me: strength, moral authority, and wisdom. ... He has pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world." - David Cameron

"Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late." - Anonymous

"And yet we check and chide The airy angels as they float about us, With rules of so-called wisdom, till they grow The same tame slaves to custom and the world." - Frances Sargent Osgood

"In Buddhism you study how to release the kundalini to the levels that would certainly afford career success. If we move it further, into the planes of knowledge and wisdom, it enables the practitioner to do just about anything." - Frederick Lenz

"If the main thing the next generations know about Jewish history is that we were persecuted and suffered, they will lose sight of the tremendous heritage of Jewish culture, theology, and wisdom." - Deborah Lipstadt

"Aren't you ashamed to be concerned so much about making all the money you can and advancing your reputation and prestige, while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your souls you have no thought or car?" - Socrates

"It's not that there aren't a million other things to learn about God, but He says you've got to start with the fear of the Lord because that's the beginning of wisdom." - Francis Chan

"Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul?" - Socrates

"And yet we check and chide The airy angels as they float about us, With rules of so-called wisdom, till they grow The same tame slaves to custom and the world." - Frances Sargent Osgood

"Women saw everything, and they thought about everything. The result was wisdom. For men, this was a frightening state of affairs, which is why they insist on holding on to power." - Tamar Myers

"I don't know anything about anything. The only difference between then and now is this: I may know more than I used to but my wisdom pales in comparison to that which I have yet to learn" - Megan Mccafferty

"In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Somehow bowel wisdom got lost and it became something that no one wanted to talk about anymore." - Bernard Jensen

"Children have the wisdom of God and are closer to it than many people who have spent years in this world gaining all kinds of knowledge about the nature of religion. Children have it naturally." - Harold Klemp

"God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about." - Jerry Bridges

"Wariness about change is a kind of prairie wisdom." - Kathleen Norris

"We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living." - Omar N Bradley

"Befriending life is less a matter of knowledge than a question of wisdom. It is not about mastering life, controlling it or exerting our will over it, no matter how well intentioned our will may be. Befriending life is more about harmlessness than it is about control." - Rachel Naomi Remen

"It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction. We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents, teachers, and other authority figures who should know better from their experience. Information is about facts. Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive." - Bernie Siegel

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." - Bergen Evans

"There is another kind of wisdom, the wisdom of following - the wisdom of not taking the lead with your ego." - Frederick Lenz

"Between wisdom and a good shield, always prefer the wisdom, because no shield can protect us better than wisdom!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"People want power but not wisdom. Power without wisdom is a very dangerous thing. Better to have wisdom first." - Frederick Lenz

"Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old." - Confucius

"When I write about "realizations," I am describing a state in which a practitioner has wisdom of who she or he is, and has embodied that wisdom; it has become integrated into daily life, thoughts, and activities. We often view "awakening" as first step towards such realization. Awakening can occur in the blink of an eye, frequently through the direct, heart-opening (heart-breaking) transmission of grace from an awakened teacher." - Russell Targ

"Years ago, when he was around fourteen, he'd been all hipped on the idea of going to India. He read books about people sitting on rocks, naked, in all kinds of weather, but mostly bad, naturally, and walking barefoot through hot coals and arriving at wisdom. I used to say that it sounded to me as though they were getting away from wisdom as fast as they could. I think he sort of looked down on me for that." - James A Baldwin

"In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recongize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her. This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight - perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman." - Kate Chopin

"The truth we have to face about the world we live in is that it's driven by profit, and contradictions and doubts are not profitable. They yield wisdom, but wisdom is not profitable. I find pleasure in doubt, but let's face it, my pleasure is not very profitable. To me, the truth is that things mean many things at once, and all of them opposed to each other, and all of them true." - Jamaica Kincaid

"Wisdom at times is found in folly." - Horace

"There is no wisdom without love." - Nilakanta Sri Ram

"Wisdom can only come through honest introspection." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom." - Boyle Roche

"Wisdom is the winner over good luck." - Juvenal

"Wisdom is the essential basis of greatness." - Wallace D. Wattles

"Fear is the beginning of wisdom." - Eugenie de Guerin

"Technology evolves so much faster than wisdom." - Jennifer Stone

"Arrogance is the obstruction of wisdom." - Bion of Smyrna

"Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation." - Dale Dauten

"The loneliness is the mother of wisdom." - Laurence Sterne

"Body cannot teach wisdom; God only." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wisdom is infused into every form." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom." - Witold Gombrowicz

"To admit ignorance is to exhibit wisdom." - Ashley Montagu

"Patience is the road to wisdom." - Kao Kalia Yang

"Knowledge without wisdom is double folly." - Baltasar Gracian

"Self-reflection is the school of wisdom." - Baltasar Gracian

"With wisdom we shall learn liberality." - Henry David Thoreau

"Wisdom knows when to return death's embrace." - Mason Cooley

"Humor is the mask of wisdom." - Friedrich Durrenmatt

"Wisdom is knowing how little we know." - Socrates

"Never confuse acquiring degrees with wisdom." - Marshall Goldsmith

"Wisdom is the use of knowledge" - Dan Millman

"Wisdom is better than silver and gold" - Lauryn Hill

"The conventional wisdom is often wrong." - Steven Levitt

"... scarred by wisdom she'd never asked for." - Dennis Lehane

"He spoke with more eloquence than wisdom." - Winston Churchill

"Doubt is the beginning of wisdom" - Aristotle

"The heart of wisdom is tolerance." - Steven Erikson

"Knowledge is speaking, wisdom is listening" - Jimi Hendrix

"Stupidity well packaged can sound like wisdom." - Burton Malkiel

"Wonder is the beginning of all wisdom." - Socrates

"Wisdom is justified of her children." - Matthew Mcconaughey

"Distrust my wisdom, but regard my truth." - Maria Gowen Brooks

"Sincerity is the most compendious wisdom." - Lord Chesterfield

"A fence to wisdom is silence." - Rabbi Akiva

"Arrogance is a great obstruction to wisdom." - Wilfred Bion

"Wisdom is seldom gained without suffering." - Arthur Helps

"Justice is charity in accordance with wisdom." - Gottfried Leibniz

"Cunning is the dwarf of wisdom." - William Rounseville Alger

"Wisdom comes to no one by chance." - Seneca the Younger

"The narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts." - Thubten Yeshe

"Education gives you neither experience nor wisdom." - Peter Drucker



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